Organizations that successfully navigate the initial migration and the secondary integration challenges often find a dedicated cloud architect invaluable, says Gillett. Cloud architects have the necessary installation, scaling, provisioning, networking and administration skills, and are skilled in security best practices, as well. "This is a crucial position for most organizations - there are lots of DevOps skills here, too. You need someone who can be a business analyst to help shape the direction IT is going as well as someone who can get in there, hands-on, and make all these systems work together," Gillett says.
Though integration challenges remain long after organizations first make the jump to the cloud, it's clear that the technology is here to stay. Businesses who ride out the current storm and find the right balance of public, private and hybrid cloud solutions will gain a unique advantage over the competitors. "The primary takeaway from all this movement is that no one model is the best answer for every workload," CompTIA's Robinson says in the statement. "Companies will be utilizing every type of system as they find the multi-cloud approach that works for them."
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