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When our computers came out of the closet

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Closet[Day11]* by  Chaparral [Kendra] - We spend lots of time and money on our servers.  It wasn’t always that way. 

When we were first getting started with JobTracker, the server was sitting in the closet of Ted’s office/guestroom at home.  I have fond memories of being lulled to sleep by the soothing hum of the fans.  It was cheap, easy, and for the most part – it worked.

At that time, we never expected that offering scheduling software as an online service would work for small businesses.  Based our first few customers, it didn’t seem like cheap, reliable, broadband internet access was going to be a common thing for a while.  So it was okay for the server to be sitting in the closet – nobody would run their business on it for long – just until they got the CD we mailed them.

Even then, we were doing more to maintain and protect the server and data than most people, but we’re nerds and we generally understand how to do this stuff.  Most of the people who use our software don’t really have any idea.

Then, something weird happened.  Even though we tried kicking people off of the server gently, it turned out that they wanted to stay on.  We didn’t want the risk of the server crashing and our customers getting screwed, so it was time for beefier hardware, direct internet connections, and a data center. 

Fast forward a few years, and now most people feel comfortable running their lives and businesses online.  We expect that we’ll have lots of people using skedsheet, and we’ll do everything we can to provide fast, reliable access.  The servers are out of the closet, and everyone’s better off for it.


Written by Harry Hollander

March 11, 2009 at 7:19 am

Posted in Uncategorized

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  1. I remember the final nail in the coffin — it was the rolling blackouts in California. The power went out in my office and we only had enough battery backup to run for an hour. After about 30 minutes we had to start calling customers to tell them the server was about to go down, and we didn’t know for how long. It wasn’t long after that we moved everything to the data center.

    Ted Pitts

    March 11, 2009 at 9:53 am

  2. […] leave a comment » Ever since we decided to offer online services instead of just traditional installed software, we keep investing more and more in our servers.  Originally, our server was sitting in Ted’s closet.  […]

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