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IT Roles and the Private Cloud

private cloudFrom IT budgets to data center configuration, no area of IT is being left untouched by the advent of cloud computing. As more and more applications are moved to the cloud, we’re going to see more and more changes within our IT departments. Smart IT leaders will recognize some of these trends and be able to make them work to their advantage.

One of the ways in which cloud computing is changing IT is the impact that it’s having on IT roles. Instead of having a traditional datacenter model and the IT roles that come along with it, cloud computing (particularly a private cloud model) uses virtualized computing pools to maximize both performance and utilization. This means a big shake-up in terms of the skills that your IT professionals must have. The skills needed to design, deploy and manage a private cloud are vastly different than the skills needed to design, deploy and manage a data center solution.

Here are some of the ways that IT roles change in a private cloud world:

  • IT staff need to have a deeper understanding of their spheres in order to use them in the cloud. A storage admin, for example, needs to understand storage management well enough to be able to maneuver in both the virtual and physical world, and to be able to provision storage for the entire private cloud rather than a handful of individual applications.
  • IT staff need to expand their skill sets, too. You need to be able to integrate security into the cloud as a core component, for example, rather than an afterthought. That means your IT staff need to expand their knowledge base and their competencies to cover these kinds of issues.
  • IT and business need to work together. This should go without saying, and most companies have done a decent job of getting IT and other business units to truly dialogue. However, that dialogue becomes even more significant in a private cloud environment. Being able to offer business units the things that they want in a sort of catalog turns IT into a much more robust and efficient organizational component. In addition, IT needs to be well-versed in and convincing about how moving applications to the cloud can help meet specific business objectives.

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Unitiv, Inc., is a professional provider of enterprise IT solutions. Unitiv delivers its services from its headquarters in Alpharetta, Georgia, USA, and its regional office in Iselin, New Jersey, USA. Unitiv provides a strategic approach to its service delivery, focusing on three core components: People, Products, and Processes. The People to advise and support customers. The Products to design and build solutions. The Processes to govern and manage post-implementation operations.