Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 5th May 2011 21:07 UTC, submitted by sawboss
Games There's fail, there's epic fail, and then there's Sony. You may've thought it wasn't possible, but Sony has just outdone itself on the fail scale, forcing us to add yet another notch. During the congressional testimony this morning, Dr Gene Spafford of Purdue University revealed just how badly Sony managed its Playstation Network servers. It's... Bad.
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RE: No excuse but...
by toast88 on Fri 6th May 2011 06:47 UTC in reply to "No excuse but..."
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Downtime (cost), software compatibility (cost of upgrading) and cost of actually doing the job regularly are some of the major excuses I've had thrown at me in over 25 years of doing this stuff, and no amount of explaining how negative the consequences might or what the cost could be if they don't do it seem to work on some people. Way too many have the "It'll never happen to me" mentality. Windows and now Android are proof of that.

Just to be clear. We're not talking about a 25 employee car repair shop which run one server to host their website, email and employee database (no offense meant against those people), but a multi-billion dollar company like Sony. They definitely have the manpower and financial means to build and maintain a secure and always up-to-date infrastructure.

And if Sony doesn't feel they can handle the server administration themselves, they can easily contract an external company to do that. For an online service like PSN where people's credit card information is hosted on the servers, a properly secured environment is not optional but mandatory.

Sorry, but there is NO excuse for that.


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