How long have you been an MVP?

Since January 2011

How did you first start in community?

I got started by using online forums, and later on started my own blog.

Which technical community or communities are you most active in (where can people find you)? Provide links if necessary

My blog (blog.powershell.no) and Twitter (@JanEgilRing), in addition to the Norwegian user group Microsoft Technology User Group (www.mtug.no).

What’s the best technical tip you have today for implementing a cloud deployment?

In large environments there is a huge benefit in leveraging automation, specifically Windows PowerShell and System Center Orchestrator if your private cloud is based on Microsoft products.

When considering using the cloud, what do you tell people if they aren’t sure about moving to the cloud?

The key points to think about, as well as a few useful links, are provided in this TechNet Wiki article, to get started: http://social.technet.microsoft.com/wiki/contents/articles/getting-start-with-your-first-private-cloud.aspx

Do you have a blog/website link to Cloud related Tips or deployment stories you would like to share?

Yes, this Reference Architecture for Private Cloud is a useful resource: http://social.technet.microsoft.com/wiki/contents/articles/reference-architecture-for-private-cloud.aspx

Speaking from your experience, what words of advice do you have for new MVPs?

Be active in the MVP Community, which is an extremely helpful group of people. Also be sure to come to the MVP Summit if you can: it`s a great opportunity to meet fellow MVPs as well as the product groups.