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Bridging the Gap: Data Centers at the Forefront of the Digital Revolution

August 10, 2023

By Ram Chandnani

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As we witness the increase in complexity of modern data centers, managing the ever-advancing technology and infrastructure is proving to be an arduous task. Post pandemic there has been further accelerating the need for remote data center management, exacerbating the already sever data center skill gap. To address this challenge, data centers are proactively seeking skilled professionals to bridge the gap, enhance uptime, efficiency, and security. Let’s delve into the top data center skills that are currently in high demand: 

1. Cloud Architect: 
A cloud architect must possess comprehensive expertise in all aspects of software-defined data centers and hybrid cloud environments, including the capabilities offered by specific public cloud providers. Understanding the implications of these software-defined and cloud environments on applications and operations, along with the opportunities they present, is vital.
 
2. Cloud Engineer:
The role of a cloud engineer significantly impacts the expertise provided by other engineers in these dynamic environments. Cloud engineers must be well versed in configuration implications, automated environment provisioning capabilities, and testing and validation methods.
 
3. Cloud Administrator: 

While administrator roles can become more generalized with SME-level skills offered by engineer roles, they still need to acquire a working knowledge of software-defined data center components and public cloud administrative interfaces to effectively implement engineer-designed. 

4. Cloud Service Owner:
The cloud service owner assumes responsibility for the entire lifecycle of one or more cloud services. This involves collaboration with business stakeholders to define the service, overseeing development and delivery and managing ongoing operations and improvements. 

5. Cloud Analyst:
As intelligent operational tools increasingly leverage deep learning through artificial intelligence (AI), the role of a cloud analyst gains prominence. This role can seen as a fusion of a data scientist and a tools expert, contributing valuable insights to optimize cloud services. 

6. Cloud Automations Developer:
Automation, orchestration and integration are paramount for achieving agility and operational efficiencies in the cloud. To truly realize these benefits, organizations should consider incorporating a cloud automation and integration developer role, ensuring seamless coordination and synchronization of various cloud components. 

In conclusion, the significance of data and its effective management through cloud services cannot be overstated. As data centers continue to be at the forefront of the digital revolution, the demand for skilled professionals possessing these critical competencies will only intensify. Embracing these skills will empower data centers to stay agile, secure and drive innovation in an increasingly data centric world.