AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner vs Microsoft Azure AZ-900 Exam One way to boost your career in the cloud computing space is through certifications. These exams will help validate your current understanding and knowledge in the cloud. Cloud service providers offer different learning paths such as Cloud Architect, Cloud Developer, and Cloud Administrator. Both AWS and Microsoft have introductory certifications that will test your understanding of the basics. AWS has what they call the AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner exam, while Microsoft has the AZ-900 Microsoft Azure Fundamentals exam. In this article, we will discuss the similarities and differences between these two [...]
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Azure CycleCloud Orchestrate and manage high-performance computing (HPC) environments on Azure. Enables you to provision infrastructure for HPC systems, deploy familiar HPC schedulers, and scale the infrastructure automatically to run jobs efficiently at any scale. Features Scheduler Agnostic - use standard HPC schedulers or extend CycleCloud autoscaling plugins to work with your own scheduler. Manage Compute Resources - manage VMs and scale sets to provide a set of compute resources to meet your workload requirements. Autoscale Resources - adjust cluster size and components automatically based on workload, availability, and time requirements. Monitor and Analyze - collect node-level metrics and analyze [...]
Azure Batch A service that runs large-scale parallel and high-performance computing (HPC) batch jobs in Azure. Allows you to run jobs in a group of Linux or Windows virtual machines. Components A task represents a unit of computation and a job is a collection of tasks. Job priority values range from the lowest priority to the highest priority. To specify certain limits for your jobs, you can use job constraints: Maximum wallclock time - tasks are terminated if the job runs longer than the specified time. Maximum number of task retries - if the task fails, it will be requeued [...]
Azure Service Bus A fully managed message broker service. It allows you to decouple applications and services. Provides a reliable and secure platform for asynchronous data and state transfer. Enables you to deliver messages to multiple subscribers and fan-out message delivery to downstream systems. Features Message Sessions for implementing first in, first out (FIFO) and request-response patterns to ensure the order of messages in the queue. Autoforwarding allows you to remove messages from a queue or subscription and transfer it to a different queue or topic (must be in the same namespace). A dead-letter queue holds the messages that can't [...]
Azure Service Fabric A distributed systems platform that helps package, deploy, and manage scalable and reliable microservices and containers. Build microservices and container-based applications using the programming language of your choice, including .NET Core 2.0, C #, and Java. It supports two types of microservices: Stateless - It does not maintain a mutable state outside a request and its response from the service such as protocol gateways and web proxies. Stateful - It maintains a mutable, authoritative state beyond the request and its response. Enables low-touch workflows to provision, deploy, patch, and monitor applications with Service Fabric application lifecycle management. [...]
Azure ExpressRoute Enables you to establish a private connection between your on-premises data center or corporate network to your Azure cloud infrastructure. More secure, reliable, and faster than conventional VPN connections. Supports dynamic routing between your network and Microsoft via Border Gateway Protocol (BGP). The connection is redundant in every peering location for higher reliability. Features ExpressRoute connections enable access to Microsoft Azure services and Microsoft Office 365 services from your on-premises network. Provides connectivity to all regions within a geopolitical region. To extend connectivity across geopolitical boundaries, you can enable ExpressRoute Premium. ExpressRoute Global Reach allows you to exchange [...]
Azure Front Door A service that uses Microsoft's global network to improve the availability and performance of your applications to your local and global users. It works at the HTTP/HTTPS layer and uses a split TCP-based anycast protocol to ensure your users connect to the nearest Front Door point of presence. Supports a range of traffic-routing methods and backend health monitoring options for various application needs and automatic failover models. With URL-based routing, it routes the traffic to backend pools based on URL paths of the request. You can configure more than one website on the same Front Door with [...]
Azure Role-Based Access Control (RBAC) A role-based access control service to manage user’s access to Azure resources including what they can do with those resources and what areas they can access. It is an authorization system based on Azure Resource Manager, which provides fine-grained access management of Azure resources. Concepts A role assignment is composed of security principal, role definition, and scope. Security Principal - an object representing a user, group, service principal, and managed identity that requests access to Azure resources. Role Definition - a list of permissions that can be performed, such as read, write and delete. Scope [...]
Microsoft Compliance Offerings National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) NIST maintains measurement standards and guidance to help organizations assess risk. NIST releases a Framework for Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity (FICIC) to strengthen the cybersecurity of federal networks and critical infrastructures. The NIST Cybersecurity Framework (CSF) consists of standards, guidelines, and best practices to manage cybersecurity-related risks. Quickly build NIST CSF solutions on Azure using the Azure Security and Compliance NIST CSF Blueprint. General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) GPDR establishes new rules for organizations that offer goods and services to citizens in the European Union. It also collects and analyzes [...]
AWS vs Azure Services Comparison To help you learn the different Microsoft Azure services, we’ve come up with this AWS vs Azure services comparison. If you already have some background in AWS (or cloud computing in general) either through work experience or AWS certifications then you won’t have a hard time learning Microsoft Azure. The following shows the related AWS and Azure services based on function and capabilities. Each AWS service in this list has a similar service in Azure. Compute Amazon EC2 vs. Azure Virtual Machine Other Compute Services Comparison AWS Batch and Azure Batch - provision tens, hundreds, [...]