I started out as a developer to switch to the other side after a couple of years and start life as a DBA. Working for the Ministry of Defense in The Netherlands we started with SQL 2000 with a handfull of databases on as many instances. From that we transformed into a lean SQL 2008 environment with over a 1000 databases. We face a diversity in applications and demands and manage to line these all up with each other to make life as easy as possible. If it is setting op back-up procedures, writing fail-over procedures or tuning a bad application, it's all in a day's job, but with every new release of SQL server the job is getting easier.