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Docker kicks KVM's butt in IBM tests

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"you might think that's goodnight for virtualisation"

In your wet dream!! ...

Containers and Virtulisation might be the same species, but they are different breeds.. Your comparing a race horse vs a shire horse. They exist for different purposes, the reason I run VMWare is because it turns the tin into a Mongrel, i.e. so it can have a bit of everything.. The reason I run containers, well actually I'm still trying to figure that out!

The chances of Containers replacing Virtualisation are ZERO, ZILCH, NIL, NULL, SWEET FA.... Its elementary my dear el-reg hack.

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XBOX One will learn to play media from USB and DLNA sources

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Re: So they are

My bad, I missed the MKV mention and my knowledge of codecs is limited to "WTF.. why won't it play?!". So thanks for pointing those bits out :)

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So they are

Still limited and most importantly missing mkv etc.. so essentially there is no difference to the 360..

The best thing I ever did was ditch my PS3 and 360 in favour of a gaming PC and Couch Master for the lounge.. Its not for everybody, but its worked out a dam site cheaper on Games and I'm able to watch anything I like :)

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Dell slaps Intel Haswell brawn in monster Precision workstations

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Rules of thumb for you -

1) Use Dell's website for finding hardware

2) Never buy anything from Dells website, call them and demand a discount, I frequently get 30-40% off my purchases

3) If you need services, see section 2. Dell has a massive list of solutions and services. But their website is not the place to find them, you'll often find them elsewhere, such as www.dellups.com/ (and yes, WTF!!)

But figure Dell out and you'll be surprised, they can deliver mostly a good 1 stop shop :)

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Gartner's Special Report: Should you believe the hype?

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Everytime time Gartner comes up with hyperbole like this, or somebody quotes a Gartner report, a cat video gets uploaded to the internet.

Please Gartner, think of the poor kittens.. stop this abuse, cease this madness, help clear the internet of all these cat videos!

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On test: Samsung 845DC EVO 3-bit Toggle MLC and 845DC PRO 3D V-NAND SSDs

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Awesome drives..

After having 2 smaller SanDisk SDD's fail on me (in RAID) and no success with the comsumer SSD caching solutions (they all suck!), I bit the bullet and brought a large 750GB 840 EVO - I'd highly recommend it, they are amazing drives, my PC boots in about 6 seconds and the management software is really clean and effective.

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Russia, China could ban western tech if they want to live in the PAST

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Re: Do you think they care?

"They already have all the blueprints of the chips, so short-term problems for them are zero."

You obviously don't know your history. The USSR stole blue prints for a lot of western technologies, but everything they copied was inferior and they could not keep pace, its one of the many reasons the USSR collapsed.

Having the blue prints is one thing, having the FAB's, infrastructure and intellects to build from them is another. The likes of Intel, IBM and AMD spend billions on research and developing tools to create smaller and faster infrastructure, which in turn requires other highly specialized tools and high skilled individuals to operate - Where do you propose Russia will get these from.

Fact is, we live in an integrated world, which requires global cooperation. No one country can afford to be completely isolationist, if they are, then they end up losing what the others have to offer. Whilst there has been major headlines about sanctions, such spats between countries are nothing new, a few years ago they were called trade embargo's, quotas and import duties!

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Leaked docs reveal power of malware-for-government product 'FinFisher'

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Re: So quite a lot of AV not very good?

Nope not surprised, firewalls that support DPI will require this. But this is an exception and not a norm (obviously depending on sector).

@roo, quaint indeed and probably naive ;)

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Re: So quite a lot of AV not very good?

I've little experience of implementing deep packet inspection, but if I wrote the software, I send it out via 443 with the traffic SSL encrypted and rely upon the volume of legitimate traffic to shroud it. Detecting this on a business network would be incredibly difficult, on a home network it might be more probable, but it would require either the use of a Nextgen Firewall or suitable traffic analyzer, even then it would be like finding a need in a haystack.

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Elite Systems promises to order ZX Spectrum revival in two weeks

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Re: Can't beat the original

Jetpac, those were the days.

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Veeam's vigorous voyage vindicates virty servers' backup virtues

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Re: why

It could have been a shrewd move. But then this probably came down to 2 factors

1) EMC offers its own range of products, such as Avamar, so why would they have 2 products that compete with each other?

2) This would have raised concerns at companies who produce similar products, who VMWare relies upon to provide a software eco-system for the vSphere platform..

Finally, VMWare has track record of making buying out irrelevant companies, I don't pretend to understand their logic, but they tend to realise it was a poor mistake and the spin it out. Personally I'm just waiting for them to open source their logging solution ;)

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You didn't get the MeMO? Asus Pad 7 Android tab is ... not bad

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Atom based..

So how hard will it be to put Windows on it? and Dual boot?

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Bose says today is F*** With Dre Day: Beats sued in patent battle

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Re: Best f**in 'buds on the F**in West F** coast,? Bos gonna sue your ass mf**ker

And let me guess - being a ghetto gang-dduuhh, you stole a pair, an thay wur wik-ed?

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Termination charges drop smacks Vodafone and EE in the WALLET

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Re: EE

Get your phones through CPW or Phones4u, that way they are unlocked and the only bloatware is the default stuff from the Manufacturers.. but like you I root it, which removes the crap and allows you to install decent ad blockers.

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Office 365's free terabyte leaves Amazon's Glacier melting

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Re: don't matter one jot

Tip - Encrypt it before you upload it!

I'm not a fan of most Cloud, but I do use Glacier for backup, but all content is encrypted client side before it is uploaded.

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The Windows 8 dilemma: Win 8 or wait for 9?

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Re: Boring

"I run windows Vista, it cost me £200 .. do I upgrade to win 7 for probably about £100, or pay what's likely to be about £200"

Since you still run Vista, I'll make a few assumptions and guess your PC is just an appliance/tool, rather than used for gaming or a hobby. So your PC is working but possible showing its age?

If that is the case, wait for Windows 9, then buy yourself a new PC with an OEM version of Windows installed! You'll be able to pick up a reasonable system for £300-400.

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Conformist Google: Android devices must LOOK, WORK ALIKE

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Re: Google is forcing device makers to stick to the default UI

A/C you miss the point, El Reg states

"Google is forcing device makers to stick to the default UI if they want to carry its new Android Silver brand"

So your happy with every phone having the same UI, the only choice you get in the plastic case it comes in?

The reason android has been so successful is because its flexible and adaptable. Personally I happily run with vanilla Android, but I also like having other options available to me!

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Google is forcing device makers to stick to the default UI

Customisation is one of the primary means that manufacturers use to set their devices apart, also consumers like having that choice.

Nice move Google - Now watch the manufacturers grab their coats and run for the exit, switching the lights off as they leave.

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You want a medal for writing a script? Sure: here it is!

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Re: Nice

Agreed - Though getting an unexpected thank you is always nice :)

IT works in the "shadows" (aka back room), as somebody once said, if the job is done properly, nobody knows about it. Most people only give thought to IT when things go wrong, not when that same IT team is working through out the night to ensure their work does not impact the commercial operations.

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"you had to print out licenses for soldiers" ..

Captain to his squad: Sorry guys, we don't have enough licences, we'll be sued if we issue you with the armor and guns.. Just hold this replica and shout BANG BANG BANG

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Microsoft challenges US gov over attempts to search overseas data

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Data hosted in Ireland

Surely this falls under the EU Data Protection directive - Whilst I commend Viviane Reding for taking on the mobile operators, I would now like to see those feisty teeth sunk into this.. Swiftly followed by the middle finger salute to Uncle Sam!

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Chrome OS leaks data to Google before switching on a VPN, says GCHQ

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It also, handily, identifies "significant risks" in the operating systems.

Roughly translated - "Now that we have finished raping your network .. here is how we did it.."

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Ofcom's campaign against termination rates continues

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Re: Noooo!

Nah.. It would have happened already as cost of calling mobiles has been dropping year on year for the past 4 years, the rates we paid during this time are approx -

2010 - 7.8p

2012 - 3.2p

2013 - 1.5p

That not to say there has not been an increase, but phone-mageddon is unlikely.

The cost of landline calls had dropped slightly during in this period, unfortunately I never paid much attention to these, but probably from about 1.2ppm to 0.5ppm.

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VMware kills control freak protector, says 'big plans' for HA afoot

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Recent releases have focussed ... “monster VMs”

This is my main issue with VMWare these days... going for the big fish and paying little attention to its SME customers.

I wish VMWare would concentrate on making cost of their tools more affordable for SME's, I have 2 vSphere Essential Plus licences, but we have now outgrown these. To upgrade to the full VMWare suite is going to cost us in the region of £10-12k.

I love VMWare, it has given us a rock solid virtualisation platform, but from a cost perspective Hyper-V is currently looking extremely enticing, and the functionality gap is fairly narrow these days (for an SME's requirements anyway).

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REVEALED: GCHQ's BEYOND TOP SECRET Middle Eastern INTERNET SPY BASE

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Re: TRAITORS

Luke 11, What is your problem? Is your cushy job at GCHQ now under threat ..

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YOSEMITE GLAM: Apple unveils gussied up OS X

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Just for Men?

A stupid of observation, but Craig Federighi looks like the guy from the Just for Men ad's ;)

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Microsoft's NEW OS now runs on HALF of ALL desktop PCs

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Re: Its not suprising..(Just use Classic Shell!)

Dan Paul, its a good suggestion and great for home, but gone are the days where IT teams could roll out experimental features ;) if it breaks and causes problems on even a dozen PCs then it would cause a crisis within the company. Its one of the reasons IT departments stick to best-practice with tried-and-tested.

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Re: Its not suprising..

"People like you like to conflate the so-called problem to validate your own opinion"

Thats right - People like me, who are paid to deliver such decisions, more commonly known as professionals. I pitty which ever company hires you as a PFY wanna-be, now go un-jam that printer!!

(/me preps the cattle prod!)

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Its not suprising..

I was quite excited a few months back when el-reg showed the photo on Windows with the Start Menu back. But as it stands, I have 100+ people at my company who use Windows 7 everyday, all these people want and need is the tools to do their job. If I rolled out Windows 8 on our network it would

a) Cause panic because people will freak out as they can't find what they need

b) Cause a revolt when people demand Windows 7 back

c) Make my life incredibly difficult dealing with the above and having to train them on the changes

So, Windows 8+ will not see the light of day on our network until Microsoft delivers experience and usability that is consistent with Windows 7.

I was talking to a Microsoft rep a couple of days ago about upgrading, he tried convincing me that Microsoft make it painless by offering lots of onsite and online training. He did not comprehend that if staff have to go through this, it brings disruption to staff, the business and at the end of the day will hit the companies profits.

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Loved-up shared storage silos in SHOCK SPLIT!

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Exactly where we have ended up..

This reflects our experience and is exactly where we have arrived. Our stack looks like this

ESXi Hosts

Hybrid iSCSI SAN

Disk to Disk Backup with Deduplication

Disk to Cloud Backup for archiving (Documents, call recordings etc to Glacier)

Disk to Tape Backup for DR (Virtual Machine images etc)

Coming up with a strategy for Cloud Backup was quite difficult for us, in the end we decided it only had 1 benefit which is long term storage of cold data at a reasonable price. Cost wise, we have been very pleasantly surprised, we uploaded about 3TB of data (consisting of around 700k files) and the total for the month was about £20.. I would never use this for DR purposes, as we calculated this would cost a small fortune to recovery a large volume of data in a short period.

"Suppliers like Nasuni say the cloud can be used for primary storage with local caching appliances."

Maybe for the "junk" fileshares where all the crap accumulates - but unless they have a 100% uptime grantee and compensation scheme to cover company costs and lost revenue, forget it!

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Tens of thousands of 'Watch Dogs' pirates ENSLAVED by Bitcoin botmaster

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Publishers missing a trick?

I'd gladly had over 5% of my GPU and CPU for a free game ;)

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Readers' choice: What every small-business sysadmin needs

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Cool article..

El Reg should put together a communal list of these types of tools and recommendations .. Spiceworks is great, but El Reg is better ;)

2 Tools I can't live without

Microsoft RDCM - Brilliant Remote Desktop Manager, I've tried a lot of 3rd party tools, but they are all really slow.

SecureCRT and SecureFX - Excellent tools for working with Linux boxes and managing Shell sessions.

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Chuh. Heavy, dude: HP ZBook 17 mobile workstation

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Re: Pricey and f*ck ugly..

Your are correct to highlight the screen. But the comment your responding is trying to point out the sum value of the parts does not justify the actual cost. It is a rather simplistic argument as this is a specialist laptop, but that comes down to personal opinion and whether something if practical use.

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US giant NBC 'leaks' PRIVATE Amazon keys in Github Glenn gaffe

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Umm

"Cloud-based tools are a fantastic way for an organisation of any size to reduce the cost and admin of all kinds of internal and external software platforms,"

Is this a story? Or a promo?

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Cloud computing aka 'The future is trying to KILL YOU'

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Common sense at last :) very nice breakdown and couldn't agree more..

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Gigabyte Brix Pro: You don't need no steenkin' Xbox... when you have 4K-ing amazing graphics

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Re: A shame

What cooling are you using on this?

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And my 10 year old PC can run Elder Scrolls Online - Just because it can, doesn't make it usable.

Given there are reports of XBone One games having to run at lower than 1080p, I would not hold much faith in it ever delivering games at 4k resolutions.

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Battered Cisco weathers another stormy quarter

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No turnaround in sight for weak sales in emerging markets..

"Emerging markets", well what do they expect.. Of course they will show Cisco the middle finger when Cisco are probably asking for 20% of GDP for a few Routers and Switches ;)

Personally, I'd show Cisco the middle finger even if they offered the kit for free!

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Portable toilet mistaken for killer Nork drone

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Incoming...

Oh... SH*T!

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Microsoft throws Kinect under a bus, slashes Xbox One to $399

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between 50 and 75 per cent off the cost of new titles

That roughly translates to "These people will be able to buy new games from XBox Live for the same price as they would from a store!".

Also I'd wager this discount only apply's to B rate games.

Microsoft once again left playing catch up, rather than taking the opportunity to put themselves ahead. I love my XBox, but XBox live could take a lesson from Steam, with mega-offers on games that people actually want. Do this, then people would not begrudge paying the $10 per month, I'd also guarantee they would clock up more sales. There was an article on El Reg a few weeks ago mentioning that a high percentage of steam games are never played, because buyers see a bargain that is too good to turn down.

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Archos ArcBook: An Android netbook for a measly hundred-and-seventy clams

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Terrible display... agreed

2007 just called, they want to sue for infringement of their Netbook idea!

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UK's pirate-nagging VCAP scheme WON'T have penalties – report

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Re: Sort out the pricing...

You'd be a mug to buy a game from xBox Live..

A few months ago I saw Microsoft asking for £50 for Skyrim, which is now 2+ years old and you could buy new from Amazon for £15.

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Server SAN software upstart Maxta gets Intel's cash inside

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Re: What is it

"There is no reason the average company would, or should, want to take all of this on when the cloud providers are willing to do it for you for extremely low costs."

Gave me a smile for a Friday afternoon. Let me give you a few reasons -

1) Cost - If you had a multi-site company, using "Cloud" based storage as "NAS" the costs for the requests would be massive

2) Bandwidth - Most companies don't have the necessary bandwidth to facilitate the amount of data, also downloading a 20Mb file accross a 100Mb leased line is dam slower than loading it across a local 1Gb network (Hence frustrating for staff and a productivity killer!)

3) Latency - The average latency on a local network is < 1ms, with cloud it could 200-300ms (or higher, depending on server locality), Bear in mind loading a single file takes multiple requests, this could add several seconds to load times.

4) Resiliency - As an IT pro, your first priority is being guardian to the companies data and systems, this includes you taking responsibility when the cloud operator goes tits up!

5) Compliance and Security - Pretty much self explanatory. Do ignore that spotty junior admin at Acme Cloud Services perusing through your "secure" storage in search of some juicy photos!

Now if your still convinced cloud is the answer to all your storage woes, then step in my shop, I've got a product you might be interested in, Dehydrated water - its going to be the next big thing!

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Why not build your own VSAN hardware, asks VMware

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Understaffed, underpaid and overworked..

Now management want us to do what? Oh, go f*ck yourself :)

I love building my own systems, its the reason I got into Development and Ops. The thought of building my own SAN makes me feel like a kid at xmas - but likewise it also frightens the living hell out of me.

Lets face it, my team of 2 manages a vast array of software and hardware, its impossible to be an expert in everything. Hence we purchase business critical systems such as SANs from Dell and EMC etc, purely because when the chips are down, they can bring a level of expertise that would be practically impossible to have in-house.

This hesitation might just be due to my lack of exposure of using vSANs (with the exception of Starwinds), I will eventually get round to playing with them and then change my mind, but until then I won't be deploying them in any business critical fashion.

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Google Glass teardown puts rock-bottom price on hardware

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Re: Cost of development

Thanks Don, I never knew that.. have a +1

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Re: Cost of development

My thoughts exactly.. development of these products is not a case of lego, pick the bricks you want and piece together. There is the cost in both money and man hours for researching, software development, quality assessment etc.

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List prices mean zilch. Remember that when buying from upstarts

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Re: List price means zilch.. full stop

> How do those points work out with Dell's new sales process?

This has not been rolled out in UK yet.

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Yep I've done this several times - its one thing to put the squeeze on a mega-corp, but if we're expecting a partner/supplier to deliver after purchase services, its needs to be cost beneficial for them.

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List price means zilch.. full stop

the level of discount you get from any provider (not just startups) is reliant upon your account manager or reseller,

With regards to Dell, if your not getting at least 30-40% then its time too

a) Start playing them off with HP

b) Ask for a new account manager

c) Stop using a reseller and deal with Dell direct

On a recent order I've managed over 60% off (That was an end of year deal), and we're only a small SME with about 80 staff...

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Microsoft builds teleporter weapon to send VMware into Azure

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Re: More Microsoft crap offerings

Simple - Use it it cautiously, demand the best, plan for the worst. If historically they have not delivered above and beyond the SLA you need, then find another solution for your critical systems.

We've recently been investigating using Cloud services such as Glacier for offsite storage, but I would never in a million years put business critical applications or systems on a 3rd party platform that a) don't offer a point of contact through to the engineer(s) running the system as standard (Why pay extra, just to get answers to the platform providers screw-up) and b) I have absolutely no control over.

Why? At the end of the day Uptime and Risk Management are part and parcel of working in IT. Don't put yourself in a position that you cannot manage or poses a risk to the company. That is not to say you should not take difficult decisions, but ensures they are measured an appropriate.

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