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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.
Let's get started with the first lecture. Microsoft Azure offers dozens of services with more services being added all the time. Some services are rented by the minute or hour. Other services are priced by the average amount of data storage per day. Some are free, and some are free up to a certain usage level.
You can pay as you go with a credit card. With other more formal business arrangements possible, such as enterprise agreement, a BizBox account, or a DreamBox account for students. As you'll come to see, the offerings are very flexible so as to cover low-level and higher-level use cases. So it's up to you to choose the services that best match your needs. The services can be deployed in locations all over the world.
This helps you run services that are geographically near your users. Part of what makes this a cohesive platform is Microsoft's consistent experience when it comes to service creation, pricing, billing, monitoring, service level agreements, and much more.
Once you see how things work for one service, that knowledge extends to other services. And then behind the scenes, Microsoft's global operations team keeps the platform services running smoothly. So you can focus on your application.
Usually when we talk about cloud services, we mean resources, such as virtual machines, or networks or databases. But there are also services for managing other services, these span rest APIs, software development kits vary your favorite programming language, command line interfaces, and even the Azure portal itself, which is rich with management in monitoring features such as application insights, security center, and OMS.
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.