2008-03-11 14:23

Good News: Linux gives life to old hardware. Bad News: Maybe in some cases it shouldn't.

I was in one of my customer's datacenters the other day, and while I do most work remotely, I had to take this opportunity to take some snapshots of their proxy server.

This post is just a bit of fun. This is not supposed to be their server, it was just a stopgap measure because of multiple hardware failures. This is a large, well managed company, and this irregular situation will be fixed soon. And anyway, it is working just fine.

As you know, Linux can do that kind of job easy without much hardware requirements. After all, it has to handle at most about 3Mbps of data, and this box has 2GB of ram, so there's plenty of room for a speedy cache.

So, let's go for some good news/bad news.

Good news: It's a true-blue IBM Server! Bad news: It's a IBM Netfinity 5000 (model 3Ry)!

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Here is some tech info from IBM about it.

Good news: It has 2 CPUs! Bad news: They are two 450Mhz Pentium II CPUs.

Good News: it has hot-swappable SCSI discs! Bad news: you have no discs for that controller, so we will use this 8GB IDE (PATA) disk!

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And will leave it just sitting there by the CD unit, besides the huge gaping hole in the front where the SCSI discs would be.

Bad News: it has a tendence to overheating! Good News: You have a place to keep your coffe warm!

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