Re: Why use a revision control system?
When I worked for an ISP we used revision control for the named config files; at the time we had some very ropey contractors working there and it came in handy a number of times...
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I'm a fan of the old school mentality, if someone in power makes the decision to go to war then they and their offspring above the age of 18 should be in the front line with the soldiers. It used to be that way and at some point it changed, would Blair have been as keen to join the US in Iraq if he and his son (who was 18 in 2002) had to go house to house with the infantry?
Interesting that the top 2 and others are using IBM Spectrum Scale; when I tested it last year it kept falling over, nodes dropped out of the cluster and refused to be re-added etc etc. Not much use having all that speed if the software "defining" the storage is unreliable.
When will organisations learn that saving money by cutting corners or purchasing inferior products is just a false economy? For a project to succeed it needs to be run according to requirements rather than available budget, it's like having a shopping list that reads "Buy what you like as long as the total cost is under 50 quid"
Sorry for the delay, I just noticed this reply. You'd be surprised how many places are within easy commute of Amsterdam, especially if they have a train station. The Bollenstreek area South of Haarlem is very nice, as is the area South of Amstelveen sweeping around East to Hilversum. North of A'dam I'm not so familiar with but I'm told Heerhugowaard is nice and also the Zaandam area.
I moved from Melbourne to Mandurah near Perth and didn't regret the decision once. Melbourne is a nice enough place but most livable city in the world? I don't really think so.
A lot of it comes down to personal taste and requirements of course so you have to take these surveys with a generous pinch of salt and think carefully about what's important to you. And by the way Melburnians, you can get decent coffee elsewhere, so there ;)
You've already got plenty of answers on this but what I will say is living in Amsterdam itself is pretty expensive. Rental properties in NL are generally expensive due to high demand but you can live a reasonable commuting distance from Amsterdam and save yourself a fair amount each month. Most companies here pay travel allowance to the office so it's worthwhile looking further afield.
Apart from that all I can say is that I love living in NL, you can get by on English alone but it's worth making the effort to learn the language as the people appreciate it and will treat you differently, plus it opens up more job opportunities.
Give it a go, out of all the expats I've worked with here there's only been a very small percentage who haven't loved it and stayed.
And it is a pretty big gap, especially when you consider how good NetApp's dedupe is, not to mention their mature and effective replication and snapshot management. IMHO Pure stepped into the flash gap and got their foot in the door, but the incumbent vendors learned their lesson and are now offering much more complete solutions with reliable and efficient technology. Pure's marketing is first rate but if you ask most non-Pure techies who have worked with it and others they'll tell you that the alternatives are better.
Oracle sales methodologies aside it is an interesting point, as in should any large organisation put all their eggs into one cloud provider basket? Surely the government's advisers should be recommending a multiple cloud vendor strategy, preventing vendor lock in and minimising the risk of service outages if a particular cloud provider falls over, as has already been seen.
**Disclaimer, I am an Oracle employee and these are my personal views which do not necessarily reflect the view of the company**
"Oracle can absolutely count on losing Amazon as a customer. Oracle's focus should be on providing a better cloud-connected database than the one Amazon has."
Oracle already has that, they need to shift their sales mindset into a more cloud based one and stop gouging and/or confusing their customers on price and licensing. Their IaaS offering is actually pretty good and reasonably priced, but that counts for nothing if sales aren't positioning it correctly.
Mail systems are always good at tripping people up. I remember one nightshift sysadmin at an ISP who, as a response to persistent spam hitting our mailserver, blacklisted the whole yahoo.com domain. As this was in 2000 quite a few people were still using Yahoo Mail and the phones didn't take long to start ringing...
Unfortunately NetApp missed the boat with AFF, allowing Pure to get a foot in the door with their overpriced, substandard product. I'm Pure accredited btw due to working for a Pure partner so I'm familiar with the ins and outs of it. When NetApp did release AFF it proved to be a much better product at a much more reasonable price, which has been borne out by the sales figures. Pure is a marketing company rather than a technology company and FlashBlade is their last roll of the dice after years of disastrous results...
My mother would pick up random IT related words and start referring to "servers" for example, when there clearly was no server anywhere in the picture. Being a sysadmin these conversations drove me insane and me screaming "what f&*#ing server?" down the phone was not an uncommon occurrence. And don't even get me started on the time Outlook stopped working but she of course hadn't done anything. Apart from change her mail password via the web interface, as she finally admitted after much diligent telephone and onsite support from yours truly...
So Rubrik continues its "stellar" growth by adding yet another product to its portfolio. I spent a short time working there and what I saw under the covers was a rush to add new products/functionality without stabilising what was already there, leading to data loss and/or corruption. I saw emails from customers demanding their money back due to these and other issues so I am very curious as to whether things have changed; until this is confirmed I'll remain cynical whenever this "unicorn" releases its latest blockbuster...
This type of thing is so easily done the only real safeguard is a fully redundant system with fault tolerance. It still baffles me today that major transport operators, banks and so on experience outages when a correctly architected and implemented solution should keep outages at bay, even taking disasters into account.
It's pretty standard to have endpoint protection that tracks what gets copied off the device and it'll be in the small print of most IT Usage Policy documents somewhere. If you copy this type of data off your machine before leaving you've got a pretty good idea that you're doing something wrong and you can't complain if you get pulled up. As for contacting ex-clients, that's also in normal contracts but it's harder to prove i.e. "the customer called me on my personal mobile when they heard I was moving on"...
It seems to me that the financial results pretty much reflect Oracle's strategy which is to move as much as possible to the(ir) cloud. Yes they're behind the big players but only time will tell how much of their existing customer base they can move to, and keep in, their cloud. The days of big bad Larry and the opaque licensing/pricing models are over, Thomas Kurian and others are driving the business in a much more positive way and it'll be interesting to see where Oracle stands in a couple of years.
Unfortunately Rubrik talk the talk but their product can't walk the walk. I've had internal experience of their solution and their focus is all about cramming it with new features and not resolving some of the (critical) issues it contains. Call it what you will, backup, data management etc but if the data is corrupt or missing when you need it then it's not worth a handful of magic beans...
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