Research: 2012 Data Center Staffing Survey

Oct 22, 2012


Unified Data Centers, Dynamic Career Ops

Today’s enterprise data center is anything but boring. In fact, infrastructure is cool again, as evidenced by more than 20,000 people making the pilgrimage to this year’s ­VMworld. Virtualization has permeated every corner of IT, creating private clouds that ­mirror the versatility, scalability and efficiency of multitenant public services. Now, we need people who can bridge these two cloud realms into a unified infrastructure, and that means data center, storage and server jobs have seldom been more interesting.

Sadly, all that exciting new technology has been wrapped in the cold, wet blanket of harsh financial realities. Budgets remain stagnant, new hiring anemic and salary growth imperceptible. But the gloom appears to be lifting, and many data center employees who have persisted through the down cycle will be rewarded with new, and greater, job ­responsibilities in IT teams that are much more integrated with and important to the business. And these positions will often be accompanied by opportunities for retraining and, one hopes, a greater share of the firm’s financial success.

There’s plenty of room for optimism, particularly for those who can take full advantage of such a dynamic environment. Here’s our guide to working in and staffing the new, ­unified and virtualized data center. (R5841012)

Survey Name   InformationWeek 2012 State of IT Staffing Survey

Survey Date   July 2012

Region   North America

Number of Respondents    120 respondents citing data center/storage/server/data as a top area of staffing increase

Purpose   To gauge data center/storage/server/data staffing trends in the enterprise

Methodology   InformationWeek surveyed business technology decision-makers at North American companies. The survey was conducted online, and respondents were ­recruited via an email invitation containing an embedded link to the survey. The email ­invitation was sent to qualified InformationWeek subscribers.

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