What is Azure Quantum and What Does it Mean for Cloud Computing?

Published On: February 26, 2021

Microsoft recently announced that its Azure Quantum service was going into public preview. Now that this new service is becoming available to the public, there is a lot of buzz around what it is, what it can do, and what it means for the future of Microsoft’s and other companies’ cloud computing services. Azure Quantum is an exciting development in the world of cloud computing and quantum computing, and we are going to show you everything you need to know about this new service.

What is Quantum Computing

Quantum computing takes the principles of quantum physics, such as superposition, entanglement, and quantum interference, and applies them to computing to introduce new programming and computing methods. Quantum computers are not optimal for every situation, but they do excel in some key areas. The most popular uses for quantum computing are quantum simulation, cryptography, machine learning, data searching, and optimization.

Generally, a quantum computer is required in order to take advantage of quantum computing. Currently, quantum computers are large and expensive to produce, making them virtually unobtainable to most people and organizations. Advances in quantum computing have allowed some elements of quantum computing, such as optimization and machine learning, to be adopted to classic computers.

Accessibility to Quantum Computing

Just as cloud computing services like Microsoft Azure provide organizations with access to remote computing power, Azure Quantum provides access to remote quantum computing through their Azure cloud service. Azure Quantum enables organizations to run quantum programs on real hardware and in simulated quantum computers. Microsoft has partnered with several different providers of quantum computing devices in order to provide their clientele with access to a variety of quantum services from their single access point.

With Microsoft now providing quantum computing services, each of the three main cloud computing service providers (Amazon, Google, Microsoft) now have some form of quantum computing services available. Quantum computing is now more accessible than ever before, and we can expect to see more developments from each of these companies in the future as they attempt to outdo each other.

Microsoft Azure and Azure Quantum Certification

Azure Quantum is a part of the Microsoft Azure suite of cloud computing services. Current Azure users can find Azure Quantum by searching for “quantum workspaces” within Microsoft Azure.

Having Azure Quantum within Microsoft Azure is an opportunity for cloud computing professionals to interact with quantum computing functions to which they would otherwise not have access to. With this new service, it will not be long before employers begin searching for cloud computing professionals with quantum computing skills as well.

So far, Microsoft has provided a comprehensive set of Azure certifications, allowing IT professionals to validate their skills as they familiarize themselves with the different aspects of the Azure cloud service. Although nothing has been announced or confirmed yet, it would not be surprising for Microsoft to unveil an Azure Quantum certification sometime after the service exits its public preview and becomes a regular service.

Preparing for Azure Quantum

Whether you’re new to Azure or you are an experienced cloud computing professional, now is the best time to improve your Azure skillset and work towards Microsoft Azure certifications. Ashton College offers both a basic and advanced Microsoft Azure certification course to help you on your path to becoming a Microsoft Certified Azure Administrator Associate or Azure Security Engineer Associate. Becoming Azure certified will help you access more opportunities in cloud computing and possibly give you the chance to work with Azure Quantum while it is in public preview.

Register now for one of Ashton College’s upcoming Microsoft Azure courses and take your IT career to the next level.

Disclaimer

The information contained in this post is considered to be true and accurate as of the date of publication. However, the accuracy of this information may be impacted by changes in circumstances that occur after the time of publication. Ashton College assumes no liability for any error or omissions in the information contained in this post or any other post in our blog.

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