Nordcloud at AWS Summit London

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Our team is attending AWS Summit London on May 8th in ICC, ExCeL London. If you would like to discuss with them about your cloud journey, managed services or application needs, just send a message to Paul Stapley (paul.stapley@nordcloud.com) and let’s set up a meeting beforehand!

The AWS Summit London brings together the cloud computing community to connect, collaborate and learn about AWS. AWS Summit London is expecting some +12 000 attendees on an action-packed one-day event.

See the complete agenda here.

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Date:

May 8

Location:

ICC, ExCeL London
Royal Victoria Dock
1 Western Gateway
London E16 1XL, UK

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SQLSaturday Finland

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Join us at SQLSaturday training event on May 11

SQLSATURDAY 852 Finland

 

SQLSaturday is a free training event for Microsoft Data Platform professionals and those wanting to learn about SQL Server, Business Intelligence and Analytics. This event will be held on May 11, 2019, at Microsoft Finland HQ.

Nordcloud is proud to sponsor this event and Mika Sutinen, our Cloud DBA Team Lead, will have a talk about DBA as the Cloud era Data Professional:

Database Administrators have been safeguarding the business critical data assets of the organizations for decades, managing not just the data but often also the infrastructure in the on-premise environments. However, the times are rapidly changing and so are the expectations towards the DBA profession. These new expectations revolve around the ongoing digital transformation across different industries and the DBAs ability to answer to challenges presented by the modern, disruptive technologies.

When it comes to disruptiveness, very few technologies can match the public cloud and as a company working with all the major hyperscalers, Nordcloud has a unique perspective on the requirements on the skillsets needed to manage data in the cloud. Join our session to learn what core DBA skills will still be relevant in the cloud era, and what are the technologies and skills to learn!

Mika’s session is on Saturday at 12:30 PM – 01:30 PM.

Register now!

Date

May 11, 2019

Location 

Microsoft Finland HQ,
Keilalahdentie 2-4,
02150 Espoo, Finland

 

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OnBoard Kubernetes Engine | Copenhagen

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Join Nordcloud at OnBoard Kubernetes Engine – Copenhagen on May 23This free-to-attend, one-day event will provide you with industry best practices and tips to accelerate your ability to design solutions using Kubernetes!

OnBoard Kubernetes Engine | Sorte Diamant, Det Kongelige Bibliotek

OnBoard Kubernetes Engine – Copenhagen is a free full-day enablement and training event that will give you an understanding of containers and Docker, an overview of Kubernetes Engine technology, deploy to Kubernetes Engine and setting up continuous delivery.

OnBoard Kubernetes Engine has been designed for IT Managers, Systems Engineers and Operations professionals, Developers, Solution Architects and modern business leaders who are exploring cloud solutions or are new to Google Cloud Platform. Leveraging the GCP Kubernetes Engine course, the event will provide you with the technical training you need to get started as well as access to tips and tricks, industry best-practice and questions and answers from the Google Cloud team.

Check the event agenda and register here.

Date

May 23

Location

Sorte Diamant, Det Kongelige Bibliotek
Søren Kierkegaards Plads 1
Copenhagen, Denmark

 

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AWS workshop in Poznań, Poland

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Cloud Builder’s Day is a free, all day long event where we will cover bleeding egde cloud technology.

During the 8h workshop, participants will have a chance to get their hands dirty and build modern, distributed and highly available workloads like:

  • Different database engines
  • Data analytics and visualisation with Hadoop
  • Serverless and containers
  • AI
  • Dev toolkits
  • and many, many more… !

There is a waiting list for this event at the moment. Limited number of seats: https://www.meetup.com/aws-polska/events/259121440/

Venue: Nordcloud, pl. Wiosny Ludów 2, Poznan, 5th floor

Date: 27.04.2019

Time: 09:00 – 16:00

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Global Azure Bootcamp in Poland

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Global Azure Bootcamp is organized all over the world, this time in 5 cities in Poland including Poznan where’s our Polish office and where we hire Azure geeks like Sławek Stanek who co-organizes the event so we are more than happy to support such a bootcamp!

Come and learn more about the public cloud, Azure Active Directory, DevOps on Azure, Artificial Intelligence & Big Data, Power BI in Azure and SAP on Azure!

Registrate here: https://gabc2019poznan.evenea.pl/

Venue: Centrum Wykładowe Politechniki Poznańskiej – Sala CW8 Piotrowo 2, Poznań

Date: 27.04.2019

Time: 09:00 – 16:00

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Serverless Days Helsinki

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Join Nordcloud at Serverless Days Helsinki that focuses on the reality of serverless based solutions.

One day, one track, one community

ServerlessDays Helsinki is a developer-oriented conference about serverless technologies. It takes place in Helsinki at Bio Rex on the 25th of April.

You can find the detailed agenda here.

Date

April 25, 2019

Location

Bio Rex

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AWS Summit Stockholm

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Join Nordcloud at AWS Summit Stockholm at Stockholmmässan on May 22nd 2019.

AWS SUMMIT STOCKHOLM

The AWS Summit Stockholm brings together the cloud computing community to connect, collaborate, and learn about AWS.

The one-day agenda provides an overview of AWS services and dives deeper into more technical topics. Come and get the latest news and updates on AWS core topics and emerging technologies they are developing.

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Date:

May 22

Location:

Stockholmsmässan, Parkeringsvägen
125 30 Älvsjö
Sweden

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A Glimpse into The Future – Latest from Nordcloud Engineering

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1. AWS CDK – a Glimpse into The Future

Since the announcement of the AWS Cloud Development Kit (CDK) in August 2018, we were excited about using it in production-ready environments. Since it’s still in developer preview, we shouldn’t really use it for business-critical applications, but we can play with it on our own playground. Then, a great opportunity appeared—we had to build a roadmapper tool for internal use. We’ve used CDK to create few buckets, CDN and Cognito – and we’ve liked it a lot! We encourage everyone to play and get familiar with it. It might be a great way to manage your cloud infrastructure in the future.

 AWS Cloud Development Kit might be a great way to manage your cloud infrastructure in the future.

2. Use Curl Seamlessly to Call AWS API Gateway with AWS Cognito based authorizer

We use AWS serverless services a lot: almost all of our backends use Lambda and API Gateway.  Last year we decided to switch all of our API authorizers to Cognito based ones, and soon realized that there is a gap that we need to fill in . How do you easily sign calls to API Gateway made from CLI? Inspired by Amplify, we’ve decided to create a CLI tool that takes care of signing in against Cognito User Pool, persists tokens, and takes care of token rotation behind the scenes. We <3 Open Source, so we’ve decided to share the tool with the community. You can download it using npm. The source code and documentation are available in our github.

We ❤️Open Source, so we’ve decided to share the tool with the community.

 

3. Create beautiful PDFs with Golang and AWS Lambda

A huge part of our codebase is written in Golang. In this article, we’ve described how we’ve used HTML templates to create PDF reports.  Templates are mostly used for generating HTML documents that can be served by an HTTP server, but we’ve used them to feed our PDF printer Lambda.

We at the Nordcloud internal software development team like to share the knowledge with other developers. At the beginning of 2019, we started providing insights about our tech stack on our Medium publication. To stay on top of the latest of Nordcloud Engineering, follow us on Medium!

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Nordcloud Reaches more than 200 AWS Certified Cloud Architects

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We’re excited to announce that we have reached more than 200 AWS certified architects!

APN Certification Distinctions provide AWS partners with the opportunity to showcase how many active AWS Certifications the company has collectively achieved and highlights the value AWS Certifications brings to customers.

 

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Nordcloud is proud to be an AWS Premier Consulting Partner since 2014 and an AWS Managed Service Provider since 2015.

This highly-valued status is awarded to leading cloud companies that have extensive experience in deploying customer solutions on AWS, a strong bench of trained and certified technical consultants, at least one APN Competency, expertise in project management, a healthy revenue-generating consulting business on AWS, and have invested significantly in their AWS practice.

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Why not Both: Learning AWS and Azure Fundamentals Hands-On

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The two biggest cloud vendors have of course their own certifications:  AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner and AZ-900 (Microsoft Certified: Azure Fundamental). These certifications allow you to have a deep dive on the basics of AWS or Azure. Both providers recommend that you have basic IT knowledge and at least 6 months of experience working with the provider in question before starting the process.

I’ll admit it, the task may sound daunting. Who has one minute to spare, let alone 6-12 months, watching videos that you have to pay attention to really closely, or reading a ton of boring white papers, 300+ pages long each? But what if I told you about another way: learning by doing. 

I didn’t want to just pass the exam. I wanted to learn new technologies surrounding the cloud and expand my understanding of what the cloud actually was.

In this post, I’ll give you an overview of both of these certifications and explain how I skipped reading hundreds of pages of manuals and learned by building my own solutions hands-on.

Below in detail I have included the curriculum to study to pass the exam. However, I didn’t want to just pass the exam. I wanted to learn new technologies that would expand my understanding of what the cloud actually is.

AWS Cloud Practitioner


I have previously written about my Cloud Practitioner journey, but in that post I didn’t exactly touch on how I prepared for the examination. So here we go.

I fired up my desktop computer and created an AWS account first. I went over to Qwiklabs and started to create real-life scenarios like “Introduction to Amazon Virtual Private Cloud“, “Creating an Amazon Virtual Private Cloud with AWS CloudFormation“, and “Introduction to AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM)“. How do I create a basic website or create a blog like the one you are reading from now. From here I started to understand the AWS Cloud architectural principles and basics.

Then comes the wallet hit; Oops, I didn’t know how much AWS resources started to add up.

Lucky for me, it was only $5, but that is money that I didn’t want to spend. I navigated over to the Simple Monthly Calculator provided by AWS and started to build my solutions here before implementing them in my Free-tier account. Sometimes it would say I needed to pay a lot, but it was a monthly calculator and not based on my usage for 1-2 days. Now that I understand the billing, account management, and pricing models it was time for me to learn how I can create a support ticket. Sorry AWS, but I had to learn.

I wanted to see if I could get a soft-limit of 5 VPC to increase to 6. So, I wrote a nice mail to AWS Support:

Hi AWS Support Team,
Can you increase the VPC limit to 6. Just testing out how to increase AWS limits.
Thanks 😀

Shocking to me it was done the next business day. That was with the basic support plan. Kudos to AWS.

 

Azure Fundamentals


With the AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner exam passed, it was time for me to understand more about Azure. When I got to the Azure exam in January 2019, they already released AZ-900 (Microsoft Certified: Azure Fundamental). As you might have already figured out, I do not like reading white papers, but rather work things out on my own. Once again, I tracked down my stationary desktop and got down to business.

Microsoft launched a new learning platform called Learn. If you have ever used the Microsoft Virtual Academy, it is an updated version of that. First thing I started with was Introduction to Azure and  Azure Fundamentals. Both courses took me just about 1-2 hours to complete.

What I really liked about Microsoft Learn was the ability to have Hands-on-learning. It allowed me to put my reading skills to practical use. I finished up my AZ-900 training with Architecting Great Solutions on Azure and Manage Resources in Azure. Both of the courses took me about 1-3 days to finish and I also went back to do more of the modules.

AWS vs Azure: Certification Comparison


Here you can see the similarities and differences between the two certifications.

AWS Azure
Exam Objectives
  • Define what the AWS Cloud is and the basic global infrastructure
  • Describe basic AWS Cloud architectural principles
  • Describe the AWS Cloud value proposition
  • Describe key services on the AWS platform and their common use cases (for example, compute and, analytics)
  • Describe the basic security and compliance aspects of the AWS platform and the shared security model
  • Define the billing, account management, and pricing models
  • Identify sources of documentation or technical assistance (for example, whitepapers or support tickets)
  • Describe basic/core characteristics of deploying and operating in the AWS Cloud.
  • Describe the benefits and considerations of using cloud services
  • Describe the differences between Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS), Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) and Software-as-a-Service (SaaS)
  • Describe the differences between Public, Private and Hybrid cloud models
  • Understand the core Azure architectural components
  • Describe some of the core products available in Azure
  • Describe some of the solutions available on Azure
  • Understand Azure management tools
  • Understand securing network connectivity in Azure
  • Describe core Azure Identity services
  • Describe security tools and features of Azure
  • Describe Azure governance methodologies
  • Understand monitoring and reporting options in Azure
  • Understand privacy, compliance and data protection standards in Azure
Main Subject Areas
  1. Domain 1: Cloud Concepts 28%
  2. Domain 2: Security 24%
  3. Domain 3: Technology 36%
  4. Domain 4: Billing and Pricing 12%

  1. Understand Cloud Concepts (15-20%)
  2. Understand Core Azure Services (30-35%)
  3. Understand Security, Privacy, Compliance, and Trust (25-30%)
  4. Understand Azure Pricing and Support (25-30%)
Preparation Notes
  • Create an AWS Account
  • Explore using the Free-tier access
  • Read AWS Whitepapers
  • Third-Party training material (Youtube, LinuxAcademy, Pluralsight)
  • Create an Azure Account
  • Setup a Free-tier subscription
  • Microsoft Learn
  • Third-Party training material (Youtube, LinuxAcademy, Pluralsight)
Exam Process
  • Most testing centers allow you to start the exam 1 hour before, but do consult with your exam center of choice.
  • Currently, the exam is 65 multiple choice questions that need to be completed within 90 minutes. It requires a score of 700 to pass.
  • Most testing centers allow you to start the exam 1 hour before but do consult with your exam center of choice.
  • Currently, the exam consists of 51 multiple choice, drag & drop, and drop down list questions. This all needs to be completed within 60 minutes and requires a score of 700 to pass.
  • If you are not living an a non-native English speaking country, you are able to ask for extra time. To do this, please request test accommodations from Pearson VUE or Certiport.
Pass/Fail
  • Amazon scores out of 100-1000 and is scored very similarly to the USA education system by taking the best score and curving it.
  • Do not expect to see the exam results after finishing, but you might notice a message either congratulating you for passing the exam or thanking you for participation. If you are like most of us, you might have never seen the message, because you got up and out of the testing center or simply didn’t remember what you just read. You will receive a separate email within 5-7 business days.  Once you get the results back, you will not be able to see what the grade curve was, but for this exam, anything above 700 is passing.
  • Microsoft scores out of 1-1000 and is scored very similarly to the USA education system by taking the best score and curving it.
  • The actual percentage of questions that you must answer correctly varies from exam to exam and may be more or less than 70%, depending on the input provided by the subject-matter experts and the difficulty of the questions delivered.
  • You will get your results back once you finish the exam. You will then be provided with a printed paper with a bar graph showing what you need to work on and what you did well on. Do note, that if the bar graph shows everything above 70% it doesn’t mean that you passed. The reason for this is because the passing score is 700; however, this is a scaled score.

I would state that doing the AWS training first definitely helped me pass the Azure training.

Wish you the best of luck on passing AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner and AZ-900 (Microsoft Certified: Azure Fundamental)!

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