[nycbug-talk] Hypothetical: the end of the sysadmin/systems engineer/DBA?

Matt Juszczak matt at atopia.net
Wed Mar 24 00:00:21 EDT 2010

Hi folks,

So I've been thinking - more and more companies (Amazon, Rackspace, 
Terremark, etc.) are moving to cloud technologies.  Some are even moving 
to cloud technologies combined with dedicated server infrastructure.  But 
for the most part, it does seem a lot easier to "spin up" a few ready to 
go instances (like amazon EC2) and launch a production web application.

There's still a lot to do: MySQL is still heavily used, and requires a lot 
of tuning once performance needs grow.  However, databases like MongoDB, 
SimpleDB, etc. are quickly gaining market share.

So I wonder: will there be a time when those who have an idea simply spin 
up some ready to go cloud servers, point and click the necessary security 
they'd like and setup they'd like, and run with it?  At that point, would 
the only positions remaining be developers/programmers?

Just my thought for the day.

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