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circumstances beyond my control
Authored by: foilpan on Nov 30, '05 03:45:43PM

well, i agree redundancy is a great idea -- even necessary -- to keep businesses afloat.

BUT... i work for an IT consulting company that deals with many charter schools. among these clients are some rather financially strapped organizations that have serious budget problems on their hands.

in the example i listed in the original reply to this post, the school itself occupied an old manufacturing building of some sort. the previous tenants had actually cut the ethernet cables at both ends, so most in-wall ports -- if rooms had them at all -- didn't even work.

their lone Xserve was used as a file server and not much more. unfortunately, it had problems with retrospect, an exabyte firewire tape drive, and frequent firewire bus dropouts.

yes, they could afford the downtime, since they had relatively few staff. but they definitely couldn't afford redundancy.

for situations like this, wherein i don't hold the purse strings and only have a relatively new relationship with the client, i can't always recommend they go out and double their hardware to provide redundancy. it just doesn't work like that.

on top of that, many companies don't understand, can't afford, or really don't need redundant servers. there are far too many factors involved here.

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