* Posts by McVirtual

41 posts • joined 11 Feb 2010

Marketing: Wow, that LD8 data centre outage was crazy bad. Still, can't get worse, can it? Finance: HOLD MY BEER


Very poor article

You can’t highlight the £170 without EXPLICITLY stating it was NOT an invoice but an order request from the customer through the customer portal with standard agreed charges involved. Even the OP acknowledge this in his tweet :(

Everyone is now mis-reading the sentiment and intent!

Poor show El Reg !.

Brits must now register virtually all new drones and undergo safety tests


Note to self - do not attach kitty-cat to drone when flying... you know... just in case!

Reg reader offered £999,998 train ticket from Cambridge to Horley



Measily price to pay to go back in time IMHO !!

EU whacks first nail into mobile roaming charges' coffin



Insert meaningless comment here and go AFK ....

Brit telco EE's ads banned for 'misleading' 4G speed claims



.... they're still considerably faster right?!

Yeah, that '50bn IoT devices by 2020' claim is a load of dog toffee


Meh - seems legit IMHO

50Bn isn't unreasonable.

Consider Smart meters (electric/ water) traffic management systems, etc, etc.

It's not about how many consumer devices are connected to the internet (e.g. phones, chromecasts, fridges, etc.), it's about anything that needs an IP address... that doesn't limit it to physical devices or objects either!

IBM Watson offers $5m for an AI to save the world


Computer says No !

My AI says it's worth a lot more that $5m for that answer....

EMC's Chad Sakac once made a Gangnam Style parody music video


He's all over it

You've clearly forgotten his Cloud Freaky rendition too !


and Hardware for What!


Big data lakes? Too many ponds, that’s the problem


It's a No! from me

So the basic problem you believe is storage IO?


Sorry, kids. Microsoft is turning Minecraft into an 'educational tool'


Bye bye Kodu, hello Minecraft

Sure, why not. I'll also swap Visio for Minecraft any day !!

Dimension Data cloud goes TITSUP down under... after EMC storage fail


Fair's fair

Anyone with an ounce of common sense wouldn't have a single cloud strategy anyway.

That's the whole point of X-as-a-Service - you can have "afford/ commodotise" your infrastructure and applications effectively.

We're already discussing multi-cloud and inter-cloud as essential Enterprise business strategies, so when "things" like this happen to poor ol' DiData and EMC, the business isn't actually affected.

I KNOW how to SAVE Microsoft. Give Windows 8 away for FREE – analyst



Unfortunately they CANNOT give away Windows 8.x due to all the people who have purchased it already and the refunds involved would cripple their EBITDA / share price.

Maybe they should consider it for Windows 9


Re: Except Apple aren't giving it away for free.

Are you suggesting Google is doing the same by subsidising Acer, Asus, HP, and everyone else manufacturing ChromeBooks?

I think not.

Who wants a Xeon-powered, 12-core, RAID 10 … LAPTOP?


Should be capable of running Windows 8.1 for the next year, but then obsolete.

Brits spend one in every 12 waking minutes online, say beancounters



I guess they've also excluded the time we spend in the Internet at work... and I'm pretty sure I sleep browse too..

Home Office boffins slip out passport-scanning Android app



Didn't work on my 2008 NFC passport...

the fact you have to put data in to unlock it is fair enough, and will stop people scanning other folks passports without consent I guess.

Bit of a pointless (an exceptionally UGLY looking) application imho

Enter the Dragon: The Chinese superputer set to win the Top500 crown


American Inside

All the worry about Chinese intelligence/ cyber-snooping/ etc ... and it's still Powered by Intel...

...another cup of Irony anyone?


How Microsoft shattered Gnome's unity with Windows 95


Fair play

Great article there, interesting read!.


Review: HTC One

Thumb Up


I think this hits the nail on the head. I can't recall the last time I needed a spare battery, I'm alway in proximity to a USB port on my laptop for a quick top up.

Extra memory??! Pah!... 64GB is more than enough and with USB On-the-Go I can stick all my movies on a tiny USB stick - As I do today with my Nexus 7

Slick, cool and generally EPIC looking, and that's not just me the phone ticks those boxes too ;)

Microsoft Surface Pro sales CANNIBALIZING Surface RT



It was always simply too expensive. What market were they trying to break?

There smartest bet would have been to take the WinPho OS to a tablet, not deploy an expensive laptop alternative !!


First Samsung Galaxy S4 review leak: Stop FONDLING, start FINGERING


IR - Yay!

Awesome... I'll dig out my Palm V and transfer all my old contacts :D

GoDaddy gone, daddy: Websites go titsup in server assault



Yet another reason why the Public Cloud space is so immature and risky.

When will people learn?

Unless you go to someone with a truly Enterprise Public Cloud offering you can only cross your fingers that your business will remain intact...

/end rant

This 320-gigapixel snap of London is size of Buckingham Palace


First fail found

Liking this House/ Tree/ Road fail...


ps - found two Busby's so far ;)

Private clouds creep into the enterprise

IT Angle


So what is the definition of Private Cloud versus Virtualised Infrastructure for a Company.... Pah!

/end cynicism

Pure Storage to VDI players: Flash array trounces the platter


Is that $100 per month/ year/ lifetime... ?

And why the cheddar-cheese would any company put SSD in a laptop, oh the comparison irony chart goes off the scale here...

Pretty sure it's still cheaper to stuff a server full of RAM and run the VDIs in there, do people still use spinny disks for virtual desktops, get up to speed people :(

Hold it! Don't back up to a cloud until you've eyed up these figures



'Some' good points here. This is why it is important to understand your Cloud Service Providers (CSP), SafeHarbour and Euro DP policies, amongst other things.

However, there are always 3 factors in a decision making process of this type. Cost, Risk & Service.

This article addresses some of the raw costs here, but as your bag of salt statement impies, there are many other intangible costs here, and other non-functional costs that need to be included.

Needless to say, these are all re-baselined again when we look in the corporate space and begin to leverage other IT commodities and bandwidths, etc.

Forget what vendors think: What’s YOUR vision for the data centre?



So let me get this straight, vendors and Data Centre suppliers are NOT the right people to set a vision here?

WTF - it's their sole purpose in life and they've been doing it well since the advent of IT.

Private and Public sector businesses have NO idea how to run this stuff, their jobs are to service the lines of business as best their meager HR department can find industry competences.

Seriously! this stuff annoys me

Apple's iPhone 5 connector said to be a control freak


now then, now then

To be fair, Apple are the ONLY device manufacturer that have really stuck to their guns in this area.

For how many years have we had the pleasure of a single, non-changing interface connector, while others have mucked about with USB, mini, micro, etc, etc?

If Apple do change it then fair enough. Odds are anything new we buy will be good for the next 5/6 generations of Apple device, so I for one will be happy.

Hackers expose 6.5 MILLION 'LinkedIn passwords'


REverse Hash

Don't you need some sort of tool to decipher the passwords in their current state anyway?

It's not like Joe Public could just open a text file and find out ?

Missed the Venus solar flyby? It's only 105 years to the next one



Is it just me, or is this just a bit of CGI sun footage with a black dot being run over it ... :(

Reg readers love Private Cloud (true)


Nearly there

Again, people seem to be having the virtualisation-as-a-service thought process as opposed to the Cloud conversation where applications are built for the Cloud, and businesses know how to create a business platform to run in the Cloud.

There are a whole new set of metrics to adhere to in the Cloud space

El Reg in email address blunder


I still love you

These things happen.... Hopefully only once to all of us.....

VDI is not the only fruit


Missed the point

VDI is not about combating small problems like this.

It is about a strategic (and inevitable) approach to dealing with commoditisaion/ consumption of desktop services - and the only goal there is reduction and continual management of OPEX.

The costs of supporting & managing a traditional desktop are enormous, and this problem scales horrendously in Enterprise environments...



Desktop virtualisation: Yes, it's cheaper


What a load of B$ !!

Really!... I leav my laptop (and my wifes and the family PC) on most days every day for more than 8hours... and no way do I receive an electricity bill for 16k per year!..

Do the sniff test before you open your mouth next time.... now bare in mind the average FULLY managed virtual desktop is circa $40 per user per month (enterprise)... the credibility just goes down the pan....

Dropbox 'insecure and misleading' – crypto researcher


DropBox - ConBox!

The main problem with DropyourpantsstorageBox is that as soon as somebody shares a folder with you, THAT capacity is then added to YOUR capacity utilisation....

Sod security!!

Give me value for money you foooookers!

Antique Nimrod subhunters scrapped – THANK GOODNESS!



This article wound me up sufficiently to fume, but then bought me back down to reality - well written ;)

p.s. our government & MoD are a bunch of sh*sters

Bring your own PC



Security is not the issue. BYOC2W is about hooking up to a model office managed virtual infrastructure via an office internet connection.

Consumerisation and the adoption of this area if halted mainly by the users ability to maintain the device i.e. break/fix, and the inability of the company to provide a suitable mechanism to assist in the financing of such assets.

Current finance models can only be associated with the BIK tax (benefit in kind) to the employee, so the adoption fails due to the employee not wishing to spend their hard earned cash on a computer to to their employers work.

The VDI (Virtual Desktop Infrastructure), via whichever flavour you prefer, is a very mature offering, but it currently leverages existing assets for connectivity, or involve a tech-refresh of the desktop devices in line with the current asset depreciation/ lifecycle.

The best approach today appears to be achieved by creating a pre-boot environment on a USB stick, or an isolated environment, to provide connectivity to a company broker system, or by using portals; but agin the issue of end-point device ownership/ control still lingers.

NetApp beating out EMC


Slightly bias view IMO

The report seems a tad un-evidential (nice new word), baring in mind the openness between VMware and EMC development teams I find it hard to factor in that there could be any other two companies working harder at synergy than EMC/VMware.

Point in hand their vBlock offering, not a partnership, not a commodity, but a union of EMC, Cisco together with VMWare at CEO level.


5000 desktops to virtualise


IT Choices

It's good to see how other organisations approaches, but really concerning that 12 minutes in the IT bod tells us what the alternative to Hyper-V were.... WTS.

And then 15 minutes in an ROI of 5years maybe more!... This goes against a lot of the Parallels, Xen and VMware numbers of 18months-2 years.

I think it is obvious that VDI is a huge play, but why on earth Hyper-V with a >5year ROI?

5000 desktops and a virtualisation project


Fud me thinks

I'm pretty sure this is the Hyper-V deployment that Microsoft actually gave away to the client, and paid for the consultancy to support the deployment, and also paid 30k for the media hype around it... Oh and did I mention it isn't anywhere near complete or fully functional.

Not that I'm against this in any way shape or form, I like variety, what I do not like is the big MS marketing wallet coming down and forcing clients in to a pricing argument versus what they actually need to deliver a successful project.

My $0.02


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