Rackspace Scheduled Maintenance

Just a heads up, this Sunday, the 18th, Rackspace will be upgrading parts of their network:

The operational window is scheduled from 12:05 a.m. to 6:00 a.m. on Sunday
May 18, 2003 in the United States, Central Standard Time.

This may result in short network outages, which includes connectivity to both the OpenNMS server and the Sortova Consulting server.

Strongbad Reads His E-Mail

Okay, I have been a bit slack in updating the weblog. I apologize and hope to get better at it, starting now.

Sometimes working on an open source project can be pretty thankless, but this week I got two e-mails that brightened my day.

The first is from frequent mailing list poster Ian MacDonald. He writes:

I have an opinion that the monitoring and management ‘space’ is about to
enter “Phase 2” where businesses (both Monitoring Firms & corporate
NOCs) begin to invest in the learning/knowledge/consulting rather than
investing in the ridiculous licencing structures of OpenView, Spectrum,
Empire, Tivoli, Big Brother, What’sUp.

OpenNMS is central to this change. The word is out on the street, and
there are now corporate executives with linux backgrounds. I think there
is going to be a strong need for a gang like the Sortova Group’s
consulting arm.

This line of reasoning is one of the main reasons Sortova exists and supports OpenNMS.

Another letter that you don’t see often came from Erich Trowbridge who writes with respect to the Discovery How-To:

Thank you so much for an excellent document. This is some of the best OSS
documentation I have seen.

Thanks again for all your mail. I do reply to almost all the personal mail I receive, it just may take me awhile.