What is Azure - A Complete Guide (2023)

In a 2017 survey,Microsoft Azurewas identified as the most-used public cloud, and the one most likely to be purchased or renewed, according to28% of survey respondents—the highest percentage for any public cloud provider. With results like this, it’s no wonder the number of businesses interested in Azure continues to climb.

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If you’re looking to learn more about Azure, including how your company could benefit from it and best utilize its service offerings, you’re in the right place. This comprehensive guide covers the basics and beyond, from “What is Microsoft Azure?” to a complete Microsoft Azure tutorial video that walks you through some of its highlights—and much more.

Feel free to skip to the parts of this extensive guide you’re most interested in using the table of contents below. And if you have any questions after reading, don’t hesitate toget in touch—we’re happy to provide clarification and answer any of your questions.

Table Of Contents

Chapter 1: Microsoft Azure IntroductionChapter 2: Microsoft Azure FeaturesChapter 3: How Companies Use Microsoft AzureChapter 4: Microsoft Azure TutorialChapter 5: Microsoft Azure Best PracticesBeyond The Basics Of Microsoft Azure

Chapter 1: Microsoft Azure Introduction

What is Microsoft Azure?

Whenever I’m asked about what Microsoft Azure is, the simplest answer is this:Azure is a cloud computing platform that can provide everything a business needs to run all or part of its computing operations virtually—including servers, storage, databases, networking, analytics and more.

Traditionally, the only option available to companies was to build and manage the physical hardware needed for computing, including servers, disk storage and Ethernet switches. But today, companies can use a public cloud computing platform like Azure, which purchases and maintains all the computing hardware. This means companies can effectively “rent” hardware resources as needed.

You can pick and choose among Azure’s services to get the support needed for your business operations—namely building, deploying, and managing applications. (We’ll go into more detail on these service levels inChapter 3.) And because you’re renting the computing resources, you don’t have the costs and inefficiencies (like a dedicated IT department) associated with the physical hardware that naturally goes along with those activities. There are also numerous additional benefits beyond cost and efficiency that we’ll expound on inChapter 2.

Many companies today are choosing to use some combination of cloud computing and on-premise datacenters. Some are even utilizing multiple cloud computing services depending on their needs and requirements. (This article offers a great overview of the future of multi-cloud computing.) So if you’re concerned about making a dramatic change in your computing environment, or feel like you’re committing to a single service provider for life, don’t worry. Instead, you’ll want to focus on determining the viability of cloud computing in relation to your company’s needs. Often, designing some combination of the cloud with an existing on-premises setup is the best way to get the ball rolling.

Who uses Microsoft Azure?

Businesses of all sizes find value in using the public cloud, and many of them are choosing Azure. In fact, Azure is used by85% of Fortune 500 companies.

Azure is also appealing to many small and medium sized businesses. One reason for this is that it helps SMBs avoid huge capital outlays for equipment; it also removes the burden of upgrades and maintenance, as smaller organizations may not have in-house experts readily available to provide support. And because Azure makes it easy to add or remove computing resources in minutes as compared to hours (or days!), it provides increased flexibility that businesses simply wouldn’t have with a traditional on-premise datacenter.

Where will my data be stored if I use Azure?

If you’re doing cloud computing, your data is no longer stored on your own servers. So, where is it stored exactly?

Microsoft manages the physical storage of data for Azure users, which means it will be stored in one or more of Microsoft’s 100+ datacenters around the globe. Microsoft-managed datacenters are currently located in 36 regions (see the map below), and that number is likely to increase in the years ahead.

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You can typically specify the region where you’d like your data to be stored. It’s generally recommended that your data be stored close to where your users are located. The farther away your data is stored from your users, the more latency they will experience. To make sure your data is readily available, Azure will keep and manage multiple copies of your data, by using the process calledreplication.You select how you want replication handled—for example, do you want two copies in the same location, or multiple copies stored across multiple geographic locations?

Because so many businesses are held to certain compliance standards with regard to their data, Azure provides a comprehensive set of compliance offerings, like HIPAA, ITAR, and, as of May 25, 2018, GDPR.View the full list of compliances on Microsoft’s website.

Will my data be secure with Azure?

Security is a priority for all major public cloud services, including Microsoft Azure. Microsoft in particular has been laser-focused on this issue with the recent expansion of its Azure Security Center.

Azure Security Center is a management tool that allows you to monitor your Azure resources for security vulnerabilities and threats. Using advanced analytics, it helps detect potentially malicious activity across your hybrid cloud workloads, and recommends potential remediation steps. You can then evaluate these steps and take the necessary action. Security Center comes with your Microsoft Azure subscription, and can be accessed from your main portal. (See the Microsoft Azure tutorial inChapter 4, which includes directions on how to access Security Center.)

Note, however, that only a portion of Security Center is available for free. And while the free tier provides visibility into the security status of your cloud resources, it’s fairly limited in other aspects. To get more advanced threat detection capabilities, you will need to upgrade to the paid “standard” tier.

Azure also provides DataEncryption at Rest,which is the cryptographic encoding of data when it is persisted. This uses symmetric encryption to encrypt and decrypt large amounts of data quickly.

As an IT professional responsible for providing security to your organization’s data, you’ll likely want to investigate a number of alternate security options.CSO Onlinenotes that “contrary to what many may think, the main responsibility for protecting corporate data in the cloud lies not with the service provider but with the cloud customer.” So you’ll want to be certain you have a good understanding of your own cloud security, and how you can be proactive about managing it.Acronis offers Cloud Securityto help protect your Microsoft Azure Cloud. To learn more, see the Microsoft Azure tutorial video inChapter 4.

Now that we’ve introduced Microsoft Azure, we’ll move on to the next step—understanding what Azure can do for you and your business.

Chapter 2: Microsoft Azure Features

Once you know what Microsoft Azure is and how it works, it’s not hard to imagine why so many businesses use it. In my experience, there are several reasons why companies decide to make the move. Azure has so many features that it would be nearly impossible to detail all of them in a single blog post. Below are six features that are the most relevant to the majority of businesses.

Disaster Recovery

A recent survey from Information Technology Intelligence Consulting showed that79% of corporations require a minimum of 99.99% uptimefor “mission-critical hardware, operating systems and main line of business applications.” The survey data also showed that 81% of businesses (across 47 vertical markets) estimate the average hourly cost of downtime exceeds $300,000. One-third of responding companies indicated that just a single hour of downtime could cost anywhere from $1 million to over $5 million. Is it any wonder that most businesses are making disaster recovery a high priority while looking for easier ways to implement it?

With Azure, your business gains a strong disaster recovery solution—one that also comes with a more affordable price tag than those associated with traditional computing environments. With Azure, you get access to:

  • Multiple datacenters for data storage, which allows you to deploy a cloud service to different locations around the world.
  • Azure Site Recovery, a service that helps ensure your critical business applications stay online during an outage or disruption by replicating those workloads from a primary site to a secondary location.
  • Azure Traffic Manager, which automates network routing to different locations (predetermined by you) in case of a region-specific failure.
  • 3x data replication, which means all the data you store in Azure is copied three times, either to a single or a secondary datacenter.


Do you run an ecommerce website that handles large workloads during busy holidays? Or maybe you operate an accounting firm that experiences peak usage in the first few months of the year. Whatever the case, the additional capacity to support high-volume workloads must be built into the system no matter what. It is especially true for an on-premise datacenter that requires buying a lot of additional hardware and maintaining it year-round. With the cloud, you can virtually expand your resource base, and quickly decrease it when you’re done. Plus, you’re only paying for the resources you need and not wasting money when they’re not being used.

Azure has tools built in that monitor and analyze your utilization of cloud resources, which can help you determine benefits from decreasing or adjusting your computing environment. And if a change is warranted, you can make it in seconds.

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Development Tools

Traditionally, on-premise computing environments don’t have a lot of room for development and testing. That often means companies have to purchase new hardware/software for development purposes, or push off development tasks until they have sufficient room in the system. The result is decreased productivity, fewer innovations and higher costs.

Azure, on the other hand, is the perfect place for development! Since you’re only paying for the resources you need (known asutility computing), developers can easily build out all possible scenarios and run through testing without having to purchase new equipment. On top of that, developers gain immediate access to a variety of templates, services and solutions, helping reduce the time it takes to bring new innovations to market.

Azure DevOps features include:

•Microsoft’sVisual StudioTeam Services(free for up to five users), which is a set of services that support collaboration among development teams. This feature allows teams to organize work items and manage source code, among other things.

•Easy integration of other traditional DevOps tools, including Jenkins, Chef, Terraform and Ansible.

•Azure DevTest Labs, which is a service that helps developers and QA teams to quickly create cost-efficient test environments in Azure.

Cost Efficiency

One of the greatest benefits of Azure (or any public cloud platform) is its cost-efficiency. There are three primary reasons Azure is so practical when it comes to cost:

•You won’t have to make the large initial investment associated with building an on-premise or remote datacenter. Cloud computing also eliminates the need to buy additional software for development or increased workloads down the road. You won’t need to purchase replacement hardware (as most computing hardware has an average lifecycle of 2-3 years).

•You’ll avoid the costs associated with service calls and warranty renewals.

•You won’t have to pay for any resources other than those you need, as Azure bills per second used, rounded down to the last minute. Take a look atAzure’s pricing pagefor more details.

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These Microsoft Azure features are essential to gaining maximum cost savings:

•Azure Cost Managementis a SaaS solution designed specifically for organizations employing a multi-cloud strategy. It provides the ability to monitor, allocate and optimize use of the cloud. (Cloud spend is the number one concern for organizations, in part because of the complexity of cloud pricing and billing. In fact, a2017 reportfound that users have wasted an estimated $10 billion of cloud spend—so this tool is of great value!)

•Azure Reserved VM Instances (RIs)let you reserve virtual machines (a simulation of a physical machine) on a one- or three-year term. Purchasing a reservation gives you a discount on running VMs, which saves you money. It also gives you some degree of price predictability for budgeting purposes.

•Azure pricing calculatoris a tool that helps you figure out what you will be paying for Azure setup. You can adjust the variables to see how they would impact cost, from computing and networking to databases, analytics and developer tools. Compare these numbers to what you’re paying for on-premises and you can begin calculating ROI.(Here’s a resource with information about how enterprises are calculating cloud ROI.)

Easy Access To Resources

Azure’s cloud computing service gives IT departments access to a huge number of resources they wouldn’t normally have with an on-premises datacenter. For instance, many forward-thinking companies are looking to apply machine learning and automation to their data analysis to enable better decision-making. Using Azure, you can easily incorporate those capabilities into your systems—no data science expertise or costly resources needed. Or, you may want to deploy a Linux server, which, in a traditional computing environment, requires a series of rules to get up and running. This can take anywhere from several hours to a few days to complete. But with Azure, you can set up your Linux server in less than five minutes.

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To improve your business agility, look for these features in Azure:

•Azure Quickstart Templateshelp you deploy hundreds of Azure resources quickly and consistently, every time.

•Azure Marketplace, the app store of Azure’s datacenter applications, makes it easy to find, try and deploy any cloud software you want, on the fly. The Marketplace is one of my favorite parts of Azure, because it’s easy to navigate and has so many software options.

•Azure Machine Learning Servicesand Azure AI Platform help you build artificial intelligence applications.

Now that you have a better understanding of some of the Microsoft Azure fundamentals and how they can help your business, let’s take a look at the three types of service offerings you can get through Azure, so you can determine which will best matches your company’s needs.

Chapter 3: How Companies Use Microsoft Azure

No two businesses use Azure in the same way, so determining how best to use it in your organization depends on the specific needs of your company. Now that you’ve learned more about the Microsoft Azure basics, you may be wondering:

•How do I decide what business functions to shift to Azure?

•When is the right time to make the move?

•What are my options in terms of Azure services?

This chapter takes a look at various levels of offerings to help you decide.

Microsoft Azure: Fundamentals Of Cloud Service Models

Infrastructure As A Service (IaaS)

The most basic set of services rapidly gaining popularity is the IaaS cloud computing model.

Let’s compare IaaS to traditional on-premises datacenters. With on-premises, it’s your responsibility to manage every component of the datacenter, from business applications to virtual machines and networking.

By using the Azure IaaS service, you’re essentially putting data on a server in the cloud that you can fully control. Maintaining the physical hardware becomes a non-issue because Microsoft takes care of the servers for you. You also don’t have to worry about the expenses associated with failing hard drives and hardware maintenance. What you will have to do is monitor, manage and patch your virtual machines and their operating functions, so it’s still a very hands-on arrangement. In summary, IaaS is the cloud service model that feels like a typical on-premises setup while giving you freedom for running applications you want.

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Platform As A Service (PaaS)

PaaS is the next step in cloud service models—it’s the platform on which you roll out your applications. While using PaaS, your responsibility is to manage specific applications and the database, while Microsoft takes care of all other services required to run your application (including middleware, the operating system, VMs, servers, storage and networking). Therefore, responsibility for the success of your application is shared between your organization and Microsoft, with both parties delivering key elements.

A move to PaaS lets you devote more time to developing your application, rather than maintaining the operational functions that support it. Most companies that use PaaS do so because they’re interested in flipping a traditional, monolithic and console-based application (e.g. those that run in a separate console window rather than in a browser, like Word or Outlook,) to a web-based application.

But whether or not you decide to make the move to PaaS you’ll have to consider the required investment. Depending on the size and the complexity of your application, this change may require employing a development team to handle the conversion.

Software As A Service (SaaS)

A SaaS arrangement with Azure handles all infrastructure and IT functions, leaving your SaaS application to run in the cloud on top of Azure. It’s not a platform, it’s an actual application in itself—think Microsoft 365, Salesforce, Basecamp, etc. Everything underneath the application is automated, e.g. patching the VMs.

Your company might consider moving from PaaS to SaaS if you want to be almost completely hands-off. A transition to SaaS may be ideal if your application is highly automated and accessible over the internet, and doesn’t have any lingering dependencies on a specific underlying operating system (OS) or a particular type of middleware. For example, if your application relies on an older OS that isn’t supported in Azure (like any version earlier than Windows 2008 R2), a more complex level of development is required to make the transition from PaaS to SaaS successful.

Transitioning Between Cloud Levels

Moving from one cloud level to the next takes time and resources, so there’s no single defining scenario or event that dictates a move from one cloud level to the next. This decision revolves around understanding your application needs. Here are some things to consider when it comes to determining what’s right for you:

  1. Do you have governance over your data?
  2. Are there certain compliances you must meet in relation to your data?
  3. Are you more interested in devoting time to building software rather than servers?
  4. Do you need to customize the underlying hardware or software for your application?
  5. What is the size of your IT staff?
  6. Are you a startup or a small company with a short development timeline?

Keep in mind that services can be mixed and matched—that’s part of the beauty of Azure. You can convert your workloads slowly over time, so that some remain IaaS applications while others advance to PaaS, for example. Each company’s approach to the cloud is unique.

It’s important to note that, the farther you go up the cloud level stack (from IaaS to SaaS), the more automation is involved—which leaves your applications less prone to human error. If you have an IaaS application, for example, but you’re not keeping up with OS patches, the application will break down sooner or later, or will end up having security issues. If, on the other hand, Microsoft is in charge of patching, it will happen automatically, leaving less room for error.

Now that you’ve learned the basics of Azure, are you ready to see a Microsoft Azure tutorial? We’ll walk you through some of the highlights of Azure, and give you a peek into how Acronis can help you make the transition to Azure successfully.

Chapter 4: Microsoft Azure Tutorial

For a brief look at the Microsoft Azure portal, resource groups and the Marketplace, watch this short video.

Chapter 5: Microsoft Azure Best Practices

Once you start using Azure, there are some best practices you should follow to ensure you get the full benefit of the platform.

To make the most of your investment, consider how you’ll handle all the Microsoft Azure fundamentals belowbeforeyou make your transition to the cloud.

•Data migrations.You’re more likely to have successful migrations if you truly understand the ins and outs of your business applications, as well as what Azure has to offer. Some applications can be easily rebuilt in the cloud rather than transitioned, like those that indirectly support front-end services and hold no actual data. For example, you may waste time and resources moving an existing firewall over to an Azure IaaS, when it would have been more helpful to use a firewall PaaS from Azure Marketplace. Becoming familiar with available options will make your job easier, and will ultimately save you time in the long run.

•Cloud access management.Administrators need access to your Azure resources, but some form of gatekeeping is necessary for data protection. And with many experts now calling traditional one-factor authentication untrustworthy, a stronger level of protection is required.Azure Multi-Factor Authenticationis Microsoft’s two-step verification solution. It requires two or more of the following verification methods from users requesting access:something you know(like a password);something you have(like a phone); andsomething you are(like a fingerprint). We recommend enabling this feature in Azure to manage access to your application.

•Resource management.Microsoft defines a resource as “a manageable item that is available through Azure,” a virtual machine, database and virtual network. It’s important to keep track of all your resources by giving them defining parameters. To do that, take advantage ofAzure Resource Manager.It gives you the tools you’ll need to help track and manage your resources. For example, Resource Manager provides the ability to create “resource groups”—think of them as containers that hold related resources for your different Azure solutions, whether they are IaaS, PaaS or SaaS offerings. Resource groups are arranged so you can easily monitor, control access and manage billing in combination with one another. Most applications are made up of many resources, each providing full visibility.

•Cloud security.Security should be a top priority for your business, and you need a strategy in place before you make the transition to the cloud. While cloud platforms like Azure and AWS secure their physical datacenters and server hardware by offering tools likeAzure’s Security Centerto assist you in protecting your workloads—it’s up to you to keep your virtual machines and applications going. Acronis'sSmart Firewall for Azureprovides even more comprehensive security coverage that’s easier to manage. This intuitive application consolidates firewall rule configuration, logging and billing into a single console, without using the Azure portal. In fact, the process of creating and applying firewall rules with Acronis is up to five times faster than with other security solutions. And, using the firewall in combination withAcronis Cloud Security,helps you meet security compliance mandates by utilizing log retention and analysis. You can find out more about Acronis security solutionson our website.

Beyond The Basics Of Microsoft Azure

Microsoft Azure has beenexperiencingexponential growth, and will continue to develop new features and services. If you’re looking to join the legions of businesses already using Microsoft Azure, hopefully you’ve found this overview useful.

As a leading Microsoft Cloud Solutions provider,Acroniscan help your business succeed with Azure. Our management and security software is powerful and easy to use. It was designed specifically to give your IT and virtualization teams a simpler way to administer, secure and monitor cloud resources. We can also help you quickly and easily migrate your existing virtual machines to Azure.

If you have questions about any of our software solutions, or would like to learn more about how we can help your business succeed, please don’t hesitate toget in touch.

Editor’s Note:This post was originally published in March 2018 and has been completely revamped and updated for accuracy and comprehensiveness.


What is Azure - A Complete Guide? ›

What is Azure? Microsoft Azure is a cloud computing platform and service that offers a wide range of cloud-based services, such as virtual machines, databases, analytics, storage, and networking, which can be used to build, deploy, and manage cloud-based applications and services.

What is Azure in simple terms? ›

Azure is Microsoft's public cloud platform. Azure offers a large collection of services, which includes platform as a service (PaaS), infrastructure as a service (IaaS), and managed database service capabilities.

What is the basic knowledge about Microsoft Azure? ›

Azure is a cloud computing platform and an online portal that allows you to access and manage cloud services and resources provided by Microsoft. These services and resources include storing your data and transforming it, depending on your requirements.

What are the 3 pillars of Azure? ›

The five pillars of the Azure Well-Architected Framework are reliability, cost optimisation, operational excellence, performance efficiency, and security.

What is Azure and how it works? ›

Microsoft Azure, formerly known as Windows Azure, is Microsoft's public cloud computing platform. It provides a broad range of cloud services, including compute, analytics, storage and networking.

What is Azure functions for dummies? ›

Azure Functions is a serverless solution that allows you to write less code, maintain less infrastructure, and save on costs. Instead of worrying about deploying and maintaining servers, the cloud infrastructure provides all the up-to-date resources needed to keep your applications running.

What are the main uses of Azure? ›

Use cases
  • Application development.
  • AI.
  • Cloud migration and modernisation.
  • Data and analytics.
  • Hybrid cloud and infrastructure.
  • Internet of Things. Connect, monitor, and control devices with secure, scalable, and open edge-to-cloud solutions.
  • Security and governance.

What are the 5 principles of Azure? ›

The Microsoft Azure Well-Architected Framework provides technical guidance specifically at the workload level across five pillars - cost optimization, security, reliability, performance efficiency and operational excellence.

Can a beginner learn Microsoft Azure? ›

Microsoft Azure — Beginner's Guide by Alan Rodrigues

As its name suggests this course is for beginners but to start this course you'll need some basic IT knowledge on networks, databases, and how Web servers work. You will learn: The ability to understand how to start working with Azure.

Is Azure good for beginners? ›

As a result, there is a growing demand for professionals with Azure skills and certifications. For beginners who are interested in starting a career in cloud computing, getting a Microsoft Azure certification is an excellent way to gain the necessary skills and knowledge.

What are the 4 fundamental Azure roles? ›

Fundamental Azure RBAC built-in roles:
  • Owner – full access to all Azure resources.
  • Contributor – create and manage all types of resources in Azure.
  • Reader – a user with this role can only view Azure resources.
  • User Access Administrator – it has permissions to manage user access to all types of resources.

What are the 6 privacy principles Azure? ›

The foundation of Microsoft's approach to privacy is built on the following six principles: customer control, transparency, security, strong legal protections for privacy, no content-based targeting, and benefits to customers from any data we collect.

How many levels are there in Azure? ›

Microsoft's Azure certifications are role-based, with titles such as Azure Administrator, Azure Solution Architect, Azure Developer, and Azure AI Engineer. They're organized into 4 levels: Fundamentals, Associate, Expert, and Specialty. These certifications focus on building knowledge and skills related to job roles.

What is the difference between cloud and Azure? ›

So, what's the difference between the cloud and Azure? The cloud is a network of remote servers that are accessed over the internet, while Azure is a specific brand of cloud computing platform that helps organizations build, deploy, and manage applications and services.

What the heck is Microsoft Azure? ›

Microsoft Azure is a cloud service provided by Microsoft. Microsoft Azure enables you to have virtualized computing platforms accessible through the internet.

What is the benefit of using Azure? ›


Azure allows organizations to scale their resources up or down as needed, which can help to reduce costs and ensure that they have the resources they need to meet demand.

What programming language does Azure use? ›

Azure supports the most popular programming languages in use today, including Python, JavaScript, Java, . NET and Go.

What cool things can you do with Azure Functions? ›

The most common use cases of Azure Functions include:
  • Reminders and notifications.
  • Scheduled tasks and messages.
  • File processing.
  • Data or data streams processing.
  • Running background backup tasks.
  • Computing backend calculations.
  • Lightweight Web APIs, proofs of concept, MVPs.
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What is serverless in Azure? ›

What is serverless computing? Serverless computing enables developers to build applications faster by eliminating the need for them to manage infrastructure. With serverless applications, the cloud service provider automatically provisions, scales, and manages the infrastructure required to run the code.

What is the difference between Azure and AWS? ›

Key Differences Between AWS and Azure

AWS provides temporary storage that is assigned when an instance is launched and destroyed when it is terminated. In contrast, Azure provides temporary storage via block storage with page Blobs for VMs and Block Blobs for object storage.

What are the 4 types of Azure? ›

Most organizations will use more than one type of storage.
  1. Azure Blob Storage. Blob is one of the most common Azure storage types. ...
  2. Azure Files. Azure Files is Microsoft's managed file storage in the cloud. ...
  3. Azure Queue Storage. ...
  4. Azure Table. ...
  5. Azure Managed Disks.
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What are the 4 types of Azure services? ›

A public cloud computing platform, Microsoft Azure offers infrastructure as a service (IaaS), software as a service (SaaS), platform as a service (PaaS), and a serverless model.

Can a non it person learn Azure? ›

Yes! There is no pre-requisite in learning Azure and the AZ-900 in this platform will help you understand Azure basics and for sure can make you explain what each and every offering Azure currently has.

How long does it take to learn Azure? ›

It takes the majority of Azure solutions experts over 2 months to prepare for the Azure Solutions Architect Expert exam – most of them over 4 months. If you're studying for the AZ-303 and you want to earn the Azure Architect cert, you should prepare yourself to take as long as 4 months or more to study for it.

Can I learn Azure without coding? ›

Yes, you can learn Microsoft Azure without learning to program. But this would restrict your work roles to just non-technical roles. If you're a beginner, learning a programming language is recommended, such as Python, to get a high-paying job in the cloud computing industry.

What is the easiest path in Azure? ›

The most common path for beginners is the Azure Administrator certification. This certification validates your ability to manage and monitor Azure resources, including creating and configuring virtual machines, storage accounts, and networking components.

What should you create first in Azure? ›

In this post, we will see how we can see how to get started with Microsoft Azure step by step.
  1. Creating an Account.
  2. Azure Hierarchy.
  3. Understand Management Groups and Subscriptions.
  4. Understand Resource Groups.
  5. Understand Directories.
  6. Creating Users and Groups.
  7. Role Assignments.
  8. Managing Resources With Azure Portal.

How hard is learning Azure? ›

The short answer is yes, Azure is easy to learn if you already know AWS for many reasons: Basic architecture concepts are the same across all the cloud vendors. Cloud native concepts (IaaS, PaaS, SaaS) are the same across all cloud vendors. Both Azure and AWS have a similar set of services and infrastructure.

Which is the most powerful Azure role? ›

The Global Administrator role is the most powerful administrator role in Azure AD and provides almost unlimited access to data, resources and settings.

What is the highest role in Azure? ›

The Azure AD roles include: Global administrator – the highest level of access, including the ability to grant administrator access to other users and to reset other administrator's passwords.

How many roles are there in Azure? ›

Azure role-based access control (Azure RBAC) has over 120 built-in roles or you can create your own custom roles. This article describes how to list the built-in and custom roles that you can use to grant access to Azure resources.

Who owns data in Azure? ›

With Azure, you are the owner of the data that you provide for storing and hosting in Azure services. We do not share your data with advertiser-supported services, nor do we mine it for any purposes like marketing research or advertising.

Can Azure access my data? ›

The access-control requirements are established by the following Azure Security Policy: No access to customer data, by default. No user or administrator accounts on customer virtual machines (VMs).

What is Hipaa in Azure? ›

HIPAA overview

The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) and the regulations issued under HIPAA are a set of US healthcare laws that, among other provisions, establish requirements for the use, disclosure, and safeguarding of protected health information (PHI).

What are the steps of Azure? ›

  1. Get started with Azure DevOps.
  2. Web portal navigation.
  3. Dashboards, charts, reports, & widgets.
  4. Create a wiki for your project.
  5. Azure Boards & GitHub.
  6. Azure Pipelines & GitHub.
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How long to study for Azure Fundamentals? ›

But how long do most people study for their IT certification exams? It depends.
15 Most Popular IT Certification CoursesHow Long Most People Need to Study
Microsoft Windows 10 (MD-100)2-4 weeks
Microsoft Azure Architect Technologies (AZ-303)3 months or more
Microsoft Certified: Azure Fundamentals (AZ-900)1-2 months
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What is the salary of Azure administrator? ›

Azure Cloud Administrator salary in India ranges between ₹ 3.6 Lakhs to ₹ 11.5 Lakhs with an average annual salary of ₹ 6.0 Lakhs. Salary estimates are based on 732 latest salaries received from Azure Cloud Administrators.

What is Google's version of Azure? ›

Google Cloud competes with Microsoft Azure on price and provides more flexible pricing across almost all cloud services.

Is it easier to learn Azure or AWS? ›

AWS Certifications are the most sought after in the cloud industry. There is more demand on AWS skills when compared to other Cloud Platforms. AWS is easier to learn if you have no prior Cloud experience as there are more learning materials (blogs, eBooks, video tutorials) that you could find online.

What is Azure cloud for beginners? ›

Microsoft Azure is a cloud computing platform that makes it easy for businesses to create, deploy, and manage digital applications. It offers a variety of technologies that can be used to build online experiences, including web apps, cloud services, mobile apps, and AI services.

Is Microsoft Azure outdated? ›

This functionality will be fully retired on September 1, 2023. Today, about 90 percent of the IaaS VMs are using Azure Resource Manager. If you use IaaS resources through ASM, start planning your migration now. Complete it by September 1, 2023, to take advantage of Azure Resource Manager.

Does Netflix use Azure? ›

Netflix now offers an ad-supported tier — supported by AWS's archrival, Microsoft Azure.

Why is it called Azure? ›

Lexicon developed the name Azure, which signaled a new attitude for Microsoft and suggested the open-ended and flexible nature of the platform. Azure, the color of the sky, further generated appropriate and striking visual associations for a cloud-based platform.

Why not to use Azure? ›

CON - Requires Platform Expertise

Unlike local servers, Azure requires expertise to ensure all moving parts work together efficiently. A common mistake by business administrators not fully engaged in how well (or poorly) their cloud servers are operating is to over-provision cloud services.

What is Azure and why do I need it? ›

Azure is a cloud computing platform and an online portal that allows you to access and manage cloud services and resources provided by Microsoft. These services and resources include storing your data and transforming it, depending on your requirements.

Is it important to learn Azure? ›

Azure certification can help you sharpen your skills in artificial intelligence and machine learning areas. Among the skills measured in the certification exams is knowledge of cloud concepts and an understanding of Azure's core architectural components.

What is the difference between Microsoft and Azure? ›

Microsoft Azure is another enterprise cloud platform, with a much wider range of capabilities. Unlike Microsoft 365, which is a software as a service (SaaS) product, Azure has infrastructure as a service (IaaS) and platform as a service (PaaS) components.

Why Azure is better than Google? ›

Azure vs Google Cloud: Storage Services

Summary: Azure provides a well-rounded set of storage services and features, but can have a steep learning curve, especially for users without a background in Microsoft technology. Google offers fewer features but shines in storage pricing and ease of its use.

Which top companies use Azure? ›

Companies using Microsoft Azure Cloud Services for Application Hosting and Computing Services include: Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, a Japan based Manufacturing organisation with 77991 employees and revenues of $3860.28 billion, Emirates Transport, a United Arab Emirates based Transportation organisation with 30000 ...

What is another name for Microsoft Azure? ›

Microsoft's cloud computing platform, Azure, was introduced at the Professional Developers Conference (PDC) in October 2008 under the codename "Project Red Dog". It was officially launched as Windows Azure in February 2010 and later renamed Microsoft Azure on March 25, 2014.

Does Azure require coding? ›

You do not need coding skills to use Microsoft Azure.

The Microsoft Azure web portal provides all the functionality you need to manage your cloud infrastructure without previous coding experience.

What is unique about Azure? ›

4-Unique storage system

Azure has more data centers and delivery points than any other cloud service. This enables Azure to speed up content delivery to your business environment and provide the best possible user experience. Users can store data in a fast and secure environment with Azure.


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