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Sven Aelterman

Sven Aelterman

Architecting cloud solutions for Microsoft's education customers

Nashville, Tennessee, United States

Sven Aelterman is a Principal Cloud Solution Architect at Microsoft, where he assists US education institutions on successfully implementing Azure projects. Prior to this, Sven was Director of IT and Lecturer in Information Systems for the Sorrell College of Business at Troy University.
In 2015, he started work with customers of Sorrell Solutions, L.L.C. (a business services firm owned by the Troy University Foundation) as Cloud Software Architect. His favorite project is the design, development, and operation of a specialized EHR for school-located vaccination clinic providers.
In 2012, he co-authored “The Art of SQL Server FILESTREAM,” published by Red Gate Books. In 2018, a second co-authored book, “SQL Server 2017 Administration Inside OUT,” was published by Microsoft Press. More recently, the updated “SQL Server 2019 Administration Inside OUT” became available.
Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, Sven was a frequent speaker at SQL Saturdays and community events in the southeastern US.
Sven is married to Ebony, and they have a son, Edward, and a daughter, Sofia. They live in Mount Juliet, TN.

Area of Expertise

  • Information & Communications Technology


  • Azure
  • Azure SQL Server
  • Azure SQL Database
  • Azure DevOps
  • Microsoft Azure
  • Cloud Computing on the Azure Platform
  • Azure Functions
  • Azure Active Directory
  • Azure PaaS
  • Azure Data Factory
  • Azure IaaS
  • Azure AD
  • Azure Logic Apps
  • Azure App Service
  • C#
  • SQL Server
  • Entra ID
  • Azure Arc
  • Azure Networking

Simple Steps to Secure Your Azure SQL Database

Adopting Azure SQL Database comes with a plethora of benefits related to management, tuning, scalability, and DR. But by default, there's a public endpoint and that might give you some pause. In this session, you'll learn techniques to secure your Azure SQL Database using authorization, network rules, and monitoring so that risks are mitigated. You'll see demos to create service endpoints and private endpoints, enable Azure AD integration, and set up auditing. You'll walk away with a Bicep template to create a demo environment that implements these controls so you can easily experiment on your own.

Beginning Bicep: IaC for Azure

This session will show you how you can ramp up your IaC skills with Bicep. This is going to be all about Microsoft's domain-specific language for Azure deployments. We'll cover the basics of the syntax, use parameters to customize a deployment, use modules to create re-usable assets, and deploy using the az cli and PowerShell.

From Code to Published in Minutes with Azure Static Web Apps

Today’s web apps fall into a few common patterns: monoliths, microservices, and static frontend with an API backend. If your app belongs to the latter category (or maybe doesn’t even have a backend), publishing your app should be simple and require no knowledge of infrastructure. The Azure Static Web Apps service enables just that. In this talk, you’ll be introduced to Azure Static Web Apps (SWA), you’ll learn about an application that might be considered a typical good candidate for SWA, and you’ll see how the application is deployed in minutes. The application includes authentication and authorization, multiple environments for reviewing new PRs, and a custom domain name. By the end of the session, you’ll know how to evaluate your application’s fit for SWA and how to get started with your first deployment.

Getting to Green with Azure Policy

You know that compliance matters for your organization. In this session, you will see demonstrations of how Azure Policy's built-in initiatives for common compliance frameworks can be effectively used to help secure your workloads and demonstrate compliance. You'll learn how to read the policy definition so you can understand what it's auditing; how to effectively use exclusions, exemptions, and overrides; use machine configuration to check OS settings; and create report outputs.

Sven Aelterman

Architecting cloud solutions for Microsoft's education customers

Nashville, Tennessee, United States

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