Blogs for System Status Communications

My organization operates hundreds of servers in several data centers and a network that connects over 250 separate locations.  One of the problems we have is status communication to various interested parties.  Tonight I decided we should have a system status blog that uses categories with separate RSS feeds for various severity levels and systems.  For the low price of $40/year we could have: 

  • One easy spot to post status announcements, which would be ordered in exactly the right way.
  • A web-based record of status.
  • Multiple RSS feeds of the various systems and severity levels.
  • Easy integration into the personalization feature of our intranet;  RSS feeds would show up as gadget boxes for people who want them.
  • The ability to easily subscribe to RSS feeds and digest them in various ways for people with special needs. 

How could you not like that?