New demands, higher salaries for storage pros


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"Everything I do is related to storage management," says Greene, whose title is senior systems engineer, storage. It was while working at a smaller studio, says Greene, that he was lucky enough to be named a front-line player in a big SAN project at Paramount as a contract worker.

"We had a 30TB migration and I was involved in every aspect of it," he says. "Managing the project, the zoning, the switches, knowing the rate types for particular applications ... because I got into that level of detail, I really, really enjoyed the work."

Then, he says, a full-time job opened at Paramount, the only major film studio still headquartered in Hollywood. Greene jumped at the chance. In our survey, media/publishing companies pay an average of $97,000, second only to the vertical market of IT services, which ranks first with an average salary of $98,767 (see "Average salary by industry," below).

"I love walking through the studio at times," says Greene. "There is a lot of history here." He and his wife enjoy some free, early movie screenings on the Paramount lot sometimes, he says. But the truth is Greene would probably rather talk about masking and mapping than movies.

"Being a global company, we have some systems, like television applications, that have international users,'' he says. "Sometimes that adds complexity when it comes to maintenance and minimizing

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impact on users. I like that global perspective."


This was first published in November 2007

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