Designing an Azure Network Implementation



Microsoft Azure supports a variety of options for both internal and external networking. In this course, you will learn how to design a network implementation using the appropriate Azure services.

Some of the highlights include:

  • Configuring virtual networks to connect Azure resources to each other
  • Deploying public and private load balancers to distribute incoming traffic to a pool of backend VMs
  • Load balancing across multiple regions using Azure Traffic Manager
  • Connecting on-premises networks to Azure either directly using ExpressRoute or over the internet through a site-to-site or point-to-site VPN
  • Overriding system default routes to meet your own custom routing needs
  • Protecting your applications from attacks with a web application firewall
  • Using network security groups to create a demilitarized zone (DMZ)
  • Building hybrid applications that include both Azure and on-premises resources using Azure Relay
  • Copying on-premises data to Azure using Data Factory, the Self-hosted Integration Runtime, and the On-Premises Data Gateway

Learning Objectives

  • Design Azure virtual networks
  • Design external connectivity for Azure virtual networks
  • Design network security strategies for Azure
  • Design connectivity for hybrid Azure applications

Intended Audience

  • People who want to become Azure cloud architects
  • People preparing for a Microsoft Azure certification exam


  • General knowledge of IT infrastructure and networking

Welcome to “Designing an Azure Network Implementation”. My name’s Guy Hummel and I’ll be helping you with the network aspects of architecting an Azure solution. I’m the Azure Content Lead at Cloud Academy and I have over 10 years of experience with cloud technologies. 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 become Azure cloud architects.


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


We’ll start with an overview of virtual networks, which are the fundamental building blocks of Azure networking. Then I’ll go over the different options for load balancing traffic to applications. Next, you’ll see how to connect Azure virtual networks to external networks, such as in your own datacenter. After that, I’ll explain how to secure your Azure networks. Finally, I’ll show you how to design connectivity for hybrid applications that access on-premises data.


By the end of this course, you should be able to design Azure virtual networks; design external connectivity for Azure virtual networks; design network security strategies for Azure; and design connectivity for hybrid Azure applications.


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 network services, then let’s get started.

About the Author
Learning Paths

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).