Virtualization Skills in High Demand

Virtualization skills are a hot commodity these days, reports Network World, which says the growing importance of virtualization in data center consolidation is boosting demand and salaries for IT workers with relevant experience. An excerpt:

Right now, virtualization skills are about twice as valuable as the average IT skill, salary research shows. The Foote Partners research firm tracks the market value of 164 IT certifications and 166 noncertified IT skills. The median pay for a noncertified IT skill, expressed as a percentage of base salary, is 8.3%. Virtualization skills are worth 16% of base salary, twice the typical value of an IT skill, according to David Foote, co-founder, CEO and chief research officer of Foote Partners.

Growing interest in storage virtualization is also prompting pay increases for workers with storage area network (SAN) expertise, according to Foote.

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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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