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Cloud Architect using Microsoft Azure

Nanodegree Program

Meet the growing demand for Azure cloud architects and learn the skills to translate business requirements into technical specifications for reliable, scalable, and secure cloud infrastructure using Microsoft Azure.

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  • Estimated time
    3 Months

    At 10 hours/week

  • Enroll by
    June 14, 2023

    Get access to the classroom immediately upon enrollment

  • Skills acquired
    Cloud Cost Policies, Azure Security Center, Privileged Identity Management
In collaboration with
  • Microsoft

What you will learn

  1. Cloud Architect using Microsoft Azure

    Estimated 3 months to complete

    This program prepares students for a career as an Azure Solution Architect and trains them to translate business requirements into technical specifications for reliable, scalable and secure cloud infrastructure using Microsoft Azure.

    Prerequisite knowledge

    Experience with cloud computing, programming and Microsoft Azure.

    1. Designing Infrastructure and Managing Migration

      In this course, you will go through the process of creating a backup strategy. You will also be exposed to the process of migrating on-premise resources into the Azure cloud using Azure Migrate, get information from Azure Advisor on what will allow the most cost-effective performance and do day-to-day monitoring through Azure Monitor. Our final lesson will include the use of ARM Templates to automate the provisioning of resources as well as how to enforce an organization's policies through Azure Policy and Azure Blueprint.

    2. Provisioning for cost optimization and monitoring

      In this course, you will go over the best practices for understanding how cost management is an important aspect of a well-architected framework. For each lesson, you will learn the fundamental concepts and how experts think about the topic. Then you will do a deep dive into how to design for a cloud-optimized architecture, how monitoring for cloud efficiency helps an organization bring transparency into cloud costs and how to leverage automation of infrastructure autoscale.

    3. Azure Security

      In this course, you will go over the best practices for understanding the role of security in an Azure environment. We will take a high-level look at security, look back at the history behind cloud computing and Azure and introduce the workspace simulation environment we use to provide access to the Azure portal. Then we will discuss the foundational level of security, lay the foundational borders of our digital environment, and discuss segmenting our resources. Finally, we will discuss the ongoing battle to maintain our security long after we have implemented our design.

All our programs include

  • Real-world projects from industry experts

    With real-world projects and immersive content built in partnership with top-tier companies, you’ll master the tech skills companies want.

  • Real-time support

    On demand help. Receive instant help with your learning directly in the classroom. Stay on track and get unstuck.

  • Career services

    You’ll have access to Github portfolio review and LinkedIn profile optimization to help you advance your career and land a high-paying role.

  • Flexible learning program

    Tailor a learning plan that fits your busy life. Learn at your own pace and reach your personal goals on the schedule that works best for you.

Program offerings

  • Class content

    • Real-world projects
    • Project reviews
    • Project feedback from experienced reviewers
  • Student services

    • Student community
    • Real-time support
  • Career services

    • Github review
    • LinkedIn profile optimization

Succeed with personalized services.

We provide services customized for your needs at every step of your learning journey to ensure your success.

Get timely feedback on your projects.

  • Personalized feedback
  • Unlimited submissions and feedback loops
  • Practical tips and industry best practices
  • Additional suggested resources to improve
  • 1,400+

    project reviewers

  • 2.7M

    projects reviewed

  • 88/100

    reviewer rating

  • 1.1 hours

    avg project review turnaround time

Learn with the best.

Learn with the best.

  • Gary McLeary

    Azure Architect / Cloud Engineer

    Gary is a Microsoft Certified Trainer and holds multiple Azure Certifications. He has multi-layered experience which includes working as a Computer Science Professor at multiple colleges and universities for 6 years. His experience in the field includes working as a Cloud Server Engineer at Applied Innovations.

  • Pratik Shah

    Cloud Solutions Architect

    Pratik has an experience over 10+ yrs in designing, developing and architecting various applications in both AWS and Azure. He also has teaching experience and has given many sessions at various NYC local meets. He is very passionate about upcoming new technologies including AI/ML.

  • Ed Clausen

    Multi Cloud Engineer, Corning

    Ed started working in the Azure cloud space in its early days at Microsoft as a member of the team working on what became Microsoft 365. He has never left. He has held many roles from Support, manager of a support team. He is currently a Multi Cloud Engineer but his focus is on Azure Active Directory.

Cloud Architect using Microsoft Azure

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    • Learn

      How to translate business requirements into technical specifications for reliable, scalable and secure cloud infrastructure using Microsoft Azure.

    • Average Time

      On average, successful students take 3 months to complete this program.

    • Benefits include

      • Real-world projects from industry experts
      • Real-time classroom support
      • Career services

    Program details

    Program overview: Why should I take this program?
    • Why should I enroll?

      This program was designed to help you take advantage of the growing need for skilled Azure cloud architects. Prepare to meet the demand for qualified professionals who can build reliable, scalable and secure cloud infrastructure using Microsoft Azure.

    • What jobs will this program prepare me for?

      The need for strong Azure cloud architecture skills is greater than ever. The skills you will gain from this Nanodegree program will qualify you for jobs in several industries as countless companies are trying to keep up with digital transformation.

    • How do I know if this program is right for me?

      The course is for cloud developers or DevOps professionals who want to learn how to design and architect large scale systems on Azure.

    Enrollment and admission
    • Do I need to apply? What are the admission criteria?

      No. This Nanodegree program accepts all applicants regardless of experience and specific background.

    • What are the prerequisites for enrollment?

      A well-prepared learner should have:

      • Familiarity with network concepts, such as IP addressing and routing
      • Familiarity with network connectivity methods, such as VPN
      • Familiar with Azure CLI commands
      • Ability to read JSON
      • Understanding of DevOps including container orchestration, CI/CD
      • Azure application development and deployment
      • 2+ years experience in developing apps or managing cloud infrastructure that have been deployed using Microsoft Azure
    • If I do not meet the requirements to enroll, what should I do?

      Students are suggested to gain 2+ years experience in developing apps or managing cloud infrastructure that have been deployed using Microsoft Azure.

    Tuition and term of program
    • How is this Nanodegree program structured?

      The Cloud Architect using Microsoft Azure Nanodegree program is comprised of content and curriculum to support three projects. We estimate that students can complete the program in three months, working 10 hours per week.

      Each project will be reviewed by the Udacity reviewer network and platform. Feedback will be provided and if you do not pass the project, you will be asked to resubmit the project until it passes

    • How long is this Nanodegree program?

      Access to this Nanodegree program runs for the length of time specified above. If you do not graduate within that time period, you will continue learning with month-to-month payments. See the Terms of Use and FAQs for other policies regarding the terms of access to our Nanodegree programs.

    • Can I switch my start date? Can I get a refund?

      Please see the Udacity Program FAQs for policies on enrollment in our programs.

    Software and hardware: What do I need for this program?
    • What software and versions will I need in this program?

      There are no software and version requirements to complete this Nanodegree program. All coursework and projects can be completed via Student Workspaces in the Udacity online classroom.

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