Tag: Cloud Adoption Framework

Azure Arc-enabled SQL Managed Instance Landing zone accelerator

Azure Arc-enabled SQL Managed Instance Landing zone accelerator

In this episode of the Azure Enablement Show, I am joined by Lior Kamrat, from the Azure Arc team to discuss the how the Azure Arc-enabled SQL Managed Instance Landing Zone Accelerator, which covers nine critical design areas, will help customers who are operating a hybrid or multi-cloud environment.

Azure Arc-enabled SQL Managed Instance has near 100% compatibility with the latest SQL Server database engine, and enables existing SQL Server customers to lift and shift their applications to Azure Arc data services with minimal application and database changes while maintaining data sovereignty. At the same time, SQL Managed Instance includes built-in management capabilities that drastically reduce management overhead.

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Microsoft Cloud Adoption Summit 2021

Speaking at Microsoft Cloud Adoption Summit 2022

I am happy to let you know that I will be speaking at the Microsoft Cloud Adoption Summit 2022 which is a great event happening on January 19th 2022 to learn more about the Azure Cloud Adoption Framework. My session will be covering Hybrid and Multicloud architectures in the Architecture track.

The journey to the cloud is well underway for most organizations. Cloud adoption has become such an integral part of digital transformation that for many of us it is no longer possible to separate one from the other. But as organizations across the world embrace the cloud, how can they get the most out of their existing setups, and what are the best next steps to take?

The Microsoft Cloud Adoption Summit looks to explore these and other questions. Divided into three specialist tracks – strategy, architecture and operations – participants can decide where to focus their attention over 2.5 hours of inspiring, expert-led discussion and insight.

The summit brings together cross-industry cloud adoption experts to discuss:

  • Strategy – Explore the business challenges, risks and opportunities of cloud adoption from both a Microsoft and external partner perspective.
  • Architecture – What does a hybrid cloud architectures look like? And what are the benefits of zero-trust security architecture in the cloud? Find out from our experts.
  • Operations – Discover how to build a successful cloud operation model and explore the benefits of upskilling employees for cloud adoption.

The event also explores Microsoft’s Cloud Adoption Framework – a set of guiding principles for organizations at every stage of their cloud adoption journeys.

Register today

Select and register to one of the 3 inspiring Specialist tracks below and start your cloud adoption journey now.

Microsoft Cloud Adoption Summit | Strategy Track – Strategy

Explore the business challenges, risks and opportunities of cloud adoption from both a Microsoft and external partner perspective.

Microsoft Cloud Adoption Summit | Architecture Track

Architecture – What does a hybrid cloud architectures look like? And what are the benefits of zero-trust security architecture in the cloud? Find out from our experts.

Microsoft Cloud Adoption Summit | Operations Track

Operations – Discover how to build a successful cloud operation model and explore the benefits of upskilling employees for cloud adoption.



An introduction to the Cloud Adoption Framework Ready methodology

An introduction to the Cloud Adoption Framework Ready methodology

Last week I announced that I became the host of the Azure Enablement show Cloud Adoption Framework for Azure part and shared the video with an introduction into the Manage methodology. This week in our latest episode of the Azure Enablement show you can learn about Cloud Adoption Framework Ready methodology, and how you can get your environment ready using Azure Landing Zones.

Successful cloud adoption is built on the strong foundations of the Cloud Adoption Framework Ready methodology. In this episode, Thomas Maurer and Dom Allen discuss how the Ready methodology can help you on your cloud journey.

  • 00:00 Introduction
  • 00:30 How does the Ready methodology fit within the Cloud Adoption Framework
  • 01:02 How do the Ready methodology and Azure Landing Zones help customers?
  • 01:25 What are some of the features of Azure Landing Zones?
  • 02:10 How do Azure Landing Zones address the challenges that customers face in building cloud architectures?
  • 02:56 How does Ready assist customers who are at different points of their cloud journey?
  • 04:20 How are customers using the Ready methodology to be successful?
  • 05:10 Is there guidance for organizations that are using hybrid or multicloud environments?
  • 05:50 Where should customers go next?
  • 06:50 What additional resources are available for the Ready methodology and Azure Landing Zones?

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Microsoft Cloud Adoption Framework for Azure Enablement Show

An introduction to the Cloud Adoption Framework Manage methodology

I am happy to let you know that I became the new host of the Microsoft Azure Enablement show for the Cloud Adoption Framework for Azure part. It is a great honor to be selected as the host for this show to help our customers be successful with their cloud journey. As part of the Azure Enablement Show I am going to meet with different experts to learn about the Cloud Adoption Framework for Azure, and how it can help our customers and partners with proven guidance for their cloud journey. In the first episode I had the opportunity to meet with Wayne Meyer to talk about the Azure Cloud Adoption Framework Manage methodology.

Do you have questions about how to get your cloud environment ready? Join Wayne Meyer and Thomas Mauer for a discussion of the Manage methodology of the Cloud Adoption Framework for Azure. You’ll learn about Azure Landing Zones, how the Cloud Adoption and Well-Architected Frameworks align, hybrid and multi-cloud scenarios, and how to organize your business and technical teams.

  • 00:00 Introduction
  • 00:26 Quick overview of the Cloud Adoption Framework for Azure
  • 01:34 How can companies prepare their cloud environment ready?
  • 02:40 How should companies manage their environments?
  • 04:08 How do the Manage methodology and the Well-Architected Framework align?
  • 05:54 How does the Cloud Adoption Framework help companies with hybrid and multi-cloud scenarios?
  • 07:12 How should companies think about strategy and management?
  • 09:00 What roles and functions are needed to manage cloud environments?
  • 11:42 Where can people go to learn more about the topics we’ve covered?

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Azure Cloud Adoption Framework for Hybrid and Multicloud

Azure Cloud Adoption Framework for Hybrid and Multicloud Scenarios

The Cloud Adoption Framework for Azure (CAF) provides proven guidance for your cloud adoption journey. If you are looking for proven guidance to build and operate a hybrid and multicloud environment the Azure Cloud Adoption Framework offers scenario-based guidance for hybrid and multicloud. Microsoft Azure provides all of the products and features required to help you build and operate your technology solutions in the cloud. There are many different business and technology reasons that may drive the necessity of using multiple private and/or public clouds. Let’s have a quick look at the guidance offered by the CAF.

Hybrid and MultiCloud Approach
Hybrid and MultiCloud Approach (Source Microsoft Docs)

Cloud Adoption Scenarios

The Cloud Adoption Framework for Azure offers new scenarios depending on your long-term strategy and goals of your cloud journey. Depending on whether you’re considering a comprehensive hybrid and multicloud effort, or preparing for Kubernetes and container integration into your cloud strategy, the CAF offers updated guidance for a hybrid and multicloud adoption scenario and a modern application platform scenario.

Hybrid and Multicloud Adoption Scenario

This scenario focuses on enabling two targeted outcomes:

  • Hybrid and multicloud adoption: Building, deploying, and/or migrating solutions that are portable, allowing for ease of movement between cloud platforms with minimum vendor lock-in.
  • Unified operations: Streamlining operations to support those solutions across each cloud, through a central set of governance and management processes which share common operations processes, regardless of where the solution is currently deployed.

Overview

The Cloud Adoption Framework for Azure hybrid and multicloud scenario covers an overview about the these scenarios and outlines and expands on Microsoft’s unique perspective on important cloud computing terms.

Unified operations

The article also introduces the concept of unified operations unified operations.

One cloud dashboard, across hybrid, multicloud, and edge.

Microsoft Docs

Hybrid, multicloud, and edge deployment approaches can often lead to increases in operating costs. The unexpected increase in cost is the result of duplicated or disparate operations, with one set of operating practices per cloud provider. Unified operations is the intentional approach of maintaining one set of tools and processes to consistently manage each cloud provider through a common set of governance and operations management practices.

Introduction to hybrid and multicloud products on Azure

Relying on an effective multicloud, multiedge hybrid approach is more important than ever. Azure focuses on supporting the hybrid needs of customers with hybrid integration across Azure products.

Azure Hybrid and Mutlicloud products overview
Azure Hybrid and Mutlicloud products overview

The CAF article introduces a few of the Azure products with hybrid and multicloud capabilities that can provide this capability across your cloud portfolio. This includes services such as Azure Arc, Azure Stack, and many more Azure services.

Cloud Adoption Framework hybrid and multicloud scenario

The Cloud Adoption Framework hybrid and multicloud scenario offers more guidance and recommendations:

Conclusion

You can find more about the Cloud Adoption Framework on Microsoft Docs. I also created a short video about the CAF.

I hope this article provides you with a short overview of the new scenarios in the Azure Cloud Adoption Framework for hybrid and multicloud environments.



Microsoft Azure Cloud Adoption Framework Enterprise-Scale

Cloud Adoption Framework Enterprise-Scale Series and Livestream

If you are starting with your cloud journey, there are many things you need to think of to set up your cloud environment and your Azure cloud architecture. Things like networking, subscription management, security, governance, and many more, can be fairly complex. That is where the Cloud Adoption Framework for Azure can deliver proven guidance to help you with your Azure cloud journey. And with Enterprise-scale landing zones, you even get an architectural approach and a reference implementation that enables effective construction and operationalization of landing zones on Azure, at scale. I had the chance to collaborate with Sarah Lean (Azure Cloud Advocate) on an enterprise-scale series of blog posts to show how our fictional company Tailwind Traders can leverage the Cloud Adoption Framework and Azure Landing Zones to accelerate their cloud journey.

You can find our Enterprise-Scale landing zones blog series on the Azure.com blog:

The Microsoft Cloud Adoption Framework for Azure is proven guidance that’s designed to help you create and implement the business and technology strategies necessary for your organization to succeed in the cloud. It provides best practices, documentation, and tools that cloud architects, IT professionals, and business decision makers need to successfully achieve short-term and long-term objectives.
By using the Microsoft Cloud Adoption Framework for Azure best practices, organizations can better align their business and technical strategies to ensure success.

Microsoft Docs

Next to our Enterprise-Scale landing zones blog series, we will also host a livestream on April 7.

We will be exploring Tailwind Traders and their cloud adoption journey using enterprise-scale architecture in future blog posts. However, if you’d like to learn more about enterprise-scale landing zones then please join Sarah Lean and Thomas Maurer on the 7th April at 8am PST/3pm GMT on LearnTV where we will be doing a Q&A and deployment of an Enterprise-Scale Landing Zone live!  



Video Recording Azure Architecture Best Practices

Video Recording: Azure Architecture Best Practices

The video recording from the free online event where I was presenting together with Microsoft Cloud Solution Architect, Dominik Zemp, about Azure Architecture Best Practices is now available. In this session, you will learn about proven guidance that’s designed to help you, architect, create and implement the business and technology strategies necessary for your organization to succeed in the cloud. It provides best practices, documentation, and tools that cloud architects, IT professionals, and business decision-makers need to successfully achieve their short- and long-term objectives. We will be focusing on topics like the Cloud Adoption Framework and the new Enterprise-Scale landing zone architecture.

Azure Architecture Best Practices Virtual Event Agenda:

  • Introduction
  • Why Azure Architecture?
  • Introduction to the Cloud Adoption Framework
  • What is Enterprise-Scale?
    • Build landing zones with Enterprise-Scale
    • Critical design areas
    • Deployment using AzOps
    • Demo
  • Build on top of Enterprise-Scale – Well-Architected Framework for workloads and apps
  • Q&A

Azure Architecture Best Practices Virtual Event Video Recording

Important Links:

You can find some of the links mentioned in the video here:

About the Speakers

Dominik Zemp (Microsoft Cloud Solution Architect)

Dominik Zemp is a Cloud Solution Architect working with Global Swiss financial customers and has been working at Microsoft since 2008. Before Dominik changed role in late 2015, he worked as a Security and Identity Consultant in the Microsoft Services organization. Dominik’s focus areas are applications and infrastructure, including cloud-native applications, networking, and security. Dominik holds a Bachelor’s degree in IT with a Specialization in software systems.

Thomas Maurer (Microsoft Senior Cloud Advocate)

Thomas works as a Senior Cloud Advocate at Microsoft. He engages with the community and customers around the world to share his knowledge and collect feedback to improve the Azure cloud platform. Prior to joining the Azure engineering team (Cloud + AI), Thomas was a Lead Architect and Microsoft MVP, to help architect, implement and promote Microsoft cloud technology. If you want to know more about Thomas, check out his blog: www.thomasmaurer.ch and Twitter: www.twitter.com/thomasmaurer

Azure Solutions Architect Certification

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I hope you enjoyed the video recording of our Azure Best Practices virtual event. If you want to learn more about Azure, check out my blog post How to learn Microsoft Azure in 2020, and if you have any questions feel free to leave a comment.



CloudSkills fm Podcast - Azure Architecture with Thomas Maurer

CloudSkills.fm Podcast – Azure Architecture with Thomas Maurer

Last week I had the honor to speak with Mike Pfeiffer on his CloudSkills.fm post cast, about Azure Archtiecture and much more. This is my second apperance in the CloudSkills.fm podcast, last year I was speaking about Azure Hybrid Cloud Management. In this episode of the CloudSkills.fm podcast, Mike Peiffer and I dive into Azure Architecture. Learn about Enterprise Scale Landing Zones, Azure Bicep, the Well Architected Framework, and more.

CloudSkills.fm podcast Episode 092: Azure Architecture with Thomas Maurer

Thomas Maurer works as a Senior Cloud Advocate at Microsoft. As part of the Azure engineering team (Cloud + AI), he engages with the community and customers around the world to share his knowledge and collect feedback to improve the Azure platform.

In this episode, we talk about…

  • Thomas is working with Azure Architecture to make it easier for clients to operate cloud tech
  • Azure Architecture is made up of three main parts
  • Reasons that people have not heard about Azure Arc
  • Cloud Adoption Framework will assist those looking to build their company with Azure
  • Enterprise Scale Landing Zones help plan and set up Azure environment
  • How the automation for the Visio landing zone operates
  • Azure Bicep makes it easier to write and write ARM templates
  • It is still very early on in the development of Azure Bicep
  • Microsoft Learn helps people learn all about Microsoft, not just Azure
  • Microsoft Build provides a 24/7 video platform as a learning resource
  • Advice for those that want to get into content creation
  • Collaborating with others is incredibly important for growth
  • Well-Architected Framework vs. Cloud Adoption Framework at Microsoft
  • It never helps anyone to act like a jerk; be polite
  • Even bad advice provides value if you look at it correctly

You can listen to the episode here: CloudSkills.fm Episode 092: Azure Architecture with Thomas Maurer

About CloudSkills.fm

CloudSkills.fm is a weekly podcast with technical tips and career advice for people working with cloud-native technologies. This show is for developers, IT pros, or anyone making a career move into the cloud. Episodes will be short and to the point and will regularly feature experts who share their experiences.

This show is hosted by Mike Pfeiffer, a twenty-year tech industry veteran, entrepreneur, Pluralsight author, and Microsoft Azure MVP. If you enjoy the show and want more tips delivered to your mailbox every week, subscribe to CloudSkills Weekly at cloudskills.io/subscribe.

Conclusion

It is always fun to speak with Mike and I highly recommend his podcast. I hope you enjoyed CloudSkills.fm Episode 092: Azure Architecture with Thomas Maurer. If you have any questions or feedback, please let me know in the comments.



Azure Architecture Best Practices Virtual Event

Azure Architecture Best Practices Virtual Event – October 20

As you might remember we did an Azure Architecture Best Practices Virtual Event back in August 2020. Since we got very high demand and great feedback, we decided to do a second event on October 20. So, I am happy to let you know about another free online event where I am presenting together with Microsoft Cloud Solution Architect, Dominik Zemp, about Azure Architecture Best Practices. This free virtual event will be on October 20 from 9:30am-12:00pm (CEST). In this session, you will learn about proven guidance that’s designed to help you, architect, create and implement the business and technology strategies necessary for your organization to succeed in the cloud. It provides best practices, documentation, and tools that cloud architects, IT professionals, and business decision-makers need to successfully achieve their short- and long-term objectives. We will be focusing on topics like the Cloud Adoption Framework and the new Enterprise-Scale landing zone architecture.

Azure Architecture Best Practices Virtual Event Agenda:

  • Introduction
  • Why Azure Architecture?
  • Introduction to the Cloud Adoption Framework
  • What is Enterprise-Scale?
    • Build landing zones with Enterprise-Scale
    • Critical design areas
    • Deployment using AzOps
    • Demo
  • Build on top of Enterprise-Scale – Well-Architected Framework for workloads and apps
  • Q&A

You can register for the event here: Microsoft Virtual Live Event

About the Speakers:

Dominik Zemp (Microsoft Cloud Solution Architect)

Dominik Zemp is a Cloud Solution Architect working with Global Swiss financial customers and has been working at Microsoft since 2008. Before Dominik changed role in late 2015, he worked as a Security and Identity Consultant in the Microsoft Services organization. Dominik’s focus areas are applications and infrastructure, including cloud-native applications, networking, and security. Dominik holds a Bachelor’s degree in IT with a Specialization in software systems.

Thomas Maurer (Microsoft Senior Cloud Advocate)

Thomas works as a Senior Cloud Advocate at Microsoft. He engages with the community and customers around the world to share his knowledge and collect feedback to improve the Azure cloud platform. Prior to joining the Azure engineering team (Cloud + AI), Thomas was a Lead Architect and Microsoft MVP, to help architect, implement and promote Microsoft cloud technology. If you want to know more about Thomas, check out his blog: www.thomasmaurer.ch and Twitter: www.twitter.com/thomasmaurer

I am really looking forward to the second Azure Architecture Best Practices virtual event, and I hope to see you there!

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Also, check out my exam study guides to achieve the Microsoft Azure Solutions Architect Certification:



Azure Architecture Best Practices Virtual Event

Azure Architecture Best Practices Virtual Event

I am happy to let you know about another free online event where I am presenting together with Microsoft Cloud Solution Architect, Dominik Zemp, about Azure Architecture Best Practices. This free virtual event will be on August 18 from 9:30am-12:00pm (CEST). In this session, you will learn about proven guidance that’s designed to help you, architect, create and implement the business and technology strategies necessary for your organization to succeed in the cloud. It provides best practices, documentation, and tools that cloud architects, IT professionals, and business decision-makers need to successfully achieve their short- and long-term objectives. We will be focusing on topics like the Cloud Adoption Framework and the new Enterprise-Scale landing zone architecture.

Azure Architecture Best Practices Virtual Event Agenda:

  • Introduction
  • Why Azure Architecture?
  • Introduction to the Cloud Adoption Framework
  • What is Enterprise-Scale?
    • Build landing zones with Enterprise-Scale
    • Critical design areas
    • Deployment using AzOps
    • Demo
  • Build on top of Enterprise-Scale – Well-Architected Framework for workloads and apps
  • Q&A

You can register for the event here: Microsoft Virtual Live Event

About the Speakers:

Dominik Zemp (Microsoft Cloud Solution Architect)

Dominik Zemp is a Cloud Solution Architect working with Global Swiss financial customers and has been working at Microsoft since 2008. Before Dominik changed role in late 2015, he worked as a Security and Identity Consultant in the Microsoft Services organization. Dominik’s focus areas are applications and infrastructure, including cloud-native applications, networking, and security. Dominik holds a Bachelor degree in IT with Specialization in software systems.

Thomas Maurer (Microsoft Senior Cloud Advocate)

Thomas works as a Senior Cloud Advocate at Microsoft. He engages with the community and customers around the world to share his knowledge and collect feedback to improve the Azure cloud platform. Prior to joining the Azure engineering team (Cloud + AI), Thomas was a Lead Architect and Microsoft MVP, to help architect, implement and promote Microsoft cloud technology. If you want to know more about Thomas, check out his blog: www.thomasmaurer.ch and Twitter: www.twitter.com/thomasmaurer

I am really looking forward to the Azure Architecture Best Practices virtual event, and I hope to see you there!

Also, check out my exam study guides to achieve the Microsoft Azure Solutions Architect Certification: