Monitoring on the Moon

Giant steps are what you take
Walking on the moon

An interesting story broke today about Dominoes Pizza opening a franchise on the moon — yes on the moon. It gets better because the price tag for building this shop (where remember nobody lives) is a phenomenal $14 billion. I can’t say if this will ever come to fruition, but being Friday, it got me thinking about deep space monitoring.

Keeping tabs on your IT responsibilities is tough enough on Earth with earthquakes and hurricanes attacking your data centers on a weekly basis. You’ve got to deal with hackers trying to get at your servers and the normal day-to-day problems you face in any data center where App performance lags or they simply stop working, your web site suddenly stops working for part of your audience (yet works fine for everyone else).

Now imagine you’re on the moon and you have to deal with meteors and craters, dust and space debris. It’s enough to make any monitoring pro just throw up your hands, but luckily you probably won’t have to deal with deep space monitoring any time soon.

Your feet will remain firmly planted on terra firma, but you still have to deal with your every day problems. The week we covered how a couple of industries — cell phone networks and the major news web sites — and they held up under the pressure of a hurricane on the east coast, and they did remarkably well actually.

Can you say the same thing? If not, you have to take a hard look at your disaster preparation because sooner or later something is going to be happen.

You don’t have to be on the moon for crazy weather phenomena to affect your data centers, and here’s hoping you don’t have to any time any soon.

Monitoring is tough enough without added pressure. For now, check your software and make sure it’s really doing the job for you. Otherwise, you might as well be doing business on the moon.

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