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Microsoft Azure, which holds second-highest market share in the cloud computing domain is threatening to grab top honors in near future. To a great extent, the credit for this success is also due, to the ease with Microsoft Azure can be accessed to carry out computing. Azure Portal contributes greatly to this vertical. In this article, we will be exploring how Azure Portal makes it easy to bring all Azure's services under one umbrella.
Before we dive deeper and understand Azure Portal any further, here is a sneak peek into the pointers this article focuses on:
- What Is Microsoft Azure?
- What Is Azure Portal?
- Features Of Azure Portal
- Demo: Exploring Azure Portal
So let's start with a quick introduction to Microsoft Azure.
This is what Microsoft has to say: "Microsoft Azure is an ever-expanding set of cloud services to help your organization meet your business challenges. It is the freedom to build, manage and deploy applications on a massive, global network using your favorite tools and frameworks."
Some of the popular service domains it provides are:
What Is Azure Portal?
Azure Portal, as the name suggests, is a single portal or a single junction that lets you access and manage all your applications at one place. It lets you build, manage, and monitor everything from simple web apps to complex cloud applications in a single, unified console
Features Of Azure Portal
These are some of the features of functionalities offered by Azure Portal:
It is a single point hub that lets you access services like compute, database, storage, web applications, and virtual machines. Cloud Shell, its integrated command interface, ensures ease in accessing your application through the prompt medium. Azure Portal also ensures high flexibility when it comes to exploring Azure’s graphical capabilities.
Having your applications managed to suit your style of work is a great benefit for any individual or business. Azure Portal provides dashboards that allow you to pin your most frequently-used applications so that they can be monitored and accessed whenever you wish. This feature ensures your ever adapting needs are met and dealt with properly
Access Control And Security
Security is a top priority when it comes to cloud computing. Azure Portal contributes to this cause by ensuring complete control over who gets to access what services. This is achieved by granting role-based access controls and subscription at individual and group level.
Service Amalgamation For Powerful Experience
Microsoft Azure offers you thousands of services, both open source and the ones that belong to Microsoft's software offerings. Now that Azure has made it easier to integrate with all these services, one can combine these to produce a great unified effect and the number of permutations is huge. Combining these services, you can ensure faster processing more reliability and better security.
One the best features of Microsoft Azure is it lets you track both current and projected costs. It calculates your existing charges automatically, then it helps you to forecast your probable monthly expenditure.
This is possible regardless of the number of resources across several apps that are under consideration for management. Azure Portal also makes it easier track and monitor your cross-cloud analytics and real-time active usage data.
By now we have explored most of the details about Azure Portal from a theoretical perspective. Let us try and explore the actual portal.
Demo: Exploring Azure Portal
First things first: one needs a free tier account or a paid account with Azure. All one needs to do is go to the , put in your details, and Azure offers you free services or credits that can be used for one month. Note you will be expected to enter your credit or debit card details.
Once you have an account you can log in and you will be directed to the portal in the image below:
In the image above, the left portion gives you one-click access to all the service domains. Next to it in blue is the dashboard, which is empty by default. If any applications are up and running those can be pinned to it. On top of it is the search bar where you can search for services and resources that don’t feature on the screen.
If you create a new tab you can go ahead and create apps, mobile apps, chatbots, virtual machines, and more.
If you take a look at the top left corner, you would first find the Cloud Shell, which is a command line interface which lets you process your data using the command prompt. Secondly, the Notifications tab are where all the notifications of your recent activities will be highlighted. The third lets you explore portal settings, and the fourth tab lets you look for help support provided by Azure.
The more you practice the more you will learn. To make your journey easy, we have come up with this Azure Tutorial blog series which will be updated frequently, to stay tuned!
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