Monday, April 6, 2009

Top 5 Virtualization Skills Enterprises Want Now

"Top 5 Virtualization Skills Enterprises Want Now

It's a mixed blessing that you can deploy virtualization quickly: If your team lacks experience and knowledge, speed can kill, impacting security and application performance, just for starters. No wonder virtualization skills remain hot even in this cool IT jobs market. Here's a look at the five most wanted virtualization skills.

By Kevin Fogarty

THU, APRIL 02, 2009
 — CIO — It's hard, in an economy that finds bottom and then wallows there, to say that a particular set of IT skills is in extremely high demand. Recruiters acknowledge that amide layoffs and slashed IT budgets skill areas designated "hot" may only be "less cold than others."

Skills in virtualization—which is both a hot new technology and one that can save enterprises lots of money in data-center costs—seem to have overcome that faint praise, however, and become genuinely hot.

"If you look at what demand is out there and the cost savings you can achieve with [virtualization], that speaks volumes. That's why it still gets the budget dollars approved for it," according to Brian Gabrielson a regional vice president of Robert Half Technology, the IT-recruiting division of global contract-employment and recruiting giant Robert Half International (RHI).

RHI's latest quarterly IT Hiring and Skills Report on the IT market predicted 8 percent of companies will hire additional IT staff this quarter, while 6 percent expect to lay some off to accommodate shrinking IT budgets."

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