7 Free Azure Resources You Must Know

Azure is a great way to learn the technology and become a better job candidate. Azure is a great platform to learn on the cloud, as it is used by many organizations around the world. This blog will provide information about 7 resources that Microsoft offers in the Azure Free Tier.
What is the Azure Free Tier?
Azure Free Tier allows you to explore and test Azure services for free up to a specified limit.
The Free Tier includes three types of offers: a 12-month Free Tier and an Always Free offer. There are also short-term trials.
Services with a 12-month free Tier allow you to use the product up to a specified limit for one year starting from the date that the account was created.
Services with an “Always Free” offer allow you to use the product free of charge for as long as Azure customers are present.
Services that offer a short-term trial can be used for free for a specific period of time, or up to a limited time, depending on the service chosen.
If your application usage exceeds the free tier limits you will be charged standard, pay as-you-go rates.
Participating services in global regions are eligible for the Microsoft Azure Free Tier. The Azure Free Tier calculates your free usage each month across all regions. It is applied to your bill automatically.
What are the requirements to be eligible for the Azure Free Tier
All new Azure customers can get an Azure free account. They will also receive a $200 credit.
You only need a phone number, a debit or credit card (non-prepaid), as well as a Microsoft or GitHub account. Only credit cards will be accepted in Hong Kong, Brazil.
One account is allowed with $200 credit and free services, but only one customer can be created.
How many free Tier – Always Free services do you have?
There are currently 45 Always Free services that are available worldwide. They range from Compute to Database, Mobile, and many other areas.
Let’s take a look at some of the most useful and popular Always Free services.
Amazon Cosmos DB
Amazon Cosmos DB, a fully managed NoSQL database service, is available with single-digit millisecond speed and 99.999 percent availability. It is backed by SLAs and instant scalability. Open-source APIs are available for Cassandra and MongoDB.
Use Cases
High concurrency and connections are required for millions of users and millions of requests per minute to build internet-scale applications that support user-content metadata and caches.
Scaling throughput and concurrency in media and entertainment workloads like real-time video streaming and interactive material, and delivering lower latency via multi-region replication across Azure Regions.
What do you get each month?
25 GB of storage
1000 request units per second
Azure Event Grid
Azure Event Grid is a Compute Service that manages routing of all events from any source, to any destination.
Use Cases
Instantly trigger a serverless function that runs image analysis every time a new picture is added to a storage container.
Event-driven functions are used to communicate between decoupled services. This allows you to execute code at whatever capacity you need. It scales to your data volume automatically and can be configured to enable custom event triggers.
What do you get each month?
100,000 operations free of charge per month
Microsoft Defender for Cloud (Azure Security Center).
Microsoft Defender for Cloud (Azure Security Centre) is a Cloud Security Posture Management solution that protects workloads in hybrid and multi-cloud environments from evolving threats.
Use Cases
Use built-in policies to prioritize recommendations and align them with key industry and regulatory standards. Or, create custom requirements to meet your company’s needs. You can automate your recommendations using actionable insights. This will help you ensure that resources are securely configured and meet your compliance requirements.
Protect your environment from evolving threats in multicloud and hybrid environments. You will be able understand vulnerabilities and secure critical workloads in VMs storage, containers and across the platform. This will allow you to automate and streamline security administration from a single location.
What do you get each month?
Security recommendations and continuous assessment
Secure Score for Azure and AWS Environments
Azure Active Directory (Azure AD)
Azure Active Directory (Azure Directory) is an enterprise identity service that provides single sign-on and multifactor authentication.
Use Cases
Access all apps from any device, no matter if they are located on-site or remotely. This allows employees to stay productive regardless of where they are located. Automate workflow

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