These are the learning tools I have used to get my head around Microsoft Azure and the wonders of cloud computing in general.
Microsoft Virtual Academy:
This is a general overview of cloud computing and Azure which is essential viewing for all IT professionals and not just DBAs/Data professionals.
These videos concentrate on SQL Azure giving you a general overview as well as how to deploy and implement, monitor and maintain, and how to administrate.
This e-books goes into more detail than the videos so this is good reference guide as you delve deeper into the world of Azure
This will give you a run-down of the service as well as guides on how to set up and deploy your first Azure database.
Use Azure Yourself
It goes without saying that hand-ons experience is the best way to learn so get over to the azure site and set up a FREE account. It lasts for a full 12 months and you can:
- Test and deploy databases and applications.
- Explore any Azure service for 30 days
- 250GB worth of free SQL Databases
- 64GB of managed disk storage
- 15GB bandwidth
- The rest you can read on their website!