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Storage administrator skills and jobs in the age of convergence
This article is part of the Storage issue of November 2018, Vol. 17, No. 8
Every transformational change in technology that drives an IT function brings a change in the responsibilities of those who oversee that function. Today we see transformational changes that affect storage administrator skills. As result of an IT evolution that has delivered new workload architectural options, converged infrastructure, hyper-converged infrastructure and infrastructure in the cloud have become common in IT departments. For on-premises needs, converged and hyper-converged infrastructure have ignited a market that is red hot and seemingly growing in both breadth and depth every day. Businesses have adopted these products to rein in increasingly complex data center environments. The goal is to simplify IT to a point where digital transformation efforts can exit the planning and enter the implementation stage. The emergence of converged and hyper-converged infrastructure is no exception. It brings with it rewritten job descriptions and a lot of angst as IT professionals discover they may need to relearn certain skills...
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