Necessary Cloud Skills for IT Administrators

8 August 2017

Operating in and, indeed, migrating to the cloud can be a daunting prospect for those traditional IT Administrators who have for so long now been accustomed to on premises and even co-located infrastructure. First thoughts and trepidations are common ones: What exactly are the necessary cloud skills? Are my skills still relevant enough to manage a successful transition to the public cloud and to maintain our infrastructure once it is there? Is the cloud secure? Is it reliable? Is my data safe? Can I provide key stakeholders an accurate budget and be sure that costs will not spiral out of control? What are those costs likely to be? What if it goes wrong and we find ourselves past the point of no return?

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Is it back to school for IT admins? Or will there be far less homework than you’d think?

Do I need to start again?

From a completely selfish standpoint, near the top of thelist of questions is likely to be do you need to start all over again? Will you need to relearn new skills to replace those that have taken so long to build up? Will you soon become an IT relic, resigned to becoming a collective in the IT history books, as redundant as those mechanical RAID arrays we all once held so dear?

The answer is, quite simply, no. Your skills and, furthermore, your experience, will never be lost. It is exactly those skills and experience that will prove essential when it comes to migrating to and operating in the cloud.

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There is no magic wand in any of this, even as clever as the cloud is and with the wide range of tooling available to you. It is exactly your ability to deliver solutions and the deep-rooted understanding of your existing technologies (along with all of their nuances) that cement your standing as a key asset to your company. Your company needs you. That will not change.

I say this because Storm ID has been there. We are there now. We are all learning, continually trying to keep up the pace that Azure (in our case) sets before us. We understand your challenges. We know where the pain is likely to come from, and we know how best to approach those points, to cushion the blow. Yes, there are skills you will need to pick up along the way – the most important of which might be an open mind. There is no denying that, but it is not as difficult as starting from ground zero.

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A dying breed

I personally come from that period in the mid-to-late 90’s – one of the ‘traditional’ on-premises IT admins who fell willing victim to the mass Microsoft land-grab of that time. I worked through the first dotcom boom, and witnessed the birth of Microsoft Active Directory in 2000. I have dealt the on-premises Microsoft Exchange hand, and I have installed 10Mbps print servers along the way. I have a broad range of skills, most of which the dwindling number of infrastructure admins starting out today will likely never need, nor want to learn.

We are a dying (sorry, ageing) breed, we IT admins. Should you show a willingness to learn a little, to refine the skills you already have, and to rediscover that initial enthusiasm which brought you to where you are now, you will flourish in the cloud. Your skills are transferrable to the cloud space and your understanding of what brought us here from where we were before will prove a key advantage. Ease (and speed) of deployment, security of your data, simulated disaster recovery scenarios, built-in encryption at transit and REST, and economy of scale, all whilst still retaining that element of art and engineering, will make you wonder how you ever managed before.

Storm ID are excited at the potential the cloud continues to bring us here. It has helped us rediscover that enthusiasm and inject the fun back into IT.

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