[CentOS] 10 Year old IT Infrastructure

Tait Clarridge tait at clarridge.ca
Sat Oct 10 20:48:32 UTC 2009

On Sat, 2009-10-10 at 14:08 -0400, Alan McKay wrote:
> > The better solution would be to make sure you are prepared for when
> > the hardware does fail.  Inform the client that you understand that
> > they don't want to upgrade the servers, and that hardware failure is
> > not a case of "if" but "when".  Lay out a plan to them describing what
> > would happen when that occurs, and how you will make sure that their
> > downtime is minimal.
> For the win!
> This is by far the best approach if you want to bring them along.  It
> has to be THEIR decision, so the best way to get them to make that
> decision is to sit back and say "OK, if you don't want to upgrade that
> is fine, but we still have to make sure we are prepared for when that
> hardware fails, so here is what we'll do ..."
> That will probably scare the crap out of them enough to change their minds :-)

This is absolutely correct. I would try and ease them into understanding
that hardware does fail and that they really do need to be prepared.
Once they grasp that concept they will most likely let you make the
backup and after the first major fail of their existing platform, never
migrate back.
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