Originally Posted by Gallien
Duckie I see where you are coming from, but at an Enterpise level if I had this type of failure in my eenvironment I would be on the chopping block in front of the executives in a heartbeat. They could have planned a little better for growth wether that meant bringing up extra virtual servers or whatnot.
You assume the executives don't know that launch day load will be the highest load day.... they do. I guarantee that they do and that they are ones who made the decision on the server planning.
If a game project lead built infrastructure to support launch day, his head would be on the chopping block for wasting company resources.
Remember, this isn't financial servers or something but game servers... different requirements!
Originally Posted by Strickt
I 100% agree with all statements made here. One honest question I have is about your last one. Couldn’t they just buy enough servers for launch then sell them throughout the launch month as server space opens up? To me that would be the best of both worlds. But I don’t know what the acquisition and then subsequent sales of thousands of used servers would cost... what do you think?
A couple of things..... you have to pay for software licenses upfront and those are sunk costs. In the enterprise world, you can pay $100K for software running on a $10K server.
Also, most companies want brand new servers so used server parts lose their value quickly (i.e. sports cars lose value faster than trucks).
It's also not just the cost of the server.... a $30K server is cheap. Paying the $100K+ SAs, network engineers, datacenter engineers, etc cost money.
Insuring your physical datacenter has enough electricity, cooling, etc is another consideration.
Originally Posted by cravinmild
I see a bunch of peeps making excuses for R but why? You getting $5? Dont accept this as good business practice. Its business willing to short change players to pocket more money period-dont make it easy and act like its np big deal cause it is. No excuses for this when they wave a billon dollars around giving each other high fives. Dont be a sheep
No, don't be naive.
We who have datacenter/server/business experience are trying to educate those who do not understand.Edited by DuckieHo - 10/1/13 at 1:11pm