Long-time contributor Tommy Mikkelsen alerted us to this awesome story in Ars Technica: Epic uptime achievement unlocked. Can you beat 16 years?
On September 23, 1996, someone applied a patch to their NetWare 3.12 server (named INTEL, after its processor) and rebooted it.
And then it just ran, and ran, and ran.
“Sixteen and a half years later, INTEL’s hard disks—a pair of full height 5.25 inch 800 MB Quantum SCSI devices—are making some disconcerting noises from their bearings, and you’re tired of the complaints. It’s time to turn off the old warhorse.”
We got to wondering, is there anyone in our readership who could equal or top that record? Let us know. We’ll give prizes to anyone who can match or beat 16.5 years of continuous uptime. Email a shot of your console showing the uptime stats, to firstname.lastname@example.org.
If no one can beat 16 years, we’ll give a prize to the one who comes closest.
- We ran a server uptime contest in 2001, and here was the result. NetWare Server Uptime Contest Winners
- We repeated it in 2005. Uptime Workhorses: Still Crazy after all these Years
- Oldie from the Register: Missing Novell server discovered after four years
- Here’s a little riff on NetWare reliability from DevX.com: If Only the Cloud Had Netware’s Uptime
- Here’s commentary from ZDNet about that extraordinary uptime: A lesson for the cloud: 100 percent uptime achieved — for 16 years