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Introduction

In this Microsoft Azure tutorial, you will learn Azure from the basics, so you can get a head start in your Azure cloud career. Azure is a top cloud computing platform that comes from the Microsoft stables. In this Azure tutorial you will learn about the architecture of Azure cloud infrastructure, the various Azure products and how enterprises are harnessing the power of Azure in computing, storage, database, networking, content delivery so you will get a clear idea of how Azure is revolutionizing the cloud domain.

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Recommended audience

Anybody who wants to make a career in the cloud domain can go through this Azure Tutorial and learn Azure in an easy yet effective manner. IT and software developers, system administrators, project managers and others can benefit from this AWS tutorial.

Prerequisites

There are no prerequisites for this AWS Tutorial. If you want to learn AWS, then all you need to have is a basic understanding of the cloud concepts and you are good to go.

What is Microsoft Azure?

First let us compare Azure with the market leader in cloud which is AWS:

Comparison criteria Microsoft Azure Amazon Web Services
Ease of use Good Average
Hybrid Strategy Excellent Average
Range of Products Limited Overwhelming
Windows Compatibility Excellent Good

Azure is the flagship cloud service offered by Microsoft and is today one of the fastest growing cloud computing services. Azure offers services on a pay as you go pricing model in computing, web services, data storage, analytics, networking, content delivery, identity and access management, and even internet of things.

Why is Microsoft Azure so widely used?

Azure is growing at a very fast rate and is trying to close the gap between itself and the market leader in the cloud domain.  There are some distinct features of Azure that is making it grow so fast in the cloud domain. In this Azure tutorial we have listed some of the top reasons why Azure is being so widely used even though it is such a late entrant in the cloud domain:

  • Azure offers a very good Platform as a Service (PaaS) with excellent tools and building blocks
  • It offers compatibility with .NET programming languages which is a great advantage
  • The security and data protection feature of Azure is second to none in the cloud
  • Azure offers excellent hybrid cloud features and easy migration from on-premise to cloud
  • It gives an integrated environment for app development, testing & deployment in the cloud
  • You can learn Azure without any hassles and successfully setup an Azure cloud infrastructure
  • Azure as enterprise agreements with Windows users making it easy to migrate to Azure.
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Features of Microsoft Azure

Here we list some of the top features of Azure that are making enterprises of all sizes to move to the Azure cloud infrastructure:

  • Azure search can be used to embed search functionality into any custom application
  • Azure offers Express Route for direct connection between Azure data center to your on-premise environment
  • Secure, dedicated access to Redis Cache is possible with Azure Redis Cache
  • Azure Batch lets you effortlessly run and execute your applications like an assembly line
  • Azure Data Factory lets you seamlessly work on the on-premise or cloud infrastructure.

Top Azure Services

Here we will list some of the top Azure services available:

Computing: The computing services are offered by Azure for managing the virtual machines, supporting remote applications, containerization and batch processing.

Web: The web services offered by Azure include the one’s used for the development and deployment of web applications along with the services for search, API management, content delivery among others.

Storage: Azure offers a whole range of services for scalable cloud storage for both structured and unstructured data. This support is available for big data, persistent storage and archival storage.

Networking:Azure virtual network services are offered to establish dedicated connections and gateways and also for load balancing, traffic management, DNS hosting and network security.

Analytics:The range of analytical services offered by Azure include big data analytics, real-time analytics, machine learning, IoT, data warehousing among others.

Content Delivery: Azure offers services for globally-distributed network for content caching, on-demand streaming services, media playback, encoding and son on.

Identity and Access Management: The Azure IAM services ensure authorized access to Azure network, encryption, protecting sensitive information, Azure Active Directory and so on.

Hybrid Integration: Azure offers services in on-premise infrastructure connection with Azure datacenters, server backup and recovery.

Applications of Azure

Since the move towards the cloud is unstoppable, in this section of the Azure tutorial we will see the various applications of Azure.

  • Development: Azure helps in successful software development by assisting code sharing, testing applications, troubleshooting, software development kits and so on.
  • DevOps: Azure offers a complete set of tools and services for DevOps implementation that includes application diagnostics, test labs for build testing, experimentation, Visual Studio Team Services and so on.
  • Machine Learning: Machine Learning applications offered by Azure include the ones used for creating powerful AI and cognitive computing models, data sets for training the models and so on.
  • Containerization: Containerization services include the Azure platform for Docker and Kubernetes implementation for creating and orchestrating huge volumes of containers
  • Internet of Things: Azure offers multiple services for capturing, monitoring and analyzing the IoT data that emanates from sensors and such other devices and then analyzing, monitoring, issues notifications and support for successful IoT implementation.
  • IT Security: This includes identifying and responding to IT security in the cloud and also managing the sensitive assets and encryption keys.

Why should you learn Azure?

Azure has growing rapidly and is the fastest growing cloud platform in the world. Since it is a new offering from Microsoft we can expect the company to grow at an accelerated pace well into the future. All this means there will be a huge number of job opportunities for professionals who are trained and certified in Microsoft Azure. This means if you go through this Azure tutorial and learn Azure then you will have a basic understanding of this powerful cloud platform which will naturally help you take up a training in Azure and fast-track your career in the cloud domain.

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This Microsoft Azure Tutorial covers Introduction to Microsoft Azure Definition of Cloud computing, advantages and disadvantages of cloud computing, Constructing Azure Virtual Machines, Hosting Web Applications on the Azure Platform, Storing SQL Data in Azure,Storing Tabular Data in Azure, Storage Blobs,Designing a Communication Strategy by Using Queues and Service Bus, Azure Resource Manager.

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