Our Lunch-n-Learn program series continued in March with a discussion from Jorge Levy, a Senior Software Developer at TrinityTG, on the attributes of the Microsoft cloud computing service marketed as Azure.

“Azure really helps a developer do it all,” says Jorge. “I don’t need to worry about how the infrastructure is configured, I just need to take care of the functionality I am working on. Azure makes it simple to create things.”

Almost two dozen TrinityTG employees attended the noontime lecture where Jorge walked through the platform’s various applications, including Azure’s Cloud Common Products, a Portal Walk-through, Azure DevOps, Azure Government, and Visual Studio Dev Essentials. He says the service was created to assist in building, testing, deploying, and managing applications and services through Microsoft-managed data centers.

“Some specific data centers are explicitly tailored for government and are configured to follow stipulations set down by government entities like the State,” says Jorge.

In fact, Microsoft is the default programming and operating system used by most California State agencies and departments. This gives the State great latitude in the way the Microsoft designs its data centers, which provide software as a service (SaaS), platform as a service (PaaS), and infrastructure as a service (IaaS) – and supports many different programming languages, tools and frameworks, including both Microsoft-specific and third-party software and systems.

Although the State is a major client of TrinityTG, Jorge says Amazon’s competing cloud computing service, AWS, can be a viable option for other TrinityTG customers.

“We decided upon Azure because of the State’s projects,” says Jorge. “But this doesn’t mean one is better than the other – it depends on the client.”

The Lunch-n-Learn program will strive to continue providing valuable monthly training sessions for all of TrinityTG’s staff.