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December 06, 2010


Jeremy Welling

I look forward to the time when the "Cloud" nomenclature fades into history where it belongs. There to take it's place along with, iTHIS, eTHAT, vFOO, and every other term that in reality just puts a marketing spin on pre-existing tech:)


Your comment that "the topic of 'new roles, new skills, new processes' -- and getting there! -- has quickly become the #1 topic with IT leadership" matches my experiences in spades. I had a full house when I talked on this topic at CloudExpo (and I don't believe the speaker was the real draw!).

Your take on the new IT roles that cloud is helping create matches a similar list I presented in that talk. (My Data Center Dialog blog post on the topic is here: http://bit.ly/ggbZkl )

EMC's work on some of these new roles seems like a useful first step, building on your area of expertise. And, as you said, there are still other roles that are outside your certification program but still very important. I think the bottoms-up/tops-down view is a good way to look at what's needed, and even though you didn't say it explicitly, it sounds like that 2nd role is evolving more toward business-level conversations, and away from the technical ones. That's a definite cloud-inspired trend.


Harnish Asher

Sir I am a Project Manager in IT Infrastructure space. Not very technical, looking to get my skills enhanced in Cloud space. This to help me land a better job and expand my skill set. Kindly advice what certification I should pursue that is recognized and has value.

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Chuck Hollis

  • Chuck Hollis
    Chief Strategist, VMware Storage and Availability Business Unit

    Chuck works for VMware, and is deeply embroiled in all things software-defined storage these days.

    Previously, he was with EMC for 18 years, most of them great.

    He enjoys speaking to customer and industry audiences about a variety of technology topics, and -- of course -- enjoys blogging.

    Chuck lives in Holliston, MA with his wife, three kids and four dogs when he's not traveling. In his spare time, Chuck is working on his second career as an aging rock musician.

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