[CentOS] 10 Year old IT Infrastructure
shawn at tandac.com
Sat Oct 10 01:01:54 UTC 2009
Thanks to everyone for their comments so far.
The "server" in question is a basic 2 node cluster connected to an MSA500.
It runs a variety of applications including Oracle, Apache, Samba, and a
proprietary app built by another vendor.
The hardware is monitored, maintained and backed up regularly.
The setup is mission critical to my client. They spent a lot of time and
money to make sure it wouldn't go down.
The list's point is well taken that old *nix installs are very reliable
long term. I've had similar experiences. Given this particular client's
need for a reliable, stable, redundant system, I was contemplating
alternatives or future upgrades rather than letting things age.
> Hi Guys,
> I have a client who hopes to keep their server another 5 years making it
> 10 years old at that time.
> At this point there are no plans to add new infrastructure or a new server
> to the mix. Their business model is fairly static.
> I'd like to see them upgrade. Can anyone suggest specific reasons why
> running a business on 10 year old equipment is a bad thing?
> Specific arguments I can think of would be:
> - Hard/Impossible to find replacement hardware
> - Lack of support for both H/W and S/W
> - Possibly unable to run current versions of CentOS
> - Higher probability of hardware failures over time
> - Performance bottlenecks
> Any other thoughts?
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