* Posts by Derek Milliner

3 posts • joined 19 Sep 2007

Nosing around IBM's Power6 blade

Derek Milliner

@Dunstan (3)

I've spent the last few days being blue-rinsed by IBM on p6 & AIX 6. Very nice... As well as the v. desirable new hardware, AIX 6 (nee 5.4 :-) has got some damn clever tricks too.

IBM's LPARs let you carve your machine up as you see fit (starting from POWER4). POWER5 brought in the micro partitions (see Cesar's comment), which let's you finesse things considerably.

AIX 6 brings in Workload Partitions (WPARs), which let you effectively slice your O/S instance even further (I think this is Sun's containers style operation?). Because it's AIX 6 doing this, the function is available on POWER 4, 5 and 6 (but not older kit) - you *don't* have to have p6.

Maybe a good way to tell how this plays is to see how the competitors (HP, Sun) try to play down IBM's announcements. Right now, I can't see any real compelling reasons not to play the IBM game, but then I may be a bit biased (no, I don't work *for* IBM, but I've spent a whole lot of time working *with* IBM - anybody remember 6150 / RTPC?).

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IBM hopes open office is Symphony to your key-tapping fingers

Derek Milliner

Hmm, deja vu...

I've been doing this job too long. I remember going to Lotus's launch of a whizzy application suite back in the 80s; spreadsheet, WP etc. Now let me think, what was it called? Ah yes, Symphony :-). Supposed to be a mega follow on for the all-dominant (then) Lotus 1-2-3, never really cut it.

Maybe this is in the same vein as old rock groups reforming for one last blast. You've gotta hope that the new Symphony takes off better than the original, it's about time there was some decent competition for the MS suite. I use both (MS at work, OO at home 'cos I'm too tight-fisted to pay for MS), and get reasonable interoperability, so who knows?

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German web host to go carbon neutral

Derek Milliner

Human nature 1, Backup generator 0

Backup generators are fine, until it comes to the crunch and you discover that the 'security' guards have been quietly selling the diesel... Terrible thing, human nature. Oh, yes...

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