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Azure: Understanding the Big Picture

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Take a look at the big picture of Azure. Explore Azure services, including storage, hosting, and machine learning, to assess which best fit your organization's cloud strategy.

Understanding the scope of the cloud is an overwhelming task, even for a seasoned developer. This course takes a step back to look at the big picture of Microsoft Azure. This perspective can help you understand the many Azure offerings, including storage, hosting, and deployment, and assess which best fit your organization's cloud strategy. Those just entering the cloud will find the course to be a valuable resource they can return to again and again. Instructor Walt Ritscher kicks off the course by comparing the three cornerstones of the cloud: software as a service, infrastructure as a service, and platform as a service. He then covers Azure subscription options and costs and dives deeper into specific Azure services. He covers web hosting, cloud storage, Azure security, infrastructure, DevOps tools, and media encoding, as well as event and notification services. Review the services that interest you or zoom out for a more complete picture of this powerful cloud-computing platform.


  • Azure from a 10,000 foot view
  • Getting the most out of this course
  • The fluctuating nature of the Azure portal
1. Big Picture
  • What is the cloud?
  • Benefits of using the cloud
  • What is software as a service (SaaS)?
  • What is infrastructure as a service (IaaS)?
  • What is platform as a service (PaaS)?
  • Surveying the cloud market leaders
2. Azure Basics
  • Subscription choices for Azure
  • Understanding the costs of the Azure services
  • A quick tour of the Azure categories
3. Hosting
  • A quick tour of Azure App Service
  • Host websites and web apps on App Service
  • Use templates to build a new App Service
  • Use default tools to build a new App Service
  • Edit and publish web app files
  • Host web APIs on App Service
  • What features are part of App Service
4. Code and Workflows
  • A quick tour of cloud functions
  • A quick tour of cloud workflows
  • Run serverless code with Azure Functions
  • Building powerful workflows with Logic Apps
5. Storage and Data
  • A quick tour of Azure Storage
  • Store any kind of object in Blob storage
  • A quick tour of Azure databases
  • Explore Cosmos DB, multi-model, and NoSQL databases
  • Cosmos DB in action
6. Infrastructure
  • Protect access to services with Azure Active Directory
  • Explore the Azure network components
  • Build out your system with virtual machines
7. DevOps
  • Azure DevOps and Visual Studio Team Services
  • Simplify app deployment with containers
  • Continuous integration and deployment
8. Machine Learning and Artificial intelligence
  • The Azure AI family
  • Cognitive Services overview
  • Machine learning overview
  • Bots overview
  • Search overview
  • Explore the Vision API
  • Explore the Language API
  • Explore the Speech API
9. Other Services
  • Deliver events/messages: Event Grid, Event Hub, or Service Bus
  • Send mobile notifications with Notification Hubs
  • Use Media Services to encode and stream media
  • Manage IoT devices
  • Windows Virtual Desktop
  • The rest of the services
  • What's next?

Taught by

Walt Ritscher

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