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Hi. I'm a Unix Administrator, mathematics enthusiast, and amateur philosopher. This is where I rant about that which upsets me, laugh about that which amuses me, and jabber about that which holds my interest most: Unix.
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Shifting Gears (take 2)

Posted 06-13-2014 at 08:18 PM by rocket357
Updated 06-13-2014 at 08:28 PM by rocket357

If you follow my blog you'll know that a few months ago I said goodbye to my Linux Engineering position at Rackspace and joined Amazon Web Services as an AWS Support Engineer. It's been long enough that I feel I have my feet on the ground and I am qualified to give a status update.

Holy crap, Amazon. Go big or go home, they say. I'd love to give some cliche' about "if you work at Amazon you've already gone big", but I'm not even certain I could say that. The problems solved here are in a completely different league than anything I've experienced before. Today I found myself working a RedShift case and I started thinking about where I'd like to focus, and given my background as an ETL ninja years ago I may just go that route. The cluster I was looking at put my career in perspective. At one point just a few years ago I was so impressed with a 32 core 128 GB PostgreSQL server that I brought to life and cared for. Now I'm staring at what is essentially **32** of these machines...all compute nodes in a massive data warehousing cluster designed to shred any analysis brought to it. Egads. I *literally* got a chill down my spine.

I'm a data nerd at heart, it seems. I took a hiatus to learn the "other side" of computing (networking, web services, etc...), but deep down inside I never lost the passion for making numbers go supersonic. As my Dad (a hot rodding car junkie) said, "The only difference between us is that you like to drag-race electrons".

I still have a lot to learn, but I think I found my niche here at Amazon.
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