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Microsoft Azure Basic Guide for Beginners

Microsoft Azure has been in global trends nowadays. It’s one of the most potent tools Microsoft provides and is the biggest name when it comes to cloud computing. The future of computing lies in the cloud, and for anyone who is interested in learning technology and computer science, they must have the knowledge and insights of Microsoft Azure. So, here in this blog, I’ll be sharing some of the basic questions of Microsoft Azure with answers to them.

What is Microsoft Azure?

Microsoft Azure is a private and public cloud platform. It has got three significant functionalities; namely: build, deploy and manage applications. The developers can put in the code and deploy their applications via the Azure cloud platform.

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How does Azure work?

Microsoft Azure has a unique way of functioning. It uses the technology called Virtualization. You might wonder what virtualization is; in the world of cloud computing, virtualization refers to creating a virtual version of something, for instance, computer hardware or software or storage and networking devices.

Having said of Virtualization, Microsoft Azure realises this technology with the help of Hypervisors. A Hypervisor emulates all the functions of a virtual machine. This can be implied as we can run many computers or machines virtually that too with different Operating Systems all at the same time. All this is done by a single Hypervisor. Now, what

Microsoft Azure does is it repeats this technology on a massive scale.
Microsoft, being the biggest name in Computer Technology, has it’s data centres all over the world. Each data centre consists of numerous racks with servers, and each server has a hypervisor. These servers are connected with network switches. Each server uses a special kind of software called Fabric Controller. Each of these Fabric Controllers is connected to another software called the Orchestrator.

The Orchestrator is the software responsible for managing everything happening in Microsoft Azure. The Orchestrator also helps to respond to user requests. The users can put forward a request through the Orchestrator web API. The most commonly used tool for calling the Orchestrator Web API is the Azure Portal.

When a user requests to create a virtual machine, a chain of events happen. First, the Orchestrator packages everything required, picks the best server rack and passes the request to a fabric controller. The fabric controller then creates the required virtual machine. After the creation of a virtual machine is complete, the user can connect to it.
Microsoft Azure makes it easy for the Developers and Users by making the process agile. If there occurs any situation when unauthorized resources are created, or if the created resources are left running even after they are no longer needed, Azure’s Resource Access Management Tools are used. The Resource Access Management Tools are a part of the organization’s governance program.

This is the most basic way to understand how Microsoft Azure works.

Why Azure?

  • Flexibility: Anyone can increase their data storage capabilities to any extent they want. When compared to a static data centre, we’d require to add more additional hardware, power and maintenance.
  • Cost: Azure is a better and cheaper solution because, for any organization, the requirement of extra expensive hardware and maintenance can be exponentially reduced. Also, the requirement of more IT expertise is reduced. Leveraging Microsoft Azure can help to trim the Annual budget of any organization drastically.
  • Disaster recovery: Microsoft’s high-speed data centres are located in geographically decentralized infrastructure creating numerous options for data recovery. Thus, the use of Azure can provide very much help in Disaster Recovery.
  • Easy to Use UI: The User Interface of Microsoft Azure is very easy to use making it the best option for cloud computing.

To start using azure goto: https://portal.azure.com/

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