Take the Azure Cosmos DB Cloud Skills Challenge
Written by Nikos Vaggalis   
Tuesday, 13 December 2022

A free, self-paced course by Microsoft gives you the chance to expand your knowledge of Azure Cosmos DB as well as earning a certification.

Azure CosmosDB is Microsoft's mutli-model distributed database for supporting workloads at scale. As we examined in "Azure CosmosDB for PostgreSQL Reaches General Availability", by adding support for PostgreSQL CosmosDB has broken free of the NoSQl model and spanned over to the Relational. This move has rendered Azure the first cloud provider to offer its own single database service that supports both relational and NoSQL workloads from PostgreSQL, MongoDB, and Apache Cassandra.

Since the multifaceted CosmosDB is accessible by multiple APIs, it is important to understand how to go about them. For that reason and to cater for its NoSQL aspect, Microsoft has released The Azure Cosmos DB Developer Cloud Skills Challenge where in about 20 hours you’ll learn how to build, scale, and optimize modern applications on Azure Cosmos. Completing the Challenge will also prepare you for DP-420 "Designing and Implementing Cloud-Native Applications Using Microsoft Azure Cosmos DB" certification. You’ll also receive 50% off certification testing if you complete the challenge within 30 days.

So what will you learn in those 20 hours?

  • Learn about Azure Cosmos DB and how to get started.

  • Get to know the resource model and basic operations to set up a new Azure Cosmos DB account.

  • Understand Request Units (RU/s) and how they help you plan for the costs and performance of your Azure Cosmos DB deployment.

  • Configuring Azure Cosmos DB databases and containers.
    Move data into and out of Azure Cosmos DB with open-source tools and Azure services.

  • Write code to create, read, update, and delete items in Azure Cosmos DB.

  • Understand how to implement a non-relational model for your applications.

  • Design a data partitioning strategy.

  • Customize an indexing policy for Azure Cosmos DB.

  • Use the change feed to handle events with Azure Functions.

    Measuring the performance of your Azure Cosmos DB containers.

  • Monitoring your updates.

  • Understand why and how to implement backup services.

  • Since security is always at top of your mind, learn more about securing your application data.

You will need to register for using your Microsoft Learn profile. Afterwards you'll be able to check all the modules of the Challenge in your Learn profile.

All in all, the Challenge offers a first class opportunity to get to know both the Cosmos database as well as the Azure platform. And if you like it that much you can also try to become certified.


More Information

Azure Cosmos DB Cloud Skills Challenge


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