Tomorrow (Tuesday, Oct. 29) is the first International Data Center Day! It’s an effort to raise awareness of the data center industry and to inspire the next generation of talent. The initiative, launched by 7×24 Exchange International, is the latest in a series of efforts to address a looming talent gap for data centers and cloud computing infrastructure.
The Oct. 29 event, scheduled during the annual 7×24 Exchange Fall Conference, is designed to connect with future generations and ensure a steady flow of skilled labor, enhance the public image of data centers. The events objectives include:
- Provide resources to educate people about what data centers are and how they work.
- Illustrate the importance of the data center industry on our daily lives.
- Share information on pursuing a career as a data center professional.
- Create more opportunities for mission critical firms to recruit future employees
As Data Center Frontier noted in our 2019 forecast and executive roundtable, finding quality staff is becoming a challenge, and will grow in urgency in coming years with the graying of the existing workforce. The industry is redoubling efforts to hire and train military veterans, and at least one service provider is refocusing its business to address the growing need for data center construction and facilities management professionals. We showcase current openings for data center professionals at the Data Center Frontier Jobs site (a partnership with Pkaza Critical Facilities Recruiting).
As part of International Data Center Day, 7×24 Exchange is inviting data center operators to open their doors and host data center tours for student groups, demonstrating what a data center is, and how it operates. The group has also created an educational presentation titled “What Is A Data Center?” to provide students with a user-friendly explanation of data centers and how they deliver Internet content.
For more information and ways to get involved, visit the International Data Center Day web site.