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The mighty chain of IT: Where five 9 uptime falls apart

It used to be said that if you want something done right that you have to do it yourself. True words, but unfortunately that only works if you are ready to maintain the entire scope of build, deploy, monitor and support all by yourself. Earlier this week, GoDaddy.com suffered from an outage which highlighted some significant worries for many people. …

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Steel Doesn’t Float

At a recent Toronto VMware User Group I was inspired by a comment made during Mike Laverick’s keynote session. The gist of the remark was around how a ship is not really designed to float based on it’s materials, but in the way it’s constructed by using ballasts for displacement. I’d like to expand a bit on this idea. We’ve …