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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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Never mind the HORSE MEAT, trading standards cuts'll hurt IT crowd, too

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cuts'll hurt IT crowd .... will affect IP enforcement, moans FAST`

That's a contradiction if ever I saw one!!

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HP: Lenovo's buy of IBM x86 biz is bad, bad, bad...

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My thoughts exactly!

IBM has been all but invisible in the SME market for X86 products. For at least the past 3-4 years, the only real options were HP or Dell, though IBM had products, getting details and prices were nearly impossible.

Lenovo might help break the current Dell/HP status quo and bring some needed competition/innovation.

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France bans managers from contacting workers outside business hours

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"I rest my case m'lud."

Brilliant! +1

Be interesting to see how many down votes you get after midday.. currently at 6 :)

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Open-sourcer Nexenta fires up V4 storage OS

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free, full-featured, community supported software for configurations up to 18TB

Is this total? or per-server in a HA pair?

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Helpdesk/Service Desk Recommendations

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Service Desk Plus

Its a good bit of software and ManageEngine are giving the Standard edition away free.

We use their IT360 NMS which includes Service Desk Plus, but we also their DesktopCentral for Patching and Desktop/MDM management which fully integrates with ServiceDesk Plus.. good tools and if you speak with them they give good discounts. I'd rate these over Solarwinds products.

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In three hours, Microsoft gave the Windows-verse everything it needed

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forced then-CEO Steve Ballmer to take notice, and deal with the carnage

I'm all up for the Sinofsky bashing - But is this El-reg giving Balmer undue credit?? Lets face it, this happened on his watch, when public and business alike screamed "this is a disaster", he was wearing some magical earmuffs that translated it to "this is the bollocks!", and he persisted with this until he was finally pushed out (Thank god!)

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3CX Phone System takes on the corporate mobiles

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Re: Is this article an 'advertisement feature'?

@AC - Refer to Trevor's previous articles, I think he's documented his review process and interactions with companies who produce the products at least 2 or 3 times.

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Storage boxen-flinger Drobo: Our Q4 numbers were not that NASty

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.. and the UK price is.. (drum roll please)

£379 from DABS..

£378 on eBay..

Well, what did you really expect!

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This changes everything: Microsoft slips WinXP holdouts $100 to buy new Windows 8 PCs

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Re: this sounds like a deal

Andrew, you probably have some reason for running so many systems, and you are right upgrade costs in the UK are silly money. But if you can't afford to keep them upgraded then you run security risks, so its time to consider a new strategy by either

a) Reduce the number of PCs, the electric savings alone would cover a lot of the XP to Win7 or XP to Win 8.1 upgrade costs.

b) swap to Linux.

Just food for thought :)

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Tornado-chasing stealth Batmobile set to invade killer vortices

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I always wonder at thing like this..

Why not simply buy a used Tank.. Pop the turret off it and put in place some ridiculous recording equipment and viewing dome.

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GFI LanGuard 2014: Go on. Find my weaknesses and point them out

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Re: On tech journalism shills: a freelancer's view from the bottom

Trevor, hell of a response to a troll (or sarcy comment).. you should have just asked if he was jealous?! :)

Regarding the link, its not usual for them to be in such a format, companies like GFI invest huge sums in online advertising, so they want to know where their traffic is coming from, such URLs just give them visibility.

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thanks for the recommendation, I'll give that a try.

I did evaluate Nessus and Nexpose before, both detected the sames issues, but the relevance placed on them was different, from what I saw, Nexpose classification made far more sense and much easier to follow.

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It's not just incredibly hard, it's really quite pretty: Dark Souls II

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I'm a crap gamer and sore loser..

If I purchased this, I guarantee I would need a visit to A&E to get the glass removed from fist after putting it through the screen.

Oops.. now I'm running late for my anger management group!

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REVEALED: What you'll pay for VSAN software and hardware

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Re: Not Quite

Made me snigger when I read this - The main argument for VSAN's was it could run on any (old) commodity hardware and it would be cheaper to deploy than hardware SANs. suddenly its not looking so appealing.

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plus four 1.6TB solid state disks

Are you sure this wasn't 4x400Gb SSD drives?

If not, these 1.6TB SSD's retail for £3000-£5000 each.. so $32000 (or about £19000) is actually not a bad price for that server.

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eBay takes a small bite out of execs' bonuses

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"positioning relative to its competitors"...

Umm what competitors would they be? .. I don't think Gumtree has much comparison to eBay..

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Vulture wraps claws around Elgato Thunderbolt Drive+ portable SSD

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Re: "Not sure if trolling or pushing crayons up own nose."

Neither - I'm a guy watching you assume the position, get fisted, then say thank you for it!

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"that’s a serious amount of money"

The target audience for this is the fanboi, people who don't want the inconvenience of shopping around, or people who think its cool cause they spent so much money!

Seriously, my advise is shop around, you can get amazing deals on SSD's these days. I recently brought a 750GB Samsung 840 Evo (great drives) for £260 from eBay (New and still boxed).

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BT's IPv6 EXPIRED security certificate left to rot on its website

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Implementation of IPv6 is a farce..

I've been trying to get this supported by both my home ISP and our leased line provider for about 2 years.. When I ask, the only response I get is "Our plans are currently not advanced enough to discuss them!".

F-Arse!

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Facebook: We want a solar sky cruiser comms net that DARPA couldn't build

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Zuckerberg to the 3rd world..

"You don't need water, sanitation, security or medical care.. have some porn and cat videos instead.. its on me!"

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Japanese boffins build 'earring PC' for hands-free computing

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Re: Potential Problem

Head banging to Radio 2 - thats when you know you have gotten old!

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Q: Just why are AT&T, banks snubbing kit from Cisco & co? A: Control

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Re: A problem in the making...

@Denarius, Nope I've spent my life in the SME sector, so can't really comment on the multi-nationals.

But I would say this - It doesn't matter who your employer is, if the company doesn't value you, then you are in the wrong job, grab all the benefits you can from your current role, then start searching for the next step on the career ladder. I'm lucky in that I'm a senior member of staff, I control the IT for our company, but I always try to ensure my staff feel valued and well compensated.

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Re: A problem in the making...

Don't kid yourself - the reason most people get a pay rise is due to expense it would cost a company to replace them, this includes any investment in your training. So they will do everything reasonable, including giving you a pay rise and bonus to keep you around! If they don't, then you are in the wrong job.

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Re: A problem in the making...

Training is NOT a one off cost, the company takes a hit for Training, Exam, Certification renewal and then usually staff will receive a pay-rise to go with it (to stop staff taking their shiny new skills elsewhere). Then if you are vendor-locked, you will be screwed even further as the cost for these 4 items is anything from 2-3x more expensive.

Don't get me wrong, I'm pro training, its an important part of a career and shows a company does invest in their staff - I just wish my current employee would have the same attitude!

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Climate change will 'CAUSE huge increase in MURDER, ROBBERY and RAPE'

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Sorry to say I can't take part in all this Viking behaviour..

With the record snow fall, I'll be to busy frequenting the slopes... bye darlings, Davos is calling!

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Hot racks and cool customers: Colocating in the capital

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Thanks..

I'd highly recommend you get a tour of the SSE data center in Segensworth, the measures they have taken for resilient power is running in the realms of crazy.

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Japanese fanboi first in queue for, er, iPhone 6

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This is old news...

I'm the first in the queue for iPhone 7.

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Cut-price Linode competitor spins up Singapore bit barn

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Lets be clear - this would only be necessary if you were running multiple certificates :) you can run HTTP and HTTPS off a single IP. But having to purchase another "droplet" does suck. Saying that, I wanted additional IP's on Linode and suffice to say, they were rather anal about it.

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Rock solid

Been using them myself for the past few months, at $10 per a month for a proper Virtual Machine running on SSD, its a bargain. The service has been rock solid and support is pretty comprehensive. Its missing some of the "shinier" toys offered by Linode (Such as load balancing), but I wouldn't need them anyway.

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Margaret Hodge, PAC are scaring off new biz: Treasury source

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Re: The staff at the Treasury et-al should grow a pair..

My g/f is a manager at ASDA, yes they are adding more of these self-service checkouts, but its mainly about foot print rather than staffing levels. In fact staffing numbers have drastically increased in recent year, this is due to most stores now operating home delivery, and click to collect etc. (Which require large numbers of pickers and delivery drivers).

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The staff at the Treasury et-al should grow a pair..

Its a scare tactics...At the end of the day a companies number 1 priority is to create profit, which also includes reducing tax overheads, they will do this by any "legal" means necessary include sabre-rattling and making threats.

It doesn't matter where a companies HQ is based, as long as they pay fair Tax. Its a very self obsessed company who withdraws from a market simply because they don't get their own way.. and to be honest, we're better off without them.

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VMware blows $1.5bn gobbling AirWatch to boost mobe wrangling

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Another daff deal..

I'm a VMWare and vSphere evangelist.. But this was a really stupid purchase, it has to go in the realms of

Spring

RabbitMQ

Shavlik

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Almost everyone read the Verizon v FCC net neutrality verdict WRONG

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Its not that people are stupid

And I don't think the FCC or Judge is being condescending.

The fact is, it would be a stupid ISP that simply blocks content and services, the smarter ones would simply drop things like Netflix to the bottom of the QoS priority list, and/or throttle the bandwidth to these services.

Hence the service would still work, but quality would be absolutely abysmal, yet the same customer can download 5Gb files in minutes - As far as the customer is concerned the connection is working at a reasonable speed, so they will lay the blame with Netflix!

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Microsoft buries Sinofsky Era... then jumps on the coffin lid

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Re: I'm not a fan of Sinofsky

Yes indeed.. I know of 2 current occurrences of this at my current company.

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I'm not a fan of Sinofsky

But you are effectively laying the whole blame for this at his feet, he may have been the man-with-the-plan, but Balmer and other Senior Execs at Microsoft need their share of the blame. After all the whole point of having a Management Team is so that it checks and balances it self out.

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You came for the free tools, stayed with your credit card – Amazon's new cloud brainwave

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Re: Free Usage Tier ... BE WARE!

True.. then you have the hassle of migrating any websites or apps you have running :(

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Free Usage Tier ... BE WARE!

Actually its a 12 month free-trial, after which they start charging..

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Intel shutters BRAND NEW chip factory as PC market storm rages

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Re: Its a mess on Intel "et al's" own making...

"I think I will try AMD instead. Sorry, I'm not buying your sales pitch" ...

Your loss, an 8 core AMD is half the price and runs just as well.. then you can put any savings towards a more potent GFX card.

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NSA spies should clean up their act, says Prez Obama-picked panel

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"but only if it makes significant changes"

In other words, business as usual, just increase the lip service!

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Steelie Neelie: EU biz can use YOUR private data WITHOUT PERMISSION

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"so you can no longer make the links between data"

Umm I thought that was the whole point of proper anonymised..

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SpaceX beats off Bezos' rocket for rights to historic NASA launch pad

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My how far NASA has fallen :(

NASA - Need Another Space Agency!

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Smarty Ring promises technology at your fingertips

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Smarty Ring...

Sound like a next-gen legal high -

Tap one time for neck tingling euphoria

Tap two times for hallucinations

Tap three time for ridiculous munchies fest

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Ghosts of Christmas Past: Ten tech treats from yesteryear

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Out that whole lot..

All I recall having was the Atari 2600... Joust FTW!

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Is it a NAS? Is it a SAN? No. It's Synology's Rackstation 'NASSAN'

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Re: "Far cry from the prosumer NASes upon which Synology built its name"

Trevor your misunderstanding , I'm sure Synology offer superb products and support, nor an I trying to infer their products are bad quality. My point is they are too much of an unknown quantity, for example

Will they have an engineer to my Server room within 4 hours?

When I phone them, I'm instantly put through to a 3rd line engineer?

Do have excellent resolution times?

If so that is amazing and their marketing team should be screaming at the top of their lungs about it..

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Re: "Far cry from the prosumer NASes upon which Synology built its name"

Trevor, Synology is not exactly synonymous with enterprise and business critical storage. Their support and response is very unknown.. to much risk for too little reward.

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"Far cry from the prosumer NASes upon which Synology built its name"

Great price and ideal for a test lab, but I would not stick this in a business critical production environment, but give it a couple of iterations and this might change.

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Ten top tech toys to interface with a techie’s Christmas stocking

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Re: Strange

I took the dive after some advice from other posters - amazing bit of kit. I've ditched my Galaxy S3 and Nexus 7 for this.. it looks a bit ridiculous holding it to the ear, but 90% of calls I ignore anyway ;)

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Confessions of a porn site boss: How I got it up on the 'net

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Re: Want to know what the entertainment industry will do in the next decade?

Great - Can't wait for "YouFilm", where all the latest movies are legally free and I can use a ad-blocker to remove all the crap... but I can live with the occasional unblockable pop-up.

joking aside, your right, the issue is TV companies are monolithic monsters who hate change..

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