MS Tech Summit, Washington DC, Mar 6th-7th 2017

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I recently attended Microsoft Tech Summit which was held at Ronald Reagan Trade Center in Washington DC on Mar 6 and 7th, 2017. It was a two-day technical training for IT professionals and developers with experts who build the cloud services across Microsoft Azure, Office 365, and Windows 10. It reinforced my learning on Microsoft cloud and infrastructure skills while it also helped me visualize future trends . There were over 70 technical training sessions and hands-on labs covering a range of topics across Microsoft Azure and the hybrid platform.

The event started with keynote from Julia White, Corporate Vice President, Cloud Platform Product Management.

One of the highlights of the keynote was the emphasis on Global, Trusted and Hybrid promise of Microsoft on cloud.

NIH (National Institute of Health) and SMB (Small and Medium Business) shared their experiences on transitioning to cloud and how it enabled them to focus on the actual work and not worry about the underlying infrastructure.

Microsoft has 38 data-center regions (includes 4 in plan) and it was surprising to know that this it is more than Amazon and Google combined. I wanted to understand why and a little research on this indicated that there is a difference in the way regions operate in Microsoft and Amazon. A region is a separate geographical area where one or many data centers are hosted.  A Microsoft region doesn’t guarantee to have multiple data centers while a Amazon’s or Google’s region contains at least two data centers connected through low latency links.

Microsoft has embraced open source with open arms.  Steve Ballmer once termed Linux as cancer but now Microsoft loves it. Microsoft is positioning itself in the market of hybrid cloud environments as software vendor of choice by supporting Linux OS and giving developers choice to use open source to develop. Over a third of Microsoft’s servers running Azure are on Linux. Microsoft’s contribution of source code to git hub is over 60%.

Keynote also featured a demo of Azure monitor, a new service making inbuilt monitoring available to all Azure users. These built in capabilities are extended to hybrid on-premise infrastructure using Log Analytics and solutions available in Operations Management Suite

Also, there was quite a buzz about Visual Studio 2017 which was released on 7th March, 2017. It now includes Xamarin, HockeyApp, and Cordova integration Team Services enabling mobile DevOps for Android, iOS and Windows phones.

Craig Kitterman demonstrated real usage of Azure App data management, analytics and machine learning (see here after 46.00 min.)

You can watch the keynote’s recording here.

There were many sessions on Azure services and O365 features. Here is the directory of all of the azure sessions.