Speaker Interview: Bruno Terkaly

Bruno Terkaly gives a presentation on "Linux – A first-class citizen in Microsoft Azure" on SCALE Saturday at 11:30. The SCALE Team caught up with Bruno and asked him a few questions.

Q: Could you please introduce yourself and tell us a little about your background?
A: I assist and directly engage with some of the largest software brands in the world, helping them understand and adopt Azure as a public cloud platform. Think Red Hat, Docker, Github, Mesosphere and more. I act as an architect and advisor taking existing on premises and AWS architectures, and migrating them to a scalable, fault-tolerant, highly available, and robust, global public cloud presence.  I have a particular interest in diving deep into software architecture and optimizing it for Azure, paying special attention to simplicity, speed (compute, storage, networking), agility, and more.  When companies migrate to the cloud, there is usually a great opportunity to lower technical debt, lower costs, improve performance, and streamline the deployment pipeline.
I engage in face-to-face meetings to whiteboard conceptual and physical artifacts in Architectural Design Sessions for the purpose of minimizing re-engineering when migrating to cloud-based hosting. I am skilled that not only understanding technical solutions but also finding ways for companies to integrate new or additional cloud services to increase their product portfolio and top line revenue, experienced in deep business model conversations to better align technology with operational goals.
I work closely with and travel to Microsoft/Redmond-based engineering teams to accelerate customer adoption of Azure, often influencing roadmap for future versions of Azure. I organize and participate in weeklong engineering migration efforts, integrating different product teams for Microsoft to build solutions for high-value customers, and I deep dive into challenging technical roadblocks and resolve through research, troubleshooting, and partnering with engineering.

Q: You're giving a presentation on "Linux – A first-class citizen in Microsoft Azure." Without tipping your hand on the actual talk, can you give us an idea of what we might expect?
A: The concept behind the talk is to demonstrate how committed Microsoft is to Linux and to giving customers options. Whether you are talking about the variety of the Linux distribution (FreeBSD, Red Hat, Ubuntu, Debian, Open Logic, SUSE, CoreOS) or whether you're talking about the options when it comes to running containerized workloads, Microsoft is committed to providing the most choices to customers.
Q: Is this your first visit to SCALE? If so, what are your expectations? If not, can you give us your impressions of the event?
A: It's too early for me to tell or provide feedback as I have not attended yet. With that said, I am finding the level of support from the staff to the excellent.

Q: Do you have any experience creating Linux-based applications?
A: I am currently working on my second title for O'Reilly, which is focused on Linux based workloads running in Azure. The course talks about programming in Java across a wide variety of data stores. My second course is about creating a Java-based, restful service that leverages bootstrap and jQuery. In addition, it provides a deep dive into docker in the world of distributed computing in the context of Azure.

SCALE Team interview by Michelle Klein-Hass