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  1. #1
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    Oct 2001

    Crash Proof Servers....

    Hmmmm, After reading this article I smell Oracle9i..... Crasshproof, Unhackable, Perfect... All false promises in the world of Computer Security

    Stratus Technologies has begun boasting about the crash-proof merits of its servers on a Web site that shows how infrequently customers' computers go down.
    CNET News.com

    According to the Maynard, Mass.-based company's Web site, customers' servers are available 99.9995 percent of the time, based on service incidents among more than 300 systems at customer sites. The sample includes more than 80 percent of the systems Stratus has sold. The servers that weren't included are ones that are still being installed and tested and have yet to become fully operational, the company said.

    Stratus' boasts are the latest to come out of a competition between companies such as Sun Microsystems, Microsoft and Hewlett-Packard to achieve "five-nines" reliability--servers that work 99.999 percent of the time, or spend less than 5 minutes per year on the blink. Different companies have laid claim to the coveted five nines over the years. But one company's claims are often disputed by another company, owing to factors such as which software is running on the tested servers.

    Stratus' figures may be more concrete than some offered up during the course of the "five-nines" race, but there's still wiggle room. For example, Stratus' claims don't include planned downtime, and Stratus' Windows servers have to be shut down to deal with software updates to address problems such as the Code Red worm.

    Stratus debuted its ftServer line of computers--two-processor and four-processor machines that run Microsoft Windows--in 2001.

    The ftServers are so named because of their "fault-tolerant" design, which uses "redundant" hardware components such as backup processors that take over if the main unit fails. Stratus also uses "hardened" software that's written more carefully to avoid crash-inducing situations. At the recent WinHEC conference, Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates lauded the company's efforts in this area.

    NEC developed the two-processor model and also sells Stratus machines through a partnership.

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    Webius Designerous Indiginous
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    Mar 2002
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    Give me two mins on it... heh

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    The Titanic was "unsinkable".

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    Senior Member
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    Apr 2002
    The only server that will never go down is an unplugged server
    or maybe left in its packing...
    [shadow]Scorp666, the Infamous Orgasmatron[/shadow]

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    Mar 2002
    lmfao... Acid why ya never go on msn?

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    Apr 2002
    Yes on her maiden voyage the Oracle9i hits another server in passing, tearing a huge gash in her side...as the bytes begin to fall into the bit bucket the system admin thinks to himself...*sigh*"yes she was unsinkable"
    Beware the quiet ones...

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    Senior Member cwk9's Avatar
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    Feb 2002
    Ya I bet this new uncrashable sever will never fall victim to a new virus or crash when you install the latest OS update.
    Its not software piracy. Iím just making multiple off site backups.

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