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Business Innovation Depends Upon The Work that IT Delivers

Data Center Professionals


Are In Big Demand
Demand for data center capacity and resources continues to grow,
fueling demand for highly skilled IT professionals who can manage
the data center infrastructure.

Data Center Growth Continues


IT organizations forecast data center network expansion (2015 - 2020)
by 8.4% worldwide compounded annual growth rate.

NORTH AMERICA LATIN AMERICA EUROPE & MIDDLE EAST ASIA/PACIFIC


8.3% Growth 9.0% Growth 8.0% Growth 9.2% Growth

* Worldwide Datacenter Network Forecast, 2016 2020, IDC, December 2016

Data Centers are Critical for Business


Agility and Transformation Initiatives
IT professionals plan, implement, and run the data center infrastructure that supports
agile and innovative business initiatives that can handle:

SDN, cloud, and New and


virtualized unpredictable
infrastructure security
challenges

Skyrocketing traffic and


information loads

3x
From 2015 - 2020,
global data center
IP traffic will grow By 2020, data
generated by IoT
workloads will reach

600ZB a year
New and
innovative
business,
consumer, and
technology
applications
The management of a
growing number of mobile
devices accessing
company networks By 2020, the
By 2019, there will be data stored in

11.5 billion devices data centers


in the market globally will grow

5x

Data Center Technology Plans


Figure 1. Production Deployment Plans

(Will) use the following technologies in production


68% 2015 or before 2016 By the end of 2018

59%
20% 45%
have no
50%
plans to
20% invest in
42% SDDCs
14% 39% 38%
15%
34%
31%
14% 21%
12% 27%
24% 21% 15%
18%
33% 10% 9% 20%
25% 24% 8% 10%
8%
11% 11% 4%
7% 7% 5% 3%
Private cloud Public cloud Private cloud- Hyperconverged Software- Software- Software- Software- DRaaS
IaaS IaaS based disaster servers or defined security defined defined storage defined data
recovery storage networking centers

NP: 22% NP: 30% NP: 35% NP: 37% NP: 29% NP: 35% NP: 41% NP: 45% NP: 57%
DK: 10% DK: 10% DK: 16% DK: 22% DK: 32% DK: 27% DK: 24% DK: 24% DK: 16%

NP = No plans to invest DK = Dont know

Notes:
Question we asked: When did or will your organization begin to use in production each of the following technologies?
Number of respondents = 153.
Numbers may not add up to totals shown because of rounding.
Source: Gartner (October 2016)
* Gartner, Survey Analysis: Software-Defined Data Center and Hyperconverged Adoption, October 2016

Strong Demand for


Data Center Professionals
Growth is propelled in part by convergence, deployment of IT architectures and services,
and the increasing role of software in data center management and operations.

600
THOUSANDS OF STAFF

500

400

300

200
Total IT Facility
100

2012 2013 2014 2015

New Data Center Skills


These knowledge and skills are in high demand.

Streamline operational tasks Implement unified


through automation computing

Manage policy-driven Leverage flexible


infrastructure across physical deployment models (hybrid,
and virtual resources cloud, on-premises)

Secure the data center Manage data center infrastructure


(network, servers, storage ...)

Career Opportunities

25 %

2/3
Over 2/3 of Data Center 25% of data center
Operators have concerns about
the impact of skills shortage $ professionals earn
between $100K - $140K.

Cisco Certified Employees


Outperform Non-certified Employees
Produce higher quality results

Reduce costs associated with IT projects

Complete advanced tasks more effectively

0 5 10 15 20 25 30 35 40 45 50

Take Your Career to the Next Level!


Certify as a Cisco Certified Data Center professional

Associates Specialists
Network Administrator Flexpod Engineer
Network Engineer
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Systems Administrator
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Professionals
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Systems Engineer
Presales Engineer Experts
Design Engineer Data Center Architect
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Lead Network Engineer Technology Architect


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Lead Data Center Engineer Senior Design Engineer


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Network Architect Senior Implementation Engineer


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Implementation Engineer Senior Support Engineer


Support Engineer Senior IT Consultant
Senior Support Engineer

Increase on-the-job Prepare to work Gain a distinctive


effectiveness on cutting edge career advantage
IT initiatives

SOURCES:

* Developing Solutions to the Data Center Skills Shortage, DCD Intelligence, 2016
* Cisco Global Cloud Index: Forecast and Methodology, 2015 - 2010, November 2016
* Stratosphere survey of 310 IT professionals worldwide,
http://www.stratoscale.com/resources/research/salary-dashboard/?hash=1501c98b63600ca881222f4f9b749685
* 2016 Value of Certifications Survey, Cisco Systems, August 2016

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www.cisco.com/go/dccert