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Vol. 6 No. 9 November 2007

New demands, higher salaries for storage pros

  Our exclusive 2007 storage salary survey tells you where the highest paying jobs are and what type of storage pros companies are looking to hire. Those who manage and divvy up storage are in demand, and their salaries are rising to reflect that, according to our 2007 annual Storage magazine Salary Survey. At the same time, some participants this year say stress levels and workloads are soaring as they manage more storage with less money and increased scrutiny from upper management. The average salary for the 250 respondents who completed our survey this year jumped to $84,226. This is approximately 4% more than last year, and an 8% increase vs. our 2005 survey of IT staff members who dedicate some or all of their time to storage. As our previous salary surveys documented, time in the storage trenches pays off. Those respondents with more than 10 years of experience dedicated specifically to storage receive an average of $95,811. In contrast, those with more than 10 years of general IT experience have an average salary of ...

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Features in this issue

  • Survey Says: Still coping with capacity

  • Solid-state storage finds its niche

    by  Alan Radding

    Storage managers facing critical storage performance problems and needing maximum IOPS have found a feasible option in solid-state disk. Solid-state storage is fast, cool and it barely sips power, but it's still far more expensive than traditional media.

  • Where encryption fits best

    by  Jerome Wendt

    Everybody knows they should encrypt tapes that go offsite, but many are still on the fence about where encryption should occur in their storage environments. There are a number of options, ranging from using your backup app's encryption capabilities to installing a purpose-built encryption appliance. We weigh the pros and cons of the available alternatives so that you can decide which approach best suits your shop.

Columns in this issue

  • Editorial: Web services for storage? It's already happening

    Web services for storage? It's already happening

  • Hot Spots: Web 2.0 storage: Challenges and choices

    by  Bob Laliberte

    Web 2.0 tools and strategies hold many potential benefits for businesses that deploy them, but their requirements for rapidly scalable storage and access, as well as persistent data, pose significant challenges for the IT staffs that need to build and manage the infrastructure.

  • Best Practices: Tackling data migration

    Data center projects often involve migrating data, which is frequently a painful process that can lead to unplanned downtime and outages. It's time to adopt consistent, repeatable migration practices. Selecting the right approach is highly dependent on infrastructure limitations, data and platform types, time constraints and staff capabilities.

  • Storage Bin 2.0: Virtually changing everything

    Server virtualization drives storage growth and dramatically drives the proliferation of storage networking. This is enabling the re-invention of how we manage, protect, store and access information.