How long have you been an MVP?
I was in the first group of Hungarian MVPs in 2004.
How did you first start in community?
At the dawn of .NET in 2001, Microsoft Hungary organized several developer events, and they asked our team at the Technical University of Budapest to provide experts for technical sessions.
Which technical community or communities are you most active in (where can people find you)? Provide links if necessary
People can find me in the Hungarian devPortal forums (http://devportal.hu), on my blog (http://gyorgybalassy.wordpress.com), and in several Facebook groups.
What’s the best technical tip you have today for implementing a cloud deployment?
Prepare for scalability. Even if you create a small website, you should prepare your architecture to be quickly deployable and stateless. You can never know when your application instances will be restarted or moved to another server in the cloud. If you plan for multiple instances from the ground-up, you will survive these situations, otherwise you will probably have to heavily refactor your code when you are faced with these challenges.
When considering using the Cloud, what do you tell people if they aren’t sure about moving to the Cloud?
Your application is important for your business, and that’s why you do it after all. Can you provide the technical and staffing conditions for operating such an important application on the expected professional level? Do you have a sysadmin with all the tools and skills who can operate your app with nearly zero downtime? Or do you know at least how to get and qualify one? If the answer is no, then you’d better go to the cloud. You will sleep better.
Do you have a blog/website link to Cloud related Tips or deployment stories you would like to share?
I primarily blogging about ASP.NET, and I also touch Azure and other cloud related issues on http://gyorgybalassy.wordpress.com.
Speaking from your experience, what words of advice do you have for new MVPs?
Congratulations for being an MVP and welcome to the group! After learning the secret handshake please keep on sharing your real world experiences and help others.