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Temporarily meeting as “Virtual Boston Azure” due to coronavirus, but you can still keep track and sign up to attend on this site.

Boston Azure and North Boston Azure have suspended all in-person events until further notice. Click Read more for details.

Boston Azure is a community-run group with the goal of learning about cloud computing with the Microsoft Azure cloud computing platform. We have been meeting since October 2009, making us the oldest such Azure-focused community group in the world. The group was founded by Bill Wilder (@codingoutloud (https://twitter.com/codingoutloud)).

Due to coronavirus, Boston Azure and North Boston Azure are suspending all in-person events until further notice. This include regularly scheduled monthly events and the Global Azure 2020 event scheduled for Sat April 25.

We are considering options around virtual events, but have no specific plans at this point.

One such virtual event under consideration is the Global Azure 2020 event scheduled for Sat April 25, but a lot would need to happen and go right before then to make it possible. At this point, watch this space for updates, but treat it as "possible but not yet likely" for now.

If you have any questions or feedback you can reach out to @bostonazure on twitter - or to any of us directly via twitter (handles below) via Meetup messaging.


Bill - @codingoutloud
Veronika - @veronika_dev1
Jason - @haleyjason

The group is run by volunteers. So far for all the events we've hosted over the years, we've managed to provide them for free to attendees. This is in large part to Microsoft offering free space at NERD where we've held the vast majority of our events, to MIT for help with some of our bootcamp events, but also to the occasional meeting/event sponsor.

We are introducing a Code of Conduct (https://bostonazure.github.io/codeofconduct.html). Your feedback (https://github.com/bostonazure/bostonazure.github.io/issues) is welcome.

We are currently hosting meeting signups on Meetup.com/bostonazure (https://meetup.com/bostonazure), but you can also find our top-level site through the simpler URL bostonazure.org (http://bostonazure.org/).

You can also find us on Twitter as @bostonazure (https://twitter.com/bostonazure).

And feel free to join our Slack community at https://bit.ly/baslack .

Boston Azure usually meets in the Boston/Cambridge area. You may also be interested in the North Boston Azure group, run by Jason Haley (@haleyjason (https://twitter.com/haleyjason)), which meets in Burlington, MA.

Bored? Go check out the Azure Cloud Shell (https://shell.azure.com/)!

Upcoming events (3)

Applying a Security Mindset to Lock Down Azure SQL DB featuring Surbhi Pokharna

More details to come, but here's the headline:

Securing your cloud systems is not an act but a mindset. Join us as Surbhi Pokharna demonstrates both that mindset - and applies it in showing all the ways to lock down Azure SQL DB, and keep it locked!

THU JULY 15 @ 6:00 PM Boston time


Well-Architected Framework featuring Vaibhav Gujral

Online event

A dive into Azure's Well-Architected Framework featuring Vaibhav Gujral

Topic: Microsoft Azure Well-Architected Framework

How do you ensure that your workloads running in the cloud are well-architected? Join us in this session where Vaibhav will introduce Microsoft Azure Well-Architected Framework and explain different architectural excellence pillars within the framework. He will talk about different principles under each of the pillars and will share some architectural best practices that you can use to optimize your workloads running in Azure.

Speaker: Vaibhav Gujral

Vaibhav Gujral is a seasoned cloud architect currently working at Kiewit Corporation. He has been awarded Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) award for the Microsoft Azure category and is a Microsoft Certified Trainer. He is a Microsoft Certified Azure Solutions Architect Expert, and he holds numerous other Azure Certifications. Apart from being a regular speaker at several user groups, events, and conferences, he also runs the Omaha Azure user group. He regularly blogs at https://vaibhavgujral.com/.

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HEY FOLKS -- I plan to keep this "fake meeting" around to help easily track ideas for future events. Feel free to "attend" and get updates when I change this page.

WE GOT SOME SPACE! Will be posting new meetings for NERD soon.


Topic/speaker backlog (no order implied - just a list):

• Commanding the command line: CLI & PowerShell

• Blockchain (Todd and/or Simon)

• SQL Server => SQL DB (Taiob)

• Hands-on Cognitive Service/ML (Beth, Veronika)

• Security/Compliance: Big Data security on Azure cloud that allows parallel processing and streaming of encrypted data (Serge Vilvovsky)

• Security/Compliance: Compliance in Azure (George for Azure SQL DB)

• Office 365 Security concerns (since they also apply to AAD)

• IoT / DevOps / Lean / Analytics (Bob Familiar)

WebJobs/ASE (Jason)

• (Udai)

• AWS vs Azure (jorge.cotillo via slack)

• Business Side of Cloud (Mark)

• ASE (v2?) (Jason?)

• WAF (Bill?)

• "Tools" meeting like this (https://www.meetup.com/NE-MSFT-Devs/events/91353232/)

• Azure Data Catalog (Beth Wolfset) perhaps like this (http://www.sqlsaturday.com/694/Sessions/Details.aspx?sid=68754) or this (http://www.sqlsaturday.com/694/Sessions/Details.aspx?sid=68753)

• Serverless: Media/Logic Apps (Juan Pablo)

• Serverless: Functions, Logic Apps (Jim O'Neil)

• ARM (Jim O'Neil)

• Container Instances

Oct 10 => 11

Oct 26 => 24

Nov 16 => 14

Dec 13 => 12

Dec 07 => 05

(Dec 11-Feb 18)

Feb 27 => 22

Past events (134)

Aleksandar Nikolić on the Azure Cloud Shell

Online event

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