New research from 451 Group indicates the market is lacking server administrators, but IT personnel remain resistant to the types of processes, such as automation and orchestration, that could help close the gap in skills. Nearly two-thirds of respondents in a survey of 525 IT and server decision makers across the globe said that recruiting for roles in both traditional servers and converged infrastructure reveals candidates that don’t have the necessary skills.
Breaking Out of a Manual Model
The gap in talent needed to administer server configuration and maintenance comes into focus in organizations that are resistant to automation, with many enterprises reluctant to break out of an IT model in which processes are done manually. The study results also reveal respondents’ failure to implement the automation and orchestration that would diminish the need for multiple server administrators in a single IT department.
Many server administrators reporting from enterprises are not familiar with the orchestration tools that could automate their server processes. Christian Perry, lead analyst at 451 Research says that in many enterprises, large IT teams are split and the IT needs of each line of business are managed in silos.
The reason for not accessing and utilizing orchestration tools may come down to automation and the need to thoroughly analyze the tasks involved, then orchestrate them into a workflow. It can be time-consuming in the beginning, and have a steep learning curve.
Drivers of the Shortage
The survey found that key drivers for the shortage in server administrators included business growth and IT organizational changes. In addition, concerns continue over the cost of long-term public cloud use, so some CIOs are investing in the preservation and even expansion of servers to support their requirements. 451 Research expects the trend to gather strength as the general cloud migration will lead to fewer server administrators in the market.
Meanwhile, enterprises should be investing in automation, which can reduce tasks and IT administration by eliminating errors and inconsistencies. DevOps is a good place to start, where an enterprise can see the benefits of a consistent and automated process and the cost and efficiency gains that come with a streamlined deployment.
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