Microsoft Azure is a set of cloud computing services in the Microsoft Cloud. It groups Azure services as well as third-party applications.
About Cloud Computing
Cloud computing is becoming an increasingly important topic, for regular computer users as well as IT professionals. One of the most common and familiar uses of a cloud is online data storage: Instead of saving their files directly to their computer or external storage devices, they can upload it to “the cloud”, which provides the functions of a virtual storage device.
The benefits are obvious:
- The user requires less space for file storage on their own computers.
- Even while using a different computer, the user can still access their files via online-access to the cloud.
What is Microsoft Azure?
File storage options like the ones mentioned above are of course only a small and basic part of what cloud computing can do. While these cloud storage functions save the users space on their computers hard drives, of greater importance for many is the use of other cloud computing services and applications.
The following are just some examples of the solutions Microsoft Azure provides:
- Virtual Machines: supported by IBM, Linux, SAP, Oracle, as well as Windows Server and SQL Server
- Databases: Azure SQL Database and Azure Cosmos DB
- Apps: solutions to create cloud-based apps for mobile and web use
- Blockchain: connection of your blockchain to the cloud with the Blockchain Workbench
- Azure DNS: to host your DNS Domain
- Network Watcher: monitors and diagnoses your network performance
- Media Services: for encoding, streaming and storing media files (video and audio)
Microsoft Azure Training Courses with TechSherpas
As certified Microsoft Gold Partners for learning solutions, TechSherpas provide a range of Azure-related trainings aimed at IT professionals. This includes boot camp courses and on-demand learning, as well as options to choose either In-Classroom Learning (ICL) or Virtual Live Training (VLT). The availability of these options depends on the specific courses, so please make sure to read the respective course description for details.
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The technical possibilities of cloud computing have once more revolutionized the way we work with computers. What kind of positive impact did it have on you? Let us know in the comments!