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Unclear on the Y2k concept, but taking no chances

Flashback to 1999, when this IT pilot fish is in the Air Force working as a medical technician, and everything -- that's EVERYTHING -- has to be Y2k-compliant.

Disruption set to force dramatic change in the data center: Gartner

Four disruptive factors are set force dramatic changes in the data center market by year-end 2016.


Help desk robot wearing futuristic headset.

Happy Labor Day -- Will a bot take your help desk job?

IT service desks are relying on more automation tools, even as they get more work.

You can see this coming. Why couldn't they?

Flashback to 1972, when this pilot fish and his cohorts are working many late nights in the computer room as they prepare a new version of their 16K operating system for a government project. "The main means of storing the...

In Depth

Meet Cobol's hard-core fans

Some of the world's largest businesses say their Cobol application infrastructure, running on state-of-the-art big iron, still delivers a powerful competitive advantage. The challenge going forward will be staffing.

How not to save money, Christmas-in-August edition

It's the late 1980s, and this pilot fish works for a university in the southern U.S. in the computer center, which is located in the basement of a 16-story building. "The university closed for two weeks every year for the...

Patching the patch for the patch for the patch...

This pilot fish gets responsibility for a 600-user IP phone system -- and it's a mess. "My predecessor didn't know how to differentiate incoming calls from outgoing calls based upon where they came from," says fish. "So he had the...

But aside from THAT, not a problem

It's a few years back, and this college's main computer facility is located in one building's basement, reports a pilot fish on the scene. "Normally this was not a problem," fish says. "However, the day that the water main under...

How'd you get the vendor guy to go along with it?

The financial institution where this pilot fish works is moving to a new disaster recovery site -- and that means arranging the transfer of several financial-market data servers. "They were all owned by the data vendor, but served...

At least the data center stayed high and dry

Flashback to the 1980s, when this pilot fish is working for a local bank with an old-fashioned two-story lobby -- and its own mainframe upstairs. "In the data center on the third floor, above the branch, we had a leased IBM 3081...

Not the way we usually do that, but we'll take it

It's Saturday morning, and this non-IT pilot fish who works for an air-conditioning equipment distributor has to head into the office to pick up a part for a customer. "As I arrived, I spotted our IT guys, who were there to...

New docs show DHS was more worried about critical infrastructure flaw in '07 than it let on

The Department of Homeland Security mistakenly released details on an experiment in which a 27-ton generator was destroyed via a cyberattack.

If there's a big red button, we'll find a way

It's a few years back, and this computer room has an area dedicated to print services, reports a pilot fish working there. "There wasn't enough room to store all forms needed for any single shift, so a ramp was installed to let...

Honest, I barely touched it!

Contractor pilot fish is working the swing shift at a software company, and part of the nightly routine is to perform a walk-through of the server lab. "One night I found a UPS with a blinking amber LED," says fish. "General...

Inside Facebook's Linux-powered infrastructure

Facebook engineer Chris Mason is unequivocal about the primacy of Linux in Facebook's storage infrastructure.

OK, that part HASN'T changed

This IT pilot fish was a manager for years, but after the recession hits he finds himself back in a hands-on support job -- and that's not the only change. "In a cost-cutting measure, the company I ended up working for has...

Waiting for the electrician (or someone like him)

It's a few years back, and this pilot fish is working at a manufacturing plant as an entry-level programmer, with a little PC-tech work on the side. "We got a lightning strike very close to an overhead LAN cable run between two...

EPA urges efficiency, many data centers still far from it

The White House plan to cut carbon dioxide pollution by 30% seeks to meet its goals, in part, through efficiency improvements. This could put further pressure on data centers to improve efficiency, many of which are powering servers...

Even a well-oiled machine needs squeaky wheels

This company has multiple remote offices, not all of which have IT staffers onsite -- but each one does require several servers to keep running, reports a pilot fish in the loop. "Downtime can cost the company a significant amount...

Cascading allows apps to execute on all big data fabrics

Organizations are increasingly focusing on building enterprise data applications on top of their Hadoop and NoSQL infrastructure. But even as that's happening, Hadoop itself is becoming much more diverse and complex. That's a...

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