If you have been following Microsoft over the years, you must be familiar with Contoso corporation. It is a fictional but representative global organization which Microsoft uses to explain their product offerings. Today, Microsoft released new Microsoft Cloud posters showing how the Contoso Corporation is embracing a cloud-inclusive IT infrastructure that includes all of Microsoft’s cloud offerings (Microsoft Azure, Office 365, Dynamics 365, and Microsoft Intune).
This new poster contains the following:
- An overview of the fictional Contoso Corporation, its three-tier design for its offices, and key elements of Contoso’s implementation of the Microsoft cloud.
- A review of Contoso’s on-premises IT infrastructure and how its business needs map to Microsoft’s cloud offerings, including opportunities for Azure PaaS and IaaS.
- Contoso’s private WAN infrastructure, its app design for its offices, its use of Azure ExpressRoute Premium, and its step-by-step path to cloud networking readiness.
- Contoso’s on-premises Windows Server Active Directory (AD) forest, how it geographically distributes authentication traffic, and how it uses Azure IaaS to provide authentication infrastructure redundancy for the 15,000 workers in its Paris headquarters.
- Contoso’s structure for Microsoft cloud offering subscriptions, licenses, its common Azure AD tenant, and user accounts synched with Azure AD from its on-premises Windows Server AD forest.
- Contoso’s security requirements in the cloud, its data sensitivity classification and mapping of cloud features to each level, and its step-by-step path to cloud security readiness.