By Stephanie Condon and Azure Security News
Microsoft is offering three new Azure-related courses on the Coursera learning platform, the companies announced today. They cover Azure Fundamentals, AI Fundamentals and Data Fundamentals.
The Azure Fundamentals Specialization provides students with a basic understanding of Azure cloud services, as well as the knowledge to help build cloud solutions. The course also covers Azure general security, network security, identity, governance, privacy, and compliance features, as well as pricing and support. It should help students prepare for the Microsoft AZ-900 exam.
About this Specialization
Cloud computing is rapidly expanding into all areas of businesses, creating new and exciting career opportunities. These opportunities cover a broad range of roles, from developers and architects to security professionals and data scientists. This program will give you the fundamental knowledge, skills, and confidence to begin your Microsoft Azure certification journey.
This Microsoft Azure Fundamentals AZ-900 Exam Prep Specialization consists of four courses that will act as a bedrock of fundamental knowledge to prepare you for the AZ-900 certification exam and for a career in the cloud. The content of this program is tightly aligned to the AZ-900 exam objective domains.
This program will provide foundational level knowledge on Microsoft Azure concepts; core Microsoft Azure services; core solutions and management tools; general security and network security; governance, privacy, and compliance features; Microsoft Azure cost management, and service level agreements. Ideal for IT personnel just beginning to work with Microsoft Azure or anyone wanting to learn about it.
This Specialization will prepare you to take the AZ-900: Microsoft Azure Fundamentals exam. Upon completion of the Specialization, you will be offered a discount to the Microsoft Azure Fundamentals Certification Exam to be redeemed at Pearson Vue, Microsoft’s proctor exam site. Limited discount vouchers are available on first-come-first-serve basis. Coursera and Microsoft may end the offer at any time.
Applied Learning Project
Learners will engage in interactive exercises throughout this program that offers opportunities to practice and implement what they are learning. They use the Microsoft Learn Sandbox. This a free environment that allows learners to explore Microsoft Azure and get hands-on with live Microsoft Azure resources and services.
For example, when they learn about creating a SQL database, they will work in a temporary Azure environment called the Sandbox. The beauty about this is that you will be working with real technology but in a controlled environment, which allows you to apply what you learn, and at your own pace.
You will need a Microsoft account to sign into the Sandbox. If you don’t have one, you can create one for free. The Learn Sandbox allows free, fixed-time access to a cloud subscription with no credit card required. Learners can safely explore, create, and manage resources without the fear of incurring costs or “breaking production”.
The AI Fundamentals specialization, launching in May, will cover artificial intelligence (AI) topics like machine learning, computer vision, natural language processing, and conversational AI.
The Data Fundamentals specialization also launches in May, covering the roles and tasks involved in using Azure to store, process, manage, and analyze data.