Everything You Need to Know about Azure Administrator Certification
Microsoft Azure certification courses are the talk of the town for both current and future IT professionals and cloud managers, among others. Ever since the development of Microsoft Azure into the premier cloud platform, the certifications offered by Microsoft as part of the Azure line have become more popular, with gradually more companies planning to use and experimenting with Azure on a daily basis.
Among the various Azure training courses such as Azure Fundamentals and Developing Azure Solutions offered as part of the Azure suite, the Azure Administrator certification, namely the Azure Administrator Certification: Azure Integration and Security (AZ-101) and Azure Administrator Certification: Azure Infrastructure and Deployment (AZ-100) take top billing for cloud administrators of the present or near future. In this article, we are going to take a closer look at both these certifications, to see the salient features of both.
Azure Administrator Certification: Integration and Security
This course teaches IT, professionals, the assessment, discovery, management, and maintenance of the infrastructure of the core web applications as well as services which developers build and deploy. In addition to this, the certification teaches how to configure and implement various Azure networking traffic distributing mechanisms, as well as how to understand the organizational challenges in maintaining the security of the modern IT environments.
About the Azure Integration and Security Course
At its essence, the course teaches IT, professionals, how to assess, plan, discover and cause the migration of all the on-premises resources as well as infrastructure on to the Azure platform. Learners will also learn how to use the Azure Site Recovery feature, which enables them to migrate the actual workloads on to the cloud-based platform. The primary focus of the course is on the usage of ASR on a Hyper-V infrastructure for the preparation and completion of migration processes. Learners also find out about other various scenarios, like the migration of VMware vSphere Hypervisor virtual machines and System Center VMM Hyper-V machines.
The course will teach current and potential IT professionals management and maintenance of the infrastructure for the core web applications as well as services which developers deploy and build. In addition, they will also learn how the Azure App Service is used as a PaaS (Platform as a Service), offering, for the deployment of cloud-based applications.
Overall, the course is intended for potential Azure administrators, who are responsible for cloud service management, spanning networking, storage and compute cloud capabilities, with a deep understanding of each service across full IT lifecycles. Using the Azure Portal, Azure Administrators can become more proficient, eventually using PowerShell and Command Line Interface.
Azure Administrator Certification: Infrastructure and Deployment
The course is an introduction to the management of Azure subscriptions, implementation of Azure storage solutions for several purposes, creating and managing virtual machines, as part of the IaaS (Infrastructure as a Service) infrastructure, configuring and managing Azure Virtual Networks (VNets). The course is also meant as an introduction to Azure AD Connect, which allows for the integration of on-premises directories on to Azure Active Directory.
About the Azure Infrastructure and Deployment Course
The bulk of the course deals with understanding and managing the cloud-based infrastructure that Azure brings to the enterprise fold, and then deploying the existing infrastructure on to the cloud. This eliminates the need for on-premises data centers which can be expensive to set up and maintain; which is a very appealing proposition to any modern small and medium-sized enterprise in the age of the cloud. Once the resources have been moved on to the Azure cloud platform, the company retains the functionality, and in most cases, the efficiency of the systems is increased by a wide margin.
The intended audience for this course is Azure administrators, who manage cloud services that span networking, storage, and compute cloud capabilities, with a decided understanding of every service across the entirety of the IT lifecycle. They are responsible for taking end-user requests for newer cloud-based applications and give out recommendations pertaining to services which can be used to boost performance to the optimal, and scale up, while provisioning and monitoring, as well the appropriate adjustments.
3 Business Benefits of Azure Administrator Certification
Following are some of the business benefits of the Azure Administrator certification:
- The certification will upskill the Azure administration teams as well as individuals, giving them the capability to deal with a variety of the challenges associated with moving existing resources on to the Azure cloud platform.
- Provides Azure Active Directory functionality, which helps create an active directory service based solely in the cloud.
- Increased ability for enterprise teams to scale operations up in the cloud.
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