Tag: 2021

Whizlabs 150+ Top Global Cloud Thought Leaders and Next Generation Leaders of 2021

Listed in the Whizlabs Top Global Cloud Thought Leaders and Next Generation Leaders of 2021

I am happy and honored to be listed in the Whizlabs 150+ Top Global Cloud Thought Leaders and Next Generation Leaders of 2021 list.

About the 150+ Top Global Cloud Thought Leaders and Next Generation Leaders of 2021 by Whizlabs:

It is loud and clear that Cloud Computing is fundamental to the new wave of digital transformation. In the year of 2020, with everyone working from home, better cloud storage and computing strategies have helped many organizations to grow higher while some were struggling to adapt to the changes. This is where the Cloud Thought Leaders and Next Generation Leaders stepped in. With immense presence in social media and public forums, many of the leaders have shared their views, the struggles they have faced and the ways they have overcome professionally as well as personally.

Whizlabs Global Thought Leader - The Evaluation Criteria

Here is the list of top 140+ Global Cloud Thought Leaders who have shown their excellence and have taken Cloud Computing strategies to the next level.
Note: The list given below is a general list irrespective of any ranking or order. All the Thought Leaders and Next Generation Leaders present in the list have impacted the Cloud Computing domain significantly and influenced many in their own way!

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It is a great honor to be listed next to all these amazing Cloud leaders. If you want to learn more about my work, check out my About page.



Learn about Hybrid Cloud Management with Azure Global Azure 2021

Speaking at Global Azure 2021 (Livestream)

I am happy to let you know that I will be speaking and presenting at this year’s Global Azure 2021 (virtual).  I will be speaking and delivering a session focusing on Hybrid Cloud Management using Azure at Global Azure Virtual 2021 on my YouTube live stream. Global Azure Virtual 2021 is a 3-day virtual conference with world-class speakers and community leaders as hosts in a live stream. Additionally, also part of Global Azure Virtual, communities around the world are organizing localized live streams for everyone around the world to join and learn about Azure from the best-in-class community leaders.

Global Azure 2021:

  • April 15th-17th
  • 151 speakers
  • 141 sessions

My Global Azure Virtual 2021 Livestream

I will be live-streaming a session about Azure Hybrid Management. You can watch the streams right here on thomasmaurer.ch or on my YouTube channel, on April 15th 5pm (CEST).

LIVESTREAM

Download ICS Calendar file here or subscribe to my YouTube channel.

Learn about Hybrid Cloud Management with Azure 

Join the Livestream to see, Cloud Advocate Thomas Maurer will give you an overview of the Microsoft Azure Hybrid Cloud offering. Learn how you can use the Azure Hybrid services and products like Azure Arc, Azure Update Management, the new Azure Stack portfolio, and many more to introduce hybrid cloud management to your environment.

My Livestream:

Join us on the Global Azure Virtual 2020 Livestreams!

So if you are interested, join us on these 3 days Global Azure 2021 for different sessions online. I am really looking forward to speaking in the livestream. You can find more about the event here.

If you have any questions, feel free to leave a comment.



Veeam Vanguard 2022

Veeam Vanguard 2021

I just found some great news in my inbox. I got informed that my 2021 Veeam Vanguard Renewal has been approved, and I got awarded my fifth Veeam Vanguard award. After being a Veeam Vanguard in 201520162019, 2020, I am proud to be part of the Veeam Vanguard community in 2021 again.

The Veeam Vanguard Program is Veeam’s top-level influencer community. This group shares points of view, provides feedback, and is committed to mutual success. Experts in the Vanguard program are a combination of many different disciplines, contribution types and advocacy mechanisms yet are each the best in space regarding technical thought leadership for the technical communities in which Veeam exists.

These individuals have been nominated as Veeam Vanguards. A Veeam Vanguard represents our brand to the highest level in many of the different technology communities in which we engage. These individuals are chosen for their acumen, engagement, and style in their activities on and offline.

Veeam Vanguard

I am looking forward to being part of this community in this virtualization and cloud journey. I also want to thank Veeam, especially the Veeam Vanguard team, it is an honor to be part of the Veeam Vanguard community again.



Learn Microsoft Azure in 2021

How to learn Microsoft Azure in 2021

The year 2020 is almost over, and usually, we take the time to look back at the year and find some New Year’s resolutions for the coming year. So I thought, why not take some time to prepare for the cloud computing era and get started with learning Microsoft Azure. In this post, I try to give you a quick look at how you can get started to learn Microsoft Azure in 2021.

Get Azure hands-on experience

There is nothing better than hands-on experience. What many people don’t know, there is a free Azure account offering. Your Azure free account includes a limited quantity of free services for 12 months. Within these limits, you have the flexibility to use free services in various configurations to meet your needs.

Learn with Free Azure services
Learn with Free Azure services

To learn more, see the Azure free account FAQ

Create free Azure Account ☁
Create your Azure free account today and get started with 12 months of free services!

Use Microsoft Learn to learn Microsoft Azure in 2021

Sometimes it is not that easy to get hands-on experience on Microsoft Azure since some of the services cost money or you just can’t find the right project to work on. Microsoft Learn provides you with various learning paths depending on your job role or the skills you are looking for. Most of the learning paths give you a hands-on learning opportunity so that you can develop practical skills through interactive training using free sandboxes.

Microsoft Learn Sandbox
Microsoft Learn Sandbox

Microsoft Learn it is free! You get instant in-browser access to Microsoft tools and modules; no credit card required, and with that is a great way to learn Microsoft Azure in 2021.

Microsoft Learn also offers a learning path for the AZ-900 Azure Fundamentals exam, with the following modules:

Microsoft Learn 🎓
Up your game with a module or learning path tailored to today’s IT Pro, developer, and technology masterminds and designed to prepare you for industry-recognized Microsoft certifications.

Become Microsoft Azure Certified

A great way to learn and verify your skills is to take Microsoft Azure certification exams. A couple of months back, I wrote a series of blog posts on why you should become Microsoft Azure certified, how you prepare for Microsoft Azure exams, and how you take and pass Microsoft certification exams. Taking the new role-based Microsoft certification exams will help you to find the right topics and structure to learn, depending on your current or future job role you are looking for.

AZ-900 Study Guide Microsoft Azure Fundamentals Exam Study Guide
AZ-900 Study Guide Microsoft Azure Fundamentals Exam Study Guide

Microsoft Certification
Earn certifications that show you are keeping pace with today’s technical roles and requirements.

If you are just getting started with Azure, look at the AZ-900 Microsoft Azure Fundamentals exam. You can also have a look at my experience with the different Azure exam certifications:

If you are having difficulties to pick the right certification exam, check out my blog post: How to pick the right Azure Exam Certification path.

Microsoft Exam Study Guides

I also wrote a couple of Microsoft certification exam study guides, which might help you as well.

More resources to learn Microsoft Azure

There are a couple of more resources I want to point you to, to get started and learn Microsoft Azure and cloud computing.

Azure Architecture Center
Azure Architecture Center
  • Azure Architecture Center – The Azure Architecture Center contains guidance for building end-to-end solutions on Microsoft Azure. You will find reference architectures, best practices, design patterns, scenario guides, and reference implementations.
  • Cloud Adoption Framework – The Cloud Adoption Framework is the One Microsoft approach to cloud adoption in Azure, consolidating, and sharing best practices from Microsoft employees, partners, and customers. The framework gives customers a set of tools, guidance, and narratives that help shape technology, business, and people strategies for driving desired business outcomes during their adoption effort. This guidance aligns to the following phases of the cloud adoption lifecycle, like Strategy, Plan, Ready, Migrate, Innovate, Govern, and Manage.
  • Azure Migration Center – Get all the tools and resources you need to migrate your apps, data, and infrastructure at your own pace, with confidence.
  • Azure Architecture Framework – A successful cloud solution requires to focus on these five pillars of architecture excellence: Cost, DevOps, Resiliency, Scalability, and Security. The Azure Architecture Framework helps you to build on these pillars.
  • Application architecture guide – The Azure Application Architecture Guide presents a structured approach for designing applications on Azure that are scalable, resilient, and highly available. It is based on proven practices that we have learned from customer engagements.
  • Azure Cloud Design Patterns – The Azure Cloud Design Patterns are useful for building reliable, scalable, secure applications in the cloud. Each pattern describes the problem that the pattern addresses, considerations for applying the pattern, and an example based on Microsoft Azure. Most of the patterns include code samples or snippets that show how to implement the pattern on Azure.
  • Azure Reference Architectures – The Reference Architectures are a set of recommended architectures for Azure. Each architecture includes best practices, prescriptive steps, and a deployable solution.
  • Architectural decision guides – The architectural decision guides in the Cloud Adoption Framework describe patterns and models that help when creating cloud governance design guidance.
  • Cloud Operating model – Establish an operating model for the cloud.
  • Get started guide for Azure developers – The get started guide helps developers get started with Azure and tools.
  • Azure Quickstart Templates – Deploy Azure resources through the Azure Resource Manager with community contributed templates to get more done. Deploy, learn, fork, and contribute back.
  • Code samples – Get started with Microsoft developer tools and technologies. Explore our samples and discover the things you can build.
  • Azure Hybrid – Learn about Azure Hybrid Cloud with features and services like Azure Stack, Azure Arc, and many more.
  • Azure for AWS Professionals – This article helps Amazon Web Services (AWS) experts understand the basics of Microsoft Azure accounts, platform, and services. It also covers key similarities and differences between the AWS and Azure platforms.
  • Azure Security – Learn about Azure and security
  • Azure compliance – Get an overview of compliance in Microsoft Azure, with more than 90 compliance offerings
  • Azure privacy – Learn more about Azure data privacy and protection.
  • Service Level Agreements (SLA) – Read the SLAs to learn about our uptime guarantees and downtime credit policies.
  • Azure pricing – learn about how Azure pricing works and how you can save costs and get the best value at every stage of your cloud journey.
  • TCO Calculator – Estimate the cost savings you can realize by migrating your workloads to Azure.
  • Azure Support Plans – Explore the range of Azure support options and choose the plan that best fits, whether you’re a developer just starting your cloud journey or a large organization deploying business-critical, strategic applications.

Conclusion

I hope these resources give you a great summary of how you can start learning Microsoft Azure in 2021. If you have any questions, or you feel that some resources are missing, let me know in the comments. Also, subscribe to my blog to learn about the latest updates.



Microsoft Certified Trainer MCT

Microsoft Certified Trainer MCT 2021-2022

It is almost the end of the year, and I just wanted to share one last update. I just got the confirmation that I am a Microsoft Certified Trainer MCT 2021-2022. After being a Microsoft Certified Trainer in 2017, 2019, and 2020-2021, I am happy to be part of the MCT community for another year. Being a Microsoft Certified Trainer is a great honor and I am happy to be part of this community.

Microsoft Certified Trainers (MCTs) are the premier technical and instructional experts in Microsoft technologies. Join this exclusive group of worldwide Microsoft technical training professionals and reap the benefits of MCT training certification and membership. You will get exclusive benefits as an MCT including access to the complete library of official Microsoft training and certification products, substantial discounts on exams, books, and Microsoft products. In addition, you will be able to use Microsoft readiness resources to help you enhance your training career and engage with other MCT members in an online community forum. You will also receive invitations to exclusive Microsoft and local MCT community events.
As a Microsoft Certified Trainer, you need to earn a Microsoft Certification validating your experience and knowledge in using Microsoft products and solutions for each course you deliver.

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Microsoft Certified Trainer MCT 2021-2022
Microsoft Certified Trainer MCT 2021-2022

If you want to know more about the Microsoft Certified Trainer (MCT) program, you can have a look at the following resources and pages:

If you want to know more about the latest Azure Certification and exams like AZ-104, AZ-204, AZ-303, AZ-900, and many more, check out my blog posts.

I also wrote a couple of Microsoft certification exam study guides, which might help you as well.

You can find a general overview of the new Azure Certifications here. If you have any questions, please let me know in the comments.




MCT Microsoft Certified Trainer 2020

MCT Microsoft Certified Trainer 2020

I am happy to let you know that I just got the confirmation that I requalified as a Microsoft Certified Trainer (MCT) in 2020. After being a Microsoft Certified Trainer in 2017 and in 2019, I am happy to be part of this community again. Being an MCT again is a great honor and I am happy to be part of this community, even I am now working for Microsoft.

Microsoft Certified Trainers (MCTs) are the premier technical and instructional experts in Microsoft technologies. Join this exclusive group of worldwide Microsoft technical training professionals and reap the benefits of MCT training certification and membership. You will get exclusive benefits as an MCT including access to the complete library of official Microsoft training and certification products, substantial discounts on exams, books, and Microsoft products. In addition, you will be able to use Microsoft readiness resources to help you enhance your training career and engage with other MCT members in an online community forum. You will also receive invitations to exclusive Microsoft and local MCT community events.

Microsoft Certified Trainer MCT 2020-2021

Microsoft Certified Trainer MCT 2020-2021

If you want to know more about the Microsoft Certified Trainer (MCT) program, you can have a look at the following resources and pages:

If you want to know more about the latest Azure Certification and exams like AZ-103, AZ-30X or AZ-900, check out my blog posts.

You can find a general overview of the new Azure Certifications here. If you have any questions, please let me know in the comments.