How to Learn Azure: The Skills You Need to Master

Microsoft Azure is the public cloud of choice for businesses of all sizes – and for good reason. Azure offers the largest network of datacenters, secure private connections and storage solutions of any cloud provider. In fact, 80 percent of Fortune 500 companies rely on the Microsoft cloud.

Azure’s growing collection of cloud services helps companies move faster, function anywhere and save money. As Azure continues to evolve and expand, acquiring Azure skills is critical for IT professionals.

Whether you’re growing your career in DevOps, system administration or app development, learning Azure gives you the skills to develop and maintain crucial cloud services that keep your business ahead of the curve.

The Skills You Need to Learn Azure

Azure is known for being user-friendly, but it’s helpful to understand some related technologies before you dive head-first into a new platform. Here are some skills that will help you learn Azure:

  • Cloud Computing: You should understand how core services like networking, databases, servers and software function in the cloud. Previous experience working with another cloud platform like Amazon Web Services (AWS) or Google Cloud will give you skills that transition to Azure.
  • Microsoft knowledge: Experience using products like Office 365 and PowerShell will help you understand how these services integrate with Azure.
  • Programming: If you plan on developing applications in Azure, knowledge of open-source frameworks like ASP.NET and programming languages like SQL Server, HTML5 and JavaScript will help you get ahead.

How to Learn Azure

These resources will help you learn the foundations of Microsoft Azure and prepare you to apply Azure skills in your profession.


You can’t master Azure and cloud administration in just a few days. You need ongoing training, tools and resources to guide you through every new cloud obstacle and update. New Horizons’ Azure learning-as-a-service allows you to learn Azure at your own pace. This robust, blended learning option gives you access to virtual instructor-led training, Microsoft-produced online content, articles, custom eBooks and on-demand mentoring services.

Choose from three professional tracks — Fundamentals, Core and Advanced — to accelerate your career in Azure. With the Microsoft Azure Professional Track, you’ll be on your way to becoming a seasoned Azure pro and get the most out of your IT investment.

Beyond learning the fundamentals of Azure, core workload, networking and key security features, Azure learning-as-a-service also equips you with the skills to:

  • Scale storage without spending a fortune
  • Enable remote access while protecting business data
  • Confidently protect your cloud business
  • Handle unexpected cloud challenges
  • And much more

As the global leader in IT training solutions, New Horizons training is designed to meet the demands and needs of students, departments and enterprise organizations.

Azure learning-as-a-service is the most flexible way to learn Azure — perfect for any busy IT professional. By choosing this Microsoft-authorized training program, you’ll receive the most up-to-date and robust Azure training available.

Don’t wait to advance your cloud career with Azure. Learn more about Azure learning-as-a-service here.


Classroom and virtual instructor-led training courses provide hands-on training to help you master Azure. You’ll gain real-world experience creating virtual networks, deploying databases and designing web apps in Azure. Azure training helps you develop critical cloud skills that many businesses are desperately seeking out.

New Horizons offers comprehensive Azure training for IT professionals at every expertise level. Discover Azure training courses happening near you.

Sharpen Your Azure Skills With Certifications

Earning an Azure certification will help you gain professional recognition for your Azure competency, increase your career opportunities and boost your earning potential.

Microsoft offers certifications at the beginner, associate and expert level for IT professionals interested in leading and managing Azure solutions. Here are some popular Azure certifications:


This certification demonstrates your skills in Microsoft cloud-related technologies and qualifies you for a position as a cloud administrator or architect.


This associate-level certification shows you have the knowledge to architect, implement and maintain complex cloud-enabled Linux solutions that use Azure open-source capabilities. It also shows you have Linux system administration skills.


After receiving an MCSA-level certification, you’re eligible for an expert certification. The MCSE: Cloud Platform and Infrastructure certification validates your expertise in cloud technologies, identity management, systems management, virtualization, storage and networking.

  • Qualifications: An MCSA certification in Windows Server 2016, Cloud Platform, Linux on Azure or Windows Server 2012.

Whether you want to pursue a certification or enhance your resume, comprehensive Azure training from New Horizons will give you the skills to become an Azure expert. New Horizons offers Azure training for everyone, from novice IT professionals to experienced Azure developers.

Get started today with New Horizons’ Azure training courses.

Want more information before committing to certification? Learn the fundamentals of Azure with this free eBook:

Learn more with this FREE Azure Fundamentals eBook!

Mar 2018

By: Kurt Bell