Architecting Microsoft Azure Solutions

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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.

Learning Objectives

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

Intended Audience

  • 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:

  • Analytics
  • Artificial Intelligence (AI)
  • Compute
  • Containers
  • Content Delivery Network (CDN)
  • Data Storage
  • Databases
  • Development
  • DevOps
  • Hybrid Integration
  • Identity and Access Management (IAM)
  • Internet of Things (IoT)
  • Management
  • Migration
  • Mobile
  • Networking
  • Security
  • Web

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.


Your certificate for this learning path

Learning Path Steps

1 courses

In this course, you will learn how to design a compute infrastructure using the appropriate Azure services.

2 exam-filled

Knowledge Check: Design Azure Compute Infrastructure

3 labs

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.

4 courses

In this course, you will learn how to design a data implementation using the appropriate Azure services.

5 labs

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.

6 exam-filled

Knowledge Check: Design Azure Data Implementation

7 courses

In this course, you will learn how to design a network implementation using the appropriate Azure services.

8 exam-filled

Knowledge Check: Design Azure Network Implementation

9 courses

In this course, you'll learn how to take advantage of security features and protect and secure your own cloud applications.

10 courses

In this course, you'll learn about Azure AD fundamentals and Cloud Security, and will gain an understanding of Identity Management.

11 labs

Learn Role Based access control for the Microsoft Azure Cloud

12 exam-filled

Knowledge Check: Design Azure Security and Identity Solutions

13 courses

This course is focused on creating practical solutions using Azure technologies in areas such as AI, messaging, the Internet of Things, and video media.

14 courses

In this course, you'll learn how to configure monitoring and alerting for software applications in Azure, and how to implement autoscaling and automate system tasks,

15 labs

Take advantage of automatic security audits and recommendations to secure your cloud with Azure Security Center in this Lab.

16 labs

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

17 courses

This course introduces the Microsoft Azure Resource Manager (ARM) REST API, and how to interact with it.

18 exam-filled

Knowledge Check: Introduction to Azure Resource Manager

19 exam-filled

Exam: Architecting Microsoft Azure Solutions

About the Author

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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).

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