“The hard drive”

This status message was brought to my attention, posted up at the UIUC CITES Status web page today:

The hard drive on the gateway serving Wireless and
QuickConnect is failing, and needs to be replaced. We will
be taking it offline at 5pm today and replacing it.

I thought it was humorous. This is apparently someone’s idea of a production wireless access system. Single hard drive, no mirroring, no hot swapping, let’s take it down at 5pm to replace the part. What the heck, do they have these things running on Mac Minis or something?

See, it’s not only MIT’s IS&T that I poke fun at. CITES is not immune. This is all in good fun though, I’m sure there’s a rational explanation or justification for everything.

  1. #1 by Rob Radez on June 18, 2007 - 9:18 pm

    Sounds like a perfectly acceptable production system to me. Then again, we have a lot of machines at work ;)