Richard Hooper

Richard Hooper

Azure advocate, MVP and MCT. Working full time with Azure.

Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom


Richard Hooper also known as PixelRobots online lives in Newcastle, England, he is a Microsoft MVP for Azure and a Microsoft Certified Trainer (MCT) who works as an Azure architect at a company called Intercept based in the Netherlands. He has more than 15 years of professional experience in the IT industry. He has worked with Microsoft technologies all of his career but also has dabbled with Linux.

Richard has a passion for learning, and you can access his blog at https://pixelrobots.co.uk and he is on twitter at @pixel_robots. He is very enthusiastic about Azure and Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS) and has been using them daily.

In his spare time, he enjoys sharing knowledge and helping people. He does this by blogging, podcasts, videos, and whatever technology is at hand to share his passion, hoping it will help someone to progress in their Azure journey.


Area of Expertise

  • Information & Communications Technology


  • Azure
  • Azure Kubernetes Services (AKS)

Great, you have a container. Now what?

A likely scenario: Your company decides to containerize their solution. You are tasked with finding the best fit for purpose solution on Microsoft Azure. But which one do you pick? Will you run containers on App Services, Azure Container Instances, Azure Container Apps or maybe even Azure Kubernetes Service? During this session we will discuss the good, the bad and the ugly of these technologies, present some use cases and help you in the decision-making process. And yes, we purposely left Azure Functions out of this list. We’ll even throw in some books!

Scale before you fail

Containerized workloads can scale. In fact, they want to scale. But what’s the strategy here? Do we scale horizontally or vertically? And how does that impact our infrastructure? When we embrace software architectures that are fit for scaling, we don’t want the infrastructure to be a bottle neck. During this session Richard and Wesley will take you through the capabilities of Azure Kubernetes Service when it comes to scaling. First we’ll take a look at Node Auto Provisioning versus the Cluster Auto Scaler for our infrastructure and follow through with the Kubernetes Event Driven Autoscaler (KEDA) for our workloads.

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Container Images are everywhere, which ones do you use to deploy your containers, and do you trust them? Yes? You shouldn’t! By leveraging different Azure and Cloud Native technologies we can implement a process where trust comes first. From build and release pipelines to container registry and deployment on AKS, we’re going to implement container image signing and use Azure Policy to monitor our trust.

Cleaning up the cluster!

During this session we will leverage Microsoft Defender for Cloud, Azure Policy and Gatekeeper to implement a set of rules that help us identify everything that needs cleaning up in our Azure Kubernetes Service cluster. The best part? This will also help us to keep it clean! Until we mess everything up around xmas of course..

Platform Engineering <3 Azure

During this session we will take you on a journey to explore how Azure enables Platform Engineers to add value for developer teams and customers. We will touch upon the pillars of Platform Engineering and how these are reflected in both mindset and technology on Microsoft Azure. Practical examples and demos included!

Nobody is safe! Breaking the workloads

During this session we will discuss use cases, examples that have gone horribly wrong and, examples of how we can perform chaos engineering with surgical precision. We will set up chaos engineering experiments on Azure Kubernetes Service using Azure Chaos Studio and Chaos Mesh.

The secrets to keep up to date with Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS) - lighting talk

Richard will walk through the secrets he uses to keep up to date with Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS).

Richard Hooper

Azure advocate, MVP and MCT. Working full time with Azure.

Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom


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