131 posts • joined Wednesday 27th January 2010 12:58 GMT
Getting bought is not an option as neither IBM nor HP would tolerate this - relabeled Brocade hardware is central to both companies.
Buying Mellanox -albeit cool- would just give them another niche unless the could add mellanox IB technology to their etherstuff. otoh, the ethernet market is corned by cisco, so it would not make sense.
They might concentrate on "anything but ethernet" with mellanox, but.. dunno, is this worth it? Mellanox would not come cheap.
42 Wallaby Way
Soooo this is why the arm themselves
The Supreme Court is the supreme judical institution within the US, now isn´t it?
So this is why the US citizens arm themselves. At last I understand. Unfortunately, guns won´t help them poor slobs.
How save I feel with the uk being part of this :(
Volcanos? Hardly. Teutonic activity very much:
These tremors are the result from the constant fighting the Nazis have to do against the last remaining dinosaurs, both of whom had chosen the same refuge.
Re: seven of five What kind of idiot/numptie ...
Of course they advise to secure the admin port. Which helps exactly zilch if: "Administrative access to the system via the IP interface may be obtained without authentication".
Apart from this, you seem to have the same customers as me, more often than not security is run over by convenience. It is all sad.
Re: What kind of idiot/numptie ...
Unfortunately, said webserver is not optional. IBM is so exceptionally proud of their "special"  XIV interface they now force it upon everything they have. Persistent rumor claims the TSM server will be the next lucky one.
 personally, I´d say "special" as in "special school"
To (very loosely) cite Franklin
Those who sacrifice precision to gain a little cost saving deserve neither.
...users and beancounters, BAH!
Re: home tape solution = external hard disk
apart from the cost issue, with a single client you will usually not be able to keep the drive fed for streaming. Disks are much more forgiving, getting the minimum 40 MB/s for a LTO4 over several hours can be challenging.
Re: home tape solution
No, use a couple of external drives and treat them like tapes with a bundled drive (always have two on two different sites, never overwrite your current, etc....). Tape does not scale below some ten TB anymore.
Re: No judgement until I've tried it
They did not lose WWII, they switched sides.
Re: Something not quite right..
150k Eur should buy you a quite nice house in something as remote as Diepholz.. He must have taken apart an apartment block. (HA!)
The "source" is Bild (like the sun, but worse), so it is most probably a blatant lie.
Re: Psssst - wanna buy a Surface?
Or rather "swat a second fly on the same surface" ... <- Ha, see what I did there...
sorry, wheres me coat?
Re: "You have the ability to completely turn the sensor off in your settings,"
Yes, nothing says "offline" like a wirecutter.
...or a pulled plug, due to investment protectional reasons.
Re: Too Little, Too Late
Thinkpad 860 - 166MHz PPC 603e
more of a white elephant, though...
Worked as designed:
I´d suspect it worked as designed: transmitter failed, so the beacon reverted to optical signalization.
At least over here they claim 100% data integrity, which is very much different from uptime or availability.
Re: This is good news for IBM, isn´t it?
V7 and SVC are not his, aren´t they? He left Storage by 2009 and did something to blades. SVC was on code v3x back then, iirc.
And on a personal note: The SVC is ok, but it can be hard to work with as it is reluctant to tell you whats wrong (not *that* somethings wrong, just what exactly and if it is still broken might be hard to find out) and the GUI still has some serious flaws especially with object renaming, sometimes it is just quicker to log out and in again to see the changes.
But *fscking* quick it is, bloody hell.
This is good news for IBM, isn´t it?
So he is not only guilty of that XIV abomination, but for the Dilligent AND the NSeries debacle as well. Sounds about time.
And before all the "But I really like the GUI" people click downvote please let me explain:
While all the products are quite ok and seem to make sense at first glance, they share a common flaw:
Each of them soaked up either a tremendous amount of PR (especially the XIV) which could easily have been spent on other, existing products, bound ressources which hindered inhouse solutions (NSeries) or outright killed existing products (DR550 and TS Gateway).
In every field Mr Monshaw was "successful" there already was a proper IBM product which did not survive his reign (DS6000, DR 550), or -especially in case of XIV- cannibalized other products.
Given that XIV was highly controversial (and, imho, not very good) in its first two iterations, it created a lot of dragging against the Flagship and killed the smaller DS6. The latter being especially bad, as it was a (relatively) cheap way to mainframe storage, and with its demise the even more expensive DS8 took System Z sales further down.
The archiving tree is completely dry by now, leaving the exisiting customer base (as small as it always was) without a followup solution - quite a few of them are rather upset with IBM, to say the least.
Does not really matter, it is not like Oracle would really like to make an apple (HA!) for apple comparison. The question is: can IBM be bothered? They have been quite busy gutting themselves for the past years.
Re: Something I've never understood
You know, the good thing about standards is we have so many of them. And as soon as thiner drives are available a standard for Mediumultraprotablepaneltabletbooks will emerge, using only these drives - since the´rs "standard"
The wording was along "[We] do not believe the Hard disk drive to continue to be a strategic product within the near future". And as -even- you know, IBM never went out of selling storage, they just stopped selling disk drives - which never stopped them from selling other peoples drives.
But never to cheap to throw some dirt at IBM, now aren´t we?
Exaktly, England, for euch ze football is ofer! (And Holland as well).
Might be, but COMSTAR ain´t what it used to be since they lost terra to Word of Blake...
Re: Meanwhile in Germany...
iirc the term they use is flat. Which has become a bit of a warning sign lately. In terms of telephony, flat actually means flat -> 24/7 use. In terms of data - not so much.
The do mention it in the contract details. Interestingly, the "up to" 50Mbit VDSL is throttled much less devastatingly to a more usable 6Mbit after hitting the traffic cap.
Meanwhile in Germany...
Deutsche Telekom limits their 100Mbit ftth to 300GB/month, should you dare to exceed this your bandwidth will be cut by 99,7% (that is 384kBit/s).
Given a 100MBit connection, how hard do you expect it to be above 10Gbyte a day? HD video anyone? For more than one person in the household?
...of course you may pay for additional traffic allowance...
Re: Ibm marketing...
As long as oracle software is licensed per core, Mr Nelsons argument is valid. Unlike yours.
Whats the trouble with pointing a slow drain device? Unless your fabric is REALLY complex someone familliar with the prevalent traffic flow should be able to pin it within a few hours.
If you are allowed to send the data to a stranger, even I might do it for you, though it might take me a few moments more than someone from your site/side ;).
Apart from that, yes, Network Advisor (or dcfm, as it used to be called) could be better.
Meanwhile in russia...
...boffins found a way to turn hydrogen into alcohol.
Everyone lived happy ever after :)
(Yes, I know, methanol is the evil twin which came before...)
If blades float your boat, the c Series is about as good as it gets. And as you´ll usually get a good deal on the maintenance it is worth considering the c instead of rack servers even if space is not a premium at your site.
so how is the i6000
with 2500 slots and 48 drives?
Just asking, if they really want to mess with the big guys.
energy in a roundhouse kick
I would have expected the energy in one of his roundhouse kicks to be a little more than "infinite", not just a few Newton.
Helpful advice from El Reg:
"...and his air miles balance is sky high."
Thanks for the warning, will stay clear.
Pearls before swine
I used to have a "pearls before swine" comic which went
customer: "One double decaf tall coffe with vanilla flavour and cocoa on top"
rat: "say <one regular coffee> or I punch you in the face"
...or something along this.
Granted, this was more to make fun of the non-coffee-dinking-coffee-drinkers, the article still reminds me, though.
I´d rather take the VIIc
Always wanted my own submarine. But wasn´t the navy in 41 already on the 4 rotor model?
...except for the GUI.
Re: 4 hours 20 min
Either you have a proper server with dedicated hardware and sizing to handle the load (read: the business knows what its data is worth)
you first offload from the production machine to a disk buffer and then destage from the disks to a couple of tapes. We (mostly) do the latter, doing the backup via lan which nicely limits the throughput to ~60MB/s anyway and then use the day to stream it all onto two seperate libraries via dedicated infrastructure. The larger SAP are snapped. Yes, this layout could be improved, but for the money we spend it is quite good.
There never is money for backup, they only want restore...
Re: keeping the beasts fed...
Absolutely, keeping a dozen LTO-4 in two different libraries happy can easily overwhelm the SAN isl. As soon as your company reaches a sufficient size, the storage admins for the backup infrastructure become logistics experts.
small ones (DS3) are rebranded LSI, too stupid to order their own spares, arbitately limited capabilities, worthless firmware (but a different one every other week, so there still is hope).
medium (DS5) are hideously expensive relative to their performance.
Enterprise (DS8) not as quick as other vendors arrays, they broke the GUI two years ago and it starts to show its heritage from the 2105-700 it decends from. Actually, I have Hitachi AMS which are consistently faster than my (granted older) DS81xx and better to administer. For a 8800 this may be different, though.
Though it is not all tears, the sddpcm is nice and blends (rather unsurprisingly) really good into AIX, I do like the svc, and the XIV shows potential.
It is still less than I would expect from IBM, and this is frustrating.
For IBM, this would be like takeing the DS8000 code (on a SVC) and bundle it with DS3524. Great idea, now we just need a name... V for virtual (obviously), and a number a tad below the 8000... 7000 maybe?
Yes, I know it is not that easy and IBMs storage still sucks, yet...
Fun aside, I want to have a look at the HUS VM, we are really happy with our AMS 23s.
Motorcycle Leather + MX helmet (better ventilation) and MX boots. Looks odd, but is fairly comfy, reasonable safe and easy to get hold of.
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