IT leaders continue to battle to find virtualization experts and other technical specialists to staff data centers, new \n\nresearch shows. A whopping 86 percent of data center managers say they struggle to find qualified applicants for data center \n\njobs, according to Symantec's State of the Data Center Research report, released October 31. Furthermore, 52 percent of \n\nrespondents call their data center currently understaffed.The news isn't great for current data center staffers, either: Symantec's results show that those employees may want to \n\ndevelop an emerging specialty like server virtualization or storage virtualization sooner rather than later. 60 percent of \n\ndata managers call their staff skill sets too narrow. And more than half, 57 percent, say employees' skills don't match \n\ncurrent data center needs.Looking at the bigger picture for data centers, 69 percent of respondents to the Symantec study say their data centers are \n\ngrowing at least 5 percent per year; 11 percent say they're growing 20 percent or more per year. During the past two years, \n\nthe average budget increase was 7 percent.A full 90 percent of respondents say they're at least discussing server virtualization. What applications are most \n\nfrequently running on virtualized environments? 59 percent of respondents say Web applications are the most likely to run in \n\na virtual environment; 42 percent say database management applications.The Symantec study queried almost 900 data center managers worldwide, in Global 2000 companies and large public sector \n\ninstitutions.