Concept of Account and Subscription in Azure

In the last post, I described what Azure cloud is. Today, let’s take a look at how to create an account. To use Azure services, a subscription to the platform is necessary. You can get temporary access to the Azure sandbox by completing free training on Microsoft Learn. The subscription will be created automatically. After creating an account, you can create additional subscriptions. An example of using multiple accounts can be creating separate subscriptions for different departments in a company.

As a new Azure user, you can create a free account to explore the solution without charges and then switch to a paid plan when deciding to use any of the solutions. You can create an Azure account through the Azure website.

What does the free account offer?

A free account is an offer for users who want to get to know the platform. To create it, you need a phone number, a credit card, and a Microsoft or Github account. It’s worth noting that credit card information is used solely for identity verification, and charges will not be incurred until you switch to a paid plan. So, what does the free account offer?

  • One-year access to popular products;
  • Credits to spend within the first 30 days;
  • Access to over 25 products that will remain free.

What is the Learn sandbox?

Exercises in the Learn environment use sandbox technology, creating a temporary Azure subscription. It allows using Azure products during the training. After completing a Learn module, the data is automatically cleared by the environment. Of course, you can perform training modules based on your own subscription, but using the sandbox is preferred due to no associated costs.

Summary

Today, we learned about what an Azure account and subscription are and how they differ. In the next post, I will discuss a training scenario. I encourage you to try out the Learn service yourself, which you can find at docs.microsoft.com/pl-pl.

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