Chris Reddington

Chris Reddington

Welsh Tech Geek, Cloud Advocate, Musical Theatre Enthusiast and Improving Improviser!

Chris is a Cloud Solution Architect at Microsoft UK, working with customers in the Manufacturing & Resources industry.

By day, he works with stakeholders in start-ups and enterprises from developers and system admins through to Heads of Division and CTOs, helping them ❤️ GitHub, while actively listening and working with the GitHub Engineering teams to further improve the Platform.

Chris has presented at several internal and external events including Microsoft Tech Ready, Microsoft Ignite and several Microsoft Tech Summit events.

Upcoming Episodes

Beyond Monitoring: The Rise of Observability Platform

System availability and performance are not stand-alone goals hence non-availability and under-performance of applications and systems in IT landscape will negatively affect user experience and customer satisfaction causing revenue losses for organizations.

Episode

September 15, 2022
ToolUp Days #13

ToolUp Days is all about showing the thought process and decisions made when creating an application. Join Chris and Matt as they build a new application from the ground up, including development processes, tooling, service choices and architectural decisions!

Episode

September 20, 2022
React, Azure and Github Actions on the Go!

Let’s build it from scratch! in this session we will have a simple React Project that we will deploy on the cloud using GitHub Actions and Azure, a useful skill that you can use showing off your portfolio to the world

Episode

September 29, 2022
ToolUp Days #14

ToolUp Days is all about showing the thought process and decisions made when creating an application. Join Chris and Matt as they build a new application from the ground up, including development processes, tooling, service choices and architectural decisions!

Episode

October 4, 2022
Chaos Engineering for Cloud native Apps

Improve application resilience with chaos testing by deliberately introducing faults that simulate real-world outages. Azure Chaos Studio Preview / AWS Fault Injection Simulator is a fully managed chaos engineering experimentation platform for accelerating discovery of hard-to-find problems, from late-stage development through production. Disrupt your apps intentionally to identify gaps and plan mitigations before your customers are impacted by a problem.

Episode

October 13, 2022
Mental Health in Tech - Improving Mental Wellness

Professionals in Technology often push themselves to a breaking point with the pace at which we work. Given the stress of the workplace in all times, but especially in the current state, it’s crucial to maintain a healthy mind as it’s our most important resource. Let’s discuss ways we can begin to engage and talk more about mental wellness, learn strategies as leaders, and identify resources both for ourselves and our teams.

Episode

October 20, 2022
The future of SaaS architecture

With companies using myriad microservices for various functions, maintaining the states of each microservice becomes a headache. Imagine thousands of microservices running in parallel, written in different languages. How do you orchestrate this for a seamless, scaleable developer experience?

Episode

November 8, 2022

Past Episodes

Tools of a Software Architecture for Everyone!

Architecture is something for the whole development team, not just architects. In this episode, Chris is joined by John Kilminster, who shares his Tips & Tricks on a wide variety of architecture tools, including C4 Diagrams, Docs as Code, Architecture Design Records, Tech Radars and Backstage. Plenty to learn and apply to your day-to-day in this episode!

Episode

September 8, 2022
ToolUp Days #12

ToolUp Days is all about showing the thought process and decisions made when creating an application. Join Chris and Matt as they build a new application from the ground up, including development processes, tooling, service choices and architectural decisions!

Episode

September 6, 2022
Microservices have communication issues, especially when they fail

Communication between entities has been a long lasting topic in Software engineering. IPC, Message brokers, Queues are only few of the main actors in this drama. In this episode, Chris is joined by Francesco who will cover a couple of Microservices communication patterns and give a deep dive into the Saga pattern to resolve multi-step transaction flows.

Episode

September 1, 2022
Automate Azure Role Based Access Control (RBAC) using Github

Technical discussion on how to automate and maintain custom RBAC role definitions in Azure using GitHub actions.

Episode

August 25, 2022
ToolUp Days #11

ToolUp Days is all about showing the thought process and decisions made when creating an application. Join Chris and Matt as they build a new application from the ground up, including development processes, tooling, service choices and architectural decisions!

Episode

August 23, 2022
Software rotting and why you need to change your approach to security

A new phenomenon stand out in recent years: security must pervade the entire software development lifecycle. Except it isn’t. Current generation of processes and tools is lacking crucial features to properly manage modern security risks. Think of the Log4J event. Were you able to identify all affected components? Were they internally developed, or you need a vendor support? How fast you were able to deliver a fix? In this talk we’ll explore the challenges, what you can do with current tools, and which gaps should be addressed by communities through better practices and new tools.

Episode

August 18, 2022
Code is Read

What separates the highly-skilled developer from the one fresh out of college? Why is it that some developer’s code is far easier to maintain and others are nearly impossible to decipher? Both boil down fundamentally to whether you can easily understand the ideas and intent conveyed in their code. So what makes for easily understood code? There are some communication principles we can apply to our code to make it cheaper to change, and faster to understand. After all Code is read more often than it is written. It ought to be easy to read!

Episode

August 11, 2022
ToolUp Day #10

ToolUp Day is all about showing the thought process and decisions made when creating an application. Join Chris and Matt as they build a new application from the ground up, including development processes, tooling, service choices and architectural decisions!

Episode

July 26, 2022
ToolUp Tuesday - #9

ToolUp Tuesday is all about showing the thought process and decisions made when creating an application. Join Chris and Matt as they build a new application from the ground up, including development processes, tooling, service choices and architectural decisions!

Episode

June 28, 2022
ToolUp Tuesday - #8

ToolUp Tuesday is all about showing the thought process and decisions made when creating an application. Join Chris and Matt as they build a new application from the ground up, including development processes, tooling, service choices and architectural decisions!

Episode

May 31, 2022
Tech Roundup - May 2022

Overwhelmed at keeping up to date with Azure? Or how about keeping a pulse on the Latest GitHub news, Azure DevOps and more? In this episode, Chris provides a summary of updates on the latest Azure DevOps News, GitHub updates and new announcements in Azure. And if that wasn’t enough, he also gives a roundup of the latest on Cloud With Chris - including episodes, blog posts, open source projects and community work! Let Chris do the hard work keeping you on top of everything! Grab some snacks. Grab a drink. Come along and tune in for a relaxed and informative learning session!

Episode

May 29, 2022
ToolUp Tuesday - #7

ToolUp Tuesday is all about showing the thought process and decisions made when creating an application. Join Chris and Matt as they build a new application from the ground up, including development processes, tooling, service choices and architectural decisions!

Episode

May 17, 2022
ToolUp Tuesday - #6

ToolUp Tuesday is all about showing the thought process and decisions made when creating an application. Join Chris and Matt as they build a new application from the ground up, including development processes, tooling, service choices and architectural decisions!

Episode

May 3, 2022
Tech Roundup - April 2022

Overwhelmed at keeping up to date with Azure? Or how about keeping a pulse on the Latest GitHub news, Azure DevOps and more? In this episode, Chris provides a summary of updates on the latest Azure DevOps News, GitHub updates and new announcements in Azure. And if that wasn’t enough, he also gives a roundup of the latest on Cloud With Chris - including episodes, blog posts, open source projects and community work! Let Chris do the hard work keeping you on top of everything! Grab some snacks. Grab a drink. Come along and tune in for a relaxed and informative learning session!

Episode

April 24, 2022
ToolUp Tuesday - #5

ToolUp Tuesday is all about showing the thought process and decisions made when creating an application. Join Chris and Matt as they build a new application from the ground up, including development processes, tooling, service choices and architectural decisions!

Episode

April 21, 2022
ToolUp Tuesday - #4

ToolUp Tuesday is all about showing the thought process and decisions made when creating an application. Join Chris and Matt as they build a new application from the ground up, including development processes, tooling, service choices and architectural decisions!

Episode

April 5, 2022
Tech Roundup - March 2022

Overwhelmed at keeping up to date with Azure? Or how about keeping a pulse on the Latest GitHub news, Azure DevOps and more? In this episode, Chris provides a summary of updates on the latest Azure DevOps News, GitHub updates and new announcements in Azure. And if that wasn’t enough, he also gives a roundup of the latest on Cloud With Chris - including episodes, blog posts, open source projects and community work! Let Chris do the hard work keeping you on top of everything! Grab some snacks. Grab a drink. Come along and tune in for a relaxed and informative learning session!

Episode

March 26, 2022
Things to Consider Before Migrating Old .NET Applications to Cloud

Jonah Andersson shares her past experience and important lessons learned about migrating and developing old .NET applications to the Azure cloud. Find out how that project turn into a fiasco not because of Azure but of other factors. Never make the same mistakes.

Episode

March 17, 2022
ToolUp Tuesday - #3

ToolUp Tuesday is all about showing the thought process and decisions made when creating an application. Join Chris and Matt as they build a new application from the ground up, including development processes, tooling, service choices and architectural decisions!

Episode

March 8, 2022
Azure Quantum & Microsoft Q#

You’ve probably heard about quantum computing, but it still remains a mystery? In this session, Chris is joined by Johnny Hooybergs who will explain important concepts like qubits, superposition and entanglement and how quantum computing can hopefully help us to solve exponentially large problems. Some theoretical knowledge about quantum physics, quantum gates and quantum algorithms will be combined with examples using a simulated environment on a local PC and on real quantum hardware using Azure Quantum. Most of these examples will use the new quantum language Q# from Microsoft and some additional examples will use Python to solve optimization problems using the Azure Quantum Inspired Optimization (QIO).

Episode

March 3, 2022
Tech Roundup - February 2022

Overwhelmed at keeping up to date with Azure? Or how about keeping a pulse on the Latest GitHub news, Azure DevOps and more? In this episode, Chris provides a summary of updates on the latest Azure DevOps News, GitHub updates and new announcements in Azure. And if that wasn’t enough, he also gives a roundup of the latest on Cloud With Chris - including episodes, blog posts, open source projects and community work! Let Chris do the hard work keeping you on top of everything! Grab some snacks. Grab a drink. Come along and tune in for a relaxed and informative learning session!

Episode

February 27, 2022
ToolUp Tuesday #2

ToolUp Tuesday is all about showing the thought process and decisions made when creating an application. Join Chris and Matt as they build a new application from the ground up, including development processes, tooling, service choices and architectural decisions!

Episode

February 22, 2022
Feature Flags - The Art of the IF and Deployment

In this session, Chris is joined by Chris Ayers! Chris gives insight on how you start implementing feature flags, You’ll be leaving this session wanting to separate your releases from your deployments! You will have an understanding of What feature flags are, The types of feature flags, Best practices around feature flags, Implementing feature flags using, Feature Toggles, Azure Application Configuration and Launch Darkly.

Episode

February 17, 2022
ToolUp Tuesday - #1

ToolUp Tuesday is all about showing the thought process and decisions made when creating an application. Join Chris and Matt as they build a new application from the ground up, including development processes, tooling, service choices and architectural decisions!

Episode

February 8, 2022
Community Gaming - Halo Infinite

Join members of the cloud community as they talk through what’s top of mind, the latest trends, and have a bit of fun in a game or two! This takes place on the first Wednesday of each month

Episode

February 2, 2022
Tech Roundup - January 2022

Overwhelmed at keeping up to date with Azure? Or how about keeping a pulse on the Latest GitHub news, Azure DevOps and more? In this episode, Chris provides a summary of updates on the latest Azure DevOps News, GitHub updates and new announcements in Azure. And if that wasn’t enough, he also gives a roundup of the latest on Cloud With Chris - including episodes, blog posts, open source projects and community work! Let Chris do the hard work keeping you on top of everything! Grab some snacks. Grab a drink. Come along and tune in for a relaxed and informative learning session!

Episode

January 30, 2022
V041 - Weekly Technology Vlog #41

In this session, Chris provides a series of updates focused around Azure, DevOps, GitHub and Cloud With Chris.

Episode

October 10, 2021
CGN8 - Cloud Gaming Notes Episode 8 - Azure for Game Developers

In this session, Chris is joined by LaBrina Loving who leads Developer Advocacy for Game Developers at Microsoft who will share her journey as a .Net Developer working in enterprise into the world of gaming. We will cover some of the key challenges that game developers of all sizes face and how cloud can help.

Episode

October 6, 2021
V040 - Weekly Technology Vlog #40

In this session, Chris provides a series of updates focused around Azure, DevOps, GitHub and Cloud With Chris.

Episode

October 3, 2021
Tales from the Real World - Shift Left your Performance Tests

Perf Testing has traditionally been a higher environment activity. This leads to issues such as performance issues being identified late in the cycle, high MTTR for such issues, unplanned work, etc. However applying ‘Shift Left’ to Performance Testing is a hard problem to solve. In this episode, Chris is joined by HariKrishnan as they talk through Hari’s experience in the hurdles encountered running perf tests on local machines / lower environments.

Episode

October 1, 2021
V038 / V039 - Weekly Technology Vlog #38 and #39

In this video, chris provides another update on Cloud with Chris, updates on what’s coming soon and Azure related news!

Episode

September 26, 2021
DevOps Trends

Ten years and more passed since Patrick Debois coined the term DevOps, in 2009. In the IT world, nothing is definitive. All the technologies and techniques continue to evolve following an innovation trend that we cannot stop. We cannot merely say: ‘I’m tired of changing; please give me a rest.’ The only option is to be ready for the change. In DevOps, there is a significant change because of the rise of the cloud and the market, always more demanding. The DevOps philosophy was adopted by most companies and bring essential improvements to quality and cost-saving. Anyway, the DevOps scenario is continuously evolving and adapting to the new market requirements. In this speech, we will analyze the new frontiers of DevOps and what to know to keep up with the times. Let’s see in this article what are the latest trends to follow.

Episode

September 24, 2021
Tales from the Real World on DevOps

Listen in to this session as Chris is joined by Thomas Thornton, as they talk about DevOps in real-world scenarios.

Episode

September 17, 2021
V037 - Weekly Technology Vlog #37 (GitHub Issues Beta Special!)

In this video, chris provides another update on Cloud with Chris, updates on what’s coming soon and Azure related news! We’ll also be walking through the new GitHub Issues Beta!

Episode

September 12, 2021
Tales from the Real World - Architecting the Transformation

Most organizations engaged in transformation today are moving from left to right in digitally-driven maturity models. The objectives are well known: increase agility, boost productivity, and provide seamless digital experiences for consumers. Architects play a pivotal role as the curators of this transformation. In this session, Asanka will share his experience on how architects can contribute and introduce a framework to follow on refactoring enterprises.

Episode

September 10, 2021
Migrating to the Cloud

In this episode, Chris is joined by Susanne Tedrick. Susanne is an Azure Infrastructure Specialist for Microsoft and the award-winning author of ‘Women of Color in Tech’. They will discuss the basic technical and business considerations to be made when migrating applications and workloads to the cloud, based on the Cloud Adoption Framework.

Episode

September 8, 2021
V036 - Talking cloud and playing Among Us with the community

In this session, Chris provides a series of updates focused around Azure, DevOps, GitHub and Cloud With Chris, while gaming with the Cloud Family Community.

Episode

September 5, 2021
Tales from the Real World - Leveraging Azure as a Telco provider

In this session Chris is joined by Ivo who will explain how Telco providers are leveraging Azure to offer services to their customers. He will explain how they transform and what the future will be. He will also cover the benefits and struggles that they faced on the way.

Episode

September 3, 2021
CGN7 - Cloud Gaming Notes Episode 7 - Game Streaming and Cloud-Powered Gaming

In this session, Chris is once again joined by Lee Williams. Chris and Lee talk through industry trends around Game Streaming (i.e. streaming games to your device, rather than livestreaming what you’re playing to others), and the opportunities this brings to game creators and consumers.

Episode

September 1, 2021
V035 - Weekly Technology Vlog #35

In this video, chris provides another update on Cloud with Chris, updates on what’s coming soon and Azure related news!

Episode

August 30, 2021
Getting into DevRel

In this session, Chris is joined by Martin Woodward - Director of Developer Relations at GitHub to talk about building communities, building experience talking and leading communities and then of Developer Relations, what it means and how to get into that role as your job.

Episode

August 27, 2021
Why closed captions in your public speaking may make a difference

People with hearing impairments are often overlooked, yet they are actually in greater numbers most people believe. In this talk, I’ll give insight to those people. I know this of my own experience since I am deaf user with Cochlear Implants which gives me a hearing back, but it is not a full hearing as you might hope for. I also can give some insights for other people who are less impaired because I’ve am a co-founder of two national associations in Switzerland.

Episode

August 25, 2021
V034 - Sailing the Sea of Thieves while talking Cloud

In this session, Chris provides a series of updates focused around Azure, DevOps, GitHub and Cloud With Chris, while gaming with the Cloud Family Community.

Episode

August 22, 2021
43 - A Decentralized Reference Architecture for Cloud-native Applications

In this talk, Asanka will introduce the ‘cell-based’ reference architecture, which is decentralized, API-centric, cloud-native and microservices friendly. He will explain the role of APIs in the cell-based approach, as well as examine how real applications are built as cells. Asanka will explore the metrics and approaches that can be used to measure the effectiveness of the architecture and explore how organizations can implement the cell approach.

Episode

August 20, 2021
Discussing the Cloud with Chris Integration Platform

In this session, Chris is joined by Karl Cooke, Blogger at https://irishtechie.com. Chris and Karl talk all about the CloudWithChris.com integration platform, and the numerous automation/integration activities that Chris has in place to save time and focus on building content!

Episode

August 19, 2021
Find vulns in your code before they find you

In this session, Chris is joined by DeveloperSteve Coochin, a Developer Advocate at Snyk. In this episode, Chris and Steve talk about vulns in the wild for a bit (well and to geek out in general), especially on the back of some research that Steve did recently on the likes of PHP. Steve has recently been looking into the security vulns that get let in without developers even knowing (Teaser: He was really surprised at some of them!)

Episode

August 18, 2021
V033 - Weekly Technology Vlog #33

In this video, Chris provides another update on Cloud with Chris, updates on what’s coming soon and Azure related news!

Episode

August 15, 2021
44 - AKS, AGIC and Kubenet - Tips and tricks to make it work

When using Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS), there’s a chance that kubenet might be the only possible choice due to your requirements. If so, you may still want to use Application Gateway Ingress Controller (AGIC) to leverage Azure Application Gateway’s Web Application Firewall (WAF) capabilities. In this session, we will make the journey together to have a working AGIC in an AKS cluster with kubenet and managed identities.

Episode

August 13, 2021
V032 - Talking cloud and playing Among Us with the community

In this session, Chris provides a series of updates focused around Azure, DevOps, GitHub and Cloud With Chris, while gaming with the Cloud Family Community.

Episode

August 8, 2021
Tales from the Real World - Azure AD B2C: A real silver bullet

Due to COVID-19, vOpen.Tech had to move so quickly from being a physical event to a virtual one. That meant that collecting registrations and user info as well as registering users had to be done online. Azure AD B2C was the silver bullet that allowed us to overcome and succeed, with almost no code and in less that 15 days! In this session we will see how easy, fast and cheap we can have a production-ready, fully scalable, robust and secure IAM PaaS system with Azure AD B2C.

Episode

August 6, 2021
How to be successful with monitoring in Azure

In this session, Chris is joined by Vanessa Bruwer - Senior Engineer on the FastTrack for Azure team. Vanessa talks how the FastTrack for Azure team deliver monitoring sessions; teaching customers to fish, taking them from knowing nothing about Azure Monitor to being able to configure monitoring for any service in a few focussed sessions. Ready to go from Zero to Hero on Azure Monitor? Then come along and join us!

Episode

August 4, 2021
V031 - Weekly Technology Vlog #31

In this video, chris provides another update on Cloud with Chris, updates on what’s coming soon and Azure related news!

Episode

August 1, 2021
Tales from the Real World – Helping veterans transition into IT and Learn Azure

In this session, Chris is joined by Dr. Keith McNally. Dr. Keith teaches Azure Cloud to help transitioning military members gain employment in the IT industry. By using a project-based learning structure, he helps adult learners the features and functionality of Microsoft Azure. In this session, Chris and Keith talk through how this work came together, typical learning strategies/styles that work well in these scenarios and the types of technologies/projects that cohorts have worked through. Tune in to gain some tips that may help your own learning strategy!

Episode

July 30, 2021
V030 - Sailing the Sea of Thieves while talking Cloud

In this session, Chris provides a series of updates focused around Azure, DevOps, GitHub and Cloud With Chris, while gaming with the Cloud Family Community.

Episode

July 25, 2021
Lessons Learned from Cultivating Open Source Projects and Communities

In this episode, Chris is joined by JJ Asghar as they talk through lessons learned from cultivating open source projects and communities. Over the last decade, JJ has had the privilege professionally of building and cultivating some Open Source projects and communities.This isn’t a tools talk. This is a talk about the soft skills you have to have to be able to succeed as a leader in an Open Source project. JJ’s journey started tending the frequently asked questions for a small Linux Distribution called CRUX, and then years later professionally moved to the OpenStack-Chef project to build OpenStack clouds. He has grown other projects along the way, helped build tooling and communities, some successful and still running today, others were just flashes in the pan. He’s learned a ton on this journey; and still is, but has some lessons that are hard-learned and hopefully will warn against pitfalls that can cause wasted cycles and pain.

Episode

July 23, 2021
Cloud Drops - What is Continuous Integration (CI)?

Are you now working with source code? Whether that’s Application Code, Infrastructure as Code, Database Schemas or Data Science workbooks as code, you may have heard of a term ‘Continuous Integration’ (CI). This is the process of regularly merging code, and running a series of automated builds/tests/checks to ensure that quality remains high in your production codebase. Find out more in this video.

Episode

July 20, 2021
V029 - Sailing the Sea of Thieves while talking Cloud

In this session, Chris provides a series of updates focused around Azure, DevOps, GitHub and Cloud With Chris

Episode

July 18, 2021
IoT Simulation, Azure IoT and real world learnings

In this episode, Chris is joined by Peter Gallagher, Freelance Programmer for PJG Creations, Microsoft Azure MVP, Pluralsight Author… IoT Expert, proud dad, gadget addict and Meetup organiser. Peter talks about the various IoT simulators available, Azure IoT and his experiences IoT across his career. If you’re a maker or interested in IoT, then this is one not to be missed!

Episode

July 16, 2021
V028 - Weekly Technology Vlog #28

In this session, Chris provides a series of updates focused around Azure, DevOps, GitHub and Cloud With Chris, while gaming with the Cloud Family Community.

Episode

July 11, 2021
42 - How to choose the 'Right' Datastore for your scenario

There are so many types of data stores out there these days. You have relational, non-relational, documents, blob, tables, files and more. There’s also a growing awareness of ‘Polyglot Persistence’ where you use different data stores depending on the task. But how do you know which is the ‘right’ one? Chris is joined once again by Steph Martin as we talk through some of these types of datastores, and the factors that may help you in your decision!

Episode

July 9, 2021
CGN6 - Cloud Gaming Notes Episode 6 - Gaming as Entertainment - Esports and Streaming

Playing games has always been a social experience. Whether it’s board games, sports or video games - a multiplayer component is common. We see these experiences becoming forms of entertainment (e.g. watching our favourite sports teams compete). This trend continues into the Gaming Industry, as we see the growth of eSports in Gaming, as well as streamers regularly broadcasting over on YouTube and Twitch. Chris is joined by Lee Williams, as they talk through these trends and how Cloud has enabled this transition.

Episode

July 7, 2021
Why a Diverse Team is Crucial to Startup Success

Team diversity refers to differences between members of startup team. Those differences can include demographic differences (like age, race, sex, ethnicity), personality (extrovert, introvert, and differing Myers-Briggs types) and functional (as in skill sets, like engineering, design, copywriting, and marketing). How does team diversity impact your customers’ experience from the moment they learn about you through their journey with you? You will attract and relate to customers how look like you. They will understand your messaging and you will understand their needs. If you don’t represent the right dimensions of diversity, you are leaving an amazing experience behind.

Episode

July 6, 2021
V027 - Weekly Technology Vlog #27

In this session, Chris provides a series of updates focused around Azure, DevOps, GitHub and Cloud With Chris. He also explores GitHub Copilot using Ruby and Python, looking into the potential that it has!

Episode

July 4, 2021
41 - DevOps on Azure

In this episode, Chris is joined by Mert Yeter, a software engineer with 16 years of experience in .NET and Microsoft technologies. We’ll be talking all things DevOps on Azure, including Azure Container Registry, Azure Container Instances and Azure Kubernetes Service. We’ll also get a chance to talk about Traefik and how it’s pluggable middleware can help you with your Kubernetes ingresses! Tune in to find out more!

Episode

July 2, 2021
Top new CNCF projects to look out for

The Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF) bought you such fan favourites like Kubernetes & Prometheus. In this talk Annie Talvasto will introduce you the most interesting and coolest upcoming CNCF tools and projects. This compact and demo-filled talk will give you ideas and inspiration that you can 1) discover new technologies and tools to use in your future projects as well as 2) be the coolest kid in the block, by being up to date with the latest and greatest.

Episode

June 30, 2021
V026 - Sailing the Sea of Thieves while talking Cloud

In this session, Chris provides a series of updates focused around Azure, DevOps, GitHub and Cloud With Chris while sailing the seas with friends from the #CloudFamily Community. Like this episode? Please like the video, subscribe to the channel and hit the notification bell so that you know as soon as there’s new content!

Episode

June 27, 2021
40 - Failed lawyer stumbles into tech - Agile from the trenches

In this session Erin and Chris reminisce, talking about how they met and Erin’s journey into Technology. Erin talks a little bit about what Agile is, how it works in the real world, and shares some stories and anecdotes she’s seen as an Agile Coach in the trenches.

Episode

June 25, 2021
V025 - Tech Roundup #25 (Sailing the seas on Sea of Thieves)

In this video, Chris sails the seas on Sea of Thieves with some interdispersed updates on Azure DevOps, Azure and GitHub. This sets the stage for a regular bi-weekly gaming session and tech update, with the other week being a usual technology update!

Episode

June 20, 2021
39 - A discussion with John Lunn

In this episode, Chris is joined by John Lunn, aka jonnychipz! An organizer of the Welsh Azure User Group, Blogger and Vlogger, Chris and John talk around 100 days of Cloud, Learning Cloud and Exam Certifications, Cloud Adoption and getting involved in the community. Wanted to start learning cloud, or getting more involved in the community? Then this may be a talk to follow!

Episode

June 18, 2021
Azure & VMWare - A Discussion with Shannon Kuehn

In this session, Chris is joined by Shannon Kuehn, a Senior Cloud Advocate at Microsoft. In this Livestream, they talk all about, Azure and VMWare and what this combination means for your cloud deployments!

Episode

June 16, 2021
V024 - Weekly Technology Vlog #24

In this video, Chris provides another update on Cloud with Chris, updates on what’s coming soon and Azure related news!

Episode

June 14, 2021
38 - Hands-on with The Geode Pattern (Build globally distributed applications!)

We’ve previously covered the theory of the Geode pattern in episode 11. Now it’s time to see it unfold live and in action! Tune in to see Will demonstrate the concept of the Geode pattern and how it adds value to a globally distributed application.

Episode

June 11, 2021
Hybrid Cloud Update and Life as a Cloud Advocate

In this session, Chris is joined by Senior Cloud Advocate Sarah Lean. Chris and Sarah will talk about the latest and greatest in the world of Hybrid Cloud, and explore the day-to-day experience of being a Cloud Advocate, working in the DevRel space.

Episode

June 10, 2021
Discussing the Cloud with Chris GitHub Actions Usage

In this session, Chris is joined by Karl Cooke - Implementation Specialist at Action Point Technology Group, Blogger at https://irishtechie.com. Chris and Karl talk all about the CloudWithChris.com architecture and the decisions surrounding the GitHub setup that drive the deployment and management of CloudWithChris.com.

Episode

June 7, 2021
V023 - Weekly Technology Vlog #23

In this video, Chris provides another update on Cloud with Chris, updates on what’s coming soon and the Azure, Azure DevOps and GitHub news!

Episode

June 6, 2021
37 - Your Career and Your Mental Health

People often talk about work life balance, how its not working for them, and how they feel pushed over the limit. Lets dig into it a little, look at how it can be managed, and address some difficult truths as well.

Episode

June 4, 2021
CGN5 - Cloud Gaming Notes Episode 5 - Building a game remotely

Over the last year, our world has changed. Many of us have had to work from home due to the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic. In this session, we’ll focus on the Gaming Industry and some of the types of cloud tools/technologies that may have been used to continue their internal collaboration and ultimately deliver games to gamers!

Episode

June 2, 2021
V022 - Weekly Technology Vlog #22

Welcome to weekly Vlog #22! We’ll be covering all of the latest from Microsoft Build!

Episode

May 30, 2021
Tales from the real world with Matt Bradley

In this episode, Chris is joined by Matt Bradley! Matt helped start the Public Cloud Division at UKFast. While UKFast works with both AWS and Azure, Matt’s focus is on the Azure side, dealing with architecting and building solutions. Matt has delivered several talks within the community, including ‘The Azure Storage Minefield’. Join Chris and Matt as they talk through some of Matt’s learnings along the way and observations as he has been on his own journey with Azure and public Cloud!

Episode

May 28, 2021
V021 - Weekly Technology Vlog #21

In this video, chris provides another update on Cloud with Chris, updates on what’s coming soon and Azure related news!

Episode

May 23, 2021
36 - Application Insights: The Tool You Never Knew You Needed

Understanding how our applications function in the wild is essential for developers when issues arise. With the power of knowledge, we can enable ourselves to provide the best experience to our fellow developers, and our stakeholders. One of the solutions that supplies this power is Application Insights. Application Insights is a service provided by Microsoft allowing you to monitor your application live, detect performance anomalies, and observe this data with powerful analytics. Together we will see how easy it is to add Application Insights to our applications, whether we have access to the codebase or not. Once instrumented, we will dive deeper into the capabilities of Application Insights and show how to leverage all the rich data collected from our application. Finally, as developers the last thing we want to do is troubleshoot an issue in Production, with everyone watching and the stakes are high. Watch as we monitor a live application that is throwing exceptions and how Application Insights can be used to help us solve the problem faster. When we are done, attendees will be empowered with the knowledge to leverage Application Insights to be more productive with their work.

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May 21, 2021
V020 - Weekly Technology Vlog #20

Welcome to weekly Vlog #20! This one will start off focusing on Cloud with Chris, and a big thank you! Thank you for all of your support. It’s allowed me to hit my 2021 goal of 500 subscribers way ahead of schedule. We’ll be covering Cloud with Chris, and then the latest from Azure, Azure DevOps and GitHub!

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May 16, 2021
Cloud Drops - Building an Event-Driven workflow with Event Grid

Have you heard about Azure Event Grid, but not exactly sure what it is or how you could use it? In this Cloud Drop, we’ll create an event-driven process using Azure Event Grid, Azure Storage Queues and Azure Functions. Get ready to learn all about Event-Driven workflows, Event-Handlers, Topics, Subscriptions and more!

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May 15, 2021
Social Opinion with Jamie Maguire

In this session, Chris is joined by Jamie Maguire - Developer, Microsoft MVP (AI) & Pluralsight Author. Jamie shares how he built a SaaS (Software as a Service) in my own time using .NET and Azure. The platform lets you analyse Twitter, grow, maintain and manage your Twitter account. If you’ve considered building your own SaaS platform, then stay tuned for this episode!

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May 14, 2021
A livestream on Mental Health - Mental Health Awareness Week

MentalHealth​ - A concept that often has stigma surrounding it, or a concept that is misunderstood. In this livestream, Chris will be joined by several friends and colleagues as they talk through their own mental health stories.

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May 13, 2021
Cloud Drops - Pipelines as Code

You may have heard about Software Code or Infrastructure as Code. Well, in this video, we’ll be talking about pipelines as code. If you’re familiar with tools like Azure DevOps, Circle CI, GitHub, GitLab and Jenkins, you may notice a trend where these platforms are allowing you to define your pipelines as code. Throughout this video, we’ll be defining a multi-stage pipeline in Azure DevOps, and picking up some tips along the way.

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May 11, 2021
V019 - Weekly Technology Vlog #19

Welcome to weekly Vlog #19! We’ll be covering the latest from Azure, Azure DevOps, GitHub and Cloud with Chris!

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May 9, 2021
GitHub Actions and Azure - Using Environments with GitHub Actions

You have a working set of GitHub actions, but several environments that you want to deploy into. How do you easily separate secrets for use between environments, and ensure you have approvals before releasing into production? For that, you’ll need to use Environments! We’ll explore those in this episode of Cloud with Chris!

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May 7, 2021
Cloud Drops - Beginners guide to PowerShell in Azure Functions

Serverless computing is a cloud computing code execution model in which the cloud provider fully manages the infrastructure needed to serve requests. In this session, we will explain why and how we should use Azure Functions and PowerShell together, and we will show you how to deploy a PowerShell based Function. In some live demos, we will explain how to create a Function and execute some cool PowerShell code!

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May 6, 2021
CGN4 - Cloud Gaming Notes Episode 4 - Cross-platform social Sudoku with Azure PlayFab

Ever thought about what it takes to host a game in the Cloud? Well, this is the series for you! On the first Wednesday of every month, we explore Cloud Concepts that impact your journey to a connected multiplayer gaming experience! In this session, Chris is joined by Dominic who has recently been through the process of building his own game, Sudoku Social! Take the classic puzzle game and adding a cross-platform social twist with the cloud. Sudoku Social has been a passion project to learn game development and bring players together to answer the ultimate question. Who is the fastest Sudoku player?

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May 5, 2021
V018 - Weekly Technology Vlog #18

Welcome to weekly Vlog #18! We’ll be covering the latest from Azure, Azure DevOps, GitHub and Cloud with Chris! Chris also provides an update on the Hugo CrossPoster.

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May 2, 2021
V017 - Weekly Technology Vlog #17

Welcome to weekly Vlog #17! We’ll be covering the latest from Azure, Azure DevOps, GitHub and Cloud with Chris! Chris also covers a new pet project he’s been working on, the Hugo CrossPoster!

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April 26, 2021
35 - A discussion on Azure Spring Cloud

Find out how you can leverage Azure Spring Cloud for running your Java spring boot applications on Azure. Chris is joined by Gitte Vermeiren as they talk through all things Azure Spring Cloud in this episode of Cloud With Chris!

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April 23, 2021
Discussing the Cloud with Chris GitHub Architecture and GitHub setup

In this session, Chris is joined by Karl Cooke - Implementation Specialist at Action Point Technology Group, Blogger at https://irishtechie.com. Chris and Karl talk all about the CloudWithChris.com architecture and the decisions surrounding the GitHub setup that drive the deployment and management of CloudWithChris.com.

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April 22, 2021
V016 - Weekly Technology Vlog #16

In this video, Chris provides another update (Update #16!) on Cloud with Chris, updates on what’s coming soon and Azure, Azure DevOps and GitHub related news!

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April 19, 2021
V015 - Weekly Technology Vlog #15

Welcome to weekly Vlog #15! We’ll be covering the latest from Azure, Azure DevOps, GitHub and Cloud with Chris!

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April 12, 2021
34 - The Bulkhead Pattern (Isolate your components to prevent failures)

Do you know what caused the Titanic to sink? Poorly designed bulkheads. How can you ensure resilience between components in your cloud application? Effectively designed bulkheads! In this session, join Chris as he explores how the bulkhead pattern can help you prevent excessive load or failures in one service impacting the consumers of that service!

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April 9, 2021
CGN3 - Cloud Gaming Notes Episode 3 - Inventory and Economy

Ever thought about what it takes to host a game in the Cloud? Well, this is the series for you! On the first Wednesday of every month, we explore Cloud Concepts that impact your journey to a connected multiplayer gaming experience! In this third session, we’ll play Sea of Thieves and talk about building an inventory system and economy that powers certain games like MMORPGs or open world games like Sea of Thieves.

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April 7, 2021
Cloud Drops - Using Microsoft Learn to get started with Azure

Have you wanted to get started learning Azure, but you’re not quite sure where to start? Then you need to check out Microsoft Learn! Microsoft Learn is a hub for learning content, including modules and learning paths, information around the official Microsoft certifications, and a curated video platform called learn tv.

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April 5, 2021
V014 - Tech Roundup #14 Azure, DevOps & GitHub Blogs, Azure Updates & New CloudWithChris content

In this livestream, Chris covers the latest and greatest in the Azure, Azure DevOps & GitHub world, as well as the latest and upcoming content releases on Cloud with Chris!

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April 4, 2021
Cloud Drops - How Windows Terminal can make YOU productive with Azure

Windows Terminal is a modern application that allows you to use your command-line of choice, whether that is the Windows Command Prompt, PowerShell, PowerShell Core, Windows Subsystem for Linux or the Azure Cloud Shell. This Cloud Drop shows you how to install Windows Terminal, and some tips/tricks in making you productive in Azure!

Episode

April 3, 2021
33 - External Config and Claim Check Pattern - Easier Management and Externalising Payloads

How often do you think about the configuration of your applications across environments/regions/deployment boundaries? What if that configuration was stored somewhere externally but centralised, to make management easier? That’s the idea behind the external config pattern! How about another scenario - What about those times where you’ve wanted to use a messaging service, but your payload is too big? Thought about externalising that payload too? Well, that’s the Claim-check pattern! Join Peter and Chris as they talk about both of these patterns in this episode of Cloud with Chris!

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April 2, 2021
Cloud Drops - Git 101 - Why use Git, and how to get started

Have you ever had a scenario where you need to maintain versions of a set of files? Or have you needed to collaborate on files with colleagues in some way? That’s a common scenario for developers, infrastructure engineers or data scientists/developers. It’s an increasingly common problem. Some people solve this using file shares or FTP Servers with numerous files, v1, v2, v2-final, but that doesn’t scale and is quite a messy approach. Surely there is a better way? That’s where a Version Control System can really help you. One such option is Git. Git is a distributed version control system, which means that rather than relying on a central location to host and store the entire set of files and history, each machine has a full version of the codebase and history locally. This means each user can be productive locally and independently on their own machine. Git is also optimised to be very lightweight and perfomant.

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March 30, 2021
V013 - Weekly Technology Vlog #13 (Lots of Azure, DevOps & GitHub) Blogs, Quick-fire Azure Updates

In this video, Chris provides an update on the Azure Blogs (lots of great updates this week), a quick-fire round of Azure Technology Updates, dives into the Azure DevOps Blog and GitHub Blogs. Then we cover a VERY busy week of Cloud with Chris over the last week, and what’s coming up talk-wise over April (It’s looking to be a packed month!)

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March 28, 2021
32 - Accelerate .NET to Azure with GitHub Actions

GitHub Actions makes it easy to automate all your software workflows, now with world-class CI/CD. Build, test, and deploy your code right from GitHub. Make code reviews, branch management, and issue triaging work the way you want. With .NET Core bringing a cross platform approach, getting your applications to the Cloud is easier than ever. In this session we will learn the different ways to deploy our .NET applications to the cloud and how we can use GitHub Actions to make it faster!

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March 26, 2021
Cloud Drops - How does Git work behind the scenes?

Have you ever wondered how Git works behind the scenes? We’ll go ahead, initialise an empty folder as a Git repository and explore the .Git folder that is created.

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March 24, 2021
Cloud Drops - Introducing and Setting up Git LFS (Large File Storage)

Have you ever considered storing large binary files in your Git repositories? There are times where you may want to do this, e.g. for my podcast cloudwithchris.com to store my podcast files. Git LFS is an extension to Git which replaces large files with text pointers inside Git. Listen in to find out why you should care, how it works and what it is!

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March 23, 2021
V012 - Weekly Technology Vlog #12 (Busy week, and quite a few blog posts to cover!)

This marks 3 months of the weekly vlogging! Chris talks about last week’s very busy week (New content/talks every single day!). A new Cloud Drop episode on GitHub Codespaces, Part 4 of using GPG Keys to sign your Git Commits & GitHub, Welsh #Azure User Group and Using #Terraform #Cloud with Azure. As well as a series of #Azure Blogs, #Azure Updates, #DevOps Blog Updates and #GitHub Updates.

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March 22, 2021
31 - Deploying to Azure through Terraform Cloud

You may have heard of Terraform, but are you aware of Terraform Cloud or Terraform Enterprise? In this session, Chris will give a rundown of how he has used Terraform Cloud as the underlying engine to deploy some of his own projects onto Azure. Prepare to get meta as we even look how Terraform can help set up Terraform Cloud in this episode of Cloud with Chris!

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March 19, 2021
Cloud Drops - Introduction to GitHub Codespaces

Have you ever had to setup a development environment from scratch? You have to install a ton of dependencies, probably a few tools along the way as well. It’s not fun, it takes a lot of time and it prevents you from being productive. This is where GitHub Codespaces comes in.

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March 16, 2021
V011 - Weekly Technology Vlog #11

Almost 3 months of vlogging! Chris talks about his recent episodes, and upcoming content. This upcoming week is full of DevOps, with the completion of the GitHub, Git and GPG Key series. On Friday, he’ll be releasing an episode on using Terraform Cloud to deploy to #Azure. Lots of great community goodness this week, including an Azure Thames Valley meetup on Tuesday, and lightning talks at the Welsh Azure User Group on Thursday. All that, before we even start thinking about the Azure Blog/Updates, Azure DevOps Blog and GitHub Blog! Time to tune in and get up to date.

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March 15, 2021
30 - The Cache Aside Pattern (Optimise your caching approach!)

Have you implemented caching within your application and need a better way to maintain consistency between your cache and datastore? Or maybe you haven’t adopted caching yet, and intrigued on what patterns you could use to do so? Then take a look in this session as Chris explores how caching can improve your access to information in your data store, using the cache aside pattern.

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March 12, 2021
Cloud Drops - Installing, Upgrading and Auto-Upgrading the Azure CLI

Want to get started with the Azure CLI in Azure Cloud Shell or on Containers, Linux, macOS or Windows? Then check out this bite-sized video from the Cloud With Chris Cloud Drops series on Installing, Upgrading and Auto-Upgrading the Azure CLI.

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March 10, 2021
V010 - Weekly Technology Vlog #10 (Episode backlog until Mid-July! New Microphone, Ignite Content!)

In this video, Chris updates on the Cloud With Chris content over the last week. It’s been busy! Vlog #9, Git and GPG Keys Part 2, Cloud Gaming Notes Episode 2, The Side Car and Ambassador Patterns, Teasing the Cloud Drops Series and presenting at the Limerick Dotnet Azure User Group. There are episode recordings already scheduled until Mid-July, with plenty of additional content planned as well! Oh, and there was this small Microsoft Ignite conference, where we cover some of the key updates there as well! And some dates for your diaries.. March 18th - Welsh Azure User Group (Lightning Talks), March 25th (MSHowTo Live) and April 6th (Northern Azure User Group), where Scott Hanselman will also be speaking!

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March 8, 2021
29 - The Sidecar and Ambassador Patterns

Have a need to update a legacy application to use cloud concepts such as retry, circuit breaker or other features? Then the ambassador or sidecar patterns may be for you! Join Peter and Chris as they continue their journey exploring Cloud Design Patterns. In this session, they discuss the Sidecar and Ambassador Patterns.

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March 5, 2021
CGN2 - Cloud Gaming Notes Episode 2 - Matchmaking Services

Ever thought about what it takes to host a game in the Cloud? Well, this is the series for you! On the first Wednesday of every month, we explore Cloud Concepts that impact your journey to a connected multiplayer gaming experience! In this second session, we’ll play some Halo and talk about matchmaking services and how ensuring a resilient service is crucial to an end gamer’s experience.

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March 3, 2021
V009 - Weekly Technology Vlog #9 (1 year of Cloud With Chris, Azure Retirements, Microsoft Ignite)

In this video, Chris recaps over the last week, including The GitHub & GPG Keys blog series, his webinar with SquaredUp on Application Observability in a distributed world and the Introduction to Landing Zones, where he was joined by Karim Fahmy. This week, it’s Microsoft Ignite, so keep a watch out for any news/updates! In addition, on Wednesday - the second episode of Cloud Gaming notes will be released, as well as the second in The GitHub & GPG Keys blog series. On Friday, there will be another episode with Peter Piper, as Chris and Peter explore the Ambassador and Sidecar Patterns. Finally, on Saturday - Chris will be presenting to Dotnet Limerick Azure User Group on using GitHub to deploy a Podcast Site/Blog to Azure using Static Content… And if that wasn’t enough, Chris also rounds up some of the latest Azure Blog posts, and a series of retirement notices from the Azure Updates page.

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March 1, 2021
28 - Intro to Landing Zones

Heard about something called a Landing Zone, and think you need a helicopter ready to use it? Not quite! In this session, Chris is joined by Karim Fahmy as they discuss an introduction to Azure Landing Zones and how they underpin some of the core cloud foundations (e.g. governance, networking, core infrastructure and more) to enable a successful cloud deployment

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February 26, 2021
V008 - Weekly Technology Vlog #8 (Changing Role, Guest Appearances, LOTS of Azure News)

In this video, Chris recaps the events over the last week, including his transition from FastTrack for Azure Engineer into a Cloud Solution Architect, The Compute Resource Consolidation Pattern and being ‘In Conversation with’ JonnyChipz and the relaunch of Azure Thames Valley! This week, expect an additional blog post on GitHub and GPG, as well as an Intro to Landing Zones with Karim Fahmy. Don’t forget to checkout the session with Squared Up on Thursday as well! It’s a busy week! The last one has been busy for the Azure Enginering teams, as we recap some of the updates (This is one not to miss - There’s a lot!)

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February 22, 2021
27 - The Compute Resource Consolidation Pattern (Optimise for Cost!)

Have you deployed your application in a way that it needs compute dedicated for each instance? Perhaps you have an app which could be deployed as a Software as a Service/multi-tenanted app, but still have a deployment per tenant? Well, find out how the Compute Resource Consolidation Pattern could be saving you cost in this episode of Cloud With Chris. This is another episode in the series of Architecting for the Cloud, one pattern at a time. at a time.

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February 19, 2021
V007 - Weekly Technology Vlog #7 (Recap, NEW SITE, NEWS!)

In this video, Chris updates on cloud with Chris from the recent week as well as Azureish Live, what’s coming up over the next week (Azure Thames Valley, another blog post and Compute Resource Consolidation Pattern). We then explore the most recent updates from Azure Updates, Azure Architecture Center, Azure DevOps Blog and GitHub Blog. There are some good updates on Project Bicep, Delivery Plans 2.0. and a whole host of Azure updates this week!

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February 15, 2021
26 - The Pub Sub, Priority Queue and Pipes and Filter Patterns

Ever wondered how complex integration systems / enterprise messaging works? Curious about whether there’s a way to bypass and prioritise certain messages? Then join this episode as Chris Reddington and Will Eastbury explore the Priority Queue and Pipes and Filter patterns. Spoiler - These aren’t new cloud design patterns, and are well known patterns in the messaging world!

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February 12, 2021
25 - A conversation on Mental Health

Mental Health - A concept that often has stigma surrounding it, or a concept that is misunderstood. In this episode, Chris Reddington is joined by Andrew Nathan as they both talk through their own experiences of Mental Health, the importance of looking after your mental health, and being okay with not being okay.

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February 9, 2021
V006 - Weekly Technology Vlog #6 (Recap, Coming Up and NEWS!)

In this video, Chris updates on cloud with Chris from the recent week, and what’s coming up over the next week (Azureish Live, another blog post and The Pipes & Filter / Priority Queues patterns). We then explore the most recent updates from Azure Updates, Azure Architecture Center, Azure DevOps Blog and GitHub Blog. There are some good updates on Project Bicep, Delivery Plans 2.0. and a whole host of Azure updates this week!

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February 8, 2021
CGN1 - Cloud Gaming Notes Episode 1 - Hosting a Game Server

Ever thought about what it takes to host a game in the Cloud? Well, this is the series for you! On the first Wednesday of every month, we explore Cloud Concepts that impact your journey to a connected multiplayer gaming experience! In this first session, we’ll play some Minecraft and talk to the concept of a hosted game server.

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February 3, 2021
V005 - Weekly Technology Vlog #5 (My Setup, Architecture Patterns, Mental Health and NEWS)

In this video, Chris updates on cloud with Chris from the recent week, and what’s coming up over the next week (Spoiler - This is a packed week - another blog, a new series - Cloud Gaming Notes, and an episode on Mental Health). We then explore the most recent updates from Azure Updates, Azure Architecture Center, Azure DevOps Blog and GitHub Blog.

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February 1, 2021
24 - Health Endpoint Monitoring Pattern (Monitor your service and its dependencies!)

Have you ever seen one of those status pages that returns healthy when all is good, but unhealthy when there is a problem with even one dependent service? Probably on a cloud service health dashboard? Well tune in to this episode as we talk about the Health Endpoint Monitoring Pattern and how you can design a health check to achieve the same for your own cloud deployment!

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January 29, 2021
V004 - Weekly Technology Vlog #4 (JamStack + Cloud, Upcoming Talks and Tech News)

In this video, Chris updates on Cloud With Chris from the last week, and how you can keep up to date with all the upcoming content (Spoiler: It’s growing, including the talks outside of the channel!). Are you in the Thames Valley area, or even further afield? Then you may want to tune in to find out more about Azure Thames Valley and our upcoming sessions. And just for good measure, we do some Azure, Azure DevOps and GitHub updates as well!

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January 25, 2021
23 - Gatekeeper and Valet Key Patterns - Secure your APIs and Resources

You may have joined Peter and Chris in some of their previous episodes such as the API Economy, The Backends for Frontends & Strangler Pattern, or The Anti-Corruption Layer, Gateway Aggregation and Gateway Routing patterns. They’ll will be continuing our journey talking about API Cloud Design Patterns, as they talk about the Gatekeeper and Valet Key Patterns in this episode of Cloud with Chris. This is another episode in the series of Architecting for the Cloud, one pattern at a time.

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January 22, 2021
V003 - Weekly Technology Vlog #3 (Contributing to OSS, Azure Thames Valley and Tech News)

In this video, Chris updates on Cloud With Chris from the last week, and how you can keep up to date with all the upcoming content (Spoiler: There’s a lot!). He also talks through his upcoming sessions with Azureish Live, SquaredUp, JonnyChipz and more. Are you in the Thames Valley area? Then you may want to tune in to find out more about Azure Thames Valley? That not enough for you? Then there’s also a few tech news updates thrown in for good measure!

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January 18, 2021
22 - Static Content Hosting Pattern (Save cost and gain performance for static websites!)

Do you have a site that is made up mostly of Static Content (e.g. HTML, JavaScript, CSS, Images)? Interested how you can optimise for performance and cost savings as well? Then join this episode as we talk through the Cloud Design Pattern, ‘The Static Content Hosting Pattern’. This is another episode in the series of Architecting for the Cloud, one pattern at a time.

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January 15, 2021
V002 - Weekly Technology Vlog #2 (Show Updates, Azure Updates, CloudFamily.info)

In this video, Chris lays out his second weekly technology vlog update talking about updates on Cloud With Chris (Weekly Vlogs, Blogs, Podcast Series episodes, Sessionize), Azure Updates, Community Updates (John Lunn aka JonnyChipz, Sarah Lean aka TechieLass, CloudFamily.info and Richard Hooper aka PixelRobots).

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January 11, 2021
GitHub Codespaces, Visual Studio Code and Remote Containers

Imagine the scenario. You’re a developer and you need to go and build some code. You need to install a number of dependencies, a code editor and perhaps a number of frameworks, only to find the code still doesn’t compile on your machine. Probably because you’re missing some frameworks or libraries. We’ve all been there. But perhaps, we don’t have to be there. Stick around in this episode as we talk about Visual Studio Code, The Remote Containers Extension and GitHub Codespaces and how all of these can help solve that challenge.

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January 8, 2021
V001 - Weekly Technology Vlog #1 (Blog, Hugo, Azure, GitHub & Azure DevOps)

In this video, Chris sets off his weekly technology vlog updates talking about some of the things he worked on over his December break including OSS Contributions. He also talks through some updates from the month of December across Azure, GitHub and Azure DevOps.

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January 4, 2021
21 - The Queue Based Load Levelling and Competing Consumers Pattern

Do you have an application with some specific requirements around scalability, and continuity of service? What happens if your service is hit by heavy load? Could performance/reliability issues cause an impact to your solution? This is where both the queue-based load levelling and competing consumers patterns shine. Tune in and listen to Chris speak with Will Eastbury as they discuss both of these patterns. This is another episode in the series of Architecting for the Cloud, one pattern at a time.

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January 1, 2021
20 - The Anti-corruption layer, Gateway Aggregation and Gateway Routing patterns

You’ve heard Peter and Chris talk about The Façade pattern previously. These patterns build upon the Façade concept. The façade layer could be used to translate requests between various subsystems, aggregate multiple backend requests into a single response and offload specialised functionality to a gateway proxy. Tune in and listen to Peter Piper join Chris Reddington, as they discuss The Anti-corruption layer, Gateway Aggregation and Gateway Routing patterns! This is another episode in the series of Architecting for the Cloud, one pattern at a time.

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December 30, 2020
19 - The Event Sourcing, Materialized View and CQRS Patterns

The event sourcing pattern is a well-known pattern and has been around for some time. The idea is that you use an append-only store to record the full series of actions taken on the data. This combines well with the materialized view pattern, where a pre-populated view is generated over one (or more) data stores when the data isn’t in an ideal format for querying. These two patterns are common patterns used in an event-driven architecture. Join Chris and Steph as they talk about both of these patterns and how they may be able to help. This is another episode in the series of Architecting for the Cloud, one pattern at a time.

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December 23, 2020
11 - The Geode Pattern - What is it and how can it be useful for my app?

You may have heard of patterns like the retry pattern, circuit breaker, CQRS or bulkhead. But have you heard about the Geode pattern? Join Chris and Will Eastbury in this session as they talk through how this pattern can help improve latency and increase availability for your application.

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December 21, 2020
18 - Tales from the Real World - Defying Gravity.. The magic behind Flight Simulator 2020

Have you tried Flight Simulator 2020 and been impressed by how well it maps to the real world? Joined other users in the simulator on a journey and encountered other ’live’ aircrafts, or changing weather conditions? This is powered by the Cloud! Join Chris and Cam as they embark on a journey of discovery, and a quick lap around the skies…

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December 18, 2020
GitHub Issues and GitHub Discussions

In this episode, we’ll be taking a look at GitHub Issues and GitHub Discussions which recently came out at GitHub Universe. Interested? Then stick around as we find out more about both of these topics!

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December 16, 2020
GitHub Universe and GitHub Actions Deployments

In this episode, we’re going to be taking a slight detour away from GitHub actions and focus on some of the announcements from GitHub universe last week. We’re going to explore them both from the announcements, and also take a look at some of those features that have already been released. Stay tuned!

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December 15, 2020
17 - The Throttling, Retry and Circuit Breaker Patterns

How are you thinking about handling load on your application, scaling out perhaps? But what about if you’re building a multi-tenant service and worried about safeguarding resources on a per tenant basis? What happens if there’s a temporary blip, and there are issues that impact the stability of the application? Then tune in to this episode where Chris is joined by John Downs, talking about the Throttling, Retry and Circuit Breaker Patterns. This is another episode in the series of Architecting for the Cloud, one pattern at a time.

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December 4, 2020
GitHub Actions and Azure - Deploying .NET Core code to Azure App Service

You have your .NET Core code. You have your application infrastructure ready. Now, it’s time for us to deploy that application to Azure using GitHub Actions!

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December 2, 2020
GitHub Actions and Azure - Deploying ARM templates with GitHub Actions

Have an application that you want to deploy to Azure in an automated way? Well, before we deploy the application code, we need some Azure Infrastructure for it to run on. In this video, we have you covered on how to deploy that infrastructure!

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December 2, 2020
GitHub Actions and Azure - Getting started with GitHub Actions and Azure Login

Want to find out more about how GitHub Actions work? How about the Azure Actions that you might use in your first deployments in the platform? Then stick around, because this video is the one for you!

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November 29, 2020
GitHub Actions and Azure - Source Controlling our Code using Git

Want to automate your application deployments into Azure? Heard about Git, GitHub or GitHub actions want to find out more? I’m starting a new series on how you can use GitHub Actions to deploy your applications into Azure! Interested? Then stick around to find out more.

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November 29, 2020
16 - The Backends for Frontends and Strangler Pattern with Peter Piper

Developing applications for new platforms, and struggling to manage your API estate? Finding you have to refactor, or in a scenario where your code isn’t clean? Want to decouple your backend APIs from your clients, and figure out how you can move from a legacy set of APIs to modern APIs? Then tune in and listen to Peter Piper join Chris Reddington, as they discuss the Backend for Frontends and Strangler Pattern, with an honourable mention to the Façade pattern as well! This is another episode in the series of Architecting for the Cloud, one pattern at a time.

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November 22, 2020
15 - The Sharding and Index Table Patterns

Starting to think about the data layer of your application, and concerned about scalability of your solution? Or have some form of application that needs to have segragation of data, perhaps customers with requirements to have their data in a particular geography? Then the first part of the session may be for you, focused on the Sharding pattern! But what about if you’re using a data store which doesn’t support secondary indexes? Won’t you be limited on the efficiency and types of queries that you can run across your data? Then this is where you may be interested in the Index Table Pattern. Listen in to this session where Chris Reddington is joined by Steph Martin, talking about both of these patterns. This is another episode in the series of Architecting for the Cloud, one pattern at a time.

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November 13, 2020
14 - The Deployment Stamps Pattern

Want to focus on scaling an application, or care about resilience? Have a multi-tenant app, but some of your customers have specific requirements for their scenario? Want to have an application deployed globally, but users housed in a particular area for Data Sovereignty? Then listen in to this session where Chris Reddington is joined by John Downs, talking about The Deployment Stamps Pattern. This is another episode in the series of Architecting for the Cloud, one pattern at a time.

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November 6, 2020
13 - Tales from the Real World - Defying DDOS

When building solutions in the cloud, security is often a pillar that we hear come up in the requirements discussion. But how does that translate into the real world? Particularly defending against DDOS attacks? Check out this episode, where Cam Adams joins Chris and talks about some of the recent work that he has been doing, helping customers defend against this.

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October 30, 2020
12 - Modern Identity Patterns

Planning to build a cloud application, but not so sure on the latest Identity Patterns? Not sure on your AAD compared with your AAD B2B or AAD B2C? Then check out this episode, where Chris Reddington is joined by Christos Matskas.

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October 16, 2020
10 - Exploring GitHub Actions to deploy Static Content and Azure Functions | Cloud with Chris

Recently, I’ve been doing a bit of work with GitHub Actions as well as Terraform for a pet project I’ve been working on. I’ve been building a multi-tenanted inventory app for my Yu-Gi-Oh card collection. In this session, we’ll explore some of the GitHub actions that I have used to deploy the application content and various Microservices.

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October 2, 2020
9 - Building smart Integration Solutions with Microsoft Azure

When we think about cloud, we typically think about distributed systems and somehow bringing those different components or systems together, so integrating them. But what are the common practices, or common challenges? You’ve probably heard of serverless, how does that fit into things? Well, I’m pleased to be joined by Ezhilarasi Chezhiyan, Product Consultant of Serverless360 at Kovai.co. So, without further ado - let’s go ahead and jump straight in.

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August 2, 2020
8 - Azure Security

In this episode, we get back to a requirements based topic, and an area that will significantly impact the design of our resulting solution architecture. That topic is security! It’s one of the hot topics that organisations want to discuss when moving to the cloud. So I’m pleased to be joined in this episode by another colleague, Andrew Nathan, who has a wealth of knowledge in the cyber security space.

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June 7, 2020
7 - Creating Cloud with Chris

We’re going to go in a little bit of a different direction for this episode, and focus on the podcast itself and my podcast journey so far! Not only is this episode topic slightly different, we’re running a different format as well! In this episode, I’m joined by my colleague, Fletcher Kelly - who is exploring the idea of setting up his own podcast! Instead of me being the interviewer, I’m the one who ends up in the hot seat and talk about my experience so far of setting up Cloud with Chris! Hopefully this will give you a little bit of an idea of my journey so far, and why I wanted to set the podcast up as well! So, let’s go ahead and start the episode…

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May 24, 2020
6 - Hybrid Cloud

Joining me in this episode is Thomas Maurer, a Senior Cloud Advocate at Microsoft who engages with the community and customers around the world! Most of the focus so far in Cloud with Chris has been on Public Cloud, so Thomas and I adjust course slightly, and talk about Hybrid Cloud, and the new and upcoming features of the Microsoft Azure platform. Get ready to be introduced to a wide variety of Azure Technologies, and how they may be able to strengthen your on-premises, public cloud or multi-cloud deployments. Let’s listen in…

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May 10, 2020
5 - The API Economy

Let’s introduce the next episode -We have another guest! We’re starting to bring a few of those previous topics together in this episode. We touch upon requirements, DevOps, and building applications - or rather APIs - in the cloud. In this episode, I talk with a colleague and friend, Peter Piper, on factors that relate and impact API design. So, without further ado… here we go!

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April 25, 2020
4 - Hackathons

Here we go - Episode #4! Have you ever had an idea, and you want to quickly prove it out? Or have you wanted to build out a scenario to expand your own skills, whether that is development, design or perhaps other skills? You’ve probably heard about Hackathon events in recent years, and that’’s what we’’ll focus on in this episode! I’m very excited to introduce my second guest of the show, Maria Vrabie, a very good friend, who has plenty of experience with Hackathons, both participating in them and organising or mentoring for them. It’s a very insightful session, so let’s go ahead and find out more about Maria’’s experience with Hackathons.

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April 12, 2020
3 - DevOps in a Cloud World

In this episode, I’m very fortunate to have my first guest come and join me! And what better way to kick this off, than a topic area which is very close to my own heart - DevOps. I’m very excited that I was able to invite Abel Wang, Principal Developer Advocate and DevOps lead to come and join me to talk of his experiences at Microsoft. We jump through a few different areas, from What is DevOps, how it links back to requirements, Data DevOps and shifting left. There’s plenty to learn from in this one, so let’s dive straight in!

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March 29, 2020
2 - Cost Control

Let’s introduce Episode #2! This was a suggestion from the community, so a big thank you to Garth Niblock for this one! Last time we talked about requirements, and cost is one dimension of that - but a very important one. When we move into a cloud world, the technology will change, but the way way that we think about cost changes as well. So this episode will be called ‘‘Cost Control’’. Let’’s listen in…

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March 15, 2020
1 - Requirements in Context

This is the first episode! We’ll be talking about all things requirements. Why is that? Well, that’s the place any kind of project should start - What are you aiming for, what are you trying to achieve and what is the context?

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March 1, 2020
0 - Teaser

This is the first recording, a brief teaser ahead of launching cloud with Chris. Stay tuned, and follow for more info!

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February 19, 2020