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How does a move to the cloud impact IT staffing?

IT operations managers who have built clouds or begun experimenting with cloud technologies report that it’s had a profound effect on the way that they run their IT infrastructure and do their jobs. At a basic level it impacts IT staffing resources and can reduce the number of administrators needed to manage an environment. Implementing a private cloud can also help IT stay abreast of demand, provisioning and deprovisioning resources at will. But instead of racking and stacking services, IT managers running cloud environments spend more time evaluating workloads for their architectural, performance and compliance requirements and mapping those against the available cloud services. For IT managers, learning these new skills is a question of staying on the side of growth as cloud computing becomes the new standard in IT.

In this analyst roundtable discussion, our panel of experts will address these questions:

  • What role does workload automation play and how does it change the role of IT ops?
  • What are the security and compliance considerations of a move to the cloud?
  • How are enterprises managing a multicloud environment?
  • What are the implications for capacity management and provisioning?

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4 Responses to “How does a move to the cloud impact IT staffing?”

  1. Lily Wilks

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  2. Marcus Robertson

    The key functions of the IT staff haven’t gone away, but how they approach their job has.

    1.) A much broader Application knowledge is required. API’s and control panels take a front seat to deep installation and configuration experience. Much less “hard drive swapping” and more strategic capacity and disaster recovery planning.

    2.) The more you host in the cloud, the more scale you get. Systems per IT staffer is greatly increased as tools have improved and automation makes many of the primary tasks for IT staff (and often mundane stuff) now just a dashboard item in the background. Loss of direct control–but not loss of accountability–is a big consideration when outages occur.

    Marcus Robertson