Martin Gavanda

Microsoft Azure and AWS cloud architect, VMware specialist, and instructor

Based in: Czech Republic Czechia Working area: global
Status: at your service Languages: English, Czech

I'm an experienced Microsoft Azure & Amazon Web Services cloud architect focusing on cloud adoption, migration, and optimization. Cloud computing can bring considerable value to a business, but the cloud should be adopted correctly; otherwise, it might be a managerial, operational, and financial nightmare.

I guide my clients and help them understand the benefits and the costs of cloud solutions to enable them to be more flexible and effective in this competitive world.

I want to be your partner on your cloud journey and help you with a trouble-free cloud adoption within your company. My primary focus is on:

  • Cloud architecture – Cloud infrastructure is different from traditional on-premises solutions. I help my clients to adapt the infrastructure to benefit from the cloud fully.
  • Cloud readiness – Assessment of the current on-premises infrastructure from the technical, business, and financial perspective that determines if existing on-premises workloads are good candidates for cloud migration.
  • Cloud migration – Every customer and application is unique and requires its specific tailor-made migration plan. I can help you with the migration design, validation & testing, and the execution of the migration that together result in a bulletproof and seamless application migration to the cloud.
  • Cloud optimization – Cost management and optimization is a crucial task for workloads in the cloud. I can help you optimize your infrastructure to be more cost-effective as well as create detailed pricing calculations, forecasts, and models.

Recent projects I have worked on:

  • Cloud strategy for a major banking institution that focuses on key initiatives that allow cloud adoption in a highly secure and regulated environment.
  • Assets management in Microsoft Azure (350+ VMs and SQL servers) and integration with the existing configuration and management database
  • Application assessment of an existing application portfolio, TCO calculations and cloud design for a telecommunication operator
  • Cloud architecture in Microsoft Azure for a cloud-native application consisting of various Platform-as-a-Service components like databases, application gateways, and Kubernetes clusters.

VMWARE VSPHERE

Over the years, I have worked with traditional on-premises infrastructures, where I focus primarily on the VMware vSphere platform. I have designed one of the very first VMware-based cloud platforms in the CEE region, and I have worked with one of the biggest global telecommunication and data-center providers.

I have extensive VMware vSphere experience from various environments, from small deployments up to multi-regional data-center infrastructures with thousands of servers.

The majority of the projects are typically complex and require in-depth data-center infrastructure knowledge, but I can also help my clients with ad-hoc troubleshooting or various health-checks and configuration issues.

I focus mostly on strictly scoped projects with clear outcomes and expectations rather than traditional support.

Selected projects:

  • Data center consolidation — individual data centers in Germany, the United Kingdom, and Malaysia ware centralized under single management located in the Czech Republic
  • Infrastructure redesign — a new Veeam Backup & Replication solution spanning three data centers and 10+ physical locations in the US; business continuity and disaster recovery plans utilizing Microsoft Azure as a DR site
  • Infrastructure upgrade — data center migration from 1 GbE to 10 GbE network, storage, and server infrastructure redesign

TRAINING COURSES

I have several ready-made training courses focusing on VMware vSphere, Amazon Web Services (AWS), and Microsoft Azure, and I can also prepare a custom, tailor-made training based on your specific needs.

My training courses usually involve a lot of hands-on experience and labs rather than just a simple PowerPoint presentation, which results in a high learning curve for you or your employees.

I have experience with both on-site and remotely delivered training webinars, as well as with pre-recorded courses that can be used as a long-term source of knowledge within your company.

Training summary:

  • 20+ on-site training courses (3-5 days each) for established training centers like ICT Pro and Amenit
  • 100+ attendees of an on-site training event
  • Three highly customized training courses for Dimension Data
  • 3,800+ attendees of my online courses on Udemy
  • 10,500+ hours spent watching my online courses by attendees
Martin Gavanda

Contact details

Martin Gavanda
Pod Harfou 60
Prague
19000
Czech Republic, European Union
Mobile:+420 776 319 830
Email:me@martingavanda.com
Website:martingavanda.com
LinkedIn:martingavanda
Twitter:martingavanda
VAT ID:CZ8511116240

Firsthand recommendation

I have worked with Martin for more than five years, and I have never met such a talented and qualified IT consultant. He always tries to find a solution to any situation, no matter how complex it is. His customer-first approach is highly appreciated as well as his ability to think out of the box. Thanks to his technical and business skills, I can recommend him without hesitation.

Pavel Karba CEO at Devglobe