Learn More About Microsoft Azure


Figure 1 – Screen shot focusing on some Azure courses  from https://mva.microsoft.com

What is Azure?

In the mundane world, azure is another name for the colour “blue”.  In the software world, Azure had a different definition.

Microsoft Azure, formerly known as Windows Azure, is Microsoft’s public cloud computing platform. It provides a range of cloud services, including those for compute, analytics, storage and networking. Users can pick and choose from these services to develop and scale new applications, or run existing applications, in the public cloud.  – from http://searchcloudcomputing.techtarget.com/definition/Windows-Azure 

Why Should You Learn About Azure?

If you are a company that is struggling with the expanding hardware requirements for managing in-house accounting systems, CRM  software, and any industry specific hardware along with your web site, email service, and any other software that you have adapted, then Azure should interest you because it reduces the cost of infrastructure for technology.  That is a big statement.  To understand what I mean, start doing some research on all the things that Azure can do.

If you are an IT or Technology professional, then you will want to know how a cloud tool works, what issues may exist, and you will need to understand how the security works.  Cloud service is a rapidly expanding specialty area. 

Where Can You Learn About Azure?

Microsoft has updated the Microsoft Virtual Academy with new courses focusing on Microsoft Azure.  The picture above shows a small sample of the Azure courses.  Currently, MVA has 93 related courses on Azure.  Check them out at https://mva.microsoft.com.