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Michael Fraser


Michael Fraser


Michael Fraser is currently Co-Founder / CEO / Chief Architect at Refactr, Inc, a firm he co-founded in 2017. At Refactr, he is building a disruptive cloud software company that believes that all MSPs and MSSPs should be able to visually design, deploy and manage secure multi-cloud IT solutions they can share across their organization through cloud + security orchestration and automation. Before that, he worked at Optiv, as a Cloud Security Solutions Architect for many Fortune 100 companies. Starting his career in the United States Air Force in cybersecurity, Michael left after 9 years to start multiple technology startups in the cloud services and cybersecurity space. Michael has published many feature articles including in Redmond Channel Partners, featured on the cover of Channel Pro Magazine and has presented at numerous industry events, including: CRN, ChannelPro, Microsoft and RedHat Ansible. Academically, Michael is finishing up a Master of Computer Science at Seattle University in June 2019 and is also is an adjunct professor at Seattle Central College, teaching courses in Cloud, Cybersecurity and DevOps. Michael is an avid snowboarder and loves Crossfit. Finally, he aspires to be the world’s coolest dad for my 4 year old autistic daughter.

Session: Modern Solution Delivery: IT as Code

The next generation of intelligent IT solutions delivery starts with a cloud-first, security centric approach. Everything is being pushed toward programmatic delivery, a.k.a. “IT as Code”. IT teams need to connect APIs, build cloud templates, adopt DevOps methods, & enforce security controls.

Everything is being pushed toward programmatic delivery, a.k.a. “IT as Code”. This IT teams to know how to connect together APIs, build cloud native templates, use developer-focused tools, and adopt DevOps methodologies for delivering solutions to their stakeholders. Nirvana world would be to fill in the missing link: the ability to provide repeatable solution blueprints that can be adapted to their ongoing business requirements with security builtin.

In this session you will learn how to build a solution blueprint cloud native templates, configuration management, API integrations and leveraging job management. We will have multiple solution software-defined blueprints to build that will have security products and service offering on AWS and Azure.

We will then discuss best practices for applying cloud security controls with every cloud service, automation task and API integration. We will discuss using open source security tools, e.g. OpenSCAP, Inspec for automating compliance requirements.

To wrap up the session, we will go over the entire lifecycle of solution delivery adding in to the blueprints, with cloud services and other API integrations connect everything together to show own to intelligently deliver end-to-end solution blueprints and how to manage the configuration of the state of the environment over time.

This session will cover Infrastructure-as-Code, Configuration Management, API Integrations, Job Management, and Security Automation.