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Bonking with Apple has POUNDED mobe operators' wallets

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Re: Apple pay...

"But what Apple will do except skim the cream????"

Apple wrote the software stack, spent years researching how people want to use their phone to pay, designed the hardware and brought to market a working solution where many, many others have failed. They will also do the ongoing support of the system and possibly reduce the number of cards the credit card companies need to issue, thereby saving them some money.

The banks on the other hand simply change two lines in a database...

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Re: Apple NFC

" the iPhone's Bluetooth stack is so limited as to be useless"

Compared to Android which only started supporting BTLE 4 in version 4.3 this year and even then only on a limited number of handsets?

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Re: Apple NFC

"Useful things like tap to pair Bluetooth speakers"

No need, Bluetooth 4.1 includes tap to pair and doesn't require NFC to do so. Apple have the hardware in iPhone 4S and above to achieve this and will probably update iOS to allow it as soon as the standard is complete later in the year.

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NHS grows a NoSQL backbone and rips out its Oracle Spine

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Re: NoSQL I thought was Not Only SQL

"Normally, no. Hence the name...."

You mean the name which is short for "not only SQL"?

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Apple's big bang: iPhone 6, ANOTHER iPhone 6 Plus and WATCH OUT

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Re: Few questions

Really, I didn't realise the Nexus 4 now had a separate low power processor which monitors movement even when there are no apps running. Does it have optical image stabilisation in the camera too alongside the white balance flash? And an integrated payment system which uses fingerprints to confirm identity while storing no card details in the phone and allowing configuration of new cards by simply taking a photo?

Maybe I will look at Android alternatives when my contract is up after all...

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Apple's ONE LESS THING: the iPod Classic disappears

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Perhaps

perhaps they looked at their list of every customers iTunes library of legally purchased music and found zero people had paid for more than about 30GB of music. I'm sure by now they are able to extrapolate what a heavy user will require based on spending habits of their top customers. Given the classic doesn't really do video there can't be many who even filled one with music let alone legally.

Obviously there will be some nerd along to explain how much better lossless MP3s sound through their iPod headphones, and that they only get 37 tracks on their iPod before it's full...

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Fedora gets new partition manager

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Derfag

My new fav word, thank you.,

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It's official: Vendors are NOT shifting that networked storage

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Curious

Do we count NetApp being at the bottom of overall storage market share as actually a good thing given their preference for dedupe and compression?

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Square Kilometre Array reveals its 1.6TB-a-day storage and network rigs

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Re: Not quite...

Plus with tapes you don't have 1000 electricity sucking disks spinning all year, or the intern whose job is permanently seeking out duff drives, or the engineering team trying to scale a RAID solution instead of just adding another shelf of tape to the robot library.

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Tape

There we go then..tape isn't dead, official. For those who really really need it...

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Zuck: Yo, Mexico! My $19bn WhatsApp could connect THREE BEEELLION people

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Re: Stopped..

Wow you're so cool. Not only have you stopped using Facebook but you're also telling EVERYONE you don't use it. Just think how cool you'd be if you stopped using other mass communication services like phones, email and the Internet too! You could go back to writing cheques and using postal services too to make sure you're properly retro.

You'll have to trust me when I say that Facebook and Whatsapp are much better when people accept your friend requests.

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Don't bother with Apple's 9 Sept hype-day: Someone's GONE AND BLABBED IT ALL

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No but it's the same as any other phone based HRM. If you want proper monitoring you'd need an ECG band, the BTLE versions of which work fine with the iPhone and newer Android phones. Alternatively you could use an optical sensor, but since we were discussing sensors in the phone my point stands - there is zero advantage to a dedicated sensor over the camera. I have compared to my ECG and it's just as accurate.

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"If they add a heartrate monitor I'll be disappointed. I can measure my pulse with a finger and a clock if I really wanted to."

You can measure your heart rate with the camera on existing iPhones too with the Withings app. No need for special hardware...

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HP busts out new ProLiant Gen9 servers

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Re: Phone?!

The messages don't go out of the LAN interface, they go out of the non fire walled management interface, iLO or Drac for instance.

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Loss of unencrypted back-up disk costs UK prisons ministry £180K

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Re: Pointless fine

You can fire them if you like but they'd only get another job straight away because they'd have experience in government and there is no way to confirm they were fired these days.

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VMware's MARVIN emerges as 'EVO' for branch offices and web-scale rigs

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"Who needs a Nimble or Lefthand or converged Nutanix when you can get something like marvin?"

Oh I don't know, perhaps the people who use more features than the ability to share disk? Perhaps those who use SAN for backup purposes too.

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Linux Foundation says many Linux admins and engineers are certifiable

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Re: No googling?

"From what I know of MCSE (not much admittedly), it's all still a multichoice memory test "

Not so much any more, there are quite a few simulations these days which require you to navigate the interface. There are also design questions which easily catch out those who don't know their stuff. Although you'll find a lot of techies knocking the MCSE, you won't find that many of them actually hold one...

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Re: No googling?

Thankfully, that's why we have exams to separate the people who don't know anything but can google and try things until it works from those who actually know what they are doing. The vast majority of Linux how to's on the Internet are incorrect from a good system admin perspective. For instance almost every article about joining a Windows domain tells you to put the IP address of one or more domain controllers in the config rather than using DNS to look up the domain (and that's just the first massive mistake in these guides). Other guides I have seen have all had similar bad practice in them because at the end of the day, most people looking for the info are after a get it working guide rather than a do it properly guide. Doing it properly requires a much deeper level of understanding than Google will ever provide.

Of course, this all means that interview is the only way to see if someone knows their stuff, and exams are still irrelevant. The RHCE, like the MCSE, at least counts towards partnership requirements, and therefore is actually valuable (in money terms) to many employers...

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Apple takes blade to 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display

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Re: I bought the last of the non retina range.

"and will have a nice fast SSD when the HDD dies."

Oh really? how will you match the PCIe bus speed with that crappy old SATA 3Gbps interface? I've tested mine at 4GB/s on the new Pro which was sustained for 5 minutes while the SATA interface isn't even capable of 400MB/s in ideal conditions. But hey, at least you can swap it out eh? Oh wait, so can I on the PCIe flash module in the Pro Retina...

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UK government accused of hiding TRUTH about Universal Credit fiasco

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Re: Are there ANY success stories?

The problem is not really the government, its the requirement of the people that government is fair. The Gov has to ask for a project and three vendors have to bid, minimum. These bids are essentially random guesses since the spec is not written at that stage, yet the entire budget must be specified in detail along with hardware requirements despite knowing nothing of how the system will work. The reason they can't ask three companies to do the design is that that would allow the other two to undercut on the implementation and blame failure on the winning design. Because there is no design, the wording goes to the lawyers and everything gets very specific. Profit comes from changes to the spec, which was written before the design.

I've racked my brain and can't think of a better way which would be allowed to happen without MPs being accused of back hand deals with their IT supplier mates. We can either have open government spending on "failed projects" OR successful overpriced contracts to mates. The two are mutually exclusive because the design must be done by those who implement and the design should be done before the budget is set and hardware agreed.

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Microsoft and HTC are M8s again: New One mobe sports WinPhone

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One Mate

Surely if HTC had any sense they'd have named the WinMo version One M8 and just called the Android one the One?

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NetApp: Revenues are down – but own brand kit wasn't to blame

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Better?

"is not being evangelised as a radically better piece of kit, with the all-flash EF-Series products being shown in the slide above as a faster performer."

If your only concern is raw performance then you're looking at it wrong as far as FlashRay is concerned. The FlashRay is a vastly better piece of kit (or will be when the code is completed) because not only does it offer flash performance nearly as good as the EF series, it also will do everything the FAS can do - the business value and efficiency stuff for which NetApp is famous and generally trounces the competition. The EF series is quite dumb by comparison, so although it performs very well it's a bit of a one trick pony.

It's quite possible today to go out and buy a very fast SAN, but many of my customers are waiting for one which also manages the backups, DR and automation of private cloud functionality, and most importantly fits in with the company strategy which for many of my customers is currently NetApp FAS for these same reasons.

Since I don't work for NetApp the above is based purely on hearsay and speculation, but I believe it's the aim of the platform

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BAD VIBES: High-speed video camera records your voice from trash

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"The pretty blue and green blinking lights on your routers, switches and computer monitors emitting electromagnetic frequencies tell us some interesting things too."

No need for LEDs, the monitor cable gives off sufficient EM to read the screen remotely if you're clever about it. El Reg reported this years ago.

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Re: Er....

The real question is, now that this is public what did the spy agencies just invent that's so much better?

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Ancient pager tech SMS: It works, it's fab, but wow, get a load of that incoming SPAM

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Re: Hmmm

Indeed, any spam filtering would be much easier at the sending end - anyone sending a message with 10000 recipients ought to have some kind of permission to do so since it's unlikely to be an invite to the pub to some mates. Why the receiving end would need to look is beyond me - same as with the postal service, Royal mail offer filtering at a cost to individual households while also charging the person sending the bulk mail for delivering it. I for one don't want to see this same situation on mobile networks where everything is much more traceable.

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DAYS from end of life as we know it: Boffins tell of solar storm near-miss

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Re: Just goes to show...

"No, success in death is having a large personal debt that is wiped upon you shuffling off your mortal coil."

Yup, ultimately the only way to make a profit is to die in debt, any kind of assets or savings would technically be a loss...

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US judge: YES, cops or feds so can slurp an ENTIRE Gmail account

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Re: sigh

"doesn't Google Mail T&C stipulate that you shouldn't use it for business purpose?"

Not their corporate mail offering, no. It would be subject to the same court order, as would an internal Exchange system.

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Apple 5S still best-selling smartphone 8 months after launch

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Perhaps

Maybe it's because the iPhone adverts concentrate on how the device can improve your life, while Samsung adverts concentrate on slagging off the competition. Apple show me how to use my phone to do stuff like making music, educating kids, getting fit etc. while Samsung tell me the stuff Apple devices can't do which I haven't noticed by myself while out using them for all that stuff. Yes, call me a wall hugger if you like, but I still have no idea why a Galaxy is more use than an iPhone.

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10Gbps over crumbling COPPER: Boffins cram bits down telco wire

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Re: Wire up my home?

Surely your home already is wired up - that's the point of this.

What I want to know, is why nobody is ditching the requirement for legacy telephones to share the wires, surely that will give massive gains in bandwidth as the frequencies available increase. I don't know many people who feel a desperate need for a house phone these days but most people would love streaming 4k video!

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Conformist Google: Android devices must LOOK, WORK ALIKE

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Re: Google, your megalomania is showing

"What Google is doing is denying any design or creative input from any source other than themselves"

What Google is actually doing is trying desperately to prevent Android being stricken down by the same crap that made those same manufacturers fail without it. Phone manufacturers and networks have a long history if ignoring user needs and randomly changing things to get some imagined competitive edge while actually making the experience worse for the end user. What Google are saying is that the platform will succeed because people are familiar, just like with Windows, and that the hardware people just need to make nice hardware which is what they are good at.

This is one of the things I quite like about Apple - they may not advance very quickly but they are oblivious to the competition and so user experience is pretty stable as a general rule. Even when they completely changed their interface recently all they did was skin it. I realise many people think the opposite, and I guess change and chaos is what Android is there for so maybe Google are wrong after all.

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Psst. We've got 400Gb/s Ethernet working - but don't tell anyone

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Re: Reg's standard for this?

"I suspect industry may skip 400Gbps as they pretty much did 40Gbps"

I think you'll find 40Gbps is incredibly popular among those who need it. The reason you may not have seen much of it is that very few people do need it. 10GbE is sufficient for the vast majority of infrastructures with 40GbE and 100GbE only really necessary when connecting up lots of large switches, for instance in data centre use or at very large companies. It's occasionally useful on very fast flash based SAN too, although this is also pretty rare.

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Canon offers a cloud just for still photos, not anything else. Weird

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Re: Marketing bollocks

"Yeah, quite - what's it doing new that Flickr doesn't?"

Anyone who has ever read the T's and C's on Flickr could probably answer that. All Canon need do is not require your firstborn child in exchange for picture storage and they are winning. I'm not usually the kind of person to even read conditions of use, but somehow I've decided against Flickr several times due to their legal jibber jabber.

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Confirmed: Salesforce partners with 'evil empire' Microsoft

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Re: ms dynamics crm

Dynamics, like Sharepoint, is an excellent product which is almost exclusively installed on inappropriate hardware (usually WAY too much memory and insufficient disk) and crippled by badly written customisation code added by IT staff.

Often the main driver for bringing this type of thing internal is to make sure the information is locked down locally. Usually as a result of a recent breach where a salesperson leaves and takes all the customer info with them. It rarely works, but that's what I see happen :)

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PEAK NAS? Peak NAS. I reckon we've reached it

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Where would you suggest is more appropriate than massive cheap drives? NetApp customers tend to be the types who don't want legacy tape systems about the place...

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"something that intelligently stubs files according to a policy and puts them on media that isn't backed up like active data"

Not used NetApp much then? This actively works against their best practices of using humungous BSAS drives for primary storage and simply keeping the backups online. It would also break their integration with VSS horribly in NAS scenarios, and that's one of their customers favourite features! The only media I can think of that would be cheaper than 4TB BSAS (SATA) is tape, and tape only works out cheaper if you have a F&*^ ton of data to offload, like the good folks at CERN, or people taking pictures of the whole planet for instance. For almost everyone else big cheap disk now works out cheaper in the long run as well as offering a better feature list. NetApp can even make your disks into WORM if you like, although I hear that often ends in tears because admins refuse to read the manual and end up locking the drives for eternity :)

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HP breaks ranks: Foresees data ARCHIVING on Flash

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Re: For marketroid values of "archival"

The fact that it took several months is the reason it's done so rarely. As I said, with SSD that process wouldn't take anywhere near as long and could be an ongoing background process to ensure the data is always fresh, therefore the security of data is potentially much better on SSD.

Writing 30 years on the side of a tape box does not guarantee that the data will last 30 years on that tape, it simply states that the data might last 30 years. People rewrite their tapes because their data is valuable, not always to move to a new format. The only way to know your data is good is to read and write it regularly.

Since we have no data on how long static information lasts in SSD yet I find it odd that people are arguing against it. SSD dies due to write cycles, and for archiving even if we rewrite all of the data every week those cycles won't run out for decades, and given the lifespan of computer hardware I suspect they would be replaced once a decade just to reduce power consumption if nothing else.

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Re: For marketroid values of "archival"

You'd be right apart from the bit you're ignoring which is that the medium is NEVER considered reliable in long term archival. Tape archives are re-cycled every 5 years to make sure the data is there. Tape makes this process a right PITA too because some junior IT person needs to move them about unless there is a room sized robot to do the work, and even then replacement tapes and cleaning tapes need loading etc.

With Flash, the logistics are somewhat better. You can re-cycle every week if you like because everything is always online. Flash drives don't require cleaning like tape drives do, and when the capacity goes up you can usually put the new drive into the old slot whereas with tape you need to change the tape drive to use higher densities.

People who think archiving is write and forget on any medium are generally not trusted with data more valuable than lolcat pictures!

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Google: 'EVERYTHING at Google runs in a container'

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Re: about to deploy a few containers

"I believe there are several projects aiming to either migrate a process to another kernel (i.e. host) or write a process and its state to disc, and then restore it later on.

However, I have no idea if they're actually usable...."

I doubt it. For a start, the system you're migrating to would have to have the exact same patch level in order to properly execute the running code. It's likely it would also need the same drivers in many instances too, and this is what virtualisation is there to solve - move the OS at the same time and you have none of these issues.

For the above poster who said Google have solved this - when they said portability I believe they meant porting the code to give a single API, not porting the containers. Google have no use for moving a running container since everything they do is highly available, they simply move the workload to a different container somewhere else. That's why Google don't need virtualisation, the benefits don't suit their workloads. For everyone else on earth without a factory full of quality code monkeys though, virtualisation is often the only way to manage workloads sensibly.

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Re: Back to the Future?

" I wonder if we'll see this amazing new feature in Server 2015, or whatever the next new release is"

App-V is basically most of this functionality and has been available for a while. The manageability aspect makes full virtualisation far more attractive for most normal workloads. Google can make use of this because their workloads are massively parallel, automated and redundant so the management aspect means far less to them.

This is also why Virtuozzo didn't catch on as well as the marketing guys hoped. Although it does give better density and performance, the drawbacks for the average IT department far outweigh these benefits.

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Microsoft: Pssst, small resellers, want to sling our cloud?

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Re: It's what you might call a limited offer....

I was actually referring to your previous reference to you dealing with fairly unique verticals, but smashing rant nonetheless. I'm not really pro Microsoft, I work for a Gold partner but we're also a Red Hat partner as a result of my pushing for us to become one to meet a demand and I use Mac and Linux at home. Linux has a place, as do most systems, and it's excellent at what it does. Many of our Linux customers still integrate it with AD though for security reasons since almost everyone has an AD domain.

I didn't actually quote any statistics specifically so not sure how I'm cherry picking. Again, nice rant though :)

I should point out, I'm actually not your nemesis - I think a lot of what you say is useful and clever, and my earlier reference to you was only to respond with a useful definition of a "server". The MS one actually is very good if you care to read it. I'm not aware of anyone else even trying to define in clear terms what a running system is but if you care to offer one the industry uses I'm happy to read it.

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Re: It's what you might call a limited offer....

"Bingo."

Not sure what you're trying to say there. The published statistics and my experience are completely in line with one another so as far as I'm concerned that's reality. By your own admission on these forums and in your articles you deal with a fairly niche market so it's expected that your experience wouldn't line up with the global statistics.

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Re: It's what you might call a limited offer....

@Richard Plinston

Ah yes, the all encompassing open source defence of conspiracy theory.

@Trevor, personally I would use OSE as the definition of server these days as stated in the MS licensing docs which nicely defines running instances and would also work well with the various Nix technologies used to virtualise and otherwise split hardware.

Even ignoring the stats, my own experience of UK companies (and I've worked with a lot, right across the spectrum of size and in pretty much all verticals) shows overwhelming favour to Windows with the exception of transactional stuff at banks/retail and web farms. Unfortunately with a lot of Reg readers being developers it's easy for them to overlook the many uses for servers in business outside of web apps

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Re: It's what you might call a limited offer....

Perhaps your experience is different to other people. My experience shows that rather than being easier to manage, Linux and Unix simply gets ignored following install, with patches rarely being applied and very little housekeeping done unless there is a problem.

I think you're stretching the meaning of the word "most" to mean people you deal with. In the real world, Microsoft has the majority of server systems as can be clearly seen from various statistical sources. The Azure cloud is a fine example of cloud technology and will likely be the way normal companies do their IT in 5 years time, so for partners it's time to adapt or die off. Luckily my employer has chosen to adapt and our cloud services are growing rapidly, but I do feel sorry for the reseller only businesses out there who don't offer services as their slice of the pie won't be there in a few years.

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Hang on, lads. I've got a great idea, says NetApp as it teeters on the edge

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Re: Amazon

Amazon never would use NetApp storage. Customers, on the other hand, very much like the software features of NetApp for backup and replication, as well as the ability to change disk formats from VMDK to native LUN to VHD and back to VMDK without that annoying time delay seen with other technologies (which all copy/move the data). The ability to snap mirror your local data to the cloud is a very big opportunity too, and since NetApp are one of the few who have real experience using primary storage as backup they are ideally placed to make some cash here. Although other vendors can do primary storage backup, very few of them actually have customers doing this - HP and EMC for instance prefer to sell you a replicated D2D system so you can have 4 copies of your data rather than just two the NetApp way.

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Amazon

Amazon already have NetApp storage attached to their cloud in the building next door and fibre connected. Anyone close to NetApp have known the software split was on the cards for quite a while, partly to fit in to Azure as well, although they are taking a maddeningly long time to finish it. With project shift I suspect it would be a very popular service too, allowing very rapid moves into the cloud.

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CERN: Build terabit networks or the Higgs gets it!

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I suspect a transcription error

20GB/s works out at 160Gbps so not sure what they are doing between those 1000 100Gbps connections and the storage but seem to be binning a lot of data!

Sure they didn't say 20 Petabytes? My MacBook can sustain 4GB/s so 20 would be pretty easy to do with a small Violin array PCIe connected.

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EMC's DSSD rack flashers snub Fibre Channel for ... PCIe

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Re: Linux Controllers don't add any latency?

"This is why it's such a head scratcher to me when people say its a "bad thing" to acquire"

It's not a bad thing to buy good tech - it's what happens next that counts. The reason tech acquisition is often frowned upon is because tech companies often just change the logo and call it their own rather than taking that technology and merging it into their own over time. One only has to look at the HP stoage line up to see this in action with completely different technology in every product and no attempt to cross pollinate. If the LeftHand network RAID is so great, how come 3Par hasn't added it in? If ASICs are so great, how come LeftHand still uses a Xeon? All they have done is paint the LeftHand yellow, and even then one of the fascias is upside down!

If acquisition leads to conflicting marketing material through your range then yes, it's a bad thing. Dell are surprisingly good with this, they are slowly but surely merging their various acquisitions into all of their products. Microsoft also are usually good with this sort of thing with some notable exceptions.

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"With an all-flash-array you can easily achieve sub-millisecond response times"

Try not to use the word "sub-millisecond" as this is still potentially orders of magnitude slower than microsecond. Sub-millisecond was brought in to marketing to combat Violin who were claiming low microsecond latencies. Sub-millisecond includes 999 microsecond latency, which is 10 times slower than 100 microsecond latency and 100 times slower than 10 microsecond latency. What many people forget while thinking these times are so low it doesn't matter, is that one clock cycle of a modern Xeon is very short indeed - 4 billionths of a second in fact. This means that is your storage could operate at 1 microsecond latency, the CPU still had to wait 4000 cycles for the information to arrive. If you look at a worst case marketing "sub millisecond" latency of 999ms then the CPU will be waiting around 4000000 cycles.

To the average Joe with an average estate and average workloads, this doesn't matter. Most of the time VMware will fill in the blank cycles with other work anyway. For those that need the performance though, this is all critical stuff even if EMC do appear to have photocopied someone else's technology with the anti-patent filter engaged.

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Re: On the back of an envelope

"I think you might just have invented infiniband"

Current Infiniband is slower than current PCIe so there is a difference, albeit one that most people won't care about. This type of storage is not aimed at most people though :)

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Peak thumb drive is coming in 2016

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I'd have thought it's more likely that the mobile phone and cloud solutions have replaced thumb drives for the average user. Techies may need them for a while to install operating systems but most of the techies I know have long since stopped using them for actual data transfer unless a customer is playing the no laptop on the network game. Even then, customers without wifi are becoming increasingly rare so it's often only for files over 10MB or so where email becomes more difficult than finding the USB key at the bottom of the bag :)

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