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Management buy-in, DR standards still major challenges; plus, storage jobs outlook

Headlines: At DRJ's Spring World 2011 conference, attendees cite disaster recovery standards and management buy-in as the toughest challenges facing disaster recovery specialists today.

Storage channel news roundup for March 24 to March 30, 2011

Management buy-in and disaster recovery standards still major challenges

ORLANDO, FLA. – Even in the wake of a major disaster such as the Japan earthquake and tsunami, getting management on board with disaster recovery (DR) and business continuity (BC) planning remains a major challenge for BC/DR specialists attending Disaster Recovery Journal’s (DRJ) Spring World 2011.

“Executive sponsorship of the [disaster recovery] program is probably my No. 1 challenge,” said Sue Ostler, IT disaster recovery testing coordinator with Ascension Health Information Services in St. Louis. “Getting them to sign off on the expenses associated with disaster recovery and keeping them engaged can be difficult. And, if you don’t have executive sponsorship, you won’t have the support of all the groups that you are reaching out -- to asking them to assist in tests, write plans, and that sort of thing,” she said. Finding a sympathetic and understanding sponsor may be the key. “A lot of times, you have to really search for that person within your organization that has maybe had experience with an actual recovery and they see the value,” Ostler added.

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Data storage jobs outlook: Specific skills in demand

Despite a nationwide recession and an unemployment rate hanging around 9%, the market for data storage jobs is improving. There are more jobs for storage professionals this year than last year, according to sources who track the IT job market.

At, an Iowa-based company that posts and tracks technology jobs and career news, postings for storage-specific jobs jumped 52% in 2010 when compared to 2009, according to Tom Silver, Dice's senior vice president (VP) North America.

One company looking to hire a data storage pro is Waltham, Mass.-based email marketing firm Constant Contact Inc. The company has a posting on the job site for a storage engineer with at least three years experience supporting NAS or SAN storage networks, the Symantec Veritas Foundation Suite, and Linux and/or Solaris.

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