fail over

victor steinbok aardvark66 at GMAIL.COM
Wed May 11 16:19:25 UTC 2011

As you can see from my post, I made no judgments on that account. I
mentioned "discussion of 'fail over' as a new term", quoted someone's
contextual interpretation, then quoted the source for that context. The only
actual commentary that I added was that it's both a noun and a verb.
Subsequent discussion on that ABA list switch to "insufficient redundancies"
(for most cloud users).


On Wed, May 11, 2011 at 11:49 AM, Dave Wilton <dave at> wrote:

> "Failover" is hardly new. It's been a staple of high-tech jargon for years.
> It is not synonymous with backup. A "failover" is when other machines are
> set to take on the tasks of another that has failed. It's analogous with
> overdraft protection on your checking account, where money is automatically
> taken out of your savings account to cover the checks you write, only it's
> computing resources, not money.

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