Give Me Freedom, Give Me Fire
Give Me Reason, Take Me Higher
Database administrators can get rusty pretty much quickly, and then they fall in a routine. In a typical company, they install and manage the same set of database servers. Soon they know the ins and outs of those databases. They know the pulse of their databases. They know what to ignore and what to fix and what not to fix. They then start loving the status quo. The same alert logs, backup logs, traces, error messages, and so and so. Soon the time comes, when they even stop looking at the logs and traces and backup verifications. They stop reviewing their system. Worst, they stop learning new things. They start hating upgrades and introducing new features and optimizing the existing data stores.
If their company goes out of business, or they are fired, or replaced, these DBAs find it very hard to find another opportunity. That is the problem with database administration jobs. Database software is the same in every company, but the data, requirements, expectations, applications, users are different in every company with their own problems and quirks.
Many of the best of the DBAs die this way.
Pythian, a cluster of passionate DBAs, gives freedom to their DBAs to act. Here, with many companies, and with many databases of a different nature with varying requirements the DBAs are kept on fire. DBAs find reasons to come to their job every day, and when they do and learn new things every day, they rise to new heights. With new heights comes sense of achievements which generates happiness and when the DBAs are happy, databases under them touch new heights of mirth and perform beautifully. That is what Pythian is all about in my opinion.
When I get older, I will be stronger
They’ll call me freedom, just like a Waving Flag
And then it goes back, and then it goes back
And then it goes back