Thursday, 28 July 2011

Work Experience

I approached digital morphosis regarding a work placement towards the end of the academic year. Currently in year 12, I have recently sat my AS levels and am aspiring to apply to university to study a degree in Computer Science. Deciding a work placement in a real life company would be very beneficial for me, I contacted a number of Software development firms inquiring about a work placement during my summer holidays. Digital morphosis were quick to respond to my email and we set up a meeting for me to come down to their office. During the meeting we agreed on a 3 week placement and I took a look at some of their current projects.

Currently in my first week at digital morphosis, I've been working with Nodejs, an event-driven, server-side javascript environment and MongoDB, a document orientated database. Not having done much web based development, node has been an exciting new experience for me.

I've been allocated a small project which I will be working on for the duration of my placement. Hopefully I will have produced something functional after my 3 week period.

Wednesday, 6 July 2011

Sys Admin Disaster Recovery

I have recently been tasked with creating a proposal outlining different disaster recovery options which we can offer to clients.

The more I started to think abut this the more I realised that as a fairly novice sys admin I knew very little of the problems that can occur and the disasters that can happen.

I began to research this. I read a few blogs to begin with. One of the first that I read (http://www.simple-talk.com/sysadmin/general/unteachable-disaster-recovery-techniques/) was quite interesting. It basically outlined that while best practices and knowledge of a system will help, certain aspects of avoiding disasters comes from intuition and experience.

It seems that to quote a comment on another blog, I will need to walk the minefield to gain this experience.

http://forums.theregister.co.uk/forum/2/2011/06/14/sysadmin_it_disasters/. This article outlined the top ten sys admin disasters. What was interesting was reading some of the comments. This has helped me gain a bit of understanding into what can go wrong.

While a lot of the problems were explained by onsite (data centre) hiccups (Plugs being unplugged or emergency cut off switches located next to light switches without a protective cover) a lot of the time it was people not taking care of the backup procedure correctly.