Rise of the Data Center Engineer

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After years of toiling in “relative obscurity,” data center engineers are now a hot property, as noted this morning by the New York Times, which features the Rise of the Humble Engineer on its business page this morning. Steve Lohr’s story highlights two important trends: the growing importance of the data center in the Internet business, and the difficulty in finding skilled staff to master an increasingly complex set of requirements for data center jobs. An excerpt:

Today, data center experts are no longer taken for granted. The torrid growth in data centers to keep pace with the demands of Internet-era computing, their immense need for electricity and their inefficient use of that energy pose environmental, energy and economic challenges, experts say. That means people with the skills to design, build and run a data center that does not endanger the power grid are suddenly in demand. Their status is growing, as are their salaries

About the Author

Rich Miller is the founder and editor at large of Data Center Knowledge, and has been reporting on the data center sector since 2000. He has tracked the growing impact of high-density computing on the power and cooling of data centers, and the resulting push for improved energy efficiency in these facilities.

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  1. I would post on the job board, if you had jobs listed for the UK ;)