The Essential Microsoft Azure Books for Cloud Professionals

The Essential Microsoft Azure Books for Cloud Professionals

Solutions Review compiles the most essential books on Microsoft Azure that any cloud professional or IT administrator needs to add to their reading list.

Is your business running applications and workflows in Microsoft Azure? Knowing how to keep your Azure environment secure and operating smoothly is critical. Books, whether hardcover or digital, are an excellent source for people looking to learn about a specific field of technology, and Azure is no exception. We’ve listed the top Microsoft Azure books that you should add to your reading list. These books are intended for beginners and experts alike and are written by authors with proficiency and/or recognition in the field of Microsoft Azure.

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Azure: Build, manage, and scale cloud applications using the Azure Infrastructure

by Mikey Lindsey

“Microsoft Azure is a cloud computing platform that provides a wide variety of services that we can use without purchasing and arranging our hardware. It enables the fast development of solutions and provides the resources to complete tasks that may not be achievable in an on-premises environment. Azure Services like compute, storage, network, and application services allow us to put our effort into building great solutions without worrying about the assembly of physical infrastructure.”


Hands-On Cloud Administration in Azure: Implement, monitor, and manage important Azure services and components including IaaS and PaaS

by Mustafa Toroman

“Azure continues to dominate the public cloud market and grow rapidly thanks to a number of recent innovations. […] Hands-On Cloud Administration in Azure starts with the basics of Azure cloud fundamentals and key concepts of the cloud computing ecosystem and services. Then, you will gradually get acquainted with core services provided by Azure, including Azure VNet, types and assignments of IP addresses, and network security groups.”


Mastering Azure Analytics: Architecting in the Cloud with Azure Data Lake, HDInsight, and Spark

by Zoiner Tejada

“Microsoft Azure has over 20 platform-as-a-service (PaaS) offerings that can act in support of a big data analytics solution. So which one is right for your project? This practical book helps you understand the breadth of Azure services by organizing them into a reference framework you can use when crafting your own big data analytics solution. You’ll not only be able to determine which service best fits the job, but also learn how to implement a complete solution that scales, provides human fault tolerance, and supports future needs.”


Mastering Azure Security: Safeguard your Azure workload with innovative cloud security measures

by Mustafa Toroman and Tom Janetscheck

“Security is always integrated into cloud platforms, causing users to let their guard down as they take cloud security for granted.Cloud computing brings new security challenges, but you can overcome these with Microsoft Azure’s shared responsibility model. Mastering Azure Security covers the latest security features provided by Microsoft to identify different threats and protect your Azure cloud using innovative techniques.”

Microsoft Azure Infrastructure Services for Architects: Designing Cloud Solutions

by John Savill

“With Microsoft Azure challenging Amazon Web Services (AWS) for market share, there has been no better time for IT professionals to broaden and expand their knowledge of Microsoft’s flagship virtualization and cloud computing service. Microsoft Azure Infrastructure Services for Architects: Designing Cloud Solutions helps readers develop the skills required to understand the capabilities of Microsoft Azure for Infrastructure Services and implement a public cloud to achieve full virtualization of data, both on and off premise.”


Microsoft Azure Security Center (2nd Edition)

by Yuri Diogenes and Tom Shinder

“Reflecting updates through mid-2019, this book presents comprehensive Azure Security Center techniques for safeguarding cloud and hybrid environments. Leading Microsoft security and cloud experts Yuri Diogenes and Dr. Thomas Shinder help you apply Azure Security Center’s robust protection, detection, and response capabilities in key operational scenarios.”


The Modern Data Warehouse in Azure: Building with Speed and Agility on Microsoft’s Cloud Platform

by Matt How

“Build a modern data warehouse on Microsoft’s Azure Platform that is flexible, adaptable, and fast […] gone are the days when data warehousing projects were lumbering dinosaur-style projects that took forever, drained budgets, and produced business intelligence (BI) just in time to tell you what to do 10 years ago. This book will show you how to assemble a data warehouse solution like a jigsaw puzzle by connecting specific Azure technologies that address your own needs and bring value to your business.”


Practical Automated Machine Learning on Azure: Using Azure Machine Learning to Quickly Build AI Solutions

by Deepak Mukunthu, Parashar Shah, and Wee Hyong Tok

“Develop smart applications without spending days and weeks building machine-learning models. With this practical book, you’ll learn how to apply Automated Machine Learning, a process that uses machine learning to help people build machine learning models. Deepak Mukunthu, Parashar Shah, and Wee Hyong Tok provide a mix of technical depth, hands-on examples, and case studies that show how customers are solving real-world problems with this technology.”


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Daniel Hein

Dan is a tech writer who writes about Enterprise Cloud Strategy and Network Monitoring for Solutions Review. He graduated from Fitchburg State University with a Bachelor's in Professional Writing. You can reach him at dhein@solutionsreview.com
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