Data Center IT Talent Shortage

By Jessica Davis  |  Print this article Print

From mega acquisitions to giant vertical vendor stacks to technology trends such as virtualization and cloud computing, the data center stage was set for drama in 2009. Here's a look back at some of the key plot points from this past year.

Data Center IT Talent Shortage
I know what you’re going to say: What talent shortage? Isn’t the unemployment rate as high as it’s been in decades?

Well that may be, but at the beginning of 2009, data center managers were still lamenting the lack of qualified candidates that they could hire to fill job openings in data center positions.

Indeed, in March, IT talent sourcing firm SmartSource said it could not keep up with the demand for virtualization engineers. VMware says that virtualization engineers command a salary premium of 15 percent to 19 percent above other IT pros. If you are looking for job security and better pay in 2010, consider becoming an expert on virtualization.

Jessica Davis covers the channel for eWeek and Channel Insider. Her technology journalism career began well before anyone heard of the World Wide Web and has included stints at Infoworld, Electronic News/EDN, and the Philadelphia Business Journal. Her work has also appeared on CNN and Forbes.com. She has covered hardware, software and networking, as well as the business side of technology. She has won several journalism awards, including a national ASBPE award for best staff-written column, and was named Marketing Computers hardest working tech journalist on their inaugural list of top tech journalists. Jessica can be reached at jessica.davis@ziffdavisenterprise.com

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