Azure Platform Technical Overview in Nashville


We had an excellent turnout for the May 17th meeting of the Nashville Microsoft Azure Users Group, a group that I have been leading for nearly five years.

We started this group with four members in 2013 and it now has over 840. In fact, it has doubled in size in the past year alone. (As much as I would like to claim all the credit for that the phenomenal increase in Azure adoption probably has had a lot to do with it. )

I present to the group occasionally myself, but in most cases I try to find other good Azure presenters from the local community and elsewhere. (If you are interested in presenting an Azure related topic please let us know. You can contact me at or through the Nashville Microsoft Azure User Group MeetUp site

The Presentation

At this meeting I presented an Azure Platform Technical Overview that covered all of Azure at an architectural level and discussed “What to use When”. This is a presentation that I have been evolving since before Azure was even called Azure (circa 2017). In fact, one of my standard jokes is that “it still isn’t finished!” (Of course, as Azure changes every few weeks, it most likely never will be finished.) For more about my history with Microsoft and Azure see the About Page of this Blog.

For those of you who attended the meeting (and anyone else who is interested) you can download the presentation slides from here.

Areas of Azure that we covered during the talk were:

• Why adopt Azure
• Azure Resource Management
• Compute Options
• Azure Storage
• Databases
• Business Continuity (Backup and Disaster Recovery)
• Networking
• Security
• Virtual Desktop
• IoT & Analytics
• The Future of Azure

At the meeting we also distributed 20 free Azure Pass subscriptions donated by Microsoft to our group for when we held the Nashville edition of the 2018 Global Azure Bootcamp.

Our Next Meeting

Our next meeting will be on April 21st when Tim Warner, Microsoft Azure MVP and Pluralsight author, will present a Microsoft Azure Networking Deep-Dive. If you plan to attend you can  find out more details and register at that site.  Everyone with an interest in Azure is welcome to attend. And all meetings are always free.

See you there

Bill Zack, President, The Nashville Microsoft Azure Users Group

About CloudyInNashville

I am a Cloud Architect and Consultant. Over several years I have been working with companies to help them design and build .NET based applications for public and private clouds. My focus is the Cloud, Public Clouds and Microsoft's Windows Azure Cloud platform in particular.
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