As enterprise data centres become less siloed in their operations, an HP Canada executive foresees the emergence of a super administrator position with expertise across the network, storage hardware, and server infrastructure.
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Chris Christianopoulos, business development manager for HP Canada, said traditional IT infrastructure tend to be siloed. “Usually you’ll have your server admin, network admins, storage admins and those that deal with the facility side of the equation,” he said.
But with a new trend toward convergence of IT operations, these separate administrators could see their position evolve into a supporting role, or in some cases, be eliminated entirely.
“There needs to be a new level of admin that takes into account the ability to manage across today’s silos,” said Christianopoulos.
He added that a blurring of responsibilities would create a role requiring both a deep understanding of business goals and a strong grasp of various technologies across the data centre.
The super admin is a position that fits perfectly with HP’s “converged infrastructure” plan, which is comprised of products and services aimed at tackling data centre sprawl. The company’s vision involves fully integrated virtualized servers, storage, and networks on the hardware side, coupled with an end-to-end management tool on the software side.
Christianopoulos cited HP’s Virtual Connect technology for HP BladeSystems as proof of the company’s long-standing push toward breaking down silos and eventually supporting the super administrator role.