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Submission + - DevOps: Sysadmin meet Developer and Vice-Versa (zenoss.org) 1

socialized writes: DevOps, also referred to as agile systems administration, is a big part of how Kris Buytaert, a Senior Linux and Open Source Consultant with the Belgian firm Inuits who, likes to create opens source apps for business. Buytaert describes himself as a developer who "then became an Op" and as such, began to see the challenges facing both sides of the application deployment process. The 451 Group also has recently noted this phenomenon as have may others (Stephen Nelson-Smith, Jake Sorofman) .There's even a series of Devops Days internationally and OpsCamp is running DevOps styleunconferences for cloud computing (Devops.Info lists even more self-organizing conferences). How many systems administrators consider themselves part developers and how many developers consider their operations knowledge a critical to their ability to create software?

Comment It Depends is the only answer here... (Score 1) 414

The answers are going to vary wildly based on skill of the users, corporate environment and what they use the computers for. I've seen an insurance company that had 1 SA per 500 machines. They were all running a locked down version of XP, they were almost a kiosk. The users had 1, maybe 2 programs that they used, the insurance system and a mail client. It worked out well. Think blue collar behind a terminal.

On the other hand, an office full of 'empowered' users each with admin rights on their own vista machine, the need for using many various programs and various duties, you may see as low as 50 to 1... Executives constantly on the cutting edge...

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