Online Training: Microsoft Azure for Research

These short videos introduce Microsoft Azure and provide a comprehensive overview of how research scientists can get the best results from cloud computing with Microsoft Azure. The videos provide the same information that is in our standard live training, but they are condensed for quick, convenient viewing. You will learn about cloud computing basics, patterns and terminology, virtual machines, websites, cloud services, and building blocks for applications, including typical patterns of design for research scientists to use the cloud. You can watch the videos in any order; however, we recommend that you start with the overview and view them in the sequence in which they appear on this page.

The videos below form a short and relatively stable core curriculum for scientists who are interested in using Microsoft Azure for research. For in-depth information about specific subject areas, please see the complementary on-demand webinars to the right on this page, which are continually updated.

To learn about the in-person training sessions being offered around the world, visit Microsoft Azure for Research Training.

Online training videos
Microsoft Azure Overview
Microsoft Azure Overview
00:11:26

This video provides a comprehensive but brief overview of Microsoft Azure for research scientists. You will learn cloud computing basics, patterns and terminology, and the fundamentals of Microsoft Azure itself, including virtual machines, web sites, cloud services, and building blocks for applications. We also introduce typical patterns of design for research scientists to use the cloud.

Microsoft Azure Websites Basics
Microsoft Azure Websites Basics
00:20:48

This video provides research scientists with a comprehensive introduction to using Microsoft Azure for hosting websites. You will learn how to publish and configure websites and how to use the Microsoft Azure gallery of web applications. We illustrate this with two examples: a simple WordPress website and a more complex presentation of scientific data.

Microsoft Azure Virtual Machines
Microsoft Azure Virtual Machines
00:14:53

This video introduces the topic of running virtual machines in Microsoft Azure for scientific research. You will learn about the different types of virtual machines, disks, and images, and observe an example of how to use popular libraries for data analysis.

Microsoft Azure Storage
Microsoft Azure Storage
00:09:48

This video introduces research scientists to using Microsoft Azure for data storage. You will learn cloud computing storage basics, how Microsoft Azure provides high performance and secure data storage, and various ways to create and manage storage. (The video, Microsoft Azure Storage: Blobs and Tables, complements this introduction by presenting more information about blobs and tables, two common storage types.)

Microsoft Azure Storage: Blobs and Tables
Microsoft Azure Storage: Blobs and Tables
00:10:39

This video provides research scientists with in-depth information about using Microsoft Azure for data storage. You will learn about two storage services in detail: blobs and tables. (For a more general introduction to storage in Microsoft Azure, watch Microsoft Azure Storage.)

Microsoft Azure Components and Services
Microsoft Azure Components and Services
00:12:58

This video provides research scientists with in-depth information about using the very wide variety of services that Microsoft Azure offers. You will learn about hosting virtual machines, automatically provisioning popular website frameworks, and building robust cloud services for research and scientific purposes. (This video expands upon the introductory information provided in the Microsoft Azure Overview video by providing more details on the benefits of using Microsoft Azure for research.)