Bit more notice next time?
I can possibly time one of my Sydney visits to attend but need a bit more notice, and although I'm no longer on call (praise be) I have many years of stories to share...
14 posts • joined 18 Sep 2016
There will never be an M9, the M8 was already built before Oracle fired everyone in Sparc and Solaris so may as well release it for a final bit of revenue.
Sparc & Solaris are pretty much irrelevant and dead now, sadly. Saying it will be supported until 2034 is lip-service if its no longer developed, who would be mad enough to buy this stuff now, certainly no new customers.
Its a bit like the mainframe, a lingering slow death for years.
The big cloud vendors like AWS don't "declare themselves secure", they publish and are regularly audited on the security of their areas of responsibility, by dozens of regulatory bodies worldwide.
Cloud security *configuration* is much easier than on-prem, its easier to set a policy on an AWS VPC Security Group, or an Azure Vnet NSG than for instance on a checkpoint firewall, I know. I've done all 3.
Security *design* is just as important in cloud or legacy environments.
A good idiot can stuff up either, but given equal competence Cloud is more secure, because the cloud providers can build a better, more secure data centre than you can.
This won't affect server prices because:
1) Sparc was basically irrelevant now, probably less than 1% of the CPU's sold
2) OEM hardware of any kind is set for rapid decline, most companies will simply go Cloud Iaas then PaaS with SaaS whenever that fits (why would you build an in-house CRM for example?). The cloud companies make their own server so Intel will be fine, Dell, CISCO & HP less so.
Intel CPU's have gotten faster over the period too, but they're still selling bazillions of them.
The problem is Oracle, a company I can never understand anyone getting into bed with, and fewer will going forward, oh sure they'll milk their existing hostages for a while yet but most are looking for a way out and many will find one.
Unsurprising several luddites here are using this as a reason to spread FUD on cloud.
Real, public cloud (AWS, Azure and GCP) has an exemplary uptime record, better than your private DC or co-lo, of course there not immune to failure and you need to architect for this, but its still better run than a private company can.
Some other vendors "cloud washing" their old hosting offerings does not make them the same thing.
I try to minimise my tax, within the law, why shouldn't they? And they're far from the only ones, the other cloud providers are equally efficient at tax minimisation.
The problem is the govts, they need a more robust framework for taxation, especially of the large corporates.
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