How to add cognitive services to your Microsoft Azure resources

Cognitive services created in Azure can add powerful features to your organization's application development toolkit.

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One of the many benefits of using cloud services like Microsoft Azure is the ability to add artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning (Ml), and other cognitive services to your ready list of available resources. Whether your business is developing new or improved applications, websites, or collaborative workspaces, access to powerful cognitive tools, coupled with appropriate deployment, could unlock unprecedented levels of success.

Adding cognitive services to available resources in Microsoft Azure can be accomplished using the Azure Portal website. However, cognitive resources, whether deployed or not, can incur substantial costs, so it is important to determine exactly which cognitive services you wish to add before you begin the allocation process.

This how-to tutorial shows how to create a new cognitive service in Microsoft Azure and add it to the list of available Azure resources for your organization.

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Add cognitive services in Microsoft Azure

As always, the first step is to log in to Microsoft Azure using your administrative account credentials. From the Home or Dashboard screen, click the button that lists all services and scroll down to the AI + machine learning section and click the Cognitive Services link. Click the Add button to reveal the screen shown in Figure A.

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Figure A

As you can see there a more than a few services available. For this example, we are interested in the resources listed under the Cognitive Services category, specifically Bing Search. If you click the More link for this category (Figure B) you will see an extended list of available resources.

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Figure B

Click Bing Search v7 and take note of the information presented on the next screen (Figure C). Specifically, take note of the legal notice. Bing will only work properly if it is allowed to pass information to Microsoft controlled servers. Click the Create button to get back to the Azure Portal.

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Figure C

On the creation screen, shown in Figure D, you will be asked to give your new cognitive resource a name, pick a subscription, choose a level of service, and associate a resource group. You will also have to acknowledge your understanding and acceptance of the legal notice explained in Figure C.

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Figure D

Choose the level of service carefully because the incurred costs vary dramatically between the various pricing tiers. Click the View full pricing details link to a see a detailed explanation of each pricing level (Figure E). Choose a tier that best fits your intended use of this cognitive service.

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Figure E

When you satisfied with your choices, click the Create button. Under most circumstances, you will not need to change any of the parameters listed under the Automation options link. The deployment process will take a few minutes.

When the deployment and allocation of resources is complete, you will be taken to the management screen (Figure F) for your new Microsoft Azure cognitive service.

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Figure F

From here you can monitor activity, control access, and allocate keys. Successful access to your Bing Search cognitive service will require the use of a valid key.

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