But the path was fully enjoyed while you and your team were walking thru it, and that is exactly what you are saying here, you loved it, and that is what really matters. The future is unpredictable, how many technologies are being developed in secrecy that may change the course of decisions and actions tomorrow? Just enjoy while you are on it, and whenver things change: adapt :). The most important part also is what you learned, that cant be taken from you no matter what.
Adding to that, who would predict Nicola Tesla (the one true savior of our species, in a sense), would end that way... :(, and still I am sure he loved discovering and creating all that!
(and it IS useful)
I am speaking about already ready technologies that just need to be used together to optimize the quality of the server.
The work would be on preparing the maintenance automation scripts, that dont need to be done all at once.
And most important is security right? what can be publicly exposed that wont compromize the server? only on that the contributors can have a chance to work.
How an outsider (me) can really do anything other than throw ideias in the fan and let it spread everywhere while ppl try to evade it? xD