That’s a work system that involves querying a table with about 16 million rows containing 12GB of free-form text (via an Oracle Text index) about five times a second, with response times over the web of less than 0.5 seconds. It probably counts as a bit of tiddler in the great scheme of things, but when I took it on, they had a quarter of the records with average response times of 26 seconds. I feel as if I’ve earned my money!
(Apropos nothing in particular, their uptime was originally less than 90 days… they were running Windows 2003. I’m just sayin’…)
It would have been longer, too, except the SysAdmin caused the rack to short one day about a year and a month ago (by plugging in a USB device somewhere. Go figure!)