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2015: Enterprise IT doesn’t have to be a Sci-Fi Dystopia

Movies like The Hunger Games and the dystopian sci-fi stories of the past are captivating and harrowing, but they can also be prohibitively fear-provoking. And in this brave new future of IT, there seems to be no shortage of fear mongering about the disruptive nature of cloud computing. In an article for ZDNet, Jason Perlow addresses the dystopian tone of discussions surrounding the topic of cloud IT:

No other disruptive technology paradigm has brought such divisiveness to our field in the last two years than that of cloud computing, which brings with it the potential for huge cost savings in capital and operational expenditure as well as in being able to make IT run at the pace of the business.

It Will Come

The truth, says Perlow, is that whether we like it or not, cloud computing will come. Being prepared for the cloud is the only rational solution for IT to embrace. In his Brave New World anlaogy, “the Alphas and Betas who understand and live cloud will have far more advantages than the Gammas and Deltas that are unable to comprehend it or willfully resist change.”

Not a Simple Plot

There’s no denying the inevitable disruption that comes with any systemic change. However, the cloud discussion is too often seen in terms of black and white (or in terms of Morlocks and Elois). Perlow suggests that users and IT practitioners take a closer look at all the available options and configurations. For instance, in-house data centers can be used in conjunction with private and public cloud if it suits the organization’s fancy.

A Happy Ending

There’s no denying the cost savings and competitive advantages of software-defined storage and networking, self-service portals, automation, and the like. It may result in reductions in CAPEX and OPEX, but hey, it will make the profession less dystopian in the end.

Read the original article at: http://www.zdnet.com/article/2015-enterprise-it-doesnt-have-to-be-a-sci-fi-dystopia/

About Eric Anderson

Eric Anderson is a staff writer for CAI's Accelerating IT Success. He is an intern at Computer Aid Inc., pursuing his master's degree in communications at Penn State University.

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