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The Cloud Architects


A podcast about cloud, technology and the people using it


  1. Episode 87: Prompt Architect

    AI is everywhere at the moment - it seems like every product or service now includes AI. What does that mean exactly? Can technology really think for itself? What is the difference between Copilot and an LLM and how do these relate to Generative AI? In this episode, we chat to Philip Miller from Progress in an attempt to break down these concepts and discuss how they relate to each other. Is this all hype or are there real-world business benefits? We discuss some interesting AI use cases and Philip recommends an agile approach to AI implementation. …


  2. Episode 86: Crusty Critical Apps

    We recently had the pleasure of sitting down with Camila Martins from Microsoft to talk about Microsoft’s new Security Service Edge (SSE) solution. SSE includes Microsoft Entra Internet Access and Microsoft Entra Private Access. In this episode, we dive deep into these new capabilities that Microsoft is making available to customers and discuss how these can work with technologies like Conditional Access to help secure those ‘crusty’ critical applications that so many organizations have. …


  3. Episode 85: M&A Easy Button

    In today’s episode we talk to Twan, Neil and Conrad who are the founders of PowerSyncPro, a software vendor solving complex migration problems for customers in a unique way and, in the shadow of some giant competitors. We delve into their interesting story, their technology and, the problems they are working to solve. …


  4. Episode 84: "Entra like Magenta"

    “Back by popular demand” - even if they do say so themselves! In this episode we are excited to welcome back to the show Tarek Dawoud and Mark Morowczynski from Microsoft’s Identity CXP team. We discuss the current state of Identity and dive into Conditional Access, phish-resistant MFA, the latest threats and why attacks only get better, they never get worse. Tarek and Mark share some great tool tips and we close the episode by talking about Mark’s new KQL book and how KQL is fast becoming an essential skill. …


  5. Episode 83: @merill

    If you follow the latest developments in the Entra space, you have no doubt come across Merill Fernando. In this episode Merill joins us for a great discussion as we geek out about Entra and authentication in general. Why is it called Entra (RIP AAD!)? Merill sheds some light on the name change, we talk about AD FS and it’s relevance today, discuss the deprecation of AzureAD and MSOnline PowerShell modules and introduce some of the great tools and resources he’s developed for the community. …


  6. Episode 82: All bad things happen inside the allow rule

    Shortly before Thanksgiving, Nic and I had the great pleasure of talking to John Kindervag. I once read about John that he has “forgotten more about technology than most people learn in their careers” and I’m sure after listening to this episode you’ll understand why he is referred to as the Godfather Of Zero Trust. In this episode we discuss the origins of Zero Trust and some of the history behind it. John also talks about why trying to control the attack surface is a fool’s errand and introduces the concept of a protect surface. …


  7. Episode 81: Modern Endpoint Management (and dinosaur stories)

    We recently had a great conversation with Joe Flynn about modern endpoint management and how the way we manage our devices has changed over the years - we reminisce about the old ways and talk the future of Active Directory. We also discuss management friction, current hybrid work trends and scenarios where technologies like Windows 365 just make sense. …


  8. Episode 80: Cyber Security Awareness

    It’s Cyber Security Awareness month and in this episode, we talk to Shannon Garcia about the realities of the security industry and have an honest discussion about some of the areas where we could be doing more to raise awareness and educate our organizations, customers and stakeholders. Shannon shares some fundamental guidance, and we discuss how we could and should be learning from highly publicized incidents and breaches that occur far too often these days. …


  9. Episode 79: It was DNS!

    It’s ALWAYS DNS! We’ve all fallen victim to DNS at some point in our careers. In this episode we are once again joined by Robby Pedrica as we discuss DNS architecture and security - we’ve been deploying DNS the same way for a long time and perhaps it’s time we look at our deployments and consider if they could be more secure. We discuss DNS in large enterprise environments and why monitoring DNS traffic is important, but also look at home use and how DNS can be a valuable privacy tool. …


  10. Episode 78: The Modern Admin

    Same product, new name - RIP Azure AD/long live Entra ID! In this episode we’re joined by long-time friend of the show Michael Van Horenbeeck to discuss the recent Entra related announcements and Microsoft’s expansion into Security Service Edge (SSE) with two new products – Microsoft Entra Internet Access and Microsoft Entra Private Access. We’ve all heard the TLAs PIM, PAW, and talk of Tier0 configurations, but what are these and how are these relevant to the modern admin? Should we be evolving the way we manage our environments or is it just a matter of buying new technologies to hopefully keep us ahead of bad actors? Michael shares his thoughts. …