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W3WN
09-08-2015, 12:18 PM
QST de W1AW
ARRL Bulletin 29 ARLB029
From ARRL Headquarters
Newington CT September 8, 2015
To all radio amateurs

SB QST ARL ARLB029
ARLB029 FCC Now Says ULS, Other Systems, Will Not Return Until September 10

The FCC has announced that its Universal Licensing System (ULS) and some other website applications remain offline for maintenance, but the Electronic Comment Filing System (ECFS) is now back in service and the Electronic Document Management System (EDOCS) should be available in a short time. The remaining computer system upgrades scheduled to have been completed by today, September 8, now are not expected to be done until September 10, the FCC said in a Public Notice. As the ULS outage continues, it will not be possible to file any Amateur Radio applications, including examination session documents, or conduct any license or application searches.

"Over Labor Day weekend, a dedicated FCC team worked day and night to complete major IT upgrades," the FCC's Chief Information Officer David A. Bray, said in a statement. "This work included physically moving more than 200 different legacy servers out of FCC's headquarters to a commercial service provider." This move - a cost-saving measure, Bray explained - ran into trouble when it was determined that additional cabling was needed to complete the transition. "Unfortunately, this delayed completion of all of the system upgrades - even with the FCC team working around the clock throughout the holiday weekend," Bray explained.

While the requirement to pay a regulatory fee for Amateur Radio vanity call sign applications officially ended on September 3, prospective vanity applicants now will have to wait until the ULS is up and running again to file an application for an available call sign. The FCC has told ARRL that the approximately 18-day vanity call sign waiting period will remain in place "for now."

ARRL VEC Manager Maria Somma, AB1FM, said a lot of candidates and volunteer examiners have begun asking why new call signs or license upgrades have not yet been issued.

"We have a huge back log in our filing system that continues to grow!" she said. "We already have approximately 75 examination sessions and over 500 applications waiting to be released to FCC."

Bray said it took seven moving vans to contain the servers being relocated. "With a massive server move of this scale - even with detailed planning, independent verification, and backup plans - the opportunity always exists for surprises, especially with legacy IT systems, nearly 400 program applications, and hundreds of servers," he pointed out.

The project will relocate the FCC's "legacy" computer systems to a commercial service provider, helping to reduce maintenance costs, improve "resiliency," and allow the FCC to shift many of its legacy applications to the cloud, as it has done with its Consumer Help Desk.

The FCC said in its Public Notice that it anticipates all systems and databases to be back online by 1200 UTC on September 10. By that time, it said, the Commission's website "will have returned to normal operations, with full content and search capabilities available." FCC voicemail and e-mail also should be back by then too.

"We will continue to work diligently and provide updates on these IT upgrades," Bray said. "The entire FCC team and I truly appreciate your patience and understanding as we work to complete all of the upgrades."

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WTKX
09-08-2015, 01:27 PM
The project will relocate the FCC's "legacy" computer systems to a commercial service provider, helping to reduce maintenance costs, improve "resiliency," and allow the FCC to shift many of its legacy applications to the cloud, as it has done with its Consumer Help Desk.

Umm, shouldn't the new systems be put online first (cloud or not) and run in parallel? :nuts:

W3WN
09-08-2015, 01:51 PM
Please! That makes sense. That's not how the Government works!

kb2vxa
09-11-2015, 10:37 AM
Both of you are absolutely correct, the FCC farks everything else up so why not the web site? I love that lamer than lame excuse, those "legacy servers" are three generation old DINOSAURS, so the upgrade in order is NEW SERVERS... DUH? Loading 200+ Tyrannosaurus Wrecks on 7 trucks and hauling them to another location, WAY TO GO FOOLS, have you ever heard of ZDT or zero down time?

This boner gives IT a whole new meaning: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0045920/

W3WN
09-11-2015, 12:29 PM
I'm sure, absolutely positive, that the FCC had a good reason to retain those old servers.

Of course, what's a "good reason" to a government bureaucrat translates to "totally stupid, idiotic, and illogical" to the rest of mankind. (Oh, wait, I just implied that a government bureaucrat is human; sorry about that)

If it were my project, and my decisions stood as final... I'd have built the new site with new equipment, run both sites in parallel for a month or so, and as the functions of each "old" server were taken over by the equipment at the new site, shut down the old equipment until all functions were transferred.

That, of course, would make sense.

n2ize
09-11-2015, 02:09 PM
So we basically went from "the cloud" (although we didn't call it then) to small independent computer systems, and we gradually came full circle and came back to "the cloud", as we call it today.