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What scares you most about ‘the cloud’?

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Re: nilfs2 has nailed it.

Sorry, did I say Cloud was like Herpes? What I meant to say was people who preach it are like Herpes, flare up ever now and again.

As for viewpoint, I tend to follow "best tool for the job" and I'm open minded, so if this was PaaS, then I'd use it, but unlike you, I recognise a tool when I see one, I mean I recognise PaaS as a tool in a very large toolbox.

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Re: nilfs2 has nailed it.

Cloud is like herpes, ever few months it flares up a little. But its easily treated with some common sense and patience.

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Re: 2 thumbs down in just a few minutes!

Your about as bright as a dull light bulb..

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Re: They don't want their toys taken away

"If you want to sell cloud services, get the CFO or equivalent bean counter involved."

Congratulations, in that single sentence you have managed to captured everything that is wrong with Cloud, and the reason that most fail.

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Fortinet rides to troubled Meru's rescue

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Not surprised at the failure

The market is saturated, and the big players are chucking free WAP's at potential-customers like there is no tomorrow in the hope they make traction into the infrastructure. All my team now have enterprise-class WIFI at home, just for attending a Meraki and Aerohive webinar...

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Beware Red Hat interviews: You'll pay for coffee, lunch and fuel

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Trollface

"It sounds like a retard zone."

Shouted out the person whilst licking the Windows (MS)..

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NSA bulk phone records slurp to end when law lapses next month – report

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Trollface

Have to agree.

After all they need to justify the huge Data Center(s) some how..

https://nsa.gov1.info/utah-data-center/

Perhaps they could lease it to PornHub.. might help alleviate the constant buffering!

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IaaS is OVER, ladies. Time for OpenStack to jump clear

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Re: Finally an article that realises the reality..

Definitely agree on the very small company points. I suspect actually that would spur future growth in cloud as well, as the small company grow, why invest in onsite, when they already have a working solution they can expand. But let's face it, the SME's with real spending power that most cloud providers target are not 1-2 employees, they are the 20-200 and up, who would typically have onsite IT expertise and infrastructure.

But your other points are misplaced, cost is only 1/4 of the driving factor in IT, its ensuring it delivers the necessary service.

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Re: Finally an article that realises the reality..

There is a lot of if and when in your argument. But there is a reason the bulk of people in a position of responsibility for IT don't jump for it wholesale, because they understand it has some strengths, but likewise a lot more weaknesses.

There will be a time when its more popular, try 5+ years, but even then I can pretty much guarantee its not THE next direction, its simply yet another tool in the toolbox, that will be used as and when it offers the best solution.

Additionally I state my previous argument, Cloud doesn't exist, its mist and vapour, but hosted services on the other hand...

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Finally an article that realises the reality..

But even then the article tries to put a positive spin on Cloud..

I've said it before, Cloud is what the name suggests - mist and vapour with a sprinkling of BS mixed in.

Perhaps we can now stop getting it funnelled down our throat as a panacea to all IT woes - Just because the fanatics scream it over and over, doesn't make it true, and beside brainwashing doesn't actually work.

I won't deny it, Cloud has a market and will be an excellent solution to some problems that require cheap storage or flexible hyper-scale computing. But for 90% of SME server/computing requirements.it has little appeal.

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Europe targeted as Alibaba's cloudy world domination plans take shape

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AWS || ALI = ?

Now here is the conundrum

Having Uncle Sam trawling our corporate data for evidence of dissent terrorism, or Uncle Mao for our trade secrets.. choices choices.

I'm concerned that I see Uncle Mao as the least dangerous options!

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Automation eases the pain of software patching

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OK... teased us with the scenario and methods..

Now tell us the product(s) that achieve it? I'm always open to trying an solution that eases the patch dilemma.

Currently we use something called DesktopCentral, they maintain a repository and deal with most 3rd party apps (Adobe Reader, Java etc), but the ability to automate it is limited and convoluted..

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Mondeo Man turns into mutant electrical beauty: Ford Mondeo Hybrid

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The body looks nice

But the alloys look like they were taken from a Ka.

If you got a sleek looking design, it needs appropriately sized alloys to finish it off.

Perhaps its just the camera angles.

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Drama in the dingly Dell as it embiggens its data centre range

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Like the idea of an affordable compellant

Also the new PS looks appealing.

But they missed an opportunity here by not adding inline dedupe. Even if it required an addon unit.

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EU geo-blocking: Ansip's crusade liable to disappear through 'unjustifiable' loophole

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Low price, big power: Virtual Private Server picks for power nerds

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Re: Excuse my ignorance please

2 things - Fixed cost and better support.

Though must admit, I took advantage of the freebie VM on EC2 for a year, worked very well :)

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Meet the man who inspired Elon Musk’s fear of the robot uprising

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Terminator

Ummm.... ok... ummmm (queue awkward silence and sound of Crickets!)

No, what he is doing is using influential and respected people to draw attention to his cause and what he believes is a very important message - start with those in the centre, then let it ripple out. Whilst you might dislike or disagree with him, its actually quite a stroke on genius, and we have to respect that he has been so successful.

Whilst I think they are blowing this out of proportion, its definitely a way to get a necessary and important message across, lets face it, commercial pressures are driving the evolution of "AI". Anybody who works in a fast-paced commercial environment knows that ROI is king, always sits number 1 on the priority list, with security and safeguards sitting second from bottom (quality of staff coffee being last!)

My real problem with this though is how people perceive AI, the public are treated like morons and left/led to believe its all about machines developing self-awareness.. Where for our life time (at least) the most we'll see is an every increasing effectiveness of algorithms, that have very specialised tasks.

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NASA spies weird glow from Pluto's FRIGID pole

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Sir, that is a +1 and a hat tip!

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Facepalm

Yuggoth a problem with Pluto?

Sorry, my speech impediment play up again!

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Zucking 'ell! Facebook at Work bloke unfriends Facebook AT WORK

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"and now that Facebook at Work is off the ground"...

By the forklift, into the trash!

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Chinese 'Superphone' manufacturer declares war on Apple

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Darn.. I think I've found the replacement for my xperia Z ultra.

Now just got to figure out how to get one imported.

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Veeam lobs backup bombs, with Cisco lighting the fuse

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"best practice suggests that you should keep one AD/DNS server (with the vSphere Client installed)"

Or rather than waste tin on a single usage, you'll get extra mileage from having a standalone ESXi host with some local storage..

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What a time to be alive ... hard and floppy disk drives play Nirvana's Smells Like Teen Spirit

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Used to have a dos TSR that used to play Jingle Bells on a floppy drive, used to leave it at Uni... was highly amusing watch peoples reaction as the computer started "singing to them".

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Nutanix looking for a way to burst VMware's bubble

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Re: Open HCI coming out of stealth

Trevor, no need to get defensive :) your free to disagree. I never said Scale was Voodoo, please re-read what I wrote, you'll see I wrote reliably configuring DRBD is voodoo.. massive difference.

I do stress when we looked at Scale HC3, they had only just announced it, so configuration options were limited to the single CPU + 32GB RAM. But Scale UK prices would appear to be significantly more expensive, especially if you want 24/7/4hr response, this almost double the price of each node -

3xHC3 + Switching + 24/7/4hr support = £30k

4xDell R620 (£15k) + EMC VNX SSD/HDD (£20k) + 2x VMWare Essential Plus (£5k) = £40k

Note 4 Dell R620's..

So HC3 costs £10k per node, whilst doing it yourself costs £10k and you get double the performance - I'll put my hands up here and say the Dell and EMC kits is heavily discounted.

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Re: Open HCI coming out of stealth

Trevor, I'm not complaining, just stating the fact.

Scale do have control over their pricing. We were offered this as a high performance, low-foot print yet cheaper alternative to a typical virtualised stack - Where for just a little more than the entry level Scale (using UK prices), we managed to secure 4 Dell R620's, each with Dual 6 Core Xeon's 64GB RAM, and a EMC VNX 5300 Hybrid SAN with FC/iSCSI. By the time you added resilient switches onto the Scale solution there was no saving and the performance from the VNX just leaves the Scale lack-lustre.

I understand Scales position, they are a smallish company, competing with global vendors, they don't have the margins to go toe-2-toe with Dell, HP and EMC etc on pricing. But from a business perspective, I have to deliver the biggest-bang-for-buck possible.

The other issue though was Scale had moved from IBM's GFS to DRBD (I think it was this), which whilst a capable system, is well known for being troublesome, getting it working reliably is voodoo, and since it was Scales first generation of HC3 we simple would not risk it.

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Re: Open HCI coming out of stealth

Looking forward to some more details on NodeWeaver.

Got to say, we looked at Scale computing enviroment to offer us a converged solution, the problem they have though is the Appliances they sell were just not up for the job. Even entry level was a QC CPU with 32GB RAM per node, and they could not be upgraded, which is such a waste and the only reason we went the other way (We did look at Nutanix, but they were simply too expensive).

On the NodeWeaver, please don't make this same mistake. Remember customers are buying these to last 3-5 years, hence they need to be able to add additional resources, without needed to constantly fill the rack with more nodes.

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Docker

Is a one trick pony, great if your infrastructure is purely Linux and you need to quickly scale out specific functionality - So great for cloud, but actually relatively useless in your normal enterprise business environment.

I really hope your correct Trevor, perhaps finally there will be a decent alternative to vsphere, and something that will give VMWare a reality check. Think I'm going to hold off upgrading my VMWare licensing for a few months..

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Are you sure there are servers in this cold, dark basement?

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So your not bitter? get over it

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Volvo V60 Polestar: Speak softly, carry a big stick, dress like a Smurf

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WTF

Was the photographer vertically challenged? Or did you hire a fucking smirf?

Next time perhaps hire a step ladder to get some shots that look down on the car, after all this how most people would look to appreciate it.

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Light the torches! NSA's BFF Senator Feinstein calls for e-book burning

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Re: Next week...

This brings back my teen years, long summer months blue boxing to the US BBS boards, whilst trying unsuccessful to get stoned on dried banana skins..

Kept me out of real harm, when my peers were steeling cars, getting high and hiring dodgy prostitu.. oh wait that was me with GTA. Oh well - Thank you Jolly Roger for great teenage years ...

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Dell’s all-flash array receives benchmark boost

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6 SSD's?

You sure that number is correct? My hybrid EqualLogic PS6100XS came with 7x 480Gb SSD's and only cost £22k..

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ZTE's stealthy Nubia: China-made Google-free Android mobe

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Re: App wanting access...

Chinese imports are definitely stepping up, matching or even exceeding the quality of their Japanese and Korean competitors - just be careful of the malware embedded in the USB adapters ;)

Big brother... because the PARTY ARE WATCHING YOU!

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El Reg uncages its truly demonic BOFH t-shirt

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Still waiting for

My polo-shirts, with the BOFH and PFY emblems embroidered on the back :P ('ll settle for a small logo on the front though!).

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VMware tells partners, punters, to pay higher prices (probably)

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Re: Seems kind of suspicious

Nope unfortunately not.. its legit.

I've been investigating replacing our 2 Essentials and Essentials Plus bundles - They quoted me £18k to purchase enough licences to cover 8 dual socket hosts. The only relevant benefit to us is management from 1 vCenter and Storage vMotion. So whilst I'd love to upgrade, I can't justify the cost.

VMWare are chasing clouds these days, they've lost touch with their SME customer-base, they've not delivered any meaningful functionality that would be of use to SME's since v5.1..

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

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Big Brother

His eye's tell it all

... they're lying!

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Watchdog slaps American Apparel's youthful naked arse

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Gimp

Its not illegal to have an appearance, but it is illegal to "suggest".

If it was illegal, then midget porn would be outlawed, and I just couldn't live with myself if that happened!!

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Google chips at Amazon's Glacier with Cloud Storage Nearline

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Re: oooh oooh!

bitch slapped.. have an upvote :D

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Unidesk jumps into Hyper-V VDI

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Anybody got a link to the licensing change and the impact?

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Google will make you live to be 500, claims Ventures president

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i hope your referring to katie?

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Don't be afraid, cloudy storage folk, just admit you’re a bit bi-modal

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Sorry if i mis-understood, but

What I read from this is every company needs a "Cloud evangelist" to drive cloud adoption forward.

No, what every company needs is a bullshit filter. Cloud is actually a pertinent name, in really its just mist and vapour. Cloud does not reinvent IT, its just a rebadged f*cking hosting company or online service.

BTW i have no issue with online services, i make usage of them both personally and professionally. But I do think people who still try to evangelise it should be sent for BOFH style therapy.

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Datrium: Emerging from stealth any time soon

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Hmmm

meh!

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BOFH in mugnificent return to Cash'n'Carrion

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Re: El-Reg

YES!

El-reg, can we have a PFY one aswell please...

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El-Reg

Please can I request a Polo Shirt with a massive BoFH emblem embroided into the back :) .. I intend to make it compulsory uniform for my team!

Maybe not the uniform, but I'd definitely buy one, and I'm sure others will.

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Why IP telephony is about more than just saving money

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we had a Mitel 3300 phone system with External HotDesk licences.

Being a call center our PBX is business critical, but manufacturers just take the piss, you need a licence for a phone, another for the user, another for each SIP trunk...

... buy a decent Asterisk based PBX and you'll never have to worry about licensing.

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FalconStor blows clouds into FreeStor software rewrite

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Holmes

FreeStor will be available for purchase

Now that's an oxymoron..

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Thecus N4310 4-bay: A NAS-ty beast for the budget-conscious

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This has "dual" PSU's and supports USB 3... what do you think?

Yep, HP Microserver ;) I have one sitting under my desk, still the best available, and a side benefit it makes an awesome foot rest.

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Smartphones don’t dumb you down, they DUMB you UP

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Re: GPS maps are not the same

"the update frequency was terrible"

Sounds like modern day OTA for phone firmware upgrade.. ba dum tsh

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The joy of six: VMware ecstatic after finally emitting new vSphere

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Re: just in time

Sadly I have to agree.

Whilst there are some rather cool features, from a business perspective they are of little interest to us, VMWare appears to have forgotten their core SME customers in this release, or at least in this announcement. I was hoping for some more value added components, especially since I'm about to splurge large sums of money on new licensing - Maybe there will be some news in the coming days :)

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Smartphones merge into homogeneous mass as 'flagship fatigue' bites

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Curved screens... says it all ready

The mobile industry is stagnant and short of ideas, its pretty much reminds of the mid-tier Laptop market, nearly every device is the same spec, very little to differentiate them.. I have a 2 year old Sony Z Ultra, with a 6.5" 1080p screen, 64Gb and runs Lollipop like a dream, runs all the latest and greatest games. There is virtually nothing new they can offer.

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