Re: MS has everything to lose
A Windows Server 2022 Standard licence costs £600 and allows you to run Hyper-V and 2 VMs, hence is about £300 per instance. Did $4,000 come out of the "random numbers I made up to prove my point" bucket?
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Yes, Microsoft want you to run Azure Stack HCI for hybrid cloud. In other words you have consistent platform and billing between Azure and on-premises. Azure Stack HCI removes the up-front licensing cost in exchange for the *ahem* 'gift' of monthly billing.
For on-premises deployments (or where you've got a few services in the cloud but not a true hybrid cloud) then literally nothing has changed. You buy your Windows Server Standard/Datacenter licence(s) and crack on like you have for the last X numbers of years.
The only thing that's actually changed is that they've killed the FREE version of Hyper-V, which very few people actually use because the use cases for it are limited, and almost all Windows houses can run Hyper-V as part of their server licensing anyway.
Sure the change is definitely news worthy but your the article makes it sound like Microsoft are bringing the apocalypse.
Sure...because all of those scale-out database and big data platforms are well known for their ability to host virtual machine infrastructure and line-of-business applications? If you'd started harping on about something like Ceph I'd at least be able to understand - though still not entirely agree with - the relevance of the comment.
@ Mark 110, I am a mere user so am obviously not privy to the internal complexities (aka reality). From my perspective as a user the online banking functions like it's just a re-skin of the previous version. That is to say the current design looks reasonably pretty but is years behind the competition in functionality and in dire need of some HCI consultancy work. As I say - just a customer perspective, I'm well aware that these things just aren't that simple when you dig into them.
Reliability has been fine for me - but online banking is one of those things that you don't even notice (let alone care) if it's down unless you're actually trying to use it at that exact time.
@tfewster didn't see the original comment, but thumbs up for looking it up!
Mathematical impossibilities aside, let's just be clear that nobody has made their millions selling a Belkin cable to public sector at 1929% markup. Let's say it's a £1.30 3m Cat6 cable, that only makes it £26.38 ex VAT sell to the customer. Now obviously that's a HUGE rip-off for what it is.....but that doesn't change the fact that it's just £26 and change.
And let's be honest...it's still got nothing on Monster cables in Currys.
In one respect, yes I pay for 200Mb and it would be nice to have that at all times. It's not like I sit there benchmarking it every 5 minutes, but the worst speed that I've ever seen is 165Mb.
While not 200Mb that is still more than enough to do pretty much anything that I might want to be doing during peak times. Upload speeds are still rubbish, but I don't do enough uploading for it to be more than an occasional annoyance.
Best I've seen off-peak is over 220Mb.
I've no doubt that it varies by area, but certainly in my circumstance do you really think I'm going to leave Virgin and go to a service like BT Infinity where they 'estimate' that I 'might' get 'somewhere' between 28-37Mb 'possibly' subject to the 'haha' clause of subsection 'fuck' paragraph 'you' of your customer agreement*?
Funnily enough, no, I'll stay with Virgin thanks.
* I appreciate that potentially removing that last bit is the entire point of the article, but I couldn't help myself.
"Well, if you are not an OS company why are sticking your grubby incompetent fingers anywhere near a driver image, may I ask?"
Since when is it down to the likes of MS, VMware and Red Hat as "OS companies" to develop drivers for everyone elses' hardware?
So to answer your question - probably the same thing that Intel, AMD, Nvidia, Brocade, Broadcom, QLogic, Cisco, Emulex, Dell, Realtek et al are doing with their fingers near a driver image for their hardware.
Also...yet again...wrong HP!
Is that these systems are designed to have stripped back features, removing a lot of HPE Proprietary technologies and software. The default warranty is also parts-only on these machines, which is quite unique in the server world where at least 1 site of labour and on-site cover is standard on pretty much everything. The intention behind all this is to reduce the cost and complexity of each system, making them cost effective to deploy at scale and rely on whatever tools said company has developed or bought in to manage all the flashy scale out cloudy stuff.
If I were being cynical I would sum that up as "putting a HPE badge on a white box Foxconn server", but in fairness I'm not 100% sure that's what they actually did.
But as far as I can see they cost more than ProLiants on a like-for-like basis, as well as being less flexible in configuration and expandability.
So what's the effing point?
So they've employed someone in a well paid, top dog IT management position with a 2 year contract who now can't make decisions that relate to client devices (Desktop, Laptop, Mobile), software (Office, IaaS, PaaS etc) and the majority of servers and storage (Windows Server, Cloud).
I mean, there is actually a lot left for an organisation of that size, but methinks perhaps not £180k worth when I'm sure anyone without the MS link would have to deal with it all for the same package?
I am no lawyer but I doubt there's an antitrust case to be brought against a company for pushing users towards the latest version of the same software they were going to purchase anyway.
My understanding is that anti-trust laws are intended to maintain fair competition between competing companies. If that is indeed correct, then by definition a company can't anti-trust itself - which is what you're suggesting.
I agree that the limited options for Kaby Lake and onwards will at some point force many users OFF Windows 7/8/8.1. However Windows 10 is ultimately a new version of the same product. The lack of support for prior versions of Windows does NOT force users of other operating systems onto Windows as a platform. That is a key differentiator.
If it prevented Linux or OS X from working then I think there would absolutely be a case there, but it doesn't.
My company used to use a small fleet of HP 625 laptops, so during my first week for training (numerous years ago). It had that 'feature' of hotkeys down the left hand side and had to try and use it for a week. More recently nabbed one of the survivors for testing something and I wanted to burn it.
So they want compensation for their business that failed based on a technology that was banned, on the assumption that the business would have been a stellar success and been worth millions of pounds; rather than be rendered obsolete and still go bankrupt a few years later due to newer technology, unlimited call packages etc.
If and when cannabis is legalised, will we see a queue of drug dealers outside their local council offices claiming lost profits and compensation for being imprisoned (if ever caught)?
Beeb- "Oh, by the way, you'll have to register soon to watch iPlayer."
Me- "Ok, well at least maybe this finally means they've come up with some way to know that I have a TV licence and stop harassing me every damn time I want to watch something."
Beeb- "Yeah so we only actually collected some really basic personal info that doesn't cover anything useful like your TV licence status. So now you're all registered and logged in and want to watch something I just need to check: Do you have a TV licence? You must have a TV licence to watch this content!! MAKE SURE YOU HAVE ONE OR ELSE YOU STINKY THIEF * !!!"
Me- "Oh for f***s sake what was the point of registering then?"
* Seems to be guilty until proven innocent in my experience with TV licensing.
The smaller SSDs are the one with the largest issues. You may (hopefully not) be surprised to hear that the smaller, affordable-ish drives are the most in-demand which is exacerbating the supply issues at the lower end. There's not much of a queue for 7.68TB SAS SSDs.
HPE do offer the E3-1240L v5 and E3-1260L v5 on the DL20 Gen9 rack server (I assume you've bought a rackmount for a colo) however they are factory built rather than off the shelf (same as Dell, in other words).
I suspect low TDP processors are relatively rare because many servers have built in (or licensable) power capping capabilities, which allows users to cap the power - presumably you want that to reduce the colo costs or to be within an amp limit? A 35W processor will obviously use less power at the top end, but in standard idle-ish usage doesn't necessarily offer significant power savings against a normal (say 80W) processor. Worth researching as you may be able to use something like the a common as muck E3-1220 v5/v6 and cap it to achieve a similar result (but you may need iDRAC Enterprise or iLO Advanced to enable it, not sure off the top of my head).
PS - Regarding the config issues, check things like the chassis and RAID configuration for something related to No OS. You might find there's an option elsewhere in the config that then allows you to select No OS under the OS section. The Dell-EMC config tool has fun quirks like that. Alternatively talk to a Dell-EMC (or HPE) partner and have them do the configs and transaction for you.
I would argue that something found 15 years later is not egregious. Especially as it's probably the result of numerous supported and unsupported components and work over time. Even for more modern cars that is not only beyond the 'manufacturer lifecycle' but likely also beyond the expected life of the machine.
And regarding the fixes; if it's that easy then I look forward to seeing SyntaxOS v1 as my daily driver at some point in the near future.
Admittedly everyone else is just as guilty of the "Starts at £X" marketing but starts at $18k, add a set of 10 small SSDs $68k. Add the usual other bits and bobs and software licenses $88k. Tack on semi-mandatory support for another $30k to bring you up to $118k.
$118k sounds much more realistic than $18k to me.
Also 30,000 IOPS really is not impressive in this space. As it's a re-engineered VNX I can't say I'm surprised by it capping out around that point, but that decision to cut costs be fettling an existing box will show in the long term.
As others have noted I seem to recall it was more Apple telling IBM to sod off as POWER chips just weren't really efficient enough for desktop use - hence why the latest and greatest Power PC machines had to be water cooled.
Even if IBM did tell Apple to sod off - now speaking hypothetically - if that was the case I suspect the reason behind it would have been that the development costs for the desktop range of POWER chips simply wouldn't have been worth the income. The development and production costs for processors are insane and, despite Apple flogging about 5-6 million Macs a year, I doubt that was truly enough to build a business case to continue the processor line. Given that we're going a way back and Apple hadn't reached fever pitch I doubt Apple actually sold 5-6 million POWER-powered Macs at the time either.
I disagree with IBM's approach on many things, but business is not as simple as "IBM threw away X amount of business so they're mental" - if that business was not profitable for IBM, and could not be made profitable within a reasonable period (if at all) then binning it was absolutely the correct decision.
Also don't be daft, Apple are nowhere near Intel's largest OEM partner. Looking at the number of PCs shipped they're 5th in the world. Ok so yes many of the other companies also supply AMD processors in their systems, but they are in the minority compared to the number of Intel boxes shipped and even if you say something extreme like "40% of all Lenovo/Dell/HP PCs are shipped with AMD CPUs" (which is just not true) they're all still considerably larger than Apple in terms of Intel sales.
The figures also don't include servers, storage controllers, embedded systems etc that many of the other vendors manufacture. Half a million server units might not add much to the units sold but in terms of value to Intel: servers have more expensive chipsets, (typically) more and (typically) higher value processors and Intel also have a significant share of the 1Gb and 10Gb server-grade NIC market.
They were comparing the StoreEasy to the FAS2500, not the MSA.
While I agree the comparison to a FAS is somewhat tenuous, the new StoreEasy 1650E does offer relatively cheap (for a tier 1 vendor), dense bulk storage. And while Windows Storage Server naturally doesn't fit everywhere and has it's own weaknesses it's not half bad in terms of functionality either.
'Sorry, the 'SamsungCook' app is not supported by Android 7.x (Marshmallow Pasta Bake) and cannot be downloaded to your device. To resolve this please replace your oven with a model which is compatible with SamsungCook version 7.1.pie.'
The future doesn't look bright...because the fecking oven light is controlled by an unsupported app and you can't turn it on.
I fail to understand why these clowns continually receive central government and public sector contracts, despite inevitably being involved in virtually every IT system that fails or goes over budget. I also do not understand why the populace are being burdened with the cost of a system that's now over 2 years overdue and supposedly should have been implemented under contract (which would generally imply it's the supplier's responsibility, not ours, to resolve and/or pay for any issues).
I'm not surprised, but that is because something like a fuser roller is classed as a consumable, even in cases where it's meant to out-last the printer and is a sod to repair. As a result it can be excluded from the Sale of Goods Act.
Anyway, that said, even for a non-consumable part like a power supply I would agree that it probably wouldn't be a valid claim. if a machine works for a few years then it's going to be next to impossible to prove that it was actually defective at sale - the longer it works for the more it backs up the idea that the PSU was actually sufficient and it's a random failure. It's far more likely that the broken machine mentioned earlier is one of those unlucky machines that's just happened to go pop during burn-in, rather than an indication that all of these machines are going to go bang because they're under-powered.
If they ever needed to I'm pretty sure they can do better than "But durrrr it says 600W on the Gee-4ce website". Vendors have an absolutely ridiculous amount of documentation surrounding every single piece of product they ever shift, and HP is no exception to that. They also make a hell of a lot more PCs than all of us commentards put together multiplied by a number with a lot of zeros on the end...
There is no such thing as an emergency TV replacement, nor is there such a thing as being forced to buy a warranty. Can't be bothered or don't want to argue and cancelling it in the cooling off period, sure, but forced - not so much. Saying no really isn't hard.
"Assuming that some of you are employed, judging by some of the spelling and grammar, I guess not."
Clearly you're so gainfully employed that you have time to criticise but not enough time to practice what you preach. None of us are perfect, we all make typos, but if you're going to whine about it at least write the remainder of your post correctly!
"It is an employers duty to protect their employers from harassment this includes being subject to offensive language or anything else that might offend. If you hadn't noticed the NHS does have employees mixing with patients."
Instead try -
"It is an employer's duty to protect their employees from harassment; this includes being subjected to offensive language or anything else that might offend. If you hadn't noticed the NHS does have employees mixing with patients."
"someone I am guessing thank thinks" - Wait, wut?
"Correct me if I'm wrong, but this appears to be for NHS England only?"
Yes, this is NHS England. It's NHS England because NHS Scotland is devolved from the rest of the country and run by the Scottish Parliament. You get cheaper education and considerably higher public services spending - which is ultimately funded by the whole of the UK*. And yet you're actually surprised that after nearly 20 years of devolution Westminster have suddenly clocked on to that and decided to cut your grants?
"Rarrrr they be taking our money below the wall rarrrr" is a little bit tenuous at the best of times, but complaining that something only benefits England when it's your own devolved government that took control of your NHS is a bit rich.
That said, I completely agree the money should be spent elsewhere (wage increases, training, recruitment, actual medical equipment, more beds etc etc). I see enough wasted government IT spending in my role as it is. I would say free hospital WiFi is a good idea but it's really not worth £1bn of public money when there's so many other things to spend money on.
* Including Scotland partially funding itself, of course. I'm not trying to suggest England pays for everything while everyone else sits back and relaxes. That would be complete rubbish. But the point is that, despite separate budgets, ultimately the money comes out of the same pot so any spending is saddled on all of us.
How to keep some of them: "We're not required to encrypt bank details, however this attack shows that encryption is important and we clearly should be. As such we have implemented a plan to encrypt all user data within the next month to prevent such an attack from happening. We truly apologise for any inconvenience or concern caused by this data breach, but rest assured your data will be safer with us than most other companies in the future."
The TalkTalk school on how to lose all of them: "We didn't need to do it. We still don't. Tough shit."
Does this mean we'll finally be able to have a player that can determine you're on the connection to support a HD stream, rather than default to SD and make you refresh the page to use HD? Not like most video sites have had on-the-fly resolution changing for donkeys years (and auto detection of bandwidth etc is also commonplace).
Have noticed they've brought back some of the 'classic' BBC2 intros, like the remote control car '2'. BBC gets big points for that, for nostalgia if nothing else.
True, but then there was also a nod to VMware and Microsoft. Both are companies that - while playing a crucial role in the marketplace - are not particularly well known for selling infrastructure equipment.
Just admit that nobody could be bothered to make a new pointless article header image with HP or Cisco hardware on it. :-)
Generally speaking a solicitor stays put and you go and see them. The only costs are their time and their seat value (which includes equipment, furniture, their share of the building operating costs etc).
The IT consultancy firm typically visits you and therefore shells out for employee expenses. If you're located anywhere expensive (anywhere remotely close to London) those expenses can easily run to £150+ a day just for accomodation and food, plus any travel expenses (mileage/parking/trains). All that goes on top of their time and seat value. Covering said expenses is why you'll struggle to get IT consultancy for cheap, unless it's someone located locally who can 'pop in'.
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