Cloud Architect Master Class

May 5, 2018

The cloud debate is over and there is no doubt that the public cloud is going to be the backbone for enterprise IT. But are we ready to make this shift?  Do we have the trained staff, especially Cloud Solution Architects (CSAs), to help us make this transition?  CSAs are key to any company’s cloud transformation objectives – they are responsible for defining cloud adoptions plans, setting up cloud application guidelines, management and monitoring strategies. In addition, CSAs are also expected to provide hands-on technical leadership.  A cursory search on Glassdoor, at the time of writing, brings back 7000+ open CSA positions just in the US.

This 3-day immersive training will be conducted by Vishwas Lele, a five-time Azure MVP and Microsoft Regional Director.  Vishwas has been working with cloud technologies since 2007 and has helped dozens of commercial and private-sector companies adopt the cloud. Since 2007, Vishwas has trained thousands of developers through his writings, presentations in conferences and user groups and sessions in Pluralsight and Channel 9 content.

This Azure CSA Master class is custom designed to help you take your existing architecture and design skills to the realm of cloud computing.  We will  quickly move beyond topics like “What is an App Service? or How to a setup highly available VM?” etc.  and discuss real world guidance, best practices and constraints associated with using these  services. Attendees are encouraged to watch Azure Essentials in preparation for the course, allowing us to move past the fundamentals quickly.

This class is filled with demos and code to help you develop a deep understanding of key concepts. Since we have such a wide range of topics to cover, we will not have time for hands-on labs during the regular class hours. Instead attendees are expected to fork the code repo created for the class and experiment on their own.

The ultimate goal of this class is to engender a cloud thinking mindset.  Cloud thinking is a mindset that goes beyond moving an existing application to the cloud or building a new application using cloud native services. Cloud thinking is a solution-focused approach to building applications that maximize the benefits that the cloud has to offer.

Don’t miss out on this unique opportunity to attend this class, extend your skills and gain from Vishwas’ experience from numerous cloud projects and insights into cloud application and patterns. Vishwas is planning to take time away from his project work to offer this class twice a year (this class is being presented by Vishwas in a personal capacity, not by his employer AIS).

Target Audience

Any architect, project lead or senior developer would benefit greatly from the class.


Three very intense days.

Upcoming Classes

  • Summer, 2018 June 18-20, 2018 Reston VA

Contact for more information  or register here 


Why Cloud / Why Azure?

  • The “big switch”
  • Review of commercial clouds
  • Azure platform evolution
  • Azure differentiators

What is Azure CSA?

  • The role of the Azure CSA
  • People and process changes
  • Cloud Oriented Programming
  • Cost Economics

IaaS Essentials  

  • Software defined everything
  • Compute – VM, Scale Set, ACI, Batch
  • Networking – VNET / NSG / UDR / Express Route
  • Storage – Blobs / premium / file service / cool storage

PaaS Essentials

  • Cloud Services – Web and worker roles
  • App Service (Web, Mobile)
  • Service Fabric – Windows and Linux
  • Container Service –AKS & ACI
  • Functions – Serverless


Security Essentials

  • Security Center
  • Compliance
  • Security Controls
  • Key Vault
  • Auditing and Logging

DevOps Essentials

  • CI & CD Toolchain (TFS and Jenkins)
  • ARM
  • PowerShell CLI
  • Load Testing Monitor
  • OMS
  • AppInsights
  • Service Catalog

Identity Essentials

  • Azure AD – B2B, B2C
  • Federation
  • Azure AD Connect
  • Privileged identity management (MFA, timed and conditional access)

Data  Essentials

  • Azure SQL Database
  • Cosmos DB
  • Azure Data Bricks
  • Azure ML

Group Discussion / Call to Action

  • Lift-n-shift & cloud native
  • Cloud adoption strategies
  • Pitfalls and lessons learnt
  • Staying current with the Cloud cadence




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