* Posts by mfisch

5 posts • joined 3 May 2013

Anyone using M-DISC to archive snaps?


While M-DISC's marketing is genius in that it makes long term data storage look easy for consumers, the IT industry already has this figured out -- and experts (librarians) already have protocols for this.

1. Choose the best combination of $$/stored-bit and standardization (to ensure future compatability).

2. Store multiple copies in multiple locations.

3. Make sure to copy your data before the equipment becomes a museum piece.

If you were my customer, I would advise you to pick up the latest LTO-7 drive and a box of tapes for around $3k. That's 6TB per tape!

As a cheapskate IT pro my recommendation is slightly altered: Pick up a used LTO-5 drive and a box of new tapes for around USD $800. 1.5TB per tape ...

LTO tapes (standard media) last 15 to 30 years depending on storage conditions and media quality.

While it is tempting to be attracted to Blu-ray because you can picture yourself popping a CDROM from the late 90's in a contemporary Blu-ray drive, it is highly unlikely this form of storage will be available in consumer devices 15 years hence.

If you have even a few TB of data those M-DISC's begin to look both difficult to deal with (they're so small!) and much less economical than LTO.


Burn ALL the COAL, OIL – NO danger of SEA LEVEL rise this century from Antarctic ice melt


I appreciate the diversity of opinion re: climate change in El Reg, it keeps my climate-change believing green heart in check and reminds it to stay grounded.

That said, this piece lacks almost all journalistic credibility -- this type of piece adds nothing to the debate while sowing doubt with readers who don't bother to connect the dots. The discussion in serious scientific communities has never centered around sea-level rise as a cause of concern, but in temperature itself.

Ed take note:

Posts like these make me want to give up on my nearly 15 year history of reading el reg daily.

The second X axis included in the aforementioned chart (in the middle of the el reg article) shows 8-11C of mean temperature increase over the same period. Yes, it will take a few hundred years for giant ice reserves to melt after it's stuck in the oven, in the mean-time our planet will become a wasteland reminiscent of Mad Max's dystopia.

For context, a similar temperature rise occurred in the early triassic which turned the planet into a global desert and rendered much of the livable land masses and oceans lifeless.





What is Violin Memory's sacked CEO still doing on their board?


Everything is negotiable

As is his exit.

Considering the manner of his exit it's hard to imagine him being able to or being allowed to continue effectively as a productive board member.

Without an acceptable golden parachute he may be waiting for an offer of acceptable renumeration. Holding onto his board seat is probably the only chip he has at this point (the other being an extended non-compete).


Just how flash is your enterprise storage rig?


What about the already ditched rust option?

All-flash dropped below enterprise "rust" prices last year .... I took note.

What's next? Memrister and racetrack?


'I still get on the phone for a $5k deal' - NetSuite CEO's anti-SAP mission


Misleading article

What a misleading article.

I can appreciate SaaS -- but this company isn't the disruptive entrant into ERP it's spun as. Compared to salesforce? I can get on the Benioff CRM bandwagon for $65/month/user. Despite being an order of magnitude more economical than Oracle's eBusiness Suite -- NetSuite still smells like Ellison.

While the article in two places seemed to indicate they'd tackle $5k deals -- NetSuite sales told me (in kind enough words) to take a hike unless I have $60,000 to spend in year 1.

Paid Ad? Maybe Nelson meant it's $5,000/hr to get him on the phone.

This is less a critique of NetSuite and moreso the article's spin-factor.