Tech101 – Microsoft Azure

If you are comfortable with consuming services from AWS, then learning about Microsoft Azure will be easy. This post is the 40,000ft view of Microsoft Azure.

My employer uses Office 365 (I registered my O365 account for Azure), and it was cool to see the corporate ADFS objects within Azure (as a standard user). I was also surprised to learn that Azure has 30 active sites around the world and how rich their PaaS offering is.

Getting Started (takes 5 minutes)

  1. You have a PC with a responsive and usable Internet connection
  2. Create an Azure account
  3. Provide a valid phone number that must be verified
  4. Provide a valid Credit Card
  5. Accept the Agreement
  6. Start using Azure immediately – there is a free trial (1 month period with $200 credit) for all services in some regions
  7. The UI is very intuitive and easy to use
  8. WARNING: You can spin-up most of the service catalogue.  Do not forget and leave them running, your credit card will be charged.

Subscription Models

  • Pay-As-You-Go – Pay for what you use at a premium rate
  • Azure in Open – Purchase Azure services from a partner using Microsoft’s Open Volume Licencing Program

Support Options

  • Developer Support
  • Professional Direct Support
  • Standard Support

Azure Regions

Azure Service Categories

Azure currently lists all available services in 14 categories. Be aware that each category can contain duplicate services from other categories.

  • General
  • Compute
  • Networking
  • Storage
  • Web + Mobile
  • Databases
  • Intelligence + Analytics
  • Internet of Things
  • Enterprise Integration
  • Security + Identity
  • Developer Tools
  • Monitoring + Management
  • Add-Ons
  • Other

Additional Resources

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