"What you need is someone who has got a general layer of knowledge across all the disciplines: that is what is difficult to find, and is what the industry needs."
Teaching these skills at a young age - such at A-level - is crucial to supporting the data centres of the future, he said, though finding ways to attract young people to infrastructure management roles may be a challenge.
"There is an element of how we can make it sexy, but ultimately none has tried so who knows whether they will take it up. But it is a critical skill, and without it, UK PLC doesn't exist."
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