Let me present myself for better understanding of my challenge. I love coding, it's been 5 years that I've been in a company as software developer. But for the past 3 years I've been quite pushed into deployment and reporting (development and configuration scheduling etc) because I have developed some love for linux system (ubuntu) that I currently use myself as main operating system. I've currently inherited management of 4 online dedicated linux servers and I learn as I go since I've not considered it as main job.
This morning I was asked whether I would like to be in engineering operations department that is going to be created and as much as I love coding and these deployments and database tweaks.
I'm of course interested but then I would not want to shoot myself on the foot as I don't have enough information about the field, if it's a dying field as computer are getting more and more smarter.
I would like those on the field to throw in insight.
I however have more direct questions:
- why would someone choose to become a system and database administrator ?
- what does it take to be a good system and dba administrator?
- what is hot as of 2013 in the field?
- what are resources to be an actual system and dba adminitrator?