Systems Administration

Happy System Administrator Appreciation Day

Today is our day. July 25, 2014 marks the 15th annual System Administrator Appreciation Day. On this day we pause and take a moment to forget the impossible tasks, nonexistent budgets, and often unrealistic timelines to say thank you to those people who keeps everything working — system administrators. So much of what has become a…

Essential Hadoop Concepts for Systems Administrators

Of course, everyone knows Hadoop as the solution to Big Data. What’s the problem with Big Data? Well, mostly it’s just that Big Data is too big to access and process in a timely fashion on a conventional enterprise system. Even a really large, optimally tuned, enterprise-class database system has conventional limits in terms of…

Service Reliability: How Systems Administration is Evolving – Part One

The world of systems administration is changing, and it’s affecting everyone involved. Today’s blog post is the first of two in mini-series dedicated to Service Reliability: How Systems Administration is Evolving. The days of formulas that tell us, You need “X” system admins, for every “Y” physical server, and every “Z” VMs are coming to…

Internet Scale Design: Part Two

In my previous blog post, I emphasized that internet scale design can be implemented for any type of company. Whether it’s a small, bootstrapped startup or a rapidly growing, well-funded tier 2. But if it’s suitable for that many companies, why isn’t everyone moving into the cloud? In my opinion, there are two reasons. First,…

Internet Scale Design: Part One

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Whether your company is a small, bootstrapped startup or a rapidly growing, well-funded tier 2 or 3 business, everyone dreams of having ‘Internet scale’ systems which are highly automated, anti-fragile, self-healing, and inexpensive to maintain. The problem, however, is that those types of complex systems are only within the reach of well-funded companies who can…