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Barriers to Public Cloud Platforms

In this blog, I will talk about Barriers in the Adoption of Public Cloud Platforms like Microsoft Azure.

Microsoft Azure is a public cloud platform. It means it is a technology that has computing resources available in data centres around the world, which are accessible over the Internet.

Interestingly, the very first question which everyone has in their mind (which they say is related to Security) – Can a public Cloud Platform keep my data and applications safe? It means what about Security?

The answer to this question, which I generally give whenever asked, that it’s not about Security. It is all about Trust because let’s say if we are running our own data centre, then we are responsible for every network and infrastructure related settings, and that everything is safe. But if we are hosting our application in public cloud platforms, it will their responsibility to take care of all such things.

So, start trusting the Public Cloud Provider, like Microsoft. Start trying small things and later on the trust can be built. People always say that they will not put their critical data in public cloud, but at the same time, same people share those critical documents on Dropbox or Google Drive.

The other question which I want to address here is – Will public cloud datacentres be up when they are needed? This question is related to Availability

I will say we should not compare the cloud platforms uptime, means how perfect they are. Infact, we should compare their uptime with our own data centres, because they will be at-least as good as our own promises with financial penalties. If there are failures, there are financial penalties. There are SLAs too.


Microsoft Azure and Office 365 Certifications

Many people ask me that whether Microsoft Azure and Office 365 are same. They also have a confusion in Azure and Office 365 certifications and its related resources. In other words, people have confusion in understanding that what Azure and Office 365 is.

In this article, I will give overview of Microsoft Azure and Office 365 and their certifications.

Microsoft Azure

I have written an article on Deep Dive in Microsoft Azure. Go to the URL to read the article.

As per Microsoft,

Microsoft Azure is a growing collection of integrated cloud services, which developers and IT professionals use to build, deploy and manage applications through our global network of datacentres. With Azure, you get the freedom to build and deploy wherever you want, using the tools, applications and frameworks of your choice.

The various features of Azure are-

  1. Deploy anywhere with your choice of tools
    1. Build your apps, your way
    2. Connect on-premises data and apps
    3. Extend the cloud on-premises
  1. Protect your business with the most trusted cloud
    1. Achieve global scale in local regions
    2. Detect and mitigate threats

Guided Learning Path in Azure:-

  1. Azure Administrator
  2. Azure Solution Architect
  3. Node JS Developer on Azure
  4. .Net Developer on Azure
  5. AI Developer on Azure

Azure Certifications

Exam Code Exam Name
70-473 Designing and Implementing Cloud Data Platform Solutions
70-475 Designing and Implementing Big Data Analytics Solutions
70-532 Developing Microsoft Azure Solutions
70-533 Implementing Microsoft Azure Infrastructure Solutions
70-534 Architecting Microsoft Azure Solutions

Important Links on Azure:-

  1. Microsoft Azure Documentation
  2. Training to build expertise in Azure
  3. .NET Developer on Azure
  4. Azure Certifications

Office 365

As per Microsoft,

“Office 365” refers to subscription plans that include access to Office applications and other productivity services that are enabled over the Internet (cloud services). Office 365 includes plans for use at home and for business.

For complete information about Office 365, refer this link.

Office 365 Certification

MCSA: Office 365 (Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate)


In nutshell, we can say that Microsoft Azure is kind of Infrastructure in the Cloud where users need to create and patch the configurations of their software. Microsoft Office 365 is a Software as a Service (SaaS) which is managed and routinely upgraded by Microsoft.

Azure AD Connect – Connect Active Directory with Azure Active Directory

How to sync or connect Local Active Directory with Azure Active Directory (Office 365)

Follow this link having all details of Azure AD Connect : Azure AD Connect

4 points which I want to highlight are as follows:-

  1. Will the accounts which are disabled in local AD be synced to Office 365 ?
    Ans – Yes, the accounts which are disabled in the local AD will be synced to Office 365, however they will be in blocked state which means they will not be able to login in any O365 applications, unless they are enabled.
  2. How to merge two same accounts which are their on local AD as well as in Office 365?
    Ans – To merge the accounts, you need to update the “proxyaddress” attribute in Local Active Directory with the email address of the user which is available in Azure AD (Office 365). For updating the proxyaddress attribute, go to user properties and click on “Attribute Editor”. Follow the below convention to set the value:-
    SMTP:<email address>
    E.g. – SMTP:abc@xyz.com
  3. Is there a control panel of some type that allows us to force a synchronization of accounts and passwords, or is it set to a schedule?
    Ans – The software Azure AD Connect, will automatically schedule itself for every 30 mins of sync.
  4. Before we perform the live account sync, which password (on-premise or Azure) will take precedence?
    Ans – On Premise password will take precedence.

Hope this blogs helps many 🙂