A storage area network (SAN) systems administrator is responsible for maintaining an effective, efficient authentication and data storage system for their organization. A core responsibility of the systems administrator is to act as a high-level expert who can deal with systems issues escalated from junior team members. The SAN systems administrator works to ensure that the storage area network provides several expected benefits: Storage and restore operations must appropriately store information for later retrieval and keep such information appropriately secured. Additionally, system authentication protocols must be established, updated, and analyzed; the systems also must be optimized and waste minimal resources.
Aside from overseeing junior staff performing routine operations, the storage area network systems administrator must act as a project manager. Often, one of the systems will need to be updated or enhanced. The systems administrator is responsible for setting project goals, procuring resources, and designing the final product. They are charged with breaking the project up into smaller pieces, delegating tasks to build pieces of the project, overseeing the work of junior members in creating the individual pieces, integrating the project segments, implementing the system, and performing necessary testing and checks.
Most storage area network systems administrators hold at least a bachelor's degree in computer science, information systems, mathematics, or another technical field. An in-depth understanding of computer systems is essential. Most systems administrators are well versed in Windows environments and also in Linux environments. Systems administrators should be strong communicators and leaders who pay close attention to detail.
Storage Area Network (SAN) Systems Administrator Tasks
- Document processes, procedures, upgrades and problems.
- Upgrade software, monitor performance and evaluate trends and needs.
- Manage, transform and provide user access to large datasets.
- Install, configure, support and maintain storage area networks and associated technology.
- Administer networks, servers and associated schedules.