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Now is a good time to bring your cloud computing skills to the forefront. Demand for cloud-ready IT workers will grow by 26 percent each year through 2015, according to a new Microsoft-sponsored IDC white paper. If that estimate proves true, there could be as many as 7 million cloud-related jobs in the world. IT hiring managers, however, report that the biggest reason they failed to fill an existing 1.7 million open cloud-related positions in 2012 was that job seekers lacked the training and certification needed to work in a cloud-enabled world, according to an article on SciTechToday.com The IT sector is seeing only modest growth of IT jobs. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average growth in IT employment sits between 1.1 percent and 2.7 percent per year through 2020. But within the larger IT sector, cloud jobs are gaining major momentum, and the IDC... (more)

When the Cloud Is Run on a Cloud

At first blush, it sounds like a mystic's riddle, somewhere in the vicinity of the sound of one hand clapping. But in reality, it's a setup that makes perfect sense: Rackspace runs its OpenStack cloud in another OpenStack cloud. "We're running our cloud inside of a cloud," John Engates, chief technology officer at Rackspace, recently told Wired.com. "All of the control nodes that are necessary to serve the customers on our cloud are running in another OpenStack cloud." The arrangement is only natural. "It's a better way of doing things," Engates said. "We're merely eating our own... (more)

The Other Futures of Enterprise IT

Between cloud computing, big data and consumer IT, executives feeling capable of making more of their own technology decisions. And with the ongoing business pressures for speed, agility and innovation, executives are eager to rethink and reinvent the IT department, according to a column in the Wall Street Journal. "Planning the future of IT by projecting today's technology trends into the future is at best naïve and at worst dangerously myopic. The future that technologists expect and want may not be the world that CIOs get. Shifting social, economic and political forces will i... (more)

Next Stop in Cloud Computing: How Can It Be Implemented?

First there was "what." Then there was "why." Now there is "how." Cloud computing is being embraced by most enterprise IT shops - at least according to attendees and vendors at the 10th Cloud Expo in New York, writes Roger Strukhoff of Cloud Computing Journal. Many organizations now want to know how to harness the strengths of cloud computing. The word of the day at Cloud Expo was "multi-cloud," Strukhoff explained: "It turns out that enterprise IT is complex, and that cloud is not going to eliminate that complexity, at least with larger shops. However, it will continue the push i... (more)

Ways Cloud Computing Will Change by 2020

Think cloud computing is just the latest IT fad? Think again. Forrester predicts the global cloud computing market will grow from $35 billion in 2011 to around $150 billion by 2020 as it becomes key to many organizations' IT infrastructures. According to an article on ZDNet, by 2020 cloud is going to be a major - and permanent - part of the enterprise computing infrastructure. By 2020, a generational shift will have occurred in organizations. A new generation of CIOs will be in charge that have grown up using cloud-based tools, making them far more willing to adopt cloud on an ente... (more)