DevOps and the Future of System Administration Education

Charles Border, Rochester Institute of Technology


System administration is an applied field in computing that has changed rapidly in response to the changing architectures used in modern applications. This has lead those of us who teach future system administrators to change our curriculum in an attempt to keep the education our students receive relevant in the marketplace. While this has never been an easy thing to do it has become much more difficult over the last several years as more and more organizations have adapted their architectures and the workflows that support them to the scale of growth available through the internet. The topics that should be included in a modern system administration curriculum can be organized into the following areas: DevOps, Configuration as code, System Architectures, and Information Assurance. In this paper I will discuss these four areas and topics I am attempting to bring into our curriculum in my attempt to keep our students relevant in the marketplace.

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@conference {208428,
title = {DevOps and the Future of System Administration Education},
year = {2016},
address = {Boston, MA},
publisher = {{USENIX} Association},
month = dec,