DATA CENTER ACADEMY
Southeast Asia is looking on track to reach a US$1 trillion gross merchandise value economy by 2030, with over than 2.1 million new digital consumers having joined the Indonesian internet economy in between 2021-2022 alone.
In addition, as the demand for increasingly sophisticated digital infrastructure continues to grow, so do the skills required to design, build and operate data centers. As a result, new roles will be created in step with emerging technologies and evolving trends in the industry, resulting in data center worker demands that will only continue to increase over the next ten years.
The data center industry is a complex one as it requires different skills for different job profiles – you require data center facility technicians, networks professionals, database professionals, applications specialists and people with good physical infrastructure (electrical facilities, cabling, mechanical) skills. In addition, data centers require trained and certified people in facilities management, network security and project management.
A recent Uptime Institute® survey suggests that half of the world’s existing engineering staff will retire by 2025, yet the number of staff needed to run the world’s data centers will grow from around two million to nearly 2.3 million by 2025.
Another significant source of worker shortage is the constant churn that’s occurring because of intense competition for workers. Companies in the industry are essentially competing for the same limited pool of data center workers. As if that wasn’t enough, the data center industry has a branding challenge. It is not well-known in general, let alone for its career potential.
University degrees are nearly non-existent, and only recently have two-year community colleges begun to offer degrees or certifications linked to data center operations.
While traditionally data center skillsets have focused on mastering one specific skillset, today’s data center requires people to have cross-functional skillsets.
For example, the move of the industry towards software-defined data centers and networks has called for network engineers to augment their skillsets to have more knowledge of software. Some networking jobs today require programming skills and writing of basic scripts.
With the rise in hybrid cloud deployments, organizations are struggling to find personnel skilled in handling both cloud and non-cloud environments. Additionally, today’s modern data center requires people equipped with new skills such as data analytics. This is required to gain intelligent insights from data center monitoring tools and use them to improve data center efficiencies.
This is where Nusantara Academy comes in. We offer a unique community upskilling/re-skilling program that covers the latest trends and technologies in the data center industry. Our programs are designed to provide participants with the skills and knowledge needed to tackle the challenges of data center management.
What sets us apart is that we are not only providing globally recognized certifications, we are also building the biggest data center community in Indonesia. As we welcome a more diverse profile of first-time workers and professionals in the data center ecosystems, Networking among those already in the data center workforce will be instrumental in continuing to attract a more diverse pool of talent to support the on-going growth of the industry.