As much as the whole ‘uptime’ wars passed with the ever increasing need for patching, this is pretty amazing.
Over on arstechnica a Novell Netware 3.12 server by the name Intel had to be finally shut down after 16 and a half years. Apparently the bearings in the two SCSI disks had gotten so loud it sounded like a car dragging it’s muffler.
It’s still pretty impressive, and in some ways that was one thing Novell got right with Netware was that it was unstoppable. Of course their big ‘goof’ was in the application space. While there was a version of Oracle for Novell Netware, it was a major pain to deal with, and the GUI simplicity of Windows NT pretty much put an end to Netware.
But in some shops they don’t fix it until it’s broke. Even if it takes a decade and a half.