Phil Novis of the resource management group at Abbey National called on IT staff to consider acquiring storage skills. "People don't see storage as a fashionable area, but it is central to the lives of all our companies," he said.
Robert Haynes, systems engineer at Energis, said his company had overcome the storage skills gap by training its existing staff. But he acknowledged the difficulties of keeping pace with rapidly changing storage technologies. "Storage keeps changing dramatically: from direct [attached] storage we now have storage area networks and virtualisation," Haynes said.
In a keynote speech storage guru Fred Moore, president of US consultancy Horison Information Strategies, highlighted the problems caused by the lack of skilled storage workers. "This challenge exacerbates the problem of managing what [storage] you have," he said.