Stratus is a server which has been running for 24 years straight, which is probably the longest uptime for a server without any unplanned maintenance.
The Great Lakes Works made the server in Dearborn, Michigan. The server was manufactured to deal with the company’s financial matters such as processing payment transactions and credit cards, so it was designed as a fault-tolerant one. Thus, it is capable of working round the clock uninterrupted even with some failing components.
Phil Hogan, an IT application architect, tells Computer World,
“It never shut down on its own because of a fault it couldn’t handle, I can’t even think of an instance where we had an unplanned shutdown,” he says.
Besides being extremely reliable, the server is very user-friendly having a character-driven interface akin to the ISA green screen. The company hasn’t bothered to change the 1993 interface, even after nearly two and half decades as the users enjoy
“the reliability of it, and the screens are actually pretty simple,” says Hogan.
A 2015 deal saw the Great Lakes Works being brought under new management. Moreover, the new system upgrade, due in April 2017, will replace the Stratus server’s remarkable run.