In the spirit of calling a spade a spade, it is fair to say that computer storage is generally perceived to be quite dull – in Douglas Adams terms it would qualify as ‘mostly harmless’. While this is a bit of a shame for people who look after storage, backups and so on (let’s face it, the job description is never going to break …
is quite interesting, though should really just be a part of a role. Blimey are there some poor souls out there that just install drives, and use a selection of cp, dd, and rsync commands day in day out, perhaps with highlights of tar, gzip and bzip, and on a really fun day a smidgeon of bash compression.
Most of this can be automated in scripts, and monitored using scripts so it is a daft organisation that makes a role out of it, not that they don't exist I suppose. Managing file systems, recovering data, tweaking parameters projects sure it is a system admin role, but hey let them install and configure a server application every now and again, break up the monotony.
You may not hear "low-range" but you do hear "entry level".
@AC 23/01/2010: Yes - that's all there is to storage. And huge organisations should also do away with network groups after all is 'ifconfig(1m)' and 'ping(1m)' that difficult? How about getting rid of DBAs too? 'grep(1)' is really easy to use.
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