Boston Azure is 7 years old!
At today’s October Boston Azure meeting, we celebrated turning 7 years old, and had two talks. I presented one talk related to the Dyn DDoS outage from Friday Oct 21, which illustrated the dark side of IoT since it was used to power a huge DDoS attack on Dyn, taking down Netflix, Github, Spotify, and lots of other sites as collateral damage. In my talk I explained some of the background and how we addressed it with Azure DNS.
Here’s the deck for the “IoT has a dark side” talk:
Jim O’Neil provides some resource relating to his talk. There are listed AS A COMMENT on the meeting page (scroll below the meeting description page to comments – Meetup.com does not allow changing a meeting description after the meeting begins, so amendments tend to be as comments).
And here’s a photo of the evening – taken by @jimoneil (Jim), showing (L->R) Mark (@MHEisenberg), I’m in the middle (@codingoutloud), and @nazik_huq (Nazik Huq) – all who have helped @bostonazure (Boston Azure) thrive through the years. And not to forget about some others who were not present – like @georgebabey (George Babey), @haleyjason (Jason Haley), Michael Stiefel, and @squdgy (Maura Wilder) – who have all deserve credit for the success of the group through the years.
And finally, here’s Jim, the event’s featured speaker and the photographer and tweeter of the above photo. I think this photo was taken by @nazik_huq (Nazik Huq).
Earlier today I presented at the Get to know SQL Server 2016 / Business Intelligence / Azure event at 1cc. My talk was “Azure SQL Database: Not just a cloud version of SQL Server” to an inquisitive Cambridge audience.
My deck is here: Azure SQL Database – not just a cloud version of SQL Server – NESQL -June-24-2016 – Bill Wilder – posted
The PowerShell script I demo’d is included in the gist referenced below.
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.
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:
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
On Friday 04-Dec-2015 I was a guest lecturer at Zoran Djordjevic’s cloud computing class at Harvard. As usual, I battled furiously with the Blackboard recording software as it repeatedly turned itself off as I switched between slides and a demo, and battled its confusing UI. But in the end, overcame the tech issues and was able to crank through lots of Azure topics with the class – from security/compliance to the many compute models to reliability patterns (and platform support) to data management to some service management and more.
The deck I used to frame to talk: 2015-12-04-microsoft-azure-cloud-platform-overview-zoran
On Thursday December 3, 2015 I spoke to an engaged crowed at Andy Novick’s New England Microsoft Developers’ Group. The topic was a high-level look at the Microsoft Azure cloud platform with the perspective of a toolbox for developers.
Here is the deck used: 2015-12-03-microsoft-azure-cloud-platform-toolbox-overview-nemicrosoftdevelopers
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:
- An overview of Azure as a toolbox for dev and ops teams
- 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: