That can happen no matter where your ERP system is hosted, unless it is hosted on site.
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Serco bags £322m contract extension for Test and Trace, is still struggling to share data with local authorities
Must 'completely free' mean 'hard to install'? Newbie gripe sparks some soul-searching among Debian community
Developers develop for developers first
As somebody who has used pretty much most version of Unix (Solaris,HP-UX,AIX,BSD,SCO, etc), OS-X and Windows since the 90s either in a professional or personal capacity, my conclusion is that Unix/Linux, is developed by developers for developers or highly experienced IT people. Yes from a functional point of view they are far superior being far more flexible, but there are also issues with that in itself.
Even an experienced user can make fundamental mistakes as their knowledge is based on experience. E.g. used to configuring a VM to run with a Netapp filer, suddenly presented with an EMC Isilon, will make the wrong assumptions and wonder why things run slowly.
But on the personal PC front, the end user should be at the forefront of the developers focus. They want to install the OS without any issues and the hardware should just work (which it does the majority of Windows installs, because of third party support).
They want to install apps without the need to go down to the cli (which is still to often a requirement) and run them.
Apple have managed to do this on top of OpenBSD, the Linux community needs to stop the UI wars and focus on a single UI that looks great and is easy to use for an end user.
By all means have all the useful stuff, but hide it away so it doesn't confuse the end user.
AMD is now following More's Law: More chips, more money, more pressure on Intel, more competition in the x86 space
Non AMD compatible
The only piece of Enterprise software I know that does not run on AMD is SAP HANA, but this is purely an artificial limitation imposed by SAP (I have heard AMD themselves are running HANA on Epyc).
To get this market and in light of Intels delays, AMD really need to think about the 4 Socket market for very large memory foot prints e.g. larger than 8TB, where they can then also start competing with IBM and Power.
AMD have always been great innovators, first to dual core, first to SIMD instructions, first to integrated memory controller, and first to x86-64, I see the as a modern day digital/Sun. Great innovators not neseccarily good at execution/marketing but Lisa sure is turning that around.
We're in a timeline where Dettol maker has to beg folks not to inject cleaning fluid into their veins. Thanks, Trump
At least his idea of raking a forest was harmless.
His idea of buying Greenland was bonkers but again relatively harmless (diplomacy aside)
His idea of building a well, financially bonkers but not a killer (directly anyway)
But mentioning fish tank cleaner and bleach to cure Covid is beyond the pale especially as he knows
he has a lot of uneducated supporters (not showing your love of them here are you Trump)
Surly somebody in his family has to guts to tell him to think before he
opens his mouth.
Airbus and Rolls-Royce hit eject on hybrid-electric airliner testbed after E-Fan X project fails to get off the ground
Re: Electric planes?
Weight problem aside you can increase efficiency quite a bit by having a central engine charging a small amount of batteries which power electric motors. The problem with gas turbines is they are very efficient at constant load (e.g. cruise), but quite fuel hungry at full boost (take off/Landing) also they don't respond. that quickly to changes in speed.
Whereas an electric motor responds very quickly to speed changes and if you have enough battery power (generated during cruise or charged on the ground) for the high thrust parts of the flight envelope you can increase efficiency quite a bit.
Needs a new generation of solid state batteries to work properly in an aircraft setting mind.
NASA to launch 247 petabytes of data into AWS – but forgot about eye-watering cloudy egress costs before lift-off
There has to be room for something to sit between a properly developed app and a spreadsheet.
Myself as a non-developer have created a number of "applications" in excel, only to find out that a spreadsheet is totally the wrong tool.
It needs to be duplicated again and again for each project (surely just needs a project key field), then you have endless tables for lookups (mmmm maybe a relational database is needed), very quickly the spreadsheet goes out of control taking 30mins on a fast machine, because I've updated one key field and 1000s of rows and 10s of tabs will suddenly be updated.
The closest I've found is "access" and Googles App Maker, but again if you want to do anything remotely interesting or outside of the tutorials or templates you need to be in full developer mode and any documentation for the intermediate user is non existent.
AMD rips covers off 64-core Threadripper desktop monster, plus laptop chips, leaving Intel gesturing vaguely at 2021
What about a language for mere mortals
I'm still waiting for a cross platform environment for simpletons like me.
The closest I've found has been visual basic for the desktop and appmaker.
But I often feel developers develop languages for full time developers, Rather than somebody who just wants to build a quick and dirty tool as they have exhausted what they can do in a spreadsheet.
Re: Trump is right
This just makes the situation worse.
A) Any goods coming from Mexico will just be more expensive for the average US consumer causing inflation which in turn will mean higher interest rates.
B) Hardship in Mexico will be even worse driving more people towards the boarder and the so called promised land.
Re: hot chips
Cisco do a C880 (which is actually a OEM Fujitsu), HPE (who now own SGI) and also Atos Bull all do 8 Socket boxes as well as IBM Power
But if you need any sort of high availability you will always need at least two.
If your workload can be split up much better going for smaller nodes with one spare.
These days with such high core counts it's generally the memory costs that determine the server cost.
Do you run a single server with high core counts and high memory requiring 64GB or 128GB Dimms or lost of small ARM servers with 16/32GB Dimms. All of a sudden real estate becomes an issue.
Nothing wrong with a merger OS
Having a common kernel is a good idea, what Apple should do is think about different personae depending on form factor which will have to be adhered to my software vendors, I.e. a cut down interface with different functionality in mobile mode and a full desktop experience when linked to a monitor and keyboard/mouse.
I actually quite like some of the touch features in windows 10 in desktop mode
Now Hyperconverged is something entirely different.
But converged/Hyperconverged also means, get all your support and lifecycle management from one place. Rather than constant finger pointing and time wasted working out which patches/firmware updates work together across different vendors.
Non paid for support
Think about all of the non paid for support in most departments.
e.g. Barry in Accounts has a small issue with windows (does not know how to do something), So shouts out, "Does anybody know how to do XYZ".
Shiela in also in accounts says yes and helps Barry.
Now most people in an office know windows/office to some degree as they have used it either at home or in another job.
Now if you have a linux desktop with Libre Office, the probability of somebody knowing how to do something goes down massivily.
Even worse is something does not work in Linux, you do a quick google and the answer is to run some horrid (to the end user) bash command to fix something.
Rates have gone up?
When I was there it was £20 for an evening meal. (you made sure you booked a hotel with breakfast included) and that was it.
So if you ended up working late which was not unusual and got back to the hotel at say 9/10pm the last thing you wanted to do was go in search of a cheap place to eat.
Even the cheapest burger in the hotel was often £15. Add in a couple of drinks (even non alcoholic) and a side and your £20 budget is blown
Re: SPARC worlds fastest
The last benchmark Oracle released for SAP was 2016, An 8 Socket Machine with 256 Cores.
Giving a SAPs per core performance of 2787. A total SAPs score of 713480.
In the same year a Dell Poweredge R730 had a SAPs per core of 2677. Yes this was only a 2 Socket box with a SAPs rating of 117780.
The same server with Skylake has a per core SAPs rating of 3129.
So yes SPARC won on overall numbers. However I am yet to meet the customer who has a DB server requirement of 713480 SAPS.
Even a requirement of 117780 SAPs for a DB server is very rare. Yes the whole landscape might require lots of SAPs but a bunch of 2 Socket x86 servers will a) be cheaper, b) won't have all your eggs in one basket.
Yes there are workloads that have been tuned for SPARC, likewise for intel. At the end of the day it comes down to cost. x86 is a good enough workhorse at a far cheaper price.
Ex CSC myself
I find it very sad what has become of the one big outsourcing companies.
Companies with hundreds of technical/functional consultants and analysts and
Programmers. They could have come up with innovative SaaS solutions new ways
of doing business, but they forgot their DNA. Instead the good left sometimes ending
up in start ups.
Alas the accountants and restructuring managers are in charge.
Very odd. I live in London and already have fibre to the home, currently the max offer is 300Mb but surely just needs a switch upgrade at the exchange.
Alas my internal home network is nowhere near that speed so anything over 200Mb would be wasted (damn victoran terrace houses with no hollow walls, so have to rely on powerline and wifi)
Killed the customer based
With Oracle purchasing Sun, they effectivly killed off any software/hardware partnerships that where out there.
If Sun where still independent would they have maintained a good partnership with SAP such that a HANA port would have been on the cards (like it is with IBM power).
Would they have had a greater relationship with developers who would have embraced SPARC/Solaris as a development platform.
The second Oracle came on board the software providers went, urgh not a friendly competitor/partner, I'll stick to x86 with Power as our only RISC based system.
Intel to Qualcomm and Microsoft: Nice x86 emulation you've got there, shame if it got sued into oblivion
Rather than design a large aircraft to carry the payload up to a certain height. Why not design a smaller aircraft that attaches to the payload (with it's own fuel), that uses the engines on the payload.
The Payload then drops the aircraft bit, which flys itself home.
No need for large fusalages, automate the whole thing with no need for people on board.
Hardware vs software
Even if the hardware is locally maintained, it's the software that goes tits up when the hardware fails. And it's the software management that has been oursourced.
The software is old and does not have automated resyncing (taking referencial integrety into account),
there are likely to be hundreds of little scripts that have been created to get around functionality gaps, many of which will not have been documented or architected properly (likely to have been created to fix a P1 issue).
I've been part of many an outsourcing deal, with perspecitive from both sides.
The recipient doesn't know what they don't know, the people giving up the system don't know what they have forgotten and are generally pissed off they may be redundent soon.
The best moves have been the ones where a ground up review/re-write/rearchitect/retest have been part of the move adding new functionality, plugging gaps properly and properly re-testing.
Well they already have an enterprise class cloud with virtustream.
Also why build a cloud when you can hook into existing clouds, without the need to build them.
AWS can now take on VMware workloads.
DellEMC storage can use existing cloud storage providers as an additional storage tier within
and array. You can even backup to existing cloud storage providers out of the box.
My personal opinion. Why go out to the cloud, why not invite the cloud into your own data center.
I.e. offer you spare capacity out to the cloud providers who can then distribute/create HA nodes
on a smaller granular level, thus taking the risk away from large sites.
Why the hell would you not run DBs on Virtual machines?
30% overhead? Not seen those kinds of overheads for years.
90% of DBs I see out in the marketplace, do not require anywhere near the amount of
compute capacity available on modern platforms with 18+Cores per Socket in a two Socket server.
If you have the kinds of requirements for 8+ Sockets for a DB then you probably want to run the DB on Prem anyway or at least in a private/sourcing deal as no cloud can provide the kind on SLAs needed with such a DB which is likely to be business critical. (Or the company is crap at archiving data)