You just never know where that cloud will take you

This group of hospitals has migrated to a cloud network provider to connect its sites, and everything seemed to go well at migration time, reports an IT pilot fish on the scene.

"But several months into it, I realized that some larger file transfers were taking longer than they should," fish says.

"I found that my response time between the source and destination was well over 100ms, when it should be sub-10ms for a link between Wyoming and Colorado.

"I called my counterpart in Colorado and he said, 'No problem here -- must be your end.' The WAN manager said it must be on my end as his lines were fine. A co-worker suggested that maybe the state legislature had reduced the speed of light when they tried repealing the law of gravity.

"I finally tracked the delay down to the link between two specific routers, documented it and sent the results back to the WAN manager. He said he'd look into it.

"A few days later I came in to find the queue for that line empty and response times back to the sub-10ms range.

"The WAN manager admitted that a problem had been found and corrected. Instead of routing directly from Wyoming to Colorado, we'd been routed through a maze in south Texas!

"And I was just starting to get used to the new, slower light speed."

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