Re: "All triggers are evil",..., really?

From: Nuno Souto <>
Date: Thu, 04 Sep 2008 23:28:59 +1000
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Yes, sure. The problem I've found is that management very easily takes the next step: "let's go for 24x7 5 9's now that we achieved 8-8 so easy". After all, it's what all those "web folks" are doing, ain't it?

That's when life gets interesting because more times than I care to recall they expect it to cost the same and if we can't deliver it, it obviously must be our fault!

And why I tend to nip these things in the bud: before they become a disaster waiting to happen! :)

Nuno Souto
in sunny Sydney, Australia

Niall Litchfield wrote,on my timestamp of 4/09/2008 9:50 PM:

> I'm fairly sure that I'd react in much the same way, but actually I
> don't think it unreasonable to define availability in terms of
> availability within specific windows, esepcially when talking about an
> SLA. When I go to Tescos (grocery store), I expect it to be 100%
> available within it's advertised hours. I don't expect it to be open
> when it says it will be shut. An IT service it seems to me could learn
> from this. The kicker of course is when the business decides that the
> advent of the web means that you are open all day every day, as you
> say pretty damn expensive, probably impossible, and likely not worth
> it. But the principle of saying "We have 5 9's availability 8-8 every
> day" doesn't seem to me to be a bad thing - Gartner will never go for
> it obviously.
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