1. Persisting Training Data for Neural Networks with Azure Database for MySQL


    To persist training data for neural networks, you will need a reliable and scalable database. Azure Database for MySQL is a fully managed database service that provides you with high performance, resilience, and security features. It's an excellent choice for applications that require a relational database, which could include the storage of structured training data for neural networks.

    Here is a step-by-step Pulumi program in Python that provisions an Azure Database for MySQL instance, which you can use to persist your neural network training data:

    1. Setting up the Azure Provider: Pulumi needs to authenticate against Azure, which typically uses credentials from the Azure CLI or environment variables.

    2. Resource Group: Create an Azure Resource Group, a container that holds related resources for an Azure solution.

    3. Azure Database for MySQL Server: Provision a MySQL server that will host the database. You can specify parameters like the version of MySQL, the SKU for performance requirements, and administrator credentials.

    4. MySQL Database: Create a MySQL database within the server where your training data can be stored.

    5. Firewall Rule: Allow connections to the MySQL server from a specific IP range. For the purposes of this example, we'll open it to all IPs. However, for security reasons, you should restrict this to known IPs in a production environment.

    6. Export Output: Export the connection string used to connect to the MySQL database, which will be used by your applications to store and retrieve the neural network training data.

    Here is your Pulumi program:

    import pulumi import pulumi_azure_native as azure_native # Set up a resource group resource_group = azure_native.resources.ResourceGroup('nn_training_data_rg') # Set up Azure Database for MySQL Server mysql_server = azure_native.dbformysql.Server('nn_mysql_server', resource_group_name=resource_group.name, location=resource_group.location, properties=azure_native.dbformysql.ServerPropertiesForDefaultCreate( administrator_login='myadmin', administrator_login_password='Secretp@ssw0rd!', version='5.7', ), sku=azure_native.dbformysql.SkuArgs( name='B_Gen5_2', tier='Basic', capacity=2, family='Gen5', ), ) # Create the MySQL database for storing training data mysql_database = azure_native.dbformysql.Database('nn_training_db', resource_group_name=resource_group.name, server_name=mysql_server.name, charset='utf8', collation='utf8_general_ci', ) # Configuring firewall rules to allow connections to MySQL # WARNING: The following example allows access from all IPs for illustrative purposes. # For production, you should limit the IP range to known addresses. firewall_rule = azure_native.dbformysql.FirewallRule('open_firewall', resource_group_name=resource_group.name, server_name=mysql_server.name, start_ip_address='', end_ip_address='', ) # Export the connection string for the MySQL database # NOTE: You might want to use secret management for the password in production. connection_string = pulumi.Output.all(mysql_server.name, mysql_server.properties.administrator_login, mysql_server.properties.administrator_login_password).apply( lambda args: f"mysql://{args[1]}:{args[2]}@{args[0]}/nn_training_db" ) pulumi.export('mysql_connection_string', connection_string)

    In the above program:

    • We are provisioning a new Azure Database for MySQL with specified versions and SKU sizes. The SKU size can be adjusted based on performance requirements.
    • We supply the administrator login and password for the MySQL server, which should be kept secure.
    • We create a MySQL database, specifying the character set and collation that suit most applications.
    • We set up a firewall rule to allow traffic to the MySQL server from all IP addresses. In a production scenario, this should be restricted to specific IPs.
    • Finally, we create an output mysql_connection_string that will be printed at the end of the Pulumi up process. This connection string can then be used by your application to connect to the MySQL database.

    Please make sure to replace the administrator credentials and IP range with your own secure settings. In a real-world application, you'd also want to handle secrets more securely, likely using Pulumi's secrets handling.

    To run this program, you'll need to have the Pulumi CLI installed and configured for Azure, and you'll execute pulumi up in your terminal within the directory where this code resides. Pulumi will handle the provisioning and updating of these resources in Azure.