Networking, too, is in high demand, with 21 percent of hiring managers looking for talent with those skills, the survey revealed. As organizations move from hardware-defined solutions to those that are software-defined, the ability to connect them becomes increasingly important, says Zemlin. "It's also about being able to connect technology that's outside the firewall with technology that sits inside a business's firewall so that it works seamlessly and securely," says Melk.
With such huge need for cloud and networking technology, it's no surprise that IT talent with distributed open source storage skills are also in high demand, says Marie Louise van Deutekom, global head of human resources for SUSE Linux. "The need to access data, files and information shared via networking, by multiple users from multiple locations, from shared resources in the cloud means a perfect storm of demand for distributed storage talent," says van Deutekom.
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