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Application Observability in a Distributed World

Join Chris Reddington, Senior FastTrack for Azure Engineer at Microsoft for this Azure Management Talk webinar. Chris will provide an overview of Application Insights and how it slots into the wider Azure Monitoring ecosystem. We will explore Alerts, Metrics, Queries, Dashboards, Workbooks and more, and how Application Insights can bring clarity to a distributed cloud deployment.

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February 25, 2021
Using GPG Keys to sign Git Commits - Part 1

For a while now, I’ve been using GPG Keys to sign my Git Commits to prove that my commits on GitHub are genuine and from me. Over the last few weeks, I’ve been inspired by a couple of colleagues (Kudos to Adrian and Julie if you’re reading this) to dig out my YubiKey and use these for my key signing activities. While there are several blog posts on the topic already, I encountered a number of roadblocks along the way. The intent of this blog post is to be the first of a series, where we’ll explore what GPG is, why it may be valuable to you and how you can get going using them. We’ll then take this forwards an additional step, and show how you can use YubiKeys as a second factor of verification and the benefits of this approach. By no means am I the world’s expert in cryptography, and some of these topics, but I wanted to document my own understanding for posterity, as I’ll inevitably need to repeat/review the process in the future. I hope that this may be useful to you.

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February 24, 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
Jonnychipz - In Conversation with Chris Reddington

Mr Chris Reddington talks to us about his life as a Microsoft Azure Fast Track Engineer and some of the pain points he helps Customer navigate. We discuss DevOps and Infrastructure as Code as well as key skills needed for this modern IT world we now live in and more!

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February 19, 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
The Past Four Years

For the past four years, I’ve been part of a team at Microsoft called FastTrack for Azure. FastTrack for Azure is part of Azure Engineering’s Customer Experience Team, focused on successfully on boarding customers on a project-by-project basis as they bring production workloads online. There is never a perfect time to say goodbye, but for me - now is the time. From Monday, I’ll be taking on a new role within Microsoft as a Senior Cloud Solution Architect within Microsoft UK’s Customer Success Unit, focusing on the Manufacturing & Resources Industries. Career changes can be big moments of change, and a good opportunity to reflect.

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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
Azureish After Dark with Chris Reddington from Microsoft and some Among Us

Azureish After Dark with Chris Reddington from Microsoft and some Among Us

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February 10, 2021
Contributing towards Azure GitHub Actions

I’ve talked in the past about my Open Source journey, and some of the contributions that I have made in the community. In my current role, I’ve been leading on the global strategy for my team’s DevOps practice, defining the areas of focus and initiatives that may be beneficial for the team. In this post, I’m going to talk through one of these initiatives, and how you can contribute towards the Azure GitHub Actions experience!

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February 10, 2021