As summertime approaches here on the east coast, we’re dreaming of time away from work to recharge. How much of your daily work in IT can be automated while you’re away from the office? This recent IT Pro piece notes that we all tend toward keeping the status quo, even if it’s clear it’s not working well. IT, still, is largely defined by the maintenance work they need to do to keep the lights on in the company data center. The big question revolves around how they can innovate to get out of the break/fix cycle. Some recommendations in here are finding a consultant to help and tackling specific projects that are tied to a known business case. Let’s all hope our summer vacations bring some new ideas about innovation.
Even with the rise of cloud computing, businesses maintain data centers in-house. With cloud comes the concepts of speed, agility, and efficiency. One recent study found that only 9% of IT leaders think their data center is optimized. When you are considering efficiency measures for the data center, consider some of the techniques and technologies used by ultra-modern hyperscale providers today. For example, you may rethink old redundancy expectations, and streamline the variety of servers in the data center to bring efficiency. Data center vendors are also working on hyperscale-inspired management tools that are accessible to the regular Joe enterprises out there.
With all this growth and change in IT, CFOs are taking notice of cloud’s bottom line, according to this Cloud Technology Partners story. The view of cloud from the finance department is likely different from IT’s view of things. The CFO only sees cloud’s cost benefits, while many IT teams still grapple with the loss of control that cloud represents. IT can speak up for its goals and ideas and may gain more respect if they have an understanding of cloud pricing models and provider agreements.
When you are managing a hybrid cloud environment, there may be some new technology. But there are also existing tasks to reconsider, says a Forbes contributor discussing hybrid cloud management. For example, capacity planning in the pre-cloud era had to take into account the need for overprovisioning and load balancing, just in case there were bursts of traffic. Now, though, IT teams may still be overprovisioning their hardware load balancers out of habit. In the cloud, though, that can waste money easily. The shifts in the tech industry are technological, but they’re also very human.