Azure for Researchers part 1: Introduction to Cloud Computing

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When you're working on research projects, it is helpful to have a basic understanding of cloud computing concepts. In this learning path, you'll study the general terminology and services that of cloud computing, which should be useful to you when you’re working on research tasks. You'll learn how to create virtual machine and how to use it, and how to pick the best storage solution to persist your data.

Learning objectives

Upon completion of this learning path, you'll be able to:

  • Understand the fundamental concepts of the cloud
  • Create virtual machines to run research focused workloads
  • Create and manage the right storage to keep your research data


  • You should be familiar with basic computing concepts and terminology.
  • An understanding of cloud computing is helpful, but isn't necessary.

Modules in this learning path

Learn about the decisions you make before creating a virtual machine, the options to create and manage the VM, and the extensions and services you use to manage your VM.

Learn how to use Azure Storage, Azure SQL Database, Azure Cosmos DB, or a combination of Azure resources for a performant solution in your business scenario.

Create an Azure Storage account with the correct options for your business needs.

Azure provides a variety of disk storage options for virtual machine workloads. Identify the features of capabilities of each type to ensure your application performs optimally.