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Don't Restart this Server

Okay, here's the deal, you restart the server, and what becomes of the network it is serving. It goes down, no more network, no more communications. This is not a reliable situation, not a viable condition for real home networking. In order for the home to be fully networked to be a functional part of the real world and usable as the remote work location (telecommute) it must not be restarted. So now we look at software, the ninety-percentile reason for restarts. Why do we restart, because software cannot release memory, or some other such sloppy programming. How can we prevent this. multiple layers of hardware running duplicate (virtualization) copies of the current programs (including the OS instances). Okay so there are ways around it, but they are not cheap, they are not ready for the average home, yet.

What we need is sub $50.00 servers. We need $20.00 servers that we can install that will run the same processes over and over, so that when one does not we can easily replace it, and yet the network does not lose programing. When servers are designed to operate lights, refrigerators, and other ad hock services, there will be a need for very cheap hardware that can run very efficient software (OS) to provide the services we expect with no "hiccup" in the service quality. The use of multiple use computers is really nearing its end. Each part of the network must support the other parts, providing routing work arounds in "real time" to provide continuous service to the users, with continuous backup processes that can implement solutions when something does go bad. When a light bulb blows we go to the closet (or where ever) and grab a new one and we have light again. We need servers that are the same commodity. The service providers should be able to recognize that the network has a few missing links, and needs technical assistance. Having many very cheap servers running duplicate services means that several servers can go down while the rest of the keep going. Redundancy makes the services seem infallible, and that is all that matters.

The users only want the appearance of continuous service. The national grid is a perfect example of this. Your electricity may go out sometimes, are you helpless because of it. If you were then you would have backup in place to ensure that it was not a problem. People who have medical devices that rely on the electrical grid to provide them with life services have battery backups, and even sometimes generators to ensure that "critical" services are not lost in the event that electrical systems fail. The cost of servers make this currently not a solution, but with the introduction of the server blades, and several other advances in the use of inexpensive hardware that is being developed today, it is maybe only a matter of time before we will see the sub $50.00 server blade. How much did the electrical hook-up cost you for your house? If you built a new house you had to pay for all the wiring and the entrance for municipal services. When the same is applied to servers in the home, we will see that the shift to "really cheap" server (think of them as breakers) blades (or the equivalent) that will bring about the shift to a new way of dealing with technology all together.

Well I have gone on about this for a minute of two now, and really have only posed questions, so now what are the real answers for now. While your are waiting for advent "cheap" hardware and "smart" programming, you can check out the current solutions offered by many home automation and home networking service providers. WicInd Group Services provides many different related services, including home automation, home security, and home networking using commodity hardware and new and innovative applications of Open Source software to provide many of the services at very affordable cost. If you are looking for a solution for your current home, WicInd Group services can provide integration services. For a new home, WicInd Group can provide the latest services including whole house integration and fiber in the walls to ensure that your home will not only work with the technology of today, but will be ready for the next shift in technology. Increase your new home value, call WicInd Group Services 315-592-7136 to talk with a representative about technology upgrades or installation, and the potential for value in the future.
-James-

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