What Does An Infrastructure Manager Do?

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An infrastructure manager is responsible for managing IT infrastructure and maintaining the systems and personnel that are at the core of an organisation. They design and measure key metrics and specialise in computer network infrastructures. What does an infrastructure manager do?

Job Profile

Infrastructure managers are considered mostly as project coordinators that are in charge of designing, installing, and maintaining of the systems and personnel that are at the core of an organisation.  

Role Overview Of An Infrastructure Manager - responsibilities, skills, background and salary
Role Overview Of An Infrastructure Manager

They keep meticulous records of everything and are responsible for maximising uptime and protection of data. They are also tasked with ensuring that the organisation’s systems are online and fully operational.

Are infrastructure managers in demand? Yes, according to the National Bureau of Labor Statistics, demand for Infrastructure Managers is set to rise 15 percent through 2024.

Responsibilities

Infrastructure managers design and execute long-term plans that assure a company’s infrastructure capacity remains up-to-date. They maintain activity logs, identify and measure key operational metrics, and establish strategic direction for operating systems.

They establish priorities for the maintenance, design, and development of infrastructure systems inclusive of LANs, WANs, internet, and the like and also maintain logs and documentation of any activity that happens with their network.

Responsibilities Of An Infrastructure Manager
Responsibilities Of An Infrastructure Manager

These managers are also responsible for establishing software and hardware standards in collaboration with stakeholders and owners. 

They test server performance, report and prepare strategies to maintain server infrastructure, and create standardised processes for incident management.

What is the role of an infrastructure manager? 

  • Design and execute long-term plans that assure a company’s infrastructure capacity remains up-to-date
  • Maintain activity logs
  • Identify and measure key operational metrics
  • Establish strategic direction for operating systems
  • Establish priorities for the maintenance, design, and development of infrastructure systems inclusive of LANs, WANs, internet, etc
  • Maintain logs and documentation of any activity that happens with their network.
  • Establish software and hardware standards in collaboration with stakeholders and owners 
  • Test server performance
  • Report and prepare strategies to maintain server infrastructure
  • Create standardised processes for incident management

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Skills

Infrastructure managers generally have solid experience of managing a team within a multi-site IT Infrastructure environment.

They are proficient with operating systems and network security protocols and have knowledge of infrastructure technologies such as Office 365, Exchange, and Active Directory. 

They are also familiar with object or component-oriented software, such as Borland Paradox as well as web development software, such as Adobe Flex or Apache Tomcat.

Skills Of An Infrastructure Manager
Skills Of An Infrastructure Manager

These managers also have intricate knowledge of operating systems like Microsoft Windows and Linux and are able to develop and deliver projects using leading edge technologies.

In terms of soft skills, infrastructure managers have excellent written and verbal communication skills, presentation skills, and risk management, and have the ability to see the bigger picture.

How can I be a good infrastructure manager? These are the required skills for this role:

  • Solid experience of managing a team within a multi-site IT infrastructure environment
  • Proficiency with operating systems and network security protocols 
  • Knowledge of infrastructure technologies such as Office 365, Exchange, and Active Directory
  • Intricate knowledge of operating systems like Microsoft Windows and Linux
  • Ability to develop and deliver projects using leading edge technologies
  • Familiarity with object or component-oriented software, such as Borland Paradox
  • Experience with web development software, such as Adobe Flex or Apache Tomcat
  • Excellent written and verbal communications kills
  • Good presentation skills
  • Excellent risk management skills
  • Ability to see the bigger picture


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Background

Infrastructure managers typically have a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, Information Systems, Project Management or a related field. 

You can also obtain certifications to better your chances of being hired. Find some options for these down below: 

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Salary

The salary of an infrastructure manager may vary depending on a number of factors such as the job they have and the industry they are in. Someone that’s just starting out can earn upto $80,000 per year whereas one with a bit of experience and additional skills can earn up to $119,000. A manager in a more senior position can earn up to $177,000 annually. 

In Germany, the salary range is €72,000- €148,000 whereas in the UK, the range is £39,000- £78,000.

How much does an IT infrastructure manager make?

Junior $80,000
Average $119,000
Senior $177,000

What is the salary range of infrastructure managers?

US $80,000-$177,000
Germany €72,000-€148,000
UK £39,000-£78,000

Average hourly rate of infrastructure managers:

Average Hourly Rate Of Infrastructure Managers
Average Hourly Rate Of Infrastructure Managers

The average freelancer hourly rate of an infrastructure is $56. Considering an 8-hour working day, the daily rate would be around $448 (freelancermap price index – January 2022).

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