Groundhog Day

Today is Groundhog Day, a holiday celebrated in the United States and Canada where the length of the remaining winter season is predicted by a rodent. According to folklore, if it is cloudy when a groundhog emerges from its burrow on this day, then the spring season will arrive early, some time before the vernal equinox; if it is sunny, the groundhog will supposedly see its shadow and retreat back into its den, and winter weather will persist for six more weeks. (Wikipedia)

Today the groundhog, Punxsutawney Phil, saw his shadow. Thanks, Phil.

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Groundhog Day is also the name of a well-loved film starring Bill Murray (seen above) where his character, Phil, is trapped in some kind of temporal loop repeating the same day over and over. I won’t give the rest away for anyone who has not seen the movie, but it got me thinking. What kind of day would you rather have to live over and over as an IT professional? I’m guessing it does not include the following:

  • Manually performing firmware and software updates to your storage system, server hardware, hypervisor, HA/DR solution, or management tools.
  • Finding out one of your solution vendor updates broke a different vendor’s solution.
  • Having to deal with multiple vendor support departments to troubleshoot an issue none of them will claim responsibility for.
  • Dealing with downtime caused by a hardware failure.
  • Having to recover a server workload from tape or cloud backup.
  • Having to deal with VMware licensing renewals.
  • Thanklessly working all night to fix an issue and only receiving complaints about more downtime.

These are all days none of us want to live through even once, right? But of course, many IT professionals do find themselves reliving these days over and over again because they are still using the same old traditional IT infrastructure architecture that combines a number of different solutions into a fragile and complex mess.

At Scale Computing we are trying to break some of these old cycles with simplicity, scalability, and affordability. We believe, and our customers believe, that infrastructure should be less of a management and maintenance burden in IT. I encourage you to see for yourself how our HC3 virtualization platform has transformed IT with both video and written case studies here.

We may be in for six more weeks of winter but we don’t need to keep repeating some of the same awful days we’ve lived before as IT professionals. Happy Groundhog Day!

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