* Posts by Secta_Protecta

42 posts • joined 5 Dec 2016

GitHub.com freezes up as techies race to fix dead data storage gear

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If Only....

Somebody would invent a HA storage system... ;)

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UK defence secretary ponders £50m hit to terminate Capita recruiting contract

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Re: Whilst I'm no lover of Capita...

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?

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Am I Missing Something?

Why should the MoD have to pay out 50M quid when Capita are quite obviously not meeting the standard? Please tell me there was some form of SLA or KPI measurement in the contract...

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Oz to turn pirates into vampires: You won't see their images in mirrors

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Re: whack a mole time again

Who is your PM this week? I lose track so easily.... ;)

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I find your lack of faith disturbing, IBM: Big Blue fires photon torpedo at Pentagon JEDI cloud contract

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Re: “IBM knows what it takes to build a world-class cloud,”

Then buy them!

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Re: “IBM knows what it takes to build a world-class cloud.”

I think they mean "IBM Knows How to BUY a World Class Cloud"

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HPC botherer DDN breaks file system benchmark record

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Speed is all well and good but....

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.

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Revealed: The billionaire baron who’ll ride Elon’s thrusting erection to the Moon and back

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"Musk has said he wants it to be able to carry a payload of 100 people into space, and/or the hardware to keep them alive once they get there."

So it'll either carry 100 people and the hardware to keep them alive, or just the hardware to keep them alive. Still in high level design phase?

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No wonder Oracle exec Kurian legged it – sky darkens as cloudy tech does not make it rain

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Re: The world has changed and Oracle hasn't.

Great comment, hits the nail right on the head. I'm very disappointed in how Oracle has squandered its chance in the cloud market, it seems to me that nothing will seriously change as long as Larry occupies his lofty perch.

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Brit armed forces still don't have enough techies, thunder MPs

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What a joke, the forces pay peanuts compared to the private sector, plus you get treated like crap and sent away for months at a time to places where people are shooting at you.

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Back up a minute: Veeam database config snafu exposed millions of customer records

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Re: Are they..

And ruining formerly reasonable workplaces ;)

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UK.gov went ahead with under-planned, under-funded IT upgrade? Sounds about right

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Same Sh1t Different Day

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"

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Lyon for speed, San Francisco for money, Amsterdam for fun: the best cities to be a techie

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Re: Any Reg readers living in Amsterdam right now?

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.

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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 ;)

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Re: Any Reg readers living in Amsterdam right now?

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.

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Rubrik says bye to global sales boss

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I was there for a short time and I left because I wasn't impressed with the product, organization, or culture being pushed down from above. There were indeed returns as I saw them myself, although maybe they've got themselves into gear and improved the product by now. Hopefully...

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UK getting ready to go it alone on Galileo

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Laughable

Oh yeah, 92 million quid just to have a feasibility study into having UK's own Galileo program. Thank goodness for the 250 million a day/week/month/never that will be saved by leaving the EU...

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Do you NVMe? Pure Storage smirks at rivals amid 34% sales surge

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Which is exactly what Pure have been doing, but at some point you have to pay the piper. FUD'ing the competition and giving partner sales cash in hand incentives on top of commission isn't necessarily a good long term strategy.

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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.

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Oracle's JEDI mine trick: IT giant sticks a bomb under Pentagon's $10bn single-vendor cloud plan

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Re: Interesting that Oracle worries about "lock-in"

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**

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Amazon, ditch us? But they can't do without us – Oracle

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Re: It isn't happening until...

"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.

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Early experiment in mass email ends with mad dash across office to unplug mail gateway

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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...

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HPE supercomputer is still crunching numbers in space after 340 days

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"The other one was down to an astronaut who accidentally turned off the power switch to a rack that contained HPE’s computer when unloading supplies from SpaceX’s Dragon capsule."

I wonder if the astronaut will submit this to the "Who, Me?" page...

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NetApp system zips past IBM monolith in all-flash array benchmark scrap

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Re: That's why I prefer the traditional 'bench mark' test...

I did see a rack containing a NetApp 3050 and shelves fall out the back out of a truck once back in the day. 1 metre + drop onto concrete and it still powered up afterwards :)

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When it comes to AI, Pure twists FlashBlade in NetApp's A700 guts

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Re: NetApp has an AFF A800 now, so?

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...

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As others have stated, what are the specifications of FlashBlade against the A700? Not to mention that Pure would have been wayyyyyyy more expensive, even with their ludicrous Evergreen (or whatever they're calling it nowadays) promise.

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Oracle demands dev tear down iOS app that has 'JavaScript' in its name

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Of course it is possible that Zhongmin Steven Guo is just using this as a cunning ruse to draw attention to themself and their app...

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Public cloud services could be worth $302 BEEELLION by 2021

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You get to wear a nice tinfoil hat!

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Sysadmin’s worst client was … his mother! Until his sister called for help

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What Server?

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...

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Donkey Wrong: Arcade legend Billy Mitchell booted from record books amid MAME row

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Re: Hard

IIRC Kaliber was advertised by a certain Mr Billy Connolly. Didn't help the fact that it literally tasted like urine though...

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Another week, another fistful of storage nouns comin' at ya like a breeze block to the frontal lobe

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Rubrik Polaris

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...

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Sysadmin shut down the wrong server, and with it all European operations

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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.

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Donald Trump whines and dines Oracle co-CEO Catz – reports

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Re: Naturally

Unfortunately the sheer fact that Trump is cozying up to Oracle automatically makes them look a million times worse. It's almost like it's a double bluff and someone in the Trump admin is encouraging him to attack Bezos in order to increase Amazon's popularity.

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Skyway Tuff IIs I hope, you could put them in the freezer to straighten them out. Allegedly...

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Dell EMC in bid to clap trade secrets injunction on staff now at Rubrik

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"Risk is you export the EMC mentality to a startup with awesome product" Which in this case doesn't apply, at least not in my experience with it...

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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"...

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What's going great for Oracle? Cloud. What's not great? Just about everything else

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The Proof of the Pudding...

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.

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Security patches done, machines upgraded, the coffee's hot – just in time for storage roundup

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Nutanix Acquisition

Does that mean Pure Storage will be pestering Nutanix now too? Please buy me Sir, I'll be good AF storage...

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You think you're all-flash? Market-watcher ranks storage vendors

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Maybe this will tempt someone to acquire Pure, or then again maybe not...

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NetApp's back, baby, flaunting new tech and Azure cloud swagger

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It looks to me like some good decisions have (finally) been made after a run of questionable ones. Good luck to NetApp, I've always liked working with their products and the new HCI kit looks pretty impressive too.

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Rubrik to hit enterprise with double whammy

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Don't believe the hype

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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Pure Storage is betting its FlashArray farm on NVMe

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