We – the #cloudmarathoner community started this journey approximately three years ago with few posts and followers. The idea was to help everyone learn about the #cloudcomputing and #free training resources to help #upskill and launch your #cloud career.
Currently, we have the following blogs as our upper and lower neighbors in the Top 100 Best Microsoft Azure Blogs.
The upper neighbor is an Azure Podcast and we have Azure Greg as the next neighbor. Both of them, the blog and podcast are good sources of information created free of charge for the #community by individual members.
What is next?
Well, please be on a lookout to find more Microsoft announcements, training opportunities and information about Cloud events in my upcoming posts. Namely, we will cover LATAM 2022 , Infrastructure as code updates in Azure, Azure Bicep, Security and Microsoft Ignite in the next 3 months.
Hope to hear back from you soon. And THANK YOU for continued interest in the #CloudMarathonerblog posts!
Hope you all had a chance to attend the Microsoft Inspire 2022, Day – 1 today!
It started with a number of announcements from Satya Nadella – the CEO and executive chairman of Microsoft. There are a number of new announcements for partner organizations.
Day 1 Notes
The general theme of event was around innovation and power of Microsoft Azure that empowers organizations and communities to do more with less using Microsoft Azure echo system products with partner solutions.
It was announced that Microsoft has more than 400,000 partners who employ more than 22 million people around the world. Partner programs reflect a commitment to shared success. And the theme of event continued to be “Together with our partners, we can achieve more.”
Microsoft Cloud for Sovereignty
One of the notable announcements of the vent is “Microsoft Cloud for Sovereignty”. It is a new solution that will enable public sector customers to build and digitally transform workloads in the Microsoft Cloud while meeting their compliance, security and policy requirements.
It arrives with the following differentiator features: ✔️ Data residency ✔️ Sovereign controls ✔️ Sovereign Landing Zone ✔️ Governance and transparency ✔️ Expertise
It is summertime and naturally we all want to enjoy it, right? Microsoft is scheduled to hold its annual signature event for partners – called Microsoft Inspire in few weeks.
What is Microsoft Inspire?
It is a conference held annually by Microsoft Corporation for its partner organizations and community around the globe. At Microsoft Inspire, partners learn about the Microsoft’s technology announcements for the upcoming year and experience the latest product innovations while learning new skills and techniques.
Usually, it starts with a keynote from Satya Nadella – a Microsoft CEO and Board Director, followed by other Microsoft executives, featured speakers, business-track specific offerings, and hundreds of sessions.
How to Register?
This year, the Microsoft Inspire will be a virtual event and #free. Thank you, Microsoft, for opening this event for every organization and people!
Please use the link below to register and don’t forget to pick/book your sessions from Schedule once your registration is completed.
You have a selection choice to pick the right challenge for YOU & earn #free#examvoucher. Available challenges are listed below:
✔️ Microsoft 365: Building Applications and Solutions Challenge ✔️ Azure Developer Challenge ✔️ IoT Developer Challenge ✔️ Azure Cosmos DB Developer Challenge ✔️ Power Platform: Functional Consultant Challenge ✔️ Power Platform: App Maker Challenge ✔️ Microsoft Security: Who Hacked? Challenge ✔️ Data and AI: Who Hacked? Challenge
What happens when I complete a challenge?
You will be notified by email and become eligible to redeem one exam voucher. Exam voucher is an official Microsoft exam payment code (💲165 or £ 113 value) you earn for #free by completing the cloud skills challenge on-time.
You can redeem an #examvoucher for an eligible exam listed below: 🌟 AI-102: Designing and Implementing a Microsoft Azure AI Solution 🌟 AZ-204: Developing Solutions for Microsoft Azure 🌟 AZ-220: Microsoft Azure IoT Developer 🌟 AZ-400: Designing and Implementing Microsoft DevOps Solutions 🌟 DP-420: Designing and Implementing Cloud – Native Applications Using Microsoft Azure Cosmos DB 🌟 MS-600: Building Applications and Solutions 🌟 PL-100: Microsoft Power Platform App Maker 🌟 PL-200: Microsoft Power Platform Functional Consultant 🌟 PL-300: Microsoft Power BI Data Analyst 🌟 SC-200: Microsoft Security Operations Analyst 🌟 SC-300: Microsoft Identity and Access Administrator
I wish you all GOOD LUCK in this challenge 🤞
Please, don’t forget to tag me on LinkedIn or Twitter once your challenge is completed or you pass the exam!
Who would resist to learn Azure cloud and utilize free services that have been annnces this month?
Yes, you have read this correct, there are 4 more servics added to exisiting 25+ always free and 12 months set of free products, up to the monthly limits.
Those services are listed on the infographic:
✔️ Azure Key Vault ✔️ Azure Database for PostreSQL ✔️ Azure Media Services ✔️ Azure Database for MySQL
Have you used these new services in your labs or projects yet? If not, that is okay. Here is the brief description what you can do with these services listed above:
Azure Key Vault – helps teams to securely store and manage sensitive information such as keys, passwords, certificates, etc., in a centralized storage which are safeguarded by industry-standard algorithms, key lengths, and even hardware security modules.
Azure Database for PostreSQL – with Azure you can run your PostgreSQL Server workloads in a hosted virtual machine infrastructure as a service (IaaS) or as a hosted platform as a service (PaaS). The PaaS option has multiple deployment choices, each with multiple service tiers that you can use with Azure Database for PostreSQL.
Azure Database for MySQL – take the model tha we described above and apply it to MySQL. That how simple it is..
Azure Media Services – lets you deliver any media, on virtually any device, to anywhere in the world using the cloud. The collection of services provide encoding, live or on-demand streaming, content protection and indexing for video and audio content.
Which products are free for 12 months?
These products are free for 12 months, up to the monthly limits. Availability is based on resource and region.
Check out the details about each of these services on Microsoft Azure’s website.