"Cloud computing is not a job eliminator, it is a job creator,"

 

International Facility Management Association (IFMA) Silicon Valley Chapter organized a meeting to discuss Cloud Computing Impacts on Facilities Management (FM).

Publicado por FAMASE el 05/04/2012 (ENG)


 



Exafort's CEO Arun Kanchi talks about Cloud Computing Impacts on Facility Management in a panel discussion organized by the International Facility Management Association (IFMA) Silicon Valley Chapter at NetApp, Sunnyvale, CA.



Santa Clara, CA (PRWEB) March 30, 2012



International Facility Management Association (IFMA) Silicon Valley Chapter organized a meeting to discuss Cloud Computing Impacts on Facilities Management (FM). The meeting was held at NetApp, Sunnyvale, CA on March 28, 2012. The discussion was led by a panel of experts in Cloud Computing, Information Technology and Data Center facilities. The speakers Arun Kanchi, Exafort, Bruce Thorpe, NVIDIA and Steve Paszkiewicz, Risk Management Solutions gave an enlightening talk on Cloud Computing and its impact on FM. The meeting was focused on how the rapid adoption of Cloud Computing by organizations world-wide is changing the real estate landscape, the ever increasing closeness of IT and facilities groups and its positive impact on jobs.



"Cloud computing is not a job eliminator, it is a job creator," said Arun Kanchi, CEO of Exafort. According to a recent study by analyst firm IDC, Cloud Computing will potentially generate at least 14 million new jobs across the globe within the next three years. Of these about 6.7 million new jobs will be created by the end of year 2012. Many of these new jobs created are likely to be outside of IT groups, but still a large number of these jobs are going to be with-in IT and facilities groups to build, deliver and support cloud based services to end customers.



The conversations were dominated by the building blocks, core infrastructure and cost etc. The main topics included: 



Awareness & Taxonomy: Why cloud? How is it applicable to enterprises? Public Cloud vs. Private Cloud vs. Semi Private Cloud.



Infrastructure capabilities: How to have elastic infrastructure; Compute, Storage and Network.



Cost & Scalability: How is cloud setup more cost-effective than traditional on-premise setups?



Jobs: How IT and Facility job descriptions are evolving due to increasing cloud adoption rates; what should one do to re-invent themselves?



Given that the idea of immediately leveraging cloud based technology and business practices look inviting, solid preparation for this move is crucial. Existing organizational roles will shift, business practices will change, and your customers as well as internal stakeholders could be impacted. Cloud adoption is a great opportunity, not only to change, but also to improve. Cloud technology experts like Exafort have been helping organizations prepare and execute this shift.



Cloud is clearly a positive force, promoting new innovations all around. As Arun Kanchi, put it, "By migrating to the cloud and utilizing cloud based services like Amazon Web Services, Google Apps, Microsoft Office 365, Salesforce.comNetSuite etc., organizations can reduce their IT costs by 30% to 40% and use the savings to fuel innovations and promote business growth."



"At Risk Management Solutions, we have fully embraced Cloud Computing and converted our IT spending from Capex to Opex. With the cloud we are now able to scale up IT resources in a matter of minutes, in the past with traditional methods this used to take us several weeks to procure and setup the resources needed," said Steve Paszkiewicz, Senior Director, Business Applications, Risk Management Solutions.



"Current GPU technology is at 5 Billion calculations per watt, the next generation of GPU's will be 14 Billion calculations per watt. This represents a massive shift in compute power and energy efficiency; which will change the way cloud services are delivered," said Bruce Thorpe, Global Lead, Energy & Critical Environments at NVIDIA.





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