I am not a proponent of the Hallmark holiday. Bosses do not need Boss's day. Sweetest day was an evil plot between the florists, the jewelers, and the greeting card companies. But, there is one non-traditional holiday I embrace... Jonathan Coulton mp3s blasting in my office, I pray to the holy cat 5, now cat 5e ... it now goes to 11 or 6 or 7. I braise the meat of the calf, offer the fat to the gods, and howl the praise of the system administrator.
You might be called the network dude or dudette. You are the speed dial for every sales person when their CMR goes down. When the SAAS hits the fan, you are there to troubleshoot, open the pipes, and close the quarter. You are there when the YouTube requests are causing order entry lag; you throttle the excess and fulfill the need. You watch as the DB hits fill the queue to overflowing; you see the email bounces threaten Exchange; you are there just before Tomcat uses the box and your LAMP server passes out. You are always there. You quietly and gracefully prop it all back up.
Look, without you, the internet really is down. You know who you are. You are on the other end of that call downstairs. "Hey <myNameHere>, I might have only just looked your name up in the GAL, but I'm your buddy now. The internet is down." You made sure that person could use the GAL. If they used the acronym, you taught it to them. And you, you are my companions on the other side of that call...
"You're who?" We ask.
And then, the answers are legion. Because, really, no one knows how the black box in front of them talks to the world. They don't know how that box talks through the air and makes the magic happen, but they sure know when it stops.They know when the VoIP phone experiences flutter and latency. They know lag on Skype and Lync and GoToMeeting. They know when the email that will secure the quarter is stuck in their outbox.
Brothers and Sisters, SysAdmin Day is coming... and let us run wild in the streets. Let us praise one another. Let us share the stories of overflowing network closets without AC, of that real instance of the DVD burner used as a coffee cup holder, of the magnet laden PC case with HD failure... fancy that.
Bring us your stories. Let the fun begin. Let the laughter be shared. Let the horror be soothed with mirth... Contests & Missions ... Bring it.