* Posts by im.thatoneguy

4 publicly visible posts • joined 11 Aug 2022

TrueNAS CORE 13 is the end of the FreeBSD version


iXSystems announced that the RAM limitations on Linux for ZFS ARC will be going away in the next release. Other than that I think if some of the last major BSD developers are choosing to move away then they probably are doing it confidently. It's not like there aren't Linux systems running on iot microcontrollers. So you can't say that Linux can't scale down. In fact most small NAS systems on the market run Linux, I don't know of a single commercial 2-4GB RAM NAS running BSD except for the ix mini.

Worrying about the pace of kernel updates on Linux seems to be somewhat moot as well since iXSystems controls their distro so they can pick and choose the pace that Scale adopts updates.

Just because on-prem is cheaper doesn’t make the cloud a money pit


Economies of scale often actually don't apply to middle scale operations.

Yeah you get a discount but you also pay through the nose for solutions which can scale to millions of clients when you might only have a few thousand.

Amazon is going to allow you to scale almost infinitely but that means they're vastly over provisioning for moderate sized workloads.

The per core cost or per GPU cost of a super computer isn't going to scale linearly, nor are you going to see a discount over buying a standalone GPU.

You can buy an Nvidia card in a machine and it costs 1x. If you want 10x Nvidia cards in a hypervisor that can split up that GPU cluster and allocate dynamically to different VMs... Prepare to now buy an Nvidia GRID license, you also need to pay for nvLink adapters etc etc etc. Maybe you got a $100 off per GPU for bulk, but now you're paying $100 a year in licensing.

As the article states you might save on economies of scale for labor if you're small. If you only need one server a $100k a year for labor makes no sense. But as you get larger and larger you need more and more layers of management. Your accountants need accountants to handle the costs of the accounting department... Etc etc.

Small is inefficient. Big is bloated.

It's time to retire 'edge' from our IT vocabulary


Specific definition

It's worth pointing out that The full term is: **Cloud** Edge. What makes it "Edge" vs an Industrial computer is that it's software to offer almost-on-prem hardware that then connects to a cloud service.

Technically hybrid cloud hardware is also just "hardware" but what makes Azure Stack different is the fact that from a software perspective it's cloud API.

Cloud Edge is perfectly clear. It's a device that exposes on prem data to the cloud and vice versa. Someone mentioned Edge Firewall to be snarky but actually that is a perfect analogy. An edge firewall filters WAN/LAN. A Cloud Edge Compute device works with the cloud to ingest on prem data, pre process it and safely upload it to WAN.

Businesses should dump Windows for the Linux desktop


Huh? Wut?

"Over the years, they've included Dynamic Link Libraries (DLLs) and ActiveX. No matter what they're called, they do the same work, and they do it with no regard for security."

Huh?! DLLs don't let programs communicate with each other. They're just reusable blocks of code. Comparing DLLs to ActiveX reveals that the author doesn't know anything about computer science. Linux had DLLs, they just use the SO extension.

Also the fact that Microsoft can't remove Macros from Office is a great example of why those users not only can't drop Windows, they can't even drop Office on Windows.

Furthermore, no version of Windows since 7 has effectively given the user session full admin privileges. Even Home edition.

This ignorant article might kind of apply to Windows 98 (ignoring the DLL nonsense) but hasn't been applicable in nearly 20 years since Microsoft migrated all of their home users to the multi user Windows NT platform.