Your point is well taken, mine was poorly expressed and not very sound.
Sometimes it seems like 'having one less thing to break' would be a good
thing; in a theoretical sense (e.g. no budget concerns) redundancy would
outweigh the drawbacks of complexity.

Thanks for the correction.
Andy Nolen-Parkhouse

> On Wed, 19 Dec 2001, Andy Nolen-Parkhouse wrote:
> > * You could take advantage of the integrated backup capability and
> > one less point-of-failure at the remote site.
> This is not necessarily a good thing.  Now you have a single point of
> failure.  If your tape drive stops working you can't back up either
> server.  I believe point of failure means something that kills
> Using this definition having two different boxes means you *don't*
have a
> point of failure.  Instead you could lose w2k or iSeries, but probably
> both.  If a device or service is critical to you, it had better be
> redundant and failures in other components should not affect it.
> James Rich

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