Azure Data Implementation
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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 how to design a data implementation using the appropriate Azure services. Two services that are especially important are Azure SQL Database and Azure Cosmos DB.
Azure SQL Database is a managed service for hosting SQL Server databases (although it’s not 100% compatible with SQL Server). Even though Microsoft takes care of the maintenance, you still need to choose the right options to scale it and make sure it can survive failures.
Azure Cosmos DB is the first multi-model database that’s offered as a global cloud service. It can store and query documents, NoSQL tables, graphs, and columnar data. To get the most out of Cosmos DB, you need to know which consistency and performance guarantees to choose, as well as how to make it globally reliable.
Identify the most appropriate Azure services for various data-related needs
Design an Azure SQL Database implementation for scalability, availability, and disaster recovery
Design an Azure Cosmos DB implementation for cost, performance, consistency, availability, and business continuity
People who want to become Azure cloud architects
People preparing for a Microsoft Azure certification exam
General knowledge of IT architecture, especially databases
Welcome to “Designing an Azure Data Implementation”. My name’s Guy Hummel and I’ll be helping you with the data aspects of architecting an Azure solution. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
This course is intended for people who want to become Azure cloud architects.
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; design an Azure SQL Database implementation for scalability, availability, and disaster recovery; and design an Azure Cosmos DB implementation for cost, performance, consistency, availability, and business continuity.
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Now, if you’re ready to learn how to get the most out of Azure’s data services, then let’s get started.
About the Author
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).