* Posts by Nate Amsden

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HPE is going to unleash a Machine on us. Here's how it might play out

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Not expecting NVMe in 3PAR in 2016

I have no official or unofficial information but 3PAR *just* refreshed their hardware last year, I personally wouldn't expect anything NVMe from them maybe until late 2017 at the earliest. The one exception might be if they use NVMe caching within the controllers themselves (by using the PCIe slots for such cards instead of HBAs).

But I think realistically existing SSDs are plenty fast enough to drive the VAST majority of workloads out there i think the faster NVMe SSDs will once again put a real barrier that storage systems will have to engineer around to make the controllers capable of driving such I/O while simultaneously doing everything else controllers do(and in some cases like 3PAR do it very well). It took many years for storage systems to "catch up" to just SSD speeds. (you could put SSDs in storage systems for many years but it didn't take many SSDs to max out the I/O capabilities of the controllers in front of them).

Could always be wrong of course.

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VMware hikes vSphere prices, shrinks licence options

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another worse option

Several of their products are licensed per VM. Including it seems that log insight tool which I can't believe anyone uses. Per VM licening is terrible. We are hit with it from other companies like Chef and new relic too.

At least the price hikes aren't bad. My org has purchased 3 vcenter licenses in the past 4 years. Maybe 1 or 2 more in next 5 years. So for my org this is a rounding error. Already using enterprise+ everywhere. ( no ops management).

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Uber, Taskrabbit, other Silicon Valley darlings urge Europe not to screw their business

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if only laws

would get out of everyone's way so they could do whatever they want. Sounds like a recipe for profit! I for one do not use any of these sharing companies for this among other reasons(data slurping etc).

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Great news, investors of Hortonworks: Only $179.1m net loss in 2015

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i suppose

the only thing postiive going on here would be the experience the employees are getting working with the tech, so when the company implodes they can get jobs elsewhere pretty easily since those skills are in pretty high demand (apparently not enough to hire much professional services though)

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Private clouds kinda suck, you know?

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Re: Is this not relabelling?

What you describe is utility computing in my mind which is all most orgs need. Overhead with true cloud is massive and not worth it outside of very very large scale.

Though management types love the concept of cloud(public or private). They just don't understand the costs or overhead involved(and trade offs). Some learn the hard way (my current and previous management did at previous companies). Some never stop trying. Others may think they have cloud with virtualization and some automation on top.

To me the only worthwhile cloud is SaaS. IaaS and PaaS are both stupid jokes in every incarnation with no signs of them getting better.

No I haven't wasted my time on vmware or microsoft or openstack cloud things. I am a solid customer of esxi and vcenter though (fuck the web client .NET client all the way. Never thought I'd be saying that as a Linux user for the past 20 years and vmware customer for 17 years )

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VMware kicks off new vSphere beta test

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Re: VMWare - jumped the shark tank?

Not sure what new is needed in workstation. I've been a vmware workstation user since before it was called workstation, back on pre 1.0 days on linux. I bought workstation 12 on black friday because it was an ok deal at the time(upgraded from v10). But I'd want to say it's been a decade or more since there was some new killer feature in workstation that I had to have. My only reasons for staying semi up to date is OS support.

I run ESXi 5.5 for my org, and don't see us upgrading that within the next year, probably two+ years. Looks like end of support for 5.5 is 2019, so plenty of time.

There hasn't been any killer feature in ESX for me since v4.0, only reason I'm on 5.5 is for support purposes(it's working, no complaints). Nothing in Xen or KVM looks appealing yet either, thought the story would be different there by now(for KVM, I wrote Xen off many years ago) but doesn't appear to be for me anyway.

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How a power blip briefly broke GitHub's boxes and tripped it offline

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Re: They needed to use Chaos Monkey from Netflix

For most simply having redundant power is enough. Multiple power feeds failing is extremely rare. I'd bet a lot of their gear was single feed and they were betting on rack level availability and not assuming a single UPS services multiple racks.

One company i was at was so cheap their backend infrastructure of 20 to 25 racks was all covered by a SINGLE UPS. There were other UPSs available but they didn't pay to even get alternating racks on two different UPSs. Fortunately for them there was never an outage on the backend gear. Front end gear also on single UPS and that UPS was tripped and went offline on a couple of occasions when someone plugged something in that they shouldn't of.

I've only been hosted at one facility that had both feeds fail at once. I inherited the gear and we moved out within 6 months(2006). It was an internap facility im seattle (they operated but did not own it). 3 years later that place had a fire and a full 30+ hours of no power.

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T-Mobile USA’s BingeOn is a smash hit. So what now?

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i think most people don't care

I'd wager most people don't care enough to know or see that it is 480i. A lot of content on youtube is crappy quality anyway (because of how it was recorded, nothing related to youtube itself).

It wouldn't surprise me either if customers liked it more because it runs faster too, less bandwidth required means streaming video buffers less and provides a more smooth experience.

The ones that really care about quality are probably not using t-mobile to begin with (and are ok with paying significantly higher fees as a result).

Since video consumption is up, or so they claim it seems people like it. It's good that you can turn the feature off (and pay for more data), though it would be nicer if it was easier to access this (I read you have to login to the t-mobile account page and change it there). Having it as a default doesn't seem like a bad idea to me anyway (I use AT&T so probably pay triple what the average t-mobile customer pays though my employer covers the tab). I wouldn't use t-mobile on service coverage area alone.

If AT&T did it then I would figure out how to login to my account page and disable the feature. No need to whine.

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Cabling horrors unplugged: Reg readers reveal worst nightmares

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Re: the opposite

sorry if the link was a dupe of the reddit/imgur thread if it was. I don't use reddit or imugur. or facebook or twitter or most of the rest of the internet except el reg.

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the opposite

some pretty amazing cabling jobs pictured here

http://izismile.com/2016/01/21/these_images_will_make_computer_nerds_everywhere_very_happy_23_pics.html

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OpenStack abandons AWS challenge dreams, makes eyes at telcos

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i don't see it

I don't see anything in the article that says they are abandoning anything. HP seemed very committed to supporting Openstack in Helion private clouds, the public cloud was always a question.

Obviously there are tons of largish companies out there working on deploying Openstack internally. I think it makes the most sense for the biggest players, companies that have server counts in the thousands for example.

What I do see in the article is OpenStack touting one successful use case for their platform.

I've never used OpenStack myself, looks interesting, but more complicated than I care to deal with myself. (I use vmware instead, and am not using any of their fancy vCloud stuff, just the basics ESXi enterprise plus with vcenter).

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Containers! Containers! Containers! And RHEL 7.2. Employ as you wish

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brings back memories

Seeing version 7 of RHEL reminds me of Red Hat 7 (non RHEL), and a big migration I did from that to RHEL 2.1 back in the day (I believe both were basically the same binaries at the time).

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Two big risks could torpedo Dell-EMC deal

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i'm no banker

But why can't the loan terms be something like "you can have the money as long as the shareholders approve the deal". Put some sort of guarantee on the money so the shareholders know they will get paid if they approve it. Seems simple to me anyway.

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Computer sales not a matter of life and death, they're more important than that

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Re: The customers have changed OS and computing platforms..

That doesn't make much sense. Some folks have left the PC platform because it's not as easy to put a laptop in your pocket. Has less/little to do with the software when the physical form factor is just not as mobile.

I think a big reason for the sales not being so big is that people don't need to replace PCs nearly as often. I am about to refresh my laptop for the first time in almost 6 years(bulk of my computing is done on this laptop as I type right now, I have multiple tablets that never get used anymore and my Note 3 phone is really only for pretty casual stuff).

I expect the new laptop to last at least 5 years. The other 2 PCs in my house are also at least 5 or 6 years old(with no need to replace anytime soon). Other computing devices - my Tivo Series 3 is going on 8 or 9 years old at this point(I have a series 4 that is newer too), no intention of replacing that anytime soon either. My 47" Phillips HDTV is the same age as my Tivo, no plans to replace that either. Only about 2 or 3 years ago I replaced a 11+ year old Tivo series 1(with the series 4). Series 1 still worked, just wanted HD.

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Cisco: Businesses are losing the ground war against hackers

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i bet

at least 75% of that 54% number don't know any better so just say "yes we're ready".

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2015's horror PC market dropped nine per cent

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maybe I'm tired

but I see Acer as being the only one growing, apple is down 18% in the charts.

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Mozilla warns Firefox fans its SHA-1 ban could bork their security

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Re: I've known this for a while

all I want is the ability to override this behavior, firefox should treat this as a self signed cert in the worst case. Other times they have decided to drop support for some SSL feature or function they completely bocked it with a very cryptic error message, there's no reason to treat it any worse than a self signed cert and force the user to accept it.

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Cat fight: Watch out YouTube, here comes Facebook

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strange article

It comes off sounding like yotube is a standalone operation not owned/operated by google. It says facebook videos are a loss leader for facebook's massive advertising, isn't most of google's products loss leaders for their advertising? It seems as if google made about 45 billion in advertising revenue for the first 3 Qs of 2015(https://investor.google.com/financial/tables.html). I don't think they are losing any sleep at night.

I don't use facebook, maybe I watch on average a dozen youtube videos a month or something. 98% of my video entertainment comes from cable tv curated by my tivo season passes and wishlists(same as it has been for the past 15 years).

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Google's SHA-1 snuff plan is catching up with Microsoft, Mozilla

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treat it like a self signed cert

throw up a warning and allow the user to override if they so desire. How is having a bad encryption scheme any worse than allowing the user to accept a ssl cert manually? (e.g. Man in the middle attack against someone like google or something where they issue a self signed cert for google.com).

This forced breakage of stuff is quite annoying. It should not be forced broken for maybe a decade or more. Give an option to the user, either real time or in the config UI. Last I checked it was seemingly impossible to find an older version of Chrome, and firefox certainly doesn't make it easy to keep multiple versions installed simultaneously(one to access sites that firefox refuses to work with anymore, and one more regular version). Drives me mad to see firefox reject the SSL of some system and really not even give ANY explanation as to why other than

"The page you are trying to view cannot be shown because the authenticity of the received data could not be verified."

Which is the exact same situation as if I was using a self signed cert, except when using a self signed cert firefox(and other browsers) let the user override, of course.

buncha hipsters running the interwebs these days seems like.

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VMware, Xen issue urgent patches

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as a happy vmware customer for 16 years

Happier that I've never used any of the products mentioned. (Happy to not use xen too)

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Sneaky skimmer scam stings several Safeway supermarkets

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don't use debit cards?

I haven't used my ATM/debit card as a "debit" card probably since the 90s.

I'm perfectly happy with swipe & sign. Chip processing takes too long still. I was at a checkout line at a CVS drug store two weeks ago and their system took a good 10-15 seconds before the person was even able to sign, slowed the line down a lot(both customers in front of me were complaining on the delay time), caused me to pay in cash instead. The cashier said the previous week it was even slower. Maybe it will get fast eventually but if they have had this shit in europe for years I would think the tech is already pretty mature.

I've had pretty minimal pain from credit card fraud over the past 15 years. I've had a few cards compromised, and I've had a few transactions incorrectly declined due to aggressive anti fraud systems.

But as a consumer(and a very happy customer of Safeway though I am not in the cities listed) am perfectly happy with the system as-is. Though it's probably been two years now since I last had to have a card replaced(due to fraud).

A few fraud attempts against my BofA shopsafe cards but after talking with customer service they see that it is impossible to commit fraud against those cards so they turn the alert off and don't force me to get a new card. Maybe their fraud system since has been adapted to auto detect this state, last time I had an issue they said the fraud system could not tell the difference between a shop safe card and a real card.

It's not as if chip and pin solves everything anyway, there's been many stories about how the systems have been compromised over the years. I don't intend to ever use my phone for payments either.

But whatever.

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iOS banking apps security still not good enough, says researcher

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Re: Banking on a phone?

Damn right. No banking or health related personal data touches my phone or tablets.

Only purchases I've ever made on mobile are from the google play store (and HP store back when I used webos). Even then only used BofA shopsafe credit cards. I'm more than happy using my laptop for such things instead. I'm not in a hurry.

Almost all "apps" want too many permissions so I don't even install them on my phone.

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Exablox shows off its ring, adds variable-length NAS dedupe

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with my suitable data

I get just over 32:1 dedupe on HP StoreOnce NFS(two appliances each with about 50TB of data written). Works really well though performance needs work still. (I'm sure VTL on StoreOnce is really fast with their software accelerators I just use NFS, it's fast enough but could easily stand to be much faster for really large files which I'm forced to backup in NFS sync mode).

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Microsoft to OneDrive users: We're sorry, click the magic link to keep your free storage

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wonder how they will choose

what data to delete for users above the limit ? Just randomly perhaps.

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Kaspersky, McAfee, and AVG all vulnerable to major flaw

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Mozilla confirms its Firefox OS phones are dead

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Re: make the world a better place

Hey P

I liked WebOS too, I still use my AT&T HP Pre3 on occasion(no data services on that SIM) and I have two HP Touchpads in their touchstones acting as picture frames. I have a 3rd Touchpad from the "fire sale" that has never been opened(it's still in the shipping box, I bought 5 from HP during that fire sale, took a long time to get past all the server errors to make the order go through), I don't know why I keep it, I don't have another use for it but I don't want to get rid of it either. Has more value to me than giving it away.

I have another Pre3 too, I think it is the french edition. I gave away a Pre2, a Veer and a UK Pre3 a couple of years ago.

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make the world a better place

put this person Jaaksi in charge of windows 10, thanks

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The HPE-Scality hookup is a full-on reselling deal

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Re: 4 months later

curious what the point is of your link - it clearly indicates HP has been reselling Scality longer than Dell.

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The gear I use in my test lab: A look at three Trident+ switches

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haven't used cisco in 8 years

And even then it was stuff I inherited that the company bought off ebay..

I've been an Extreme Networks customer for about 15 years now, ease of use for CLI is one reason, and the past 11 years I have been a big fan of ESRP for network fault tolerance(you can google "extremely simple redundancy protocol" for my blog post on that topic from many years ago). I've also made extensive use of their virtual router abilities which I believe both Cisco and Juniper have too. Extreme has had an "API" for over 10 years but I've never had a need for it(in general I don't use APIs).

They are of course cheaper than Cisco though at my volumes purchase cost really isn't a big deal anyway(operational cost more important). I have deployed the X670V (similar to many other broadcom 10G switches with 40G uplinks), X670 (similar but no 40G ability - few grand cheaper I see $9k on newegg for example which is similar to what I paid 3 years ago), and the X670-48t (10G copper, my newest stuff).

I only mention it because you talk about liking stacking, I'm not as much of a fan for stacking myself but it has it's uses, these 10G switches are completely compatible with stacking with lower end 1G switches without an issue(stacking bandwidth I believe is limited to whatever switch has slowest links). I was running X670V with X460(1G) stacking for a few years without much issue. Obviously many other product lines of theirs as well, I just list the more recent 10G stuff. I haven't had a need for their X770 40G stackable switches.

I tell people if you want to make a career out of networking go Cisco (or perhaps Juniper they are also complicated(you can google "simple network management techopsguys" for a blog post on that from years ago too). If you are perhaps more like me, and do many different things then use something else.

HP's stacking technology seems more robust(based on conversations only, have not used HP networking gear since the 90s) than Extreme's, though I really do not like the cisco-like UI on pretty much every vendor who tries to imitate Cisco.

I'm 100% HP for servers+storage, but of course I don't use them for ethernet stuff. Each of my servers has 4x10GbE ports on it(fail over spread over two NICs). Works really well, more so with the 10GBaseT which makes cabling easier. I would of deployed 10GBaseT many years ago but HP lacked NICs at the time, so had to invest in SFP.

(for Firewalls I use Dell SonicWall for similar reasons, works well for my org, easy to manage, rarely had an issue in the past several years).

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CFEngine goes from beta to full product in just a month

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Re: OK, but...

i haven't used cfengine since v2 (used it for a good 7 years, really liked it). I would go back to cfengine v2 in a heartbeat over chef though(been using chef for 5 years, fortunately I'm not the sole person responsible for it - too much work to switch to something else at this point). Chef is a powerful tool but way too complicated for 99% of environments out there. I could teach someone the ins and outs of cfengine v2 in a day pretty easily, with chef, no chance in hell, in 5 years I still get burned on a semi regular basis.

But cfengine v3 could of gone downhill too I don't know.

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VTech's Android tablet for kids 'hopelessly insecure'

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Re: Why bother with security

probably easier to socially engineer those 7 year olds with candy (as in chocolate).

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Re: Why bother with security

exactly the same thing I was thinking too, same goes for their website hack, what value does any of that data have. It seems as if the "hacker" who told whatever news org that they did it just did it to show it was insecure (get some free press, something to put on the resume - good for them I guess, for the rest of the world I see little reason to care).

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World bought 143 exabytes of storage in Q3, mostly spinning rust

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Re: So with all this spinning rust being bought daily.....

well even if everyone WAS buying only flash it's been said several times there flat out isn't nearly enough flash manufacturing capacity to meet that level of demand anyway.

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And the reasons for buying new IT gear are as follows ...

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the instant ?

really? Maybe if you are in an ultra high security industry, otherwise generally speaking if it ain't broke no need to fix it. I actively held onto one version of code on my switches until I could no longer get support on it because it eventually became end of life (having performed no major updates on the switches in the previous 3 years).

My current switch code has a couple of known issues with it that are fixed in newer versions - but for now (and for the past year) I'd rather live with those known issues then think what new issues might be introduced by the new code. The features I use on my switches really haven't changed in 11 years now.

No I don't use Cisco, and won't touch Supermicro.

Same goes for other things too, the ONLY reason I upgraded to vsphere 5.5 from 4.1 was because 4.1 was past end of support(by about 6 months). Fortunately I don't have to open vmware cases very often. I have no intention of upgrading to vSphere 6 before 2017. 5.5 does everything I need just fine. I had some early issues with some VMs hanging and having to be killed on the ESXi host themselves (first time I'd ever seen that in vmware myself), but that problem seems to have resolved itself at some point.

My Splunk version has been end of support for probably 2 years(yet we still pay for support). I was burned BADLY by splunk 3->4 upgrade years ago and now am paranoid about future upgrades, the last major splunk issue took more than 1 YEAR to resolve(not related to 3-> upgrade that was probably 2 years of critical issues), and as things stand now it WORKS good and nobody has complained in at least 2 years(since the last issue was resolved). No outstanding issues, no pressure to upgrade, it's on the roadmap of things to do just keeps getting pushed because there are more important things to worry about.

My production load balancer software went end of support in October, there is a newer version and obviously we are under support - the newer version has a critical bug in layer 7 mysql load balancing that is preventing us from upgrading, been working with support on it for 5 months now they still don't know the cause(prior to that a stupid licensing decision the vendor made in versions between what I have and the absolute latest prevented upgrading, the licensing decision was reversed in the latest code). My team used to hate the Java UI in the current load balancer version that we have, then they saw the new all HTML5 UI and they hate that even more they want the Java stuff back (well technically they haven't lost it yet in our production load balancers just the non production ones).

Oh and my latest shiny DL380Gen9 boxes have a critical issue where they can take upwards of 2 hours to boot(and at least 2-3 attempts to get them to POST entirely), my earliest systems had to have their system boards replaced because they kept crashing on POST. HP eventually figured out the cause but does not have a solution for me (their solution is to disable boot from SAN but I boot from SAN so that is not an option). At least they fixed the firmware so the system boards don't become unusable.

http://h20564.www2.hpe.com/hpsc/doc/public/display?docId=emr_na-c04822613&sp4ts.oid=7500984

fortunately I don't have to reboot often, and these systems I don't plan to reboot for at least 6 months.

I used to run a full layer 3 switch at home for a few years 48-port 10/100, though it was obviously very loud(even after I replaced the fans) and drew a lot of power. I used 2 or 3 VLANs on it, ditched it maybe 8 years ago for small netgear switches(the little metal ones). No VLANs, nothing fancy. I do have a separate network zone for less trusted things which is wired into my Soekris OpenBSD firewall, so those things like my PS4 are connected to that zone(along with wifi), and have no access to my internal network.

The more time goes on the more I just want shit to be stable, there are very few new features that I care about anymore. Maybe I'm just getting old.

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Free HTTPS certs for all – Let's Encrypt opens doors to world+dog

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wonder how good mobile support is

I have a wildcard cert through COMODO for my colo'd server, runs maybe $150 a year or something(the cheapest one I could find) I forget, works fine for desktop but my android devices don't like it, so I have to install the cert on them to get them to trust it. There is a more expensive wildcard cert option through COMODO last time I checked which I bet had mobile support I just didn't want to pay that for my personal server (and I didn't want to use self signed since I give https links to other people and don't want the warnings to pop up etc)

So hopefully this service has a CA that is mobile-trusted.

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Clean-cut code-warriors behind Cohesity's hyper-converged tech

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WTF

is secondary storage. I just read

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/06/18/cohesity_enters_copy_data_virtualisation_arena/

as well as this article and I still have no idea what value this stuff has. I've also sat through (about 2 years ago) a webex or something with actifio(sp) and saw absolutely no value in their product either. It just seems like some sort of glorified snapshots? Most storage has that already, I've used snapshots for testing in QA and dev for 9 years now. the link above talks about analytics as well, I mentioned in another el reg article I suspect for most data sets there is no analytics on the data. You're not going to get anything useful out of mysql data files or vmware VMDKs.

Maybe in Cohesity's case they mean analytics in that you can run hadoop natively on their stuff, in which case great - I have never been at a place that needed hadoop other than at one analytics company and they built (or were trying to build at the time after having their own in house analytics platform for 8 years or so) hadoop shit. I don't see companies like that gravitating towards solutions like this. Hadoop as a technology isn't very good to begin with, there are many superior solutions on the market that are generally less complicated and higher performing. Hadoop is buzzword compliant though so maybe that's why they have it.

i suppose this quote from the article above signals what they do

"Cohesity says its data platform will "eliminate the current fragmentation and data sprawl in development, back-up, and analytics solutions[..]"

That is a problem I've never seen myself, there is some sprawl and fragmentation in that stuff, but for me historically it's been very much under control.

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Off-key Violin Memory stuck on a bridge over troubled waters

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will the whole company be acquired?

Or might they close shop and just sell the technology and the few key people that make it(however many that may be).

With NVMe flash these days, what advantage does Violin have technology wise(why would some company acquire their tech instead of developing on NVMe)? From what I've read a lot of their "enhancements" have been mostly bolting on 3rd party software to add features. Or maybe my info is out of date, but that is the last I recall hearing about anyway.

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HPE has stabbed VMware in the front with converged Azure boxen

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nothing new

Hp has sold converged hyper v for years now. KVM too i believe all with storevirtual

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Hate your broadband ISP? Simply tell your city to build one – that'll get the telcos' attention

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don't hate my broadband isp

My broadband isp is city operated(or at least is named after the city and only serves within the city limits). Though I'd rather have comcast, even if I have to pay a bit more (was a comcast customer before moving to this city a few years ago). Looking forward to having comcast again in about a year with much faster business class upload speeds. Current plan claims up to 3Mbit upload, though I don't think I ever see over 2Mbit. Best plan available is up to 5mbit upload but I'd be happy with 10meg.

For download I don't care my download bandwidth has been find for a decade. I run a dedicated server at a colo(100meg unlimited on a fast multi 10G backbone less than 15ms from home) and when I upload media to it I want it to go faster.

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Google cloud outage caused by failure that saw admins run it manually ... and fail

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Re: Bah!

Seems constantly I am reminded of people or products that get "fixes" which in fact make things worse than before. So be careful what you wish for. I'm not responsible for anything BGP related but my experience with ISPs in general tells me for the most part BGP works fine, there are hiccups here and there but as a customer I'll happily have those then the unknowns that come with a new protocol or significantly different architecture. My main upstream ISP has a 100% uptime SLA ( http://www.internap.com/support/sla/ ).

I can recall one time where a company I worked for was severely impacted by a BGP issue, that was literally 11 years ago(traceroute for what should of been ~8 hops ended up being 32 hops and 98% packet loss - http://elreg.nateamsden.com/funkyroute.txt ). The routing issue was exposed due to a fiber cut in another part of the country, took about 7 hours for AT&T to work around the issue they were unaware as to the severity of the problem for the customers that were impacted.

One more time when performance was degraded due to a BGP reverse path issue, that was about 6 years ago. Ironically enough AT&T in that situation too, Internap shut off peering with AT&T at that site for several weeks until AT&T fixed it (they never disclosed to Internap what the fix was or what happened). Until that time I had never heard of the term or concept of BGP reverse path.

Other than that just small hiccups here and there that tend to get fixed pretty quickly without me having to contact anyone about them.

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HP storage financials: Meh. Meg Whitman needs to make this right

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i think you mean

StoreVirtual not StoreAll

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Hilton confirms hotel credit-card-snaffling sales till malware hit

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been a while

I think it's been close to 2 years since one of my CCs was last compromised. I use them at many places including hotels(usually best western or holiday inn), airlines, online(using BofA "shopsafe" virtual CCs). For a year or two it was getting nailed 2-3 times a year seemed like (with most of those being "shopsafe" compromises which doesn't matter to me because nobody else can use those numbers, but the BofA fraud system last I dealt with it anyway couldn't distinguish between a shopsafe compromise and a main card compromise, had to talk to a rep who would manually clear the fraud alert after verifying it was shopsafe).

Maybe just been lucky I don't know.. outside of a brief trip to europe Target is the only place I've been to that accepts the "chip" on my cards(that have no PIN), other places tell me their chip readers(the few that have them) don't work(yet). I like swipe still myself, much faster.

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Superfish 2.0 worsens: Dell's dodgy security certificate is an unkillable zombie

Nate Amsden
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Re: seems way overblown

ok having the private key there is not good(didn't notice that bit).

Still maintain it is overblown, this is a honest mistake I am sure and Dell also I'm sure be releasing an update to fix it. No malicious intent(again assuming this cert is from Dell and is not just forged to look like it is from them).

Whether it is this or heartbleed or shellshock etc(more familiar with those since I don't deal in end user computing systems), so many alarmists out there behave like every little thing the world is going to come to an end because of it.

(for another poster who captured my post - I don't delete my posts, with one exception I deleted one in a thread about el reg's new android app I wrote a long post on how it didn't work and then later realized I was not using the new app since you had to jump through hoops to get it, the post wasn't relevant because it was not about the software version in question).

While I didn't notice that the private key was included my opinion still stands the situation is overblown. Dell will fix it.

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Nate Amsden
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seems way overblown

It's a CA, people seem to be worried if the CA gets compromised then their systems can be abused, how is it different from any other CA? Dell probably signs their software with this CA. Now if this cert doesn't come from Dell and is on Dell computers that may be more of an issue.

It looks like the newer Firefoxes use the windows ssl keystore, at least on my firefox 38 ESR it seems to.

On the list of things that may keep me up at night this dell thing(even if I had a dell system running windows) doesn't even register.

Some random folks trying to get free press I suppose.

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OpenBSD's native hypervisor emerges

Nate Amsden
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Re: what's stopping me

open source etc, no doesn't interest me in the slightest, because I run much more than just OpenBSD in VMs. I'd rather have a more common platform that can run everything(or close to it), especially when the number of non OpenBSD VMs outnumber the OpenBSD VMs for me by a huge margin.

(on a similar note I have no interest in KVM or Xen either, vmware has worked very well for me for 16 years now)

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what's stopping me

openbsd vms run fine on vmware already. Nothing here to get me interested in changing.

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Telecity fix nixed: Borked UK internet hub 'had no UPS protection'

Nate Amsden
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what is this bullshit you are spewing again? amazon suffers from power outages too

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2012/07/03/amazon_outage_post_mortem/

"But despite all the precautions – and there were many – the US East-1 region of Amazon's cloud was brought down after an electrical surge.

And not because of the power outage, but because of faulty generators and some bugs in some of the control software that Amazon has created to deal with failover and recovery of various cloudy services."

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I've had equipment hosted at one data center that suffered a power outage(I mean equipment failure which resulted in an outage of both power feeds at the same time), one data center in the past roughly 15 years. Moved out of that data center shortly after(I was a new employee at the time), 2-3 years later that facility suffered a large 30-40 hour outage due to a fire ( http://projects.registerguard.com/csp/cms/sites/web/news/cityregion/16561418-57/story.csp )

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Citrix to axe 1,000 workers, tells GoTo to go to someplace else

Nate Amsden
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weird

wonder why they kept sharefile, seems like a logical thing to associate with the "cloud" (hosted) goto products.

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Apple's OS X App Store downloads knackered by expired security cert

Nate Amsden
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haha

That's nothing. One cert expired? Pfft. I remember what was it 2004 perhaps a big CA expired. News was coming for years this cert was going to expire. I was working at a company with nextel as one of our clients. They had outsourced much (all? I don't know) IT to IBM global services. This cert expires and from what was explained to me is virtually every single cert at nextel was hit as a result. All certs went bad globally at the same time. It was pretty amusing. I don't remember how long it took them to recover.

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Open to the core: MongoDB's enterprise push in 'joins' U-turn

Nate Amsden
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easy fix?

I don't use Mongo but if costs for dev are a problem just give discounted or free licenses for dev for customers paying for production. Pretty common hell almost universal practice.

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