Next up in our ‘Meet the Team’ series is Ollie Le Prevost who joined us last year, having just got back from travelling in Australia and New Zealand before the pandemic hit. He is a Systems Consultant with us.
What does your role involve?
The short answer is I help businesses with their IT estate, advising on where improvements and updates to their systems can be made.
I work with existing clients but increasingly we are being approached by businesses who already have an in-house IT team who need specific subject matter expertise for various projects. IT is such a fast-paced environment that I think it’s unrealistic to expect a generalist IT professional to be able to cover all the ever-increasing demands placed on this sector.
So what projects have you worked on?
A variety of virtual and cloud projects. I’ve been involved with the roll out of new host servers and SAN. I’ve also helped deliver VDI environments, including Citrix and Azure’s Windows Virtual Desktop. I’ve also helped migrate a client’s virtual environment into Azure, designing the vNETs, migrating the VMs, and deploying Site-to-Site and Point-to-Site VPNs. Most recently I am involved in a high-level audit of a multi-jurisdictional company’s entire IT estate, including its infrastructure, networking, security, information governance, end point management, documentation and processes and line of business applications.
I work with clients, helping them to draw up an IT roadmap, drawing on the knowledge of my security and digital transformation colleagues, to provide a budgeted and transparent way ahead for their IT systems. I also write board level reports for my clients on their current IT environment and what we are working towards.
Please see below if you want to know your SAN from your VM to your vNET and what the advantages are.
What ‘at work’ app can you not live without?
Microsoft OneNote, part of the Microsoft 365 package. Really handy for taking notes in meetings or when you’re on a call, for making note of things I need to remember and so on. You can invite people into your OneNote files to share and collaborate in real time
I also really like password vault applications. You only have to remember the one password to get into it and then within it are all your stored passwords. It ensures you can set really strong and unique passwords for every account you have and not have to worry about forgetting them!
And outside of work; what’s your go-to app?
That would be TradingView which gives me real-time market information on crypto and stock, allowing me to analyse the market and plot the next trade in my fledgling portfolio!
What do you like about Resolution IT?
I know I’m probably saying the same as everyone else but it has to be the atmosphere; how everyone gets on with each other, gets on with their work but that we are all happy to help each other when it’s needed. The in-house gym and table tennis tournaments are just a bonus!
And finally, any tech predictions for the coming year?
I think decentralised platforms will grow as people become more conscious about where their data is stored and how it is shared. You only have to look at what happened when WhatsApp announced it was changing its privacy rules; users had to agree to having their data shared with the wider Facebook network. Many users were not happy and have moved to the non-profit app Signal.
If I look at IT in general, a consistent theme we see across businesses is lack of investment in security and information governance. With remote working becoming the new normal, I definitely think businesses are going to have to set aside more of their IT budget around these areas and implementing controls like conditional access policies.
SAN - Storage Network Area
A SAN is a dedicated, high-speed network, providing access to block-level storage. It provides the availability to share a pool of storage capacity across multiple different workloads, with the functionality to carve up as little or as much of the storage and dedicate it to individual workloads as required.
VDI (Virtual Desktop Infrastructure) environments
vNETs, (virtual networks)
|An Azure vNET is a private network for your Azure resources, like a local network in your office. It allows your Azure resources to securely communicate with each other, other on-premise networks and the outside internet. It is equally important to ensure your virtual network is correctly and securely configured, including being behind resources like a firewall, as it is to your on-premise network.|
VMs (virtual machines)
In simple terms think of a virtual machine as a computer inside your computer. A VM (Guest) can be a normal desktop computer or a server, more typically it will be the latter. It runs on an isolated partition of the physical (host) computer or server. Virtualisation technology uses software to simulate virtual hardware, allowing you to dedicate the exact computer resources (CPU, Memory etc.) required for apps or workloads and split these out across multiple guests.
Site-to-Site and Point-to-Site VPNs (Virtual Private Networks)
A site-to-site VPN is a permanent secure connection between multiple networks, eg. a company’s head office in Guernsey and their data in Azure. This allows resources (for example servers) hosted in the office in Guernsey to communicate with resources in Azure. Companies with multiple offices in different geographic locations often utilise a Site-to-Site VPN so its remote offices can connect to the corporate network and share resources like data and applications.
A Point-to-Site VPN connection can be used to provide the functionality to securely connect an individual resource, such as a user’s laptop, back into the corporate network. So a user can take their laptop anywhere, connect to an internet connection and the VPN gateway, accessing work resources as if they were in the office.
This is one of Microsoft’s Azure services. It is their Azure version of a VDI delivering a multi-user Windows 10 experience. The backend WVD servers will reside in Azure. This lets you utilise Azure for both Infrastructure as a Service, and Desktop as a Service.
Benefits over other VDI solutions include: