Sysadmins' crucial role

Sysadmins' crucial role

Your platform is down. You’d just launched a new campaign to drive traffic to your website and hopefully convert some of your leads. It was going great. Until that last spike of traffic made it crash.

You pick up the phone and call your sysadmin to tell them to get it back up ASAP, but they don’t answer. And by the time the issue is solved, your traffic is down. You just wasted a large part of your budget for nothing and the opportunity is lost. Not to mention your damaged image.

Does this scenario sound familiar? I bet it’s happened to you at least once.

What Is a Sysadmin?

The sysadmin was the person who kept your infrastructure in check. They are the ones responsible for the security of the network, managing the traffic, and making sure there’s a secure way to revert to a backup in case of disaster.

A Sysadmin’s Tasks include:

  • regular server health checkups;
  • data backups;
  • disaster recovery planning;
  • patching for known vulnerabilities;
  • checking for application compatibility;
  • monitoring the infrastructure;
  • keeping records of assets.

Clearly, having a sysadmin is crucial for an online business. The problem is, hiring one is costly. And for a small business, the cost of hiring a sysadmin surpasses the value they can bring.

A compromise would be, after taking all the risks into consideration, assigning these tasks to your developer.

What Usually Happens If the Sysadmin’s Tasks Are Assigned to a Developer?

This can work, but it doesn’t come without challenges:

  • First, implementation can take days. And we’re not even counting the time wasted on wrong configurations and bug fixing.
  • And if you decide to switch from one cloud provider to another, you need to start this process all over again as each cloud provider’s interface and requirements are different.
  • Second, what do you do in case your website crashes? Downtime is never an option, but will a developer be able to identify and fix a problem faster than a sysadmin would? Probably not.
  • Last but definitely not least, you have to consider the security of your infrastructure. A developer is not as well prepared when it comes to patching vulnerabilities.

The good news is that there’s an easy fix for this: migrating your infrastructure to the Cloud and let Bunnyshell manage your servers. So you can get the best of both worlds and start focusing on growing your business.