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Working with Microsoft Azure? Extend your skills and prepare for certification with HPE


HPE is a big place, and we don’t always coordinate our activities as well as we could. However, the recent Microsoft Azure announcements made at Discover London are a big exception. In this case, we coordinated our offering right through to the Education Services available for you from the start.

I’m pleased to announce for you now, that HPE Education Services has introduced Microsoft Azure technical training. This course portfolio offers a series of training courses offering a comprehensive approach, depending on where you’re at on the learning curve –from beginner to advanced– and your goals in working with the solution platform. These are official Microsoft courses, for which HPE and Microsoft are partnering so that organizations working with HPE platform equipment can gain the best training experience – learning Azure on HPE, from HPE.

As cloud projects continue to accelerate and transform businesses, demand for skilled and certified professionals continues to outstrip supply. If you’re a developer or IT pro working with cloud technologies, these Microsoft certifications can help transform your career. Sitting behind Amazon in terms of cloud market share, Azure continues to gain ground – and our HPE partnership is expected to help accelerate that growth.

In short, now is an excellent time to prepare and obtain your Microsoft Azure certification.

HPE has a long tradition of training on cloud technologies, with our market-leading HPE Helion CloudSystem portfolio and our leading vendor-neutral OpenStack® cloud training. HPE leads in Cloud training/certifications, as evaluated and reported by IDC, for 4 years running.

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Get stared with Azure “Fundamentals”

This course is your starting point, designed with hands-on instruction and practice to get you started working with Microsoft Azure. This course exposes you to the concepts and capabilities of the Azure platform, to support your day-to-day administrative work. It also helps you to map out your plan for deeper training as you need it. Are you a developer or database admin needing to get started with Azure? This course is perfect as a starting point for you. Are you new to cloud concepts? That’s OK; this course will cover the cloud bases that you need.

This course is a prerequisite for the “Developing” and “Implementing” courses which come later. If you are already familiar with the fundamentals, you can skip this course and dive right in.

Deep dive in “Implementing” the infrastructure

This course will provide Administrators with everything you need, to transform your on-premises infrastructure to Microsoft Azure. This course expects you to have some knowledge of cloud; if you do not have this then consider starting with the “Fundamentals” course instead.

Azure for “Developing” applications

The “Introduction” course is designed for web application developers who have experience with ASP.NET and C#, and need to take existing applications and expand their functionality using Azure. What’s different? Nearly everything, if you’ve read through Patrick’s recent blogs touring the Azure capabilities. The course covers expansion using storage, cloud services, service bus, Active Directory, WebSites and SQL – among other Azure features and capabilities.

6-12 months of web development experience with ASP.NET are ideal for this course. Are you new to ASP.NET? The “developing” course is provided for you, and doesn’t require ASP.NET experience.

Need Azure Solutions Architect Certification?

Microsoft offers two exams for Azure certification, which correspond to the courses offered:

The Foundations course is not sufficient for an exam, but is a prerequisite to the deeper-dive courses in case you need it. The Foundation course might also be sufficient for you, if you don’t need the certification.

For those of you interested in certification, I have spoken to our Education experts and they caution that a self-study approach to preparing for these certifications may not prove rewarding. The exams are pretty tough, covering details of Azure functionality. Taking the courses, according to our team, is the best way for you to prep and pass.

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