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39 posts • joined 1 Jul 2009

Cisco edges away from VMware, tries Red Hat on for size

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'It really isn't - and it doesn't' - It may or it may not come as part of the subscription. It depends on what you sign up to. Office 365?

'Much better stack' - matter of opinion, and not really the point.

'Better integrated' - Well you'd hope so wouldn't you, but then the differences in user experience are tiny (if you've got it set up right).

'No signs of that whatsoever in the corporate space so far.' - Agreed, but because there isn't a viable alternative single stack, which is what I was trying to get at. The components are all out there in one form or another, someone just needs to bring it together. Cisco, Oracle, HP or whoever. Cisco does seem to be moving that way.

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Always thought that Red Hat would be in Ciscos sights for either a significant partnership or acquisition.

1. An alternative vendors SDN on Cisco hardware is never going work for Cisco.

2. RHEL is already the default OS for Cisco apps.

3. Cisco need to counter the MS desktop ownership to keep driving UC.

Not controlling the hypervisor and losing control of the SDN element is a hard enough for Cisco, but it goes further than that. In the Desktop/UC space a significant driver for Lync adoption is 'because it comes with our subscription' (whatever form that subscription that might be) . The only effective way to counter that it with an alternative business application stack, and that starts with the OS and office suite. Ok, there is so much legacy in Windows that it won't be an option for a lot of people, but just look how fast the application space is moving. It's phenomenal. I think significant numbers of people will find themselves able to move away from Windows if one of the top players providing an 'easy' to use cheap alternative.

Most of the alternatives apps are good enough for most people, what's missing is a single office suite with the core MS Office has. Currently the major missing component is the integrated calendar + email in a single package. I know there are alternatives and it's possible to DIY, but most people don't want to have to spend all the time and effort. A single installation and integrated package is what people want.

If Cisco (or anyone else) can bring that 'base business stack' together, I think Microsoft have got problems (bigger problems!).

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Entry-level HP SAN array stoops to conquer small biz bods

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Sometimes quite a bit, sometimes not a lot.

A NAS is always attached to the network where the storage sits behind a controller that has two halves. The first half looks after the disk array (JBOD/raid or whatever). The second half is the network side that presents the disk array as an NFS/CIF type share. The clients (which might be a server) are never aware of the disk topology that supports the share.

A SAN can be network attached, fibre channel attached or a number of other technologies that connect the disk array to a host. This attachment is usually through some sort of fabric/network that abstract the array from the host. It is this network (FC, FCoE, iSCSI etc) together with the storage and host interconnect that makes up a SAN. Sometimes the host knows directly about the disk array, but usually it doesn't.

Some NAS boxes can also do iSCSI or Fibre channel which is where you get overlap. Sometimes they are configured to do both simultaneously.

I think that makes sense....Hope it helps.

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NASA could have averted near DROWNING TERROR in SPACE

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Hoover in space?

With all that lovely vacuum outside?

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One year on: What exactly did the 2e2 collapse teach us?

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Be brave says the AC....

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Pregnant? Celebrate your proudest moment ... by 3D-printing a copy of the foetus

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Going mad?

Mad is a pin prick in the rear view mirror......

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Unlocking CryptoLocker: How infosec bods hunt the fiends behind it

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Maybe cut Russia off from the interweb? Maybe unthinkable/impractical now but it's not difficult to see a properly tiered internet evolving due to legal differences/indifference between countries. Forget tiering about bandwidth and content, this would be 'connected to the rest of the world or not' structure. Maybe we could have another tier structure that is 'monitored by the NSA/GCHQ or not'.

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How UK air traffic control system was caught asleep on the job

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Re: Odd.

At a guess, because the military wouldnt even have 80% capacity of NATs? The assumption being that If the military is in charge, something more fundamental is wrong and flights to Ibiza are less of a priority and the capacity wouldnt be needed.

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Microsoft relents: 'Go ahead, install Windows 8.1 on clean PCs'

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Re: New PCs for My Kids

You're holding it wrong. Wait...Oh. Uhhhh, hmmm.

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Four ways the Guardian could have protected Snowden – by THE NSA

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Black Helicopters

Re: How about strapping a micro-SD card to a homing pigeon's leg?

Homing pigeon or weather balloon assisted playmonaut? I think we're beginning to see the true goal of Lohan.

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Cisco goes public with major vulns

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Unhappy

Re: Limited scope

should read 'and needs to be fixed'

Need my first brew of the day.........

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Sammy Smalls
Alert

Limited scope

Whilst this isnt good need to be fixed, there's limited scope for exploitation. Most (if not all) systems should be behind some sort of firewall. If someone is in a position to exploit these vulns they have probably breached the firewall and you have got bigger problems.

m2c.

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How the clammy claws of Novell NetWare were torn from today's networks

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Happy

Well it did have btrieve......

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Unhappy

Re: Also utilisation snakes.

I remember installing 4 dot something on a dual CPU machine and seeing the blue snake for the first time. T'was a thing of wonder.

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STEVE BALLMER KILLS WINDOWS

Sammy Smalls
Meh

Truly great news.

Can I have a start button and no TIFKAM now please?

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Leaked docs: GCHQ spooks secretly haul in more data than NSA

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Paris Hilton

That's an awful lot of porn for anyone to watch.

But I'm sure they're giving it a damn good try.

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Petascale powerhouse cracks important HIV code

Sammy Smalls
Happy

Things have come on a bit then. 20 years ago, I was using an 8088 PC and a piece of software called Sarch Latuse to do crystal structure overlay modelling. It took forever, and was frequently wrong so back to square one. Even though I'm involved in technology in my working life, when I you see something like this I stand back and look at what we have now, I'm still staggered at the advances. Shame being nicer to each other cant make the same rate of progress.

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Microsoft links Skype to Lync

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Unhappy

Re: Vision

'Slowly the interconnects will join up and we end up all being able to communicate from anywhere'

Nice theory, except they wont. Sure, it all runs over IP, but the interop Vision is just that. There's a reason Google dropped XMPP. They want you on their platform, not someone elses that 'plays nicely' with Google+. Sure, this may be shortsighted, but hey, these decisions arent made for our benefit. Until someone can come up with a fully IM/presence aware PSTN like service, you will always have to choose the lesser evil.

The one good thing is that this will force other vendors like Cisco or Avaya to become more open, because they become the lesser evil. m2c.

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Titsup 2e2's data centre dustup gave UK users the CLOUD FEAR

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Happy

The problem is finding the happy medium so that you can take advantages of economies of scale and providing something that is 'supplier fault tolerant'. Maybe cloud providers should be put into RAID array. Redundant Array of Inexpensive D........

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The fast-growing energy source set to replace oil: Yes, it's COAL

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Mushroom

Re: REminds me of a report...@Ledswinger

'something we won't do in the UK' - Is there a reason for this? Has this been debated and rejected? A genuine question, as it sounds like a good idea.

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Firm moves to trademark 'Python' name out from under the language

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Facepalm

I wonder how much Python is used within the Commission itself.

I was going to say if they are loon enough to grant it, I hope someone sends them a large bill for re-write/install with de-branded software that they use internally. Except of course, we still end up paying for it and logic like that never stopped that lot doing anything.

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'Leccy-starved Reg hack: 'How I survive on 1.5kW'

Sammy Smalls
Mushroom

Gaffer tape.

Surely the easiest way is to gaffer tape the trip switch..........

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Thunderbolt interface strikes YOUR PC: What's the damage?

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Unhappy

Re: USB 2.0

I my personal and highly unscientific experience, Firewire (400 or 800) is always faster than USB 2.0. 800 much more so. USB 3.0 is another story. I naively thought Thunderbolt to USB 3.0 would be 10 a penny by now and have been waiting like a schmuck for them to come out, or for at least the Thunderbolt display to be USB 3 equipped (see prev comment).

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Sammy Smalls

I thought the Thunderbolt Display only had USB 2.0, not USB 3.0. If I'm wrong that alone would make me consider proving that I had more money than sense.....

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Revealed: The Brit-built GRAVITY-powered light that costs $5

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Happy

Re: Oh Great!

Thank you for cheering me up on a crappy cold grey day.

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'Brit Bill Gates' Lynch: Only Mad Leo Apotheker understood Autonomy

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Angel

They've been sold to.

The issue is probably* that Apotheker was sold to. And sold to in a big way. Now this could feel like misrepresentation when they finally look at the horses teeth but actually it's just another case of caveat emptor.

*judging whilst awaiting the outcome. But hey they're bound to find something. How many large companies accounts are 100% true?

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Brits admit to using mobile phones during sex - and not in a good way

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Paris Hilton

I'd be interested to know what actually counts as using your phone during sex 'in a good way'. Handsfree? Conference calls? Knocking out an email?

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Ten backpacks for tech-heads

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Thumb Up

Comfort

One of the big criteria for me was comfort. I'm out and about most days and I didnt want something that made me feel like I was about to go trekking (i.e. not too big) and had decent shoulder strap padding. Whilst most of the bags reviewed have sneaky little pockets for this that and the other, they are all on the large side or dont have well padded shoulder straps. The only bag I've found that works for me is the medium Samsonite Pro-DLX. Not cheap, but I've had the equivalent model for 5 years plus now and its still in great shape. It had the best padded shoulder straps I could find, wasnt too big and could get a decent amount of stuff in. I think its well worth a look. And no, I dont work for Samsonite. :)

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Apple wins EU-wide Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 ban

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Unhappy

Anyone else just tired with all of this?

There doesnt seem to be a day go by without X suing Y over some patent. Just seeing the headline annoys me. Cant El Reg just run a ticker board with running commentary and live score. Apple 56 Samsung 54 Googlrola 63 Microsoft 32 . Ballmer sent off in the 50000th minute for foul and abusive armpits.

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Apple boss Cook may have stumped up $60m IPAD pay-out

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Coat

Just change the name.

Not that big of a deal......

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Ten... pieces of tat for Apple fanboys

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Slow news day?

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Cloud data fiasco forces bosses to break out the whiteboards

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Unhappy

Data exists in three places or it doesnt exist at all......

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Met plod will use 1980s software to police Olympics

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Holmes

One alternative

Use facebook and twitter. Worked for the rioters, Egyptians et al.

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Top Brit authors turn flamethrowers on barmy IPO

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Unhappy

Clueless.

What else is there to say.

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HP murders webOS tablets, phones

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Childcatcher

Maybe Nokia will buy WebOS

They can build the hardware, they just need the software.....

You never know.

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Acoustic trauma: How wind farms make you sick

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Mushroom

Go live next to a nuclear power station.

They're pretty quiet.

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Apple nemesis sues iOS, Mac, and Android devs

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Happy

Easy solution

Sell software with a specifc license exclusion to usage or ownership within the Eastern District of Texas. The good ol' boys can be stuck with a trusty Nokia 6310.......

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Farewell, Novell

Sammy Smalls
Pint

Ah the joy of ODI.

Netx, LSL and the like. Scrabbling around for a floppy with the right drivers. Happy days.

We used to see how long we could leave servers running, - even putting off upgrades - just because we could. I think the highest we got to was about 1 1/2 years, but there were plenty of reports of people getting to 4 years plus, and even one where they 'lost' the server because a wall had been built around the it and noone had noticed.

It hads its quirks, but give it its due - Netware had stability that it had no right to when you consider the hardware it ran on.

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The best memory config for a Core i7 CPU

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Happy

Genius.

A review where the conclusion is to use as much RAM as possible, the latest processor and most up to date software.

A day well spent.

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