When Technology Becomes Convenient, Is It Really Easier?

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Dawn Altnam is a regular contributor to The HRIS World.


Is IT Really Easy Now?

There’s an interesting sentiment or idea that is going around that somehow IT is magically easier now.

This is largely fueled by the advent and rise of cloud computing and virtualization.

Sure, issues can be isolated and automated faster than ever before, but let’s not forget the age we live in.

Data is bigger than it ever was, and with the constant stream of data needed to stay competitive in today’s information market, IT processes are now more complex than they ever were.

Again, these complex IT processes are streamlined and require less legwork, but IT is by no means easy.

The cloud isn’t magic and virtualization isn’t a miracle.

The legwork involved with managing data on the IT level hasn’t become easier; it’s just changed drastically.

Technology that Fuels the “IT is easy” Sentiment

Virtualization

The “easy” revolution is almost primarily driven by the fact that nearly anything in the IT or data management process can be virtualized.

This includes everything from server virtualization to network virtualization to application virtualization.

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Sure, it’s incredibly easy to manage these components every day.

In fact, through companies like Scale Computing, these infrastructural resources are easier to scale than at any time in the history of server level computing.

But when it comes to actually building, testing and deploying virtualized components, that is an entirely different story altogether.

Cloud Computing

Cloud computing tells a similar story.

Since much of the cloud is powered by virtualization, there’s often talk that all an IT department needs is a sophisticated web portal to manage and deploy data throughout a company’s infrastructure.

The problem is that sometimes the computing resources aren’t there to power the cloud-based systems that boast making IT processes easier than ever.

 

A Cloud Portal Isn’t the Answer

So what happens when a cloud or other virtualized server goes down?

Who handles the problems, or rebuilds the virtualized environment when something really goes wrong?

This takes an IT ninja to step in and take over the reins of the server.

By no means is this an easy process.

It takes some real talent to be able to turn things around quickly and efficiently to ensure that the system is both highly functional and high performing.

But some of today’s IT professionals have gotten cocky with their overconfidence in these new tools that have “transformed” the way we handle IT disasters.

Others, of course, have gotten frustrated as their managers claim that their jobs are way easier than they actually are.

The Last Word

To be clear, we’re not decrying the technology that has made life easier.

The cloud has made it so IT professionals can manage data from virtually anywhere in the world.

And virtualization is now more powerful than ever in the way it helps server administrators handle problems and increase computing power across the entire datacenter.

The point is that managing IT resources hasn’t really gotten any easier.

It’s just changed drastically.

As data management has become increasingly complex, IT processes have shifted to meet the dynamic needs of big data in the enterprise computing environment.

 


What Are Your Thoughts??

  You’ve probably heard the phrase, “The grass is always greener on the other side of the hill…” What recent events have you had with IT that supports Dawn’s points?

  What other points can you add to her post?

  There are always going to be geeks that can understand many things about computers… And there are going to be those who can’t figure out how to use a smartphone… In reality, do you see a day coming when technology will NOT need someone to provide some level of support? Remember, the VHR (if you know what one is) was never championed by too many people…

Please share your thoughts with our audience in the comments section below!

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Dawn Altnam

Dawn Altnam is a regular contributor to The HRIS World, be sure to see her other articles listed just below.

Dawn lives & works in the midwest and loves following the business tech world.

After furthering her education, she now spends her time researching her interests and blogging her discoveries quite often.

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