Monthly Archives: May 2012

I often get involved in resourcing the best candidates we can get for Red Hat. The cream of the crop get interviewed for available roles in our practices globally and we've built a reputation for trying our hardest to ensure we get the best people. Two colleagues who are both happily employed in different areas of virtualisation and Cloud have something in common with a lot of us in the tech world in that we're all approached on a regular basis by headhunters and recruitment consultants aiming to pry us away from our happy homes to pastures new. This led me this morning on the back of a conversation to do some homework looking at 65 Cloud specific roles advertised on three major job portals.

There are very few good recruiters out there that properly earn their commission, they do exist and they are worth their weight in gold and they know who they are. Many companies also now have talent management staff who also are an incredibly useful buffer. The rest of the market is seemingly populated by sales people who see recruitment no differently to, for example, telemarketing or selling photocopiers.

So looking at skillsets required in advertised roles it was a scary realisation that actually we are in a position where those with Open Source and Linux skills are far far more in demand than those in Windows / Azure / VMWare technology arenas. In 65 adverts I looked at 49 were predominantly Linux skillset based. Out of that 49, 16 also mentioned VMWare. The remaining 16 adverts were VMWare / AzureĀ  roles.

It just goes to show that the sensible money is on Open Cloud, not proprietary. So if you're thinking of a career change and you want to understand how you move forward in a new career or reskill to keep your resume current you know what you have to do.

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I'm a big fan of a guy called Chris Hoff from Juniper Networks who like me has been doing the whole security piece for too long. I've heard him speak at conferences and also read his blog for a long time.

So I sat at the weekend planning some talks I'm giving and read Chris's blog for external inspiration and came across a presentation he'd given called "Sh*t my Cloud Evangelist Says - Just not to my CSO" and the resulting notes and comments - all positive. It's a great presentation with developers and enterprises in mind and reflects on the ethos of many of us trying to make Cloud safer to consume.

I totally recommend you bookmark his site, it's a little known gem that you'll come back to in a hurry.

Follow the link to Chris's site here

Pretty soon you'll start seeing in the IT press and online the buzz around CloudForms that I've mentioned here a few times in passing. CloudForms is going to be disruptive in a most welcome way to the way that IaaS is accepted and understood by technologists. CloudForms in my mind is a physical big black pen mark on the height chart of Cloud as it grows and matures, representing a change in the way we define IaaS. The concept of taking accepted comprehensive application lifecycle management with the ability to then extend those mature behavioural abilities across physical, virtual and Cloud computing platforms in a manner that is truly portable.

The market wants and needs technologies and solutions that simplify without dumbing down the problems and engineering challenges around self service and the automation of tasks in everyday Cloud management. The need to be able to prove that an organisation embracing Cloud can still apply the same governance structures and processes that they'd have over local applications once they move to any type of Open Cloud.

Importantly as companies move to this new world order the hidden but very real costs will start to emerge (wielding the sword of truth here - I'll never make a career as an analyst at this rate...) when you start to consider the manpower and dev cycle costs of application ownership across multiple tiers of Cloud or multiple providers, dealing with server sprawl the whole compliance piece that I so often talk about here as well as understanding privilege, privacy and data loss prevention measures around storage, data in transit and the vulnerability management of application services.

Talking to companies (it's my job - someones got to do it) I throw out the question of how much of current and future budgets they're going to allocate to this portion of IT Ops and it's often met with a "how long is a piece of string ?" response. Luckily CloudForms goes a lot of the way towards solving that problem by design.

But it's also not just about the inevitable (again I'll never make an analyst) march to Cloud and the consumption of Cloud resources be they private, public or hybrid resources. Also understanding how you allocate those resources, applications and services across blended platforms be they bare metal locally allocated, a single or multiple public Cloud consumptive model (accepting that most companies are entirely of a mind that lock-in is a bad idea).

CloudForms makes easier to understand and consume by virtue of great software engineering the whole scheduling piece and a major step forward in the self service equation allowing easier deployment of applications and resources. Introducing proper messaging in the stack as well as remembering always and everywhere that we need to maintain security throughout this model.

Now it's a Monday you don't want to sit here and keep reading so instead I am going to point you at a two part podcast Gordon Haff my US opposite number recorded with our product dynamo Chris Wells which makes great listening. Also below the links to the podcasts you can find two video recordings one with Chris and one with Bryan Che talking CloudForms.

CloudForms Podcast

Part one of Gordon Haff's podcast with Chris Wells
Part two of the podcast

CloudForms Videos

When I get time this week in between my day job and pressing stuff I am going to make available (probably Thursday this week) a podcast I recorded ten days ago with James Labocki which does an in depth dive around the whole consumptive usage of CloudForms. Audacity is not my friend - I must get my head round it !

Some CloudForms resources