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Vol. 10 Num. 9 November 2011

Salary survey: Storage pros’ pay still on the rise

Even with an economy that’s stubbornly stuck in neutral, data storage professionals’ paychecks reflect modest yet welcome increases. Data storage professionals are holding their own during precarious economic times, according to the ninth annual Storage magazine/ Salary Survey. They’re managing to increase their overall average salaries and stay optimistic that their paychecks will continue to grow in 2012. Despite ongoing unemployment issues and fears of a double-dip recession, storage pros who responded to our in-depth survey regarding their salaries, careers, incentives, budgets and benefits managed to increase their year-over-year earnings for the ninth year running. When it came to storage projects, our 266 survey respondents seem to fall almost evenly on either side of the recession vs. recovery argument: approximately half reported they were in “maintenance mode” with budgets restricted. The other half detailed ambitious projects such as multisite data center migrations, creating virtual environments and...

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Features in this issue

Columns in this issue

  • Getting real about the cloud

    by  Rich Castagna

    You’ll need to look past the “irrational exuberance” of the cloud storage market to get a real handle on how it might fit into your data storage environment.

  • Who really needs scale-out systems?

    Industries that once operated in traditional paper-based models are being overwhelmed by their digital data stores. Scale-out NAS can provide high-performance application support.

  • Time is right for SSDs

    by  Dave Raffo

    Solid-state was late to enterprise storage and had to be retrofitted into data centers. But a new generation of systems built specifically for solid-state are interesting users.