I used to be responsible for an old Netware server that had run continuously and relatively painlessly for five years in conditions that were definitely not ideal. It started its life on the dusty floor of a garage that had been converted into a makeshift studio for the new community radio station it was serving. It endured several moves and took a few good knocks in its time. Summers in that town were hot and humid and there was never any airconditioning. The six full size SCSI hard drives would literally burn my finger if I accidentally touched them.
After five years of faithful and mostly trouble free service in these appalling conditions, it eventually started crashing (AbEnding, in Netware-speak) randomly very much like in the article, which obviously wasn't very desirably considering it was serving up live audio for the radio station. After many late night callouts I eventually deduced by experimentation that the SCSI controller was on its way out, and took the opportunity to convince the bosses to replace all the SCSI drives with a pair of mirrored IDE drives. By that stage IDE had caught up with SCSI in terms of performance and capacity, and was significantly cheaper.
We eventually also installed airconditioning in the server room but, having no budget for pretty much anything, we couldn't even install a water pump to pump away the condensation. So for a couple of years the aircon was draining into a large barrel, and there was a staff member who had to remember to empty it every evening. Occasionally they forgot... which is why the server was finally raised off the floor and got a space all of its own.