Demand for server specialists increases, but the talent pool is small

Almost two-thirds of organizations surveyed say recruiting for jobs in data center and server management is becoming increasingly difficult because of the skills needed, both in traditional servers and converged infrastructure.

The findings come from a worldwide survey by 451 Research for its Voice of the Enterprise: Servers and Converged Infrastructure, Organizational Dynamics study (registration required). It found that IT shops have concerns about the long-term costs of using public cloud, and that is causing many IT shops to pull back on their cloud movement and even expand on their on-premises infrastructure.

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Because of that, many organizations are looking to hire more server-based IT staff rather than reduce it, as would be expected in the move to the public cloud. But the fact remains that despite moving many workloads to the cloud, most organizations still need a data center and still have on-premises requirements

Two-thirds of companies, 67.7%, said the key driver for increasing server-related employees in the next 12 months is overall business growth, a good problem to have, followed by IT organizational changes at 42.4%.

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