* Posts by Mark 110

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Can nothing stop the Veeam tank? We hate to save you a click but: No

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Re: Not surprised here...

Thanks. You just answered a few of the questionss I came here to ask. My experience of backup tech/vendors is patchy at best.

Has anyone hadd bad eexperiences withh Veeam?

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Data trashed? When RPO 0 isn't enough

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Re: Leverage Appliances to Achieve Zero Data Loss for Oracle Databases

And I have to say that whilst your technology is amazing, I struggle to recommend. Your licensing is a ballache and seems designed to allow people to fall into awful exposure situations without realising what they are doing.

I know you need to make money but put some effort into making it easy for customers to just buy what they need please. And make it eay for them to check their license compliance, know what its costing them and pay what they owe you. I do not want to have to sort another shit storm out.

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Re: Third site...

Spot on. Everyone can afford to lose 15 mins when they see the bill for going that bit better.

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It underground. Vullnerable to Daemons . . .

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Re: Leverage Appliances to Achieve Zero Data Loss for Oracle Databases

By far the best data protection regime I worked on was on a Oracle Maximum Availability cluster. strecthed across two data centres. Hopefully I got the terminology right - was a few years ago. I threw a bunch of scenarios at it in OAT and it did what it said on the tin.

Currently working on some SQL AlwaysOn stuff which seems to try to get to the same place but theres no appetite (budget) for the level of testing I threw at that Oraccle cluster.

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Re: Ceph

Not if you are replicating deletions. I don't know Ceph so can't comment.

So lets work this through. If all writes are synchrously replicated to a secondary (or thrid) physical location then in the scenarios where your primary location is desstroyed theen you acheive RPO 0. However if your primary location is fine, just someone deleted the data, encrypted the data, anonymised the data . . . then particularly if you are using sstorage level replication, all of that fuck up has been replicated to your other sites. There are ways of mitigating thiss if not using storage replication but I would not rely on them.

Therefore. My prefered regime is regular backups. And regular log bacckups. The technologies and access contols enforced should mean that noone wwith permission to the production data also has accesss to the backups. The backups are replicated to a remote location.

I normally enforce for critical high transactional systems a log backup regime of every 15 mins. This means I can promise an RPO of 5 mins in these scenarios. RTO is a different matter as I need a backup restored and T-logs run before I can restore service. I refuse to promise RPO 0 even though in some scenarios (physical destruction, major network outage, etc) I can acheive this.

As stated by my associate commentard earlier, you can get lower than 15 mins with certain approachss (log shipping) but theres some expense in network bandwidth and securiity controls. I havve yyet to woork with an architect that went for log shipping in response to my data protection demands.

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Re: RPO 0 is good, but...

Have an upvote. I am getting bored of pointing out to very experienced people that data replication doesn't give you RPO zero in some of the more common scenarios - ransomware, fat fingers, malicious destruction (OK the last one isn't that common fortunately).

I've mentioned the time an admin anonymised the Prod database for a major financial institution before before . . . Backups, not replication saved the day eventually.

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Microsoft nicks one more Apple idea: An ad-supported OS

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Re: Starve the beast

Windows 10 is fine stays out of my way. Rarely does anything annoying.

On principle I would like to use Linux instead. Itss just that everytime I try I end up forced to a command line to try and do what I want to do and invariably fail. Just too old to learn a new languagge to do simple thingss (though Spanish lessons are coming along a treat - but thats a bit different to sitting on my own swearing at my computer and resorting to rum to help the giving up processs. Spanish is a bit more social).

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Might be time to try . . .

. . . Linux again.

Last time I tried I had two big niggles and a small niggle:

- lack of an acceptable DLNA server - I've fixed that now by buying a NAS box. Which works great using Plex. The Linuux desktop version of Plex was pants. Wht the f**k did it want to run fullscreen - I didn't want it too.

- unable to get the screen on my Yoga to autorotate. I don't use it as a tablet very often - but I do. I died a death in the command line trying to get that to work last time I tried.

- lack of native Office install - I would have had to use Office 365 web apps. Microsoft might come around on this one eventually if tthey keep forcing people onto Linux. They did it for Macs.

Oh well - I don't use IE. I'm not going to see the ads.

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God save the Queen... from Donald Trump. So say 1 million Britons

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Re: Where were all these virtue signallers...

Yeah. Cos a few thousand immigrants make a few million people unemployed. I'm not sure thats a thing.

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H0LiCOW! Hubble's constant update paves way for 'new physics'

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So is there now more or less dark stuff?

Given that dark energy & matter are currently just holes in maths equations and can't be proved, and that I have a theory that they don't actually exist beyond being maths and/or measurement errors, is there now more or less dark stuff?

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You have the right to be informed: Write to UK.gov, save El Reg

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As I understand the law the following is actually what happens:

1. Both parties in a dispute should go to arbitration/mediation in the first instance rather than the courts

2. If one party refuses to go to arbitration/mediation then that party must bear all the court costs, win or lose

3. If one party refuses to accept the results of arbitration/mediation and it ends up in the courts then that party bears the costs

Its not quite as simple as the publication always bears the costs. Please correct me if I'm wrong. I picked that up of a senior lawyer on Radio 4.

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Man jailed for 3 days after Texas cops confuse cat litter for meth

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Re: Road site test?

Or is that analgesic. I can never remember. .

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Re: Road site test?

The movie thing with tasting the coke isn't a taste test. Coke doesn't really taste of anything.

It is, however, an anesthetic and makes your tongue go numb.

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Landmark EU ruling: Legality of UK's Investigatory Powers Act challenged

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Re: Yup...

One of the things I like about the EU is they take a rreasonabe attitude to things. How this legislation got onn the statute book in the first place is such a vivid example of whats so broken about thhe UK system.

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Did webcam 'performer' offer support chap payment in kind?

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Re: Oops

I have told this story a number of times before but its worth repeating.

A girl in the PMO was working from home and instead of emailing the monthly report to the entire project organisation (couple of hundred people) she attached a picture of her naked breasts taken on the laptop camera . . .

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Botched Microsoft update knocks Windows 8, 10 PCs offline – regardless of ISP

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Re: Only Britain? Short answer: No.

"Info box at the top of the page, above the results: "A Microsoft account and Internet access.""

In my experience that's to install it, rather than use it. My laptop works fine offline.

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Has Samsung, er, rounded the corner with Apple court win?

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I am guessing someone forgot to proof read after copying and pasting the original newsletter.

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Capita: 2,250 jobs cut, more offshoring, more robots... Merry Xmas!

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"Glad I'm shot of Capita now."

I think I may have have dodged a bullet recently as they decided I was over qualified to work on a their contract with Manchester Police. Apparentlly while I was a good fit for the role they wouldn't have known what to do with me when the delivery finished.

Anyway - give it about 18 months and expect to see their failure to deliver that contract to be in these pages . . .

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Super Cali goes ballistic, considers taxing Netflix

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Doesn't the US have VAT - just tax everything at a flat rate. Much simpler.

As for taxing corporations, theres a good economic argument (not one I entirely go along with) for not taxing them at all (tax any profits they pass to shareholders instead) to give them more resourrces to invest and become successful.

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New Euro-net will let you stream Snakes on a Plane on a *!#@ plane

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If its anywhere near as bad as as wifi on trains in Britain then I can't see anyone paying for it more than once.

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Ofcom to force a legal separation of Openreach

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Probably not good enough

I have worked in one of these supposedly legally separated environmments in the energy industry. And whilst us low level guys had all sort of strict ways of woorking to adhere to, and regulatory training to sign off on, I always had more than an inkling that in practise, at boardroom level, the supposedly separate legal entity got tonnes of preferential access to and influence from the group just by the general practicalitiess of sharing geographic locations and personal relationships between thee two boards.

Its a start, but probably not good enough. Theres no good argument for not doing complete separation.

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Inside Android's source code... // TODO – Finish file encryption later

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Joke

Open source

Maybe Apple could just open source their implementation for Google to port . . .

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How-to terror manuals still being sold by Apple, Amazon, Waterstones

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The big news!!!

"a representative at Apple told The Register"

Since when did Apple start talking to the vulture again?

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Geo-boffins say 'quake lifted bits of New Zealand by 8 metres, moved at 3km/second

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They work fine on my Firefox.

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Security bods find Android phoning home. Home being China

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Re: Nail in coffin for Android???

Isn't this the device firmware rather than Android. Its not accessing data within Android - its the device and SIM information its accessing.

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Re: I don't see espionage

You have paid for it. The OEMs pay Google. You pay the OEM.

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Brit telcos plead with Ofcom: No one should own more than 30% of available spectrum

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Re: Simple solution

I just dropped in to make the same proposal but got beaten to it.

Anyway. I would run it similar to Network Rail:

- one public organisation runs the mobile network infrastructure (removing all the duplication of hardware and operating costs associated with running 4 networks)

- the money saved from duplication can then be used to improve geographic coverage

- that network operator could have access to other publlic infrastructure to install the network (I am thinking lamp-posts and rail infrastructure.

- commercial organisations buy access to the network with penalties on the network operator for failure to deliver availability, coverage and/or capacity

- hopefully as consumers we would get a better cheaper network. We would still pick up the bill, but the bill should be smaller.

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LinkedIn competitor offers to drop Russians into same legal trap that caught LinkedIn

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Re: Russia's idea is not a *new* trick..

Don't forget the EU itself does the same, though has exclusions. Though most businesses get around it by insisting non-EU access to data has contracted privacy/security clauses to meet EU standards.

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Helping autonomous vehicles and humans share the road

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Re: Price hikes on the way.

Oh deity I hate those middle lane drivers. As for the guys/girls that think indicating halfway through their manouvre (if at all) . . . I just work on the basis that I need to expect the unexpected.

To add to the list:

- the people that think the best time to change lanes to overtake a lorry is when they are 3 inches from its back bumper just when I am coming level with them

- the people that think the best time to come out of the fast lane to exit the motorway is when they are 3 inches from the exit

- the people working on their playlist/messaging/phone call/laptop instead oof looking at the road

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WTF?

Cocks

"a person might cut off an autonomous vehicle because he is confident the other car will avoid a collision itself"

People do this to human drivers as well. You really have to have your wits about you the way some cocks drive.

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Microsoft ❤️ Linux? Microsoft ❤️ running its Windows' SQL Server software on Linux

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Competition

I think this is a great move and we should all applaud. The more competition for Oracle the better. Its still going to be an oligopoly though and unlikely to have a big impact on pricing. The more enterprise ready DB platforms available to us the better. Currently we have SQL, Oracle and DB2 (well, I have seen big enterprises using it to save money).

We aren't going to drive costs out of IT til we get more.

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Re: "Can it run Crysis?"

It may be only a matter of time before Microsoft release a version of Windows that has a unix/linux backend. Windows GUI. Linux kernel.

I am talking in the 50 - 100 years timescale here.

You techie guys tell me. What is the next big leap in OS? Who is working on it? When is it going to happen? We just seem to be stuck in a horrible hole at the moment with user friendly but insecure and bloaty Windows; versus slick secure Linux that has poor app support and in my experiencce requires you to learn an archane annd unintuitive commmand line language to make it work. (And when writing a support model I have to double the server support costs for Linux versus Windows (and yes thatss offset by licensing, though Red Hat aren't that cheap).

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Re: Drawbridge

Maybe Linus could get that built in to Linux. Killer app for Linux on the desktop, finally making it the year of Linux on the desktop (as well as losing the command lineand replacing it with a GUI for people that are too old, stupid and/or lazy to learn the command line - like me).

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The solution to security breaches? Kill the human middleware

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Re: Buzzword Bingo

How do I give you more upvotes?

The comparison with building standards is an awesome one. Why are we not insisting the security standards for every connected device/application are not public and audited/auditable?

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Mozilla launches 'privacy edition' Firefox... that phones home

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At least . .

They tell you what they are collecting and open source the code so you can check. But yeah. They should have asked at install.

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TfL to track Tube users in stations by their MAC addresses

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Re: GDPR to the rescue

Only iif they do tie it back. The MAC address on its own is noot personally identifiable. IIts its in a table with their name, address, and phone number I agree. But its not.

If you don't want anyone to have access to the MAC address on your phone then turn wifi off.

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Nest Cam: A compelling piece of hardware-software

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Re: Streaming

You would be surprised what a heroin addict will take to get their fix. All that music on physical media? All gone.

I lost my entire CD collection (200 CDs) in a burglary 10 years ago and have been digital only since then.

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That looks perfect for what I want. Particularly as it wil give me local storage which I can then sync to cloud. No subscription needed as far as I can see.

Pricey though. 2 external and 2 internal is going to knock me back nearly £1k.

Edit: The tags for the windows are a good idea too. Hmmm. Tempted.

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Elon Musk wants to launch 4,000 satellites and smother globe with net connectivity

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Cars

As for the car business making a loss, its hardly unusual for a new product in any market to run a loss for a while til it gets the economies of scale it needs to become profitable. Basic economics.

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Antivirus tools are a useless box-ticking exercise says Google security chap

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Re: If Only Google Could Get A Handle On Their Own Security Problems

I thought the Android malware was mostly apps users are tricked into installing tthat come with bonus malware.

I'd like Android to give me a bit more info on whats going on. What network connecctions its opening to what IP addresses (and where those IPs are registered and to who)? What Apps are accessing what data actively at any time?

Then I can whitelist, blackliist, uninstall as needed. Shouldn't be too difficult should it?

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Microsoft sweet-talks EC antitrust bods over LinkedIn buy

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Re: Business benefit?

I would have thoughht the integration would be with Dynamics rather than Office. Which is why Salesforce are complaining annd why Salesforce also wanted to buy Linkedin.

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Re: Please let them

Go to bed!!! And dream happy thoughts!!! Too much bitterness and hate in this world already and much worse things in this woorld than a software company :-(

Off to get Inmypjs too. Night all.

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"I'm sure everyone who gave away their data to LinkedIn could be persuaded to give it to any other site that might be set up, either by Salesforce or anyone else. "Unique" need only be a temporary description."

Equally if Linkedin were to launch a CRM suite to compete with Salesforce or Dynamics, would the EU then have to launch an antitrust suite against Linkedin for having an unfair competitve advantage due to the data they already owned?

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Hadoop experiencing growing pains in lamestream businesses

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Re: Translation please

Marketing speak.

In my experience enterprises don't really know what data they have or what they could do wiith it if they had the right tools. Hadoop is just a toolset that would let them do something with the data if they knew what they had or what they wanted to do with it.

Reminds me of the old thing learnt on a course around:

Data > Information > Knowledge > Wisdom (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DIKW_pyramid)

So, I think what that sentence meant was, if an organisation understands the data at its disposal and has a toolset to turn the data iinto Wisdom it can then make good decisions around:

- Presales - what should we sell, who to and at what price?

- Postsales - did we sell well, make a profit, what should we do better next time?

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Microsoft just got its Linux Foundation platinum card, becomes top level member

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Do you really want the menus back? I'd kind of forgotten all that faffing about in endless menu trees looking for what I wanted was ever a thing. I hated the change at first (in Office) and was baffled by the design decisiions in Win8 (not intuitiive - had to invent ways to avoid the weird bits) but I have never had an issue with the Windows 10 GUI. They did listen and fixed it in Win10. It even works reasonably well when I switch to Tablet mode.

The Office GUI is quicker and easier than the old one. Just works. Ribbons are better than menu trees. Hated them at first, as I say, but these days I appreciate the ease of accessing certain things that used to be buried 4 menus deep from the task bar.

Agree on the telemetry. There should have been a clear opt in/out menu on install.

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Re: Lot of foxes in that hen house, huh.

"And/Or their apps will be developed to only run on Microsoft hardware."

And no-one else does that do they? Actually Microsoft don't do they? Didn't they make all their money by making an OS that would run on any x86 hardware . . .

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Re: Linux Desktops

"On servers, however, Linux has definitely deserved a place. If it's really big, web based and absolutely has to work even under load, Linux seems to be an easy default to pick.."

I think theres a chicken and egg thing there too:

- Windows used to be really unreliable, unstable and not fit for puurpose so all the architects that build big scale must work solutions do it on linux

- No-one knows how to (or ever does) do that stuff on Windows because all the people who 'know what they are doing' insist it must be done on linux

Having worked on two 'Digital Transformation' projects in the last three years its funny that:

- the small/medium sized one built on Windows was very stable having its 1st downtime 6 months in and that was taken down on purpose as a weird security issue with the app reared its head at year end.

- the big volume one built on Linux had 6 unplanned outages in the first 3 months all technical all due to architectural stability issues.

It wasn't actually a Linux issue with the big one. Crap architects rushed a solution live that hadn't been OAT'd properly and issues with the JVMs falling over in certain conditions, DB falling over in certain conditions, etc caused various outages. In both cases the servers were rock solid.

Anyway, I am agnostic server wise (not a techie). Just relaying experience. Just because its built on Linux doesn't mean its stable in my experience. Same for Windows but the historic inherent stability issues with Windows servers I haven't seen for a long time.

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Firefox hits version 50

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Re: Statcounter

That Akamai site is rubbish. Can we not have a breakdown on the 'Other'? Is Firefox Mobile wrapped up in 'other'? Baffled by the numbers. They don't tally at all with the usage stats on a couple of web projects I have worked on lately. Breakdown on version of each is also useful but not given.

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Iguazio: Made from Kia parts but faster than a Ferrari with 1,000 drivers

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Re: BigData! = Hadoop..

Not sure I would consider SPLUNK 'big data'. Yes there's alot of data and yes you can query it but its just for log aggregation (in my limited experience) for SIEM, or appllication monitoring / reporting. You aren't going to take strategic corporate decisions based on the output or put a new product to market.

I guess it may have other uses.

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