Cloud-First Lightning Talks with Ben Westmoreland, Jason Petrin, and Lloyd Faulkner


Join the Enterprise Developers Guild and me on Tuesday, April 24th, at 6:00 PM in the Redwood Conference Room (formerly named MPR or the Multi-Purpose Room) of the Microsoft Charlotte Office. This month, we will have a series of 20 min talks centered around our favorite topic: Cloud! Each could easily be an entire Guild presentation by itself, so we’ll get right to the meat while giving you enough context and info to research further on your own.

CI/CD for Serverless – Ben Westmoreland

The Azure Function offerings are quickly becoming a mainstream approach for getting things out the door more frequently and more reliably. Going serverless doesn’t mean missing out on the great workflows, CI/CD, and other options in your deployment pipeline. In this session, we will explore methods to incorporate Azure Functions into your DevOps workflow including build and release approaches, as well as approaches for automated testing and environment provisioning.

Ben is a Managing Consultant at Cardinal specializing in DevOps strategy and has been an IT consultant in the Charlotte area for 20+ years

Scaling Containers with Kubernetes and AKS – Jason Petrin

Containers are rightfully touted as a must-have tool in your DevOps toolkit, reducing operations overhead and providing scalability. Containerizing apps in some cases can be as easy as checking a box, but scaling them isn’t as straightforward. In this session, we will discuss scaling Docker containers with Kubernetes and Azure Container Services (AKS) as well as demonstrate how Kubernetes can deal with changing workloads.

Jason is a Principal Consultant at Cardinal with expertise in cloud architecture and 20 years of experience in IT.

.NET Examples of Key Cloud Patterns – Lloyd Faulkner

Just because you have microservices or have deployed to Azure doesn’t mean your app is optimized for the cloud. We’ll look at some of the most common design patterns you’ll want to employ in your app architecture to take advantage of the cloud, and particularly see .NET examples for implementing those patterns.

Lloyd is the AppDev Practice Manager for Cardinal’s Charlotte office, specializing in cloud architecture and agile processes.

The meeting sponsor is Cardinal Solutions.

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