Maximizing server uptime
In IT the most important goal that also happens to be the most elusive to attain is keeping the servers up.
Yet few managers can honestly say that they are doing absolutely everything to squeeze the most uptime out of their systems. Indeed, many managers needlessly lavish time and funds on technologies and practices that have little or no positive impact on uptime, experts say.
Achieving server uptime excellence is both a science and a management art, says Walter Beddoe, vice president of IT and logistics at Six Telekurs USA, a financial data provider in Stamford, Conn. “It’s a combination of many different things, including having a competent staff, using fault-tolerant hardware, adopting dynamic security practices, and embracing good maintenance and change management practices,” he says. “Most of all, you must have a commitment to doing your very best.”
Alan Howard, IT director at Princeton Radiology, a diagnostic medical imaging firm in Princeton, N.J., urges managers not to waste time and resources on activities and tools that don’t directly contribute to uptime enhancement. The effort put into clustering, for example, can be “pretty wasteful,” he says, noting that redundancy is better achieved with a tool that provides full automation. (Source: CIO)
A very insightful article on maximizing the uptime of servers. Be sure to check the source for six steps to maximize that uptime.
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Posted on November 10, 2010, in IT Support, Network Administration, Server, Technology, Technology News and tagged Alan Howard, Business, Server Administration, Servers, Uptime. Bookmark the permalink. Comments Off on Maximizing server uptime.