Because, well, we've got a process


This data center has a server whose last application has been replaced -- and that means it's time to scrap it, reports a pilot fish in the know.

"The server had been powered down for a few months," says fish. "They submitted a change request to decommission the server and send it to the recycler. The request had been reviewed and signed off by several folks in the change hierarchy.

"All seemed to be going normally -- until the request got rejected by some genius.

"The reason for the rejection: There was no fallback plan noted.

"That fallback plan was necessary, of course. If the scrapping of the server failed at some point in the process, a plan was needed to...reinstall the server so they could continue to not use it?"

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