Join our session with Radu Vunvulea – a Microsoft RD and MVP to learn about Cloud re(patriation) and Hybrid Cloud

Hello Cloud Marathoner friends!

This week we had a very informative session about pros and cons on staying in cloud or moving back from cloud to your on-premises systems. Thus, if you are you ready to learn about Cloud (re)patriation and Hybrid Cloud, this session is for you.

why this topic?

As you might already know, the cloud has revolutionized how businesses operate, providing agility, efficiency, and scalability. However, in recent years, cloud repatriation has emerged as a trend in which businesses are moving data or workloads back to on-premises.

Meetup link >

Radu will tell us all about pros and cons of cloud re(patriation) and hybrid cloud including the hidden costs in this session.

Thank you to speaker

Radu Vunvulea is a technology enthusiast working as Group Head of
Cloud Delivery for Endava. He has a vast experience in different technologies and industries. Most of his time is spent working with the cloud, helping companies to innovate and finding solutions to their business problems.

He enjoys building bridges between people and helping others to grow. He shares his knowledge on his personal blog and at different events where he is invited as a speaker. In his spare time, he drives an IT community and he is also a Microsoft Regional Director and Microsoft Azure MVP.

Recorded Session

If you are intrigued to watch the entire session, then please visit the following YouTube link below on our Cloud Lunch and Learn channel.

Join the Hashi Packer on Azure session with Cloud Marathoner and Arindam

Hello, Cloud Marathoner friends,

This week we had an interesting session with Arindam Mitra, a Microsoft MVP and Azure Cloud Solutions Architect. Our guest speaker was unpacking how to get started and set-up the Hashi packer on Azure environment.

In this dive deep session into the world of Azure and Packer, we had an exploration of two dynamic approaches to building images in Azure using Packer:

πŸ”Ή Approach 1: Command Line Magic – Experience the power and flexibility of the command line interface. We’ll guide you through the process, demonstrating how to leverage the command line to build your Azure images with Packer.

πŸ”Ή Approach 2: Azure DevOps Integration – Witness the seamless integration of Azure and DevOps. In this part of the session, we’ll show you how to use Azure DevOps to automate and streamline your image building process.

Whether you’re a seasoned Azure user or just starting out, this session is designed to provide valuable insights for everyone. By watching this session, you could enhance your Azure skills and take your image building process to the next level.

YouTube link of the session

If you have more questions, please feel free to check this LinkedIn post and get connected with the guest speaker and ask your questions.

Join my session on Global Azure πŸš€ 2024 – to get started in your Cloud Architect learning journey. πŸ’ͺ

Greetings to all #CloudMarathoner friends!

This week, we have a wonderful opportunity to learn from a number of different sessions by attending the Global Azure 2024 event. Yay!

Generally speaking, this event is a huge success as Microsoft community members all over the world are celebrating this occasion by submitting their session for acceptance. This year, I submitted my session with the Microsoft community in the USA, called GIMME CLOUD TALKS.

Global Azure 2024, catalog of sessions

As a #CloudMarathoner we submitted one session with a title – “How to get started in your Microsoft Azure Architect learning journey?”

And as you may already know, it was accepted by one of the organizers. Wooho!!!

Check out the LinkedIn post on this unique event!

In this lightning talk, I shared bits and tips on how you could get started in your Cloud Architect journey. Namely, we focused on designing Microsoft Azure Infrastructure Solutions exam objectives which is an important part of the AZ-305 exam.

By the end of the session, you should be well-informed on how to start your cloud learning journey and build toward your desired goal of becoming a Cloud Architect. As a complimentary bonus, I shared community created learning resources that will boost your knowledge, and help you get prepared for an important exam in 2024.

Please, check the recorded session below and let me know your feedback. Thank you!

Azure Spring Clean 2024 – Establishing Cloud Resource Hygiene with Azure using the latest tools

Hello eveyone,

Welcome to my blog created for a wonderful Azure Spring Clean event that happens once a year. I am very proud to be able to contribute with this post.

This year, I will do it a bit different by posting in this blog over the week by complementing the following agenda as we go πŸ˜‰

  • Azure Governance and Tools
  • Bicep as your infrastructure-as-code (IaC)
  • Security and guardrails with Bicep
  • Demo

Azure Governanace

If you are familiar with the cloud governance, then it’s principals are also applied in Microsoft Azure. So, with governance concepts you could manage your cloud presence to better optimize your cloud resources to curb overspending, build defensive guardrails and identify over-provisioning or overspending on the resources. This principals and available Azure tools will help us align the right resources for the right applications which would lead us to a better cloud strategy.

To maximize your cloud governance and keep your resources & budget in check, you could do the following:

  1. Stay proactive with automation and alerts
  2. Identify over-spent in your Azure environment
  3. Standardize and use tagging in your Azure environment

Implementing governance is a proactive measure essential for achieving an organization’s objectives. However, many organizations tend to adopt a reactive approach, which can result in growing complexities, particularly as the IT environment scales. So, without proper control, the absence of governance practices may result in downtime and inefficient resource utilization. From the perspective of engineering teams, this could manifest as resource sprawl, diminished return on investment (imagine your project being halted!), and challenges in achieving standardization.”

Updates are coming …

Top 3% active speaker recognition from sessionize

Good morning friends!

I am excited to share another great recognition of our contributions to the Sessionize sessions in 2023. I am also thrilled to make it to the top 3% of active speakers.

Looking back to 2023, I am grateful to everyone for providing an opportunity to share my #cloud sessions with the community πŸ’ͺ

Here is the list of events where I got an opportunity to present and help learners in 2023:

  • Festive Tech Calendar 2023
  • Azure Back to School 2023
  • Gira Online Speakers Latam 2023
  • Gimme-Cloud-Talks-Global-Azure-2023
  • Azure Spring Clean 2023
  • Come Cloud with Us
  • Cloud Lunch and Learn

Thank you again for your support and continues encouragements to keep our #CloudMarathoner movement alive and thriving.

πŸ“Œ Check out my public Sessionize profile and feel free to contact πŸ‘‰ #sharingiscaring πŸ’“

πŸ“Œ Please, check out an associated LinkedIn post announcement and feel free to reach back if you have any suggestion or question. Thanks!

Awesome-Azure-Bicep repo πŸ’ͺ release #7 is out!

Hello Cloud Marathiner friends,

You are all welcome to check our latest release #7 which comes with 10X new contributions from four members πŸ‘‰ Release #7 details

Bug Fixes

I also teamed up with John Lokerse to troubleshoot and fix the link checkmark build in this release. In addition, our core member and Microsoft MVP, Luke Murray, has updated several links on his Bicep blog posts, as his URLs have been changed.


Thank you all for your continued support and stay tuned for upcoming contributions from the #CloudMarahoner #community.

Please, subscribe to #cloudmarathoner LinkedIn #tag and follow us πŸ”₯

Starting the 2024 season with an Azure Welsh user group event πŸŽ‰

Hello, my dear Cloud marathoner friends,

Are you interested how to get started with Azure πŸš€ Architect exam in 2024 ⁉ πŸ€”
Well, I was honored to present this session to the Welsh Azure User Group just a few days ago.

In this session,Β I discussed the most recent changes in the Microsoft Azure Architects Exam AZ-305. This will be super helpful if you are looking forward to taking that exam within the next few weeks/months.

What are the session details?

Did you know that the Microsoft Azure Architect exam gets updated 1-2 times a year? Thus, it might be troublesome to get ready for this exam with all the digital distractions and updates.

However, in this lightning talk below, I shared bits and tips on how to focus on the AZ-305 Designing Microsoft Azure Infrastructure Solutions exam objectives and help you prepare with the latest information.

Have a question?

Have a comment or suggestion about my latest AZ-305 session?
Great, please check out the associated LinkedIn post and share your feedback. Thank you.

Celebrating MCT Regional Lead announcements

Hello, my dear Cloud Marathoners!

As a #cloudmarathoner, I am excited 😍 to share with you πŸ‘¨β€πŸ‘©β€πŸ‘§β€πŸ‘¦ an awesome news that I have been selected as MCT Regional Lead for the year 2024 from the USA πŸŽ‰

I would like to thank everyone, including my MCT (Microsoft Certified Trainer) colleagues who nominated me for this important role to help our community of MCTs.

Special thanks πŸ™ go to Dwayne Natwick, 🎼Brian Gorman, Jared Bell, Jason Keplinger, and Microsoft MCT leadership for recognizing my #community contributions and continued supportπŸ‘

πŸ€” Well, who are the MCT Regional Leads ❓

MCT Regional Leads are a group of experienced MCTs committed to providing community connection and support to MCTs at the regional level. The Regional Leads promote MCT career opportunities, mentor new trainers, and continue to advocate for programs and resources meeting MCT needs.

I am truly thrilled to meet, collaborate, and contribute with fellow MCT Regional Leads and the MCT community from all around the world 🌍 🌐

πŸ“ž Need help from MCT Regional Lead then let’s connect πŸ˜‰

Check out my LinkedIn post on this matter an feel free to ask questions in comments section.

Happy New Year dear #CloudMarathoner community !!!

Hello dear Cloud Marathoners!

I would like to “Thank You” ALL the community members in the #cloudmarathoner for their support and continued contributions in 2023 πŸ™Œ πŸŽ‰ 🎈

Your continued dedication to learning, sharing, and excelling at cloud knowledge has a great impact on everyone.

The #CloudMarathoner hashtag followers on the LinkedIn platform

Our community is growing

Thank you again for your continuedΒ feedbackΒ andΒ support!
Our community has grown to 1800+ members and we can reach and empower more people now than ever before πŸ’ͺ.

Again and again, β€œHUGE THANK YOU!” to everyone who has #shared and contributed to the #CloudMarathoner posts on social media.

We are having β€œGREAT” progress that will continue to provide the power of #knowledge to empower and elevate the people.


Thank you for being a true “trailblazer of the cloud” by being the #cloudmarathoner!

Please, actively check our #CloudMarathoner #tagΒ on LinkedIn. Share and tag information with the community.

[Book Review] What you need to know about Kubernetes Best Practices: Blueprints for Building Successful Applications on Kubernetes, 2nd edition ⁉ πŸ€”

Hello friends,

A few weeks ago, I received a book from Microsoft – “Kubernetes Best Practices: Blueprints for Building Successful Applications on Kubernetes”, authored by Brendan BurnsEdward VillalbaDavid Strebel and Lachlan Evenson, and in this post, I will review and share my observations and impressions with the #cloud#community.

The key strength of Kubernetes lies in its modularity and versatility. Virtually any type of application you aim to deploy can be accommodated within the Kubernetes framework, and it can handle a wide range of adjustments or optimizations to meet your specific requirements.

However, this adaptability and generality do come with a trade-off – a moderate level of complexity. It’s essential to have a solid grasp of how Kubernetes’ APIs and components function to unlock its full potential for simplifying application development, management, and deployment. Equally critical is understanding how to seamlessly integrate Kubernetes with various external systems, such as on-premise databases and continuous delivery pipelines, to make it a practical solution in real-world scenarios.

Throughout this book, authors strived to offer insights based on real-world experience, covering topics that are likely to be encountered by cloud engineers and developers, whether they are new to Kubernetes or seasoned administrators. Whether you’re exploring a new area to become an expert or seeking a refresher on familiar challenges, authors aim is to facilitate your learning journey.

By following these best practices, you can tap into authors’ collective experience to avoid common pitfalls, enhance performance and security, and gain the confidence to maximize the benefits of Kubernetes.

Thank you for reading my short review of the book, as it looks like a solid resource for real-world endeavors of cloud engineering and development!

Did you read any related book recently that made an impact on you❓
Please, share your feedback in the comments πŸ’¬

Please, check my LinkedIn post to share your feedback. Thanks.