Boasting a total brand value of $143Bn in 2017, Microsoft are used to dominating the technology field. It’s no surprise then that 90% of Fortune500 companies use the Microsoft Cloud. Many and varied organizations like ASOS, Citrix, Heineken, Oxfam and GEICO leverage Microsoft Azure to build, deploy and manage diverse business applications.
This widespread adoption means huge opportunity for IT professionals with Azure skills – and the Microsoft solutions suite is only growing (Azure Stack, introduced in July 2017, is the most notable game-changer). Cloud skills shortages put Microsoft Azure professionals in an enviable position.
Microsoft Azure is an especially easy transition if you’re familiar with other Microsoft technologies, and since adding Linux support Azure is gaining considerable traction with open source developers too.
Microsoft Azure is the obvious choice for IT professionals who want to easily transfer their skills into the Microsoft Cloud with minimum hassle, for greater opportunity and reward.
Entry Level Courses
These two entry level courses help you prepare for Azure certifications if you’re new to Azure. They’re geared towards professionals without previous Microsoft Azure experience, or even without IT experience, who want to build a fundamental understanding of Azure.
Introduction to Azure - 1/2 Day
In the Introduction to Azure course you’ll learn the basics of the Microsoft Azure cloud computing platform. After completing the course you’ll understand the cloud computing landscape and know why Azure is the platform of choice for so many businesses.
Who should enrol?
You might be a graduate wanting to accelerate your career, or an entry-level or junior professional breaking into IT. Or maybe you have existing knowledge of IT but you’re unfamiliar with Microsoft Azure and want to build the fundamentals before progressing. Or perhaps you’re a non-IT professional like a project manager or director who wants to build a foundational understanding of cloud technology.
- What is Microsoft Azure?
- Why should you care about Microsoft Azure?
- On-premises vs. Azure
- Azure service basics
- Azure service types and deployment models
- Pros and cons of Azure
- Azure price models
- Azure service providers
- Hands-on labs using Azure
Azure Fundamentals - 2 Days
The Azure Fundamentals course teaches you the foundations of cloud computing in the Microsoft environment. The course takes you through the process of implementing the core Azure infrastructure, consisting of virtual networks and storage. With this foundation, you’ll learn to create the most common Azure services including Azure virtual machines (VMs), Web Apps and SQL Databases. The course will also teach you the features of Azure Active Directory (Azure AD) and methods to integrate it with on-premises Active Directory.
After completing the course you’ll understand the Microsoft Azure collection of integrated cloud services including infrastructure, virtual machines, virtual networking, identity and storage.
Who should enrol?
This is the perfect next step if you’ve completed Introduction to Azure and want to continue learning. Or you could start here if you have a good understanding of azure but haven’t had practical experience on Azure. This course is especially well-suited to:
- Developers who want to evaluate creating Azure solutions;
- Windows Server administrators who want to evaluate the migration of on-premises Active Directory services and roles to the cloud;
- IT professionals who want to evaluate the use of Azure to host websites and mobile app back-end services;
- Database administrators who want to evaluate the use of Azure to host SQL databases.
- Getting Started with Microsoft Azure
- Microsoft Azure management tools
- Virtual machines in Microsoft Azure
- Web Apps and cloud services
- Creating and configuring virtual networks
- Cloud storage
- Microsoft Azure databases
- Creating and managing Azure AD