* Posts by Dave Hilling

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Reg hack survives world's longest commercial flight

Dave Hilling

Re: Jets - pah, that's for softies

I hear you. I worked on C-130s and I have taken tons of international flights on commercial planes.... Ill take the commercial plane any day. Loud, either ice cold or burning hot and your best hope is a litter to lay on along the way either that or its jump seats.

I flew to Japan from the US east coast and back on a c-130. WV>edmonton>anchorage>sheyma (middle of bearing strait)>japan. I wanted to kill myself and thank god for benadryl or I probably would have. Then on the way back japan>marshall islands> hawaii> vegas>wv... the way back was much more tolerable :).

I have taken many to the middle east too..bad but not too bad.

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Oracle gets ZFS filer array spun up to near-AFA speeds

Dave Hilling

20K

I know WD talked about them a few years ago...I hadn't heard anything since just assuming they gave up because the reality is even 20K can't keep up with flash. I would love to see some data/benchmarks on these thing...but alas I see none.

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NetApp veep: 'We've shifted 750,000 all-flash arrays'. Er, really?

Dave Hilling

Re: Allow me to clarify...

Ill respond to a few of Dimitris comments... under what circumstances did the EF win?? We tested the first models out it was the slowest of any of the all flash arrays we tried in most of our tests(not that it was really slow). Now the new ones may be better, but in every test we threw at it it was usually close to the bottom other than some of the sequential tests where IBM lost out at the time due to only having 4 FC ports (new IBM ones have 8 I believe)

I like the E-Series I really do we have at over 10 of them all running 2TB drives, but we didnt buy them for flash arrays. Too expensive, support costs were too high and they were fast but others were faster, cheaper, and easier to setup and maintain(not that the e series are bad either compared to others).

FAS we got rid of all those too for pretty much the same reasons found faster cheaper systems.

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Our 4King benders are so ace we're going full OLED, says LG

Dave Hilling

Until I have broadband capable of delivering 4K content without it buffering 20x during a show forget it. I cant even get 1080p content to do that but maybe 20% of the time.... :( american internet is sad for so many.

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Another day, another load of benchmarketing, this time from HDS

Dave Hilling

The rules for SPC-1 actually prevent many of them from even trying. For example If I remember right you cant use deduplication or compression for some units such as pure you can't turn it off.

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Hitachi smashes SPC-1 benchmark, boasts: We HAF ways of crushing 2 million IOPs

Dave Hilling

Re: Nice and slow!

Unless you don't need 7M iops then buy the system that meets your needs. We hit up to about 200,000 iops out of our storage and we only every actually need or hit that when we purposefully run benchmarks. 95% of the rest of the time its abysmally underutilized but its dead simple to use and meets our needs serve 400+ VMs mostly under 1ms latency and even if we had 1M iops we would pretty much never hit it. Yes I know some places can and do need insane performance, but that isn't say 95%+ of work loads.

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Nutanix to release 'community version' of its secret software sauce

Dave Hilling

Re: Desperate Move

which means vmware or someone else will probably buy them soon.

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PlayStation outage: Sony asks 'have you tried turning it off and on again?'

Dave Hilling

Have you tried?

Come 'on I cant be the first who thought of this???

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nn2FB1P_Mn8

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I sold 10 MILLION iPhone 6es at the weekend, says Tim Cook. What did you do?

Dave Hilling

I dont get it

I don't get why the iphones are so awesome to their users and I prefer my android s4 over her iphone 4 but I dont care because I own stock in apple and I will happily take my small chunk of your money :)

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Not so ESXi? Open sourcery could help VMware win... virtually

Dave Hilling

Re: VMware is probably screwed

I dunno we run almost all of ours on blades, we have 256GB in our semi-new blades and in the blades we are looking at for tech refresh I think they hold 768. Usually we run out of memory before anything else in our blade farm... but then gain for us 2x10Gb NICs are fine. I can see where some places having 2 or 4 may not be enough but here it is.

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We're not on the Gartner Magic Quadrant? Just imagine our concern, says HDS

Dave Hilling

I usually buy something in spite of where it is on Gartner's stuff, not because of it. Our needs and our requirements dictate our purchases.

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Time Warner Cable customers SQUEAL as US network goes offline

Dave Hilling

Re: Thanks El Reg

mine wasnt listed as being out on that map though.... and it was.

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How much disruptive innovation does your flash storage rig really need?

Dave Hilling

Reasons why you dont see some of these vendors on SPECFS

Vendors who use compression as part of their system which cannot be turned of violate SPECFS rules if I remember right which is why you wont see many of them on there.

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32,000 motherboards spit passwords in CLEARTEXT!

Dave Hilling

I have never used supermicro servers but if its running on port 49152 that their firewalls arent blocking it or there is no firewall at all or am I missing something? Either way if its those too yeah sackings were already required.

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FCC boss says he'll SHAME broadband firms for fibbing on speeds

Dave Hilling

I get 3Mb on TWC a lot of the time

Too bad I pay for 20.....

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Top dog EMC’s dilemma: Seasonal dip or long-term problem?

Dave Hilling

Is this right?

"Over 70 per cent of VMAX and VNX2 systems shipped with some flash capacity EMC sold more than 17 terabytes of flash in Q1 alone"

I bought 17TB of flash in Q1 (from a different vendor) thats really all they sold that almost has to be a mistake.

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Enterprise storage will die just like tape did, say chaps with graphs

Dave Hilling

Re: Partly stating the obvious - SANs are I/O bound

I get over 5GB/s max with an average of about 1ms latency on reads right now from an all flash array. Writes are a bit slower with an average of about 5ms ..... I can live with that considering its only going to get better over time.

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TV sales PLUMMET. But no one's prepared to say what we all know

Dave Hilling

Why replace what works?

I have an older Toshiba 52inch DLP 1080i TV its about 9 years old. I may just now have to replace it after it is making an audible electric arcing sound. I managed to keep it alive an extra two years by just swapping in some 50 cent resistors when it fried. If I am lucky maybe I can resurrect it again with some more cheap parts and if I can it will stay as long as I can keep it running.

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Just how much bang does a FAS8040 box give you for 500,000 bucks

Dave Hilling

wow

I could be wrong but I am pretty sure some of those systems above it are quite a bit cheaper as well.

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EVE Online erects mashed-up memorial to biggest space fight in history

Dave Hilling

Re: Can be the most intense game ever.

I remember when my corp decided to leave our wormhole, Real life got in the way and we were not active enough to stay and make it work so we evacuated our POS, it was a several day effort for 3 or 4 of us scanning for low or high sec wormhole exits all while trying not to get in a fight and blown up. We did have some hairy moments trying to get the POS out but it was also exciting. We did manage to get everything out from months of being in there with minimal loss but when we finally took down the tower and had to hide out to get it out it was down right frightening.

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Dave Hilling

Re: False sense of achievement maxed out...

Thats what I remember of EVE as well I wish I still played it but real life has kept me from it. I used to love the late night wormhole fights or doing incursions sadly none of the guys I used to play with still do it but I would love to get back to it eventually and start to build back up a small corp.

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Never mind software-defined HYPE, 2014 will be the year of REALLY WEIRD storage boxen

Dave Hilling

Long from dead

May I remind el reg of this monster

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2011/11/02/spectralogic_t_finity/

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Amazon CIA cloud row: US judge slaps down IBM as 'manipulative', inferior

Dave Hilling

Re: Nothing short of amazing

True, but you must consider Amazon too is now considered a VLC with over 100K employees granted much of them in sales fulfillment etc but quite large as well.

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DRAM whammed, thank you ma'am: Kaminario K2 flash bests sib at SPC-1

Dave Hilling

Re: Is this the future?

Tape is not on the way out either. I can still store TB after TB on tape that I dont have disk for. LTO 8 is planned for 12.8 TB a tape uncompressed. 2.5x compressed. Also remember many people cannot nor will not save their data in someone elses DC which could one day randomly shutdown.

People have been calling tape dead for 10 years and it just keeps goin.

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Windows 8.1: Read this BEFORE updating - especially you, IT admins

Dave Hilling

Re: Squid to the rescue?

Sure you can. We adjust ours to cache things of up to 1GB since often we download the same updates etc many many times. Its nice when you look at your reports and see you had like 50GB of traffic in a day and only like 30-40% was not from cache.

Also you can use squid with one nic long as it can handle the traffic no need to have two or more if you dont need it.

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Mellanox targets Fibre Channel with 56 Gbps FDR InfiniBand

Dave Hilling

Re: interesting, but ...

Infiniband already has extremely low latency so it will still be much better than fiber channel. Course we are expanding our fiber channel kit not reducing it here. Talked about doing infiniband just never given time to really look into it.

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Brew me up, bro: 11-year-old plans to make BEER IN SPACE

Dave Hilling

They forgot to mention the reason the water was purer in beer in the middle ages was the BOILING of it.

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US.gov - including NASA et al - quits internet. Is the UN running it now?

Dave Hilling

"A pox on both your houses."

Its the fault of all the retards in government. You have two sides unwilling to negotiate on anything. One side claims they are negotiating by demanding they get only what they want.... and the other the exact same thing. Its all their faults and anyone who refuses to see it is just a blind partisan unwilling to look deeper than the news headline on their favorite news channel.

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Dedupe-dedupe, dedupe-dedupe-dedupe: Flashy clients crowd around Permabit diamond

Dave Hilling

Re: claim != evidence

http://gigaom.com/2013/05/29/pure-storage-nets-new-cash-from-in-q-tel-to-fund-flash-for-all/

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Dave Hilling

Re: claim != evidence

Considering they are used by the DOD and other 3 letter agencies I would count that it is as its a requirement in many instances.

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Dave Hilling

Re: Dedupe

Pure claims to do 256 AES and heavy de-dupe so you appear to be wrong.

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Storage vendors: You're next over the cliff after the server salesmen

Dave Hilling

Sweet I have been looking to get my company to get a multiple GB/s internet pipe to match our storage transfer rates vs our 45Mb internet connection now. The "cloud" is not some magical all fixing thing. Just like most technology it has its place in the world but does not solve every problem.

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Microsoft: Still using Office installed on a PC? Gosh, you squares

Dave Hilling

Until your on a plane or in a place with no internet service the cloud is great!!

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US boffin builds 32-way Raspberry Pi cluster

Dave Hilling

Re: cheaper than a PC?

That was the only thing I was thinking, why not build an ok pc and put 32 linux vms on it same concept still pretty cheap if you only went with like 128MB per vm you still only need 4GB of Ram sure disk i/o would be an issue but as he said its not fast on the pi cluster either. Neat idea and all but i guess the cost conciousness in me says use a spare pc with ESXi or KVM and do the same thing without spending anything most likely.

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Avere releases FXT3800 speed filer

Dave Hilling

Re: Fix these silly benchmarks

yep straight from Avere. Took 32 nodes. What does that cost?

"Results were achieved during testing of a 32-node cluster of Avere FXT 3800 appliances using the SPECsfs2008 NFS benchmark, which showed the system achieved a record-setting combination of 1,592,334 ops/sec throughput and minimal latency of 1.24ms overall response time (ORT)."

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Dave Hilling
FAIL

Fix these silly benchmarks

Most of these are in no way directly comparable. They need to at a minimum list the number of nodes and MSRP as it took to achieve the results. I mean an Isilion S200 needs 56 nodes to beat an oracle 7420 with 2 nodes. I cant imagine their costs are even comparable. They need to always list the nodes, MSRP, and like a dollar/IOPS number to make these things have any meaning at all.

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Just what is Oracle going to plop out as its golden storage egg?

Dave Hilling

Re: The biggest problem we had...

I agree 2.6PB is a lot to keep up with but if you compare their controllers to other vendors they put pretty extreme horsepower in theirs. Sure I am not sure if I would trust it either at that level but we are using the 7420s with 4x 8 core cpus (10 cores are available) and 512GB of Ram per controller as well as another 1TB of flash cache per controller. You can go up to 1TB of RAM in each head with the 10 core systems. I cant think of any other storage controller I have looked at recently thats even close.

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Dave Hilling

Re: ZFSSA

I dont know who wrote this article. We use our ZFSSA's for FC but it supports NFS, CIFS, and iSCSI just fine as you said as well as infiniband. For the price we tested several other storage vendors and in ease of use and performance it beat or was on par with everything including the VNX line and was cheaper. Not to mention if your using it with Oracle DB and ASM you can get Hybrid Columnar Compression which is only available on the exadata or Oracle DB with a ZFSSA.

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Boeing 787 fleet grounded indefinitely as investigators stumped

Dave Hilling

Re: battery cooling

I cant speak to this particular battery but in many aircraft its just a small cooling duct that enters the back of the part from the air conditioning system. They are not always very big. That being said though AC doesnt generally run on the ground and it may just be a small ducted cooling fan which doesnt help a ton if the area is already 35C+

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Dave Hilling
Facepalm

Well I will add a caveat to your comment. Commercial airliners are mostly yoke though the C-17 made by Boeing is a stick but yes its still between their legs.

http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3401/4620528541_5c5bc1c391_z.jpg

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Red supergiant Betelgeuse heads for SMACKDOWN with 'dust bar'

Dave Hilling
Angel

640 light years away for all we know it could go tomorrow and we wont know until 2653ish. Kind of amazing to think about.

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Raytheon to build low-orbit, disposable satellites for DARPA

Dave Hilling

Re: Apples and oranges..

Ok then build a drone that flies at 120,000 ft. Not many other planes can do that, and most of the time spy planes didnt actually enter the countries airspace because at that height you usually didnt need to, to see what you wanted to see.

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Buying a petabyte of storage for YOURSELF? First, you'll need a fridge

Dave Hilling
Trollface

http://www.netapp.com/us/products/storage-systems/e5400/e5400-tech-specs.aspx

4 of these loaded out with 4TB drives would put you at just less than 1PB Raw in 16U make it 5 of em to put you fairly well over as each holds about 240TB RAW. Not sure if they offer 4TB yet we ordered ours with 2TB and 3TB disks.

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USB 3.0 speed to DOUBLE in 2013

Dave Hilling
FAIL

Yes quite well aware and most crappy USB 3 controllers are lucky to even burst to 110. Most of them suck I have ran 3 usb 3 drives at the same time and could barely get them to 150 aggregate.

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Dave Hilling
Stop

How about a few devices that come close to maxing out 3.0 first. I have yet to see much more than 80-90MB/s on my USB 3 hard drives.

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NASA: THE TRUTH about the END OF THE WORLD on 21 Dec

Dave Hilling
FAIL

People dont even notice the troll face anymore...I is depressed.

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Dave Hilling
Trollface

If people are so dumb they believe it will end we should offer to fly them all to a "Secure Cave" (With no air ducts) and lock them in to save them. Gene pool greatly improved.

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85% of Windows 8 users wield the desktop on day one

Dave Hilling
Alert

Re: So far...

You can change the crappy picture its just not easy to find its under personalization but only if you go to it through the sidebar not through control panel... sorry I dont have my laptop in front of me to look but I think that is it. Yes its a bad design. Yes the wireless status totally makes me mad. I personally go straight to the desktop, only use the search to launch an app, and have yet to look at a single gadget/app whatever the hell they are calling them. Only thing I "like" about it is that it is faster to start and shutdown than even 7 and seems to be slightly snappier in some ways that 7 on the same machine. I dont plan on going back because I can deal with the annoyances personally but no way would I ever think about recommending it to deploy at work.

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US condom rules 'will cause nasty RED RINGS on porn stars' todgers'

Dave Hilling
Trollface

Never heard of Magnums I guess?

Quite a bit larger and fit just fine..... But as someone said above they will just move productions. Idiot Californians always screwing themselves by remove tax money.

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Files aren’t property, says US government

Dave Hilling
Black Helicopters

As typical the government contorts the laws as they see fit to fit their own goals. The rule of law has no meaning anymore because it means what they say it means at the time they need it to say something, to them the meaning of a law is changeable at will.

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