No, you can’t safely run network ops from a corridor • The Register

On Name With a complete month of 2023 already consigned to historical past, The Register brings you one other instalment of On-Name, our weekly column through which readers share their tales of previous deeds carried out within the service of maintaining computer systems copacetic.
This week, meet “Nick” who as soon as ran the Japanese department of a storage-as-a-service supplier again within the early 2000s.
“We put in and managed disk arrays and storage space networks at buyer websites and in datacenters,” Nick defined. In these pre-cloud days, the as-a-service half concerned 24×7 monitoring from a community operations middle (NOC) within the US.

“We additionally had a Japanese companion who needed to run a NOC in Japan, so we helped them get one arrange,” Nick recalled.

As you’d count on, that facility wanted a rack filled with equipment – which Nick’s agency supplied. And as Nick was the chap in cost, he was requested to examine it.
“Once I acquired to their NOC to see how issues have been progressing, I discovered this rack sitting in a hallway, with a community, hard-wired body relay line, and energy connection on the wall.”

Nick identified that the rack actually wanted to be in a safe space – however that recommendation was dismissed. He was assured that the Japanese companion was assured that in the event that they advised their dependable and trustworthy employees to go away the rack alone, no hurt would befall it. Due to course.

Early within the morning a few months later, Nick was known as into motion – the NOC had disconnected from the community.
“After a lot of operating round and troubleshooting, we found that the body relay line coming from the wall had been ripped out, then simply stuffed again into the junction field.”
Not one of the dependable and trustworthy employees who had been advised to watch out close to the rack and go away it alone admitted to the deed. Due to course.
“They did transfer the rack to a safe location, although,” Nick recalled.

So not less than he ultimately acquired that message throughout.
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