Microsoft Azure is Microsoft's cloud computing platform. It offers dozens of services to help developers write cloud-based applications and researchers process and analyze big data. And it is supported by more than 20 data centers around the world, producing unprecedented scale, availability, and reliability, all while offering massive economy of scale to consumers.

The entry point to Azure is the Azure Portal, which you will become familiar with as you work through the labs. In order to use the portal, you must hav