Everyone at this organization walks in one morning to discover that there’s a total network outage — nothing is connecting to anything, according to an IT pilot fish who’s as networkless as the rest.

“A war-council meeting was quickly convened,” fish says, “with half the managers in the building arguing about what they thought might be the problem, and about half as many technical people suggesting things that might need to be checked.”

Early on, one manager suggests that, since all the individual pieces of hardware are turned on and appear to be working fine, the problem must be in the network itself.

But that suggestion gets a vehement denial from a network tech, who insists that there’s no possibility that anything could take down the network because all the hardware is up and running fine.

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