What Is It Like Working In A Data Centre?

It’s a growing sector, with demand for new data centres, as well as evolution in their sustainability and management offering plenty of opportunities for employment if you have the right set of skills.

What Is A Data Centre?

A data processing and storage centre is owned and operated by third-party companies, who lease out vital computing power to organisations. This is an increasingly necessary service, as the rise of cloud computing means that, for many businesses, it is simply no longer practical or indeed possible to store and process their data on-site. Data centres are also needed thanks to the growing use of IoT (Internet of Things) devices, as well as the roll out of 5G capabilities and the shift to digital transformation by many industries.

Indeed, there are now thought to be over seven billion devices connected to the internet, and each of these devices is generating significant volumes of data every single day. This data must be stored, processed and analysed, sometimes with the use of advanced artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) technology, all of which requires a lot of computational power.

Businesses and other large organisations, in particular, need these analytics and cloud-enabled automation capabilities, in order to improve efficiency, flexibility and productivity, and the way to access this data handling power is through the use of a data centre.

A data processing and storage centre is a vast site, often requiring similar amounts of power to a small town. They contain the servers, cooling systems and connections to communication networks and may span more than a staggering 100,000 square feet. The number of companies that hire space within such a centre is on the rise, with the global market growing at a compound 2% rate between 2019 and 2025.

In the USA alone, these centres are predicted to exceed revenues of $69 billion by 2024. And with new data centres planned for locations in the UK, there will be plenty of employment opportunities, too.

The Working Experience

Staff already working in data centres report many benefits, ranging from job satisfaction to good opportunities for career development. For example, the role of a critical facilities shift engineer in such a centre can be varied and rewarding, with typical tasks ranging from routine maintenance and inspection of the data centre site and its equipment, through to recommending relevant system upgrades, bringing in proposals for outsourced projects and collaborating with vendors and other contractors. It’s an important job, with the need to trouble-shoot any issues before they become serious problems, which critical facilities shift engineers say makes them feel that they are making a valuable contribution at work.

The shift patterns that typically accompany this role are also cited as a key benefit, with unsocial shift hours compensated accordingly. Working different hours to the traditional working day allows critical facilities shift engineers to enjoy flexibility and easier commuting times, making it a great option for those with a busy family life, too.

For those who wish to progress in their careers, data centres offer excellent opportunities, too. Critical facilities shift engineers can enjoy many options for career progression, whilst the role is typically very well paid, and ongoing training is often available. This makes choosing to work in such a position the ideal move for those looking for a long and varied career.

Recruitment For Data Centres

For those candidates who are keen to explore the best opportunities within the burgeoning data centre market, it makes sense to consult the experts. With decades of experience in specialised technical recruitment, Clear Recruitment offers a tailored hiring solution which can match candidates to their ideal position. Discover how we can transform your job search process by getting in touch today, on 020 3355 4054 or at info@clear-recruitment.co.uk