Just Add Tea
99 posts • joined 29 Jan 2010
All platforms suffer from dependency hell, Windows, Linux, Java, PHP, .NET, Docker, ... If you have more than one app dependent on any one thing, an update will probably break at least one.
Worse of course is that the supplier of that broken app won't keep up/have gone out of business, focused on another product...
Application/OS Virtualization can remove some of it, at the cost of bundling all the dependencies with the App...
I think the underlying issue, is how much money/effort do you put in to run your own datacentres and does running your own add much to your business? Do you want staff fighting hardware/software suppliers (and their B resellers), virtualisation stuff, backup stuff, exchange/sharepint etc, 24x7 availability, etc etc, or do you want them delivering some saleable functionality to your business (assuming you're NOT a hosting company)?
Having someone else run your "Cloud" (Public or Private - don't care), is very appealing - which means VMware is after a share of that market - and that puts them up against Microsoft, Amazon, OpenStack etc. They are losing their original market, and struggling in the new one?
So Windows 10 comes with Bing and Apple do their own thing, so are the EU going to try this with MS/Apple? MS have been trying to get rid of Bloatware, and the EU want Google to allow it?
Be far happier if the EU said to Apple (e.g.) - all default apps must be capable of being replaceable with 3rd party options (which then become the default)?
Tis all Bonkers
Many Uni's run two semesters spread over 3 terms. So we're in the latter part of the teaching period of the 2nd semester with exams starting mid May - so it's last couple of weeks of writing up course work...
I'm with you, and by the time you've added in Internal Purchasing, Framework Purchasing Agreements, Tendering and all that rubbish it takes us months to buy a couple of servers with exactly the same spec as we already have 50 of. Oh and we have to correct the order from the supplier because they've not spec'ed it correctly cause we read the spec sheets more carefully than they do...
Not only that, we buy them from "resellers" who order them from the "Supplier" who then have some muppets build them (3rd party?) and ship them (another 3rd party) - as a result we don't get what we ordered and it's never shipped to the right location - and no ones knows even when it's going to come.
AND, the reseller's don't support what we buy, that comes from the manufacturer directly...
AND, once it's here it needs it's firmware upgrading, which then breaks something else, and DOA pieces replacing before it even thinks of working...
No wonder AWS/Azure/... is so appealing!
It's quicker and easier to spec and buy a new car...
A "version" of Office runs on Android/IOS, so just maybe you'll get your wish - just don't expect Full Fat office?
Except that a huge %age of Windows desktops are corporate, and these get refreshed at a speed of a nailed down snail. So far the "converts" will be home users with new gadgets, Microsoft consultancies and Surfaces being "product placed" in shows like Elementary, NCIS, etc...
Thin Client systems have always been expensive (lots of server side kit needed), done wrong (X-Windows) and the clients have always been as least as expensive as a standalone PC. Add to this Microsoft's stupid Windows desktop licencing (hence the use of Windows Server for this) - it is really a limited use case to either protect data, provide access to legacy software, or work around some stupid application licence...
CIO - Chief Information Officer? CDO Chief Data Officer?
Spot the difference? Or has the CIO the wrong title?
RSS Sir Ranulph Fiennes on the assumption it'll need to rescue him from at least one of his (mis) adventures
Cloud Brokers - More middlemen - arrgghhhhhh!
More buzzword rubbish. IT isn't Bi-Modal if anything, it's Multi-Modal for a start, and it's really about the services - I.T. has to provide the services demanded by it's users, so if you have a set of users which use an old app, so be it, whist having another set who live at the bleeding edge...
One persons I.T. system is another's archaeology - but if it does the job...
VMware are hanging on by dint of the "cost of change" - VMware shops not jumping on Hyper-V because of fear of change.
Hyper-V 2016 (well Windows 2016) does seem to have something to add to the local datacenter - looks to be getting much of NSX style SDN stuff - and that'll be included in the licences too...
VMware's heading the way of a number of other Vendors - a better implementation of something MS does OK (e.g. SCCM/SCOM/VDI/AV competitors) for those who need it and have a cheque book to pay... Falling from big player to bit part actor
It's always been software - even firmware is software, just difficult to replace with a 3rd party solution - can be done though - OpenWRT etc.
And almost everything has been "programmable" - most stuff is scriptable.
What's "new" is having a single button to create a piece of infrastructure - e.g. VM + Storage + ACLs + Firewall Config... "Software Defined Anything" is a lousy name - it needs something that actually reflects central control/management - HAL or Eddie or Skynet...
Universities (and most corporates) are not always awash with Cash so have to accept a level of risk. If your DR/BC plan is essentially restore from backup, then a single Array Failure can take loads of services off line for the time it takes to restore from Backups, assuming you have/can make capacity available to restore them too...
NOT everyone wants to spend lots of dosh on dual live systems....
If you haven't got live capacity to restore to (e.g. by killing Test/Dev) then you may be waiting for EMC to ship a replacement...
Sounds familiar - there was a similar "feature" with "large" VMs and CBT a while back. VMware's getting careless?
From the stuff I've read the ISP only need record the DNS name of the sites visited, NOT the URL. So how does this work if you've changed your DNS to OpenDNS (or others) in order to filter stuff for your kids, but OpenDNS is in the states?
Then of course the source IP is from the router - so how do you point the figure at a person with the gadget - so cheapo wireless hotspot in Café...?
Read a few of these sorts of things across the web, and most are inaccurate - not matching features in a VMware SKU with a similar feature in SCVMM + HyperV.
Broadly these days they are comparable and if you're a greenfield site then it's likely to come down to costs - but for Windows Workloads Microsoft make it hard to justify VMware, they just keep throwing in features in the price - Windows 2016 will have SDN a la NSX for example... - and you'll likely need to licence Windows and System Centre even in a VMware environment...
If you're an established user of one or other product, then jumping ship is more difficult to justify due to the local skills/knowledge you'll have in your staff.
Suggestions out there that this state of affairs is reflected in VMware's making most money from established customers and it trying to catch up with Azure via "vCloud Air".
Anyway, PLEASE do some research before posting articles with obvious glaring omissions...
Thought that Warm Blooded Dinosaur theory was pretty much set in stone now!? (Sorry!!)
So Pluto's got weather, geology and moons - so can it be a Planet again please?
IPSEC's been around for ages, and I think you can do loads with it in a pure MS environment - but does anyone actually use it?? Probably because the Comms guys lose visibility/control - ACLs become useless...
Windows Server 2016 brings a new type of RDP - "Personal Session Desktops" which seem to look more like a VDI session than an RDP session and could pull the rug out from under the VDI market for all but niche use cases. But since it's just a fancy RDP session one could assume that an RDP CAL licence would work.
Am fully expecting MS licencing (spits!) to break this logic though!
Wonder if the oldee Police complained when people started putting locks on the doors on their houses to keep themselves and their valuables safe?
Agree - Apple Music is barely usable on a iDevice, and the iTunes changes are appalling. Can't wait to see how bad the Android/Windows Apps are going to be. Has Apple lost all it's UI people now?
It's saving grace is price - Spotify costs us £15 for two people, but Apple would charge the same to cover my whole family.
Someone from the reg called me today wanting to send me junk mail. Generally I don't answer numbers withheld or calls via our switch board now as 99% are either grilling me about the University's spending plans or offering me "white papers" which are now entirely advertising brochures
It's unfinished - Multiple Control Panels - "Add Feature" my favorite so far I can install hundreds of languages, but pretty much nothing else!
Edge can't seem to deal with switching between wifi networks. I had to change the default browser back to IE to get OneDrive for Business configured...
Can't set Outlook as my default Calander App
Still two OneNotes - why!
"All Apps" is a mistake - too long too narrow...
Expect lots more quirks.
Otherwise it's a step up from 8.1 in someways - Multiple Display's handle much better for instance.
As for constant feature updates - how many Apps in the IOS/Android App store do this all the time? It's the new norm...
Isn't this just Skype Wifi re-branded? I've used it in odd places - basically if you find a pay-for wifi area, sometimes you can get Skype Wifi to do the paying - so possibly saves money, and certainly saves having to sign up to though yet another portal?
The proliferation of Wifi hot-spots is the work of devil - my poor phone hops from Coffee Shop to Fast Food emporium so often it doesn't actually get time to download any mail, etc.... I'd give up and turn it off if wasn't for the rubbish Vodafone 3G signal everywhere I go....
Is the world never going to give in and realize that IPv6 was designed to deal with this sort of problem??
See the need for an SSO solution to sign in once to all these SSO solutions (and recurse!)
Errr - Someone missed something, but the paid for version of Spotify has offline ability across all it's Apps. I regularly offline stuff to listen to in the car for example.
If the Apple Music service matches Spotify for Artists, does offline AND I can just listen to Albums (not yet another Radio station) then at $14.99 for the whole family that's going to shake things up. Spotify is £14.99 for me + wife, would add about £10 for the kids...
And that's the stupidity of the broadband grant system for "not spots" on Gower we got lucky that some keen individuals to push all the paperwork through. These schemes mean money and time wasted all over the place on commitities and admin etc. The whole thing would have just better if they'd just paid OpenReach (who do all the work anyway) to FTTC every cab in the land.
cureently on 60mbs VDSL in rural Swansea area, but can always use more speed!
Doesn't all this boil down to...
Question - "What's my other password?"
Answer - "MyOtherFavouritePassword"
Which isn't a million miles away from a two factor scheme which asks for two things? Which then let's you tick to "trust" this device (forever/30 days), which is the one that's hacked and can bypass the MFA anyway...
Getting VDI licenced in an Education is a similar nightmare - students share machines, so there's not the one-to-one correlation between a physical machine and a virtual desktop. So you could buy a VDA for EACH student - 20,000 here - concurrent use doensn;t work as the licence has a a 90 day transfer restriction.
PLEASE PLEASE MICROSOFT kick your licencing team - they introduce needless complex licences which wastes our time, our resellers time and theirs!
Make the licencing really simple - so one purchase = one instance for desktop stuff. Same with server stuff, but keep the nice rules around visualization.
(VMware Site, just starting to look at HyperV)
Usual FUD around Hyper-V then - Hyper-V shares it's architecture model with Xen I believe - i.e. it's a Microkernel with the drivers in a privileged Virtual Machine (Domain 0 in Xen terms). HyperV "free" includes a limited number of services - Firewall, Management bits, etc. which run in this VM.
ESXi bundles all its services into one system - so drivers, firewalls, management bits, etc.
Patch management is required for both systems, and ESXi has been broken on more than one occasion by patches. However, the Patch Tuesday patches so far appear not to apply to Hyper-V - others may confirm this, but my test box hasn't been touched for 4 months so far.
So I see ESXi and HyperV on a par nowadays - they just work - the management tools (SCVMM vs vCenter) is a different story
So the creds are kept on AWS, they are also on iCloud (via backup settings?), or Google (Android), cached in a web browsers somewhere (OWA), in your handy Password Manager, on the Laptop which gets left on the train...
The only way to keep data secure is to not allow the users near it! E-mail is probably now the least safe place to store anything??
Cortina is a "Me Too" feature - how many people use Siri or Android Voice on a regular basis, if ever?
Variant I picked up somewhere was "SharePoint is not a solution to any problem"
So how long a journey have we got to go before we realise what we always wanted was a Main Frame?
PDF question also dubious - I'm pretty sure there's at least one e-mail client on some device somewhere which can't send an attachment!
How does this work? Dropbox 2GB vs OneDrive Unlimited (with an Office 365 sub)
Can really only see DropBox losing out??
I think perhaps it does fix something - licence Windows per user and this gets rid of the problem we have of VDI being tied to a device - we don't want to licence students for each of their devices to access a VDI solution.
Having said that, it's unclear whether this is concurrent users or named users - the former would be equivalent to RDS (terminal services) licencing and would be the ideal for any VDI solution. Bet it's going to be the later and then we'd need to licence 15000 students to be able to access 1 of 200 VDI sessions!
BUT what's this diagonal screen size thing? A Tablet whatever the size of screen is either going to with Windows installed or it's not (and probably licenced) - can't see MS providing a free install to enable Windows on a Nexus or iPad???????
Licencing departments come up with the most stupid convoluted unnecessary restrictions. What's wrong with one Windows licence per system (physical or virtual) running Windows???????
Major benefit of Cloud is that someone else has to deal with the fall out of these sorts of mergers! Is it me or is has the Storage market got far too many players in it now?
Noted the screenshot shows "technical preview", but actually there's also a technical preview for enterprise and the blurb that goes with that rabbits on about the Enterprise Advantages...
Any chance that Ofcom could enforce a standard set of T's and C's for public WiFi- so the acceptance page could be a very simple line stating both provider and user abide by Ofcom's T's and C's.
Assuming we'd have faith of Ofcom providing something reasonable?
A thought, If DHCP is a route into a Mac (for example) because it uses Bash to run it's DHCP scripts, then a devious sole bringing up a DHCP server on a public wifi network is going to have some fun? Or are these things properly protected against such attacks these days...
Wifi calling been on my Nexus 4 for ages apparently, Boo all use on Vodaphone, Apple does it and I expect (since EE is doing so)n that Vodafone will implement it.
Used to be Apple innovates, now Apple plays catchup, but until they do, no one cares!
So a SMB of 25 PCs, each with a spare 100GB? 2.5TB across a 1GB network. It's not going to be a performance solution is it? So archives maybe, but then how much does a similar NAS cost? And is it' as Eco? 25PCs left on to keep the array running, versus 1 NAS??
Mark 9 - an odd number - Marks 2,4, 6 and 8 were rubbish! So this must be a goody?