Cloud passes test with CIOs, who put money where their clouds should be

Hiring demand for those with cloud skills grows 159%, adding to growth in virtualization

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"The best match for any job you're trying to fill is someone already doing almost the identical job you need to fill, usually at a competitor. It takes away an asset from a competitor by removing a key employee and gets you the skills you need," she said.

"You see that a lot. In the surveys we do of employers posting jobs we see a lot who are really worried about someone else poaching their best people," Hill said. "A lot of them are also considering poaching someone else's people."

It's not really a clear choice, since private or public cloud projects rely on virtual servers. Given a choice of on one or the other, which should you pick to get training or project experience in the most valuable?

"Cloud skills of any kind are clearly the hottest right now," Hill said. "Especially in private cloud, virtualization is part of the skill set, and interest in virtualization came out of slashed budgets and the economic concerns of the last couple of years.

"Right now anyone with skills involving environments that increase data security and cost savings is in a really good place right now," Hill said.

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