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Old 07-23-2012, 08:12 AM   #1
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Default Question on server failure rates

Hi, Im just doing reseaarch for a college paper and I'm trying to find out the failure rates of high end servers and specifically how often they would need field repairs. I undertand that most are super reliable but I'm trying to find out how often the hardware can break down. Thanks

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Old 07-31-2012, 04:33 PM   #2
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Default Re: Question on server failure rates

How long is a piece of string and how often does the wind blow by. It depends on the hardware, software, and personnel/users. Some hardware has a failure rate of 200 years and it could fail in 2. Look up the failure rate of types of hardware and go from there.

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I would second thread marks comment, it depends on how well it is built, maintained accessed, cooled ect ect some servers/networks I have used have lasted years, others months!
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Old 08-22-2012, 10:50 AM   #4
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I've spent a year at my new work place. It's a school, so they buy the cheapest of everything. That means we have 4 different brands of servers. Each of our server rooms have a dedicated AC. I had three hard drives go out, a mother board go out, a NIC, and a PSU. That's out of one server room with 6 servers. Keep in mind, they are the cheapest bid. None are more than four years old.

There's another server room we had in an old building, it was in a wood shop. When I found that out everything got moved and replaced. Those servers and switches, to my knowledge, have been up for 8+ years. They had saw dust on them, crazy dusty, and old. Again, the cheapest bid. No idea why those servers, probably in horrible condition for 7.5 of 8 years (or the equivalent), never failed. The fans weren't turning there was so much saw dust.

Moral of the story? They do what they want. Same, cheaply made parts. I would be interested to see what you have come up with in your research though. Good luck!

Oh.. saw that was last month... sorry.
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