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Why the Need for Sysadmins Will be Booming in 2015

What is a SysAdmin?

Before we get to the future growth of the SysAdmin role, we will need to understand what a Systems Administrator actually is and does, day to day…

A system administrator, or SysAdmin, is a person who is responsible for ensuring that computer systems are up and running reliably. SysAdmins are also responsible for the maintenance, configuration, installation, uptime, performance, resources and security of the computer systems that they manage to ensure that the computer system meets the needs and demands of the business, users and customers.

SysAdmins are the backbone of corporate IT. They’re the people who work very hard, often behind the scenes, to keep corporate computer systems up and running 24×7x365. Typically these are the people who look after server and desktop hardware, virtualization software, operating systems and networks. However some also work at the application level, looking after application runtimes or administering applications such as email systems and CRM systems. Being a SysAdmin is a tough job! 

They’re truly the unsung hero of making any business run smoothly and efficiently.

Meeting All the Needs

To meet the ever growing demands and needs on business computer systems, a SysAdmin may acquire, install or upgrade computer systems and software. A SysAdmin may also look to develop automation, maintain security policies, troubleshoot, train and/or supervise staff and/or offer technical support for projects as well as troubleshoot computer systems when they are not providing the services required. 

As the people become more ingratiated with technology use on an every day level  so does our needs and demands for faster, better and more cost effective products and solutions. Just think about the proliferation of the Internet of Things, coupled with the capabilities of cloud computing have created a boom in demand for supporter of these large requirements.

Just how many System Administrators do you need?

So, the next logical question is, how many systems can one SysAdmin manage? Generally speaking, a senior SysAdmin can manage up to 25 physical servers or up to 50 virtual servers, 9 to 5. Maintaining physical servers generally require more time to manage as a SysAdmin has to manage the physical hardware as well as the software for the server. Moreover, the number of SysAdmins required multiplies profoundly when the business requirements become 24x7x365.

These numbers are impressive indeed and to manage this number of computer systems, a SysAdmin often looks to automate and stream line routine mundane tasks where possible.

What about automation?

As SysAdmins continuously look to automate mundane computer system tasks, new computer system features and functions are continuously developed…

So, new automation is required to be developed to help the SysAdmins manage the newer computer system features and functions. What we are seeing as a result is the requirements for super SysAdmins with a wider array of skills and more of them.

SysAdmins in 2015 and beyond

As we continue to move forward, faster and develop globally, the number of computer systems in place will continues to multiply. In response to that high growth in technology, the number of SysAdmins as well as the requirement to ensure that your customer systems are always available will also grow exponentially. 

The most sure fire way to do this is to have a dedicated resource that can identify a problem, fix it, and make sure it proactively does not happen again.  For that, a System Administrator is the best bet to go with in 2015.

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