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  • Having been interested in Azure for over 15 months, I have tried to get into it but failed.

     

    I am still unsure about how to go about using Azure; and whether I am even entitled to use it as a free user.

    Perhaps first I need to clear up whether Azure usage is free for an individual – is it? If not, then probably my interest ends here. Or is there a relatively low fee?

    Next, even tho' I've looked at several of the intro videos, I still find it virtually impossible to use Azure.

    I have an Excel spreadsheet, converted to CSV, of my data: 4,300+ events, of 405 independent variables and 165 dependent ones (each of which it would useful for me to see how the independent variables influence). I believe that regression may be the best basis of this, but hope that AI may also be a more fruitful approach.

    I have loaded the spreadsheet into Azure (tho' that took a while to sort out.

    I understand that there are 'templates', solutions, already made available that I could use. But thee are so many I find it hard to determine whether any one would be appropriate for my purpose. But even if one were, I'm unclear as to how to so use one.

    So for me, it would be simpler is there was something like:

    Upload your spreadsheet here.

    Choose one of these prepared solutions

    Specify your input variables

    Specify your output variable

    Specify the significance level

    Run

    These variables cause the output variable to increase (each of this much), these to decrease it (each of this much), and these have no effect at this significance levels.

    I appreciate I may be hoping for too much. I which case, just let me know. But if I am one of the intended target users, I would appreciate some guidance as to how I may do the above.

    Sunday, October 6, 2019 8:59 PM

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  • Zarathrustra,

    There are several questions here so I'm going to do my best to answer them.  First, it's unclear if this is specific to Azure App Configuration but if this is about importing/exporting configuration data (App Configuration supports importing from a JSON, YAML, or properties file) you would want to read our documentation here:

    https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/azure-app-configuration/howto-import-export-data

     

    How much does Azure cost?

    This is a common question and it can initially be somewhat confusing.

    There is a free Azure trial that you can (and should) take advantage of.  It offers 12 months of popular free services, $200 in credit to try out any Azure service for 30 days, and there are more than 25 always free services you can use.  This is a perfect way to try out Azure.

    When it comes to cost, it's easy to confuse when you are going to be charged when you first start out.  Did I really turn that VM off?  To help with this, there is a pricing calculator which outlines what you will be charged for and give you an estimate of costs.  Additionally, there is a Cost Management section for each Resource Group that will give you a much better idea of what to expect in the way of expenses.  I personally get a lot of use out of the current and projected costs in "Accumulated costs" (Resource Group > Cost Management / Cost analysis > Accumulated costs).

    How do I learn to use Azure?

    This is a bit of a struggle when you are starting out because there are so many available services in the cloud.  I've found that videos are good for covering the basics of what the cloud is (a computer or computer resource in a remote location, usually paid for on a per use basis) but when it comes to actually creating something I would definitely recommend our docs.  They are the most up to date source for information, usually have quickstarts that will get you up and running within 10 minutes or so, and will give you quick responses if you run into something that appears out of date:

    Virtual Machines - https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/virtual-machines/

    Storage - https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/storage/

    DevOps - https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/devops/?view=azure-devops

    ...and, of course, App Configuration - https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/azure-app-configuration/

    I hope that helps!

    Wednesday, October 9, 2019 5:21 PM
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