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The Cloud Architects


A podcast about cloud, technology and the people using it


  1. Episode 51: Zero Trust Network Architecture

    After our recent ‘reflections’ episode, we felt it would be a great idea to catch up with our long-time sponsor KEMP to talk about how the load balancing world has changed in recent years. As we find ourselves moving away from the traditional fixed perimeter and rethinking ‘castle and moat’ principles an inevitable question arises, where does the humble load balancer fit into today’s Zero Trust world? …


  2. Episode 50: Reflections

    Episode 50! In this episode we reflect on our journey to 50 episodes - thinking about the fun we’ve had, everything we’ve learned and the guests we’ve had the privilege to speak to along the way. This is definitely a more personal episode, but don’t worry - we also discuss the much talked about Microsoft Exchange vulnerabilities and the recent Azure AD outage. …


  3. Episode 49: What is ATO and why do I care?

    It’s 2021! Well, technically it’s been 2021 for three months and it looks like many of the trends established in 2020 are continuing - not only in our daily lives but also from a cyber threat perspective. In this episode we sit down with Donovan Stevens to talk about account takeovers (ATO) - what it is, why it is something you may want to pay attention to and what you can do to help safeguard against it. …


  4. Episode 48: Digital fatigue and laying your pipes

    2020 has been an interesting and very different year for most of us. We’re doing more things online than ever before - Microsoft recently announced that Teams reached 115 million daily active users, but this new normal extends well beyond the business world. There are countless positive stories of how technology has helped teachers connect with students or doctors connect with patients, but there are some not-so-positive consequences too. In this episode, Anna, Nic and Warren talk about Microsoft Ignite that took place recently and explore the concept of digital fatigue and how to set some boundaries (or lay your pipes) to help protect your mental health. …


  5. Episode 47: "Never trust, always verify"

    Zero Trust is a term that is thrown around a lot these days and seems to mean many different things to different folks. At its core, Zero Trust is a philosophy or security concept whereby no one is trusted by default on the network, and verification is always required from everyone attempting to access any resources. In this episode we sit down with Ashwin Pal to better understand Zero Trust, why it can be complex to adopt and how to get started on your journey. …


  6. Episode 46: Teams and PowerShell with Lee Ford

    Microsoft Teams has seen some incredible growth in recent months as many organizations worldwide adjust to a new normal that involves a remote, work from home workforce. In late April, Microsoft announced that it had seen a 70% increase in Teams usage, increasing to more than 75 million daily active users and seeing 200 million meeting participants in a single day for the first time. In this episode, we talk to MVP Lee Ford about his experience working with Teams, adoption of Teams features such as direct routing and some really handy PowerShell scripts he’s written. …


  7. Ignite 2020 Special Edition

    It’s almost time for Microsoft Ignite 2020, but this year things are going to be a little different. In this special episode, Anna Chu (a.k.a The Community Khaleesi) gives us some inside info about what to expect this year and how you can get involved! If you’re interested in being part of Ignite this year, the Microsoft Ignite Call for Moderators is now open and closes on August, 24. …


  8. Episode 45: Microsoft 365 Security for IT Pros

    There is no denying that the rate of change in the Microsoft Cloud in astounding. Microsoft continues to innovate and improve very rapidly with new features often being deployed weekly. Security and Compliance is understandably a huge area of focus and it can be a challenge to stay up to date with all the continuous change - this challenge requires an innovative solution. We’re excited to talk to our old friend and fellow MVP Michael Van Horenbeeck about his new book project ‘Microsoft 365 Security for IT Pros’ - a book all about Microsoft 365 Security with a monthly update cadence. …


  9. Episode 44: "Security is a business enabler and a risk reducer.."

    We’re Back! Yes! it’s been a little while since we last recorded an episode. Needless to say, the COVID-19 situation globally upset our planned travel and recording schedule just a little. We hope you and yours are keeping safe and well during these crazy times. …


  10. Episode 43: "Skype is an apple, but Teams is a fruit salad.."

    There is no denying the ever-increasing popularity of Microsoft Teams. Microsoft recently reported an unprecedented spike in Teams usage due to the ongoing COVID-19 situation, with usage rising to more than 44 million daily users - showing an increase of 12 million users over the course of just seven days. When I sat down with fellow MVPs Paul Bloem and Andrew Morpeth in Auckland, New Zealand last month, we would never have predicted the current work from home situation that most of us find ourselves in at the moment. We did however talk about their favorite new Teams features, social contracts, Teams modes and of course the adoption of various features and functionality in Teams. …