It’s 2016 and system administrators (system administrators!!) are still saying things like: “Cloud is just servers on the darn internet…” Don’t these “system administrators” know it’s far more than that?
I know why these knuckle draggers think the way they do. Some of them disregard the cloud’s significant and growing role in IT, for whatever reason. Such a shame. Technology “experts” should embrace new changes, not find comfort in what they already know. Alas, this is all too common in technical fields.
I have known more self-proclaimed “wizard sysadmins” who could barely add a new user to a server than I care to think about.
A related problem — and I see this a lot in people who don’t get the cloud — is that they do know select technology really well. Because they are an expert at one technology, they feel they can apply it to all. They can’t. For example, just because an experienced system administrator really gets Active Directory — or thinks he does anyway — that doesn’t mean his opinion on Azure is worth listening to.
Underneath their reluctance, administrators know the cloud is more than hype or a buzzword. But they still make comments like above. They do it because they’re afraid their boss is going to realize that their Unix shell skills aren’t that important anymore in a DevOps world.
Bad news, guys and gals. If you’re not always picking up new and in-demand IT skills, the day will soon arrive when you’ll be out of a job.
Many sysadmins also fear, in their heart of hearts, that they can’t learn these “newfangled” cloud technologies. They may not be wrong. Many cloud technologies, such as the maze of technologies that make up OpenStack, are not at all easy to learn.
Others fear their jobs are going to disappear as CIOs decide to move from in-house data-centers to the cloud. Hence, their claim there’s really nothing new or special about the cloud. So, so wrong.
Of course their fears have a basis of fact.
An Uptime Institute survey of 1,000 IT executives found that 50 percent of senior enterprise IT executives expect most IT workloads to be running on the cloud or colocation sites in the future. Of those surveyed, 23 percent expect the shift to happen next year, and 70 percent expect that shift to occur within the next four years.
Here are two simple truths:
One, the cloud is far more than just a bunch of servers on the Internet. If you’re not clear on the key cloud concepts, see my story: Telling the difference between clouds and cloud-washing.
Two, the cloud is taking over all of IT. Pretending otherwise, no matter what the reasons — ignorance, lack of skills, or fear — isn’t going to change this.
What are you and your employees doing to clue in to cloud?