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Not so long ago, it seemed that the discussion of cloud within the walls of the IT department at many an organization was a big “don’t go there.” Cloud was a menacing ogre that dug its wart-ridden hands into your IT world and ripped your job away. When it came to conversations about cloud, IT admins either tactfully veered away from them or not so tactfully refused to have anything to do with them.
Fast forward to today, and reality has taken a quite different tack. IT folks responsible for their organization’s infrastructure no longer fear the cloud. In fact, many have embraced it for doing something they never thought possible: protecting their job. Why? Cloud frees up IT admins to focus on activities that are core to growing the business – something that is becoming a fundamental goal for IT – instead of simply keeping the lights on. Cloud enables IT to become a proactive force in an organization. Among its many benefits, using cloud for IT infrastructure cuts down on maintenance headaches and reduces capital expenses, not to mention all the soft costs it reduces. There are so many different cloud providers and clouds available that it becomes a question of finding the cloud that best fits your business and is easy to manage.
To be an integral part of an organization’s growth strategy, IT departments must become more agile and responsive to business needs. For many customers, the 11:11 Cloud has become the infrastructure platform of choice because it is based on VMware technology and thus offers a strong familiarity for users. 11:11 Cloud’s management portal has been lauded by analysts and customers alike as a tool that has transformed the lives of IT professionals. The transparency and visibility they get into their cloud infrastructure resources gives them control and management capabilities they never thought existed in the public cloud. In addition, the portal’s forecasting capabilities are tremendously useful for budgeting and avoiding surprise bills.
When the burden of managing IT infrastructure is relieved by cloud-based infrastructure that’s easy to control and very transparent, IT staff gain the opportunity to become significant contributors to an organization’s bottom line. As the cloud tide turns and gains momentum within IT departments, the fear of job loss ebbs away as more folks embrace the cloud and the job security it promises for the future.