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I think I jinxed Sprint

  • From: Sean Donelan
  • Date: Fri Nov 24 05:46:58 2000

Last week I gave Sprint some complements on their success avoiding
customer service affecting fiber cuts.

Unfortunately, Murphy took it as a challange.  First, Sprint lost an
STP power supply which blocked SS7 service in Sprint's southeastern
network for 2 hours and 52 minutes.  Then on Tuesday, Murphy killed
a disk drive on Sprint's SCP, blocking Sprint's nationwide network
for 4 minutes until it could be taken out of service.

Maintaining 99.999% network availability is hard for any network,
telephone or the Internet.  But sometimes I wonder what the real
requirement is.  The Australian stock exchange went down for a few
hours, it wasn't the end of the world.  Sprint had some more blocked
calls than normal, most people didn't notice.

Are we setting artificial performance requirements, which don't reflect
reality?  Either in what can be achieved, or is necessary.