Orin Thomas

IT Operations / Microsoft Azure



I am an MVP, a Microsoft Regional Director, an MCT, and have a string of Microsoft MCSE and MCITP certifications. I have written more than 36 books for Microsoft Press on IT Operations topics such as Windows Server, Office 365 and Azure. I am an author at PluralSight, specializing in Azure and on-premises Microsoft infrastructure topics, speak all over the world at technical conferences such as TechMentor, Ignite and IT/Dev Connections. I am a "Gooroo in residence" at Gooroo.io and a candidate in the Doctor of Information Technology program at Charles Sturt University, with my thesis topic being cloud security compliance accreditations.


As an IT Pro RD, I’ve noticed that many organizations “born in the cloud” mistakenly believe that because much of the administration of running servers and workloads is handled by the cloud provider, they don’t need to “think like an IT Pro” about data protection, separating dev from production, and security.

This is likely due to how quickly organizations can get meaningful workloads running in the cloud. Because new organizations can move so quickly, I’ve noticed that these young organizations often bypass some of the fundamentals they’d likely consider if they had built the infrastructure to host their workloads in a traditional datacentre. It’s important to advise organizations that have been born in the cloud to help ensure that the fundamentals are right and can be improved upon.

I’ve helped organizations reach a place where instead of deploying straight into production, they use a test environment. I reconfigured permissions so that certain people in the organization can modify resource settings in the cloud, rather than maintaining a shared administrator account. Not only did I help back up their data, but advised the recovery process be regularly tested to verify that data is backed up correctly. Because even though the cloud is a developer’s paradise, it helps to think like an IT Pro.