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Azure Networking Fridays with the Azure Black Belt Team – Winter 2017!

Posted on January 12, 2017

Global Black Belt - Microsoft Azure

Quick note everyone! – A new series replacing this one, called Microsoft Networking Academy, is available here!

Happy 2017 everyone! After wrapping up the Fall 2016 season of Azure Networking Fridays, we're kicking off the 2017 Winter edition!

This hour long session will occur every other Friday this winter and spring. It is open to all customers and partners to learn more about Azure Networking, including ExpressRoute and Virtual Networking, and how to plan and design their connectivity to the Microsoft Cloud. As a team, we’ve decided to create two format for our Azure Networking Fridays series, the introductory and deep dive sessions, generally presented in alternance.

In both formats, there will be an open Q&A session at the end where customers can ask the experts. Content and partner speakers will vary for each session, but the general agenda is as follows :

Introductory sessions

  • Azure Networking fundamentals (10 minutes)
  • Deep dive topic of the week (15-20 minutes)
  • Partner spotlight of the week (15-20 minutes)
  • Q&A

Deep dive sessions

  • Introduction (5 minutes)
  • Deep dive topic of the week (35-45 minutes)
  • Q&A  (10 minutes)

We will post the agenda in advance on this blog, and to our interested viewers, you can join a distribution list by sending an email to with the subject-line “Join Azure Networking Fridays List”. We will email you a reminder and the agenda in advance for the upcoming sessions.

We’re kicking off the winter edition series on Friday, January 20th, 2017.

Join the Skype Meeting and make sure you don’t miss out on future sessions by adding this the series to your Outlook calendar. You can also download ICS (same agenda entry for both introductory and deep dive sessions).

Here are a few links that we’re posting for convenience:

January 20th’s – Introductory session call recap :

  • Deep dive topic with Bala Natarajan, one of our Senior Program Managers in Azure ECG CAT, with an overview of Azure Stack integration into ExpressRoute!
  • Partner Spotlight with Cisco and their Cisco CSR 1000v appliance in Azure
  • Here is a link to the deck that was presented during the session on January 20th
  • All sessions are recorded and posted on Channel 9!

February 3rd’s – Introductory session call recap :

  • Azure Networking Fundamentals
  • Technical Overview of Azure Load Balancing with our new team member, Bryan Woodworth!
  • Partner Spotlight - Riverbed’s SD-WAN solution accelerates the adoption of Azure via unique automation algorithms, cloud-centric management workflows and an industry-leading focus on app performance. Come see how this really happens!
  • All sessions are recorded and posted on Channel 9!

February 17th’s – Deep Dive session agenda :

  • Quick Intro and announcement
  • 45 minute deep dive on the 3 ExpressRoute peerings with Eddie Villalba
  • Ask the Experts Q&A !
  • A link to the deck, and a video recording of the session will be posted on Channel 9!