Tips for the everyday admin -- #5

Tips for the everyday admin -- #5

Evan Marcus

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Our countdown, brought to you by high availability expert Evan Marcus, includes some common sense tips for the everyday storage admin to follow.

#5: Choose reliable hardware

1. Research and compare MTBFs (mean time between failures)
- Make sure configurations are identical
2. Select easy-to-replace components
- Service time for deeply embedded component increases
- Hot pluggable disks
3. Spare parts
- What does vendor keep on hand?
- How long until it is delivered to your site?
- What spares can you afford to keep on site?

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This material is copyright 1997-2003 by Evan Marcus and Hal L. Stern. It may not be used in whole or part for commercial purposes without the express permission of both authors.

This was first published in February 2003

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