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Heat, dust and dirty power

What are the biggest headaches of military personnel supporting IT networks in Afghanistan and Iraq? Besides the incoming enemy fire, that is? It's heat, dust and dirty power, according to a fascinating Q&A Computer World conducted with an Air Force and an Army officer who each did time on these front lines.

"We had a call manager go bad one day. It had been in the system for a little over a year and when we opened it up, there were literally four inches of ... dust covering all the circuit boards," Army Lt. Col. Patrick Dedham related from his time in Afghanistan.

Also sounding severe is how they had to set up multiple network links, one for each classification level. Virtual local area networks, they are your friends.

Posted by Joab Jackson on Jun 05, 2008 at 9:39 AM


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