The Architecture Track at TechEd 2014

Thomas W. Shinder, M.D.Hello folks! We are back this year with more architecture related content, but now you will see that the track code for each session will vary (no more ARC). Since the architecture track spreads in different pillars, from now on the sessions would pare with the closest topic, like architecting for PCIT, architecting for the Datacenter and so on.

These are the sessions for the architecture track this year:

DCIM-B210 – How to Develop a Successful Hybrid Cloud Strategy

Monday, May 12 1:15 PM – 2:30 PM

Speaker(s): Eduardo Kassner

We have talked to hundreds of IT professionals in the world's top enterprise IT organizations that are either planning to build or are deploying a private, public, or hybrid cloud. This session shares what was learned, including the common requirements, roles and processes required to have a successful, comprehensive hybrid cloud strategy. We discuss the problems and roadblocks that an IT organization faces on their journey to provide an efficient, automated, elastic and self-service set of business relevant services. Finally, we explain at the conceptual level, the strategy of using the Microsoft offerings of Windows Server 2012 R2, Microsoft System Center 2012 R2, and Windows Azure to build a private and/or hybrid cloud.

DCIM-B211 – Service Provider Datacenter Architecture

Monday, May 12 3:00 PM – 4:15 PM

Speaker(s): Philip Moss

Delivering solutions that meet users' needs for reliability and availability while driving down costs is a challenge faced by service providers and enterprises alike. Windows Server 2012 ushered in a new generation of system architecture and design. Learn how to take advantage of the capabilities in Windows Server 2012 and the enhancements in Windows Server 2012 R2 to design and deliver highly scalable, modular cloud ready datacenter solutions.

DCIM-B212 – The Enterprise: Be Your Own Cloud Provider

Tuesday, May 13 8:30 AM – 9:45 AM

Speaker(s): Philip Moss

Many enterprises face the challenge of delivering services and compute resources to a wide range of internal teams and departments in a timely and elastic way. Users expect fast response times and self-service delivery; in other words, the enterprise needs to think like a service provider. Learn how to use the core capabilities of Windows Server together with the management and automation of Microsoft System Center and Windows Azure Pack to rapidly deploy self-service resources and services to your user base.

DCIM-B214 – How Windows Azure Architectural Patterns Change Approaches to Solutions, Infrastructure, Security, and Software Development

Wednesday, May 14 10:15 AM – 11:30 AM

Speaker(s): Uli Homann

Windows Azure (and its "cousins" in the public cloud) change the way architecture investments and strategies work. This session walks you through the impact of Azure as the new “normal” from an infrastructure design, application and operations architecture perspective. The session also shows how customers can take advantage of the ability in Azure to move workloads from on-premises or service provider environments to take advantage of its unique scalability and global reach—from virtual machines to web workloads. It also outlines new investments in the developer/operations continuum that shape the future of the application platform and resulting solution architectures.

DCIM-B323 – Building a Real-World Hybrid Cloud with Seamless Application Portability

Monday, May 12 4:45 PM – 6:00 PM

Speaker(s): Bruce Gary

You already know the ingredients: Hyper-V, Microsoft System Center, Windows Azure and Microsoft Visual Studio. Now, using real-world customer examples and a comprehensive demo, learn how to weave these technologies together into a practical, end-to-end, turnkey solution. The demo shows you how enterprise IT can create a secure, multi-tenant, policy-driven cloud that spans from your datacenter into Windows Azure. You also learn how application owners and developers can use this cloud to deploy, manage and seamlessly move .NET and Java applications between private and public resources (without code changes!) using a solution from Apprenda and Microsoft.

DCIM-B339 – Architecting Resilient (Cloud) Applications

Tuesday, May 13 3:15 PM – 4:30 PM

Speaker(s): Richard Seroter

The cloud doesn’t magically make applications perform better or avoid failures. Cloud infrastructure can—and will—fail from time to time, and it’s up to the application architect to compose applications in a highly available manner. How can you identify single points of failure, stamp them out, and design applications with exceptional uptime? This session investigates best practices for building highly available applications, discusses "anti-patterns" that limit scalability, and walks through a sample application that leverages the best of what Windows Azure has to offer. See how to assemble applications that use Windows Azure Web Sites, Windows Azure Virtual Machines, Windows Azure Service Bus, and much more.

DCIM-B349 – Software-Defined Storage in Windows Server 2012 R2 and Microsoft System Center 2012 R2

Wednesday, May 14 8:30 AM – 9:45 AM

Speaker(s): Elden Christensen, Hector Linares, Jose Barreto

Regardless of whether you’re building on a private infrastructure, in a hybrid environment, or deploying to a public cloud, there are optimizations you can make in storage and availability that will improve the manageability and performance of your application and environment. Join this session to hear more about the end-to-end scale, performance, and availability improvements coming with Windows Server. We dive into deploying and managing storage using SMB shares, show the improved experience in everyday storage management such as deploying patches to the cloud, and share how to leverage faster live migration when responding to new load demands. Starting with Windows Server 2012, Microsoft offered a complete storage stack from the hardware up, leveraging commodity JBODs surfaced as Virtual Disks via Storage Spaces, hosted by Scale-Out File Server nodes and servicing client requests via SMB 3.0. Now, with major features added in Windows Server 2012 R2 (e.g., Storage Tiering and SMB Redirection), the story gets even better! As a critical piece in the Modern Datacenter (i.e., a Software-Defined Datacenter), SDS plays a crucial role in improving utilization and increasing cost efficiency, scalability, and elasticity. This session empowers you to architect, implement, and monitor this key capability. Come learn how to design, deploy, configure, and automate a storage solution based completely on Windows technologies, as well as how to troubleshoot and manage via the in-box stack and Microsoft System Center. Live demos galore!

DCIM-B352 – Designing Network Infrastructures for Hybrid Cloud

Tuesday, May 13 5:00 PM – 6:15 PM

Speaker(s): Joe Davies

Windows Azure Virtual Networks allow you to build and extend your on-premises IT infrastructure as an organized set of subnets and virtual machines using Windows Azure infrastructure services. Planning and design for using Windows Azure Virtual Networks involves careful analysis of name resolution, IP address management, scalability, routing and incorporation of your computer management infrastructure and then mapping your needs to the current capabilities of Windows Azure. Join us for a detailed discussion of the planning questions, design considerations, and the step-by-step planning process to address your needs and requirements and extend your infrastructure to the cloud.

DEV-B329 – Maximizing Windows Azure for Development and Testing

Tuesday, May 13 1:30 PM – 2:45 PM

Speaker(s): Michael Withrow

Track: Developer Platform and Tools

Session Type: Breakout

Topic: Infrastructure as a Service, Windows PowerShell

It seems like it's getting harder all the time to get the resources you need to build quick and effective DEV/TEST environments. Where are you going to get the hardware you need without breaking the bank? What if I told you that you don't need that hardware anymore and that Azure can be your DEV/TEST Nirvana? It's true! In this session, we present an approach you can use to create a world class DEV/TEST environment which includes the major planning and design decisions you need to make up-front. After we define the design, we'll put it together and demo a number of DEV/TEST scenarios, including an amazing 20 virtual machine SharePoint lab that we'll deploy using only an XML file that calls PowerShell commands and ends up generating an .rdg file. This is definitely cool stuff and the functionality is equally applicable to production scenarios.

DEV-B348 – Practical DevOps for Datacenter Efficiency

Wednesday, May 14 1:30 PM – 2:45 PM

Speaker(s): Richard Seroter

Are your software releases inconsistent, infrequent, and unreliable? Can you deploy software at the rate demanded by your stakeholders? A key aspect of DevOps is aligning people, processes, and technology towards efficient releases through collaboration and automation. Thanks to a new crop of tools that are increasingly embracing Windows and Windows Azure, there has never been a better time to introduce advanced automation to your release process. This session explores the state of DevOps, and walks through example cloud deployments using a wide range of popular technologies such as Puppet and Microsoft System Center.

PCIT-B212 – Design Considerations for BYOD

Tuesday, May 13 10:15 AM – 11:30 AM

Speaker(s): Tom Shinder, Yuri Diogenes

With the proliferation of devices used today, most enterprises are facing one of the biggest dilemmas in technology, which is to enable users to use their own devices, on their own terms, while forcing them to do so in a secure and controlled manner. Enterprises are moving away from the traditional device-centric model, where they control all devices that users are allowed to perform their tasks, to a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) model. In this presentation we cover the main planning and design considerations for a BYOD world when using Windows Server 2012 R2 as the platform driver to enable secure BYOD computing.

PCIT-B213 – Access Control in BYOD and Directory Integration in a Hybrid Identity Infrastructure

Wednesday, May 14 3:15 PM – 4:30 PM

Speaker(s): Gayana Bagdasaryan

This session is based on the Active Directory Federation Services (AD FS) in Windows Server 2012 R2. It includes an overview of the new practical applications of this version of AD FS, including enabling users to access resources on their personal devices from anywhere and the enhanced access control risk management tools. It also includes an overview and a demo of the use of AD FS in hybrid-based directory synchronization with single sign-on solutions.

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Tom Shinder
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