What IT Really Does

Unfortunately, not many people really understand all the amazing work that goes into systems administration, network engineering, technical support, computer security, and all of the other IT related disciplines.

Businesses these days are extremely reliant on technology, and most people take for granted that they can show up at the office in the morning and their email Just Works™.  But beneath the covers there are so many little things that need to be impeccably configured in order to make everything seem simple.

And the infrastructure that keeps everything running smoothly is becoming increasingly more complex.  With each day that passes there are more platforms to support, more devices, more software, more employees, more hackers, and most importantly more data.

More data, more problems, right?

Every day we create 2.5 quintillion bytes of data that we have to process, manage, protect, backup and move. In our recent data and domain migration survey we compiled some fascinating results that we’ll be sharing very soon about how much time and effort IT pours into migrations alone.  If you’re in IT, you might not be shocked because you live it every single day, but CEOs will probably be floored.

Luckily, there are people in the business world that appreciate IT.  Some might even celebrate Systems Administrator Appreciation Day.  For the rest, well, rather than give you advice on how to explain what it is you really do, I offer a bit of comic relief. Enjoy!


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