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Microsoft Future Ready: Azure Cloud Fundamentals

This course will provide foundational level knowledge of cloud services and how those services are provided with Microsoft Azure.

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  • Duration

    2 weeks
  • Weekly study

    6 hours
  • Included in an ExpertTrack

    Course 1 of 6
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Improve and streamline your data science processes using Microsoft Azure. Growing your understanding of cloud computing concepts and tools can help with the delivery of business-critical data analysis.

Understand the data science applications of cloud computing

Finding and adopting the right tools within your organisation is key to robust and efficient data science projects. Guided by industry experts, you’ll grow your understanding of the different business models for cloud and AI usage of cloud computing.

You’ll learn about general cloud computing concepts, general cloud computing models and services such as public, private and hybrid cloud and Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS), Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) and Software-as-a-Service (SaaS).

You’ll then apply those cloud computing concepts by looking at data science solutions that you can find in Microsoft Azure and Amazon Cloud Services - two market leaders.

Get to grips with the data science options in Microsoft Azure

Microsoft Azure is home to a suite of products that support data analytics, development, and database creation. You’ll explore the opportunities within the platform, such as Azure Stream Analytics, Azure Synapse Analytics, and Azure Data Explorer.

Discover the possibilities within Amazon Web Services (AWS)

A strong understanding of how AWS works will help you to prepare the infrastructure you need for your projects, reduce spend within your department, and spend less time on maintenance. This course will review AWS and how you can use it to best effect for your data projects.


  • Week 1

    Course Introduction

    • About this Course

      Welcome to the Microsoft Future Ready: Azure Cloud Fundamentals Course. This activity introduces you to the course outline and the learning outcomes of this course.

    • Cloud Concepts

      On completion of this activity, you will be able to understand the meaning of cloud computing and able to describe key terms you will encounter when working with cloud services.

    • Review and Summary: Cloud Concepts

      In this activity, we will summarise what was learned this week and do a quick knowledge check to see if you understand the content.

    • Core Azure Architectural Components

      After completing this activity, you will be able to understand and describe core Azure architectural components, services and products.

    • Core Azure Services

      In this activity, we will explore Core Azure services and walkthroughs of how to create virtual machines and networks via the Azure Portal.

    • Azure Products and Solutions

      In this activity, we are going to introduce you to Azure products and solutions.

    • Review and Wrapping up the week

      This activity marks the end of the week’s activities. We will start off with a review and then a preview of what can be expected in the week to follow.

  • Week 2

    Azure Fundamentals

    • Azure Management Tools

      In this activity, we will explore Azure Management Tools and walkthroughs of Azure CLI.

    • Networks and Security in Azure

      In this activity, we will be exploring Azure networks and security, as well as the tools and services available on Azure.

    • Azure Governance, Monitoring and Trust

      In this activity we will focus on Azure Governance, Monitoring and Trust.

    • Privacy, Compliance and Data Protection standards in Azure

      In this activity, we are discussing Azure Privacy, Compliance and Data Protection standards.

    • Review and Summary: Security Components

      In this activity, we will summarise what was learned this week and do a quick knowledge check to see if you understand the content.

    • Azure Pricing and Support

      On completion of this activity, you will understand more about Azure Pricing and Support options.

    • Review and Summary: Pricing and Support

      In this activity, we will summarise what was learned this week and do a quick knowledge check to see if you understand the content.

    • Wrap Up and Course Completion

      This last activity of the course will detail the requirements of the final examination and course completion.

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  • Complete each course and pass assessments.
  • Receive certificates validated by the educating organisation.
  • Impress employers with learning outcomes you can add to your CV.
  • Make your career dreams a reality.

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Who is this accredited by?


This course is accredited by Microsoft

Learning on this course

On every step of the course you can meet other learners, share your ideas and join in with active discussions in the comments.

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • Understand general cloud computing concepts
  • Understand core services available with Microsoft Azure
  • Understand security, privacy, compliance and trust with Microsoft Azure
  • Understand pricing and support models available with Microsoft

Who is the course for?

This course was developed for people who would like to learn data science applications of cloud computing services, particularly Microsoft Azure and Amazon Web Services.

Who developed the course?

CloudSwyft Global Systems, Inc.

CloudSwyft has partnered with the top global technology companies to deliver cutting edge digital skills learning across the modern workplace.

About this ExpertTrack

Investigate Data Science Fundamentals using Microsoft Azure

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