About

Hi, I'm Matt Simmons


A pretty close semblence of myself

About me:
I'm a system administrator, and I specialize in small infrastructures. That includes, according to my own invented standards, networks with less than around 200 hosts. I've been a sysadmin since around 2002, when I became the Assistant Network Administrator of an ISP in West Virginia. I eventually became the primary administrator there, and later moved to Columbus, OH where I took my current role as system administrator of a small risk management firm. I relocated to North/Central New Jersey in the early part of 2009. I stayed until 2010 or so, moved back to Columbus for a year to hang out and help my friend Stephen Foskett run Tech Field Day, and I'm now in Boston, MA working for the College of Computer and Information Science at Northeastern University.

I'm also a writer (or at least I play one on TV). In addition to this blog, I had a semi-regular column called Confessions of a Sysadmin in the Simple Talk: Exchange magazine, I've written for Admin magazine, Linux Pro Magazine, and ;login:, and I'm currently working on my first book, dedicated to Small Infrastructure Administration.

If you would like to contact me, feel free to drop me a line at [email protected] or @standaloneSA on twitter. Try to respond to all messages that I receive, so if you're curious about something, or need some advice on an IT problem, feel free. I may not be able to offer a solution, but sometimes a different perspective is all you need.

About my infrastructure:
The infrastructure at my current position is the most advanced of anywhere I've worked. At the moment, I'm specializing in networking and virtualization. I've got over a thousand lit switchports (if you combine the core and distribution layers), a 7-node vSphere cluster for education, and we're building another virtualization cluster for our production needs. I work with a great bunch of guys, and my boss is none other than David Blank-Edelman, author of several books on perl and system administration.

About the blog:
I started this blog in May of 2008. Originally, I had a Live Journal account to which I posted everything. Most of my LJ friends were not technical in nature, and didn't get much from my entries. That prompted me to create this blog. Since I have not, until recently, had another administrator with which to share the load, I decided to call it "Standalone Sysadmin". It seems the name has struck a chord with a lot of other people in the same position.

In terms of readership, it looks like there are around 2,500 people subscribed to my feedburner RSS feeds, and last year, I had 2.5 million pageviews. I'm also aggregated in several forms to various SysAdmin lists. I'm always looking for more readers, and I'm always looking for feedback about what they want to see. If you've got a question or comment, please drop me a line and let me know.

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