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Developing Solutions to the Data Center Skills Shortage

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The data center industry’s ‘skills shortage’ is the most intractable resource shortage facing it. The core characteristics are different from those of the other resource challenges facing the industry. The shortage of skills is more difficult to measure or monitor directly than threats to the supply of power, water, connectivity or money. Markets and organisations that, on the evidence of their own reporting, have sufficient skills available to them see themselves in the midst of a crisis. Others that appear far more vulnerable to a skills shortage appear almost complacent about its potential impact. The skills shortage exists partly within the minds of the market but that in itself is enough to impact the industry through loss of confidence in emerging countries and loss of perspective in some established ones. Both confidence and perspective are critical attributes to an industry moving and changing fast.


Key Questions Answered:

How concerned are data center managers about the data center skills shortage?

What are the key operational concerns of data center managers worldwide?

How large is the data center workforce worldwide? How has it grown?

What countries / areas of the world are most vulnerable to the data center skills shortage?

What are the problems expected to arise from the data center skills shortage?

What are the most popular proposed solutions to the data center skills shortage?  

Readers' comments (2)

  • After British Telecommunications went digital and fully automated in its telephone echanges its work force fell from 280,000 to 90,000. Today they are no engineers living in exchanges and continuously tweaking gear. The enterprise data centre industry has a long way to go improve its support personel to server ratios. Today in the large OCP (Open Compute Project) Data Centres they have achieved ratios of one support person to 25,000 physical servers which is a one hundred fold improvement in efficiency over those Enterprise Data Centres. Who will win in the end....?....well people cost money and one of the main reasons ICT was introduced in the 1900's was to reduce that cost on two legs.

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  • John - compare and contrast the number of enterprise applications compared to the sort of OCP array that has an intelligent hypervisor layer that redirects load from failed hardware. Your 100:1 wont stand up, more like 10:1. The point about BT is a bit moot as well as a huge number went home because of overstaffing in the first place due to bad management. The exchanges were full of bodies not doing anything...

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