* Posts by Simon 49

6 posts • joined 17 Sep 2009

White House backs US web sales tax - eBay hits panic alarm

Simon 49

Re: Sounds fair

That's precisely why when congress last discuss this back in the 90's, they delayed it pending the setup of the 'SST' streamlined sales tax arrangement, where a bunch of states agreed to pay for 3rd parties to collate and calculate and file taxes for small business. These days using a SaaS service to calculate the tax is easy and free (the states pay rather than the business).

Don't forget people are supposed to have been paying their out of state sales taxes all along, just by adding them to their tax returns at the end of the year, just nobody did.

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VMware and partners to build uber-vCloud to take on Amazon

Simon 49

Re: Obvious strategy is obviously missing

I think part of the problem is the obsession with VM mobility rather than application workload mobility. It's much easier to distribute load with an F5 GTM or equivalent between environments fairly seamlessly than it is to vMotion to another environment over limited bandwidth, then have all the challenges of overlay networking in order to retain IP addressing.

By all means develop Cloud Connector to move VMs around and translate between different hypervisor VM container formats, but the higher in the stack you do some of this stuff the easier it is, both to accomplish and especially to support and troubleshoot.

Disclaimer - I work for F5, I know there are other solutions available.

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Brocade has 2-year Fibre Channel headstart on rival

Simon 49

FCoE was trapped at top of rack until the multi-hop additions were added - it's still very limited compared to FC, so I'd fully expect FC to reign for a while longer in the core of large SANs. Not forever though, maintaining a whole separate SAN infrastructure just doesn't add up with 10 and soon 40 gig Ethernet cheaper and with QoS/lossless extensions, Brocade better stockpile that hay...

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Launcher Pro

Simon 49

What widgets are in the screenshot?

I like the date/time and weather with a transparent background.

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Arista goes modular with 10 Gig E switches

Simon 49

Cisco comparison is a bit silly

Yes the currently shipping Nexus blades have 32 ports of which only 8 are available in 'dedicated' non-oversubscribed mode, but that's a first generation card. There's a 32 port non-oversubscribed one due in a couple of months - still only 256 ports I know, but I doubt Arista has shipped any of these yet either. So you'd only need a pair of Nexus 7010's or one Nexus 7018 to reach 384 ports. The Cisco also has a modular backplane, and a roadmap for a lot more performance.

Granted I'm sure the Arista will still be much less expensive.

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Mozilla catches half of Firefox users running insecure Flash

Simon 49

Bloat contributes to this

As Flash / Acrobat / iTunes / whatever version increment they get bigger and bigger and slower and slower - so even if security flaws are present there's a disincentive to let them upgrade themselves.

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