Published on May 9, 2017 by Microsoft


A major US research university partnered with Microsoft to learn how Azure infrastructure, the Web Apps feature of Azure App Service, and DevOps best practices could better address their need to quickly, easily, and consistently onboard classroom and student infrastructure. This included back-end servers, storage, and networking as well as student virtual machines (VM), organizational authentication, and private and public shares for students to use to submit homework or collaborate in teams.

Join Jerry Nixon as he welcomes the team that worked on this project as they discuss how they migrated all of their infrastructure to Azure, re-created a web portal and enabled best practices best for automated deployment and infrastructure as code.

  • [5:15] Do you see a lot of momentum for CS and AI students?
  • [8:34]  Tell us a little bit about this project – how did it begin?
  • [9:05] The cloud obviously has a lot of benefits for organizations, but it can also bring up a lot of fears or uneasiness. Do you find that to be true?
  • [12:34] What was the objective of this project and where do you get started?
  • [19:22] If a VM’s performance is fairly predictable how much more can you improve it?
  • [22:01]  How configurable are VMs?
  • [25:10] What about authentication issues? How did you solve those issues?
  • [31:09] What’s next on your to-do list?

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