I'm not a SysAdmin but I like to put my hands on my servers. Most of the times I have a specialist that handles most of the boring stuff but if not I'm not afraid to roll up my sleeves and get the stuff done.
Like said in other comments, I strongly believe that most senior devs are pretty good at administration of their servers, it's too much at stake and we need to be on top of what's going on at all levels.
Note: The definition of senior developer have suffered some strange changes in the last couple of years
I've got a guy on my team who takes care of most of that stuff. I, and others on the team, rely on his skills and perspective. I just hope he knows how much we appreciate it. (And this is a reminder to make sure he does.)
Even though this is the first time I have heard the term DevOp I used to be one. I would write the code, test the code, install the code, go on-site and train the users, handle the user feedback (errors or just simply whining), repeat, repeat, repeat.
Now I work in an environment where I write the code, test the code, then hand it off for independent testing, installation, user training, etc. I get to fix reported errors - but there are now less of those because I can concentrate on the development and testing processes.
Some losses include getting to know the customers and stuff like that but instead of having a few dozen customers for my work I now have hundreds, perhaps thousands so that isn't practical anymore.
I like it better now and don't have to suffer from telephone twitch while trying to work on something tricky.
- Life in the fast lane is only fun if you live in a country with no speed limits. - Of all the things I have lost, it is my mind that I miss the most. - I vaguely remember having a good memory...
Because trying to make your geeky job sound like a real kick ass job is just...lame.
"the meat from that butcher is just the dogs danglies, absolutely amazing cuts of beef." - DaveAuld (2011) "No, that is just the earthly manifestation of the Great God Retardon." - Nagy Vilmos (2011) "It is the celestial scrotum of good luck!" - Nagy Vilmos (2011) "But you probably have the smoothest scrotum of any grown man" - Pete O'Hanlon (2012)