Andy Cross and Richard Conway from Elastacloud (http://www.elastacloud.com/) and Chris Parsons and Joe Hancock from Hancock & Parsons (http://www.hancockandparsons.co.uk/) established the UK Azure Users Group in 2011. Together they have built a thriving community of Azure users and developers with the help of Microsoft UK. The user group currently stands at over 1800 members and meets twice a month in London, but also in Birmingham and Manchester.
Meetings are attended by up to 100 people a time and all those with an avid interest to learn Azure are encouraged to attend. The group regularly gives a platform for the Microsoft Azure engineering teams and distinguished community speakers.
As well as the monthly meetups, we are heavily involved in other community initiatives such as the now infamous Scott Gu events. The last event was held at Twickenham on 25th May 2017. It saw 800 fellow lovers of Azure join a selection of industry speakers, but most notable Scott Gu. We will be looking to arrange other such similar events. If you might be interested, please drop us an e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org) and we will be sure to share with you future events.
Thanks to Azure Kubernetes Service, it only takes a few minutes to have your fully managed Kubernetes cluster up and running on Azure. You can quickly start experimenting with what is considered the de-facto standard to orchestrate containers solutions and understand how to leverage it and integrate it with the rest of the Azure ecosystem.
However, this is just a first step: going to production requires an in-depth look at several aspects which we have to take into account. How do I safely roll out an update after the initial deploy? How can I bring my custom domain, and expose my website in HTTPS? How do I ensure that my cluster stays healthy over time and how do I integrate it with the rest of the PaaS offering in Azure?
These are some of the topics we are going to explore during the talk, together with some useful best practices that will guide you when productionising your first container-based application.
Marco De Sanctis is a freelance consultant in IT, with 15 years of experience in the .NET Platform. His interests range from a very strong tech background in C#, ASP.NET and the whole Microsoft stack, to Solution Architecture, especially for Cloud based applications. He's totally passionate of Microsoft Azure and his current focus is running containerised applications on the cloud.
Thanks to his contributions to the .NET community, he's been awarded as Microsoft MVP for the last 9 years