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Lots of Crazy Issues Right Now

I really been working a lot of overtime lately at my company. They say that things tend to come in threes, but it seems like when it comes down to IT issues, they tend to come in 300s. I know I’m exaggerating about this, but I just feel like it has been a really rough month for us. First we had an exchange server fail earlier in the month and that pretty much set everyone off into a panic. Then, we had a couple of major database servers go down because of massive hard drive failure. It was one of those things where we were lucky that we had made some pretty good contacts with a solid raid data recovery company, because they ended up saving our bacon 100 times. I guess there just comes a time in every administrators life in which she has to deal with a barrage of technical problems. That time for me, apparently, is now.

Finally Some New Raid Servers

I definitely think that it is about time that we finally upgraded some of the server software that we bought. The reason why I say this is that much of it is actually from the early 2000 when we were in the middle of the tech bubble. But I think one of the reasons why the managers didn’t bother with many upgrades was that they got so burned in the early part of the decade. So for the past while I’ve been running raid five servers based on old ATA 66 technology, which is frankly pretty ridiculous. In fact, I’m really surprised that we haven’t had to call for raid 5 data recovery at this point. With data that critical stored on such old arrays, I have to say that we got really lucky that we never had a raid failure. All I do know is that it will be interesting to see how much better this new hardware is compared to the stuff we have that is now getting to be 10 years old.

Lucky with Raid Recovery

I think we’ve been pretty lucky overall when it comes down to real technological emergencies. I have run a wide variety of raid servers at our company, and they have performed extremely well considering some of the conditions that they been under. I think that most of our technology has been fairly underpowered for the amount of employees we have, and yet they seem to be able to take a licking and keep on ticking. This wasn’t always the case, however. I remember there was a time bout five years ago when it seemed like I was calling up our RAID recovery company every couple weeks. It really got to the point where they started to know me by name, and I actually got to know the individual data recovery engineers very well. It was kind of embarrassing, but I was happy that they were there for us because a lot of the stuff we were running was very critical to keeping the company strong.

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