Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Corrupt File Brought Down FAAs Antiquated IT System

Chris Preimesberger writes on eWeek:

The FAA (Federal Aviation Administration's) flight plan IT network, which went down for about two-and-a-half hours Aug. 26 and fouled up the takeoff plans of thousands of travelers in more than 40 airports across the country, was back up and running Aug. 27.

IT staff were still troubleshooting it today in Hampton, Ga., where the agency's primary data center is located.

But for how much longer is it going to be running? The FAA's antiquated system consists of two 20-year-old redundant mainframe configurations -- the primary one in Georgia, the backup in Utah -- that apparently are hanging on for dear life until the reinforcements arrive in the form of a new, state-of-the-art system this winter.

More here.


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