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The cloud debate is over and there is no doubt that the public cloud is going to be backbone for enterprise IT.


A cursory search on Glassdoor, at the time of writing, brings back 7000+ open CSA positions just in the US.


**This Azure CSA Master class is custom designed to help you with take your existing architecture and design skills to the realm of cloud computing.

This 3-day immersive training will be conducted by Vishwas Lele,    five-time Azure MVP and Microsoft Regional Director


Vishwas has been working with cloud technologies since 2007 and has helped dozens of commercial and private-sector companies adopt the cloud. During this period, he has trained thousands of developers through his writings, presentations in conferences and user groups and sessions in Pluralsight and Channel 9 content.

"The ultimate goal of this class is to engender a cloud thinking mindset.  It is a mindset that goes beyond moving an existing application to the cloud or building a new application using cloud native services. Cloud thinking is a solution-focused approach to building applications that maximizes the benefits that cloud has to offer", says Vishwas.

About the class

This Azure CSA Master class is custom designed to help you with take your existing architecture and design skills to the realm of cloud computing.  We will  quickly move beyond topics like “What is an App Service? or How to a setup highly available VM?” etc.  and discuss real world guidance, best practices and constraints associated with using these  services. Attendees are encouraged to watch Azure Essentials in preparation of the course, allowing us to move past the fundamentals quickly.


The class material is filled with demos and code to help you develop a deep understanding of key concepts. Since we have such a wide range of topics to cover, we will not have time for hands-on labs during the regular class hours. Instead attendees are expected to fork the code repo created for the class and experiment on their own.

Don’t miss out on this unique opportunity to attend this class, extend your skills and gain from Vishwas’ experience from numerous cloud projects and insights into cloud application and patterns. Vishwas is planning to take time away from his project work to offer this class twice a year (this class is being presented by Vishwas in a personal capacity, not by his employer AIS). 

Target Audience  

Any architect, project lead or senior developer would benefit greatly from the class.


Three very intense days.



Why Cloud / Why Azure?

  • The “big switch”

  • Review of commercial clouds

  • Azure platform evolution

  • Azure differentiators  


What is Azure CSA?

  • The role of the Azure CSA

  • People and process changes  

  • Cloud Oriented Programming

  • Cost Economics


IaaS Essentials  

  • Software defined everything

  • Compute – VM, Scale Set, ACI, Batch

  • Networking - VNET / NSG / UDR / Express Route

  • Storage – Blobs / premium / file service / cool storage


PaaS Essentials

  • Cloud Services – Web and worker roles

  • App Service (Web, Mobile)

  • Service Fabric – Windows and Linux

  • Container Service – Swarm and Kubernetes & ACI

  • Functions - Serverless


Security Essentials

  • Security Center

  • Compliance

  • Security Controls

  • Key Vault

  • Auditing and Logging


DevOps Essentials

  • CI & CD Toolchain (TFS and Jenkins)

  • Automation

  • ARM

  • PowerShell CLI

  • Load Testing Monitor

  • OMS

  • AppInsight

  • Service Catalog


Identity Essentials

  • Azure AD - B2B, B2C

  • Federation

  • Azure AD Connect

  • Privileged identity management (MFA, timed and conditional access)


Group Discussion / Call to Action

  • Lift-n-shift & cloud native

  • Cloud adoption strategies

  • Pitfalls and lessons learnt

  • Staying current with the Cloud cadence