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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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