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Introducing the Cloud Architect Using Microsoft Azure Nanodegree Program

Udacity is excited to announce that our newest Nanodegree program — Cloud Architect using Microsoft Azure  — is open for enrollment.

The Cloud Architect using Microsoft Azure Nanodegree program will prepare students for a career as a Cloud Architect. Graduates of the program will master translating business requirements into technical specifications for reliable, scalable, and secure cloud infrastructure using Microsoft Azure.

Microsoft is continually evolving its products and solutions to meet the needs of today’s businesses. In this article, we’ll tell you all about the Azure Cloud Architect Nanodegree Program — what it entails and how to enroll.

About the Cloud Architect Using Microsoft Azure Nanodegree Program

This Cloud Architect using Microsoft Azure Nanodegree program is designed to help students design, deploy, and maintain applications for the cloud. Throughout the program students will learn how to use Microsoft Azure as a platform for building cloud solutions. It will also teach students about the fundamentals of Azure and core concepts such as storage, identity management, and web apps.

Why Enroll in the Cloud Architect Using Microsoft Azure Nanodegree Program?

Cloud Architect using Microsoft Azure Nanodegree program will give  students a broad understanding of cloud computing and the skills required to enter the field. 

Public cloud spending will grow to $500 billion by 2023, and Microsoft Azure is the market’s number two public cloud service provider. Today, 86% of enterprises have more than 25% of their infrastructure in the cloud, and the rapid adoption of cloud is driving demand for professionals with the right cloud computing skill set. Cloud Architects and Cloud System Engineers are two of the most in-demand roles.

Burning Glass data indicates that “cloud architecture” as a skill was in demand in over 47,000 job postings in majors U.S markets in the last 12 months and has a forecasted growth rate of 40% over the next two years.

It’s available in two tracks: the C# track and the Java track. 

Cloud computing is a growing industry with tons of excitement around various cloud-based services. This course will teach you all about Azure IaaS and PaaS, the newest Azure development toolset for building and deploying workloads in Azure — without any software or hardware costs.

What Will I Learn From This Nanodegree Program?

Graduates of this program will be able to:

  • Design and deploy scalable, efficient, and resilient cloud architecture with Azure.
  • Execute a migration plan for on-premise servers and databases to Azure.
  • Monitor availability and simulate and test failure scenarios and recovery.
  • Optimize cloud service infrastructure for cost and performance.
  • Evaluate a cloud environment’s security vulnerabilities.
  • Apply appropriate security controls that adhere to best practices in cloud security.

Course 1: Designing Infrastructure and Managing Migration

By the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • Use Azure cloud design best practices to create specifications and documentation supporting business objectives and articulating technical requirements.
  • Design for back-up and recovery that meet recovery plan objectives (RTO, RLO, RPO).
  • Assess migration needs for on-premise servers and databases.
  • Migrate existing workloads to MSFT Azure using Azure Migration Solutions.
  • Use automation to deploy highly available infrastructure.

Course 2: Provisioning for Cost Optimization and Monitoring 

By the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • Provision cloud resources that are optimized for cost
  • Use monitoring to track operational efficiency
  • Use monitoring to evaluate the cost-effectiveness
  • Automate deployment and resource configurations

Course 3: Azure Security

By the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • Design authentication and authorization controls that manage access, role assignments, and identity. (L1)
  • Design network solutions with security in mind 
  • Implement data security best practices in Azure
  • Protect, monitor, and secure cloud applications from security threats.

Enroll Today

Are you ready to learn how to be a Cloud Architect and solve some of the world’s biggest and most complex problems? Enroll in the Cloud Architect Using Microsoft Azure Nanodegree program today to get started on your journey.

Eraina Ferguson
Eraina Ferguson
Eraina Ferguson is the Marketing and Communications Manager at Udacity. Her recent monologue, Listen to Her, was read by actress Marla Gibbs and featured at the WACO Theatre’s 50in50 event. Her writing has been featured on NBC Universal, Red Tricycle, LA Parents Magazine, and the LA Times. Eraina lives in California with her husband and children.