The ubiquity of online access on all devices has increased the popularity of cloud-based services. The lack of physical connection to your data can be problematic at times, but it also helps to prevent data loss in times of natural disasters. Justin Giardina, a graduate of the University of New Orleans, talks about his career working with cloud services.

(Photo Courtesy of Justin Giardina)

(Photo Courtesy of Justin Giardina)

What degree program did you study?

“Computer Science at University of New Orleans.”

What does your current job entail?

iland is in the very competitive global enterprise cloud hosting and disaster recovery as a service market. As CTO, I oversee all aspects of iland’s global technical operations and strategy, and that means I make sure we stay on the leading edge of design, implementation and support so that our customers have the tools they need to get all the benefits of cloud without the headaches.”

What is your favorite part of your daily duties?

“Aside from the daily challenge of working in a constantly changing technical landscape, one of my favorite aspects of the job is that I am always surrounded by very smart and dedicated people.”

Do you feel your education prepared you for your current role?

“I would say that, in our industry, education is critical. Although I do believe that traditional education is important, I feel that in the technology space it’s imperative that an updated skill set be sought after constantly.”

Have you participated in any form of continuing education?

“Certainly. We are constantly evolving as technology professionals, and as stated above, as the industry changes we need to be on top of the latest trends and technology.”

Do you have any advice for people wanting to pursue a similar career?

“If you feel that technology is your true passion, I recommend pursuing this industry. There are so many directions for a technology career, whether it be programming, networking, systems administration, etc. I truly feel that we are lucky enough to live in a time where a technology career can be what you want from it.”

Gillian Kruse is a freelance writer living in Houston. She graduated from Rice University with a great love for all performing and visual arts. She enjoys writing about arts and cultural events, especially little-known ones, to help Houstonians learn about what’s going on in their city. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.

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