As virtualized technologies bridge the gap from early adopters to the mainstream, there are a number of concerns that companies must address in the area of management in order to ensure that they are not only keeping up with the technology offered but that their ability to manage it remains consistent.
First, companies need to think about changing the way that their IT departments are structured. Rigid hierarchies are not as effective in a virtual world where the physical aspects of the server are no longer maintained at the local level. Narrow job descriptions will not allow IT staff to make the most of what virtual servers have to offer a company. In order to get the best from an IT department, a business needs to broaden not only what can be done, but who can do it.
Companies must also consider how they acquire and train their employees in the new market space. Where possible, it is often cost-effective to train those who are already on the inside, rather than hiring a new set of staff members specifically for cloud applications. In addition to money saved, this can also create a more harmonious staff atmosphere, as there will not be a perception that the company is simply replacing all of the old guard.
In addition, automation is becoming a crucial aspect of VPS and cloud management. Many processes can be made not only automated, but kept human-centric, allowing a company to focus on what is important while still retaining the control that they need over mission-critical applications.
As the influence of the cloud grows, companies must develop management strategies that respond to it, rather than fight against it, in order to be competitive in today’s cutting edge marketplace.
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