Yes folks, it’s that time of the year again where we gather to appreciate the hard work of our system administrators. July 31 marks the 16th annual SysAdmin Day. Your system administrator and his team have been diligently ensuring that the tech in your company runs smoothly all year so what better way to say “thank you” than with a big order of scrumptious pizza?
Dedicated server monitoring tools have largely replaced the need to manually parse log files except for the most esoteric of issues. This however raises another issue — selecting one that has the right combination of features, usability and performance. Fortunately, many free options exist if you’re willing to learn their ins and outs.
Even with the influx of cheap mini-PCs such as Intel’s Next Unit of Computing (NUC) series, the humble Network Attached Storage (NAS) unit still has its place. However, if you’re new to the NAS game and want one for the house, perhaps to file the role of file server, there are a few caveats to consider before you go ahead with your purchase.
When virtualisation was first mainstreamed, it changed the way we managed the server room. We saved money by consolidating servers into larger virtual hosts. Hardware-related downtime dropped because we could afford to spend money on redundancy and quality. Even mundane issues such as rack space and datacenter air conditioning became less of an expense. As system administrators, we could suddenly “create” a new server out of thin air.