It ain’t what you don’t know that gets you into trouble. It’s what you know for sure that just ain’t so. –Mark Twain
Like most of my clients,
I am an entrepreneur first.
That means I have to quickly identify robust solutions to the ever-changing market that is the Internet. Can I do that by using the same old architecture? Or by jumping on board with the most bleeding-edge technology? I believe the key is finding a sweet spot between the new and powerful, and the trusted and robust. The solution that will keep your product both fast and stable, when the Internet beets a path to your door.
So who am I? Maybe a better question is, “who was I?” You see, I was that kid roaming around AT&T Bell Labs back in the ’80s, before most of the world ever heard of this strange thing called “The Internet.” That enabled me to learn Unix (the predecessor to Linux) from the people who built it, in a modern-day apprentice fashion. Thirty-some years later, that kid who got his first glimpse into what the world would become, has become the master of his craft.
Internet Administration, and Solutions
System Administrators have been around since the dawn of computing. We are the “jack of all trades” when it comes to the IT world. One day it’s Networking and Virtualization, the next it’s Systems and Database Administration. We have to do it all, in a methodology that maintains uptime, security, performance, and budget, ensuring that every step is reproducible and facilitates knowledge transfer.
As a Senior Systems Administrator, my specialization these days is High Availability Solutions. I produce solutions that maximize uptime efficiency as well as network and data redundancy. After all, if you lose money every time you are off-line, you need to make sure that never happens.
Robust solutions in today’s market MUST incorporate Geo-Redundancy. Preventing a single piece of hardware from being a single point of failure, is not enough. My specialty is deploying solutions across multiple data centers. Ensuring that you have full redundancy of the network, power distribution, database, storage network, and system hardware brings you closer to that holy grail of 99.999% uptime.