ESPC17 Day 3 – All In

Sebastian Sch√ľtzeSebastian Sch√ľtze
This entry is part 4 of 4 in the article series European SharePoint Conference 2017

So here it is. The middle of the conference and Day 3. Now it is too late to run away. So all in now. ūüėČ Anyway, the night after my second day was a bit short, so I chose to skip the keynote. Uuuhhhh, I hear them screaming: “How dare you!”. And I also had many interesting conversations with Speakers, Attendees and Companies during that day. Also on the last day (I will be also writing about). But I will write about that in another post.

So let’s get right into the few sessions I visited!

Deploying Real World Workloads to Azure

This here actually turned out to be a very interesting topic. Besides information I can’t fully remember, they talked about these main topics.

Azure Data Center Ireland

Microsoft’s data center in Ireland is very cost effective when it comes to power. Usually, a company has a Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE) of 2.0. This means companies pay e.g. 1000‚ā¨ for power a month, then they also pay 1000‚ā¨ for cooling this stuff. Of course, the costs are much higher, but it explains the problem.

Microsoft with other data centers around the world has a PUE of around 1.6. In Ireland, they started actually with 1.25 PUE and they only use the air outside in the environment to cool it. People thought that this is not possible. They still managed. Furthermore, they actually optimized that much, that they are at around 1.06 PUE. And they have around a million servers running there.

Costs in Azure and Save Them

The costs for Azure especially with SLAs can get very high, were 99.9% or 99.95% is often used, for Azure, it can go up to 99.9999%, which translates to a maximum of 31.5 seconds per year (!!). But you will probably go bankrupt paying for that. Here is a nice table, giving you an image of relative costs for the SLAs.

Availability Downtime per year Downtime per month Downtime per day Costs
 90%  36.5 days  72 hrs  2.4 hrs  $
 99%  3.65 days  7.2 hrs  14.4 mins  $$
 99.9%  8.76 hrs  43.8 mins  1.44 mins  $$$
 99.95%  4.38 hrs  21.56 mins  43.2 secs  $$$$
 99.99%  52.56 mins  4.32 mins  8.66 secs  $$$$$
 99.999%  5.26 mins  25.9 secs  864.3 ms  $$$$$$
 99.9999%  31.5 secs  2.59 secs  8.64 ms  $$$$$$$$$$

 Azure Stack

In short. Azure Stack is a real habrid cloud solution. What is it exactly? Companies can have hardware somewhere sitting and host their VMs inside of where ever they want them to. But they are still able to benefit of everything that Azure has to offer. Meaning, imagine to use Azure Functions, Azure Dev Test Labs, ARM Templates and so on, but hosted on-premise.

Can you buy it anywhere? Usually, you would get Azure Stack via a Service Provider, which give you an Azure Stack optimized rack. Azure Stack is installed on it.

A colleague of mine made a joke about our security:

Azure is bad, Azure is unsafe, Azure is public

My answer to that was just

Even if these arguments were correct. Azure Stack is here and would kill those arguments actually instantly. But since these arguments are more dependent on the skills of the person using Azure… yes for their skills it is bad!

Just in short. Azure Stack eliminates any trust argument that you could have. But it is not cheap (I guess), but could make a lot of sense. Because you can create easy VMs, have it on-premise and don’t need to wait for the IT to create them for you.

There is an development version, where you can use your own Windows Server and try Azure Stack fro yourself (this is only for development).


Blockchain: What’s all the Fuss about?

I am lazy and prefer to cite Wikipedia

is a continuously growing list of records, called blocks, which are linked and secured using cryptography. Each block typically contains a hash pointer as a link to a previous block, a timestamp and transaction data. By design, blockchains are inherently resistant to modification of the data. A blockchain can serve as “an open, distributed ledger that can record transactions between two parties efficiently and in a verifiable and permanent way.”

And redirect you to an official blockchain site


Generally, it allows you to build a trust, that the data is not immutable without recognizing it. that can build trust, which can enable much easier signing of contracts completely digitally. In the workshop, a SharePoint blockchain application was shown with a workflow. Very nice!

Deep Dive into Designing a SharePoint 2016 Physical Architecture

Mhh what should I say. I am not so much of a IT pro. I understoof many of the things he said but I am just not good enough to repeat any of the stuff he said. ūüôā

I just remember, that he talked about the different min roles in SP 2016 and what are the best practices, when it comes to high availibity farms and also what you need to do if you want to have a supported best practices farm.

Advancing the SharePoint Developer Community (PnP)

Even though I know a lot about the PnP Community, it is always good to hear these speeches. Generally, the first part is always explaining the community and advertise it. Makes sense, because it is open source and for free! The most parts are Demos about SPFx Extensions and PnP PowerShell. There are no recordings, but I have found this presentation basically from the Ignite this year.

Sebastian is an Azure Nerd with focus on DevOps and Azure DevOps (formerly VSTS) that converted from the big world of SharePoint and O365. He was working with O365 since 2013 and loved it ever since. As his focus shifted in 2017 to more DevOps related topics in the Microsoft Stack. He learned to love the possibilities of automation. Besides writing articles in his blog and German magazines, he is still contributing to the SharePoint Developer Community (and PnP SharePoint) to help to make the ALM part a smoother place to live in.

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