French integrator you say ?
Will the server go on-strike ? Conveniently a couple of times a year in the summer holiday season ?
Will it shutdown after 35 hours of uptime ?
French tech services biz Atos has squeezed out its first edgy server box to be deployed outside of the data centre. The system, BullSequana Edge, contains a 16-core Xeon D SoC alongside two SATA drives and up to 512GB of RAM. While the CPU is relatively underpowered, the Edge can house two Nvidia Tesla T4 GPUs for machine …
"Will the support dept declare a completely dead machine to be fit for work?"
Will the support department contact you to say there is a fault, provide details indicating they fully support their side of the service and then stop responding when you identify that the fault is actually with the equipment they support?
And when you try to open a service ticket, they claim they have no details?
Ahhh....thats what they mean by physically secure. If someone steals it, they claim it was never there in the first place and you must be mistaken.
I’m surprised and delighted that they still a thing. When they were a supplier to a project I worked on in the early 90s they made the weekly progress meeting a joy. After the usual pleasantries the software team (us) gave a five minute update then sat back for the next 40 minutes while the Bull guys argued with each other. Fun for all the family!
We are dealing with our first major French customer at the moment. Good God, they’re difficult. The priority system for defect management has been rendered pretty much meaningless by them. And this stresses *them* out! They are on their fourth project manager, the other three having been seen off by the project. Oh, and to add to all the fun, this is two old (British and French) companies trying to play at Agile, so we do of course have Agile with the “one big drop” at the end of the project.
Good God, they’re difficult.<
Wait until you have a discussion on what was "agreed" in a meeting. You'll find that French meetings don't take decisions, no matter what may be recorded in the minutes. The actual decision will be taken some days later by a senior manager who may not have been in the meeting, and who may pick some completely different outcome.
I was on the French side of such meetings, used to drive our American partners crazy when they would fly to Paris, have a good technical meeting, and then a week after they returned home they would learn that the project was doing something completely different to what was agreed. The US team would explode, the French team would be baffled about the fuss, I (a Brit) would be stuck in the middle trying to mediate. That project sank without trace.
It's certainly something to bear in mind. Whether or not one agrees with Atos' shocking amorality, their extensive and unblemished record for absolute incompetence and Teflon-coated shoulders is a good reason to never deal with them. Plus they'll probably murder your granny.
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