Which Network Do You Want? - March 1, 2016
”I believe that this nation should commit itself to achieving the goal, before this decade is out, of landing a man on the moon and returning him safely to the earth. No single space project in this period will be more impressive to mankind, or more important for the long-range exploration of space.”
There was more than one person who heard this quote and said that it could not be done.
We often ask people what type of network they would like to have. In doing so, we describe two networks. The first runs all the time and has little to no maintenance. The only money they spend on it is when it needs to grow or change because the business is growing or changing. The second runs very well, but does experience problems from time to time and there is always someone to call and a fix for the problem. We thought there would be more discussion on this question, but there never is. Without exception, everyone chooses the first network as the one they would rather run their business on.
Networks that do not have problems come from solutions that remove the problems by their design. I have found this, for many, to be as hard to believe as going to the moon was in the 1960's. I have also seen the faith that comes from a server with more than 100,000 hours of service without an unscheduled downing.
Which network do you want?
If you want IT to work… you have to make IT work!
Never Missed a Monday - October 22, 2015
”Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.”
"Back in “The good ol' days”...
I remember when it was just me and the network. Way back then a tape drive would fail on the main file server and I knew I was going to have to take it down and swap out the tape drive. What a process. I would build another server and install the new tape drive. I would copy over all the data and back then this took a long time. Everything was slow as Christmas. Then I would begin testing! Only after I knew everything worked would I schedule the server to go down.
Before I would take it down I made sure I had everything updated on my “stand by server” and it was running and ready to go. Even though the chance of the main server not booting back up was very remote, I was not going to allow that to happen without a running live copy of all my data.
This process has only expanded over the years. Now we build up five servers and take three months to make sure they can do everything they need to. Then we swap them out on Saturday and then log in all the users to make sure that on Monday morning no one even knows we were there.
We do the same with 15 workstations built in our lab tied to a server that is exactly like the one they will end up talking to. We make sure all the data is there and all the programs are running, then we go in on Saturday and swap them out. Monday morning there are new machines and no problems!
If you want to know that it works… you have to make it work!
“We have had the privilege to work with Powell Technologies for several years. They have always provided prompt, courteous, and professional service. We have been extremely impressed with their knowledge, the amount of time they spend determining the best product for our needs, the service they provide, and the length of service we get from the hardware with no issues.“