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Azure is Microsoft’s Cloud Computing platform. It is an amalgamation of services for creating, deploying and managing applications that run in Microsoft’s secure worldwide data centers. The set of services can make virtually any software solution possible, from large retail targeting a global audience to CPU-intensive, scientific data calculations, to simple data backups. Almost any software that can be imagined can be written to take advantage of Azure services and can run in the Microsoft Cloud.
In this course, we will review the categories of services available in Azure today, then select some of the more commonly used services for a closer look. We will wrap up with a conceptual overview of how we can combine many Azure services to build a more ambitious solution. By the end of the course, you should have a general appreciation for the breadth of available services and start to see how they can be composed to create more powerful business solutions.
This course is for developers, operations engineers, and other IT professionals. Viewers should have a basic understanding of the cloud and cloud terminology.
The Learning Objectives for the course are:
● Learn what categories of Azure services exist and what problems they address.
● Learn the most common Azure services and how to use them now.
● Learn how you can combine Azure services.
Welcome and Introduction: These brief lectures will introduce you to the instructor and let you know what you'll be covering.
Azure Services: A description of how to build your first service.
Service Catagories: Overview of the 14 categories of Azure Services
Services Drill Down: A look at Websites, SQL Database, and Storage
Managing Services: This lesson includes a Security Center demo and a Command Line Interface demo.
Putting it Together: Tying all that you've learned into some real-life examples.
Conclusion: A wrap-up of what you've learned.
And that was the final lecture. Let's see where we've been. We've introduced the Microsoft Azure Cloud Platform as an ever-growing suite of ready-to-use services with a common management and building model available in locations all around the world.
The service offerings are comprehensive and varied, spanning infrastructure as a service, resources, like virtual machines, server-less options, like Azure functions, managed SQL and no SQL databases. Machine learning and big data analytics and so much more. We've learned that services cost money, but releasing the resources when you no longer need them will help you manage expenses. We've walked through the use of the Azure portal to manage services interactively, but we've also demonstrated the use of a command line interface, from which we can script our activities. We're not limited to Microsoft-specific technologies either.
Since there's great support for Linux, MySQL, Hadoop, Python, Docker and many other open source and third party solutions. With Oracle databases and Red Hat Linux Virtual Machines, among other partner offerings, Azure isn't just about great support for open source solutions either, since they're also commercial solutions. We can leverage the technologies our team already knows. Using the example Azure Bookstore dot com website, we started simple, then showed how it can evolve into a sophisticated, globally scalable business.
By now, you should have an appreciation for the range of Azure services available, how to get started and how the application is there to grow along with you and your business. Along with my course co-author Mara Widler, thanks for watching and we hope this course helps you in your journey to learn about the Microsoft Azure Cloud Platform. I'd like to thank Ben Lambert for technical review, Elizabeth O'Connor for artwork and video editing and Daniel Wilder for providing the Azure bookstore sample application. Here are also a few resources you might find helpful in continuing your explorations.
About the Author
Bill Wilder is a hands-on architect currently focused on building cloud-native solutions on the Microsoft Azure cloud platform. Bill is CTO at Finomial which provides SaaS solutions to the global hedge fund industry from the cloud, co-founded Development Partners Software in 1999, and has broad industry experience with companies of all sizes – from modest startups to giant enterprises. Bill has been leading the Boston Azure group since founding it in 2009, has been recognized as a Microsoft MVP for Azure since 2010, and is author of Cloud Architecture Patterns (O’Reilly Media, 2012). He speaks frequently at community events, and occasionally at conferences, usually on topics relating to cloud, cybersecurity, and software architecture.