Background: I have spent 30 Years as an IT Consultant and Solutions Architect, primarily covering datacentre design, implementation and migration, performance and capacity analysis, VDI and virtualisation.
Professional qualifications or success: Microsoft MCSE and VMware VCP
What interests you about the cloud? Freedom. You can easily integrate your on-premise solution with the cloud to provide a hybrid environment or just deploy entirely in the cloud. Cloud reduces the amount of time needed to deploy and maintain on-premise datacentres. New cloud services and enhancements are being released each day, allowing you to adapt your environment quickly without a long procurement and deployment process.
What does it mean to be a cloud architect? The rapid changes and enhancements in the cloud are forcing traditional hardware and software vendors to change their thinking. Companies like Cisco, Citrix, Dell EMC and NetApp are realising they need to integrate their on-premise solutions with cloud solutions. As a cloud architect we look at customer requirements and then identify the available options for both cloud and on-premise. It is an exciting area to be working in.
Tell us something interesting about Microsoft Azure: Infrastructure as Code (IaC) allows you to deploy and update your Azure environment using code. The code can be easily modified and tested in development and then deployed to production. This enables you to have full control, roll-back changes, identify what and who has made modifications, and ensures any changes made outside of the code are removed. In the event of a serious incident, the environment can be redeployed from any of the code stages.
Top tips for a successful cloud migration: Planning, security and costs. Your cloud environment should be carefully planned and designed so that it can easily scale and adapt without complex re-engineering and migration. Once you have your strategy and design, the environment can be quickly scaled out and altered as needed.