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Skills to Look For as Hyper-Converged Infrastructure Gains in Popularity

A transformation is happening among many IT departments as far as the technology they use goes. Much of that change is coming from hyper-converged systems. Of course, one of the biggest reasons companies have become so focused on hyper-converged infrastructure is the fact that it can significantly reduce costs and eliminate the overall complexity usually associated with compute infrastructures. As is the case with the adoption of any new technology, using hyper-converged systems requires having workers with the right skill sets ready to handle the new demands and requirements. Hyper-converged infrastructure, however, usually means reducing the size of the IT staff. Business owners then have to make some tough decisions regarding the IT department. Identifying people with the relevant skills to make hyper-converged systems work is critical to get the most out of the new technology.


One of the first and most obvious skills business leaders need to look for is a clear understanding of what all this new technology entails. This is more difficult than it may seem at first since working with hyper-converged infrastructure is a big departure from the systems that came before. In many ways, using hyper-converged systems is more about accepting a new strategy and finding the right products that have become available through numerous vendors. It’s actually very similar to the approach taken when finding the right cloud services for a specific company or division. IT professionals with knowledge of hyper-converged systems will be particularly valuable in identifying which products will benefit the business the most and how best to integrate them with existing technologies.


Beyond the basic knowledge of the hyper-converged options out there, other skills to look for fall under the technical skills category. Automation skills, in particular, can turn hyper-converged systems into a well-oiled machine. These systems already improve on the efficiency of traditional infrastructure, but some tasks like provisioning resources can be made to be even more efficient. By automating these provisioning tasks, along with the creation of VLANs, management of virtual machines, and others, hyper-converged infrastructure can work more smoothly and at a quicker pace. At the same time, another skill to identify is the ability to manage cloud solutions. As mentioned before, working with hyper-converged systems is similar to working in the cloud, and finding workers with that type of management skill can help businesses get a quick start on using the new infrastructure.


While technical skills are high in demand, some businesses are realizing that with hyper-converged infrastructure, engineers aren’t as important as before. The real emphasis now is being placed on having infrastructure architects. These types of architects do have plenty of technical skills, but they combine them with business skills. Infrastructure architects excel at evaluating vendors and services. They also can evaluate how well a hyper-converged solution will mix with the current technical operations and business processes. Identifying where problem may occur can prevent more serious issues that may crop up later, which would require a more costly solution to fix.


In fact, it’s this greater focus on business skills that will likely come to define the current skill set companies will favor in the future. IT professionals capable of handling large-scale technical projects will be highly sought after by business owners. In addition to project manager skills, businesses should also look for workers who are adept at business analysis. Those people with these skills can understand the business value of new adopted technology and can communicate to less tech-savvy employees what technical requirements are needed to implement hyper-converged solutions. To truly master business analyst skills, engineers would likely need to take further training.
Though changes can create a lot of uncertainty within IT departments, they also create unique opportunities to grow and become familiar with new technologies. Hyper-converged infrastructure is definitely changing the way many businesses operate, and IT professionals have the chance to show their expertise by defining their existing talents and acquiring new skills. The more popular hyper-converged systems become, the more businesses will be on the lookout for those who possess the right skill sets, so IT workers should get out ahead of the competition by finding what will be most valued in the near future.

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Bob Gourley writes on enterprise IT. He is a founder of Crucial Point and publisher of CTOvision.com