Azure Data Fundamentals
Azure Storage
Cosmos DB
4m 36s


Microsoft Azure offers services for a wide variety of data-related needs, including ones you would expect like file storage and relational databases, but also more specialized services, such as for text searching and time-series data. In this course, you will learn which services to choose when implementing a data infrastructure on Azure. Two services that are especially important are Azure SQL Database and Azure Cosmos DB.

Learning Objectives

  • Identify the most appropriate Azure services for various data-related needs

Intended Audience

  • People who want to learn Azure fundamentals


  • General knowledge of IT architecture, especially databases

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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).

Covered Topics

Welcome to “Azure Data Fundamentals”. My name’s Guy Hummel and I’ll be helping you with the data 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, especially databases.

We’ll start with an overview of Azure Storage. Then we’ll go over some data services that don’t fit in the usual storage or database categories, such as Data Factory and HDInsight.

Next, we’ll look at relational databases, especially Azure SQL Database.

After that, we’ll go through Azure’s NoSQL services, such as Azure Data Lake and Azure Redis Cache.

Finally, we’ll go into quite a bit of detail on Cosmos DB, Microsoft’s global, multi-model database.

By the end of this course, you should be able to identify the most appropriate Azure services for various data-related needs.

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 data services, then let’s get started.