2 posts • joined 2 Jan 2013
All those companies apart from Yahoo are owned by either Singapore Press Holdings or MediaCorp.
Mediacorp are Government owned and SPH have very close ties with the SG Government (Former Chairmen have moved to high / top Government positions). Question is, do the individual sites incur the deposit or the underlying company.
To get a license to sell DVDs, CDs, VCDs (remember those) and other media, companies also need to pay a bond to stop them selling uncensored / sanctioned material.
Saying that I have never had any imported DVDs or Blurays stoped and examined (unlike in the UK) and the general rule of thumb is that a blind eye is turned to most minor infractions unless officially reported or political.
It is, for the most part, safe, clean and I can happily do everything I have wanted to do over the 6 years I have lived here. I have not been arrested, caned or hung even once.... yet.
iSCSI not so hard on Linux.
ISCSI on Linux: Install CentOS 6.2 (minimal), Install the iSCSI target package via yum, edit the config file which has many examples listed within, start the daemon. Jobs done, at least for a simple implementation.
I usually get around 90GB/s transfer depending on file sizes. The drives are 2TB Seagate Barracudas in two seperate raid 5 arrays on a HP P812 SAS controller. Networking is handled via an Intel quad port ET via LACP to a HP 1810-24G using a dedicated VLan for storage connections. Processor is a C2D.
For the lab servers I would have gone with one or more of the following;
Supermicro X9SCM-iiF + E3-1220L v2 (4 cores) / E3-1230 v2 (4 core + HT), 32GB ECC - Server MATX system
Intel S1200KP + E3-1225 v2 (4 cores) + 16GB ECC / non-ECC ram - Workstation mITX system
Intel DQ67EP + i5-2400 + 16GB non-ECC ram but with VT-d - Desktop mITX system
Supermicro X9SCi-LN4F, G620 / E3-1220L v2 + 4GB ECC ram + SAS controller (IBM M1015) - Entry Storage server.
With all the talk about the HP Microserver, it is also probably worth noting the HP ML110G7 is also a fairly good entry level unit and has also had a nuimber of cashback offers in the UK. It can run 32GB 'generic' ram (unofficially) and has compatibility with lots of second user parts available via various sites at low(ish) cost.
TLDR: iSCSI on Linux is easy, other motherboards and cpus maybe better for not much more money :-).