Tuesday, January 31, 2006

Techie Post: Up and running for 1452 days

One of our clients finally called last week to get an upgrade on a piece of equipment they've had for a while. I say "for a while" because, frankly, none of us on this particular engineering staff had been on the team that did the initial install, so we weren't quite sure what the deployment date was. When we got the call, the engineer in charge asked them how long this switch had been running for them. Servers and other pieces of equipment usually run into scenarios where they need to be reset, in some cases as often as every couple of days. (I have horror stories about some Microsoft servers...)

The client checked the status display and told us: the switch has been running continuously for 1452 days. That's 8 days shy of 4 years. And that's in a fully utilized production environment, not some low-usage lab somewhere.

Now that's good engineering.