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Re: [802SEC] FYI email on critical network equipment purchases

Sounds necessary and prudent and I'm OK with it ...


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> From: owner-stds-802-sec@LISTSERV.IEEE.ORG 
> [mailto:owner-stds-802-sec@LISTSERV.IEEE.ORG] On Behalf Of Bob Heile
> Sent: Monday, November 26, 2007 10:32 AM
> Subject: [802SEC] FYI email on critical network equipment purchases
> Importance: High
> Dear EC Colleagues
> This is not about Rome if that is any relief.  This is an FYI 
> email on some critical equipment purchases for the network 
> that are being made as a result of discussions with Paul, 
> John Hawkins, and Buzz.
> This critical item got lost in the rush at the end of the 
> Friday meeting, namely some critical network maintenance 
> items that were part of the larger package of networking 
> equipment that we did not have a chance to address and 
> approve. In hindsight, this should have been separated out to 
> begin with but unfortunately it was not  Since it will now 
> take longer to discuss and approve the entire package it is 
> now a problem, given that we have a large interim in January 
> that may not have a network unless this is addressed not to 
> mention having a network that works on Orlando.
> Specifically, Newton, our primary server, is broken. It does 
> not always boot when turned on and has needed deracking, 
> disassembly and liberal doses of stroking and mystic 
> incantation to get it to start on occasion.  Not a good 
> situation.  Griffin, our doc server is not far behind. Also, 
> as we discovered in September, running key new applications 
> like the IMAT attendance software on our production network 
> server is not a good idea since it is possible for an 
> application fault to take down the server.  Applications such 
> as these should be run on their own server.
> We need to replace Newton and Griffin ASAP, before the gear 
> is needed at the Jan Interim of 11, 15, 18, 19, 20, 21 and 22 
> in Taipei or we may not have a network there. Given that the 
> January interim is also the next big IMAT trial, it makes 
> sense to get and configure the application server at the same 
> time. IMAT is part of our collective future.
> We also need to replace the 20 eight port switches we got for 
> nothing several years ago and which are now failing. Getting 
> 10-12 of those now at least insures we can get a functional network.
> In discussing this with Paul, John H. and Buzz, John 
> indicated he can spend up to $15K between meetings to cover 
> situations like this.  The total cost of the 3 servers and 
> 10-12 switches is less then that. We all thought in the 
> spirit of transparency we should give everyone a heads up on 
> the what and why.
> The proposal we did not get to discuss sufficiently in 
> Atlanta is also recommending that as part of the basic 
> maintenance of the networking equipment that we replace all 
> 20 switches and mirror the on site servers with another trio 
> which would be permanently based in Portland.  Rather than do 
> that now we will address those additional 3 servers and the 
> balance of the switches as part of a revised broader package. 
> For now we are focusing only on replacing what is broken and 
> in time to insure we can support the January Interim in 
> Taipei and be in good shape for Orlando in March.  By then I 
> trust we will have had an opportunity to review and approve 
> the balance of the package.
> Let me (or John or Buzz) know if you have any questions.
> Bob Heile, Ph.D
> Chairman, ZigBee Alliance
> Chair, IEEE 802.15 Working Group on Wireless Personal Area Networks
> 11 Louis Road
> Attleboro, MA  02703   USA
> Mobile: +1-781-929-4832
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