Azure Compute Fundamentals


Azure Compute Fundamentals
Virtual Machines


Microsoft Azure offers services for a wide variety of compute-related needs, including traditional compute resources like virtual machines, as well as serverless and container-based services. In this course, you will learn how to design a compute infrastructure using the appropriate Azure services.

Some of the highlights include:

  • Designing highly available implementations using fault domains, update domains, availability sets, scale sets, availability zones, and multi-region deployments
  • Creating event-driven functions in a serverless environment using Azure Functions and Azure Log Apps
  • Learning how Azure Kubernetes Service and Azure Service Fabric can enable microservices-based applications
  • Deploying high-performance web applications with autoscaling using Azure App Service

Learning Objectives

  • Design Azure solutions using virtual machines, serverless computing, microservices, and Azure App Service

Intended Audience

  • People who want to learn Azure fundamentals


  • General knowledge of IT architecture


Welcome to “Azure Compute Fundamentals”. My name’s Guy Hummel and I’ll be helping you with the compute aspects of Azure solutions. I’m a Microsoft Certified Azure Solutions Architect, and I’m the Azure Content Lead at Cloud Academy. If you have any questions, feel free to connect with me on LinkedIn and send me a message, or send an email to

This course is intended for people who want to learn Azure fundamentals.

To get the most from this course, you should have a general knowledge of IT architecture.

We’ll start with how to design solutions using virtual machines. Next, we’ll get into serverless computing, especially Azure Functions. After that, I’ll explain how to design microservices-based solutions. Then we’ll cover how to design web solutions using Azure App Service and other supporting services.

By the end of this course, you should be able to design Azure solutions using virtual machines, serverless computing, microservices, and Azure App Service.

We’d love to get your feedback on this course, so please give it a rating when you’re finished.

Now, if you’re ready to learn how to get the most out of Azure’s compute services, then let’s get started.

About the Author

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Guy launched his first training website in 1995 and he's been helping people learn IT technologies ever since. He has been a sysadmin, instructor, sales engineer, IT manager, and entrepreneur. In his most recent venture, he founded and led a cloud-based training infrastructure company that provided virtual labs for some of the largest software vendors in the world. Guy’s passion is making complex technology easy to understand. His activities outside of work have included riding an elephant and skydiving (although not at the same time).