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On Saturday, September 6, Microsoft Azure MVP Michael McKeown, Principal Cloud Solutions Architect for Aditi Technologies (www.michaelmckeown.com) hosted the first Azure Partner Boot Camp in Charlotte NC. Over 75 attendees spent a day meeting each other, talking Cloud, eating pizza, and listening to great Azure sessions. There were three main tracks. Understanding Azure was more for decision makers and focused on business reasons why Azure and the Cloud makes sense. It also discussed business advantages and common Cloud architectural patterns. Developing Azure was focused on developing Azure applications looking at Azure technologies like Azure Media and Mobile Services, Azure Cache, and specific examples of end-to-end Azure applications. The Administering Azure track for IT Pros rounded out the remainder of the sessions. This covered common topics like Azure Virtual Networks, Common IaaS issues, the Azure Resource Manager, Azure Storage, and the recently introduced Azure Automation.

Jeff Nuckolls, VP of Cloud Services, from Aditi kicked off the conference with the keynote speech. Jeff spoke about the Internet of Things and even demoed some sensor hardware live on stage. Then speakers from Microsoft corporate and the Southeast, Aditi Technologies, and RDA Corporation delivered the sessions for the three tracks. RDA provided five speakers at the event and was a main contributor logistically to the success of the conference. In the end there was an Xbox given away (the original winner was not present so had to redraw!), two $250 gift certs to New Egg, and multiple Xbox games and video hardware. The plan is to do this again next year but a bit later in the year so as not to have to fight the sunny 85 degree Saturday weather!

Here is the link (thanks to sponsor RDA!) to the finalized three tracks, times, sessions, and speakers for the MVP Charlotte Azure Boot Camp in at Microsoft in Charlotte, NC on Sept. 6th. Quite an impressive lineup to topics and speakers. This will be an incredible one-day of Cloud that you don’t want to miss!

*** Register now for Charlotte Azure Partner Boot Camp Sept 6 at Microsoft here!

Double-click on schedule below if you don’t want to go to the link above to expand to see speakers and sessions.

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Just like my friend Jeff Nuckolls who recently spoke on the Azure Podcast, I got the opportunity to speak with Evan, Cale, and Sajeet on my favorite technical podcast, The Azure Podcast. The four of us discussed options for automating Azure from the lower-level PowerShell scripts you write yourself, the new Azure Automation and Azure Resource Manager, and the Aditi Brewmaster IaaS SaaS deployment offering (100% free to use!). You can listen on your iPhone under Azure Podcasts episode #39 or link directly here
http://azpodcast.azurewebsites.net/post/Episode-39-Brewmaster!

Take a few moments to check out this awesome installment of my favorite podcast, The Azure Podcast. This installment features our Director of Cloud Services, and my good buddy Jeff Nuckolls, sharing about the Internet of Things (IoT) and how he has positioned Aditi to handle this up and coming Cloud technology. IoT is all about the interconnection of intelligent machines transmitting massive amounts of data using various protocols into the Cloud. Once there, the data can be analyzed and converted into directives within a command-and-control relationship sending real-time commands back to the intelligent machines. In turn, these intelligent machines will modify their behavior and settings to compensate for factors identified from the data to optimize their efficiency or maximize safety. For example, a train traveling at high speeds with sensors up and down its frame can provide sensor data which in turn results in commands being sent back to modify its drag on the rails or its speed based upon incline, weather, and wind.

For a really interesting short (3-minute) very interesting video of what GE is doing in the world of intelligent machines and the IoT, check out GE Software: The Industrial Internet in the Real World..

A customer yesterday asked me about why the Affinity Group setting is suddenly no longer required as of a week or so ago to build a private VNET. It turns out that with the new capabilities of Azure VNETs an affinity group is no longer needed. The reason is the VNets can now span data centers within a region. A new VNet ‘type’ – Regional VNET – has been created to overcome some of the old limitations.

This makes perfect sense if you think about it the whole goal of an affinity group is to maximize locality to minimize latency between resources in the VNET. The physical implementation of the logical affinity group entity results in servers within one DC being put as close physically to each other as possible (taking into account fault and upgrade domains). But now that the VNets are no longer constrained to one DE the whole concept of allocating network resources close to optimize access time goes out the window.

Now instead of specifying an affinity group in the network config file you specify a Location (maps to ‘region’ – not sure why they added yet another term!) in the VirtualNetworkSiteName entity.

In an existing VNet you cannot convert an existing affinity group to a locality without recreating the network. However you can join an legacy VNet to a Regiona VNet and it will work fine.

However, an affinity group still is in use for storage and PaaS Cloud Services/IaaS VMs).

This is the seventh and last post in the Microsoft Azure Administration mini-series hosted primarily off the Aditi Technologies blog. It is about updates to Microsoft Azure Websites. It parallels my just-released Pluralsight course entitled Microsoft Azure New Administration Features (March 2014)

My company, Aditi Technologies, is working in parallel with me to discuss the admin “topic of the week” in this series on Microsoft Azure New Administration Features. So no need to rehash the work they are doing. For a highlight of the Azure Websites information that is in the actual Pluralsight course, go to http://blog.aditi.com/cloud/learn-from-the-expert-microsoft-azure-websites.

This is the sixth post in the Microsoft Azure Administration mini-series hosted primarily off the Aditi Technologies blog about Big Data with Microsoft HDInsight. It parallels my just-released Pluralsight course entitled Microsoft Azure New Administration Features (March 2014)

My company, Aditi Technologies, is working in parallel with me to discuss the admin “topic of the week” in this series on Microsoft Azure New Administration Features. So no need to rehash the work they are doing. For a highlight of the Azure HDInsight information that is in the actual Pluralsight course, go to http://blog.aditi.com/cloud/learn-from-expert-azure-hdinsight.

I am organizing and hosting the Azure Partner Boot Camp in Charlotte, NC on Saturday, Sept 6th. Here is the blurb from the site https://cltazurebootcamp.eventday.com/. Feel free to pass onto any in the Southeast who has an interest in Azure. This will be a great day of Azure with star-studded lineup of speakers.

Are you a key business decision maker, Developer, or IT Ops professional and don’t have time to understand Microsoft Azure? Well, can you spare just one day to learn from the top Microsoft Azure experts?

Attend the no-cost one-day Charlotte Azure Boot Camp (Saturday, September 6 at the Microsoft Campus in Charlotte). Quickly learn how Microsoft Azure can help you minimize cost, reduce time to delivery, provide simple global deployment, and support your applications and servers with leading edge technology. Learn the business benefits and gain deep technical direction and tips as you listen to a star-studded lineup of speakers – actual Microsoft Azure Program Managers, Microsoft Azure technical experts, and Azure MVPs share their real-world experiences and technical expertise. Talk 1:1 with Microsoft, RDA, and Aditi Cloud experts about your questions and needs around Microsoft Azure. Network with other Cloud professionals and companies in the Southeast that can help meet your Cloud staffing and project requirements. If you ever considered Microsoft Azure before this is your chance to jump start your knowledge and transform those thought into actions!

The Charlotte Azure Boot Camp will include three exciting and very informative learning tracks with something for everyone.

Understanding Azure – For Business Decision Makers and Architects. Learn just how secure is the Azure Cloud, how to evaluate it the Cloud could benefit your business, how to build a Cloud roadmap, and Cloud architectural concepts and patterns.

Developing Azure – For Developers (PaaS). Learn how to build scalable Azure applications, how to use Azure Cache to make highly responsive Azure applications, and how Azure Mobile and Media Services expand your services and customer base.

Administering Azure – For IT Operations and Administrators (IaaS). Learn how to avoid the common IaaS mistakes, how to optimize and secure virtual networks, automate the lifetime of your Cloud resources, optimize Azure storage, and how the Azure Resource Manager makes management of your resources simpler.

A light breakfast and lunch will be provided, as well as sponsor giveaways and raffles for very nice prizes. There is no cost to attend but is limited to the first 100 IT Professionals. All we ask is that you register on the event site (one ticket per person) and follow through and commit to coming so we can plan for proper food headcount. Thank you.

Any other questions or requests contact the Charlotte Azure Boot Camp event coordinator Mike McKeown at cltazurebootcamp@outlook.com. Mike is a Microsoft Azure MVP (Most Valuable Partner) and Principal Cloud Solutions Architect with Aditi Technologies. Mike currently lives in Charlotte, NC after spending nearly two decades as an FTE with Microsoft. In his spare time Mike authors Cloud courses for Pluralsight http://www.pluralsight.com/training/Courses/Find?highlight=true&searchTerm=mckeown. Mike lives the Cloud and blogs about Microsoft Azure at http://www.michaelmckeown.com. You can connect with Mike professionally on LinkedIn at https://www.linkedin.com/pub/mike-mckeown/20/b73/389, follow him on Twitter at @NWOEKCM, and find out more about his company, Aditi Technologies, at http://www.aditi.com.

This is a Microsoft MVP Azure Community event. Sponsors include RDA Corporation, Aditi Technologies, and Microsoft Corporation.

This is the fifth post in the Microsoft Azure Administration mini-series hosted primarily off the Aditi Technologies blog. It is about Microsoft Azure Storage enhancements and it parallels my just-released Pluralsight course entitled Microsoft Azure New Administration Features (March 2014)

My company, Aditi Technologies, is working in parallel with me to discuss the admin “topic of the week” in this series on Microsoft Azure New Administration Features. So no need to rehash the work they are doing. For a highlight of the Azure Storage information that is in the actual Pluralsight course, go to http://blog.aditi.com/uncategorized/learn-expert-windows-azure-storage.

This is the fourth post in the Microsoft Azure Administration mini-series hosted primarily off the Aditi Technologies blog. It is about Microsoft Azure BizTalk Services and it parallels my just-released Pluralsight course entitled Microsoft Azure New Administration Features (March 2014)

My company, Aditi Technologies, is working in parallel with me to discuss the admin “topic of the week” in this series on Microsoft Azure New Administration Features. So no need to rehash the work they are doing. For information around Azure BizTalk Services go to http://blog.aditi.com/cloud/learn-expert-windows-azure-biztalk-services/.

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