Heini is a math teacher turned Azure expert. With her background in mathematics and teaching, she has a great passion for problem solving, simplifying complex things and a unique approach to architectures. She is a DevOps Consultant at Polar Squad and a Data Platform MVP, specializing in Azure infrastructure and the data platform. She has been working with customers large and small for the past several years to help them sort out their path to the cloud and make sense of their architecture - both hybrid and cloud. She has worked extensively with both Azure infrastructure and analytics solutions and knows a thing or two about BMX bikes as well.

Heini Ilmarinen's Sessions

Securing Cosmos DB: Ready for Production!SQLBits 2023

Getting started with Cosmos DB is super easy and you get the scalability and global reach out of the box. For production scenarios we often have additional requirements for security, that could span from restricting public endpoints to auditing user actions on data. In this session, we will go through the different security capabilities available for Cosmos DB, focusing deeper on networking and access control. We will cover how to control networking and use private endpoints with Cosmos DB, as well as how the global nature of the service makes these different from the rest of the services in Azure. We will also explore the different options for access control on the data in Cosmos DB and particularly how the newest addition to the mix, Cosmos DB RBAC, can help keep your data secure.

To Bicep or to Terraform - That is the QuestionSQLBits 2023

If you're getting started with an implementation using Infrastructure as Code, one of the first things to figure out is which tool to use. In this session will dive into the details of the differences of Bicep and Terraform to help you choose the best option for your scenario. We will begin the session by going through the similarities of Bicep and Terraform, but will then jump straight into the differences of these two tools. We will cover how state is handled, how configuration is scoped and how making changes is evaluated. Then we will go through how existing resources are handled and using preview features. At the end of this session you will be able to choose which tool is the best option for your implementation!

Knee-Deep In Tech Live @ SQL BitsSQLBits 2023

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Less Clicking, More Coding! Data Platform Development Using Infrastructure as CodeSQLBits 2022

In this session we will go through the concepts that you need to grasp in order to get started with infrastructure as code for Azure. We will look at how the process for managing resources in Azure changes compared to the way we've previously done it, and finally we will explore a complete workflow of deploying your Azure data platform architecture as code using Terraform and how to work on that code with your team.

Networking unlocked for the Azure Data ServicesSQLBits 2022

Are you trying to make sense of how to secure your Azure Data Service to your private network, but can't just seem to make sense of service endpoints, private links and private endpoints, as well as when to use which approach? Join this session to understand networking for the Azure Data services and the differences of these methods for integrating your Azure Data Services to a virtual network. You will learn what are the benefits of each approach and what challenges you can solve with them.