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VMware #CloudOps Friday Reading Topic – It’s Time for Change

As more organizations leverage software-defined datacenter technology to increase resource utilization and automate IT processes, what does this mean for how IT can organize itself to optimize results?

There are a variety of ways IT can transform itself to increase agility, reduce costs, and improve quality of service.

Cloud Computing: 4 Ways To Overcome IT Resistance (Kyle Falkenhagen, ReadWrite)
Enterprise cloud adoption is a transformative shift – these organizational change strategies can help IT departments fight fear as they move to cloud computing.

Secrets of a DevOps Ninja: Four Techniques to Overcome Deployment Roadblocks (Jonathan Thorpe, Serena Software)
Process consistency and automation help development and operations work closely together to get software that delivers value to customers faster.

On IT’s Influence on Technology Buying Decisions. Role #1: Get Out of the way (Ben Kepes, Diversity Limited)
IT needs to help set parameters, then get out of the way and let the business and users drive the process.

The Orchestrated Cloud (Venyu)
The Software Defined Admin – orchestrates provisioning, scaling, incident response and disaster recovery.

When all resources in the datacenter can be manipulated via API (Software-defined data center), the traditional role of the IT admin and how admins are grouped in the IT organization will change.

This means that IT has a great opportunity to reinvent itself as a strategic business enabler. The question is whether you’re ready to rise to the occasion.

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A New Kind of Sys Admin

I’m going out on a limb.  I predict that demand for IT professionals who keep complex systems running will grow in the next 5 years. Or 10 years. Or forever.  Until people and businesses realize that tech is a fad, and start relying LESS on technology to do good work, connect with people, make life better.

For this topic, let’s accept the claim that new technologies that abstract and automate resources in the data center or the cloud simultaneously reduce costs AND improve IT responsiveness.  Double value.  Good for business.

But what about people.  Are new technologies good for careers in Infrastructure and Ops?  More importantly, are they good for YOUR career?

Assume that a growing global population coupled with a bigger global “tech footprint” means ever growing IT industry and overall more jobs. More specifically, for IT admins pondering the impact of “the cloud” on their future prospects – job prospects for:

  • Single system specialists – cool
  • Multi-function generalists – warm
  • Admins who can program a little, and get things done with tools that abstract away system details – hot hot hot

Bottom line – even though much of the savings derived from more dynamic and distributed service delivery models (read “the cloud”) is Opex savings, there is and will continue to be exciting opportunity working in IT.

There will be more opportunity to focus on adding business value, and less focus on managing the fine grained details of compute, storage, or network functions.

Here are a couple links for further reading:

Luke from Puppet Labs describes, “The rise of a new kind of administrator.”
Jasmine McTigue discusses, “IT Automation – good for business and IT careers.”

IT Joke – what people say about the water glass picture:

  • Optimist – sees a glass half full with lots of opportunity
  • Pessimist – sees a glass half empty with lots of waste
  • IT Engineer – sees glass that is twice as big as required capacity

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VMware #CloudOps Friday Reading Topic – Workload Migration

What existing enterprise applications should be moved to the public cloud?

Your enterprise cloud strategy should be based on a clear understanding of what is realistic. Verify your assumptions about what can be and what shouldn’t be moved into a public Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) cloud environment as you build a business case and a plan.

 Q: Which Apps Should I Move to the Cloud? A: Wrong Question (James Staten, Forrester)
Asking “which apps to move to the cloud” shows we still have much to learn about public cloud environments.

Which Apps to Move to the Cloud? (Ben Kepes, Diversity Limited)
Think in terms of “peeling of an onion” and “baby steps.”

Checklist: Is my app ready for the cloud? (Marco Meinardi, Joyent)
Three point checklist.  Number 1, is the application written for the cloud?

How To Pick a Project for Your First Public Cloud Migration (David Linthicum, Blue Mountain Labs)
Start with low visibility, low risk, low complexity.

With all the hype about the cloud, the dirty little secret is that most enterprise applications won’t be forklifted into a public cloud environment.

From an IT operations perspective – that means as your company pursues a cloud strategy, or increases the use of automation and standardization to gain agility, you will still need to manage a mix of physical, virtual and cloud environments. You’ll support a broad mix of existing enterprise applications and new killer apps designed for the cloud. And regardless of where the workload physically lives, you will be responsible for making sure it all works and works together.

It is an exciting time to be an IT Ops professional. Use of technology grows unabated. Complexity seems to grow without limits. That sounds like job security to me.

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