Cloud This, Cloud That, Clouds Here, Clouds There, Yes, a Cloud Everywhere

I am sick of hearing the word, “Cloud.” Everyone thinks they are an expert and everyone writes newsletters about the top 10 issues about clouds, the top 10 questions to ask cloud vendors, and the best colors for clouds.

Whew, that felt good.

I am on the fence when it comes to this evolving concept and the evolving technology. Personally, I am an Office 365 customer, and I am extremely happy with it. So, to me, there is merit in the concept.

The first time I heard the term, I immediately went back in my mind to a former job with an outsourcing company. We were very proud of our ability to provide virtualized environments and to provide security for shared infrastructure that included network, Internet access and security, and storage. Small, medium, and large companies were able to share resources without the expense of dedicated environments. Some of our customers referred to the cloud as “Other people’s data centers.” I started using the term, too.

In fact, that is what a cloud is, it is “other people’s data centers” with additional features and functionality around provisioning and the ability for clients to manage the day to day administration around adding and deleting users and adding and deleting capacity along with adding and deleting features. It is the provisioning that really makes a cloud valuable.

So, why am I blabbing on and on? Well, I have been doing a great deal of thinking about IT Pro (vs developer types) careers and the impact. Obviously, there will be many companies that won’t be jumping into public or shared clouds, but some will be jumping into the private cloud market, and us IT Pro types will be heavily involved. New skills, means new knowledge requirements, which means new training needs, and this will all lead to new certifications.

Consider this the introduction to several upcoming blog posts regarding certification and the new turn in technology. Of course, my view will be from the Microsoft side of the world, but most of it will probably translate to the VMWare side of the world as well as other providers like Citrix.

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