Our top 9 Ignite 2020 sessions on Azure cost optimization and governance

Recommended Microsoft Ignite sessions on Azure cost optimization and Azure governance Recommended Microsoft Ignite sessions on Azure cost optimization and Azure governance

Discover our picks for Microsoft Ignite 2020 presentations that will help you stay on top of Azure spending and governance.

Like so many other events this year, Microsoft Ignite 2020 is going digital. You’ll be able to watch sessions through all hours of the day and night, which is awesome! But sometimes, too much choice can be daunting.

That’s why the ShareGate team and some of our Microsoft Azure MVP friends have put together this list of our favourite sessions focusing on Azure cost optimization and governance.

Want to learn how to govern your Azure environment from the experts? At Deploy, ShareGate's online event focused on Azure governance, 9 Azure experts shared their experiences and insights to help you identify best practices to increase efficiency and visibility in the cloud. Watch the sessions on demand now!

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7 ways to optimize your Azure costs

Session codes: DB112, DB112-R1, DB112-R2
Times: Tuesday, September 22, 4:00 - 4:30 PM EDT
Wednesday, September 23, 12:00 - 12:30 AM EDT
Wednesday, September 23, 8:00 - 8:30 AM EDT
Hosts: Rasmus Hald, Will Owen, and Dante Rasera

Why we like it: This session provides advice on how to optimize Azure spending, (which is one of our favourite topics at ShareGate!) using examples of what has actually worked for the hosts’ clients. In this presentation you should learn how to aim for scalable costs, rightsize resources, and monitor your Azure spending.

Unlock cost savings and maximize value with Azure Infrastructure


Session codes: DB117, DB117-R1, DB117-R2
Times: Tuesday, September 22, 2:30 - 3:00 PM EDT
Tuesday, September 22, 10:30 - 11:00 PM EDT
Wednesday, September 23, 6:30 - 7:00 PM EDT
Host: Erin Chapple

Why we like it: Erin Chapple is Corporate Vice President of Azure compute, and in this presentation she’s going to discuss the latest Azure innovations and how to leverage them to reduce your cloud costs and achieve your overall goals. Azure has so many tools and services available, it’s helpful to get a snapshot of specific ones that can help you stay on top of your Azure spending.

Running cost effective big data workloads with Azure Synapse and Azure Data Lake Storage

Session code: OD220
Time: Pre-recorded
Hosts: James Baker and Michael Rys

Why we like it: Migrating open source big data workloads to Azure can be expensive, but this presentation promises to help us leverage Azure Synapse and HDInsight with Azure Data Lake Storage to help you make your migration cost effective.

Running a large database for the cost of a coffee

Session code: IGL160
Time: Thursday, September 24, 12:00 - 12:15 AM EDT
Host: Troy Hunt

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Why we like it: Troy Hunt will talk about his personal experience creating the service Have I been pwned? Using Microsoft Azure to keep it highly available but low cost. If you’re architecting a new app or service and are wondering which cloud platform to use, what services within Azure to use, or how to keep it cost effective, this presentation will be a big help.

Cloud Governance Conversations

Session code: IGL113
Time: Thursday, September 24, 8:45 - 9:00 AM EDT
Host: Rik Hepworth

Why we like it: First, a modern approach to cloud control is so essential. In order to take advantage of the speed and agility the cloud provides while still making sure your team is working efficiently is a tricky balance to strike. This discussion will focus on what cloud elements should and shouldn't be controlled, and by whom.

Second, Rik is a great speaker. So engaging, fun, and knowledgeable. His presentation during Deploy, our expert-led event focused on Azure governance earlier this year, was really informative and entertaining.

Govern resources across your IT slate

Session code: OD231
Time: Pre-recorded
Hosts: Joseph Chan and Liz Kim

Why we like it: Creating and managing a cloud governance plan is complicated, especially since so many companies are running their resources across different clouds and locations. This presentation will help you understand the tools necessary to keep resources under control without sacrificing speed and agility using the Azure policy engine.

Joseph and Liz were also speakers during Deploy, our expert-led event focused on Azure governance in May, and we learned a lot from them, so we’re especially looking forward to this presentation!

Extend Azure management and data services anywhere with Azure Arc

Session code: DB114, DB114-R1, DB114-R2
Times: Tuesday, September 22, 6:15 - 6:45 PM EDT
Wednesday, September 23, 2:15 - 2:45 AM EDT
Wednesday, September 23, 10:15 - 10:45 AM EDT
Hosts: Jeremy Winter and Jason Hanse

Why we like it: More and more companies are hosting their servers across multiple cloud platforms and on-premises, and Azure Arc is the best tool to help you manage all of your cloud resources in one place. This session will help you understand what Azure Arc is and how to use it to organize sprawling resources from a single control plane.

Azure Hybrid Operations and Management Overview

Session code: OD222
Time: Pre-recorded
Hosts: Vlad Joanovic and Andrew Zeller

Why we like it: This presentation promises to help you innovate in the cloud while minimizing risks by implement a unified development, operations, and control plane across different cloud platforms. It will also discuss the strategic direction for services like Azure Arc, Azure Policy, and Azure monitor, which are all essential to multi-cloud governance.

Azure Monitoring and Analytics deep dive

Session code: OD230
Time: Pre-recorded
Hosts: Rahul Bagaria and Evgeny Temovsky

Why we like it: Why we like it: Understanding how, why, and where you’re using your resources in Azure and other cloud platforms is crucial to both Azure cost control and governance, and Azure monitor is a great tool for helping you get the data you need to analyze your resource usage. This sessions is led by the Azure Monitor team and will discuss what’s new in the monitoring space as well as their plans for the future.

We’ll be writing recaps and analyses of some of these sessions when the conference ends, so if you’re looking for a TL;DR, you can sign up for The ShareGate Takeaway for more Ignite content.


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