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Architecting Microsoft Azure Solutions
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This course is focused on creating practical solutions using Azure technologies in areas such as AI, messaging, the Internet of Things, and video media. This will require familiarity with dozens of Azure solutions.

This course will take you through all of the relevant technologies and ensure you know which ones to pick to solve specific problems. This course is for developers, engineering managers, and cloud architects looking to get a better understanding of Azure services.

Whether your app deals with artificial intelligence, managing IoT devices, video media, or push notifications for smartphones, Azure has an answer for every use case. This course will help you get the most out of your Azure account by preparing you to make use of many different solutions.

Learning Objectives

  • Design solutions using Azure AI technologies

  • Design solutions for IoT applications using Azure technologies

  • Create a scalable messaging infrastructure using Azure messaging technologies

  • Design media solutions using Azure media technologies and file encoding

Intended Audience

  • People who want to become Azure cloud architects


  • General knowledge of IT architecture


In the final section of the Design Solutions Using Platform Services course, we are going to focus on media - specifically video content. Video media content is notoriously tricky to work with both for developers and cloud platforms. It is more difficult to analyze than text or images. It also tends to be far larger in size and therefore more expensive to store and transmit. You also have to worry about encoding and optimizing user experience for different browsers, media players, and bandwidths.

With Azure, these challenges do not go away, but they are made easier to deal with by the available toolset. Azure Media Services, Microsoft’s flagship solution for dealing with media, will help you navigate most of the above challenges. We will spend a good amount of time in the next lesson covering all of its capabilities. We will also discuss Azure Video Indexer, Computer Vision API, and a few other useful products. In the last part of the section, we will go over file-based encoding thoroughly and introduce Azure Media Analytics.

Once you finish this section, you should be a lot less nervous about dealing with videos and streaming content on the Azure platform. So if you’re ready, let’s dive in and get started.

About the Author

Jonathan Bethune is a senior technical consultant working with several companies including TopTal, BCG, and Instaclustr. He is an experienced devops specialist, data engineer, and software developer. Jonathan has spent years mastering the art of system automation with a variety of different cloud providers and tools. Before he became an engineer, Jonathan was a musician and teacher in New York City. Jonathan is based in Tokyo where he continues to work in technology and write for various publications in his free time.