Storage Engineers enable and take the lead for data storage’s engineering process in an organization. They do this by creating strategies planning and implementing solutions for storage and maintenance of data. Engineers must also apply patches, upgrade software, and make sure that data is secured. They are also responsible for monitoring the storage area network (SAN).

Finally, engineers devise plans for disaster recovery, besides implementing backup and storing procedures of data.

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Storage Engineer Job Description

A Storage Engineer’s job entails being part of a team that designs, configures, develops, integrates, tests, implements, documents, and supports the storage infrastructure ecosystem. The candidate works with different teams to explain requirements and suggest the right storage and backup solutions and procedures.

Engineers also create and maintain documentation of the existing technology and solutions. They take part in capacity planning and tweaking performance for storage and backup environments

They handle replication of DR data to make sure that data is recovered, in case of any glitches. Engineers configure and administer performance and massive storage arrays while deploying and configuring SANs. They upgrade, implement, monitor policies, and procedures to ensure that storage can always be provisioned for data protection and that all this adheres to relevant compliance standards.

These engineers resolve storage issues using NFS, Fiber Channel over Ethernet (FCoE), and CIFS protocols. They also administer backup architecture using several solutions.

Future of Storage Engineers

By 2020, a third of the skills Storage Engineers will change. Therefore, they will have to concentrate on understanding how businesses will use the data and applications they create. This is because more companies will move to the hybrid cloud strategy. They should additionally don the role of business professionals by the next decade.

Educational qualifications and other requirements of Storage Engineers

Storage Engineers should have at least a bachelor’s degree in engineering, computer science or any related discipline along with about five years of experience in a company’s storage environment.

They should have had experience with disaster recovery technologies and data replication and excellent written and verbal communication skills.

Storage Engineer Salary

The average annual pay of a Storage Engineer in the United States is $62,332, and people who take up freelancing can earn $32 per hour, according to neuvoo.com.

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