How Many Network Admins are Interested In SDN or Big Data?

The perception of the IT administrator job is often influenced by buzzwords like Big Data or SDN. But the reality of the job often looks different. That’s why Paessler wanted to know what really drives you in your everyday working life. What are your favorite tasks and how much time do you have to do them? Which technologies are you using already and which are not even under consideration at the moment?

 

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Top 5 Reasons Why A “Cloud First Policy” Will Improve Your IT

I am convinced that today every company/organization should have a “Cloud First Policy”. Such a policy means that whenever you deploy new services and/or update existing services you will at least consider moving it to the cloud. Soon this will improve your complete IT environment.

At Paessler we have had a “Cloud First Policy” for some years now. The initial reasoning was that we as infrastructure vendor should arrive to the cloud early so we can prepare our services and our products for the cloud. We wanted to be ready when the majority of our customers start heading for the cloud. But only few companies are IT infrastructure vendors, so for everybody else there must be other reasons, too.

In this blog post I’d like to write about the experiences we have had with this policy and the five good reasons we found for any company or organization to have a Cloud First Policy.

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BYOD is not your enemy. It’s the future. Make “BYOD First” your strategy for 2017!

There are no sacred cows to someone who believes that consumer devices and self-service IT are the keystones of the new business office world. One of these cows is wired Ethernet in the workplace. It will largely go away soon!

Here is an extreme example: Last August Microsoft announced that they are ditching copper-based Ethernet in 660 campuses in favor of WiFi-only offices over the next 24 months.

“Our users don’t simply use a workstation at a desk to do their jobs anymore. They’re using their phone, their tablet, their laptop and their desktop computer, if they have one,” said Lef in a Q&A published in the Microsoft Azure Blog. “It’s evolved into a devices ecosystem rather than a single productivity device, and most of those devices support wireless. In fact, most of them support only wireless.”

David Lef, principal network architect at Microsoft IT.

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3 Tips For Sysadmins That Will Improve Appreciation Of Your Work (And Your Budget)

The better you do your job, the bigger your problems in the next budget discussion will become! Let’s assume you did a perfect job in the last few months and you have achieved 100% uptime for your network (well, at least your colleagues and your boss didn’t notice any downtimes). Why would anybody agree with you that you need more budget for next year?

I call this the “Sysadmin’s Dilemma”: The better you are doing your job, the harder it is to explain to others why you still need to invest resources into IT in the future to keep your service level up. Of course you cannot willingly degrade your uptime so that the people in your company realize again how important the IT team is in order to get noticed again – a true dilemma.

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