400 Servers In Under 4 Hours

In the immortal words for Forrest Gump, “it happens.”  In technology, truer words might never have been spoken.

But when “it” does happen, Azzaron’s team of system admins and network of support personnel work very hard to ensure “it” has little impact on end users.

Responding to a critical outage of its entire storage infrastructure, Azzaron engineers were able to shut down, repair, and restore over 400 virtual servers in under four hours!  The coordination involved the installation and subsequent upgrade of an entirely new storage rack system and a full upgrade of Azzaron’s switch infrastructure.

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Paperclip Problem

I’m overrun in paperclips.  Big ones, little ones, and those really fancy ones with the bendy handles.  Some are plastic coated with patterns like hearts, but I have no idea where those came from!  I don’t really know what I’m going to do with them.  Maybe the kids can make holiday decorations or something.

This weekend my desk filled up with paperclips.  And it’s not the first time it’s happened.  It all started when I decided to turn some old papers at my storage unit into secure digital files.  After all, finding papers in storage is difficult and time consuming.  By scanning some more of my old stuff, I now have access to it from anywhere in an instant, it’s backed up, and I’ve reclaimed real estate which would be much for valuable for other uses.  I can retain my information without worry about longevity, accessibility, or backup; I know my files are easy-to-find and safe.

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Jargon Smargon - Part II

So, we left off last week talking about the odd and offensive computer lingo in the Information Technology world.  Let’s see, what is a thin, dumb, and fat client?”  I am going to share the differences but first, I must share a couple true stories…

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Jargon Smargon

The technology world changes faster than my failing eyes, and yes, my eyesight seems to change every 6 months or so! And even more disturbing is the computer jargon used to describe the equipment and processes.  For example, why do we have thin clients and thick clients?  That’s offensive!  So over the next few weeks, I’m going to share my stories and honest take on this technology madness as I like to call it.  And for a little irony, guess what field I work in today?  That’s right, the Information Technology field!

Speaking of thin clients, I still recall one of the first computers I used in business working for one of the largest banks in the country.  The IT guys would refer to it as a “dumb terminal,” odd really because I thought this gadget was incredibly smart.  After all, it had a built in phone with a hand receiver intact, now that’s not dumb, right? I could make calls all day long using my special computer phone.  Oh, and I’ll never forget the pretty black and green colors.  Mine had an all black background with a glowing green font color like plutonium that you see in the Superman movies- yes, my screen always glowed.   I was so impressed with this computer, so much better than my electric typewriter I had grown accustomed to.  And who could forget those dot matrix printers?  There’s a print head that prints by impact, striking an ink-soaked cloth ribbon against paper.  Okay, a little loud and clunky but very effective for more than just printing.  For example, whenever I was feeling down and needed a confidence booster, I’d wait to hit the print button until an important client would call.  They would hear the printer keys diligently working away and almost always comment, “Ma’am, you are so efficient and type incredibly fast!”  And so it goes, one of the best strategies back in the day was to jot down a note to your manager sharing the positive client feedback specific to being ‘efficient and fast,’ especially beneficial around annual salary planning.   Yes, I looked forward to those raises and bonus checks.

And speaking about the terminology to describe a thin (dumb terminal) and thick client I mentioned earlier, that’s another whole irritating topic to discuss.  Thanks for reading and hope to see you back soon to continue this conversation…

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