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Comment It depends (former military here) (Score 1) 299

I worked in the communications field in the Marines, a couple of my peers would do quite well in civilian IT fields. (I personally transitioned just fine) However a large number of them would absolutely suck at it. A good portion of that stems from the fact that they dont like the field. Take a military member who has some experience with troubleshooting, thinking under preasure, and doesnt mind IT, sure they will be a decent worker in the civilian field. But there isnt anything new or interesting about that statement.

Comment Re:Alternative explanation (Score 1) 398

Is Verizon service even available wherever the main netflix datacenter(s) is/are? If it is, wouldn't they just need to offer a better monthly connection rate, or better speed for the same rate, and let it be a "normal" competitive service for business?

Netflix and verizon do indeed have pops in the same facilities. There was a recent post by a verizon suggested that all the congestion between netflix and them was due to a 100% saturated interconnect in LA to L3. That of course means that *all* verizon traffic going through that node is badly impacted. Verizon and netflix are currently working out a deal to peer directly. This will likely entail several hundred 10g ethernet interconnects spread out across numerous locations. But until then verizon is happily screwing over their customers just for a leg up in negotiations with netflix.

Comment Fixing the wrong problem (Score 1) 265

By far the better solution is to figure out why that one specific server cant be offlined. Its far safer regardless of the tests and validations to work on a server thats not supposed to be running vs one that is. It obviously takes alot of work, but for all your critical/important services they should be running in some sort of HA scenerio. If you cant take a 5 minute outage just after normal business hours, you absolutely cannot take a failure in the service due to any sort of hardware failure(which will happen) This is coming from years of experience in a Software as a Service company/

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