Microsoft Azure cloud

What is Azure?

Azure is a suite of cloud services offered by Microsoft to replace the traditional hardware infrastructure model and is heralded as the next generation in secure computing. IT professionals can build, deploy and manage applications through Microsoft’s global network of data centres.

What is cloud hosting?

Cloud hosting services allow you as the end user to work with your services from anywhere and at any time. The ‘service as a subscription’ model allows you to no longer be concerned with accessing hardware other than the end-users’ laptop. All hardware needs can be taken care of on a ‘pay as you go’ basis, allowing for massing amounts of processing to be achieved at a tiny cost.

Productive

Current Azure holds over 100 different services, from Virtual Machines and switches through to SQL databases and Big Data analysis modules.

Hybrid

Whilst you may need to keep some systems and services in-house, much of your infrastructure can be moved to a subscription model, available at a much lower cost than purchasing hardware outright.

Intelligent

With Azure you can now create AI-intelligent web apps using Business Intelligence and Big Data.

Trust your network to never fail

One of the key factors is that Azure cloud provides High Availability – the concept that the cloud solution is always 100% uptime. If there is a problem with your service it is hosted on multiple hardware machines at various locations in different countries, if you so choose. Your High Availability cluster allows for ‘always on’ availability with no single point of failure. Azure is trusted by a spectacular array of government bodies, councils, schools and 90% of the current Fortune 500 businesses, that it is safe, secure and compliant.

Learn for the cloud

Azure has a growing number of Microsoft courses dedicated to their use of the cloud across the Enterprise covering all aspects of the Azure stack.

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Certify with Azure Training from MBIT Training Ltd

Irrespective of how long you have been using Azure, training for the cloud is training for a great future in IT. Microsoft offer an array of free and costed training packages including a variety of Microsoft Official Curriculum courses covering the Azure cloud, whether you are a sole user, a developer or are planning your entire infrastructure.

Microsoft provide several free online training packages covering a variety of learning paths:

To become an Azure Administrator:

  • Managing Infrastructure on Microsoft Azure
  • Microsoft Azure Virtual Machines
  • Microsoft Azure IaaS Monitoring and Management
  • Microsoft Azure Security
  • Microsoft Hybrid Identity
  • Mastering Microsoft Azure Resource Manager
  • Implementing Microsoft Azure Networking
  • Automating Deployment and Scale of Azure IaaS Solutions

To become an Azure Stack Operator:

  • Microsoft Azure Stack: The Big Picture

To become an Azure Solution Architect:

  • Foundations for Cloud Architecture
  • Microsoft Azure Architecture
  • Cloud Patterns and Architecture for Microsoft Azure Developers
  • Planning and Designing Microsoft Azure Compute Solutions
  • Planning and Designing Microsoft Azure Storage Solutions
  • Planning and Designing Microsoft Azure Networking Solutions
  • Planning and Designing Microsoft Azure Security Solutions

To become a Node.js Developer on Azure:

  • Developing with Node.js on Microsoft Azure - Getting Started
  • Microsoft Azure for Node.js Developers - Cloud Patterns and Architecture
  • Microsoft Azure for Node.js Developers - Building Secure Services and Applications

To become a .NET Developer on Azure:

  • Developing with .NET on Microsoft Azure
  • Microsoft Azure for .NET Developers - Cloud Patterns and Architecture
  • Microsoft Azure for .NET Developers - Building Secure Services and Applications

To become an AI Developer on Azure:

  • Developing AI Applications on Microsoft Azure
  • Developing and Deploying custom AI Applications using Cognitive Services
  • Integrating advanced machine learning services into AI applications

To become an Azure for AWS Professionals expert:

  • Microsoft Azure Administration for AWS Administrators

For Microsoft Partners, Microsoft have announced the launch of MOOC (Microsoft Official Online Courses) and are targeting partners to enhance their knowledge of Azure through partnership with Pluralsight. As a Microsoft Partner MBIT can also access and share knowledge from these courses with your teams allowing you to tap into this rich resource.

MOOC content is available initially at basic level through Pluralsight, but is accessible only to Microsoft Partners. More advanced material is available on the edX site.

Azure Skills training online

Here is the list of Learning Paths that include MOOC courses:

 

Learning Paths that contain MOOCs (hyperlinked)

Featured MOOCs

Azure Application Deployment (MPN17412)

Azure Application Deployment and

Management

Azure Automation (MPN17537)

Automating Azure Workloads

Azure Identity (MPN17603)

Microsoft Azure Identity

Azure Identity with AAD (MPN17532)

Microsoft Azure Identity

Azure Introduction (MPN17413)

Azure Fundamentals

Azure Solution Design (MPN17508)

Architecting Microsoft Azure Solutions

Azure Virtual Machines (MPN17514)

Microsoft Azure Virtual Machines

Azure Virtual Networks II (MPN17515)

Microsoft Azure Virtual Networks

Azure Workload Management (MPN17536)

Automating Azure Workloads

Databases in Azure

Certification Resources for Exam 70-473 - Design and implement

SQL database solutions

Databases in Azure

Delivering a Data Warehouse in the Cloud

Provisioning SQL Server and Azure SQL

Databases

Certification Resources for Exam 70-473 - Manage databasemanagement systems (DBMS) security

Databases in Azure

Provisioning SQL Server and Azure SQL

Databases

Certification Resources for Exam 70-473 - Monitor and managedatabase implementations on Azure

Automating Azure Workloads

Databases in Azure

Certification Resources for Exam 70-532 - Create and manage

Azure Resource Manager Virtual Machines

Microsoft Azure Virtual Machines

Microsoft Azure Virtual Networks

Certification Resources for Exam 70-532 - Design and implement astorage and data strategy

Developing NoSQL Solutions in Azure

Provisioning SQL Server and Azure SQL

Databases

Certification Resources for Exam 70-532 - Manage identity,application, and network services

Microsoft Azure Identity

Certification Resources for Exam 70-533 - Create and manage

Azure Resource Manager Virtual Machines

Microsoft Azure Virtual Machines

Certification Resources for Exam 70-533 - Design and implement astorage strategy

Provisioning SQL Server and Azure SQL

Databases

Certification Resources for Exam 70-533 - Implement an Azure

Active Directory

Microsoft Azure Identity

Certification Resources for Exam 70-533 - Implement virtualnetworks

Microsoft Azure Virtual Networks

Certification Resources for Exam 70-534 - Design an applicationstorage and data access strategy

Developing NoSQL Solutions in Azure

Provisioning SQL Server and Azure SQL

Databases

Certification Resources for Exam 70-534 - Design Azure Resource

Manager (ARM) networking

Microsoft Azure Virtual Networks

Certification Resources for Exam 70-534 - Secure resources

Managing Azure Workloads

Microsoft Azure Identity

DevOps Deployment (MPN17420)

Continuous Integration and Continuous

Deployment

DevOps on Azure PaaS (MPN17421)

Introduction to DevOps Practices

DevOps Testing (MPN17416)

DevOps Testing

Hadoop Meets the Cloud: Scenarios for HDInsight (MPN17320)

Implementing Predictive Analytics with Spark in

Azure HDInsight

Processing Big Data with Azure Data Lake

Analytics

Implementing Real-Time Analysis withHadoop in Azure HDInsight

(MPN17319)

Implementing Real-Time Analytics with Hadoop in Azure HDInsight

Learn Data Lake Analytics (MPN17302)

Processing Big Data with Azure Data Lake

Analytics

Microsoft Azure for AWS Experts (MPN17510)

Microsoft Azure for AWS Experts

MPN Competency: Cloud Platform for Technical (MPN2176)

Azure Fundamentals

ProcessingBig Data with Hadoop in Azure HDInsight (MPN17317)

Processing Big Data with Hadoop in Azure

HDInsight

Security and Compliance with EMS (MPN17596)

Azure Security and Compliance

 

Here’s the list of the MOOCs – the titles are hyperlinked to take you straight to each course on the edX site:

 

MOOC Courses on Open edX

Application Monitoring and Feedback Loops

Architecting Distributed Cloud Applications 

Architecting Microsoft Azure Solutions

Automating Azure Workloads

Azure Application Deployment and Management

Azure Fundamentals

Azure Security and Compliance

Configuration Management for Containerized Delivery

Continuous Integration and Continuous Deployment

Databases in Azure

Delivering a Data Warehouse in the Cloud

Developing NoSQL Solutions in Azure

DevOps for Databases

DevOps Testing

Implementing Predictive Analytics with Spark in Azure HDInsight

Implementing Real-Time Analytics with Hadoop in Azure HDInsight

Infrastructure as Code

Introduction to DevOps Practices

Managing Azure Workloads

Microsoft Azure for AWS Experts

Microsoft Azure Identity

Microsoft Azure Virtual Machines

Microsoft Azure Virtual Networks

Processing Big Data with Azure Data Lake Analytics

Processing Big Data with Hadoop in Azure HDInsight

Processing Real-Time Data Streams in Azure

Provisioning SQL Server and Azure SQL Databases 

 

Here is the list of Learning Paths built for the new Azure Pluralsight courses:

 

Learning Paths for the new Azure Pluralsight Courses

Microsoft Azure course: Azure Administrator 101 (MPN18095)

Microsoft Azure course: Azure Administrator - Virtual Machines (MPN18096)

MicrosoftAzure course: Azure Administrator - Monitoring (MPN18097)

Microsoft Azure course: Azure Administrator - Security (MPN18098)

Microsoft Azure course: Azure Administrator - Hybrid Identity (MPN18099)

Microsoft Azure course: Azure Administrator - Azure Resource Manager (MPN18100)

Microsoft Azure course: Azure Administrator - Azure Networking (MPN18101)

Microsoft Azure course: Azure Administrator - Automating Deployment and Scale (MPN18102)

Microsoft Azurecourse: Azure Solutions Architect 101 (MPN18104)

Microsoft Azure course: Azure Solutions Architect - Cloud Patterns and Architecture (MPN18105)

Microsoft Azure course: Azure Solutions Architect - Compute Solutions (MPN18106)

Microsoft Azure course: Azure Solutions Architect - Networking Solutions (MPN18107)

Microsoft Azure course: Azure Solutions Architect - Security Solutions (MPN18108)

Microsoft Azure course: Azure Stack (MPN18103)

Microsoft Azure course: Node.js Developer on Azure 101 (MPN18109)

Microsoft Azure course: Node.js Developer on Azure Cloud Patterns and Architecture (MPN18110)

Microsoft Azure course: Node.js Developer on Azure Secure Services and Applications (MPN18111)

Microsoft Azure course: .NET Development with Azure 101 (MPN18112)

Microsoft Azure course: .NET Development with Azure Cloud Patterns and Architecture (MPN18113)

Microsoft Azure course: .NET Development with Azure Secure Services and Applications (MPN18114)

Microsoft Azure course: Azure for AWS Professionals (MPN18118)

AI Developer on Azure 101 (MPN18115)

AI Developer on Azure - Cognitive Services (MPN18116)

AI Developer on Azure - Integrating advanced machine learning (MPN18117)

 

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New Azure certification exams

70-473: Designing and Implementing Cloud Data Platform Solutions

70-475: Designing and Implementing Big Data Analytics Solutions

70-487: Developing Microsoft Azure and Web Services 

70-532: Developing Microsoft Azure Solutions

70-533: Implementing Microsoft Azure Infrastructure Solutions

70-535: Architecting Microsoft Azure Solutions

70-537: Configuring and Operating a Hybrid Cloud with Microsoft Azure Stack 

70-538: Implementing Microsoft Azure DevOps Solutions

70-539: Managing Linux Workloads on Azure

70-774: Perform Cloud Data Science with Azure Machine Learning 

70-775: Perform Data Engineering on Microsoft HDInsight

70-776: Engineering Data with Microsoft Cloud Service

70-777: Implementing NoSQL Solutions with DocumentDB and Azure Search  

 

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40502
Complete a web app using Machine Learning to predict travel delays given flight delay data and weather conditions. Plan the bulk data import operation, followed by preparation, such as cleaning and manipulating the data for testing, and training your Machine Learning model.
£350.00 (GBP)

Building a Resilient IaaS Architecture (40513)

40513
Evaluate a large organization's current infrastructure deployments in Azure and identify single points of failure. Attention will be given to making the customer's current deployments more resillient and communicating best practices to ensure future deployments will follow best practices.
£350.00 (GBP)

Container and DevOps (40501)

40501
Build a PoC to deliver a multi-tenant web app hosting solution for medical conferences leveraging Azure Container Service, Docker, and Linux nodes.
£350.00 (GBP)

Continuous Delivery in VSTS and Azure (40511)

40511
Set up and configure Continuous Delivery within Azure using a combination of Azure Resource Manager (ARM) templates and Visual Studio Team Services (VSTS). Students will do this throughout the use of a new VSTS project, Git repository for source control, and an ARM template for Azure resource deployment and configuration management.
£350.00 (GBP)

Enterprise Ready Cloud (40503)

40503
Create an Azure cloud governance plan to advise a manufacturing company of the features available in Azure. Discover features to bring governance to their Azure deployments, distributed administration, and allowance for secure remote connectivity and development work for their offshore developers.
£350.00 (GBP)

Enterprise-Class Networking in Azure (40515)

40515
Configure a virtual network with Subnets in Azure, secure virtual networks with firewall rules and route tables, and set up access to the virtual network with a "jump box" and a site-to-site VPN connection.
£350.00 (GBP)

Integrating On-Premises Core Infrastructure with Microsoft Azure (10992)

10992
Setup and configure a serverless architecture within Azure using a combination of Azure Functions, Logic Apps, Event Grid, Cosmos DB, and Azure Storage. The focus is on removing server management from the equation, breaking down the solution into smaller components that are individually scalable, and allowing the customer to only pay for what they use.
£995.00 (GBP)

Integrating On-Premises Identity Infrastructure with Microsoft Azure (10993)

10993
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£700.00 (GBP)

Intelligent Analytics (40516)

40516
Learn real-time analytics without IoT. Enable intelligent conversation in a machine learning-enabled, real-time chat pipeline and apply analytics to visualize customer sentiment in real-time for hospitals to allow guests to chat with one another and to communicate directly with the concierge.
£350.00 (GBP)

Internet of Things (40505)

40505
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£350.00 (GBP)