Learning Path Overview
The number of enterprises that are migrating parts of their IT infrastructure to Microsoft Azure has gone up dramatically. But it's not as simple as just "lifting and shifting" servers to Azure virtual machines. Microsoft offers cloud services to handle a wide variety of requirements, so organizations need people who understand all of the options and who can build an efficient and reliable cloud-based infrastructure. This learning path gives people the foundation they need to design all of the major elements of an Azure architecture, including compute, data, networking, security, platform services, and operations.
Candidates who earn an Azure Solutions Architect Certification are verified by Microsoft to be able to use their skills and knowledge to do the following:
- Design an Azure compute infrastructure using virtual machines, serverless computing, microservices
- Design an Azure data implementation using storage, relational databases, and NoSQL datastores
- Design an Azure networking implementation using virtual networks, external connections, security strategies, and hybrid applications
- Design Azure security and identity solutions using Azure Active Directory, identity providers, Azure Key Vault, and security administration services
- Design Azure solutions by using platform services, including artificial intelligence, the Internet of Things, messaging, and media services
- Design for Azure operations using monitoring, alerting, and automation
- People who want to become Azure cloud architects
- General knowledge of IT architecture
What are Microsoft Azure solutions?
Microsoft's cloud computing platform, Azure, is a collection of unified services including: analytics, computing, database, mobile, networking, storage, and web. These services are designed to improve speed and capabilities while decreasing overall costs.
What services does Microsoft Azure provide?
Microsoft Azure is considered both an Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) and a Platform as a Service (PaaS). Azure offers 18 main service types:
- Artificial Intelligence (AI)
- Content Delivery Network (CDN)
- Data Storage
- Hybrid Integration
- Identity and Access Management (IAM)
- Internet of Things (IoT)
What does a Cloud Architect do?
A Cloud Architect is an IT specialist responsible for deploying and overseeing a company's cloud computing strategy. This includes cloud adoption plans, cloud application design, and cloud management and monitoring.
What do you need to be a Cloud Architect?
If you are considering a position as a Cloud Architect, it is recommended that you have a bachelor’s degree in computer science; a master’s may be required by some companies. Most employers will expect you to have a strong background in programming and scripting. Adding industry-standard certifications will also be beneficial.
Learning Path Steps
Knowledge Check: Design Azure Compute Infrastructure
Deploy an app to Azure App Service Web Apps in this Lab and use a variety of services to monitor the app and send alerts when certain conditions are met.
Learn how to manage Cosmos DB using the Azure Portal and CLI as you integrate Azure Functions with Cosmos DB change feed triggers to buy and sell stocks.
Knowledge Check: Design Azure Data Implementation
Knowledge Check: Design Azure Network Implementation
Learn Role Based access control for the Microsoft Azure Cloud
Knowledge Check: Design Azure Security and Identity Solutions
Take advantage of automatic security audits and recommendations to secure your cloud with Azure Security Center in this Lab.
Using PowerShell Desired State Configuration (DSC) on Windows, configure a DSC pull server and a DSC target node to pull its configuration from the pull server
Knowledge Check: Introduction to Azure Resource Manager
Exam: Architecting Microsoft Azure Solutions
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).