Classic Car of IT, DEC PDP-11 Systems Administrator

Transcription of audio: (may not be 100% accurate)

I’d like to share a story about a job requirement that our firm received about a year ago, and what I find makes this job so interesting. Was the technology requested in the position that technology is 50 years old and the client asked us to find a deck pdp 11 systems administrator, which that piece of machinery was released in 1970. And when we received this position, our firm had to research it. We had to go back.

I did recall that the technology, as I remember working on digital equipment vax positions in the early nineties and it was still old for that time. Yet, what was fun about it was just the research and learning that there are businesses and certain utilities that still used this outdated, really antiquated equipment.

And there are companies out there that service this legacy equipment, and it’s still being used in certain utilities in certain power plants in nuclear power, I was told by one of the vendors that services thes machines.

It was also interesting to meet the gentleman that was working on this machine for the client because it powered a very mission critical factory based operation. Essentially one of their conveyor belts was using this.

The requirement was to find somebody that could work on this digital equipment technology, but also step into the next level of client server based technology and window systems, virtualization, vm ware and storage area networking.

Yet they were trying to sunset off of that and allow the gentleman to retire that had been powering that for so many years. So what was fun was when we went to go see the actual machine and meet the gentlemen retiring, we were able to go into the data center and see the actual digital equipment.

Pdp 11 the beige box, the green screen on the crt monitor and watch him do some lines of code. Felt like a very ancient process and it was neat to see kind of like going to a classic car show.

It had that cool factor, as well

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