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Vol. 6 No. 12 February 2008

Storage staffing shortage looms

Storage professionals have heard plenty about the skills and staffing shortage plaguing the industry. But how bad is it? According to EMC, it's worse than you thought. A recent EMC study predicts the global storage industry will be a whopping 1 million workers short by 2012. If that number seems high, Alok Shrivastava acknowledges "it's only approximate." Shrivastava, EMC's director of educational services, knows a healthy cynicism surrounds any vendor-issued number related to industry demands. But the problem in determining and predicting an accurate storage skills shortage is that "no one has these numbers," he says. "No one is tracking storage jobs," he says. "They do track networking, database and operating systems, but not storage on its own." So Shrivastava, when trying to find numerical data to back up front-line reports from customers, settled on U.S. Department of Labor statistics as they relate to systems jobs. EMC then tried to guess what percentage of those jobs could reasonably be expected to be dedicated to storage...

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