Joel clicked open another terminal window and read the output. He
rubbed his eyes until his vision cleared. The numbers were beginning to
run together as he tried to keep tabs on all of his servers spread out
over three sites. His report was overdue.
He had tried using a spreadsheet to tabulate the data, which had
worked when he had only a few servers, but it was getting tedious now that
he had more than 30 to monitor. His friends had tried to convince him to
buy an enterprise monitoring suite, but his boss had a reputation of
vetoing any purchases that didn’t immediately contribute to the company’s
ability to produce revenue.
Joel looked up to see his friend Doug from customer support standing
at his door with a stained coffee cup in hand. “Hey,” Joel replied.
“You look like you could use a break.”
“No time. I’ve got to get a report together that shows the status of
all of the servers and I can’t write it until I finish checking each
“Wow, that’s a real hands-on approach.”
“I know. I’ve read about these enterprise suites that make this all
easier to do, but I don’t know which one to buy or even if Mr. Summerson
will sign off on it.”
“Well, if you could show him how much time it takes you to do all
this…” Doug said, with a dangerous wave of his mug.
Joel thought for a moment. “If only I could show him the difference
between what I’ve had to slog through and what it would be like to use a
“Good plan. Now how about a cup? My treat.” ...
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