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Posted 07-04-2012 at 04:47 PM by rocket357
Updated 07-04-2012 at 05:05 PM by rocket357

I used to work for a software/hosting company that half-a$$ed every expenditure they could. They put in a residential cooling unit in one of their datacenters because it was considerably cheaper than the industrial units, they ran all traffic over a single, flat network rather than spend the cash to build proper service/backup networks, they purchased Dell switches instead of Cisco switches, no bonding/teaming on production connections, etc...

During that time, I designed what I considered the "perfect" network. It was redundant, scalable, and reliable. Every time I witnessed a stupid outage at my previous company, I engineered a solution into my design to overcome the failure. This was all theory, of course, but it was all I could do to keep hope going that it could always get better.

Nine months ago I was contacted by a different company who interviewed me for a Linux Administrator position. During the interview, they asked me to share my thoughts on site design. I explained each step along the way as I scribbled the design on the whiteboard. It's expensive, I told them...but it works, and it is very resistant to failure. The interview panel nodded and agreed. The design, they said, was basically how any intelligent "world-class" network is setup. With a few minor exceptions, I'd come up with their network. They explained that yes, it is expensive. Yes, it is overkill. But when the night shift is running a maintenance on a switch and your datacenter technician unplugs the wrong device, your customers won't even know it happened.

Immediately after the interview they made me an offer for a job. I happily took it.

So here is the challenge I put out to companies. Ante up and do it right, or host with a company that has already invested in the reliable world class network your customers deserve. The savings in customer frustration *is worth it*.
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