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* Posts by terafirma

31 posts • joined 22 Feb 2012

Microsoft taps up Level 3, Equinix, AT&T for direct Azure Cloud lines

terafirma

Cloud????

So it is no longer an online solution but just an application hosted in a 3rd party DC connected by a private link. By my counts all this cloud is just moving back to what IT has been doing for a long time.

Not that I don't like the cloud its another tool in my bag but stop force feeding me.

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Oh, so you've founded a disruptive storage upstart? Do tell me more

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Re: From The Other Side

No.... I just asked you to support x86 hardware and let me decide on the specs and not give me these excuses. Microsoft nor VMware give this excuse for supporting generic hardware.

Yes you can have a level of support for tested certified hardware but attempting to be Steve Jobs and say all or nothing leaves you always being a start-up never the market leader.

Yes I will put desktop class drives in it and let them fail as replacing one a day is cheaper than one enterprise disk a month. I expect your software to deal with this!

No you will never have too little CPU show me one server today int he x86 space sold with a lack of CPU resources.

Stop being lazy and expecting the hardware to cover your shortcomings and be proactive expecting any number of odd failures and ensure your software can cope. Stop looking at disks as failure domains and start looking at hosts or groups in that way evict hosts that have fallen to a certain level of availability and wait for repairs. Move data and carry on.

And if all this is too hard then be replaced by someone else.

JUST WHATEVER YOU DO STOP TRYING TO SELL ME STORAGE BASED ON VM'S IN A SINGLE NAMESPACE it will never be fast it needs to be at the kernel level for virtual infrastructure.

Your post above is exactly why people are falling out of love with VMware.

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Hollywood: How do we secure high-def 4K content? Easy. Just BRAND the pirates

terafirma

this is even easier to get around that the reset with one simple sentence.

No sorry officer I sold that player at a garage sale last month no idea who the buyer was.

While I am sure it will be hard to get around in the first place when it is mainstream it will have to relax to allow distribution to masses. Plus do they really think everyone will connect their blu-ray player to the net just to be authenticated to watch a movie.

What is to stop a PC doing a low level copy of the data or even someone making hardware that fakes the signing and adds no watermark.

For every $ of motivation to add it there is another to remove it. (I remember when the only DVD burner capable of ripping secure-ROM DVD's that could be used on any player was made by Sony the same company that created the protection)

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Aruba rolls out cloudy enterprise Wi-Fi management system

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Re: Ubiquiti.

Yes but when I use this it has one major problem that makes it unusable for anything bigger than a small shop. After making a config change all AP's immediately reboot who made that stupid design choice.

As for this it sounds like a play to catch up with Aerohive and Cisco's now Meraki solution. however Aerohive only have this option but offer it on site.

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Full Steam Ahead: Valve unwraps plans for gaming hardware

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I don't think the 5% of users who will purchase random hardware and try to make it work care about these problems most will purchase SteamBox units or parts for SteamBox and use them.

I wold then think that the system has a rating generated using a benchmark like Windows does on Vista and newer and you buy games at or below your rating.

Yes it is not a easy as a normal console but you could just buy the SteamBox and use it for 4 years and then replace it with a new one.

What I am interested in is seeing if the changes to make games run well on Linux will make it back up stream to the kernel and various projects it pulls from. As this wold be a huge gain for Linux.

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EMC, you big tease! At last, the specs for million-IOPS VNX2

terafirma

The article also misses one important part that all VNX will move to capacity pricing and frame licensing will only be available on the VNXe at this stage.

We priced up upgrading our VNX controllers but were told we wold need to purchase capacity licenses to match the existing drives. Hope this goes away as that is almost the same rice as an entire now system.

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The Old Reader drops Google refugee eviction plan

terafirma

surprised Yahoo didn't step in....

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Icahn sues Dell's board over Big Mike's buyout bid

terafirma

mutually exclusive

My one question on this is: Didn't he buy most of his shares after the announcement in order to get enough of a percentage to have a voice on the board? If so then is he suing to exclude himself as a voter?

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Dell committee says 'no way' on takeover vote change

terafirma

or plan B might be to let Icahn wreck it ruin it then sell what is left for a few hundred million and Mike can take it private for the total sum of his 2014 pocket money.

Sad really as that would be some hard work and Dell really does need to make some moves there have been some great changes over the last few months.

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Microsoft's cloud leaves manual transmission behind

terafirma

while I would agree how would I blow away our companies ERP and re-create it? First it is only installed once (not counting test/dev) so creating a definition of it wastes time second if I blow it away and replace it what do I tell the users who just lost all the data? So then I have to make the definition backup the old data and restore it into the new servers. Last of all how on earth do I keep the definition up to date as the application changes.

All these issues can be addressed but at what cost. I like allot of the infrastructure deployment parts but am yet to see the use for servers in that companies generally only deploy a version of an application once.

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Stop the Microsoft, Skype wedding, screams enraged Cisco in court

terafirma

while I support a common protocol I find it interesting that Apple is not being sued over facetime. why is it that Cisco sue over this something we all knew was happening and has been happening in slow motion for years.

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3D printed gun plans pulled after US State Department objects

terafirma

as good and bad as it may be the reality is that a single shot from a gun not found on xray but build in flight is all that is needed to repeat 9-11 type war starters. and to say the cost is too high you think a few grand is going to stop someone on a mission.....

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Wannabe ZFS rival Exablox decloaks MYSTERY NAS box

terafirma
FAIL

Reaaly so I try to sell storage in a market trying to change by doing exactly what everyone else has been doing for years but show how great I am by adding the latest buzz word in called "Cloud" remove some of the control the customer would have and sell it at a price too high for anyone who does not care about all this.

Maybe if they just sold the software cheaply then they would do ok? but even that model is becoming popular. I seriously cannot figure out what their plan is entering the already saturated filer market with no innovation.

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Microsoft: FINE! We'll match Amazon - by HIKING cloud prices

terafirma

So does MS hosting company not get a discount on Windows licenses enabling them to always be cheaper than anyone for Windows VM's?

I always find it amusing that marketing thinks flashy words is key to market penetration when in reality if they had Windows VM's medium for $0.06/hr no one would go anywhere else.

But then there is the monopoly law suit to follow and proof that MS will only ever be an alternative player to avoid killing the other arm of the business.

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Convirture finally control freaks ESXi hypervisor

terafirma

I understand the importance of it and how great it will be to have ESXi control outside of VMware but for pricing it looks like they have taken the one off cost with VMware and replaced it with a cost per host plus the normal VMware host license costs making it more expensive for all but he smallest deployments that would not look at this anyway.

Looks to be more of a tick the box than actually worth using unless it was to help move to free hypervisors.

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Quickflix sheds staff, drops ads, hunts for US benefactors

terafirma
IT Angle

Cut costs easy. kill off all accept technical staff to keep things running and then spend all money on content.

If you have all the content people want they will come based on word of mouth not marketing. Nothing like an expensive marketing campaign to get people interested who then visit the website to find no content turning them into a lost opportunity.

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Apple seeks cooling fan patent for iPhone, iPad

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Thumb Down

so again they didn't actually come up with an idea or invention just some prior art.

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HP snorage must wake up before biz bosses kick it out of bed

terafirma

I do have to question why every poster is "Anonymous Coward" vendors??

As a customer and a vendor there is good reason why we went with VNX heck even the largest super computer in the world runs on VNX's.

Did we look at HP yea we used to buy and ship to customers allot of HP kit now its nothing why well HP the problem is there has not been substantial improvement in technology for some time. Followed by the fact every time we price in HP vs other vendors in all things HP they come out 3 times more expensive and take allot longer to get anything done.

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IT departments are BRATTY TEENAGERS

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Re: I smell BS

experience has taught our company this. Some departments have learnt and others continue to repeat. While I think it is a bad attitude from both sides there is allot to be said about letting the IT department know what is in the plans and what is coming up and add their input.

Generally Dev's contracted by IT cost more for the first quote but get the job done and work on good relationships already established. Other departments go out and find someone cheap and then get them involved without really looking into details about the company. Causing project overruns and budget blow-outs often blamed on IT.

Like all areas on business enough value is not put on communication and respect for each ohters view.

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Behold: First look at Office 2013, with screenshots

terafirma

Re: Why - Oh Why waste so much money when Open Office & LibreOffice are free?

"most people just upped sticks and started Jenkins"

This is one of the problems should I deploy and support a product that tomorrow someone gets upset and instead of quitting or being fired causing a fork in the code and I am left trying to figure out if I re-deploy or stick with what is left of the old dev team.

I will happily point finger at MS but at least when I need office there is a company with its name behind it supporting it and moving the product forward. (don't get me started on the dropped or renamed functions in excel with every version) but at least I don't have to worry MS are going to EOL office tomorrow and create a fork of it under some new product name.

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terafirma

Re: Why - Oh Why waste so much money when Open Office & LibreOffice are free?

Along with all the other reason posted here as someone that works for a company run by contracts and spends hours writing proposals and supporting others writing even larger ones I can tell you that all the automation and templating/collaboration is irreplaceable in big business.

We have tried and tried to make Open Source office work and as of yet there is just far too many issues integrating it into a corporate.

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Microsoft's Surface plan means the world belongs to Android now

terafirma

yes but you don't see nvidia launch on the budget card do you.First you need to launch the premium and work on the process to make it cheaper.

Also fragmentation is a problem for Android due to its nature. windows has hardware fragmentation but uses the same OS to keep things working. Android is open and the HW manufacturer can modify alot of code causing problem for developers. Also HW fragmentation. so there lies the issue no solid ground for Android be it in hardware or software.

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terafirma

Re: "BRIC economies cannot generate money"

If I were to go by the bank balance Apple has then yes completely. And if there is a market in the future how many decades till it reaches the same profit already generated in the past 3 years by Apple.

My guess by that time BRIC will be lusting after something new that costs too much and trying to make cheap version of it. That's how the economies in 3rd world work.

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terafirma

Re: Ummmmm, yeahhhhh.......

and why were they or more importantly did they make money. Yes a little for Amazon at sale but then they were all jail broken so people could do what they liked and then the profit factor hit zero and continued to fall.

Where people only want a cheap product sure they will buy but then the wallet closes and they start pirating and MS have no business model there.

!!! calling for someone with an Android tablet who has not jail broken and pays for every app to make comment!!!

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terafirma

Agree - its not about population at all, I bet the author of the article does not try to sell his products in Tanzania.. its about money and where is 80% of the worlds money in 20% of the people. that is a market rather than struggle with $1 profits market high and push premium product to those who will buy without thinking create a desire for poorer to desire the high end. And never launch a cheap crappy product or the same author who dished you for not doing it will dish you for a rubbish product on launch.

All in all the same reason or this article (generate hype and thus traffic for advertising) is how to make it.

Next will we see an article claiming Ferrari need to start selling in the sub $50,000 market to attain better profits sure in the short term until the name is mud and no longer desired.

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Facebook replaces non-Facebook mail addresses on Timeline

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Because your have to be an idiot to use timeline to gain an email address to get hold of your supposed best friend. Must be a sad life when the only form of getting hold of your 100K best friends is to search their timeline for their email.....

not sure why people find this so bad. you are using their service and not paying you can complain when you start paying for it.

If FB changed their logo colour is that something you have a say in? As someone who works for a company I know as a consumer you use their service on their terms....

Thumbs up because I like seeing how up in arms people get when something so small in their life changes while simultaneously complaining its not changing enough.

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Why the Windows Phone 8 digi-wallet is different to the others

terafirma

Hey if RSA can be hacked and encryption seeds taken then how much easier a device in your pocket. I agree using a technology for bump payments that is also used to swap info with others bring up a whole new pick pocket trend where all they have to do is walk into you not actually get their sticky fingers into your pocket makes me a little nervous about the tech.

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Cable cut didn’t send Oz Transit of Venus feed dark

terafirma
FAIL

hmmmmm

Funny how this explains why our WAN went dead to Alice Springs yesterday but Telstra was unable to tell me why..... Maybe Reg can keep me informed of other issues in my network..

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CIO says Telstra becoming 'best IT shop in APAC'

terafirma
Stop

can't tell you haw many times they have tried to ram this down my throat that they can do it better when we are a global company. If its run anything like the ISP side of the business then I'll take no part.

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Citrix champions CloudStack, throws OpenStack under a bus

terafirma

Funny they want to ensure VMware is not the dominant player in Private cloud but then bow out of the game and drop xenserver (not officially but when was the last real feature update).

If you have ESX what is the first choice for cloud management?...

Then there is the problem that VMware is the only one shipping real product with improvements and features being added constantly.

And I was a real xen/openstack fan until I needed features and now.

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LOHAN's flying truss: One orb or two?

terafirma

Re: How about...

This is what I would vote for with the advantage that even if one burst it should stay relatively level.

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