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Vol. 5 No. 9 November 2006

Big pay for storage jobs

Storage professionals report the highest average salaries in the four years we've conducted the Storage magazine Salary Survey. If your paycheck seems a little heftier this year, you're not alone among other storage professionals. IT staff members who spend at least a portion of their time working with storage reported an average salary of $80,892 for 2006--about 4.3% more than last year--according to Storage magazine's annual Storage Salary Survey (see "About the survey" and "Average salary over the past four years"). That raise is right in line with national IT-wide statistics, and represents a modest jump in the mostly flat salaries over the past three years. "The mean national salary for storage administrators with a SAN specialty was $80,500," says David Foote, CEO of Foote Partners LLC, a New Canaan, CT-based research firm that focuses on IT skills and compensation. "SAN people are on our hot list right now," he adds. Whether the slight spike represents the beginning of an upward trend in storage salaries remains to be ...

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Features in this issue

  • Rough going for Exchange replication

    by  Trina MacDonald, Trends associate editor

    Replicating databases for disaster recovery isn't easy, and Microsoft Exchange is no exception.

  • New frameworks give users more choices

  • Automate data migration

    Moving seldom-accessed data from primary storage to less-costly storage not only saves money, but can also improve the performance of applications. Hierarchical storage management (HSM) software can help automate the migration of files, but HSM products vary in the way they approach the task. So it's important to identify the requirements of an HSM product before making a choice.

Columns in this issue

  • Tape encryption strategies

    by  Jon Oltsik

    Companies need to take a more strategic approach to tape encryption by building a services-based architecture that can meet today's needs and scale to accommodate future needs.

  • A new startup promises recordless e-mail

    Storage Bin: A new startup promises recordless e-mail. Is this a stroke of genius that will reward the company with billions of Internet bucks, or is it the end of the world as we know it?

  • How to better connect storage to the business

    We can learn from manufacturing processes and use a supply chain to storage to better align it with strategic business goals. To implement this model, a storage services plan needs to be multidimensional and encompass performance, availability, data protection, data movement and migration, and data retention.

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