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

Matt Juszczak matt at atopia.net
Mon Mar 29 22:49:45 EDT 2010

> Also traditional sysadmin skills include areas like security, security
> is a growth industry.  Disaster recovery, capacity planning, building
> cloud physical plant for people who want the cloud but need to keep
> data private and a bunch of other skills.  And to reply to the exim
> bit, what is stopping exim people from taking the dam thing and
> replacing postfix with exim and uploading it for people to use?

Agreed on the security bit: as more cloud providers come out, people will 
want to know their data is secure.  But as encryption gets better, people 
will worry less and less about that.  Again, I still sort of fail to see 
where the systems administrator / systems engineer will come into play 
once this stuff is all point+click - images that can be spun up on demand 
with encryption, central authentication, etc. already built in.

> I think the SA world is going to split along the lines of people who
> build integrated circuits, people who build things with integrated
> circuits and people who put IC's in sockets,  Figure out where you
> want to be and get there.  Two of the three will pay well.

I assume the "people who put IC's in sockets" is what you feel will 

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