This online Instructor-led Microsoft Azure Fundamentals course will provide foundational-level knowledge of cloud services and how those services are provided with Microsoft Azure. The course can be taken as an optional first step in learning about cloud services and Microsoft Azure, preparing students for the AZ900 examination or before taking further Microsoft Azure or Microsoft cloud services courses.
The course will cover general cloud computing concepts, as well as 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).
It will also cover some core Azure services and solutions, as well as key Azure pillar services concerning security, privacy, compliance, and trust. It will finally cover pricing and support services available with Azure.
There are no prerequisites for taking this course. It is targeted toward anyone who wants to learn more about Microsoft Azure. This exam is designed for candidates looking to demonstrate foundational level knowledge of cloud services and how those services are provided with Microsoft Azure. The exam is intended for candidates with non-technical backgrounds, such as those involved in selling or purchasing cloud based solutions and services or who have some involvement with cloud based solutions and services, as well as those with a technical background who have a need to validate their foundational level knowledge around cloud services. Technical IT experience is not required however some general IT knowledge or experience would be beneficial.
On successful completion of the examination this certification is globally accredited by Microsoft. It does not lead to an award on the Irish National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ).
On completion of the Azure Fundamentals prep course learners should have obtained the skills and knowledge to:
Describe cloud concepts including:
- benefits and considerations of using cloud services
- differences between Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS), Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) and Software-as-a-Service (SaaS)
- the differences between public, private and hybrid cloud models
Describe core Azure services including:
- the core Azure architectural components including Regions, Availability Zones, Resource Groups, Azure Resource Manager and the benefits and usage of core Azure architectural components
- the core products available in Azure such as Virtual Machines, Virtual Machine Scale Sets, App Services, Functions, Azure Container Instances (ACI) and Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS) products available for nNetworking such as Virtual Network, Load Balancer, VPN Gateway, Application Gateway and Content Delivery Network
products available for sStorage such as Blob Storage, Disk Storage, File Storage and Archive Storage
- products available for Databases such as Cosmos DB, Azure SQL Database, Azure Database for MySQL, Azure Database for PostgreSQL, Azure Database Migration service
- solutions available on Azure including Internet of Things (IoT) and products that are available for IoT on Azure such as IoT Hub and IoT Central
- big data and analytics and products that are available for Big Data and Analytics such as SQL Data WarehouseAzure Synapse Analytics, HDInsight, and Azure Databricks
Artificial Intelligence (AI) and products that are available for AI such as Azure
- Machine Learning Service and StudioAzure Machine Learning Studio (classic)
serverless computing and Azure products that are available for serverless computing such as Azure Functions, Logic Apps, and Event Grid
- DevOps solutions available on Azure such as Azure DevOps and Azure DevTest Labs
the benefits and outcomes of using Azure solutions
- Azure management tools
Describe Security, Privacy, Compliance, and Trust including:
- securing network connectivity in Azure
- core Azure Identity services
- security tools and features of Azure
- Azure governance methodologies
- monitoring and reporting options in Azure
- privacy, compliance and data protection standards in Azure
Describe Azure pricing and support including:
- Azure subscriptions
- planning and management of costs
- support options available with Azure
- Azure Service Level Agreements (SLAs)
- service lifecycle in Azure
- Cloud Concepts
- Core Azure Services
- Security, Privacy, Compliance and Trust
- Pricing and Support
On completion of this learning path, you will have the necessary knowledge to take the AZ900 Microsoft Azure Fundamentals Exam (exam fee additional). Your instructor will provide information on how to register for this exam in class.
The AZ900 Microsoft Azure Fundamentals Exam exam can be taken as an optional first step in learning about cloud services and how those concepts are exemplified by Microsoft Azure. It can be taken as a precursor (although not a prerequisite) to Microsoft Azure or Microsoft cloud services exams. Learners coming from non-technical backgrounds or who have some involvement with cloud based solutions and services may get involved in selling or purchasing cloud based solutions and services. Those coming with a technical background may need to validate their foundational level knowledge around cloud services with this certification for career advancement.