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2001-01-15 | Memory | DLT Library

I had left for eight months or so, to work at the insurance company. Right after I returned, two of my crewmates invited me for the free lunch at Daniel's Broiler in celebration of a long negotiation for a 200 cartridge robotic DLT tape library with Veritas software. I was not part of the analysis or purchase at all. Five people at Daniel's broiler is a lot of money. None of us were thrifty, so my guess is it was probably $600 or so for lunch. During the lunch, I said, "Wait, what? You're going to buy $100K worth of software to push data through to that tape library and you are just going to hook up a Windows server to feed it? We need some beefy server hardware, a better OS, and connectivity to feed that library. Also, we already have tape library software as part of our bundled license with CA." My company, after the meal, cut the spend in half by lopping of the Veritas part. My-o-my, the looks I got from the salespeople. I figured I would never again work with that company. One of my crewmates told me afterwards that I had made some enemies.

Later, when we shut down the datacenter after the 2001 crash, a transport company showed up with a truck to ship that same DLT library back east, across the country. We had wrapped up the library in shrink wrap and it was on a pallet sitting on the walk outside the datacenter. The driver had a forklift inside the truck, but he was union and could only drive the truck, not operate the forklift. The library was too big to lift. We all stood there on the sidewalk, awkwardly trying not to take on the perceived silliness of the separation of labor with the driver for a few minutes, then Glenn came down, one of our crew mates who was the one that got the CA software to work with the library (Arcserve, I think), and said, "Hey, I can drive a forklift!" The driver said, sure, fine, and Glenn plopped the DLT library into the truck like he had been doing it for 20 years.

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