* Posts by Doctor T

13 posts • joined 30 Aug 2008

AWS, NetApp, make close 'n' cloudy connection

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Meh

yawn

call me when my EC2 instances can mount a replicated volume over NFS or CIFS.

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Oracle forges Xeon E5 racks and blades

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shiny but $$$$

i'm sure all of those boxes cost at least 3x what the equivalent super-micro system is priced at...

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Disk fab floods rinse $1bn off Intel's Q4 revenue

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WTF?

where is the SSD uptick then?

yeah sounds like BS to me...

most PCs don't require a 2TB SATA drive. a 64G or 128G SSD would work just fine in most cases, and make the PC -much- more responsive, and keep those warp-speed CPUs fed with data faster.

so why are PC makers not just flipping over to build with smaller SSDs instead?

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NetApp's STEALTH launch of ONTAP 8.1

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FAIL

2Gbps devices de-supported in this release?!?

from the release notes:

Beginning with Data ONTAP 8.1, DS14mk2 disk shelves with ESH2 storage I/O modules are no longer supported. If even one of these devices is attached to your storage system, do not upgrade to Data ONTAP 8.1 or later until after you replace the devices.

are you fucking kidding me?

that will pretty much end it for NetApp at several of our facilities. Isilon here we come...

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Linus Torvalds dubs GNOME 3 'unholy mess'

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Go

windowmaker

been using windowmaker for about 12 years now, and it still does the trick just fine.

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Red Hat revenues in 20% climb

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So when does Oracle buy them?

And will it be a hostile takeover?

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Nerd alert: First Lucid Lynx Ubuntu beta fun

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Paris Hilton

redhat sour grapes

Adam Williamson 1 wrote:

Let's take a look at the next paragraph:

"all my hardware was supported, including my NVidia graphics card"

Last time i installed RHEL with an NVidia card, it worked fine, so long as my resolution was 800x600 and had no 3d accelleration. To make it actually useful, I had to go download the drivers from NVidia, make sure the developer package was installed, and have NVidia compile a new driver binary for me, then reboot.

with Ubuntu, the NVidia drivers a just a single click away. And that's why the reviewer included that statement above. Installing Linux with an NVida card, and having it actually work properly out of the box, is a rare thing, even these days. And the fact that it works in Ubuntu is just as much their doing, as it is the NVidia guys'.

Sounds like RedHat is bummed that all the kids (and regular users) are opting for the nicer Ubuntu experience (and getting lots of good deserved PR for it)

Maybe instead of complaining about people happily using/reviewing Ubuntu, you should get off your ass an improve the usability of your distro. And not that beta testing ground Fedora, but for RHEL.

(Disclamer I work for no Linux distro, but have to manage thousands of Linux boxes all day long in render-farm scenarios - and Ubuntu (& Debian) usability far exceeds that of RHEL any day of the week).

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Google '99.9%' certain to pull China search plug

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short GOOG?

time to buy BIDU!

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Sun trumpets radically simple open storage boxes

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must... have...

embedded SSDs for write logs and lessor read cache? this hardware will haul ass. i'd love to see SPEC marks.

does any of this new sun gear/software support a global namespace for NFS/CIFS?

does the fishworks stuff (or anything new in ZFS coming up) allow moving chunks of data between filers live on-the-fly? (i.e. i need to move this 2TB of data from here-to-here, while it's in use)

netapp gx does this, but surely some other project in the sun community has this going on (or in the works) as well?

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Debian all business with Lenny and Squeeze

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@Anonymous Coward

"Debian (a derivative of the Gentoo Linux distribution)" not sure what planet you've been living on, but Debian has nothing to do with Gentoo. Debian has been around since 1993, and Gentoo was first released about 9 years later.

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Sun: OpenSolaris 'pretty freaking amazing'

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just port apt to opensolaris

i'm convinced that most of the success of debian (and now ubuntu) is due to the apt-get/aptitude package management utilities.

for someone to simply type 'apt-get install some_application' makes your OS trivial to set up with the software you want/need.

if they do this with opensolaris, i'll start converting my systems at work en-mass. solaris at it's core is pretty bulletproof, and though linux is stable and all, i really don't need 90% of the stuff that's in the kernel (modules i know, but still)

an x64 version of solaris that has all the GNU stuff, and 'apt-get install whatever' would be enough for me to start pushing it hard for servers at work.

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Ubuntu documentation in shreds

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Get to work, Canonical...

Sorry, but the boys at Canonical are to the point where they are making money off Ubuntu, so they should do/fix this wiki problem of theirs.

They already inherit 90% of their product for free from the community, which they now sell in stores, and obviously are making large deals with the likes of Dell. I'm not quite clear as to why they should be getting more handouts from the community. It's time for them to contribute.

Note I'm not bashing Ubuntu, or Canonical, for their distro. It's quite nice and I use it in several places, but to think that a bunch of unpaid volunteers should help their product-specific wiki out, when they are making money off those efforts, is pretty crass.

When you all are finished with Ubuntu's docs, why don't you head on over to Red Hat and mop the floors at night. It's all for Linux, right?

Please.

How about spending the time to just contribute better man pages to Debian. -THAT- is where the community's efforts should go. Not helping Ubuntu-specific wikis.

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EMC blogger tears into HP and NetApp

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IT Angle

Pretty weak Chuck...

Now I hate both Netapp and EMC as much as the next guy, but EMC set the snapshot reserve to 100% on the netapp filer in Chuck's response, chopping the effective usable disk space in half.

No storage admin would ever actually do that (nor would their Finance department allow it), which puts the Netapp back up to the tried-and-true, been-that-way-forever, 65-70% usable range, negating Chucks entire post. Which makes EMC's rebuttal that much more comical. Set a value in the test to 5X what it would actually be, and call that a legit comparison? That's all they got???

Netapp's are in general slow and expensive (having admined 100's of TB of Netapp and EMC over the years, I know, trust me), but at least they published a legitimate face-off with the SPC-1 benchmark.

The EMC gets it's ass handed to it by a Netapp once you turn on snapshots? Imagine that... That's RAID-6 + WAFL, kicking RAID-5's ass for you. Nothing most storage admins didn't already know.

EMC, please stick to the big iron, and leave the scraps to Netapp....

Netapp, please un-fuck your next-gen/GX product, and add block-level features to it before the next millennium, so you can actually compete with the big boys.

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