When redundancy is really important…

A customer of ours sent in a funny photo, showing how they solved one of those real-world problems that many an IT Admin must face.  So we wanted to share with you the concept of Redundant Coffee Cluster:

It does appear like one has to bring up the new active node manually, but hey - at least you are ready for when the need arises!

- Nino Bilic

Comments (11)
  1. Michael Dragone says:

    Hahahaha. Awesome.

  2. lee says:

    I love that!  However coffee should NEVER require manual intervention, it should be "always available".  CCR would be better, make coffee on both sides then don’t use the excess.

  3. Brian Kronberg says:

    How about setting Coffee Anywhere to help out your remote users?

  4. Deltaray says:

    You windows folk are so easily amused.  We installed Linux on a coffee maker 10 years ago.

  5. T Man says:

    I hope they are properly licensed.  I’d also add some redundant power supplies and fans, just in case.

  6. Dave says:

    Well I’m a guest at a Microsoft building this week for a training course and they’ve already implemeted a stretched cluster model for the coffee. One fully functional machine on either side of the break area. They also have redundant soft drinks fridges as well.

  7. Fabrice says:

    So simple to explain & to understand : Cluster for dummies

    Have fun

  8. justin says:

    Hopefully the admin was forward-thinking enough to make sure the coffee grinder was part of the cluster resource.

  9. Jelmer says:

    Nice coffee machine too ! what’s brand / model? ;)

  10. NeilW says:

    Do you think the Caffeine would upset the heartbeat between the two?

  11. jay says:

    In this example though, you can have both machines brewing and serving up coffee at the same time – unless there’s only one outlet back there.  In that way I’d say it’s a better example of load balancing than an Exchange cluster.

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