Justin Whelan

Cloud Solutions Architect

The early days

My early working days saw me join the Royal Air Force as an Avionics Engineer, where I traveled the world and gained an education in Electronic Engineering, which taught me the fundamentals of fault finding and problem investigation I still use to this day. I spent eight years doing this before retraining, gaining the Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer accreditation and starting my career in IT.

I spent several years doing project-related contracts, enjoying assisting companies to get the best out of technology and pushing towards their overall goals. In 2011 my family and I moved to New Zealand, where I worked for the largest ISP/MSP in the country as a solutions architect, moving toward cloud architecture as the concept grew legs, eventually settling on Azure as my cloud platform of choice (as it’s just better than the others).

Over the next eight years, I worked with many SMB and Enterprise companies, assisting them to gain the benefits of cloud. For my work in this area, I was selected as a Microsoft Partner Seller of the year finalist and gained several cloud accreditations. Eventually, the lure of England called us back, and I took a role assisting a SaaS Education provider to take their cloud environment beyond just VM’s, helping them to realise the benefits true cloud technologies offer.

Life at Waterstons

I work for Waterstons as a Cloud Architect, concentrating on Azure. Since arriving, I have worked with some fantastic organisations and assist them to understand how Cloud computing can benefit their companies. After working with multiple managed service providers in the past, I find Waterstons openness and honesty both to themselves and their customers very refreshing. From here, I am hoping to assist our customers to get the best out of Azure, in all its many shapes and sizes.

Life outside of Waterstons

Outside of work, I like anything which gets me away from my keyboard and mouse. I have a home gym setup, and can often be seen walking, running or cycling around the local area. More recently, I’ve become a bit of a DIY enthusiast after investing in my first real toolset a couple of years ago.


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