Darn.. I think I've found the replacement for my xperia Z ultra.
Now just got to figure out how to get one imported.
833 posts • joined 5 Apr 2007
Darn.. I think I've found the replacement for my xperia Z ultra.
Now just got to figure out how to get one imported.
"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..
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".
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.
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.
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.
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..
So your not bitter? get over it
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.
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 ...
You sure that number is correct? My hybrid EqualLogic PS6100XS came with 7x 480Gb SSD's and only cost £22k..
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!
My polo-shirts, with the BOFH and PFY emblems embroidered on the back :P ('ll settle for a small logo on the front though!).
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..
... they're lying!
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!!
bitch slapped.. have an upvote :D
Anybody got a link to the licensing change and the impact?
i hope your referring to katie?
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.
El-reg, can we have a PFY one aswell please...
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.
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.
Now that's an oxymoron..
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.
"the update frequency was terrible"
Sounds like modern day OTA for phone firmware upgrade.. ba dum tsh
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 :)
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.
Got to love British politics, our choices are
A) Get raped in taxes by Labour
B) Have our freedoms stripped by Conservatives
Either way we're being robbed.
"Also, there is the fear that making the games the same price or cheaper than disc based versions will hurt the brick & mortar stores."
From a customer perspective whether this is Sony/Microsoft price policy is largely irrelevant, its just part of the supply chain. But customers do understand that whilst purchasing a physical product they have an asset they could sell on, additionally there are media and production costs which a customer will understand - when it comes to buying an electronic only product, there is absolutely no resell value in it, and the only cost to the store is bandwidth. So customers expect that to be cheaper.
I'm not aware of the commercials Sony operates on with the studios. But this is the a similar argument to books. eBooks are predominantly cheaper and co-exist with brick-n-mortar stores, there have been a few casualties, but that is evolution weeding out the old.
There is very little I would actually buy from the P$4 or the M$ Xbox stores.. They want £55 for GTA5 - You can get if from eBay for £35 (for the PS4), likewise once its released for a PC, you'll be able to get it online for £25-30.
I'm really a bit gutted the Steam Machine has not materialised yet, whilst its not everybody's cup of tea, I do think it would force both Sony and Microsoft to take a reality check.
Well its free really is it, you've still got the BBC Tax, sorry I meant TV Licence ..
Oversight is primarily meant to provide a deterrence, through people knowing that their actions will be audited, that clearly is not deterring enough (Given the gravity on the data being dealt with). What happened next, the people got a slap on the wrist and told not to do it again.
Also they've detected 1 or 2 cases, Wow the NSA chucked a "bone" to the public to show they're not perfect, but they do a reasonable job. The NSA has thousands of employees, this would be just the tip of the iceberg - What would be more interesting to know is how many cases that
a) Get swept under the rug by colleagues and immediate line managers
b) Get reported under misdemeanors
c) Go completely unnoticed
I don't think the worst of the NSA or any of the security services, I have respect for the job they do - But the people who work there are not super-human, they don't suddenly ascend above normal impulses to take advantage of tools given to them. Its like giving the bank vault keys to a bank robber, then telling him not to take anything..
Curiosity and taking advantage is part of human nature, its a drug, and this type of data is the ultimate virtual "crack". The first time an analyst does a personal-related search, its curiosity. But by then its too late and the person is hooked.
Whats even more worrying though, this often (though unintentionally) creates a vicious cycle, leading from curiosity to paranoia, they then try to use this as a tool to control a person or circumstances.
Oversight cannot work - whilst this type of power is accessible to humans, it will always be abused...
Terminator, maybe the machines might be the least evil option!
My subscription is meant to provide access for a number of days, also your failing to meet a reasonable SLA.. So I'd like those lost days re-added to my account please, and a little extra as a goodwill gesture in the form of decent free games.
Now thats dealt with, lets discuss actual compensation for mental distress, loss of earning, personal anguish due to my kids not being to play their PS4... ;D
Oh so its safer to use a shared WIFI connection rather that your own dedicated hotspot..
The only counter this is somebody spoofing a hotel SSID, but if your silly enough to use public WIFI without a Firewall or VPN, then you will soon learn your lesson :)
"but it rides on the back of Debian with over 37500 packages"
Good luck with that.. As a Linux admin and developer, I scream from the roof tops how good Linux is and how it excels as a server OS, but there are reason its had very limited desktop success.
80% of those packages will be server applications, a further 10% will be console only, then the final 10% might be GUI, most of which were designed in 2000-2005 and in desperate need of a makeover, they will also be completely unuseable on a phone-sized screen.
Would love to see it myself, but odds are it will be a very niche product. Android and iOS have armies of developers writing apps for them, I just don't see how Ubuntu would hope to compete.
lmfao .. I'm looking forward to that one. I know so many people who have brought into it (far more than brought Elite) wholesale and they're already living, breathing and shitting it.
That that will be spectacular.
And going through the mid-life crisis, they seem to think a funky name will make them look cool again.
Our Infrastructure is purely vSphere based, and I'm a big fan, but I'm really underwhelmed by their recent offerings. At least Microsoft adds truly value tools and enhancements with each release. With VMWare I've seen nothing in the past 3 years that has made me say "WOW". Lets face it -
Log Insight - A glorified syslog collection tool, which a hefty price tag. There are dozen of other tools that are either free (graylog2, Fluentd etc), or commercial tools that offer full SIEM.
vCenter Operation Management - A bloated piece of junk, that requires 2 seperate VMs, each consumes 8GB RAM minimum. When deployed its proves very unstable and the VMs crash out frequently. I've seen half a dozen occurrences where it freaks out due to some DNS issue and ceases to work, the only way to fix it is have VMWare.
Region locking is only 50% of the issue, manufacturers need to realise they can't block grey-imports and cherry pick prices, if they want to play in the global market them they need to allow prices to be set by the same market.
At the moment suppliers who import from other markets are often targeted by the manufacturers, this often results in either the supplier being sued or having sactions where the manufacturer refuses to sell products to them.
Have an upvote for mentioning about firmware updates. But I'd disagree on the support front, Netgear have been quite good with this, I've seen upgrades 2-3 years after I brought the equipment.. though finding the firmware can be a little tricky.
One interesting question off the back of this is educating users to life expectancy and maintenance of equipment, older generations pride themselves on "looking" after stuff and use it until its given up the ghost. Whilst this is good from a resource usage perspective, most of them will not be aware of the pitfalls.. i.e. the risks!
Well stated and couldn't agree more. Such attacks have no finesse and little skill attached to them, their only purpose is to create as much disruption and inconvenience as possible, i hope they get the
book library chucked at them!
Paris.. cause like her, they will be going down..
Velv, did you read the article? or my comment properly? Cause clearly you missed we used centralised administration when I stated "I would not link our Internal AD to it"
And for skeptics, consider this - this is effectively outsourcing not just a business system, but a fundamental platform that provides entry mechanisms to everything else. Where an outage could have serious consequences for every company and body that uses it, and judging by Microsoft's (and Amazons) track record in outages is guaranteed to happen. But the ramifications of this won't just be looking somebody out of some hosted Exchange or Office platform. It will shut out access to 3rd party systems and potentially internal systems.
Likewise, your entrusting the keys to your entire corporate infrastructure to a company who has been told that they have to provide US Law enforcement access to servers which are stored in an entirely separate sovereign country, which the US expects to take precedent over local law...
Breaking news - Azure outage takes 70% of corporations offline.
Breaking news - Azure worm cascades to 99% of Windows Servers through bug in sync mechanisms.
Breaking news - NSA asks US Court to force Microsoft to give remote access to AAD connected devices
Breaking news... Linux-users are pissings themselves with laughter! chanting "told ya so.. told ya so!"
I'm pretty certain we'll use utilise this for something in the distant future, but I would not link this to our internal A/D.
BTW nice review, thanks Trevor :)
Sorry.. when I read "heterogeneous data storage silos" my built in BoFH bullshit generator went into overdrive.
will allow us to synergize and diversify, to ensure alignment with globalisation and generation X. This will lead to organic growth setting a milestone and allow us to Push the envelope. We'll Leverage this with a Holistic Approach causing Disruptive innovation and Outside the box growth leading to a Paradigm shift!!!
But spanked £300k on the new array!
Beware of Greeks bearing gifts..