SSWUG.ORG's virtual class will provide you with the knowledge of Window Azure's components and aspects to run applications without the expense needed to maintain the hardware and save money on licensing costs.
Scott Klein, who is a Microsoft SQL Azure MVP and the co-founder of Blue Syntax Consulting, will showcase the different types of services that can be hosted in Windows Azure such as web and worker roles, and then move on to the basics of Azure's durable storage solution, which include Azure queues, blobs and tables.
He will also provide a introduction on SQL Azure - Microsoft's cloud-based relational database, and how you can use SQL Azure to store your relational data on the cloud. This will be followed up by sessions dealing with Azure AppFabric, cloud computing patterns and practices, as well as diagnostics and service management.
The "Introduction to Windows Azure" course is intended for IT professionals, such as database administrators and application designers, who are interested in learn more about Microsoft's cloud computing offering and utilizing it in their future programs. It is helpful if students have a familiarity with SQL Server, .NET and Visual Studio.
Course Structure and Costs
Upon registration and payment, you will receive an email with instructions on how to test your system in order to view the classes, as well as a link that will remain active for the 30-day on-demand period.
The course cost is $169 for full SSWUG.ORG members and $199 for non-members. The cost of the DVD with purchase of the course is an additional $199. The DVD costs $399 if you do not purchase a course seat. Course downloads, office hours and the ability to email questions to the instructor are included with course purchase only.
Once you have completed the course, you will have the opportunity to take a course quiz and receive a course certificate. After passing the quiz, please allow up to five business days after the course is finalized to receive your certificate (Download link via e-mail).