In Praise of Sysadmins: IT's Jacks-of-All-Trades

By Darryl K. Taft  |  Posted 2015-07-30

Over the past decade, the role of the system administrator (sysadmin) has evolved dramatically. In fact, it has expanded to such a degree that today's sysadmins not only ensure servers are running smoothly, keep virtual machine (VM) sprawl in check and get peak performance out of applications (plus, of course, a whole lot more), but they also significantly impact the way organizations run their businesses. All too often, however, these data center jack-of-all-trades get overlooked. So, to honor sysadmins everywhere, each year System Administrator Appreciation Day is celebrated on the last Friday of July. It's a time to give credit where credit is due: to all the hard-working sysadmins of the world. One such way to honor sysadmins is through an e-card, such as the ones SolarWinds has created that eWEEK has highlighted in this slide show. If you're a sysadmin, hopefully these slides will be good for a laugh, and if you're not a sysadmin, consider sharing them with the sysadmins in your life as a way to say thanks for all they do.


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