Can you believe it?Â they actually asked me why I didn’t do more documentation during my year there.
Let’s see.Â During the course of the past year, we designed, installed, implementated, moved, migrated, redesigned, reimplemented an entire corporate infrastructure.
My part in this was fairly simple.
Storage Design (Clariion/Symmetrix), Implementation, Management
Backup Design (Veritas NBU 6.0),Â Installation, Management
SAN Design (Cisco),Â Implementation,Â Management
NAS-Design (Celerra), Implementation,Â Management
Plus I was doing a good portion of the server builds, OS installs, partitioning, application installations, etc.Â I also became the defacto Linux administrator (because the only other person capable of doing it didn’t have time either), managed the external DNS servers, did some exchange design and build, migration, printers/scanners, SMTP Mailscanners,Â well the list goes on and on.
And of course fire-fighting was a big part, this was in fact a Windoze shop so we spent a lot of time figuring out what Microsoft was trying to accomplish and what we really wanted it to accomplish.
So I guess I should have tacked another hour or two onto my 16 hour days to make sure everything was documented.
Nigel is right in his commentÂ that storage people are a different breed.Â Whether your HP, Hitachi, EMC, NetApp or whatnot.Â Every “storage-centric” person I’ve ever met has been unique in their ability to look at every moving part in an environment and conceptualize “the fundimental interconnectedness of all things.”Â (With apologies to the late Douglas Adams)
In short – storage people get it.Â
There is one of my co-workers at work who also gets it.Â I see the faint glimmer of a storage admin in him, and have spent the time we’ve worked together trying to cultivate it while the powers-that-be tried desparately to keep the status-quo.Â (Maybe they know that once he can put “EMC” or “SAN” on his resume the $$ shoots up – who knows?)
Anyway, I’ve got to get back to my documentation.Â 😉