[NCSA-discuss] SCO nfs
Joseph Mack NA3T
jmack at wm7d.net
Fri May 4 20:10:21 EDT 2012
On Fri, 4 May 2012, Steve Wolfe wrote:
> At this point $1400 is darkly cheap.
I don't know the business's constraints, so I haven't a
clue. You've seen something I haven't seen in the price. Can
you expound a bit more on why this is cheap?
The reason I suggested a NAS was for backup. Currently
they're using 20G tapes which don't take all their data.
They've been running the same half doz tapes every night for
10yrs. I can't imagine that the surface of the tapes is any
good still. I don't know if they do a read/verify
afterwards. I would expect the tape drive to be throwing
checksum errors. I also don't know if they've ever done a
test restore. They've never replaced the disk (I suggested a
new one). I think they're lucky to still have a working
> My concern would be - will all this stuff continue to run
> on the upgraded version?
They would go from 5.0.4 host (non-networking) to 5.0.6
enterprise (networking). I imagine that's only patches and I
would hope everything would run as before.
I don't expect SCO to be around forever. The business is
quite happy with their in-house accounting package and see
no reason why it would have to change in the next 20yrs. If
they could keep running on the same version of SCO, they
wouldn't care at all.
They will need to go to SATA etc as hardware changes. For
that they need the 15k$ SCO OS upgrade. Maybe they should
buy 20yrs worth of IDE disks and mobos and stay with what
If they change to Linux, I would expect for a 10man-yr
COBOL application that porting could be 6mo (but have no
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