Azure and The Modern Datacenter Event – Arlington Heights, IL – April 7, 2016

About this Event – (Registration Closed)

Update: Recordings from the event are here.

Microsoft Azure Cloud Infrastructure allows IT Operations to maximize current resources. But how can you assure security, control, reliability, and scalability? Attend this full day event to learn how to integrate cloud solutions with existing on-premises solutions to enhance datacenter flexibility to deploy new technologies. Explore advanced Azure infrastructure services that enable you to provide reliable data access while maximizing productivity across platforms—third-party, Open Source (OSS), and Microsoft.

Join us to explore:

* What’s new in Cloud Infrastructure and Microsoft Azure.

* How to leverage a public cloud solution to increase reliability of disaster recovery using Azure Site Recovery.

* Faster and easier deployment using Azure Resource Manager templates and GIT.

* How to design compute and storage infrastructure to improve performance and enhance security through Azure Networking infrastructure.

* Secure data access with identity solutions via Azure Active Directory.

* How to deploy applications using Containers and what advantages this provides.

Audience:  IT operations/infrastructure professionals


Continental Breakfast/Check-in 8:30
Welcome 8:55-9 Michael Blumenthal
Keynote: Why the Cloud will Change Your Life 9-9:45 Brian Lewis
Azure Network Infrastructure 9:50-10:35 Michael Blumenthal
Morning Snack 10:35-10:50
Designing Azure Compute and Storage Infrastructure 10:50-11:30 Bill Lee
Containers 11:35-12:15 David Giard
Device Showcase 12:30-12:45 Scott Sheehy & Linda Baez
Lunch 12:15-1:15
Deployment with ARM templates and GIT 1:15-1:55 Geremy Reiner
Hybrid IT Management 2:00-2:40 Rishi Bhatia
Afternoon Snack 2:40-3:00
ASR recovery for protection and migration from on-premises 3:05-3:45 Dan Rey
Designing Identity solutions with AAD 3:50-4:30 Brice McDowell
Closing Remarks and Raffle 4:30-5:00 Michael Blumenthal



RishiBhatiaRishi Bhatia (PSC Group)

Rishi is a Senior Consultant at PSC Group responsible for architecting and delivering enterprise datacenter solutions. The clients he works with range from multinationals who have datacenters spread across the globe to small businesses needing strategies for growth. He also works with financial and legal firms where security and compliance are paramount. His passion is turning resources into automated services with governance built around them.

When Rishi speaks technology, he does it from a business point of view. You will find his talks focused on solutions with simplified delivery at their heart. With his breadth of knowledge though, he can also dive into most technical problems. He is currently working towards ITIL Expert certification.

David Giard (Microsoft)

David Giard is a former accountant and a former biochemist, who has been developing solutions using Microsoft technologies for over 2 decades.  Currently, David helps people build solutions in his role as a Microsoft Technical Evangelist. David has been very active in the developer community, speaking at numerous major conferences, code camps, and user groups around the world; helping to lead user groups; and helping to organize conferences and other geek events. He is the host and producer of the mildly popular online TV show Technology and Friends. He is the co-author of the Wrox book Real World .NET, C#, and Silverlight. You can read his latest thoughts at  His hobbies include video, photography, sports, and embarrassing his sons.

Bill LeeBill Lee (PSC Group)

Bill is a Senior Solutions Architect at PSC Group.  He has more than a decade of experience developing infrastructure solutions.  Bill’s Industry experience includes health care, government, finance, legal, manufacturing, and insurance.  At PSC, Bill focuses on designing and deploying business driven infrastructure solutions, utilizing many Microsoft product lines.  Bill holds a bachelor’s degree in telecommunications and management from DeVry University.

Brian LewisBrian Lewis (Microsoft)

Brian Lewis works as an IT Pro Evangelist for Microsoft Corporation in the Midwest, where he focuses on exciting and educating the IT Pro audience on technologies. Brian enjoys working with all computing and networking technologies. He enjoys everything from core infrastructure all the way to mobile devices including everything in-between. His roots are as a sysadmin focusing on networking and security, but also enjoys programming and IOT devices.
He started his technology career in 1992 working on Mainframes and Microcomputers for the Phone company. Then moving on into a consulting role he architected technical solutions to meet customers’ business needs. He states the best part of that was continually getting to solve new puzzles. One of Brian’s passions is computer security and he holds the Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) certification among other computer industry certifications. MCSE, CDE, etc. Brian holds a Bachelors degree in Management of Information Systems from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee. He is active in the local community with computing user groups and is often a speaker at these groups in addition to speaking at other computer conferences and technical events.

Brice McDowell (PSC Group)

As a Solution Architect with PSC Group, Brice has been immersed in various scenarios in many environments.  Brice has worked through demanding pressures in industries including extensive time at the world’s largest law firm and a Fortune 500 logistics company.  A core focus for Brice has been applied to collaborative systems, including designs around Office 365 and even full Active Directory migrations.  Brice’s projects at PSC Group have been delivered for a range of clients with success, saving time and cost.  Brice holds a bachelor of arts degree from Michigan State University in Marketing with active memberships to several trade groups within his area of expertise.

Dan ReyDan Rey (Microsoft)

Dan Rey is a Solutions Architect with the Microsoft Technology Center in Chicago, IL where he works with some of the largest companies in the midwest to plan for their future infrastructure. Hybrid solutions are typically the direction customers are considering, but on-prem or pure cloud architectures have also been projects Dan has worked on recently. Dan is involved with several professional organizations including the Chicago Windows User Group, Microsoft Midwest Toastmasters, PMI Chicagoland Toastmasters, and HDI Chicagoland Chapter.

Geremy ReinerGeremy Reiner (PSC Group)

Geremy is a Senior Solution Architect for PSC Group LLC, with 15 years of experience in managing, building and operating large scale data centers. He has a passion for helping organizations realize their goals through implementation of solution based architecture. In his role as a consultant with PSC Group he enables IT leadership to develop long term strategies and technology adoption plans. His experience comes from implementing solutions for companies in a multitude of industry verticals.


Arlington Lakes Golf Club – 1211 New Wilke Road, Arlington Heights, IL 60005


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  1. Help customers solve business problems
  2. Help customers develop breakthrough ideas
  3. Help customers stay connected to what’s important to them


Thanks to Microsoft and PSC Group for providing the speakers.

Thanks to Aalap Thakkar from the Schaumburg .NET Users Group for helping obtain the meeting space.  Thanks to Emma Edmondson from the Arlington Heights Park District for providing us a great venue!

Registration is closed.