(Thought that title might get your attention)
Over the last month or so – I’ve had my head in the clouds working away on creating a scenario based demo for EnergizeIT that leverages the scalability of the cloud and “transportability” of existing .net code and “n” tier architecture. I’ve been living the life of an IT Pro influenced in a “Dev” world for the most part. I don’t know how many of you IT Pros deal with in house developed apps and are considering Azure – but it got me thinking of a more general question I thought I’d ask you.
As IT Pros who save the world every day at work – what do you think about all this “cloud” stuff?
Like – seriously. Do you think it is going to impact you in the short term? Is it something that you can “ignore” because it’s a DEVELOPER thing? Are you worried about how it will affect your day to day work? How much change will it introduce when it does “hit” your environment – if it hasn’t already. I have my on theories on it and it’s affect on “life as an IT Pro” based on research I’ve been doing over the last while – but until now – I haven’t asked YOU.
What are “cloud services” and how will it impact you?
This shouldn’t be anything new to you for the most part – you can look at it in one way as a marketing term to spin a simple concept that has been around for ages – Hosted Services. Hosting has been around for a while. Initially as something that made sense was to host your public presence of website / eCommerce (remember that term?) at a hosting provider/partner and you maintained it as a separate entity – instead of having it hosted within your own premise and exposing parts of it to the public. Cloud Services like Azure introduce scalability and performance “elasticity” for applications hosted in the cloud. But the term “cloud services” really is more then just Dev and application stuff.
Now that we’ve talked about apps – what do you think is The Next generalised workload that is a good fit for hosting? Think for a moment about your environment – regardless of size – and what takes a good chunk of your time and would MAKE SENSE to have hosted by someone else but managed and controlled by YOU. What workload would that be? What workload would you consider to offload to the cloud if you have the power to make the decision right now. Am I blowing smoke? Would you / could you do it?
OK – now tell me with a comment posted below.
EnergizeIT will be talking about “the cloud” from one perspective (with a really COOL multi-faceted scenario based demo in the morning) and it will even show you some real world examples of how it might impact your “IT Pro world”. That being said – I thought I would start a thread of conversation specifically targeting NON application hosted / developer perspectives on “cloud services” for IT Professionals here on the blog and explore the “non-developer” (for lack of a better term) focused scenarios and what it could actually mean to you in your day to day activities / tools and even roles at work as an IT Pro.
I’m anxious to read your comments.