IT/Dev Connections 2016 Speaker Highlight: Janaka Rangama

IT/Dev Connections 2016 Speaker Highlight: Janaka Rangama

Part of an ongoing series, we're highlighting the excellent speakers we have handpicked to present phenomenal and extremely valuable content at the IT/Dev Connections conference. Want more? Get the Insider’s Scoop About IT/Dev Connections 2016 on September 8!

This speaker highlight is Janaka Rangama.


Janaka's IT/Dev Connection sessions:

Recently, we asked Janaka to give us a little information about himself. Here's what he shared:


ITDC: Give us a brief introduction to you.

Janaka: I'm Janaka Rangama from Sri Lanka. I'm a Microsoft Certified Trainer, Microsoft Azure Architect & an Open Source Enthusiast. Currently I'm the Enterprise Cloud Architect at VirtusaPolaris, a leading IT Consultancy and Outsourcing company based in Boston, US. I used to be a musician 10 years ago and right after high school I turned out to be an IT Ninja. I'm newly married to the love of my life Aloka and I live in Colombo, Sri Lanka.


ITDC: Describe the sessions you are presenting and why you feel the topic is important.

Janaka: I'm presenting three sessions; Linux IaaS on Azure, Azure Site Recovery and Azure Stack Resource Providers. Linux being a the most popular workload on Azure, Business Continuity & Disaster Recovery being the top priority for any enterprise moving to the cloud and finally hybrid cloud integration being the new normal I think that these three sessions will add value to the attendees.


ITDC: What should attendees expect to be able to take away from your sessions?

Janaka: Since my sessions are focused more or less on hybrid cloud attendees can expect a good understanding on the following:

·         Automating Linux VM deployment in Azure

·         Troubleshooting deployment, management and monitoring issues in Linux IaaS VMs

·         Linux VM hardening in Azure


·         Azure Site Recovery deployment for different workloads

·         Best practices, hacks, pitfalls in ASR

·         Troubleshooting common ASR issues


·         Deploying Microsoft & 3rd party Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) services in Azure Stack, 

·         Troubleshooting deployment and configuration issues for RPs,

·         Understanding and leveraging Azure Resource Manager templates in Azure Stack.


ITDC: What is your primary reason to be excited about IT/Dev Connections?

Janaka: IT/Dev connections is where IT Professionals and Developers meet, engage with top experts from all over the world to advance their skills towards the next generation of technologies. At IT/Dev Connections, I will get the chance to share my knowledge and gather knowledge from the community and this is why I want to be there.


ITDC: What is the one key technology you believe is changing the technology industry right now?

Janaka: Cloud without no doubt. 6 years back I never imagined that I will become a Cloud Architect. The way that cloud has transformed the technology and our lives is impressive.


ITDC: Assuming attendees want to know, what’s your favorite, non-technical hobby or pastime?

Janaka: Music. I started my career in IT at a very young age at plan to retire young from IT. And when I do, I think I will be a musician once again. Also as an islander, I love to travel and watch and play Cricket (Yes, it is an actual sport) as well. 



IT/Dev Connections runs from October 10 – October 13, at the ARIA Resort in Las Vegas. IT/Dev Connections has been designed specifically for IT, DevOps, and Developers. You can read all about what IT/Dev Connections offers you HERE.

And, there's still time to register!  Here's some important resources to check out:


Topic Tracks

Full Sessions Catalog

Pre-conference Workshops

Travel and Lodging Information


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