Architect Forum: Year of the Cloud, We are all in!

On 12th May we are organizing a new Architect Forum related to Cloud Computing with as key note speaker David Chappell.

Besides that the remainder of the day will be packed with interesting sessions regarding cloud computing as well.

The Architect Forum is a unique opportunity to introduce Architecture concepts and technologies towards application, infrastructure and operations architects either in aspiring or senior role.


Keynote: Examining Cloud Platforms

› Speaker: David Chappell, Principal of Chappell & Associates in San Francisco, California.

The coming shift to cloud computing is a major change in our industry. One of the most important parts of that shift is the advent of cloud platforms. As its name suggests, this kind of platform lets developers write applications that run in the cloud, or use services provided from the cloud, or both.

Different names are used for this kind of platform today, ranging from Infrastructure as a Service (IAAS), Platform as a Service (PAAS) and Software as a Service (SAAS), either available in a private or public context.

Whatever it’s called, this new way of supporting solutions has great potential and different cloud providers including Microsoft, are already providing a number of enterprise cloud platform related technologies.

The goal of this keynote is to categorize and briefly describe those technologies and examine how they stack up against the overall Microsoft cloud offering also referred to as the Microsoft Cloud Continuum.

Session: Design Patterns for Cloud Computing

› Speaker: Kurt Claeys, Solution Architect, Ordina

Great architectures are based upon great design patterns. Cloud based architectures are no exception to this rule.

In this session, typical design patterns used in cloud based enterprise solutions are presented by providing a solid conceptual and logical overview while explaining the different scenarios where they can be used. This session should arm an architect with the proper tools for designing cloud based solutions.

Depending on the type of scenario, technical implementations demonstrating Microsoft Windows Azure Platform capabilities.

Session: Event Driven Cloud Architectures

› Speaker: Yves Goeleven, Solution Architect, Capgemini

With the Windows Azure Platform every architect has an almost infinite amount of storage and compute power at his disposal without any large upfront investments. Together with these major advantages however, also come some challenges that will fundamentally change the way we design software. In this session, we will point out some of the design challenges that the cloud presents to us and will propose an architectural style that can be used to overcome many of these challenges using the capabilities offered by the Windows Azure Platform.

Session: Taking Care of a Cloud Environment: Windows Azure

› Speaker: Maarten Balliauw, Technical Architect, RealDolmen

This session is not about greener IT but instead provides you a chance to learn more about using the Role Environment and diagnostics provided by the Windows Azure Platform.

Communication between roles, logging and automatic up and down scaling of your cloud solution are just some of the possibilities of what you can do if you know about how the Windows Azure Platform and related environment works.

Full agenda and Registration information can be found here:

Looking forward to meet you there!