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Career Guidance: From Storage Engineer to Openstack Developer/Engineer

asked 2017-02-05 09:47:12 -0500

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I am 2016 Computer Engineering graduate from India currently working as software engineer in India. I am working as a support/escalation engineer for openstack related software. I am part of the team that supports technologies other than openstack(so no direct engagement on openstack) for the product that i am supporting. It is not very satisfying duties/responsibility that I perform at my work however I love the openstack part which I am not part of. I have job opportunity as Storage Engineer(System Administrator) in Japan with 10 times the salary I have here at India. I might be able to gets my hands dirty on OpenStack for this role too but I am concerned of what future might hold for me on this job responsibiliy. Can anyone please guide me whether I will be able to use/develop this technology on the basis of the work experience i will be gathering as a storage Engineer. Also what are futuristic career opportunities for a Storage Engineer? Will this experience of mine be useful while in 2030 and what role I might be playing in the Software Indurstry? Will Storage Engineer/related positions be demanding in future? I am a lot confused any guidance will be very useful.

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answered 2017-02-06 10:38:09 -0500

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Congrats on the job offer.

You can always learn cloud yourself. You can play with DevStack. It is equivalent to production version of OpenStack and runs on your *nix desktop.

Storage is part of cloud. Compute, storage and networking are core components of any cloud. While you're working with Storage try to understand how luns are exported to servers and used. Storage has some networking too: FC, SCSI, iSCSI, FCoE etc. While you may be working only at the storage device, you can start looking at how they are connected to the data center network and understand the storage traffic flow in the data center and its design. Once you're clear, you can expand from there, getting deep into core components and start looking at the other components of cloud.

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Yeah , you can work in storage in OpenStack ;)

Eduardo Gonzalez gravatar imageEduardo Gonzalez ( 2017-02-06 10:53:12 -0500 )edit

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