Top 5 Azure Meetups in October

In the spotlight this October: Azure tech talks. You truly were engaged last month when it came to this topic so we decided to do a collection of the best meetups about Azure. Deep dive into containers, architectures, downtime upgrades and more. Enjoy!

Azure and Containers, the Tale of the Two Inseparable Friends | Yaser Adel Mehraban

If you ask someone how to run a container, they will most probably answer AKS or Azure Kubernetes Services. But is that the only way? In this talk we’re going to bust that myth and go through all the ways you can run a container in Azure and leverage the limitless potential which is in front of you. You don’t need to be an expert in working with containers, all you need to bring is an eagerness to learn.

Event Driven Architectures | Graeme Foster

Ever wondered how to build event-driven architectures on Azure, and what pitfalls to look out for? Event-driven architectures have become very popular in recent times. They help reduce the complexity in building modern microservices based systems by providing patterns to avoid tight coupling, decrease latencies, and establish efficient and reliable communications. Based on our practical experience working with multiple large customers, in this session, we will dive into these architectures. We will introduce concepts including CQRS, Event Sourcing, Sagas, etc., and debunk a few myths leaving you prepared for building modern applications on Azure.

10 Tips to Rocking as an Azure Architect | Adam Cogan

Adam will share what you need to know to become a NASA rocket scientist…. Sorry, Azure Architect. It is easy to sign into the Azure portal, click around and create a bunch of services. The aim is to avoid ClickOps wherever possible. Developers love to follow best practices that help them build great enterprise software. As Cloud Architects, we should include practices for how to design enterprise solutions well, choose the right services and be cognizant of your cloud spend. Adam Cogan will walk through the 10 things you need to know to become a great Azure Cloud Architect.

Demystifying Azure AD, JWTs & OIDC | Graeme Foster

OIDC and OAuth2 have been the goto for authentication and authorisation Azure Active Directory for years now. But when things start to go wrong, it can all become a bit of a black-box with no obvious place to look for help. In this live-code session Graeme will uncover some common errors you can see when setting up applications to work with AAD, and dive that next level down to give you an understanding of why they occur, and how to fix them. By the end of the session you’ll understand:

  • What an AAD Application is
  • What an AAD Service Principal is
  • MSAL vs ADAL
  • The difference between AAD V1 and V2 endpoints
  • How AAD represents OAuth2 scopes
  • Why scopes aren’t permissions, and how roles can help

Stretching for Zero Downtime Upgrades| Sven Malvik

Imagine you navigate in the Azure portal and click AKS upgrade; 2 minutes later your entire online presence is inaccessible to your users. This presentation is discussing Vipps’ journey of managing infrastructure in Azure. In this session, we will walk you through the design decisions of our Azure infrastructure during the last years. We will start by discussing the flaws and challenges of our early architecture before we introduce our current setup of immutable infrastructure and why we are still not happy. Finally, you will learn why and how we favor a multi-cluster architecture in Azure.

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