Friday, July 26, 2013

Celebrating SysAdmin Day

You may or may not know it, but today, around the world many people are celebrating the 14th Annual SysAdmin Day. Launched on July 28th, 2000, an IT guy named Ted Kekatos created SysAdminDay.com to promote recognition of the people that work long and hard, often in the shadows to provide the computers, networks and applications that make the modern workplace, well, work.

According to the site:
Let’s face it, System Administrators get no respect 364 days a year. This is the day that all fellow System Administrators across the globe, will be showered with expensive sports cars and large piles of cash in appreciation of their diligent work. But seriously, we are asking for a nice token gift and some public acknowledgement. It’s the least you could do.
References to appropriate gifts for SysAdminDay seem to center around bacon and ice cream. Or maybe bacon ice cream. Fellow Austin company Spiceworks is clearly taking the day to heart, with live streaming of their office party downtown and complimentary bacon-wrapped delicacies for SysAdmins from the Lard Have Mercy food truck.

What's the Uplogix connection? 
We did consume a box of the World Famous Round Rock Donuts this morning. You know, the orange-colored ones you've seen on the Food Network. Yeah, they are that good.

Of course, you could also count our Local Management platform as a contribution to System Admins around the world. We're saving truck rolls, providing secure out-of-band access to remote gear that works just as if the admin were right there, plugging their laptop into the console port of a piece of gear.

There is the helpful (and potentially ego-saving) SurgicalRollback feature where any change made is followed by a prompt for confirmation by the technician initiating the change. If no confirmation is received (e.g. if the change brought down the network and the technician’s access with it), the change is precisely rolled back.

And we're saving SysAdmins from many of the little tasks that can eat up their day (and night). With our local connection to gear that allows us to operate independently of the network, they can have confidence in our automation of hundreds of tedious, error-prone routine change and configuration management tasks.

So, enjoy what's left of SysAdmin Day, and fry up a little thank you for those people that keep you working.