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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Just a thirty-something guy currently hanging it up in the greater Green Bay area. My post-high school educational background is mainly in the Information Technology field. Specifically I have an A.A.S. in Computer Network Systems and a B.S. in Information Systems Security, both from ITT Technical Institute, in addition to A and MCDST certifications. In my free time I enjoy spending time with my family, cooking and sports. My Christian faith is also important to me as a Missouri-Synod Lutheran and all my children attend a Lutheran grade school. When it comes to political leanings I am a conservative first and foremost which you will discover rather quickly. As for sports I am a huge fan of the Green Bay Packers.

Posted on November 10, 2010, in IT Support, Network Administration, Server, Technology, Technology News and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Comments Off on Maximizing server uptime.

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