There was a time – over a decade ago; an eternity in the world of tech – when 100% uptime was impossible. No matter how well a server worked, no matter how capable the administrator, it would eventually need to be taken down. Infrastructure failed. Vulnerabilities and glitches needed to be patched out. New features needed to be implemented.
Back then, outages – however small – were simply a fact of life. Servers like the one documented by Ars Technica user Axatax were the exception rather than the rule. The expectation that a server always be available to its users was unreasonable at best.
Much has changed since those days. Read more