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Interview with Pierre Roman Cloud Advocate at Microsoft

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Published on Jan 19, 2020

Interview with Pierre Roman Cloud Advocate at Microsoft


Mohamed:

Hello everyone, welcome to the community interviews and we are here in Microsoft ignite the tour in London and I have here Pierre Roman with me.

Hello Pierre! How are you doing?


Pierre:

How you doing? Hi everyone!

Mohamed:

It’s great to have you here!


Pierre:

Thanks! It’s great to be here. Actually as long as there’s no snow I’m happy

Mohamed:

So, first, if you can give us an introduction about yourself and what you are doing, and we’re based actually.


Pierre:

Okay, my name is Pierre Roman. I am Canadian. I’ve been in IT industry for about 30 years, I’m aging myself a little here, and I’ve done pretty much everything, from first level helpdesk to director of multinational for all IT operations.

Now, I work for Microsoft, I’ve been in Microsoft for 15 years and I’m in the DevRel. Developer Relations Group. However, I cover infrastructure operations for cloud and hybrid. So, it’s all of the operations side of cloud computing and hybrid computing that I cover right now as a cloud advocate.


Mohamed:

That’s fantastic! Can you give us an introduction about your sessions that you are going to present in this event?

Pierre:

I got three sessions this week, the first this morning was a theatre session, 15 minutes rapid-fire on things you need to keep top of mind when you’re securing your IaaS environment. So, virtual machines, virtual networks, what are the things that you need to think about in terms of securing that environment, it’s not about securing the OS. It’s about securing, not only the control plane so, the Azure environments as to who has access to modify the security settings and security controls that you may have put into your environment, securing that the VMS themselves, the network, how would you access it because when you’re putting something in the cloud, it’s literally on the Internet, it’s in the cloud.




So, there are extra things that you need to think about, but all of the best practices that we’ve all learned on-prem are still absolutely valid. IaaS is an extension of your data center, you have to deal with those machines and those resources the same as you would on-prem.




The second session is going to be the last one today, again another theatre session, which is very quick again rapid-fire, my top Windows 2019 features. So, what I love about them, why I find they’re very important, and where I think they’re going to give the best bang for the buck.




And first session tomorrow, is how to integrate and to manage your IaaS operations, how to manage it, how to support it, how to patch it, how to secure it, and back it up, and all the stuff that you need to do, but when you’re dealing strictly with an IaaS environment.


Mohamed:

How do you see the future for this part?

Pierre:

The future depends on who you’re listening to, can go multiple different ways. The way I look at it, is for the next decade, we are going to be in a hybrid model. So, companies have a lot of investments on-prem. they’re going to the cloud, the speed at which they’re going to go to the cloud, it depends on the companies themselves, it depends on the regulatory environment, that these companies work in, it depends on the amount of resources that they can throw at migrating to the cloud, or do a little developing new application.




Because we’re all stuck with the stuff that nobody wants to deal with, legacy applications that may not work the way you want them in the cloud, that may not be built to support things like elastic scaling. So, it got applications that don’t support elastic scaling putting them in the cloud, is just hosting them in another environment.


So, now we have to start thinking it’s not just about putting it in the cloud, it’s how do I actually modernize it to be able to start taking advantage of cloud technologies automatic scaling and so on, how do I move a SQL box to Azure, do I just run it as a VM, like SQL on a VM, or can I do PaaS services.




There are some advantages to go in the PaaS services, in terms of cost, in terms of scaling, in terms of management, because you don’t have to worry about patching the VM itself, you just have to worry about your database, but there are restrictions for example, you can’t run reporting services in PaaS environment. So, how do you deal with all that?




You really have to understand where your applications are, how they work together, all of the little integrated details that you’re looking at, to be able to figure out how you’re moving those to the cloud.




So, in terms of how I see this going, it’s a hard one, it’s a hard question because there’s no silver bullet, there’s no one answer for everyone, it all depends as to which company are working with.


However, that being said, there are things that people in on-prem administrators..

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