For the past month I had the opportunity to talk about Azure Search via the Azure DevCamp roadshow put together by the ITCamp community, with the sponsorship of Microsoft. Not only did they put together a great event series, but I also had the chance to meet wonderful people interested in cloud computing across the entire country: Bucharest on February 13th, Oradea on February 20th, Timisoara on the 21st and Cluj-Napoca on the 28th.
Below are my slides (in English) and further down this post is the video recording of my presentation in Cluj-Napoca. For whatever strange reason related to my Surface’s OS going to sleep just before my presentation and not being able to find a particular .dll file part of Newtonsoft’s JSON.NET, one of my demos didn’t run as expected in Cluj-Napoca – even though everything went smooth during the other three events. I’ve also posted a few photos from some of these events in a photo gallery at the end of this post.
If you’re interested in Azure Search, feel free to download the slides and (if you’re OK with Romanian) watch my presentation’s recording.
VIDEO: Add Professional Search Features To Your Apps, Azure DevCamp 2015, Cluj-Napoca
I’ve received earlier this morning a very nice e-mail from the DevSum 2015 committee stating that I’ve been accepted as a speaker for this year’s conference. Therefore, if you happen to be in Stockholm between May 25th and 27th, I’d love to see you at the Clarion Hotel Sign at DevSum 2015.
See you in May!
Along with fellow community leaders and speakers and with the support of Microsoft Romania, I’m putting together the first community organized Azure-centric event in Oradea for 2015!
Come and join us at Azure DevCamp Oradea
Part of a series of seven events taking part across the entire country (Bucharest, Oradea, Timisoara, Targu-Mures, Cluj-Napoca, Sibiu, Brasov), Azure DevCamp Oradea is your chance to learn more about the freshly announced services in Azure:
- Azure Search
- Azure as a backend for cross-platoform mobile apps
- BigData in Azure: HDInsights
- Azure for the Enteprise
These sessions will be presented by (in alphabetical order) Ciprian Jichici (Microsoft Regional Director), Alex Mang (Azure Advisor), Mihai Tataran (Microsoft Most Valuable Professional) and Radu Vunvulea (Microsoft Most Valuable Professional).
Azure DevCamp Oradea will take place on the 20th of February, at Hotel Continental Forum (1 Aleea Standului), will start at exactly 16:00 and is completely FREE of charge. However, registration is required prior to the event and can only be done at http://aka.ms/oradea-20-februarie.
Register today, seats are limited!
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Here’s your chance to learn more about Web Development with Microsoft Azure, during an intensive 2-day course held in Cluj-Napoca. The course is organized by Avaelgo and is currently set to take place at the end of March. Even though still in a draft form, the agenda is vast and covers most IaaS, PaaS and SaaS services available in Azure and hence I totally recomment it.
Learn more about the Avaelgo and the Web Development with Microsoft Azure course here.
Wow! No, seriously! WOW! Had the conference not been a good one, this post would have been written either during the event or long after the event.
During these two days I had the opportunity of joining great session given by Microsoft professionals who work in both IT departments and R&D departments. Just to name a few, among the session I had the opportunity to attend are: SQL Server 2014 In-Memory OLTP Query Processing, NoSQL on Azure, Intelligent System Service – the bridge and heart of IoT, Managing Technical Debt, SQL Server for Developers, Using WinJS for web and cross-platform application, Build Your Custom Private Cloud Management Portal with Windows Azure Pack. Unfortunately though, I didn’t get a chance to attend the rest of super-cool sessions the rest of the speakers gave.
On the other hand, I also had the opportunity of offering an Elastic Scale session to a full room (people even decided to even stand just the get all the intel). Should you have missed Microsoft Summit or the session I gave, scrolling a bit down you’ll get a chance the go through the my slides. Also, I highly suggest to be patient and wait for the video recordings to be published on the conference’s website here: http://www.mssummit.ro/en/videos.
Here’s a photo I took a few minutes before the session started:
After the event I was also invited to give a short talk about BizSpark and our partnership with Microsoft on Ziarul Financiar Live. The recording of this interview is available here: http://www.zf.ro/business-hi-tech/video-zf-live-special-romania-nevoie-start-up-uri-industria-it-c-sustina-dezvoltarea-urmariti-inregistrarea-emisiunii-alex-mang-ceo-keyticket-solutions-petru-jucovschi-microsoft-romania-13549279.
In just a few days (14, by the time of this writing), the second edition of Microsoft Summit will take place. For this year’s event, Microsoft put together an agenda for both IT specialists (network & infrastructure experts along with software developers) and business managers and the list of speakers is simply, well… staggering!
If you didn’t get a chance to register for the event yet, consider this your opportunity to win one of the two tickets I’m offering for free to you, my loyal followers and readers. The net worth of these two tickets is 1398 RON (little over $400,00) and it’s now your chance to get on the them completely free (meals included!).
Simply answer these three questions by either commenting to this post or by sending a private message via the Contact form:
- What options does one have for scaling his/her SQL database?
- What does database sharding mean?
- What is my Microsoft Summit session’s title?
P.S.: If you don’t know the answers, it’s your chance to learn more about DB sharding techniques via elastic scaling out during my session at Microsoft Summit, ‘Patterns for SQL Database Elasticity’ 🙂
If you attended my session yesterday on ‘Patterns For Scalability In Microsoft Azure Application’ @ CodeCamp 2014 Iasi, thank you! Again, sorry for the extremely late start: like I mentioned yesterday, Java developers talking about concurrency and threading are obviously not aware what the current time is. But yet again, they’re so cute when they get excited talking about concurrency and asynchronous methods 🙂
However, if you didn’t make it to the session, here’s you chace to get a glance on the content I presented.
The CodeCamp organizers will also post all the presentations at some point and I suppose they will post the video recordings as well.
Iasi, Palace of Culture
Iasi (RO) is not only one of the most beautiful cities I’ve ever visited so far (and trust me, I did visit a few), but also the city to host CodeCamp 2014 tomorrow.
As mentioned on the conference’s website, CodeCamp is a local IT conference, […] aiming for better communication among the IT people. Over 1000 people are expected to show up. If you happen to be one of them, I’d be more than happy to be your host during my session @ CodeCamp, starting at 16:30.
If you didn’t register yet, I’m sorry to let you know that the conference is sold out for quite some time now. However, if you do decide you want to participate, I have a feeling that they’re not going to kick you out anyway, so it’s still worth a shot. Especially considering the high quality agenda the organizers and speakers (me included) have prepared for tomorrow :).
See you there!
image source: 90sbabiesonly.com
Microsoft announced yesterday a new family of VMs within Azure, called the ‘G’ family. If you’re wondering what the letter ‘G’ stands for, it is ‘Godzilla’, which used to be the codename of the new server family. But if you’re wondering why ‘Godzilla’, it’s because of the monstrous-sized virtual machines, which offer up to 32 CPU cores, 6.5 TB using the latest in SSD technology and up to 450GB of RAM.
Thanks to these new series of VMs, Microsoft’s largest VM size is twice as fast as AWS’ largest VM and four times faster than GCE’s largest VM. That’s what I call ‘taking over the world’ (in a good way!).
During yesterday’s announcement, Microsoft also announced a few new features within their IaaS offering, specifically:
- the Microsoft Cloud Platform System, powered by Dell, which is a container of Azure infrastructures delivered ‘in a box’, with pre-integrated hardware from Dell and software from Microsoft
- full CoreOS support – the popular Linux distribution can now be deployed directly from the Azure Marketplace
Additionally, Microsoft has also announced GA of the two latest Australian data centers. Thus, by the end of 2014, Microsoft will be fully operational in 19 regions around the world. If you’re wondering, by the time of this writing, GCE only runs in 7 regions whilst AWS is available in 9 different regions (yet not all their regions host offer all services).
Last but not least, a Premium Storage service was also announced, which offers sub-millisecond latency (thanks to local SSD), up to 32 TB and over 50,000 IOPS.
A couple of months ago I was happy to announce the Microsoft Summit 2014 conference which will take place during November 12th and 13th in Bucharest. Last year, Microsoft Summit had around 1400 attendees which were both IT professionals (developers and infrastructure specialists) and business managers.
This year, I’ll attend the conference as a speaker. My session is going to be about SQL Database Elasticity patterns and, unless the agenda is going to change, will take place during the second day at 11:00.
If you’ll attend Microsoft Summit, do drop by and say ‘Hi’!