Microsoft Azure 101


Microsoft Azure is the most popular cloud computing platform at the moment. Only Amazon Web Services has a greater market share and revenue. Azure is the backbone of many third-party apps and websites, as well as Microsoft’s cloud. You should know at least the basics of Azure and its potential benefits for your organization as an IT professional. Here are the top features you need to know about Azure:
Azure is a broad umbrella that covers many solutions
Azure has many uses. This is because Azure is not a single product. It’s a collection of tools that can perform tasks such running an Azure-like private clouds in your own datacenter (Azure Stack), containerizing workloads (Container Service), and ensuring dedicated network fiber connections (ExpressRoute). In other words, Azure is not simply a huge pool resources for supportinga company’s Software-as-a-Service applications (although it can do that, too). It is also the glue that binds many IT operations every day. Azure Active Directory, a cloud-based identity management software, can provide single sign-on for both cloud and on-premise applications, including Office 365. This increases security and convenience for the entire organization.
Azure is always evolving and adding new services.
Azure, like all major cloud providers, is always at the technological forefront. Azure is constantly improving its capabilities and addressing common needs of developers and end-users. Azure Stack is one of the many components that Azure has added to its platform in recent years. Azure itself dates back to 2010.
“Fresh features are added all the time.”
Microsoft’s annual Build conference often includes announcements about Azure updates. The biggest announcements in 2017 were about additional database options in Azure. This included a NoSQL (CosmosDB) and options for MySQL and PostgreSQL. These databases are used to serve a large number of Azure customers and allow for the development of highly scalable applications.
If you are familiar with another cloud platform, Azure can be quickly learned
Many IT professionals learn AWS first, since it was the first major Infrastructure-as-a-Service and Platform-as-a-Service offering. Thanks to courses at New Horizons Computer Learning Centers, skills in AWS and other cloud ecosystems can be partially transferred to Azure. Our Azure course catalog offers classes for AWS specialists, as well as other courses in the technical foundations of Azure implementing and maintaining. Explore the course listing to find a New Horizons Learning Group Campus close to you.