Virtualization eats the world: top 8 IT requirements that weren't even around 5 years ago

Organizations these days seek ability to look at the bigger picture, versus individual pieces of technology.
Written by Joe McKendrick, Contributing Writer on

Many of the new initiatives seen in the IT space -- much of which is built on virtualization and cloud approaches, have only emerged in the past five years. Yet, these are among the hottest skills sought by employers. 

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In a new post at Wired, FusionStorm's Tony Balistrieri outlines the 8 key skills sought by employers of IT professionals these days. The key takeaway here is that organizations really need a flexibility and willingness to learn new skills as technologies continue to evolve: "The market is no longer looking for 'networking,' or 'server' or 'storage' specialists," he points out. Don't misunderstand -- these skills are all important -- but organizations need people who can apply these areas into the bigger picture, he adds.

The top technology areas that fit into this bigger picture consist of the following:

  1. Software-defined networking (SDN): "It’s no longer sufficient to just be an expert at networking topologies, but you must have experience with virtualization and control panel methods," says Balistrieri.
  2. Software defined storage (SDS): "New SDS platforms allow for simpler management of the data growth while also optimizing traditional storage and taking advantage of underutilized storage," says Balistrieri.
  3. Virtualization: The root of software-defined anything.
  4. Converged infrastructure: This is where organizations are seeing "the combining of server, storage, networking, virtualization, and automation software into a single platform," he relates.
  5. Bring your own devices (BYOD): Finding ways to accommodate all those new devices.
  6. IT as a Service: Delivering processing, storage, security and other tech capabilities through a vortualized service layer.
  7. Platform as a Service: Delivery of databases, middleware, messaging application development and testing through a virtualized service layer. 
  8. Cloud: Delivery of business and IT applications either through internal shared services or from outside providers on a pay-as-you-go basis.


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