Wednesday, 16 November 2011

A box by any other name would be as neat

“You pays your money and you takes your choice
You can double your money or open the box.”
Most of us like to keep things neat and tidy; everything in its place and a place for everything as the saying goes. Even those who give the impression of being chaotic have some kind of system – it may be known only to them, but they know where to find things when they need them. Perhaps that explains the apparent contradiction in the law of growing entropy – the fact that there is a ‘law’ governing the degree of disorder or uncertainty in a system.
In terms of provisioning a hardware-based telephony system, there are a number of areas of uncertainty. Those can range from the relatively mundane, albeit costly, errors that occur when you inadvertently damage a board whilst trying to locate it in a server, to the frustratingly frequent component obsolescence that is seemingly built-in to PC motherboards. Another issue is the march of progress that means you can no longer find servers with slots for your PCI boards, unless you are able to specify expensive riser adapters. And for how long will that continue?