Microsoft is Retiring Their Azure Architect Exam! A Linux Academy Investigation

Fresh off the plane from Ignite, we have so many things to discuss with everyone that we are just bursting at the seams! You may have seen some of our recent blog posts regarding announcements from the conference, and we have much more to come as we begin to start diving deeper into the upcoming updates and new features from Microsoft; however, today’s discussion revolves around something that occurred after the conference!

As it is with most conferences from major cloud providers, announcements and updates to certifications for competency generally occur around the time of their major conferences and also sometimes involve beta testing those exams with conference attendees.

Recently, Microsoft announced changes to the domain competencies for exam 70-532 and 70-533 exams (we already have courses in development that cover the new objectives); however, we also have a new update to discuss regarding the 70-534 Architecting Microsoft Azure Solutions certification exam! (more…)

Azure's new look

Azure at Ignite, Day 3: Reference Architecture, SQL Database Managed Instances

Wednesday most people could be found at any of the hundreds of seminars performed across the Orange County Convention Center. I spent the majority of my day taking in sessions on containers and DevOps pipelines in Azure.

Pinehead, our mascot, took some time to meet Mark Russinovich, Azure’s CTO, and Aaron Margosis, the co-author of Windows Internals, outside the convention bookstore.

Microsoft loves Linux, and Pinehead! Aaron Margosis (left) and Mark Russinovich (right).

Trust me, if you want to stand out at a Microsoft conference, being a giant penguin head is a good way to do it. Microsoft loves Linux and Ignite attendees love Pinehead!

During Wednesday’s seminars, I learned more about Azure SQL Database Managed Instances and Microsoft’s reference architecture for microservices-based applications.

Second things first. (more…)

Azure's new look

Azure at Microsoft Ignite, Day 2: Migrate, Availability Zones, and Planned Maintenance for VMs

Day 2 of Microsoft Ignite is in the books and I spent the majority of it at the Linux Academy and Cloud Assessments booth (no. 2169, rear of the exhibit hall, across from the bookstore), talking to people about their enterprises.

The Linux Academy/Cloud Assessments booth crew on Tuesday. From left, Doug Vanderweide, Matthew Shaw, Winnie Guan, Chaz Wallace and Justin Overstreet.

The refrain I heard consistently from people stopping by the booth was that their companies want to move to the public cloud but don’t know how. Many attendees were at Ignite to explore the questions around exactly how to do that. (more…)

Azure's new look

Azure at Microsoft Ignite: Three New Certifications, One New Workload, One New Logo

Greetings from Microsoft Ignite in sunny Orlando, where the Linux Academy and Cloud Assessments Azure team is manning booth 2169 (back of the exhibit hall, across from the Microsoft Bookstore), talking with students like you, and learning about new developments in Azure!

The Linux Academy sales and marketing team at Microsoft Ignite booth 2169. Stop by!

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