New guidance aims to tackle data centre skills gap

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ebm-papst Data CentresEaton has published new guidance, to coincide with Data Centre World, London, to help address a major skills gap identified in the market. The company commissioned a survey of 320 European data centre professionals which showed that only one in three (36%) of respondents were fully confident in their knowledge of power management. According to the survey, this skills gap is causing a lack of confidence in data centre resilience and ability to respond effectively to power-related incidents. The findings also cast doubt on the ability of data centre managers to handle the growing demands of the digital transformation of data centre infrastructure, and their ability to deal with the increasing complexity of power management.

The survey, conducted by independent industry analyst firm Freeform Dynamics, and available for download at www.eaton.eu/Infrastructure_with_Intelligence ,  also showed that over half of all respondents believed their facilities infrastructure needed strengthening in terms of power and cooling (53%) and resiliency and disaster recovery (55%), perhaps underlined by the discovery that over a third of respondents (36%) had suffered a prolonged and disruptive outage within the preceding three months. Furthermore, 35% said managing power distribution within the data centre was a significant challenge, while a further 42% said it was becoming more of a challenge.

“Data centre workloads are intensifying as the business places more demands on it. Those pressures are compounded by a lack of confidence in the skills, tools and expertise to manage the data centre environments effectively, particularly in power,” said Michael Byrnes from Eaton. “IT managers and data centre professionals need a simple, holistic view and integrated control of the infrastructure so that they can be confident they are managing the data centre effectively.”

In response to the survey findings, power management specialist Eaton has published a new paper, which can be downloaded at www.eaton.eu/Infrastructure_with_Intelligence, that provides data centre managers with essential advice on how to ensure power supply reliability is taken into account when commissioning a new data centre. Entitled Fast Track to Improved Power Supply Reliability, the paper offers practical advice on optimising a data centre’s power chain and explains how, by considering the individual requirements of all components, a data centre’s power infrastructure can be designed to meet both current and future requirements to guarantee business continuity.

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