In their recent study Datacenter Dynamics found that 60% of data center operators are concerned about an industry wide skills shortage. As with most things in life, there are two (2) ways that we can look at this situation. You pessimists out there may look at this skills shortage as a potential drag on industry growth, while those of us who have been part of the data center business over the years will recognize this state of affairs as yet another growth milestone in our evolution. This need for workers with more data center centric skill sets is a recognition of the fact that the planning, designing, building and operating facilities has become a discipline unto itself.
Writing about the need for formalized programs to aid in the development of data center personnel, Ambrose McNevin, Editor of Focus magazine, described this requirement as follows: “…a clear framework for professional development is […]