Microsoft Azure is an ever-evolving public cloud offering. In layman’s terms essentially, the servers or virtual hosts you would usually host in your own datacentre are hosted in secure regions all over the world. Normal capacity concerns that you would have needed to manage in the past such as storage and memory is managed by Microsoft directly – giving you the ability to concentrate on what really matters – your applications and users.
More information on what Azure is and the services that offer (which is ever-increasing) can be found on the following official Microsoft web pages:
This mammoth of a public cloud offering often causes confusion around knowing what Azure is capable of and the hardest part is knowing where to start! To quote a famous Hobbit.
“It’s a dangerous business, Frodo, going out your door. You step onto the road, and if you don’t keep your feet, there’s no knowing where you might be swept off to.” – Bilbo Baggins
This blog post is intended to help point you in the right direction whether it is your first step on the road or you have already started your journey.
The links below are external to my website and I have no control over them. I have tried to categorise the resources in terms of skill level as much as I can and kept to training resources that are free, and I plan on keeping it up to date and add more as I come across them. Feel free to recommend others in the comments below.
Note: Updated: 25/04/21
Beginner: So, what is this outside world of Azure that you speak of?
- What is Azure?
- Get started with Azure
- Get your Azure free account
- Wikipedia - More about Azure and some acronyms (IaaS/Pass)
Intermediate: I am excited! Now to eat supper
- Create a 3-Tier Application Using Azure Virtual Machines
- Microsoft Azure Essentials
- Microsoft Learn
Advanced: Up for a Challenge! Let’s throw that ring in the lava
- Microsoft Cloud Training Events
- Azure Citadel
- 70-532 Azure Exam links
- Azure Tips and Tricks
- Azure Academy
- Microsoft Mechanics
- Solution Architect: Design Power Platform solutions
- Learn Azure in a Month of Lunches - Audiobook
Other: I have a dragon’s hoard of gold to spend
- Azure Solutions Architect Training
- Cloud Skills
- Microsoft Azure Administrator Training
- Safari Books
Bonus Material: You have built the citadel, now its time to defend the wall
- Azure Architecture Center
- Azure Code Samples
- Azure Quick Start Templates
- Azure Pricing Calculator
- Azure Products
- Azure Updates
- Azure Videos
- Azure Virtual Datacenter Guidance
- Azure Well Architectued Framework
- Azure Whitepapers
- Cloud Migration Resources
- Enterprise Cloud Strategy eBook
- Find an Azure Partner
- Microsoft Azure Reddit
- Microsoft Azure Twitter
- Microsoft Cloud Adoption Framework for Azure
- The Azure Podcast
- Windows Server on Azure