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Storage Skills Still Lag

NEW YORK -- IT managers could be in for a tough time recruiting storage networking specialists next year. Indeed, it looks as if there's a full-blown storage skills gap in many organizations worldwide.

This was the warning from users and experts attending the "CIO Bootcamp" event at the Interop trade show today. The event served as a sort of professional therapy session for put-upon IT execs.

The need for high-density storage management skills is going to affect everybody,” said one IT manager from a California-based broadcasting firm, who asked not to be named. The exec admitted that his company was forced to turn to outside contractors to build out its storage infrastructure.

The former CIO of a New York-based retail firm, who also asked not to be named, agreed that firms still face a storage skills challenge. “Across the board, I think there is definitely a lack of new skills coming onto the market,” he said.

The ex-CIO added that this is particularly an issue in the Big Apple. “In New York you’re competing with the big financial services firms for talented headcount, so it’s tough to compete financially,” he explained.

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