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2014-2015 Managing Storage Survey Explores Cloud & Big Data Impact on IT Skills

Denis Garcia


Once again the EMC Proven Professional Program is sponsoring this survey to investigate the impact of storage technologies on IT skills requirements.  This year we renamed the survey “Managing Information Infrastructure” to reflect the importance of cross-domain coverage. Cloud computing trends continue to be the hot topic but this year the survey will delve into the big data trend and its impact on IT skills requirements.


The survey is open to all IT managers or individual contributors not employed by EMC. Your company doesn’t have to be an EMC customer for you to participate.



As a thank you for sharing your insights, you will receive a summary analysis of the results. In addition, the first 1200 respondents to complete the survey will receive a 2014 desk calendar (please allow 4 – 6 weeks for delivery).


Excerpts from Previous Survey Findings


  • The findings of the 2013-2014 study indicate a rapid adoption of virtualization and cloud computing technologies. The trends show that storage deployed in virtualized environments has exceeded storage in traditional/classic (non-virtualized) in late 2012. Projecting forward, we can expect to see more data and storage in private cloud than classic by mid-2016.
  • Only 40 percent or fewer of the existing storage teams are adequately prepared for emerging storage technologies such as Automated Storage Tiering, Data Mobility, Scale-out NAS, and so on. The emergence of virtualization, cloud/IT as a service and big data technologies has placed new training and development requirements on storage managers and IT professionals. Only 10 percent are considered strong on cloud and 5 percent on big data.
  • IT Managers must construct and implement comprehensive, strategic plans to meet the challenges presented by this need for IT skills transformation.  Organizations are advised to evaluate the need for in-house expertise in designing a virtualized, IT as a Service environment. A team of highly competent cloud and domain architects will ensure successful transformation to the cloud environment.

If you haven’t yet, please take this opportunity to read last year’s report summary:Managing Information Storage: Trends, Challenges, and Options 2013-2014.