Course Overview

The Microsoft Azure Big Data and Analytics Boot camp is designed to give you a clear architectural understanding of the application of big data patterns in Microsoft Azure. You'll participate in team based architectural planning and hands-on implementation sessions. You will be taught basic Lambda architecture patterns in Microsoft Azure, leveraging the scalability and elasticity of Microsoft Azure in Big Data and IoT solutions.

An introduction to data science techniques in Microsoft Azure will also be covered. Individual case studies will focus on specific real-world problems that represent common big data patterns and practices. You will also experience several hands-on labs to introduce them to some of the key services available.

Key Learning Areas

  • Understand the key capabilities of several Azure Data, Storage, Analytics and Intelligence services
  • Understand the core storage services including Data Lake Store, Blob Storage, HDFS, Event Hubs and IoT Hubs
  • Understand core processing services including HDInsight, Stream Analytics, SQL Data Warehouse and Data Lake Analytics
  • Understand how to operationalize data pipelines with Data Factory
  • Understand common architectures including Lambda and Kappa architectures
  • Understand how to manage and secure the data solution
  • Prepare for Exam 70-475 Designing and Implementing Big Data Solutions in Microsoft Azure

Course Outline

Overview of the Azure Analytics Platform

Attendees will learn the basics of analytics pipeline terminology and where the Microsoft Azure services fit. This module introduces the Lambda Architecture, which is used as a reference architecture for building an analytics data pipeline.

Bulk and Relational Ingest

You will be introduced to the various tools and protocols available for the loading of data from bulk and relational sources for ingestion into an Azure-based analytics pipeline.

Ingest Storage

You'll be introduced to the Microsoft Azure services that support batch storage of ingested data: Azure Storage Blobs, Data Lake Store, and HDFS.

Batch Processing

Attendees will be introduced to some of the services offered by Microsoft Azure that
support the batch processing of data at scale. Topics include the application of HDInsight to perform batch processing the MapReduce, Tez, and Spark. Similarly, SQL Data Warehouse is introduced to support processing of data present in batch storage.

Interactive Processing and Querying

Introduction to the services which enable lower latency, interactive querying of big data. Students will learn various options for querying data using SQL. Service covered include Azure SQL Data Warehouse, HDInsight with Spark SQL, HDInsight with HBase/Phoenix and performing analytics with Data Lake Analytics with USQL.

Real-Time Ingest and Storage

Learn about the protocols for real-time ingest including HTTP, AMQP and MQTT and the storage of data received using queue based services including Event Hubs and IoT Hub.

Real-Time Processing

Learn about different services and capabilities of Azure for processing ingested real-time data. Key concepts such as tuple-at-time and micro-batch processing are introduced. Services covered include HDInsight with Apache Storm, HDInsight with Storm/Trident, HDInsight with Spark Streaming, Web Jobs, Azure Functions, and Stream Analytics.

Intelligence and Machine Learning

Understand the fundamentals of machine learning using Azure Machine Learning. Covered topics include ML Studio, Training Experiments, Predictive Experiments and operationalizing experiments with Web Services and Cortana Intelligence components.

Data Pipelines

This module will help the student pull all the pieces together into a pipeline managed under a single pane of glass by using Azure Data Factory.

Security and Governance

Look horizontally across the data pipeline to understand how to secure the data at rest and in transit, as well to enable governance and discovery with services such as Azure Data Catalog.

Who Benefits

  • Data Specialists
  • Data Scientists
  • IT Professionals
  • Developers
  • Architects


Previous experience with C#, .NET framework, and Visual Studio is highly recommended