14 posts • joined 26 Apr 2013
Re: Is the SAN on it's way out?
Spot on - properly sized and bought midrange storage nowadays along with a SAN and some VMware can do lots of stuff very very cost-effectively.
Achieving the same kind of performance, ease of management, predictability and utilization with any other technology is simply not possible, IMO.
Ten gig ethernet is still way off on ease of configuration and management; you need a separate LAN for data traffic, separate settings (jumbo frames anyone?), etc. etc. Adapter prices are comparable these days and Cisco switches easily beat 8G FC on price per port (which is ridiculous), add to that essential non-understanding of data traffic issues from LAN admins and you have a firm business case for SAN.
How many people are willing to put it down on paper is sadly a different matter altogether.
Re: Apart from the NSA...
Correct, you can already store all the porn in the world in one array (in HD) - this resolves the issue of "how many streams can you run concurrently?"
+1 for LTO
Grab a LTO4 or 5 drive, and change to every other generation.
The real question is how much data you want to back up, what backup/restore granularity you need and what software you will use to index it all
HDD's are simply too big to be practical, difficult to remove with a consistent backup set and a total lottery if they will spin up when you need the data afterwards.
In this respect, MO is probably the best, but too expensive per GB and availability of a working drive 15 years hence is probably zero.
So LTO remains the "sweet spot" - reasonable capacity per-tape, tapes can be removed and stored elsewhere, cheap and quick. Question is, can Drobo feed a LTO drive?
Re: Lazy users,Lazy politicians
Microsoft almost single-handedly created market for third-grade developers with Visual toolbox that promotes learning lists of functions by heart (remember MFC? or .Net?) instead of understanding the underlying issues.
Unfortunately nowadays majority of commercial software is written by underpaid people who just can't be expected to be concerned with anything but delivering the minimal required functionality with absolute minimum of effort. Yay IT industry!
Thanks - it's always refreshing to see such a well researched and referenced article!
It's hard for me to see the purpose of stuff like this - if you want/need performance, you go with HPC stuff, whatever is flavour of the day there.
If you need cheap web and DB servers, buy only a few and virtualize.
In either case, the combination of slow(ish) CPU and limited memory makes little sense.
Am I missing something?
Re: since 2007
Major problem today - can't get anything near as good as the screen you have in that "old" LT.
Instead of improving the parts you actually use (screen, keyboard, RAM) manufacturers have been bled dry by Wintel duopoly.
The sooner they're both gone, the better for manufacturers and customers alike. Sadly.
Re: Looks good!
>> I just do not understand why it's so hard to get a laptop with a resolution better than 1366x768 for around £500 or less
I guess for a couple reasons, bearing in mind that screen is probably the most expensive single component within a laptop:
1. Wintel tax has brought actual manufacturer's profits to near 0, so they have to make some money anywhere
2. Microsoft has as yet failed to bring its OS into late 20th century by auto-scaling fonts and UI in accordance with display's physical size as opposed to pixel count
3. MS is trying to present their crap as value-add, although they haven't input any value in IT for the past 10 years - so the laptops must cost 1000+
Just to recap - out of five technical areas, Amazon is judged slightly better at 3, really better at 1 (but a "demo" should not really count for much) and IBM is slightly better at 1.
Justifying 50% higher price on such evaluation would not hold water with any semi-competent procurement department. Or the tech guys are unable to write a proper RFQ, just know which toy they want?
Re: They are merely copying the Americans
And if the Parliament (and their worldwide counterparts) are so concerned about security of their citizen's data, why not look into eg. Microsoft, a known security hole generator and proven snooper of supposedly private communications?
After all, they still fully control over 90% of places where data is being generated, viewed or analyzed, Huawei is nowhere near that kind of dominance.
Nice phone, pity about the UI
....just what I've felt with Lumia (granted, 820).
Upgraded to 4-year-old HTC with Android after a month or so with Lumia. Great hardware, lovely camera, bright screen.... but everything software is backwards:
- can't get a good free ebook reader
- no file browser
- you must use skydrive to store your stuff
- if yiou get multiple apps for the same thing, each app downloads a separate copy of the file (if it manages to be compatible with it in the first place)
So it's back to Android and Aldiko, thankyouverymuch
... the iPhone had a tiny hole for a screwdriver to "tune" the tape head....
Microsoft deserves a (dis)honourable mention in this article - just try to work out what you owe them, especially if you try to run any kind of application on Windows server in VMware...
As many posters agreed, all of these licensing schemes are designed only to maximize profit and wrangling space and try to make tie-ins look more palpable.
For example, to a CFO or just about anyone outside IT it would seem that MSFT and ORCL offer competitive virtualization platform, whereas in reality they're simply not worth the asking price.
Microsoft nominally gives Hyper-V for 0, however you must license Windows Server Data center edition, plus SCVMM if you want to actually use it, plus maybe you need SPLA (maybe not), maybe you need External Connector (maybe not)... . the list is effectively infinite and changes every 6 months or so, yet the value delivered is far less than VMware Enterprise+.
It's hard to remember which came first - crappy Apple players or crappy music production values...
I do remember being astonished that my friend's then-shiny-new iPod sounded like a normal cassette vs. CD when compared with Sony Walkman phone. And that with same headphones and same tune.
Ten years later, all music is produced to iStuff quality standards, and there we are.
Although being totally honest, Beats are decent headphones - I got a pair and although they can't replace Shure's that I broke, they aren't half bad either.
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