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Candidates for the Azure Solutions Architect Expert certification should
have subject matter expertise in designing cloud and hybrid solutions that
run on Microsoft Azure, including compute, network, storage, monitoring, and
Responsibilities for this role include advising stakeholders and translating
business requirements into designs for secure, scalable, and reliable Azure
An Azure solutions architect partners with developers, administrators, and
other roles responsible for implementing solutions on Azure.
A candidate for this certification should have advanced experience and
knowledge of IT operations, including networking, virtualization, identity,
security, business continuity, disaster recovery, data platforms, and
governance. A professional in this role should manage how decisions in each
area affect an overall solution. In addition, they should have experience in
Azure administration, Azure development, and DevOps processes
To become a Microsoft Certified: Azure Solutions Architect Expert,
you must earn the following certification first:
Average salary for Azure Solutions Architect
The average azure solutions architect salary in the United Kingdom is £80,000 per
year or £41.03 per hour. Entry level positions start at £70,000 per year while most
experienced workers make up to £90,000 per year.
Candidates for this exam should have advanced experience and
knowledge of IT operations, including networking, virtualization,
identity, security, business continuity, disaster recovery, data
platforms, and governance. A professional in this role should manage
how decisions in each area affect an overall solution. In addition,
they should have experience in Azure administration, Azure
development, and DevOps processes.
Design identity, governance, and monitoring solutions (25-30%)
Candidates for this exam should have subject matter expertise
implementing, managing, and monitoring an organization’s Microsoft
Responsibilities for this role include implementing, managing, and
monitoring identity, governance, storage, compute, and virtual
networks in a cloud environment, plus provision, size, monitor, and
adjust resources, when needed.
An Azure administrator often serves as part of a larger team
dedicated to implementing an organization's cloud infrastructure.
A candidate for this exam should have at least six months of
hands-on experience administering Azure, along with a strong
understanding of core Azure services, Azure workloads, security, and
governance. In addition, this role should have experience using
PowerShell, Azure CLI, Azure portal, and Azure Resource Manager
The content of this exam was updated on September 24, 2021.
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Manage Azure identities and governance (15-20%)
Implement and manage storage (15-20%)
Deploy and manage Azure compute resources (20-25%)
Configure and manage virtual networking (25-30%)
Monitor and back up Azure resources (10-15%)
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