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MarciaNWC
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MarciaNWC,
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7/23/2014 | 11:22:50 AM
Re: "The Rise Of The Cloud Administrator" Article
@mprest, that's an interesting point. It seems the automated infrastructures are supposed to make things easier, but actually create more complications.
mprest
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mprest,
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7/23/2014 | 10:29:46 AM
"The Rise Of The Cloud Administrator" Article
There's still a place for Sys Admins and Network Admins even in cloud platforms like AWS. Same thing with security admins. Small companies though still have multi-purpose admins though who have to do everything (systems, networks, security).

For me the big change in cloud platforms is the introduction of automated infratructures using tools like Chef, Puppet and CloudFormation. Environments can be created easily, torn down (or not) and management (costs, patching, security, control) is much more complicated.
Susan Fogarty
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Susan Fogarty,
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7/23/2014 | 10:14:14 AM
Re: Cloud, GUIs, and networking
Jason, I think that's a great observation. I am starting to see already a division of "expert" level engineers and architects who are learning all of this new stuff, and then the folks who can barely keep the lights on in their environments. I have a feeling thoe second category will eventually outsource all their IT operations. And in the first category, many of the technologists will eventually go work at cloud providers themselves.
Jason Lackey
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Jason Lackey,
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7/22/2014 | 3:33:37 PM
Re: Cloud, GUIs, and networking
Certainly a good piece. Many of the brighter people I talk to see the world of networks mirroring the world at large with a relatively small but skilled subset doing very well for themselves while those with fewer skills and less education will be increasingly marginalized and will see longer downtime between gigs and more gigs paying less or part time etc. Things like SDN and more programmable networks are probably going to result in a situation where the people who are not only network people but can also do some Python etc will do well. A coder can always do CLI and a CLI guy can always do GUI, but a GUI guy may not be able to code and may even struggle with CLI.
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LawrenceGarvin,
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7/21/2014 | 1:34:16 PM
Re: Cloud, GUIs, and networking
I suspect that the GUI will also continue to reign supreme. I think one of the reasons that SDN is now using GUI-based tools is because the complexity of the environment has exceeded the simplicity that can be addressed by the CLI. It's one thing to be working within the configuration of a single firewall, switch, or core router, but it's entirely a different thing to be managing a complex connection of multiple such devices (or functions).

As for PowerShell, it provides some very unique capabilities, and will likely continue to be a niche tool in the server administration space, but I can't help but get the feeling that the actual use of PowerShell is a bit less than might actually be the perception.
MarciaNWC
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MarciaNWC,
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7/21/2014 | 1:08:39 PM
Re: Cloud, GUIs, and networking
I think I understrand what you mean -- that they don't provide much help in terms of practical expertise. I wonder if readers know of other resources for providing good cloud preparation.
aditshar1
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aditshar1,
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7/21/2014 | 1:04:47 PM
Re: Cloud, GUIs, and networking
What i believe is that these trainings can help you gain awareness on system but they might not yield results when working on system.
MarciaNWC
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MarciaNWC,
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7/20/2014 | 7:38:42 PM
Re: Cloud, GUIs, and networking
Hi @aditshar1, that's a good question. I'm not sure I have a specific recommendation, but there is a lot of cloud computing training available, including free courses from Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure training, and VMware. The Cloud Security Alliance also offers training. 
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aditshar1,
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7/19/2014 | 12:55:45 PM
Re: Cloud, GUIs, and networking
Thank You @Marcia, survey inspires me to work hard towards my learning. What do you suggest company should devote in order to make their employees cloud ready.
MarciaNWC
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MarciaNWC,
User Rank: Strategist
7/18/2014 | 7:01:37 PM
Re: Cloud, GUIs, and networking
A survey released earlier this year by Science Logic showed that while organizations are investing heavily in virtualization and cloud, a lot of IT pros feel they need more skills to help in cloud initiatives.
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