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Salute Mission Critical Solves the Data Center Staffing Shortage

Data Center services company leverages veterans as specialized technicians with military precision

At the end of 2019, EnterpriseAI noted that surging enterprise demand for the hyperscale data center services powering the future of communication and collaboration is being hindered by a growing skills gap. The Uptime Institute’s 2019 Data Center Survey also supports this observation, noting that 60% of respondents reported difficulties finding and retaining employees, including data center technicians.

Lee Kirby, Chairman and Co-Founder of Salute Mission Critical, believes his organization is uniquely positioned to help data center operators meet their staffing needs. By working in partnership with Salute, the company’s clients benefit both from world-class services delivered with military precision and a long-term solution to their staffing shortage. With 350 full-time staff operating data centers for the most innovative and fastest-growing companies in the world, Salute continues to prove its unique engagement model.

To mark its continued growth, Salute has unveiled a refreshed website that better reflects its core goal of transitioning veterans, who often face a shortage of skilled private sector opportunities, into vibrant data center careers. It has also launched a new Global Command Center in Chicago, which will enhance its scalability and remote reach as it coordinates vital data center management services for the facilities its clients own. As a trusted advisor to multiple data center providers, Salute is a critical piece of the solution for attracting and retaining talent within a sector shaping the future of digital infrastructure.

“At Salute, we really are a bridge for veterans to reach the data center industry and start careers,” Mr. Kirby notes. “The sector’s critical shortage of skilled resources is driving our company’s growth as data center providers continue to see value in the world-class data center technicians developed through our transition and training programs. As a premier IT Data Center Lifecycle services company, we can deploy wherever our clients need us to help build out, manage and decommission data center sites with high-quality results. With our Global Command Center, our team members can monitor our clients’ sites from afar, ensuring that all facility operations comply with stringent standards and processes.”

The company has worked with its clients to bring its brand of “military precision” to data center operations across North America, South America and Europe. Salute’s ability to provide reliable, expert services to any type of data center, from hyperscale to hyperlocal facility, often results in its recruits being hired on by clients full-time. The organization is creating a sustainable funnel for military personnel and veterans to find long-term employment in the data center sector.

Read the full press release, here.

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