The point of this discussion is to understand that although high availability is a necessity, it certainly won't save you from ignorance or idiocy.
System administrators like things automated. Ideally, everything would run itself, and all our time would be spent reading our favorite websites and RSS feeds.
— Theo Schlossnagle – Scalable Internet Architectures
I may be biased (though I think I'm right) in saying that avoiding failure is more fundamental to system administrators than many other disciplines. Why is this so? Because systems administrators are the ones awake at 3 a.m, when disaster strikes and who spend the next 36 consecutive bleary-eyed hours trying to fix the problem.
Theo Schlossnagle – Scalable Internet Architectures