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Working As A SAN Storage Administrator

  • Interacting With Computers
  • Getting Information
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Mostly Sitting

  • Repetitive

  • $88,646

    Average Salary

What Does A SAN Storage Administrator Do

Computer networks are critical parts of almost every organization. Network and computer systems administrators are responsible for the day-to-day operation of these networks. They organize, install, and support an organization’s computer systems, including local area networks (LANs), wide area networks (WANs), network segments, intranets, and other data communication systems.

Duties

Network and computer systems administrators typically do the following:

  • Determine an organization’s network and computer system needs before setting one up
  • Install all network hardware and software and make needed upgrades and repairs
  • Maintain network and computer system security and ensure that all systems are operating correctly
  • Collect data in order to evaluate and optimize network or system performance
  • Add users to a network and assign and update security permissions on the network
  • Train users in the proper use of hardware and software
  • Interpret and solve problems when a user or an automated monitoring system alerts them that one exists

Administrators manage an organization’s servers and desktop and mobile equipment. They ensure that email and data storage networks work properly. They also make sure that employees’ workstations are working efficiently and stay connected to the central computer network. Some administrators manage telecommunication networks.

In some cases, administrators help network architects design and analyze network models. They also participate in decisions about buying future hardware or software to upgrade their organization’s network. Some administrators provide technical support to computer users, and they also may supervise computer support specialists who help solve users’ problems.

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How To Become A SAN Storage Administrator

Most employers require network and computer systems administrators to have a bachelor’s degree in a field related to computer or information science. Others may require only a postsecondary certificate.

Education

Although some employers require only a postsecondary certificate, most require a bachelor’s degree in a field related to computer or information science. There are degree programs that focus on computer network and system administration. However, because administrators work with computer hardware and equipment, a degree in computer engineering or electrical engineering usually is acceptable as well. Programs in these fields usually include classes in computer programming, networking, or systems design.

Because network technology is continually changing, administrators need to keep up with the latest developments. Many continue to take courses throughout their careers and attend information technology (IT) conferences to keep up with the latest technology. Some businesses require that an administrator get a master’s degree.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Certification programs are generally offered directly from vendors or from vendor-neutral certification providers. Certification validates knowledge and best practices required from network and computer systems administrators. Companies may require their network and computer systems administrators to be certified in the product they use. Microsoft and Cisco offer some of the most common certifications.

Other Experience

To gain practical experience, many network administrators participate in internship programs while in school.

Advancement

Network administrators can advance to become computer network architects. They can also advance to managerial jobs in information technology (IT) departments, such as computer and information systems managers.

Important Qualities

Analytical skills. Administrators need analytical skills to evaluate network and system performance and determine how changes in the environment will affect them.

Communication skills. Administrators must be able to describe problems and their solutions to non-IT workers.

Computer skills. Administrators oversee the connections of many different types of computer equipment and must ensure that they all work together properly.

Multitasking skills. Administrators may have to work on many problems and tasks at the same time.

Problem-solving skills. Administrators must be able to quickly resolve any problems that arise with computer networks.

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SAN Storage Administrator Demographics

Gender

Male

85.6%

Female

12.1%

Unknown

2.3%
Ethnicity

White

41.3%

Asian

33.7%

Hispanic or Latino

10.6%

Black or African American

10.0%

Unknown

4.3%
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SAN Storage Administrator Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

10.0%

Georgia Institute of Technology -

10.0%

University of Houston

6.7%

New York University

6.7%

Northeastern Illinois University

6.7%

University of Pennsylvania

6.7%

Bay de Noc Community College

6.7%

Pikes Peak Community College

6.7%

Rose State College

3.3%

California State University - East Bay

3.3%

Ohio State University

3.3%

Strayer University

3.3%

Drexel University

3.3%

Boston College

3.3%

California Lutheran University

3.3%

Webster University

3.3%

Johns Hopkins University

3.3%

Arizona State University

3.3%

Fitchburg State University

3.3%

State University of New York at Binghamton

3.3%
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Majors

Computer Science

32.0%

Electrical Engineering

13.3%

Business

8.0%

Mechanical Engineering

6.7%

Electrical Engineering Technology

4.0%

Computer Applications

4.0%

Finance

4.0%

Computer Networking

4.0%

Information Technology

4.0%

Accounting

2.7%

Information Systems

2.7%

Computer Engineering

2.7%

Education

2.7%

Management

1.3%

Communication Disorders Sciences

1.3%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

1.3%

Project Management

1.3%

Computer Information Systems

1.3%

Management Information Systems

1.3%

Mathematics

1.3%
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Degrees

Bachelors

51.1%

Masters

20.5%

Other

18.2%

Certificate

4.5%

Associate

4.5%

Doctorate

1.1%
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Real SAN Storage Administrator Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Senior SAN Storage Administrator Infinite Computer Solutions Alpharetta, GA Sep 01, 2013 $125,220
SR. SAN Storage Administrator Medline Industries Mundelein, IL Aug 12, 2013 $120,000
SAN Storage Administrator CDI Corporation Philadelphia, PA Dec 22, 2014 $116,872
San/Disk Storage Administrator Artech Information Systems LLC Dubuque, IA Oct 31, 2011 $114,400
SAN Storage Administrator CDI Corporation Philadelphia, PA Jul 27, 2015 $113,742
SAN Storage Administrator CDI Corporation Philadelphia, PA Aug 07, 2015 $113,742
SAN Storage Systems Administrator Synectiks Inc. Princeton, NJ Nov 08, 2016 $110,000
SAN Storage Administrator Medline Industries Mundelein, IL Apr 28, 2014 $101,920
SAN Storage Administrator Medline Industries Mundelein, IL Jan 03, 2012 $98,000
Unix Systems and SAN Storage Administrator (Databa Edward W. Sparrow Hospital Association Lansing, MI Nov 07, 2012 $90,000
Unix Systems and SAN Storage Administrator Senior Edward W. Sparrow Hospital Association Lansing, MI Nov 07, 2012 $90,000
SAN Storage Systems Administrator Synectiks Inc. Manalapan, NJ Sep 03, 2015 $85,000
Storage/San Administrator Consultant Doyensys, Inc. Redmond, WA Jun 07, 2016 $83,200
Storage/San Administrator Doyensys, Inc. Frisco, TX Sep 12, 2014 $78,000
Storage/San Administrator Doyensys, Inc. Allentown, PA Jan 19, 2015 $78,000
Storage/San Administrator Consultant Doyensys, Inc. Redmond, WA Jul 30, 2015 $78,000
SAN Storage Administrator CDI Corporation Dubuque, IA Apr 15, 2015 $75,215
SAN Storage Administrator CDI Corporation Dubuque, IA Feb 01, 2015 $75,215
Storage/San Administrator Doyensys, Inc. Allentown, PA Feb 05, 2015 $75,000
SAN Storage Administrator CDI Corporation Dubuque, IA Jan 02, 2014 $73,045 -
$129,394
SAN Storage Administrator CDI Corporation Dubuque, IA Feb 11, 2012 $73,045 -
$129,394
SAN Storage Administrator CDI Corporation Dubuque, IA Feb 01, 2012 $73,045 -
$129,394
SAN Storage Administrator CDI Corporation Dubuque, IA Jan 03, 2011 $73,045 -
$129,394

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Top Skills for A SAN Storage Administrator

  1. Brocade CLI
  2. Storage
  3. LUN
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  • Used BROCADE CLI, DCNM and DCFM to create and active zones in both BROCADE and Cisco fabrics.
  • Execute partial storage reclaims/full decommissions.
  • Implemented Virtual LUN Migration on VMAX (moving data from SATA drives to FC or EFD) for better performance.
  • Supported Windows servers in the primary and disaster recovery sites.
  • Participated in fabric refresh including implementation of Core-Edge Topology with Brocade DCX family switches.

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