The professionals who have spent years buried deep in the trenches of IT are starting to find more and more that the world has become a very different place while they were off at war. Virtualization and the cloud spread responsibility for data infrastructure across the globe, while new technologies like solid-state drives and unified networking blur what the function of IT even is anymore. Social networking has forced IT to stop thinking of change as an exception and to start accepting change as the norm. In an article for IT Business Edge, Arthur Cole tracks the transformation in the landscape.
For IT to stay relevant and current, it must be able to adapt quickly to new trends and technology, but not rush toward new ideas so quickly that systems are abandoned and discarded before they have had a chance to reach their full potential. Cole quotes Michael Keen, the vice president of presales at ASG Software, in citing that IT should build its new organization with four fundamentals in mind—simplification, standardization, modularity, and integration. Keen believes this will provide the infrastructure to change with the times.
Fortunately, employing those fundamentals becomes easier since the very nature of the cloud allows for building and tearing down. However, not every change in IT has to do with the cloud. Cole notes:
The most significant change is likely to take place in storage networking, so much so that some are already predicting an end to the SAN[storage area network]as we know it. As Flash storage capacity increases, the ability to place large amounts of storage inside or right next to server enclosures promise to both lower costs and complexity of storage infrastructure and vastly improve I/O for mission-critical applications.
In spite of our anxieties, the bottom line is that these ongoing changes will inevitably lead to lower costs, easier deployability and few management and maintenance responsibilities. If the future has the potential to be that sunny, then change is worth it, even though it means our IT professionals have a whole new battle ahead of them.