I am really excited and happy to see my session is accepted ✅ for this year’s #AzureSpringClean2023 event 🎉
What is Azure Spring Clean?
The Azure Spring Clean 2023 is an event that promotes well-managed Azure tenants. In order to achieve this goal, organizers encourage the cloud community professionals to create articles that highlight best-practices, and lessons learned, and help with some of the more difficult topics of Azure Management.
Join me this March, to learn and explore 🔍 how to organize Azure Security Services using the IaC approach with Azure Bicep.
We will look into how you could declaratively define and deploy your Azure security resources including Azure Policies to tackle real-world business problems. Thus, get yourself ready for simple yet powerful demos that will turn you into a hero.
I would highly encourage everyone to join this event and learn best practices on Azure this spring!
There is a great announcement from the Microsoft Ignite event that announced the Cloud Skills Challenge will be back this year. YAY !
Cloud Skills Challenge
This is a time bounded event where you choose your tech challenge and earn a Microsoft certification exam by studying the Microsoft technology of your choice.
And this year, there will be 7 challenges available to choose from, select one that’s right for you.
Complete one of the learning challenges below to get a 100% discount (aka #free) on one of the following Microsoft certification exams:
▶ AZ-305: Designing Microsoft Azure Infrastructure Solutions ▶ AZ-400: Designing and Implementing Microsoft DevOps Solutions ▶ DP-100: Designing and Implementing a Data Science Solution on Azure ▶ MB-240: Microsoft Dynamics 365 Field Service Functional Consultant ▶ MS-700: Managing Microsoft Teams ▶ MS-720: Microsoft Teams Voice Engineer ▶ PL-100: Microsoft Power Platform App Maker ▶ SC-200: Microsoft Security Operations Analyst
This week, I had an opportunity to join a meeting in order to share my experience with military veterans on how to get them ready for the first cloud position interview. We had really awesome participation and a number of questions that benefited all attendees.
Thank you, Douglas for an opportunity to help the transitioning service members and veterans with critical technical and career skills development and tips.
Are you ready for the Microsoft Ignite 2022? This is an annual signature event for developer and IT professionals hosted by Microsoft. As usually, there would be many new Microsoft and Azure announcements in this upcoming conference.
How to register for Microsoft Ignite?
The registration for this event is #free. Yes, it is indeed free for digital attendees, and you can do it below:
I hope you will register and book your calendar for this fantastic event, and explore the latest innovations, learn from product experts and partners, level up your skillset, and create connections from around the world.
Currently, we have the following blogs as our upper and lower neighbors in the Top 100 Best Microsoft Azure Blogs.
The upper neighbor is an Azure Podcast and we have Azure Greg as the next neighbor. Both of them, the blog and podcast are good sources of information created free of charge for the #community by individual members.
What is next?
Well, please be on a lookout to find more Microsoft announcements, training opportunities and information about Cloud events in my upcoming posts. Namely, we will cover LATAM 2022 , Infrastructure as code updates in Azure, Azure Bicep, Security and Microsoft Ignite in the next 3 months.
Hope to hear back from you soon. And THANK YOU for continued interest in the #CloudMarathonerblog posts!
It is summertime and naturally we all want to enjoy it, right? Microsoft is scheduled to hold its annual signature event for partners – called Microsoft Inspire in few weeks.
What is Microsoft Inspire?
It is a conference held annually by Microsoft Corporation for its partner organizations and community around the globe. At Microsoft Inspire, partners learn about the Microsoft’s technology announcements for the upcoming year and experience the latest product innovations while learning new skills and techniques.
Usually, it starts with a keynote from Satya Nadella – a Microsoft CEO and Board Director, followed by other Microsoft executives, featured speakers, business-track specific offerings, and hundreds of sessions.
How to Register?
This year, the Microsoft Inspire will be a virtual event and #free. Thank you, Microsoft, for opening this event for every organization and people!
Please use the link below to register and don’t forget to pick/book your sessions from Schedule once your registration is completed.
I had a great opportunity to attend an OpenHack Serverless event and guided my team in their hacking adventure. It was a great training/hacking event where participants team up to solve a close, real-world problem using the technology.
What my team did?
My team consisted of five professionals who had various levels of experience with Azure and its Serverless tech stack. As a team they were able to overcome a number of success criteria by solving problems and unlocking next challenges over the day. A number of different serverless technologies have been used in this event, such as:
Azure Logic App
Azure Cosmos DB
Azure Key Vault
Azure Event Grid
Azure Event Hub
How coaches help their Team?
As their Coach, I have leveraged my understanding of how to build and deploy an Azure Serverless solution and lead my team to learn and follow best practices through a Serverless OpenHack event.
My team will leverage these skills to understand and explain the serverless tech challenges to a diverse team of customers. Each participant of this event also provided product feedback directly to Microsoft employees.
If you get an opportunity to participate in a Microsoft OpenHack event, don’t miss that. You will be really challenged with your skills and learn much more while enjoying the event.
If you did miss most of the Build then no worries, as it has recorded sessions that you can watch on your schedule.
Please, join me and Marcos today, if you missed certification and learning announcements during the Build event. We will address a very important topic: Cloud Certification Journey, and share tips & bits on getting yours started.
Welcome to the 11th blog post (Part 11/12) of the Azure Architect series to help you get ready for the AZ-305 exam. This post starts the last section of this exam – Design Business Continuity Solutions.
And please feel free to check the previous sections & blog posts listed below if you landed on this page for the first time 🙂
Table of content (blog series)
*** Design Identity, Governance, and Monitoring Solutions ***
Simply put, a Business Continuity (aka, BC) solution is based on a plan 🙂 A BC plan is a predefined approach and procedure for how a business will continue to run when dealing with an emergency.
In another words, it is a process of creating systems of prevention and recovery to deal with any potential threats to your company. These threats could be a natural disasters, such as hurricanes, fires, floods, power outages or an unintended misconfiguration of a system. It could also be a malicious cyberattack as well.
There are many benefits provided by BC planning and Disaster Recovering (aka, DR) planning to your organization when they are drafted and approved across the board, such as:
People and Property Protection
Morale boost 🙂
The “Morale boost” element is very important piece, because when employees know plans are in place, they may feel safer. Moreover, it does not just boost morale, but potentially increases the business value perception to customers who recognize the high preparedness and responsibilities of the company.
What are the Backups and Disaster Recovery solutions in Azure?
In the case of service disruption or accidental deletion or corruption of data, recover your business services in a timely and orchestrated manner. The Azure backup and disaster recovery solution is simple to architect, cloud-native, highly available, and resilient.
Backup and Disaster Recovery in azure
Azure Backup and Disaster Recovery (DR) services are important services that help you to achieve your company’s reliability goals for all of the system workloads in the cloud or on-premises. It is very important when CSP (Cloud Solution Provider) prioritizes transparency and keep it’s customers informed during and after the service issues.
You could easily target following goals when planning to deliver your Backup and DR services to your most critical customers:
Simplified Management across environments
Azure built-in security controls
Reduced complexity and cost
Extent solutions to Azure with our partners
Part 11: Design a business continuity solution
The references below are taken from official Microsoft docs and focused on designing solutions in Azure. You could also find it helpful to check the Microsoft docs and learning paths with [Tutorials] below 😉.
This collection of links is gathered with a focus on the exam objectives of the AZ-305 certification exam.
A relational data is a set of data that have a certain pre-defined structure. Once this data structure (aka, data schema) is enforced on data then we can start talking about a relational database.
Thus, a relational database (DB) is a collection of data items with some pre-defined relationships. These data items are organized as a set of tables with columns and rows. The tables are used to hold a similar type of information object to be represented in the database.
WHAT is relational data storage in azure?
In Microsoft Azure, relational data could be stored in different forms and shapes. The early approach of storing and running relational databases has been accomplished through Virtual Machine (VM) instances. However, this approach brought a certain operational overhead and required specialized skills within the team to manage those VMs properly.
Nowadays, we could run the relational databases as a managed service (aka, PAAS) in the cloud. In other words, Microsoft Azure helped to offload operational overhead associated with the management of VMs that are assigned to run your database services. All this became possible by the introduction of managed relational Azure Database services like SQL, MySQL, PostgreSQL, and MariaDB.
In this study guide, you will learn about these managed, relational DB services in depth.
Part 9: Design a data storage solution for relational data
The references below are taken from official Microsoft docs and focused on designing Data Storage solutions for Relational data in Azure. You could also find it helpful to check the Microsoft docs and learning paths with [Tutorials] below 😉.
This collection of links is gathered with a focus on the exam objectives of the AZ-305 certification exam.