- On May 4, 2016
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In today’s competitive and fast moving landscape, companies want complete control of their IT destiny. In short, they need to be effective, to enhance IT quality of services, to minimize costs and maximize return on investments in IT and of course possess strong knowledge of the system.
They go by a lot of names like Sysadmins, IT pros, The IT guy, Techies. They all pretty much share a common goal: to be fantastic fixers of all things tech.
Sysadmin is like a good doctor, always on a call, starts assessment and diagnosis of your problem before you even reach them, whether it’s updating your company’s antivirus software, performing regular maintenance tasks, replacing that toner waste cartridge or repairing a corrupt SQL database.
It is clear, that a single person is unable to handle all aspects of the job. There are administrators specific to technologies, networks, storage, virtualization, applications and more. This division has been caused by the domain-specific knowledge required to adequately perform a certain aspect of running IT.
Also, the field is very roughly divided into junior and senior systemadmins. A continual advancement from the very entry level administrator up through senior, supposes years of improvement, good effort to add some qualification to the distinctions between the various job levels. Some cases have already shown it happening, but it is going to become more widespread. As time progresses, the question is what the next move is.
We are seeing two career paths for people who work with servers. At the top of the professional career paths, there are a people who are in a charge of the physical infrastructures, and there are people who are in charge of the operational infrastructures. The inevitable move to cloud- like infrastructures is going to mean that, to the operational architect, the physical hardware is almost completely irrelevant. At the same time, the physical administrator is going to be concerned with those aspect of running the infrastructure, such as physical Moves, Adds and Changes ( MACS) as hardware becomes more numerous and anonymous.
The cloud layer of abstraction allow machines to be pulled in and out of service to be repaired and replaced, but certainly a degree of expertise will required to engineer the best, most efficient datacenter solutions. This is what the top tier physical infrastructure concern themselves with.
That is why SuperAdmins focus on operational administrator, who concerns themselves primarily with ensuring the business operations and continuity. In the physical infrastructure admin’s concerns are hardware, the operational administrator’s concerns are data and software. They work on things like the performance growth rate and the number of CPU units required for particular task. Infrastructure being developed like software, using the same methodologies, sharing some of the tools. Someone in a senior operational role is responsible for translating business directives into infrastructure.
The operational aspects have such emphasis on programing, it is easy to see that more administrators will become sysadmins directly out of CS programs at universities. SuperAdmins suspect that, we’ll see more and more companies coming online with this model.
Companies who, right now have their own physical infrastructure are not going through a lot of expense to get rid of it, but companies who come online in the future are going to see more and more reason to use a public cloud service, which means that they’ll only be employing the operational administrators. Sure, there will still be desktop support in most cases, but in terms of sysadmins, for those companies, it’s mostly going to be architect. Once a company grows to the point where it is not economical to host at Amazon, they may build their own cloud infrastructure, in which case they’ll employ the physical infrastructure admins, too.
Just so you know, it is going to require us all to work together, but the end result will be that we can accomplish much more than we could before. The knowledge level required to do our job is going to go up, but we should see this as a challenge to learn more and to be better.
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