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David Staskiewicz

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April 29, 2019

Embracing the Cloud

Cloud IT Infrastructure Blog

There are several ways that an organization can start the process of taking advantage of services hosted by cloud providers. One of the least popular ways of moving services to the cloud is Shadow IT — at least by enterprise department IT standards.

What is shadow IT?

Shadow IT occurs when non-IT staff set up their own IT services without first consulting the IT department. Because of the vast number of cloud providers and differing levels of security, this can put an organization’s data at risk.

What can you learn from Shadow IT?

Although Shadow IT isn’t popular within IT departments, there is a lot to be learned from what users are trying to accomplish when they source external IT services.

Many users are seeking the flexibility that cloud services can provide. This flexibility includes quickly spinning up and down services, leading to the ability to achieve a faster rate of iteration. For example, it is often faster for developers to reinstall an application on a clean OS than to troubleshoot and correct what went wrong with the previous installation.

IT Infrastructure through a new lens.

IT infrastructure teams are finding that they need to change what they provide to their internal customers. This requires looking at services through a new lens. IT infrastructure teams can help an organization step to the cloud by providing automation around existing IT infrastructure. Instead of viewing IT infrastructure as the service provided, IT departments need to look at being a provider of a portal to their users.

Within this framework, portal users are able to provision their own system without concern for the underlying infrastructure. By setting up a portal to access the infrastructure of an organization, the IT infrastructure team can then work on making sure the infrastructure available to the users is secure, has the appropriate corporate policies (i.e., Life Cycle, High Availability, User Access, etc.), and minimizes costs for the organization.

Once a portal is in place, the IT infrastructure team can then look at the best location for hosting business services. This could be existing on-premise equipment, a hosting provider, or a cloud service.

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About the Author

David is a Red Hat Certified Consultant who has been working in the enterprise IT space since 1995. For more than a decade David has been focusing on UNIX, Linux, Virtualization, and Enterprise Storage. Throughout his career, David has had the opportunity to work in healthcare, manufacturing, insurance, and financial industries. At OST David has been focusing on healthcare customers by helping them to implement their infrastructure required to run their Electronic Medical Record systems and advise them through the complexities, risk, and best practices required for a high-quality solution. During these implementations, David works to ensure that the systems are resilient and recoverable in the case of an unexpected event.