Data Center testing

Jack Bates jbates at
Mon Aug 24 12:45:41 CDT 2009

Dan Snyder wrote:
> We have done power tests before and had no problem.  I guess I am looking
> for someone who does testing of the network equipment outside of just power
> tests.  We had an outage due to a configuration mistake that became apparent
> when a switch failed.  It didn't cause a problem however when we did a power
> test for the whole data center.

The plus side of failure testing is that it can be controlled. The 
downside to failure testing is that you can induce a failure. 
Maintenance windows are cool, but some people really dislike failures of 
any type which limits how often you can test. I personally try for once 
a year. However, a lot can go wrong in a year.


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