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2. Why PaaS? > System Engineers/Administrators

System Engineers/Administrators

Cloud computing allows systems engineers and administrators to go back to doing systems work instead of server work. Over the last decade, so much of what had become a sysadmin’s job is technician work, like logging in, doing updates, and replacing hard drives. It’s a lot of busy work and it’s often thankless. Most people don’t realize the systems people are even there unless something goes wrong. Cloud computing provides a new way for admins and engineers to get back to focusing on the complicated interconnected systems that should be their jobs.

Back to our story. James is a systems engineer who just heard about the new order processing system. Years of slow but steady growth have brought their colo to near capacity and despite several requests to find additional space, James had just been told to deal with it. Needless to say, James is worried about how he’s going to find space for this new system. So James and Max sit down and go over the details of how this new code actually processes orders. The inevitable question comes up from James: “How did you get this all setup anyway? Purchases for new servers have basically been frozen for months. I know because I’m the one that normally does the purchasing.”


  

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