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Getting Started with Azure

Hi, I have work experience in SQL Server BI ,Development , basic DBA skills. Would like to know where can I start with learning Azure and adding as skill set. Does Azure really has scope in current or Future IT market compared to AWS ?.How much C# experience do I need to learn Azure ?.Every time when I open a book on Azure I come across a topic that I feel should be learned in later stage. Looking at my experience from where can I start , so that I can go step by step without coming across an off topic in between and loosing track. which books or online resource can I read without missing key concepts. How much Big Data experience do I need or knowing Basics of Big Data would be enough ?. Thank you
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Where to start? Do you have an account with Azure? Scope in current or future of IT compared to AWS? Yes. I cannot look at your experience and tell you where to start, just stating you have work experience in BI does not tell me anything. If you want to learn Azure, AWS, Big Data or any other new skill....just go learn it. If you do not know where to start, then look for fundamental information/courses on the topic.
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(+1) "AWS" and "Azure" are huge platforms - you'll need some focus. Find or contrive a small business problem you can solve with AWS or Azure, then learn just enough to solve that problem. Learn enough more to fix the problems in your first solution. Rinse. Repeat.
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My goal is to get started with a non-production database enviroment. The key with Azure is you only pay for when it is running and it is less than $1.00 an hour. I am eyeing a VM with SQL Server Developer Edition. The following URL is what I find most helpful -- https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/virtual-machines/windows/sql/virtual-machines-windows-portal-sql-server-provision?toc=%2Fazure%2Fvirtual-machines%2Fwindows%2Ftoc.json I hope this helps. The below URL is also helpful https://www.red-gate.com/simple-talk/sql/database-administration/build-first-sql-server-virtual-lab-windows-azure/ Last but not least I would go to www.pass.org and find your local SQL Server users community. I know MADPASS has been bringing in people that have been presenting on Azure and this is a common topic in SQL Saturdays (over 128 around the world).
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