Laurent Bugnion

Laurent works as Senior Cloud Developer Advocate for Microsoft Azure after almost 10 years spent working for IdentityMine and Valorem, two leading firms in Microsoft technologies. He codes in Azure, .NET, Windows, WPF, Xamarin (iOS and Android), ASP.NET (Core and Classic). On his free time, he writes for technical publications such as MSDN Magazine, publishes technical videos on YouTube and Microsoft Channel 9, and his blog is on He is a frequent speaker at conferences such as Microsoft Ignite, Microsoft Build, TechEd, VS Live, Techorama and many other international events. Prior to joining Microsoft, he was a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional for Windows development from 2007 to 2017, a Microsoft Regional Director from 2013 and a Xamarin Most Valuable Professional from 2015. He is also the author of the well-known open source framework MVVM Light for Windows, WPF and Xamarin.

Moving data to Azure


Before the arrival of cloud providers, firms were often keeping the bulk of their data in on-premises data centers, which hosted servers running database systems such as SQL Server and MongoDB. In a modernization effort, it can be necessary to move the data centers to Azure, if possible with minimum downtime and minimum headaches... In this session, Laurent Bugnion, a Cloud Advocate for Microsoft will help you understand what data options are available on Azure, and learn to know migration options with demos, both for unstructured data (files, blobs…) as well as for databases (SQL and NoSQL). We'll use a new managed service called the Database Migration Service to migrate an on-premises MongoDB database to Azure Cosmos DB and an old SQL Server system to an Azure SQL Database with minimal downtime. You will come out of this session with a deeper understanding of data on Azure, and what benefits you can get for your modern applications.