Cloud / Azure

Building and Using Azure IaaS: A Practical Guide (9:45AM to 11:00AM)
Tim Plas, Virteva
Session Level: 200 – Intermediate
Audience: IT professionals moving, or about to move, to the cloud

So you’ve heard about cloud-based “Infrastructure as a Service” (IaaS)? What does that really mean in practical terms? How can you use Microsoft Azure to build out some, or all of your own infrastructure? We offer practical advice and guidance on how to go about building and running it; what makes sense and not how to connect to other things; and some special considerations learned by our experiences.

SaaS Enablement – Using the Cloud to Extend your Reach (12:15PM to 1:30PM)
William Oellermann, RBA
Session Level: 300 – Advanced
Audience: Architects, product engineers, senior developers

Software as a Service (SaaS) provides an opportunity for organizations to drive new revenue through large-scale usage of Web-based user experiences. However, you can’t take existing apps designed for on premise or use traditional architectures to effectively use the cloud to scale. This session will look at how to address the data, security, and performance through multi-tenant systems that can efficiently and reliably scale to not only work one day, but scale to support success.

Monitoring the Cloud (1:45PM to 3:00PM)
Lu Patrick, Center for Professional Development @ ITT Tech (CPD)
Session Level: 200 – Intermediate
Audience: IT professionals, IT decision makers

Today there are more places to check to monitor your systems – the data center, private cloud, public cloud, hybrid cloud. Keeping on top of everything from performance to security to configuration changes can be a challenge! Wouldn’t it be great if there was a tool you could use to visualize all your system data at a single glance? There is – and you can start using it today. This session will introduce Operational Insights, part of the Microsoft Operations Management Suite. Even if you aren’t leveraging Azure or Operations Manager, you can still take advantage of this service from Microsoft.

Microsoft Azure and The Competitive Public Cloud Industry (3:15PM to 4:30PM)
Richard Harbridge, 2toLead
Session Level: 100 – Beginner
Audience: Business, IT professionals, IT decision makers

Public cloud platforms are important for the future. Many organizations have made big bets, and are continuing to evaluate their options in the public and hybrid cloud arena. Microsoft has become a major player in the public cloud space, but it has plenty of competitors: Amazon, Google, OpenStack, Salesforce/Force.com and more. How do these providers compare to Azure? And what’s likely to happen in the industry as we move into the future? Join Richard Harbridge as he provides guidance and advice for how Azure measures up based on customer experience and industry insights.

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