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Getting to the Cloud the Right Way: Azure

Azure, Azure, Azure . . . that is where I spend most of my time lately. At the end of the 2014, I even wrote and passed exam 70-533, Implementing Microsoft Azure Infrastructure Solutions. I’ve been playing with Azure for about two years, and I was first introduced to it a year before I started with Microsoft. No one is paying me to say this, but I love Azure!!! My favourite features are its flexibility and efficiency, and I get excited when a new feature comes out – and even more excited when I get to jump head first into that feature. Unfortunately I don’t get to play with all the functionality, which does frustrate me, but there are only so many hours in a day.

As Azure is becoming a viable option for the SMB market, IT pros are finding that it can be overwhelming at first. There are a lot of questions Azure beginners have, such as “where do I start?” “how do I do this?” and “what about that?” Or “I did this, but why isn’t it working correctly?” and the common statement “I didn’t know I had to do it that way.”

To help you become more familiar with Azure, Microsoft has several resources available for you.

1. Channel 9 – the ultimate resource for Azure. I highly recommend these well-recorded training videos.

2. Microsoft Virtual Academy – additional training videos not only on Azure, but everything else MS.

3. Microsoft Partner Network – your one-stop-shop to see what events MS is hosting, and how MS can help you for marketing, training, events, etc.

4. In person events – come spend a day with me! I’ll be in Vancouver, Edmonton, Montreal, and Mississauga providing hands-on Azure training.

Mississauga Dates:

5. Expert Series – a bi-weekly series aimed to provide you with detailed technical assistance for your Azure business opportunities.

6. Azure Coffee Cup Series – quick Azure how-to videos demonstrating how to setup the most common services in Azure. Each video is conveniently about as long as it takes to consume your favorite caffeinated beverage.

Please feel free to reach out to me if you need any further assistance. You can contact me at asksmbca at microsoft.com.

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