If you have been following technology trends for the last 3 years like Brendan Spaar has, you will notice that companies are outsourcing all of their infrastructure into the cloud. Outsourcing once was a term used to describe moving labor overseas for cheaper more competitive cost. Now it is not only the labor that is going away, but the physical hardware that the labor once supported. It will not be long until there are only a few major players in the server infrastructure world. Those major players currently are AT&T, CenturyLink, Amazon, Google, and Oracle. Should Systems Engineers fear for their jobs and jump ship to one of these companies? Not just yet says Brendan Spaar, technology expert from Atlanta Georgia. Many companies are just starting to get their first taste of infrastructure outsourcing in the lower lifecycles of their organizations. Very few companies are actually moving production applications into the cloud at this time. This is mainly because they are uncertain of how to ensure that customer data is secure and passes strenuous regulatory audits.
For now, if you are a systems engineer and don’t have some experience with public cloud technology, you had better start learning, fast. Yamaha has already moved all of its data, servers, and applications to Amazon Web Services. Brendan Spaar sees manufacturing companies like Yamaha making this move first with financial and health care being the last industry holdouts. This is all in an effort to virtualize and automate the data center. If someone else can do it faster, better, and cheaper than you can internally, it makes more sense to outsource it. It’s time for Systems Engineers to sharpen their skills and become more like architects and less like admins if they want to keep their jobs in the post cloud world.