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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.
Welcome to Overview of Azure Services. My name is Bill Wilder and I'll be narrating this course. This Cloud Academy course was jointly developed with Maura Wilder. So let me share a little bit of our backgrounds before we get started.
Maura is a full-stack software engineer and architect with extensive cloud experience, spanning both the Microsoft Azure and Amazon Web Services platforms. She became a Microsoft certified professional back in 2010 by passing the very first Azure exam, and she was one of the earliest Azure insiders.
As for me, I have extensive cloud experience focused on the Microsoft Azure platform, I'm a seven-time Azure MVP, I'm the author of the book 'Cloud Architecture Patterns,' and I lead the Boston Azure user group that I founded in 2009. In this course, we introduce the Microsoft Azure platform as a suite of ready-to-use services.
We'll start with an overview of the platform, we'll jump into the Azure Portal where we'll create our first service. Then we'll step back and we'll look at the 14 categories of Azure services and some examples of services within those categories, so you have an idea of the breadth.
Next we'll drill into a few of the more popular services for a closer look. We'll talk about managing your services, then we'll pull it all together, building on what we've already learned, to see how we combine many of the services to build a global scalable Azure 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 effectively to create both basic and very sophisticated applications.
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.