Servers, Drivers and Time – Oh My!

Updates to With Varying Frequency will have to wait until an unplanned Server Room project is finished.

RAID (Redundant Array of Independent Drives) setups are supposed to be pretty fail-safe.  

That is until some of their components stop working.

Not an end-of-the-world dead-drive thing like by MacBook had been prone to, but a scramble to find appropriate parts to get the server back in service.

I often buy two of anything I consider important & hard to replace on very quick order – two identical hunting rifles, two identical competition pistols, two identical HF rigs, laying in two identical feed-lines, laying in two identical rotor cables….

I’ve had people tell me that this is overkill, and that I am not consistent (yes I don’t have two identical motorcycles, or two identical Suburbans or two identical “this or that”).

But usually I never have a real “down” if gear fails.

The server demanding attention is a legacy machine, and at the time the costs of an idled spare machine were not in budget.  

And of course the idea was you could get spares within a day or two.

Well time has moved on, and spares in a day or two isn’t acceptable downtime anymore.  Vintage Spare (yes anything over 5 years old is vintage in the world of computers – some say anything more than 24 months from production is obsolete “old stuff!”) parts are hard to come by.

Maybe having two identical, regardless of cost, isn’t such a bad idea after all?

73

Steve

K9ZW

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2 thoughts on “Servers, Drivers and Time – Oh My!

  1. Server back up – the RAID Backplane (the part all the drive holders slot into) had given up the ghost.

    Sourced a suitable donor Backplane and all is well enough!

    Long term backup supply of spares was also sourced, which should hold things together until a replacement server gets built this winter.

    Very much appreciated some professional help from the server’s builder, who knew what to double check and where to get parts.

    He also knew, like Ford Prefect, that I needed to hear “Don’t Panic!”

    Back to amateur radio later this weekend!

    73

    Steve
    K9ZW

  2. Pingback: Server Epiphenomenon Galore - Computer Driven or Driver? « With Varying Frequency - Amateur Radio Ponderings

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