With Data Management Issues Growing, Look for Specialists’ Salaries to Rise

As
if enterprises didn’t have enough problems with data management, more virtualization and the cloud have made it one of
the top challenges facing enterprise management.

With Data Management a Hot Button, Look for Specialists' Salaries to RiseData
management professionals like capacity planners and systems architects
are in high
demand
. Yet as data centers continue to evolve, the need for specialists
and consultants who can help manage storage infrastructure and recommend
appropriate automation and virtualization tools will continue. EMC,
EDS and other companies employ
large numbers of storage architects that perform data storage analysis.

One
of the primary reasons for this is that storage systems are evolving into
information management systems. These allow IT to apply policies to different
classes of data, said Claus Mikkelsen, chief scientist for Hitachi Data
Systems.

The
problem isn’t only the mountains of data organizations have, but the fact that
it’s running on top of virtual machines both inside and outside the enterprise.
This forces IT to implement new policies to manage data – including in security
and classification. But many organizations don’t have an effective strategy
that allows them to rank and tier data based on its value.

Yet
as complex data analysis has proven to be both useful and cumbersome to manage,
more businesses are recognizing the need for data storage. Companies that
specialize in storage and management are positioning themselves to take
advantage of the need
, especially as customers begin to accelerate their IT
spending during the recovery.

The
employment outlook couldn’t be better for data storage pros, especially since
they will see some of the most consistent pay increases this year, according to
Robert Half International’s 2011 Salary Guide.

– Chandler Harris

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