2014 is a few months away now. In those few months quite a lot of things happened. A new job with new challenges, Windows XP EOL, a new Microsoft CEO and new insights on things that currently happening in the IT world. To me, 2014 is the year that will the beginning of drastic changes in the IT landscape to come, and this train is most likely not going to stop for a while. I wrote this blog to write things down that are on my mind, it has become a bit overwhelming to me so writing it down allows me to empty my head a bit 😉
Before 2014, many organizations were somewhat reluctant to embrace the possibilities that Cloud technologies introduce to their IT environment. These technologies are not available to IT organizations who have legal and/or political constraints to introduce Cloud technologies. Here in NL, this is especially true for government organizations which are bound by laws stating that government data can never leave the country. They may, however, consider building Private Clouds to keep everything in the country. This blog is also taking Public Cloud technologies into consideration. I have to admit though that I’m somewhat biased since I work with Microsoft technology only, so I actually speak Azure instead of Public Cloud.
The need to have an on-premises IT infrastructure will slowly become smaller. I don’t expect that organizations will decommission their servers immediately and stick with Cloud technology only but I expect infrastructures to become smaller.
Here are some good examples of changes in the IT infrastructure:
- Microsoft Exchange environments being replaced by Office 365
- No fixed workplace anymore but the ability to work anywhere with any supported device
- Servers with low resource utilization being moved to Azure
- On-premise backups are replaced by backup to the Cloud, the need to mess around with tapes will go away too
Eventually, I expect on-premises environments to disappear as well and all management that is required for that will go with it. Maybe large datacenters and data rooms require some sort of management to keep everything going but smaller organizations who don’t have a large datacenter should not consider building one right now since a lot of Cloud technologies are available for them as well. They should skip the expensive investments to buy new hardware and transfer everything to the cloud when possible.
Here are some thoughts about the consequences for this long term change:
- The traditional system administrator will slowly disappear
- Traditional office buildings will become much smaller because people don’t really need to be there to do their job, maybe for meetings and socializing purposes only (in NL, this might be the nail on the office buildings market’s coffin)
- Because all company data is in the cloud, it becomes much harder to compromise this data due to unauthorized access because a device was stolen or missing
- Investments in hardware will be significantly different
- End users will choose their preferred device, they will receive a spending budget instead of a company policy defined device
So what does this mean for me?
Well, here’s just some examples:
- I don’t need to bother anymore to make sure company data is safe, so nothing is stored on my local disk. I feel pretty liberated not to be worried anymore that my disk might break down which causes loss of data
- It’s all about letting go, so I should not hold on anymore trying to keep things on-premise
- I should forget about certain concepts which become somewhat obsolete
- I really need to leave my comfort zone
I have to admit though, it will provide my some fantastic challenges to help customers introducing Cloud technologies so they can be more focused on their core business and generate more revenue…
It’ll be a lot of fun.