Category Archives: Azure

Related to Microsoft’s Windows Azure platform

Talk: Comparing Azure SQL Database and SQL Server

I spoke tonight at the New England SQL Server Group to a large audience of feisty SQL experts. Thanks for all the tough questions. And thanks to George for backing me up on questions I couldn’t answer.

Abstract:

The Microsoft Azure cloud platform offers a service called Azure SQL Database. How does this compare to SQL Server, the venerable boxed product so many DBAs have come to know and love? In this talk from long-time Azure MVP Bill Wilder, we will look at similarities and differences. We will also briefly talk about complementary data storage sources that may also interest DBAs. At the end of the talk, you will understand the big picture of database options in the cloud, how Azure SQL Database is positioned and stacks up relative to SQL, and leave with an appreciation of key scenarios where it might make sense to use one over the other.

One thing I didn’t get to work was the PowerShell cleanup at the end. I ran it later and here is the code (the last line is the one I botched during the demo):

Add-AzureRmAccount # then log in interactively, including with 2FA 🙂
Select-AzureRmSubscription -SubscriptionName MyAzureSubsriptionNameHere
Get-AzureRmSubscription # optional
Find-AzureRmResource -ResourceGroupNameContains sqltest # optional
Remove-AzureRmResourceGroup -Name sqltest -Force

For those interested, here is the deck:

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Talk: SecureWorld Boston 2016 #SWBOS16- How Adopting the Public Cloud Can Improve Your Enterprise Security

On 30-Mar-2016, I gave two talks: one at SecureWorld Boston (How Adopting the Public Cloud Can Improve Your Enterprise Security), and another at the ISSA NE breakfast meeting (The Cloud: Headache or Aspirin? An information security perspective.).

Since the decks used in talks are so similar, I have posted just the deck for the SecureWorld talk.

Deck is in PDF format since the PPTX file was pretty big.

Thanks for everyone who attended!

SecureWorld 2016 – Strengthen Enterprise Security by Using the Public Cloud – Wed 30-Mar-2016 – publish

Talk: Kolkata Azure – #Azure is a Toolbox

This past Friday afternoon, I spoke to a highly engaged group in an event hosted at the Finomial office in Kolkata, W. Bengal, India. There were two topics:

  1. An overview of Azure as a toolbox for dev and ops teams
  2. Cloud Architecture Anti-Patterns & Patterns

This started out being advertised as a “remote” Boston Azure event since it took place 7,000 miles/12,000 kilometers from our usual location in the Boston area. Later, a local Kolkata Azure event page was created for the event.

The event was well attended and the audience was lively and inquisitive. The slide deck used (both talks in one deck) follow:

2015-Aug-21-azure-overview-and-cloud-architecture-anti-patterns-kolkatazure

Talk: Cloud Architecture Anti-Patterns – .NET Architecture Group

On May 20 I presented Cloud Architecture Anti-Patterns: A concise overview of some bad ideas to the .NET Architecture Group.

Here is the deck:

Any feedback is welcome. Feel free to comment here or on the twitters:@codingoutloud.

Talk: Hidden Azure – Boston Azure – Boston location – 2015 Global Azure Bootcamp

Today I was pleased to present the talk “Hidden Azure” as part of the 2015 Global Azure Bootcamp, the 3rd such annual and globally-coordinated event involving many sites (175?) spread all over the world!

There were tens-of-thousands of VM core hours in use (even 22,000 at one point) throughout the day…

I presented live in Boston to an engaged audience, but was not able to see who was listening in the outside world! But I do know there was at least one person – which made it worthwhile. 🙂

Here’s the deck I used:

Find me, Boston Azure, and Global Azure Bootcamp on the twitters:

Talk: Guest Lecture Harvard Cloud Computing Class

Last night I was pleased to speak at Zoran B. Djordjević‘s Cloud Computing class at Harvard Extension (my 4th year). After dazzling the class with my prowess at plugging in my laptop to the projector, we jumped into the public cloud, with lots of Azure specifics – and how designing applications for the public cloud is different than what they might be used to (whether Azure, Amazon, or Google) – along with really good questions and discussion…

If you are interested in such things, I’m on twitter (@codingoutloud), have been running the Boston Azure cloud user group for five years, and wrote a book on Cloud Architecture Patterns.

SLIDE DECK: 2014-11-14 – Microsoft Azure Cloud Platform Overview — Zoran Djordjevic-Harvard-CSCI E-90 — 14-Nov-2014 — Bill Wilder (blog.codingoutloud.com)

Talk: Pragmatic Azure at Boston Code Camp 21

Today I was delighted to speak at Boston Code Camp 21… Yes, that’s 21 code camps over the past 10+ years put on by the Boston dev community. There is a long list of volunteers , speakers, and sponsors.

My talk was: “Pragmatic Azure – What can the Azure Cloud do for me?” and the abstract is included below and the deck is here:

ABSTRACT

Pragmatic Azure – What can the Azure Cloud do for me?

Session Details – Boston Code Camp 21 – June 2014

Submitted by: Bill Wilder
Time: 10:20 AM – 11:30 AM, Saturday, June 21, 2014
Location: One Mem Drive, Commons (enter on 11)
Tags: Azure

A whirlwind introduction to the Microsoft Azure public cloud platform followed by a bunch of pragmatic ways to use it. From simple Web Sites to web-scale Cloud Services, from on-the-cheap dev-test environments to auto-scaling production services, Windows Azure covers the spectrum. What’s the story with designing for failure? What happens if I need to scale? How do I manage costs? These and more questions will be addressed.

Presented by Azure MVP Bill Wilder, it is based on real-world insights from an Azure-focused consultant who’s been working with the platform since the day it was announced in 2008. Some of the topics will be drawn from Bill’s Cloud Architecture Patterns book (O’Reilly Media, 2012).