Azure is the brand name for Microsoft's cloud services. You can use Azure for deep learning and, similar to AWS, it provides deep learning virtual machines that is pre-configured with deep learning libraries installed. In this example, we are going to create a Windows instance that can be used for Keras or MXNet. This assumes that your local computer is also a Windows computer, as you will be using Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) to access the cloud instance.
- The first step is to create an account in Azure and then log in to Azure at https://portal.azure.com. You will see a screenshot similar to the following. Click Create a resource and search for Deep Learning Virtual Machine: