Jared Rhodes

Jared Rhodes

Principal, EPAM Systems - Cloud | Edge | Things

Atlanta, Georgia, United States

Jared Rhodes has been in the IT industry for over fifteen years and got his big break by when a team of mechanicals and electrical engineers needed "that coded in C". He now is a leader in Microsoft Technologies helping to deliver everything from Security to Cloud Native solutions with a soft spot for on-premises Edge and IoT. Jared's journey in the IT industry may have started with a simple task of helping three sensors make a sonar array, but he has since climbed the ranks to become a humorous voice in the world of cloud computing. With a wealth of experience and a unique perspective, Jared has lived the life of an IT professional and has plenty of stories to tell and the scars to prove them. His journey has given him a deep understanding of the evolution of technology and has equipped him with the skills to succeed in today's hybrid cloud world. Whether you're looking for tips on navigating complex systems or just need a good laugh, Jared is the one for the job.


Area of Expertise

  • Information & Communications Technology


  • Azure
  • AI
  • IoT
  • Data
  • Cloud

Hybrid Cloud with VSphere and Azure VMware Solution

Businesses run on mainframes, Excel sheets, coffee, private clouds, public clouds, hope, and much more. Due to the varied nature of components that make up the modern business, it is not uncommon to encounter multiple hybrid solutions to solve technology problems. In this session, we will explore using VMWare products in a hybrid configuration of a private cloud and with Azure VMWare solution. After this session, you should feel more comfortable understanding how to use your existing VMWare virtualization skills to expand your infrastructure to the public cloud.

Getting started with Azure Spring Apps

Azure Spring Apps makes it easy to deploy Spring Boot applications to Azure without any code changes. The service manages the infrastructure of Spring applications so developers can focus on their code. After this session, attendees should be able to:
* Efficiently migrate existing Spring apps
* Modernize apps with Spring Cloud patterns
* Develop and deploy rapidly without containerization dependencies

Data Governance with Microsoft Purview

After setting up your Azure platform controls and policies, it's time to setup controls for your data. In this session we will look at using Microsoft Purview's ability to:
* Catalog Data
* Control Data Access
* Deliver Data Insights
After this session, you should have a better understanding of how-to setup your Azure data governance using Microsoft Purview.

IoT and Edge with Azure SQL Edge

Azure SQL Edge is an optimized relational database engine geared for IoT and IoT Edge deployments. In this session we will discuss why that is and how it differs in purpose and features from SQL Server and Azure SQL. We will discuss and/or demo use cases for time series, machine learning, and synchronization. After this session, you will know what Azure SQL Edge is and where it fits in your solutions.

Azure Chaos Studio - Deliberately Introducing Faults

This session will focus on Azure Chaos Studio, a fully managed chaos engineering experimentation platform for accelerating discovery of hard-to-find problems, and introduce the audience to:
* Azure Chaos Studio and what purpose does it serve?
* The basics of Azure Chaos Studio and the different kinds of chaos it can be used for.
* How to use it in testing scenarios with Azure DevOps.

Modernize with Azure IoT

Application modernization is the process of updating current apps and data to a cloud-first model to align with business needs. In this session we will explore how to use Azure's offerings to modernize existing IoT implementations. We will discuss the different products and services in the offering and what purpose they serve in the context of an IoT solution. After this session, attendees should have an understanding of how to modernize an existing IoT solution with Azure's product offerings.

200 Azure Products in 60 Minutes

Azure adds products faster than IT work adds pounds. After all these years the Azure portfolio is nice and fat. Since we know the portfolio isn't going on a diet any time soon, let's break down the services and look at 200 products in 60 minutes. This session is not an in-depth study on what to use for what architecture or solution; this is a refresher or introduction to the products and what they offer. After this session, attendees will have new or renewed knowledge of the different products in Azure.

Home Lab - Private Cloud on a budget

Really like computers? Use homelabs to experiment in. It's a sandbox environment where if you break it, you fix it, and more importantly it isn't costing money while it's down.

In this talk, we will discuss how to cheaply and easily:
* Acquire Cheap Hardware
* Utilize Free Software
* Use a Homelab

Azure for the Enterprise - Getting Started

After signing the Enterprise agreement with Microsoft, its time to start onboarding your first team to your Azure environment. How do you setup networking? How do you manage access controls? Where are the access logs? How do we prevent cyber attacks? What do we do with the existing applications in our data centers?
In this session, we will cover the steps in creating an Azure environment for the enterprise by exploring different options available to satisfy enterprise requirements. These include: Policies, Role Based Access Controls, Disaster Recovery, and more.

Azure Management for the Enterprise

Enterprise environments can span thousands of applications with even more teams, team members, and management. Within those are different business units, data classifications, cost centers, reports, alerts, and on and on.
In this session, we will cover how to use Azure Policy to simplify the management of an Azure environment. This will be a look at Initiatives, Policies, and Management Groups; exploring how they can be used to make management of IT systems.... manageable.

IoT Enhanced Garden

While being stuck inside over the course of a year, the decision was made to enhance my SOs garden with a little IoT magic. By adding wireless moisture sensors and automated drip lines, we were able to see no improvement in the crop yield!
In this session we will look at how to use Arduinos, Raspberry Pis, and Azure to setup an automated watering system using Azure IoT Edge with C#, C++, and Python.

CodeMash 2019

January 2019 Sandusky, Ohio, United States

Update Conference Prague 2018

November 2018 Prague, Czechia

Tech Con 2018

September 2018 Detroit, Michigan, United States

Atlanta 2018 Azure DataFest: Microsoft Azure Advanced Analytics and Big Data Conference

August 2018 Atlanta, Georgia, United States

Music City Tech 2018

May 2018 Nashville, Tennessee, United States

Jared Rhodes

Principal, EPAM Systems - Cloud | Edge | Things

Atlanta, Georgia, United States