Data center staffing problems grow

IT leaders continue to battle to find virtualization experts and other technical specialists to staff data centers, new research shows. A whopping 86% of data center managers say they struggle to find qualified applicants for data center jobs, according to Symantec's State of the Data Center Research report, released Oct. 31. Furthermore, 52% of respondents call their data center currently understaffed.

The news isn't great for current data center staffers, either: Symantec's results show that those employees may want to develop an emerging specialty like server virtualization or storage virtualization sooner rather than later. 60% of data managers call their staff skill sets too narrow. And more than half, 57%, say employees' skills don't match current data center needs.

Looking at the bigger picture for data centers, 69% of respondents to the Symantec study say their data centers are growing at least 5% per year; 11 percent say they're growing 20% or more per year. During the past two years, the average budget increase was 7 percent.

A full 90% of respondents say they're at least discussing server virtualization. What applications are most frequently running on virtualized environments? 59% of respondents say Web applications are the most likely to run in a virtual environment; 42% say database management applications.

The Symantec study queried almost 900 data center managers worldwide, in Global 2000 companies and large public sector institutions.

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