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The future of in-house IT Professional (SysAdmin) career in the cloud era ?

Nowadays people hear a lot about the cloud computing and its benefits, so I wonder if the IT Core Infrastructure career will still be open or useful in the near future as more and more server is now deployed in the cloud.

Please share your thoughts and comment regarding the cloud computing era and what could be the future of IT Professional when less responsibility is offloaded into the 3rd party cloud provider.
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jjoz
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oneitnzCommented:
Cloud computing shouldn't affect the way you work, if you are an in house IT Administrator you should be embracing this new technology but in a way that you don't let too much of the administration responsibilities pass over to the Hosting Company.

You should be looking for non managed hosted services that way you still keep control of the Day to Day running of the servers. This is the method I have adopted for my outsourced IT company, One IT in New Zealand.

You should be still the go to person for your organisation and the person that makes all the technical decisions for the company there is no way for them to get rid of you altogether this way.

Regards
Brett
One IT
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jjozAuthor Commented:
Ah because in my current situation, i work in a small 50 users Software House in regional Australia where some of the developers request to deploy and configure their own virtual machine while some of them strongly suggest the vm to be deployed in google app engine or amazon elastic cloud2 ?
If somehow all vm is deployed to the cloud then there's not much left for in house sysadmin doing :-|
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oneitnzCommented:
I see where your coming from but I would be saying to them that you should be deploying your own Virtual Server that you manage internally, from experience Software Developers know very little about Systems Admin and leaving everything up to them will create a nightmare for everyone.
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jjozAuthor Commented:
That's why I was wondering what the future world of IT when all else can be automated with "Puppet - OpenSource OS customization and deployment" which means less responsibility for me.

And yes you are right, for the OS tuning and troubleshooting Google can provides almost everything but not all.
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jjozAuthor Commented:
That's why I was wondering what the future world of IT when all else can be automated with "Puppet - OpenSource OS customization and deployment" which means less responsibility for me.

And yes you are right, for the OS tuning and troubleshooting Google can provides almost everything but not all.
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jjozAuthor Commented:
That's why I was wondering what the future world of IT when all else can be automated with "Puppet - OpenSource OS customization and deployment" which means less responsibility for me.

And yes you are right, for the OS tuning and troubleshooting Google can provides almost everything but not all.
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atrevidoCommented:
We've been trialing Google Apps for about 2.5 months now on about 10 users and I'm not impressed.  My users find the interface unintuitive and I find it unintuitive to administer and extremely frustrating because when a user complains that an email wasn't delivered or received or whatever their issue is the only place I can go is to google support, which is in the UK.  I'm lucky if I get a response in about 6 hours.  I had a big problem just this last week and it took 7 days to solve it.  There is NO WAY that users will put up with that crap.  And I'm supposed to say "its google" or its the cloud's problem, I have no control.  

I'm against moving everything to the cloud, I just cannot see it.  Amazon was down for quite awhile effectively putting some people out of business
see article here  http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/04/21/amazon-cloud-failure-takes-down-web-sites/

I suppose my bottom line here is that cloud computing is not enterprise ready, I'd never trust my 500 user company's data/IT and critical business services to it.  But, from a purely selfish standpoint I'm going to learn what I can because that's how we keep our jobs in IT, keep learning and moving forward.
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jjozAuthor Commented:
Google just announced they are offering fully maintained notebook running chromeOS with full office apps and 24x7 business grade support  for $28/month. Initially in 7 countries

This includes the hardware, well this could means goodbye for the whole  IT departments.
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K_WilkeCommented:
I am very wary of cloud computing.  
Two questions:
1)  You have all your clouds in the app, what happens when the internet goes down?  
2)  What if you leave a cloud company, who owns the data since it was on their serves?
Food for thought.
Thanks,
Kelly W.
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jjozAuthor Commented:
yes, you could be right man.
suppose we say "remove" or delete who knows they still have the backup on their tape somewhere ?

or if they do have backdoor to the encryption system (universal key to decrypt our files).

When the internet goes down, yes it is time for offline activity back to the old days.
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jjozAuthor Commented:
thanks man !
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