[LINK] Cloud Computing Services in Australia?
brd at iimetro.com.au
Mon Nov 7 14:22:20 AEDT 2011
On 7/11/2011 11:25 AM, grove at zeta.org.au wrote:
> What is conncerning me, as someone directly in the cone of influence
> of "The Cloud", and as one that watches restructures end people's careers on a
> seemingly more common basis, is that it is being used as an
> "operational reason" for the reduction of onshore IT jobs and outsourcing of
> systems admins, and so on.
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My view is that "The Cloud" is not so much a replacement technology as a
new way of structuring technology.
The two major aspects of cloud technology are
Virtualisation has taken off in a big way in IT departments, the major
benefit being to increase the average utilisation of servers and to
allow for rapid resource allocation to/from applications. The Cloud just
happen to make a big use of it.
Standardisation is the elephant in the room. If you look at two of the
larger players in the field, Amazon and Microsoft, their standardisation
in the infrastructure architecture space is new and different from any
sort of current infrastructure or platform models. In other words, the
cloud providers are saying: change your application architecture to suit
our product/solution/service and you can use our product/solution/service.
This means that moving existing applications to a cloud environment is
not a simple case of moving files. It's a complex re-write.
There are some specific areas where The Cloud may have a significant
impact on enterprise ICT, email and web-hosting being examples.
The upshot is that existing ICT environments will continue, maybe
gradually shrinking in absolute terms, but definitely shrinking in
relative terms as new applications use The Cloud. A bit like the
mainframe world. There's many a mainframe systems programmer and COBOL
programmer still out there maintaining and modifying existing systems.
The IT department is not going to disappear real soon now.
email: brd at iimetro.com.au
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