System administration survey

Hi, We are a systems research group at the Computer Science department at Rutgers University, and are conducting a survey to understand details about network, systems and database administration. We hope that this information would help us recreate a realistic environment to help research in 'systems management'.

We request network, systems, and database administrators to take this survey. As an incentive, all surveys completed in their entirety will be entered into a drawing of a number of $50 gift certificates (from

We hope you have few minutes to take the survey which is located at:

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Research in our group: The goal of our research is to improve the overall availability and maintainability of services. Since administrators form an integral part of these services, a key aspect of this work is to build environments and tools that ease the task of service administration. In particular, environments which would help administrators know how their actions might impact the real service (before performing them for real), we believe, would be useful in preventing inadvertent actions. This survey tries to understand the existing environments, what administrators do currently to test the 'validity' of their actions, and the difficulties they face in doing so. The two specific systems we are looking at are networks and databases, as we believe these are important components of many services.

If you have any questions regarding this survey or our work, feel free to email us: Kiran Nagaraja (, or Fabio Oliveira (

Thanks for your time,

Kiran Nagaraja Graduate student, Vivo Research Group

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