Two Cultures Drive Data Center Development in Higher Education

By: Donna Serdula

Here’s an excerpt from a Cisco article by Dave Trowbridge that mentions WAKE TSI.

Making the Most of Data Center Upgrades

As usual in IT, some the greatest obstacles are not technical but social or political. The drive to service-oriented architectures and cloud computing involves a lot of disruptive technologies, and CIOs cannot afford to lose sight of the fact that what’s being disrupted are human attitudes and relationships.

One of the most critical components in data center upgrades and new builds is staff training. Yet, despite the educational environment, training may be scanted in higher education. Gene Kern is Executive Vice President and CTO at WAKE Technology Services, Inc., an infrastructure consulting firm with a large higher-education practice. “It’s really strange, but especially in smaller universities, the hardest thing to get may be training dollars for IT staff.”
He notes that training involves more than “course work.” “Something that’s rarely well-enough funded is attendance at more of the annual events where IT professionals can network and get more training in new technologies.”

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