Enterprise IT departments are being transformed by cloud computing, according to one Sun executive.
Lew Tucker, chief technical officer of Sun's cloud computing branch, said that the firm has seen an increased interest from IT departments in how cloud services can be used both to supplement and to replace existing hardware infrastructure.
Tucker said that the interest has covered both external cloud systems and locally run "private cloud" platforms.
"With traditional IT, where they already have a lot of investment in servers, we're also seeing IT managers looking at cloud computing and saying 'Is there something I can use here internally?'," said Tucker.
He said that additionally, IT staff were seeing their roles change. As cloud computing services either eliminate hardware or minimise maintenance, Tucker said that IT departments are being freed up to perform other duties, such as engineer new code or add additional features to tools.
"Internal IT is looking much more like a service provider," he explained.
"They are starting to be able to take advantage of higher degrees of automation in systems administration to drive down their costs and they can give their business units better agility."
Tucker's comments highlight what has been an ongoing theme at the 2009 CloudWorld conference. Several speakers have noted the emergence of cloud systems within IT and the ways in which both locally hosted and web-based cloud computing systems were changing enterprise computing.
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