Cloud Computing with Microsoft Azure

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Cloud Computing with Microsoft Azure

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.

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The benefits are obvious:

  1. The user requires less space for file storage on their own computers.
  2. 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!


Digital Nomads – Remote Working on the Move

While the idea of working on a telecommute or “home office” basis as such is not so new anymore, modern IT technology like easily portable/mobile computer devices, cloud computing, and the internet in general as well as its broad Wifi availability has taken the possibilities of remote working to a whole new level.

Cloud Computing Makes Telecommuting a Real Possibility

There is a new generation of employees and entrepreneurs who do not only work away from their regular office space and are not even simply working from home instead, but travel abroad and work from there, or even during the traveling as such.

This is made possible by constantly evolving hardware (smartphones that can double as mobile hotspots, tablet computers, laptops etc.) and software that enables handling computer-related tasks from places like a train, bus, coffee shop, or even the beach.

But the option of working on texts, graphics and other files from almost anywhere and submitting them via email is only one part of the possibilities: Online video conferences and phone calls over the internet (Voice over IP) enable real-time communication at comparatively low costs, and products like Microsoft Sharepoint enable the collaboration of teams that might theoretically have its members all over the globe.

In addition, other industry branches are evolving to accommodate the needs of the so called “digital nomads”, remote workers and other “road warriors”. Specialized travel agencies and providers of commercial co-working spaces all over the world offer their services to this particular set of customers.

While there are actually people that live this kind of nomadic lifestyle as regular employees of a company, it is safe to state that the majority of digital nomads work on a self-employed basis – i.e. as freelancers – for example as copy or travel writers, bloggers, website or graphic designers, multi-media specialists, digital marketing or search engine optimization experts.

The digital nomad lifestyle constitutes an exciting and challenging option for many people, but it is certainly not for everybody. Your success in this area depends on a whole number of factors, on the individual financial situation, a huge amount of flexibility and a certain willingness to take exchange a certain amount of uncertainty with the many trappings and luxuries a more “settled” career might have to offer. One way or the other though: As the success of basically any form of digital/multi-media career at least in parts depends on one’s computer-related skills and knowledge, one should make sure to keep an eye on the latest technologies and software developments that might enhance one’s professional chances. The good news is, that there are many opportunities for remote/online learning, training and certifications as well.