March 2013 Windows Azure Speaking Engagements

been doing a lot of work in Windows Azure both on the PaaS and IaaS world and since we’re entering the typical time where the Cloud Events start to happen, I’d like to share where you guys can see me talking about Windows Azure.

The events I’m currently speaking are:

DevWeek 2013 (http://www.devweek.com/ and http://www.devweek.com/speakers/)

March 5th

- SQL Azure overview – how to develop and manage it (http://www.devweek.com/sessions/conference1.asp)

· In this session we will be looking at an overview of SQL Azure in terms of Architecture, Application Topologies that can be used and its Provisioning Model. We’ll also be looking at how Deployment can be done, and which Security we can expect on it. One of the important parts will be understanding the elements that are currently supported and not supported on the current version of SQL Azure, and what we can expect about the future.

- Advanced SQL Azure – performance and scalability (http://www.devweek.com/sessions/conference1.asp)

· In this session we’ll look at some more important SQL Azure topics like performance and scalability, and how concepts like Sharding, SQL Azure Federation are important in order to achieve scalability improvements. We will also look at how SQL Azure Data Sync is important for these concepts and also to keep a local replica of the SQL Azure Database, SQL Azure Backups, Import and Exports and other new features that are being release by the SQL Azure team.

March 6th

- Tips & tricks to build Multi-Tenant databases with Windows Azure SQL Databases (http://www.devweek.com/sessions/conference2.asp)

· When we talk about the Cloud it’s very important the we do our solutions in a highly scalable way as well as in a Multi-Tenant way, since this actually helps us lower the costs to the end customer and so grab the long tail. In order to do this a lot of adjustments need to happen on the database side of things, and in this session we’ll look at ways we can achieve Multi-Tenancy with Windows Azure SQL Databases, and how that can be integrated with the work performed while scaling out Windows Azure SQL Databases, using SQL Federations.

TechDays Netherlands 2013 (http://www.microsoft.com/netherlands/techdays/home.aspx and http://www.microsoft.com/netherlands/techdays/SpeakerDetail.aspx?speakerId=1441

March 7th

- Crash Course on "Automating deployments in Windows Azure Virtual Machines". How and which tools? (http://www.microsoft.com/netherlands/techdays/SessionDetail.aspx?sessionId=3735)

· Windows Azure Virtual Machines have a very interesting interface in the new Windows Azure management portal and it’s very usable when thinking about a small number of Virtual Machines, but when we start building large deployments like 10, 20, 100, 500 virtual machines with VNETs, failover, and so on things start to be different and less doable using the management portal. For this type of work we actually need some form of automation and this is actually what we’ll be covering in this session. And so in this session we’ll look at tools that can enable us to automate Windows Azure Virtual Machines deployments, like PowerShell, ScaleXtreme, RightScale, and other in order to take the automation issue out of the way and really take advantage of Windows Azure.

March 8th

- Lessons Learned: Bridging Windows Azure and On-Premises environments with Windows Azure Virtual Network (http://www.microsoft.com/netherlands/techdays/SessionDetail.aspx?sessionId=3736

· Windows Azure Virtual Network is a very important feature in Windows Azure since it provides a way to extend the existing On-Premises environment into the Cloud, making Windows Azure look as an Extension of the already existing Data Center. Setting up Virtual Network seems simple but sometimes have some important topics that need to be considered. Topics like, Which DNS should I use? How to configure create DMZ’s within the Cloud? How to place PaaS components in the same Virtual Network? How do I configure the Gateway between Cloud and On-Premises? How to troubleshoot the connection? These are some of the concerns that you normally handle when configuring and using Windows Azure Virtual Networks, and so in these session we’ll cover these topics based on the lessons learned from doing this with a great deal of customer and going through each of those concerns.

- Achieve High Availability with SQL Server on Windows Azure Virtual Machines (http://www.microsoft.com/netherlands/techdays/SessionDetail.aspx?sessionId=3737)

· SQL Server has been massively used by organizations in order to provide a RDBMS and when moving into the Cloud one of the elements that normally caused some concerns was ‘THE DATABASE’, since SQL Databases are Shared Instances and don’t have feature parity with SQL Server, which causes some changes in the existing codebase. Now Windows Azure Virtual Machines opens a new door for the Cloud Migration process, since it allows to completely move our SQL Server into the Cloud and keep feature parity with On-Premises, which is important. But with this great news some new concerns appear also. Concerns like How to achieve High-Availability, Failover, Clustering, Data Security and so on with SQL Server in Windows Azure Virtual Machines. In this session, we’ll look at SQL Server in Windows Azure and how we can use it and achieve a Highly Available environment for out RDBMS.

- Lessons Learned: Taking the best performance out of Windows Azure Virtual Machines (http://www.microsoft.com/netherlands/techdays/SessionDetail.aspx?sessionId=3738)

· Windows Azure Virtual Machines are still new in Windows Azure and have a lot of tweaks needed in order to take the best out of their capabilities. After being working with them since the early beginning a lot of lessons were learned in the process in terms of how to achieve the best performance. In this process we’ll cover some topics and strategies that will enable us to take the best performance out of Windows Azure Virtual Machines but at the same time also achieve the best SLA possible.

Hope to see you in one of my sessions and if you would like to send any requests for some of the sessions you’re attending just send me a Tweet for @NunoGodinho. This way I’ll be able to create those Windows Azure sessions more related to what all of you really want to see.

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