Data Center?

Who are people responsible for data centers?What skills are needed in those people to handle the technical and to restructure the technical/work flow of the data centers,for example, the design,the location of switches/routers,firewalls etc?

Do they need CCNA?
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lnkevinConnect With a Mentor Commented:

Based on my years of IT manager experience, I can share with you on my opinion. Here are the key people who have their hands in DC.

- DC Manager- Business perspective, inventory, power supply and building structural experience
- Network Eng - Solid network, panel, routers, firewall... CCNA cert
- Server Eng - experienced in server rack, build, OS.... OS experience required: Windows, Unix, Linux....
- On call operation: entry or mediocre level in tech support to support on call and backup

CCNA is just entry level certificate from Cisco. they should be OK for day-to-day work if you are using Cisco equipments. For design, you need experience, not necissary certificate.
and beside network skills, obviousely you will System skills (to manage those servers) and maybe DBA, depends on what kind of application.
hallhillAuthor Commented:
System skills such as?Be a little more specific.

DBA- database admin??If it is a web hosting company?
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Lee W, MVPConnect With a Mentor Technology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
You don't NEED any certification.  Some of the best people have NO certifications at all.  What you need to know  depends on the data center and what it does and how it sells its services, you may need to linux, solaris, windows, mac, hardware, networking, or other skills.  Some data centers are little more than places you stick a computer.  Others may be run by a company for their company and may require you have certain administration skills.
It will vary greatly between data centers and of course there are many roles staff play. CCNA as stated earlier is to gain knowledge in the basics of Cisco networks. I would expect people working in data centers to have a lot more knowledge than is required to get a CCNA.
For a big corporation, the Manager of Data Center is much involved in some things related to: building structure, layout, procurement, electric, AC, shipping and handling.... he does not need to know network in dept, but he needs to have a general knowledge of how to create or lay out/organize his data center for the best access and energy no CCNA required but it is a plus.

For a smaller business network environment, data center manager is not a full time position. You can combine the role of a network engineer with data center manager since a network engineer has to deal with the network and structure layout in the DC.

hallhillAuthor Commented:
Let me be more specific, if it is for a web hosting, who do you need initially?

Still need a network Engineer skill set since the DC Manager does not deal with servers. The best DC manager is the one who knows how to organize your DC and produces best cost effective to your business. You shouldn't look for someone with web programming skill to be a DCM. Let me know if I am not clear enough.

hallhillAuthor Commented:
So, you need network engineers,DC Manager?Is that all?

Perhaps, you can provide me little details on what a network engineer do in a DC, I think they have to familiar with more than 2 OS, and have networking skills?

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