Introduction to Microsoft Azure

Microsoft Azure cloud platform is an evolving and expanding list of services designed to support businesses moving from traditional data centers to a cloud-based architecture. If you are new or recently moved to Azure, the list of available services can be overwhelming. In addition, Microsoft Azure provides an ever changing landscape of new features, in various release states and at a rapid pace (over 600 in 2015). This session is an introduction to Microsoft Azure, starting with Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) and then focusing on Platform as a Service (PaaS) features. I will discuss the services and the things to consider when architecting for the cloud. This session is a week after the //Build conference, so I will include all of the latest announcements too.

Rich Ross

Rich Ross is a Technical Solutions Professional at the Microsoft Philadelphia MTC.  He has more than 20 years of business and IT experience in the pharmaceutical and consulting industry.  Rich has developed solutions for every version of SharePoint, from simple department portals to enterprise level applications. Over the last few years, he has focused on developing for the cloud using Azure technologies and is very interested in developing solutions containing IoT, Cortana and 3D Cameras features.  Rich posts about technology on his blog at and you can follow him on twitter @rich_ross.