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LinuxWorld: Relief for sysadmin headaches

May 02, 2000, 22:59 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Joe Barr)

"System administration, one of the job roles most in demand in today's IT world, is also one of the most demanding. Most of the sysadmins I know are overworked and underappreciated. It's not enough to keep the mail and Web servers up and humming. The size and shape of the environment -- routers, hubs, network-interface cards, and so on -- need to be continually updated. And those users! Life would be so much easier without them."

"As Linux encroaches ever deeper into the enterprise, on both servers and desktop boxes, the need for skilled Linux-savvy administrators is going through the roof. Time is already corporate sysadmins' most precious resource. And, the growing workload that follows from the increasing Linux adoption rate (and scarcity of qualified help) allows them even less of it. That's where Acrylis comes in."

"At the April LinuxExpo in Canada, Acrylis introduced a subscription-based tool called WhatIfLinux to ease sysadmin headaches and reduce the time required to administer Linux desktops and servers. WhatIfLinux can keep you up-to-date with over 10,000 Linux applications. By "up-to-date" I don't just mean you'd be aware of the latest security patches, bug fixes, and releases. I mean you'd be informed of the consequences of updating, removing, or replacing a given application and you'd easily have the means to perform those actions as circumstances require."

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