RoadLink USA's Thanksgiving Ordeal

December 3, 2004
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Thurs. Nov. 18, morning — CyberNET Group’s South Division headquarters raided by federal agents.

Fri. Nov. 19 — RoadLink USA Executive Vice President David Anthony receives cell phone call from CyberNET account manager Ian Grobel: “I don’t want to alarm you, but …” Charter One Vendor Finance files lawsuit again CyberNET.

Mon. Nov. 22 — With few options, Anthony decides to relocate the network from CyberNET.

Tues. Nov. 23, morning — Anthony arrives in Grand Rapids from Boston.

Tues. Nov. 23, 10:30 a.m. — CyberNET’s assets are placed in receivership.

Tues. Nov. 23, noon — Larry Andrus, CEO of Trivalent Group, receives call from SAN vendor XIOtec informing him of the RoadLink situation. He expresses interest in helping.

Tues. Nov. 23, 12:02 p.m. — Anthony speaks with Andrus for the first time.

Tues. Nov. 23, 4 p.m. — RoadLink proves ownership of servers and is granted permission to retrieve hardware and data.

Wed. Nov. 24, 3:50 a.m. — CyberNET CEO Barton Watson commits suicide.

Wed. Nov. 24, afternoon — It begins snowing.

Wed. Nov. 24, 7 p.m. — Close of business for holiday weekend. Team of CyberNET engineers begins dismantling RoadLink USA network.

Thurs. Nov. 25, 2 a.m. — Forty-seven servers and various other devices arrive at Trivalent data center.

Thurs. Nov. 25 — Thanksgiving.

Fri. Nov. 26, morning — CyberNET/Trivalent engineers begin installing RoadLink servers. CyberNET engineers learn they have been laid off.

Fri. Nov. 26, noon — XIOtec SAN expected at CyberNET.

Fri. Nov. 26, 7 p.m. — SAN arrives at CyberNET; engineers begin downloading 800Gb Roadlink database.

Sat. Nov. 27, morning — SAN arrives at Trivalent. Configuration begins.

Sun. Nov. 28, noon — First of RoadLink USA’s 50 locations brought online.

Sun. Nov. 28, 2 p.m. — RoadLink’s national network up and running.

Mon. Nov. 29, 8 a.m. — Business as usual for RoadLink USA customers and operations.    

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