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Data Center Jobs Of The Future: From Tactical To Strategic

Gone are the days of the large data center that required 6 or more technicians to keep it running; far from it - the data center of tomorrow is unlikely to require human intervention at all. This paradigm shift that was brought on by the increase of cloud-based services and the lowered volatility of computer hardware has been a long time coming but is on the near horizon.

Traditional enterprise data centers may have made sense for large organizations in the past, because they could ensure that their data was close to hand, safe and secure. However, the rapid increase of influence of the Internet and the enhanced reliance on SAAS programs and cloud-based storage have negated the power of the local data center.

New Directives for Data Center Managers

Data center managers find themselves looking for a different place in the organization - one that is much more strategic than the tactical position they have needed to take in the past. No longer can you find them with a wrench in their hand fixing physical hardware problems, instead you are much more likely to find them conferring with business owners on needs-based computing power and negotiating contracts with cloud providers such as Amazon AWS. With the advent of these external services, it has become much easier to assign a specific cost to a piece of the data puzzle, which in the past has become muddled and difficult to identify due to overhead of the data center, location fees, electric bills and more. The cost per month when you consider a program or data set stored in AWS, for instance, is much easier to calculate as the overhead is supported by external organizations and served back into the company as a set monthly or per GB rate.

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Outsourced Data

With the move to outsource non-critical functions of all organizations as a cost-cutting measure, data centers are one of the first to fall. The ease of external storage and the problems with internal data centers just make this a simple decision for most business managers. In order to stay relevant, data center managers should learn to release the reins of control and start shifting their body of knowledge to best practices in automation, speed and efficiency - all tools that will serve them well in the long run and will help them maintain their value within the organization as a whole.

Power of the Cloud

With the move to take data centers away from tne organization's central hub, there may be concerns that the data is "farther away" from users and that there will be some sort of latency in data retrieval. Part of the new data center manager's job may be to assure users that not only with their data likely be more secure than it was in a local hub, but that it may even be accessed more rapidly than in the past as well. While it could seem counterintuitive to some business users, distance is not the only differentiating factor when it comes to moving data from place to place.

It was only a few years ago that data was measured in Mb, and now we have moved to GB; the data centers of the future will ensure that our terabits of information will quickly and inexpensively be available whenever and wherever we have need of them.


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Data Center Jobs Of The Future: From Tactical To Strategic Reviewed by Brandon Oh on Monday, December 14, 2015 Rating: 5

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