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Australia deflates Valve with Steam sueball

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isn't that what Steam's DRM is for? revoke access to the title. I've only played a couple steam titles (both of which I bought on physical DVD), but I can't play them unless Steam is logged in and up to date (and I never play online).

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Community chest: Storage firms need to pay open-source debts

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Re: Half of the Story

You have the option to participate in open source true. The reality for probably 98% of orgs out there is even with that prospect they do not participate because they don't have the skills/etc to do so.

I've seen countless companies including every one I've worked for use open source stuff for various things and pretty much never contribute back. If they found problems with some open source package the solution was typically not to use that package and try something else, rather than spend time beyond basic community mailing lists to get help resolving it.

Many folks see open source not as freedom but as "don't have to buy something". Which in some cases creates many more problems than going out and actually buying something that may work better.

(Linux user for 18 years, 16 of those spent supporting it and other open source tech along side commercial tech, so not a MS fanboy by any stretch!)

If your a Linux user and want to support open source, use a commercial distribution like Red Hat. You get quality software, and you know you are supporting a lot of open source projects at the same time. It's a much easier sell to management then saying they should donate $$ or hire some developers to contribute code back.

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Dropbox cuts cloud storage prices $10 per terabyte, matching Google and Microsoft

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Re: "1 TB (1,000 GB)"

I think it's safe to assume the version with all zeros.

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HP busts out new ProLiant Gen9 servers

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request to HP

hire Jordan Carver to help market those new racks.

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Better be Nimble, tech giants, or mutant upstarts will make off with your sales

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take that nimble nay sayers

that statement should of been right below the image instead of above it.. the image says more than the text of the story.

Would be nice to see a comparison of the nimble results relative to Fusion IO and Violin.

I think they have some decent tech, my company even has one of their arrays(maybe two I forget), not in my department though. I think it does a fine job for what it is used for, mission critical will remain 3PAR for some time to come though here anyway.

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Hey FCC, Comcast-TWC merger is bad news for Netflix, says Netflix

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how does the merger impact broadband consumer choice

Since cable orgs are generally granted monopolies over their areas, there should be little to no overlap between the two, so consumers don't have a choice between comcast and time warner in a given market.

I'm against the merger myself as well since I think they would be too big, and I like the concept of separating content creation (NBC Universal etc) from distribution. But anyway I don't see the reasoning behind broadband competition.

I do find it somewhat amusing some folks though they whine and complain about lack of competition when often enough there is multiple broadband providers in their area whether it is DSL, mobile internet, sattelite or something like that. Then they say "oh yeah well all those suck, they are too slow". Which basically means cable companies are doing a good job at providing competitive service.

Some folks (I was one at one point) want the cable isps to be regulated like common carriers. But again look at the state of the DSL market -- you're likely to see the cable internet market go the way of that if they are regulated in a similar manor.

For me - I use cable internet from I guess what you could call a "municipal" provider - they serve the city I'm in of ~41k people only (and I'm spitting distance practically from Youtube's HQ, I walk by it on the way to work). Other ISPs in my area include AT&T Uverse, and a couple others. The broadband offered by this small cable provider is somewhat on par with what I got with Comcast before I moved here, though there is no business class offering(that I know of anyway) that can give me faster upload speeds (I have a server at a local colo and it would be nice to have faster upload to it - as-is I get about 2Mbit - if I paid more the most I could get is about 5Mbit upload).

I won't do Uverse at least in part because last I checked(just now actually) it was not compatible with my Tivo S3 or S4, and I have no interest in using their DVRs in place of Tivo, even if Uverse was free. That doesn't stop them from sending me stuff in the mail to sign up at least once a week seems like.

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VMware EMC partner Cisco inks reselling deal... with Simplivity

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isn't

scale computing bigger than Simplivity at least? I've never used any of them myself but

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/08/14/scale_computing_scales_sales_up/

"It has amassed more than 900 customers who use more than 3,500 HC3 appliances, "surpassing the number of customers of its closest competitor by a wide margin.""

From your own article and yet you seem to forget so quickly.

Hell I don't know why I remembered, I don't even really care.

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Silicon Valley jolted by magnitude 6.1 quake – its biggest in 25 years

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woke me up

first earthquake to ever wake me up I think, I am close to SFO airport, felt like it was going for quite a while down here.

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Forrester says it's time to give up on physical storage arrays

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cheap is relative

What is cheap x86 servers? My fairly loaded HP DL380Gen8s (24 core/48 thread 192GB 4x10G 2x8G FC w/4 hour onsite support) and vSphere enterprise plus are around $30k each. The cost hasn't changed too much since we bought our DL385 G7s 3 years ago (other than the systems are about 2x faster than our 3 year old boxes in the same power envelope)

Maybe to some that is cheap, maybe to others it is not. To me it's reasonable with the ability to get good consolidation ratios out of them, and they have been *extremely* reliable.

Though HP 3PAR has done pretty amazingly well at being a low cost leader in all flash systems recently(relative to their main competition anyway)

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HP lets the SAN shine: StoreVirtual now bigger, flashier, OpenStack-ier

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I think

the 7200 designation for that array is incorrect in the article, at least it's not the number I heard it was going to be called. The 7200 is an entry level system that was released in December 2012. I would not expect HP to re-use that number for a brand new system that would not be smart. But I will confirm with 3PAR. Not that you can't equip a 7200 with all SSDs if you wanted.

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Linux Foundation says many Linux admins and engineers are certifiable

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Re: Way too simple.

honestly I probably couldn't (quickly) do multiple of those things without referring to previous examples I have used in the past. I feel I am adept at Linux having used it for almost 18 years now and well I just know I'm very good. I also know where to draw the line, I'm not going to go out on a half baked expedition to try to get some obscure open source project to work when I can get a commercial solution that does the job just fine (I used to do this back in the 90s, then I learned that was a bad approach oh how I remember the struggles of configuring linux to be a PPP dialup server what a pain that was).

But (like many I suppose) I don't have every little bit memorized (esp detailed configurations) if I'm not doing that every day (last time I really configured postfix was probably 3 years ago, it's just run since then). But I have all my docs, all my config examples. I also actively avoid doing things like rewrite rules in apache as well because they are PITA (prefer to do it at my real load balancers it's far easier).

And don't get me started on squid, that thing is a PITA. Always has been, I've set it up maybe 3 times in the past 14 years. Even with docs and examples it's a major PITA.

So I honestly, very honestly would probably not do so hot on this test, but I absolutely know that I am very good with Linux (having been tech lead on every project I've been involved with more or less since 2003) and have employers falling head over heels constantly trying to hire me (sorry, not interested I am happy where I am at now).

I've never put any faith in certs, generally they are not worth a whole lot. When I look at candidates I generally rank them lower the more certs they have, especially if they have really stupid ones like A+ type stuff. To-date my intuition on that has been accurate, generally candidates that have a lot of certs don't tend to know a whole lot. Same goes for candidates that have long resumes, the longer the resume the less they seem to know.

I never recall anyone ever asking me for a cert. I think it is more common if I was a dedicated network engineer. I do networking whether it's L2-L3 switching, or L4-L7 load balancing, (no dynamic routing), no certs though.

I suppose the biggest reason I don't recall every nitty bitty configuration detail, is really I have more valuable things to store in my brain.

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Microsoft, Google link arms on browser vid chat

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MS has been doing a great job

of breaking their own skype clients recently. Whether it is the older linux clients, killing off support for windows phone 7, or whatever..seems like a bad idea. Earlier today I noticed someone try to invite someone into a group chat (text chat, not voice/video) and skype said in the chat "(username) needs to update Skype to participate in this chat. Help by sending them to Skype.com/downloads. Learn more about new group chat."

stupid.

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VMware buys CloudVolumes to speed app installations

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so

how is this different from something like XenApp ? I am certainly not an expert in either but have used XenApp a bit over the past few years(handy for thick management apps like vCenter over a WAN connection), and it makes apps look and feel like they are local, and drive letters are mapped automatically so you can get data from local drives and put it up to the hosted app, and I think it does printers and stuff too.

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WTH? Upstart stuffed with ex-VMware bods grilled on Amazon cloud 'rescue' plan

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aws is a f*cking chore to use

it's so limited in it's features/capabilities it's maddening. Those who don't understand that haven't done any infrastructure work in the past 15 years because that's how far back in time you gotta go (if not further).

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Object storage bods Exablox: RAID is dead, baby. RAID is dead

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seems kind of limited

They only support SMB (CIFS) ? Really? I think most would argue that NFS is a far more commonly deployed protocol amongst servers anyway.

I suspect these guys are not using RAID as in mirroring whole drives, they are probably mirroring (or more likely triple mirroring) objects across systems. So if a drive fails the objects are mirrored elsewhere, you don't need to wait on that drive or a hot spare or something to kick in. They may be using RAID for the operating system disk(s) on their controllers (or perhaps just a small SSD).

3PAR has a nice RAID system too which is similar, breaking the drives up into 1GB (as of a few years ago before that 256MB) so rebuilds are very fast and the design is quite scalable. You can even yank a drive out of an array and the system will go into "logging" mode writing data that would go to that drive to other locations for up to something like 7 minutes at which point the system assumes the drive is dead and rebuilds. You can gracefully evacuate drives as well for seamless maintenance.

IBM's XIV does something similar too I believe but last I checked they still limited themselves to 7.2k RPM disks and RAID 1 only (I suspect their CPUs can't keep up with the calculations for RAID 5/6 at that level, with 3PAR that is handled by their ASIC).

XIO (assuming that's what they are called now) does RAID across drive platters, which I thought was quite creative too, they can fail individual platters in drives and not have to replace the disk (system ships with enough spare capacity that you don't take a capacity hit over the 5-8 years or so of the system warranty).

It's not uncommon for a 3PAR array to have more than 50,000 RAID arrays on it with just a few hundred spindles(much more for those on systems older than current generation since the size of the chunklets is smaller).

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Nexenta reckons it has Edge in squeezing your object storage BLOB

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also competing

I'm sure there is more but DDN comes to mind(absolutely massive object scale with 1 trillion objects/cluster), as does Red Hat storage server(which is software only). I think NetApp has object storage too though last I saw it was quite limited in scale (relative to say DDN anyway).

I think the potential market for this stuff is pretty small, much of the object storage systems I suspect will be in the service providers and well there's only so many of those.

Most small orgs don't need object storage, NAS is more than sufficient (say up to and including a few PB).

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The Return of BSOD: Does ANYONE trust Microsoft patches?

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Re: i can't patch

just tried to install KB2929437 and the patch says it is "not applicable to your computer". thanks for the tip though

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Re: i can't patch

LDS - I don't know. I don't tend to skip patches I just let the system patch whatever it wants. I looked and indeed I do not have KB2929437, I'll take a snapshot of my VM and see if I can get that one to install(faster to recover with vmware than with windows system restore for me)

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i can't patch

my main windows 7 VM that I use on my laptop anymore. There is an outstanding patch for IE11(KB2964444 - was failing since 5/2) that if it gets installed the system will BSOD on reboot(not installing it seems to hold up other patches). I cannot uninstall IE11 due to some sort of internal corruption in the system. Tried a few basic things I found online to try to fix it nothing worked.

The system functions fine otherwise.

I suppose at some point I need to reinstall it (tried doing some basic recovery stuff to fix the issue everything failed), the system is pretty well protected as-is anyway, but hasn't seen a patch in several months. I've personally never had this kind of issue with windows before, though I haven't been a serious windows user in some time(still not).

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Microsoft Azure goes TITSUP (Total Inability To Support Usual Performance)

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Re: 512K Day?

No way, Microsoft runs SDN. And SDN will save the world, it doesn't have any limitations, you could put a billion routes into it and it won't skip a beat because it's web scale.

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New Sprint CEO says he will lower axe on staff – but prices come first

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anyone know

how well (or not) Sprint's $20 billion iPhone commitment from 2011 has worked out? Seems like quite a big bet.. I left Sprint after 10 years about a year after they announced that, after they got rid of their customer appreciation program too.

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Docker kicks KVM's butt in IBM tests

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Isn't this less about docker

And more about LXC? Or does docker not use LXC anymore. My impression was docker was simply a way to package things and had little to do with the container itself.

I deployed a few lxc containers earlier this year. They serve their purpose fine. I looked into docker at the time and found no reason to use it. Just used lxc as built into ubuntu 12.04. We built the containers months ago and haven't had to touch them since(from an OS/container standpoint at least). If you are frequently destroying and recreating containers perhaps docker is good. Life cycles for my systems typically measure in years.

So I adapted our existing provisioning system that I have been using for 7 years that works on physical as well as virtual hardware and added simple LXC hooks into it. So installation and system configuration is very similar to the other systems we have.

Performance is good but containers are quite limited in functionality which will limit my usage of them to specific use cases.

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Boffins find hundreds of thousands of woefully insecure IoT devices

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just wait

till we get this "smart grid" bullshit, it will make these security bugs look like I don't know pretty trivial by comparison.

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It's time for PGP to die, says ... no, not the NSA – a US crypto prof

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Re: He's right! PGP sucks to use!

hey man I like the ability to telnet to a SMTP server on port 25 and issue SMTP commands directly to debug things.

same goes for HTTP.

and other protocols.

Myself I've never really had a need for encryption in email. I've run my own mail services since the mid 90s and I've never felt I needed fancier SMTP or to even deploy PGP (I think I used PGP a couple times back in the 90s for email never since). Though my mail system does support SASL/TLS I did add that a few years back so my mobile devices could email remotely without using webmail or VPN. Though I rarely even do that, I haven't sent an email through my email server from my phone since last year (it doesn't even work anymore and I can't be bothered to figure out why and fix it).

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Hey, biz bods: OpenStack will be worth $3.3bn by 2018

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can't keep it up

One of the tech leads for HP's Helion/Openstack told a group of blogers(inc me) a good quote at HP Discover in June -

"The easiest thing about OpenStack is setting it up - organizations spend the majority of the time simply keeping it running after it is set up."

My former boss works at a company who is working with Openstack and agreed completely. It's not ready for prime time.

I think Open Stack has a bright future, that future is just a few years out still. My personal tipping point to seriously consider Open Stack will be when the likes of Red Hat and HP offer 3-5 year support contracts for it, that will tell me they have confidence. As-is both offer max of 18 months (in HP's case at least the last 6 of which are dedicated to upgrading to the next version which they emphasized was not trivial, and depending on organization size you may be in an endless cycle of upgrading - me on the other hand the bulk of my servers still run ESX 4.1 quite happily).

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NetApp: Revenues are down – but own brand kit wasn't to blame

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Re: Hmmmmm

I don't see how you can compare HP/Compaq to NetApp/Engenio(sp?) - there is (almost?) no product overlap in the NetApp case. The platforms are built for totally different markets. It doesn't take but 30 seconds of looking at the capabilities of each to see this.

I think perhaps it is more of companies that used to buy from LSI are less comfortable buying from NetApp as they are obviously more of a competitor in other storage spaces as well, and so perhaps are shifting towards Xyratex and other suppliers, I don't know.

As for Flash Ray I agree with the first poster that is NetApp's goal, though the slide that El Reg implies that they are further away from that goal than many folks might think(assuming the slide is recent) and are trying to temper expectations for launch day.

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Golden age of invention or hyped-up age of overblown marketing?

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seems to be quite a bit of innovation

going on these days, I suppose the most obvious one is SSDs, but a good storage system is a hell of a lot more than just slapping a bunch of SSDs in it and allocating LUNs or exporting file systems. Finding good ways to best utilize the underlying technology's performance while maintaining high levels of reliability/availability and if your lucky scalability too.

I don't think there is much over hype in the storage industry at all. Now by contrast the networking industry and their software defined bullshit THAT is hype(hype to roughly 99.999% of organizations anyway). Networking has traditionally been a very boring thing, and they are desperately trying to get attention with software defined.

Some folks are trying to capitalize on that and offer "software defined storage" which I view as hype as well. There are some interesting approaches but too many platforms are claiming software defined when it doesn't make any sense.

That said I still find myself a loyal 3PAR customer/advocate 8 years after getting my first system. They continue to give me reasons to stick to them. I told their leadership at Discover that if you asked me two (and for sure three) years ago did I think the 3PAR architecture would make it in the SSD world I would of been very skeptical. What they've managed to pull off without having to do any ground up rewrites or acquisitions in the past 18 months has just blown me away(and there's more to come as always).

I do see interesting things that some storage startups are doing - if I worked for a much bigger org that had more silos of storage laying around I'd be interested in test driving them. As-is, for the most part anything we get has to be capable of being a backbone driving tens to hundreds of millions of revenue each year(over $200M/year is driven by roughly two racks of equipment today). Which for me means I don't want to take the risk and use the startups for that kind of thing - I've learned a lot about storage over the past 10 years or so and perhaps the most important lesson is I've learned to be conservative in the risks taken(and yes I have had my fair share of issues on 3PAR over the years, by no means is it a flawless platform - which just re-iterates my feelings against relying on the startups for such a system).

(not a storage guy specifically I do networking servers, ops stuff etc as well)

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VMware hangs with the cool kids in the Containers gang

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Vapp

I thought the vApp concept was containers on vsphere. Though I could be wrong and I never noticed vApps het traction. The concept was apps running directly on the hypervisor somehow. I think initially it was limited to java apps or something. I lost track a few years aho seems like.

Of course I could be wrong on what a vApp was I first heard about it maybe 2008 or 09

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The internet just BROKE under its own weight – we explain how

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Subset of smaller ISPs perhaps. I see names like AT&T, Verizon, Comcast being tossed about(datacenter knowledge article).

I don't wish to single out my data center provider but all of their facilities were impacted as well and they have several million square feet of data center space, the facility my equipment is in is one of the largest data centers in the world (colo anyway - it feels like a half mile walk from the parking lot inside the building to get to my cage probably closer to .3 miles). But again we don't use them for IP transit, so their problems did not impact us.

This particular data center I believe came online in the last 5 years, so it's not as if they were running the same equipment for the past 15 years or something. To their credit they had their first facility that was impacted(the one I was in) upgraded by about 2PM pacific time.

A monitoring service we use was impacted as well and they are in a well connected data center(s) too. I don't know who operates those facilities though.

So this goes well beyond end user connectivity into lots of data center facilities probably around the world.

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Re: forgot to mention

the DPI widget may very well of been overwhelmed, though that's still a layer 3 thing. The original article somewhat implies (though I suspect most of the readers are techy enough to see past it) that the problem may of impacted specific protocols rather than connectivity in general regardless of protocol.

but in any case not a big deal

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Re: It's happening, get over it

Not forever, but for the foreseeable future yes. I see absolutely no reason to deploy IPv6 myself. Any IPv6 deployments right now basically require IPv4 connectivity in some form to reach the majority of internet sites out there anyway. I can understand IPv6 is more important for the really large service providers much less so for the small companies like the ones I have worked for.

None of the people I have spoken to over the years have expressed any interest in IPv6. I refer to the people who really want IPv6 as "internet hippies" (same goes for the IoT advocates not interested in any of that either), and have written about it on occasion. It's like the folks who want to ban grocery stores from using plastic bags, it's kind of funny.

IPv6 people argue IPv4 with NAT breaks so many things like peer to peer (I don't do any peer to peer myself). My funny counter argument is - fine, deploy some IPv6-only clients and see what breaks by comparison relative to IPv4-only clients.

My phone is on carrier grade NAT when it is on the telco network. Everything I have done over phone (tether) works fine whether it is the likes of SSL or IPSec VPNs, skype, and everything else. No issues.

IPv6 may come sooner or later, I suspect it is many years out still though.

I may not even be doing networking anymore by the time it really hits.

The thing I dislike most about IPv6 is the addressing scheme it looks like a MAC address, seems like it will be difficult to remember IPs relative to IPv4 addressing. Some people have said "but we have DNS!" yes we have DNS but that doesn't always work or isn't always configured correctly. I don't need to memorize every IP in my network but I have quite a few memorized of the key devices (just out of habit, it's not something I tried to memorize specifically).

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forgot to mention

oh and routing RDP has nothing to do with the 512k route thing. Not sure why you mentioned that. These are layer 3 routes, RDP is layer 4 and up, which requires layer 3, but of course not vise versa.

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kind of weird

that it took el reg over 24 hrs to write about it? If you had people contacting you for 12 hrs it would of been nice to see an article earlier :)

I think I first realized what was going on at around 1:15 yesterday afternoon (Pacific). There was nothing that directly affected me but I got notices early in the morning from our data center provider they were doing emergency memory upgrades on all of their switches/routers at all of their data centers (we don't use them for IP connectivity). Then I got another email from a service we use saying they were having problems with their carriers. Then I contacted a friend and he pointed me to a reddit thread (I don't spend any time on reddit otherwise) which had a bunch of folks talking about it.

A co-worker late yesterday afternoon searched google and said he found nothing other then the reddit thread on the issue. Which prompted me to write a blog post on it(I don't have much to write about these days..).

interesting to hear that network admins were turned down for upgrades in preparation. Seems like an easy sell "look at this graph: http://bgp.potaroo.net/bgprpts/rva-index.html when it gets to 512,000 - we go down unless we buy X" (I realize that most providers didn't go completely down but rather degraded but it's easier to explain to just say you go down). I've worked for some really cheap bastards over the years and I don't think any of them would of given me shit had I told them that.

On that note however I looked up the specs of the core switches I was using 10 years ago and they had capacity of 1 million unique BGP4 routes in hardware as well as 2 million non unique BGP4 routes in hardware(we did not use BGP they were just powerful switches). How service providers 10 years later could be running equipment that can't do at least that is just pathetic. I would expect switches/routers of today to handle at least 5 times that without blinking.

I had some reports of some of our customers reporting bad experiences on the interwebs - but neither of our IP providers reported any problems and none of our monitoring indicated any issues with our site internally or externally which was nice.

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Mirror, mirror on the wall, who has the best TSM backend of all?

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just curious

was looking at the HP StoreOnce 4900, I haven't used this box but the paper specs claim max write speed of 8.5TB/hr (Catalyst performance of 22TB/hr not sure if that is read or write or both?) which google says is about 2.3GB/sec. Max of about 140 drives in 12U of course and 430TB usable with full inline dedupe etc..

The next step up is a big one to the 6500 which goes up to around 17GB/sec (Catalyst is 38GB/sec) which I think is around 560 disks (just dividing the raw capacity by 4TB disks which is what they use) though it seems to take two cabinets for up to 1.7PB of usable(before dedupe etc).

I think the optimal protocol to use with Storeonce is probably VTL over ISCSI. They support NFS/CIFS too but I'd expect performance is less there.

I've never used TSM nor worked at a place that used it but it seems it is a supported software package for StoreOnce.

just had storeonce on my mind based of another article on el reg from earlier today. I use one of their smaller boxes (about to install a 2nd one at another location - not going to use built in replication though don't need it).

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Flash could be CHEAPER than SAS DISK? Come off it, NetApp

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Re: Is NetApp talking price not cost?

What I got out of the article was NetApp was specifically referring to the "5TB bulk disk" you mention as the cost/price point.

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Gartner mages throw deduping backup appliance bones, claim EMC's in lead

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Re: Where is Oracle/Sun/StorageTek? CommVault?

zfs dedupe is in a different league. It's more for online storage not for backups. I am in the midst of migrating from a ZFS (Nexenta) based dedupe+compression store to HP StoreOnce, ZFS gives me less than 6:1 dedupe(on a data volume dedicated for backups).

StoreOnce on my biggest file set is over 40:1 and still going (I suspect will continue to grow as I expanded the # of backups to store from 14 to 60 and I'm not even at 30 at the moment). My biggest backups are from our OLTP mysql instance - StoreOnce says there is 10.9TB of user data stored in 241GB of disk space (less size than one full pre-dedupe backup!). All other backups combined are less than 1.5TB of user data written.

Wherever possible (mysql especially) we are doing full unencrypted, uncompressed backups to get maximum dedupe (same as we were doing on ZFS). Percona xtrabackup is our backup tool of choice for MySQL at the moment.

By contrast devices like HP StoreOnce(or data domain etc) are REALLY REALLY bad for online transaction type stuff(they urge you in their docs to not attempt it). It's really built for sequential operations.

I only use StoreOnce in NAS mode, so can't vouch for any other abilities (an update in July increased it's NAS scalability to 1 million files per share from 25k which was too limiting for us - 1 million is plenty though). The one thing that StoreOnce can't do that I'd like it to do is support for symbolic (or hard) links on the NAS. I exchanged some emails with the HP product manager for StoreOnce a few months ago and they were going to look at whether or not they could add that feature.

I'm not personally aware of a dedupe Disk to disk backup appliance that is similar to StoreOnce or EMC Data Domain from Oracle or Commvault (though I haven't looked at either recently).

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Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4: 4G Android tablet is easy to swallow

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Re: Whither Nexus 8@ FartingHippo

I don't have this device though my personal track record attempting procedures like this has me confident I'd break the device in the process.

I am glad my note3 has a user replacable battery will probably get near the 1 year anniversary of owning it.

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Let me at that battery

I drained my note 3's big battery by 40% in 20mins with vpn, citrix reciever and skype on LTE not long ago. Video doesnt hit the battery much I assume because its almost all GPU.

Im sure battery isnt the most efficient these days as the phone spends about 18 hrs a day charging on one of a few inductive chargers that I have.

When will tablets get wireless charging? Or maybe there are some other than the HP touchpads (of which I have 3 one is unopened -got 5 at fire sale decided to keep that one wrapped up. Two other android 7 and 8" tablets go unused just not big enough relative to phone to be useful for me)

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On test: Samsung 845DC EVO 3-bit Toggle MLC and 845DC PRO 3D V-NAND SSDs

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Re: Awesome drives..

I just ordered a 512GB 850 Pro yesterday, and was pretty happy with it until I realized it did not have power fail protection, I was looking at the Intel 730 before that which does have power fail protection. The drive is going into a 4-year old Toshiba i7 laptop that spends 99% of it's time plugged into the wall (currently runs off a Momentus XT 750GB hybrid).

I imagine the likelihood of serious data loss due to power fail/system crash is probably low but this has been on my mind today. I had a crucial SSD a few years back get pretty large data corruption after a power failure(UPS battery was dead and when self test kicked in the system went down - this was in my home not a business!).

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How to deal with server hogs: Throw them out of the frying pan and into the Solidfire?

Nate Amsden
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3 words

3par priority optimization

or a few more words

"Create SLAs to protect mission critical applications in enterprise environments by assigning a minimum goal for I/O per second, bandwidth and latency. Performance for that specific tenant or application is assured."

All SSD, spinning rust, or multi tier available on any configuration. No billing interface that I am aware of though. The most recent enhancements to this capability were released in June 2013 (before that it was more rate limiting(like most other arrays) rather than true QoS).

Solidfire's QOS seems a bit limited by comparison at least from what I just watched on their youtube video:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iRZ0McgJwWg

It implies their QoS is limited to IOPS only (could be inaccurate but that's all they show in the video). No mention of throughput (low IOPS big I/O size etc can tax a system) or even better latency-based.

Details on this tech is very light on their website from what I can see they just have a series of videos, and the above is the only one that specifically covers QoS.

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Microsoft OneDrive tip-off leads to arrest over child abuse images

Nate Amsden
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obviously another example of

"Terms of service" that nobody bothers to read. printing it to pdf tells me it is 29 pages long. wtf.

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Android banking apps vulnerable to cash theft by CAS hole hackers

Nate Amsden
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fixed already

deleted all the banking apps on my android phone. Didn't trust them anyway, if anything maybe, maybe i'll use firefox to access the web UI but haven't even done that (on phone anyway).

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Shuffling Zombie Juror – aka Linux kernel 3.16 – wants to eat … ARMs?

Nate Amsden
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can't wait to upgrade..

eh.. no.. 2.6.32 works well for my laptop and desktop (both 3+ years old)

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Hey, big spender. Are you as secure as a whitebox vendor?

Nate Amsden
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my supermicro ipmi is still down

From when I upgraded the firmware back when that security thing made news. I haven't had time to go out on site to fix it.

The issue was upgrading the firmware required wiping all configuration from the ipmi controller as part of the upgrade process. Something that I don't recall ever happening with ILO or DRAC.

My IPMI wasn't behind a firewall mainly because it is a standalone 1U server in a colo with a single power outlet available to it. I have thought about putting in a soekris box with a power strip running off the colo's power strip (as long as it doesn't have a circuit breaker they say it's fine), but hasn't been a priority.

ILO 4 is just crazy good though, I love it anyway. Especially the integrated email alerting. Had a memory upgrade in a DL380Gen8 a few weeks ago and when the system powered up ILO emailed me that the memory was not installed correctly and it would not be used (wasn't aware there was a specific installation sequence required). Was able to look up the correct installation procedure and tell the on site tech to fix it.

"EVENT (14 Jul 21:27): POST Error: 207-Invalid Memory Configuration - Processor 1, DIMM 10 incorrectly installed. Please refer to Memory Population Rules in Documentation. This Memory will not be utilized."

And I love Advanced ECC(along with pre failure warranty - they replaced the memory chip no questions asked):

EVENT (13 Jul 05:18): Corrected Memory Error threshold exceeded ((Processor 2, Memory Module 12))

Also emails when NIC links go down, when the firmware is updated .. and the KVM remote console is crazy fast pretty much as good as being local. I think ILO4 has something like a dual core processor and 1GB of ram.

I've never personally had an ILO go unresponsive on me.

Though I do recall about 10 years ago at a company we had a network loop for a bit and it killed the redundant management interfaces on our HP Itanium systems. HP support said those modules were hot swappable so you could just yank them out of the chassis to reset them(regular reset methods did not work). We learned the hard way that they were in fact not hot swappable and it caused the systems to crash(well the first one we tried it on we obviously stopped after that one).

I liked ILO3 and ILO2 as well (though in some cases liked ILO2 more than 3).

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HP storage revenue downturn? It's just a 'kink', says exec

Nate Amsden
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tape

I haven't dug into the numbers myself as that is not my thing but in my talks with David Scott last month he attributed the decline almost entirely on tape. He said 3PAR had something like 90% year over year growth in Q1 anyway (and Q1 2013 was post 7000-series launch) and significant market share gains. I don't remember all the specifics but tape may of well played a big factor revenue wise. I think IBM sells tape too?

Though HP recently wrote that tape capacity shipments reached an all time record high in 2013 of 6,472 petabytes(I believe that is industry wide not just HP).

http://h30507.www3.hp.com/t5/Around-the-Storage-Block-Blog/Where-is-tape-media-headed/ba-p/167540#.U9vOJvEpKIA

Of course that is largely on the back of really big tape sizes, so fewer drives, fewer tapes but bigger sizes..

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Veeam's vigorous voyage vindicates virty servers' backup virtues

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why

didn't vmware buy veam instead of companies like that mobile device management, and that zimbra collaboration (I think they owned that at some point) among other non core tech. Veam seems to have been doing well for a long time and it's not as if vmware is short on cash.

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VMware builds product executables on 50 Mac Minis

Nate Amsden
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sounds absolutely stupid

what is the point? Because they think it's cute? I know vmware has hundreds of racks of servers in their labs, it boggles my mind they would use macs for anything other than vmware for mac products.

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YES, iPhones ARE getting slower with each new release of iOS

Nate Amsden
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nothing worthwhile in kitkat

for me. My phone upgraded about a month ago (Galaxy Note 3 on AT&T). I postponed it as long as I could until it wouldn't let me anymore(sadly that was only about 3 days). I had to clear the "app cache" or whatever it's called that caused most of the problems I was having to go away. But a month or so into using kitkat I really see no difference, other than accessing the camera on the lock screen(which has been more of an annoyance than useful since I have hit that area of the screen to unlock only to have the camera pop up when I didn't want it on several occasions).

I greatly feared the new "flat" look was going to come to my Note3 with kitkat(as I've seen on pictures of more recent Samsung devices) fortunately that did not happen.

The phone works about the same though.

I'd pay money for a subscription service that basically just gave bug fixes and not bring new features that I'm not going to use(especially significant UI changes such as the aforementioned "flat" stuff that came to IOS7 and is apparently the standard on windows phone which I have not used). But the happy-go-lucky mobile developers like to release the latest shiny..

So I guess the moral of this story is I feel quite relieved that the phone still works more or less the way it did under Android 4.3, I was very (and remain so) nervous about what will come in the future.

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VVOL update: Are any vendors NOT leaping into bed with VMware?

Nate Amsden
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the real question perhaps

is when will vvol-like tech reach the other hypervisors..

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HGST polishes Ultrastar SSD whoppers, stuffs with denser Intel flash

Nate Amsden
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is it really enterprise grade

if it's also shipped as a laptop drive? Or perhaps another way of asking is flash still so unreliable that you need "enterprise grade" in a laptop drive to make it reliable.

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