What we're about

This group is for anyone interested in a discussion with others local to the Houston area around any aspect of Microsoft Azure (https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/) and it's rapidly-growing, surrounding (non-Microsoft) ecosystem.

We try and meet each month or so and talk about some aspect of Azure that might be of interest to as many people as possible. Topics range across both all Azure services and 3rd-Party solutions that are deployed upon it so there should be something for everyone.

Attendees to our events usually cover a wide range, and often include students, project mangers, infrastructure-focused IT professionals, Developers, Solution, Application or Enterprise Architects, Security practitioners, "Big Data" Scientists, and business leaders. We also sometimes discuss solutions that 3rd Party (i.e. non-Microsoft) software vendors build on top of Azure to fill in feature gaps (via the Azure Marketplace (https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/marketplace/)).

The one thing we try NOT our events to be a 'sales pitch' of any kind: we are just about community, learning about technology and gaining experiences in using them from one-another.

Each event will focus on just one Azure area or Service or 3rd Party (Marketplace (https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/marketplace/)) solution, and typically have a guest speaker, a high-level overview followed by technical demonstration(s), and a Q&A session so we can not only share stories but everyone can learn from each other's experiences.

Our Code Of Conduct, which applies to all attendees to all our events, can be found here (https://cloudydemos.z13.web.core.windows.net/CodeOfConductForAzurians.pdf).

We look forward to seeing you soon!

Upcoming events (1)

Azure Red Hat OpenShift: Overview and Demo-fest

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Kubernetes, also known as K8s, is an open-source software system for automating deployment, scaling, and management of containerized applications on Linux or Windows. In Azure, you could install this yourself in Virtual Machines (IaaS)... however these days the preference is for PaaS options instead and there are two PaaS flavors of Kubernetes in Azure to choose from: Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS) and Azure RedHat OpenShift (ARO).

AKS is essentially just Kubernetes on Linux or Windows, as it comes from the open source community and supported as such. Microsoft supports the underlying infrastructure.

ARO is the same open source Kubernetes base as AKS and runs on the same underlying Microsoft-supported Azure infrastructure. The difference is that ARO adds a large number of features and services on top of Kubernetes, all created and supported by Red Hat: from the Linux Operating System, all the way up to your application. What also makes ARO special is that the highly available, fully managed OpenShift clusters are monitored and operated jointly by Microsoft and Red Hat.

Come to this session to get an overview of this powerful service and learn about all the extra features that ARO brings to the table and why you might want to use them, whether you are a developer building containerized applications, a DevOps engineer deploying them or an infrastructure or security person deploying operating and securing a cluster.

This will be an interactive, demo-heavy session with minimal PowerPoint so you will see how this solution really works. Bring your questions and your challenges!

Your presenters tonight are Tanner Moore and Stephen Nimmo, both Solution Architects at Red Hat. Tanner is based just up the road in Austin and is infrastructure focused. Stephen is based here in Houston and specializes on the app-dev side so between them they can really bring the DevOps discussion to life. Tanner and Stephen will both be in-person!


• 5:30pm Food served, pre-Meetup chit-chat for those in-person
• 6:00pm Meetup Starts: Welcome, Introductions, Announcements
• 6:15pm Azure RedHat OpenShift: Overview and Demo-Fest
• 7:30pm Q&A
• 8:00pm Conclude

Food and soft drinks, sponsored by Red Hat, will be served at ~5:30pm on the 10th floor - we will kick off the discussion there ~6pm after everyone has had a chance to eat, meet anyone else you'd like to and have a chat :-). Feel free to start arriving from 5pm on if you are nearby. PLEASE RSVP so we have an accurate food count.

PARKING: For free parking please park across the street on the third and fourth floors of the parking garage at 12711 Queensbury; parking in the Microsoft building is not free

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Past events (94)