I concur. IBM has fumbled several times concerning their cloud strategy/offerings. Even worse, they've purchased a lot of great cloud technologies and subsequently let them wither away. Cleversafe is a perfect example; small company with promising product-line that allowed IT Shops to setup their own on-prem cloud. IBM purchases them, (2015) and morphs the product into IBM Cloud Object Storage.
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IBM blames 'external' network provider, incorrect routing, traffic flood for its two-hour cloud outage
Dwindling Market for HDDs but still kicking - in part thanks to the Cloud Configurations
I've installed a few of these on-prem cloud systems in the past few years, namely IBM Cloud Object Storage and they consist of very large storage arrays with high-capacity, slower RPM drives. Mind you almost everything front-end is SSD. The interesting thing with the separate arrays is they are configured as a single large storage unit (in some cases over multiple sites). So thousands of HDDs are configured like a giant RAID array. The performance is amazing, and because of a high level of fault tolerance, they are also replacing traditional backup.
Poor Service As Well
My last iPhone was the 6+ model. Like many others it had "touch disease." Apple is aware of the defect with this model. So when I took it into an Apple store for repair I assumed they would fix the phone. But since it wasn't under an AppleCare protection plan I had to pay for repairs. It's been Android for me ever since. They sell you a defective product and expect the consumer to foot the bill to fix it.. no thanks.
IBM Knows How To Ruin Successful Products
IBM has a habit of purchasing awesome technology and completely ruining it. One of the best Storage Platforms I've worked on was XIV. IBM purchased XIV, did a horrible job marketing the line and eventually dropped it in favor of the V7000s. More recently they acquired CleverSafe (now re-branded as IBM Cloud Object Storage) yet they focus on their competing products. I worked with CleverSafe and thought it was an amazing on-prem cloud solution. Unfortunately for them, IBM is now letting it whither away.
Controversial American bigwig in London... no, not Trump: HPE ex-CEO Meg Whitman to give Autonomy trial evidence
" It is common to observe throngs of eager customers at Apple locations, compared to the sedate atmosphere of Microsoft alternatives"
This is spot on correct. I used to work near the Pentagon City Mall where there was an Apple and Microsoft store in proximity of each other and the Apple store was always bustling with customers compared to just a few souls wandering around the Microsoft one - usually the staff outnumbering the customers.
Reminds me of when Microsoft was heavily promoting Surface Pros.
They were were introduced to the pre-and-post game TV studio NFL analyst shows and very visible to the home audience. However, the analysts were still using iPads. So they hid them behind the Surface Pro monitors perched on the stands. Of course they were busted.
And the classic line: Well at least you can’t say Microsoft doesn’t support Apple.
New Horizons snaps finish buffering: Ultima Thule actually two dust bunnies that got snuggly 4.5 billion years ago
Love the first images and very much looking forward to the higher resolution ones that we'll see in the coming months.
One thing to note, New Horizons flew by Pluto on July 2015 and it has taken all this time travelling at roughly 58,530 km/h to find the nearest object large enough to visit. Of course in Sci-Fi movies, asteroids are all over the place, almost unavoidable.
Where history repeats itself
In the early 90's Apple was getting its lunch eaten by Microsoft, specifically on the lower end. So Apple focused on the high-end market but steadily losing market share. By the mid-nineties, the company was a shadow of its former self - down to the point they accepted a financial lifebuoy from Microsoft. I see the same thing happening now with their iPhone strategy.
Overly Gloom and Doom 90's Predictions
I remember being in a conference in the late 90's and the "experts" were predicting we were going to run out of IPs at some time in the near future if everyone didn't adopt IPv6 - and here were are some 20 years later and it's still not being adopted in many if not most networks.
Mixed Bag from Customer Perspective
Having worked in many IBM environments over the years I can say their support hardware & software has continually gotten worse. Don't bother calling them with a complex Spectrum Protect issue if you expect a quick resolution. It can take days before you connect with a competent support engineer.
I will say, at least they are improving in the sales department. They used to focus on a single product, for example, an XIV sales team would ONLY sell XIV arrays and no other IBM storage products. So at times, we would have multiple IBM teams competing with each other on proposals. Now at least they are starting to combine the product lines so our local sales team can now sell anything Server and Storage related.
Still, frustrated with horrible support, we are looking elsewhere for tech refreshes.
Read the Comments and do a little research before purchasing
We purchased eclipse-viewing glasses from Amazon. I would say more than half of of the glasses were not certified for viewing the sun, yet their name suggested they were. Blatant false advertising to say the least. However, if you simply click on the product comments, all the false eclipse-viewing glasses were being called out. And when we selected the ones we wanted, a simple google search confirmed they were safe for sun viewing.
Seems high, but around 10% commission is fairly common
I definitely see where the high commission is deserved, especially winning a contract from a new customer, essentially getting your foot in the door. But I also see where IT staff should get recognition as well. I was on a large commercial contract and our company was the incumbent going into a major tech refresh. Our experience with the existing IT environment was heavily referenced in the proposal. During the selection phase, management had us basically bending over backwards to please the customer, which meant long hours for the IT staff. When our company was awarded the new contract, the sales team had a huge, upscale party for management and we got a pat on the back. We weren't even mentioned by name in the company newsletter boasting about the win. Needless to say, within a month, several of us had moved on.
A lot of the revenue decrease is no more US Federal Government sales
Most of the US Federal Government customers that purchased x86 servers from IBM (and believe me there were a lot) will not purchase from Lenovo, a non-US company. I don't know why they don't create a "Lenovo Federal" company based in the states that is an authorized federal reseller similar to "Hitachi Federal." The crazy thing about this is just about all the components in these servers originate from Asia to begin with so I don't really see what difference it makes where the company is headquartered.
This was bound to happen anyway
I think as with most people, automation (in most cases) in retail stores saves lots of time. For example, I love self-checkout at the grocery store. The wage increase is being blamed for employers using more automation but this was going to happen regardless. True, the wage increase may help expedite automation but this trend has been going on for years now. I'd like to see a higher wage for these employees as well, but let's face it, many of these jobs will gone forever in the near future.
The new iPads are amazing, but still overally expensive
Went to an Apple Store recently and played a few games on the new iPad. I was truly amazed how nice the graphics were. But the price was over a thousand US dollars for the model I was playing with adding in accessories. How is this feasible for school children? For a fraction of that price they can get a tablet with books.
"That's not why they are stopping remote working. They are intentionally making things uncomfortable for their staff so they leave. Nothing to do with increasing productivity."
This is a way to reduce staff without having to announce layoffs. The problem with this method, is the workers that can find something else and not have to relocate will do so, and the personnel that are unable to find another employment opportunity will relocate. So overall, they will lose the more employable staff and retain more of the less-employable ones.
Re: The usual
Exactly! Remember in the 90's Microsoft would go into large school districts that were using Apple products for education and they would donate "free" hardware and software (Of course running all Microsoft products). This served two purposes, a HUGE tax write-off and switch the schools from Apple to Microsoft. It was very successful for them as in the early 90's most schools were using Apple, by the end of the decade that switched to Microsoft.
Probably A Good Move
Recently I was working with an HP Enterprise Tools Team configuring and implementing their Datacenter management suite and almost all of them were consultants, only their management team were actual HPE employees. I found that very strange since the company was in the process of axing thousands of workers.
Haven't Understood HPE's Storage Strategy for a while now
For a long time our HPE sales team would push all three competing enterprise storage units: 3PAR, EVA and repackaged Hitachi (HPE XP7). Now it least it looks like 3PAR is positioned as enterprise only and EVA is mid-tier. I was surprised to read that 3PAR doing so well. It's been several years since I've worked on one, but I used to love the storage management interface. It was very intuitive for a person new to 3PAR.
Went Through Several Episodes Like That
I remember much frustration as the interface changed from Centronics to SCSI-2 50-pin connectors and bent pins caused so many problems. Usually it was a Jr. Admin forcing the cable to connect and leaving me wondering why I'm suddenly getting so many SCSI errors. I have to say though, those little pins were resilient. Even after being smashed in sideways, most of the time you could bend the pin back, carefully reconnect the cable, and it would work again.
Nice read, brought back a lot of memories.
Pure Has Some Solid Products
I've setup a few Pure flash solutions and am impressed with their modular design and the management interface. So for I have not run into any issues and the inline deduplication/compression ratios are impressive. I'm not sure how they are doing in the marketing and sales effort, but from a technology perspective they are excellent storage units to work with.
CS - Inconsistent Coursework Across Universities
That's the way it is in the States at least. Would be nice to have some standards. Some universities focus more on programming, others more on mathematics and physics, others on theory, etc., so you really don't know what skills recent graduates have fresh out of school.
VMware Slowly Fading - Key Word Slowly
In many of the environments I visit, the major threats to VMware are OpenStack and Hyper-converged solutions (like Nutanix). It boils down to one thing, cost. When the competition is extremely low cost, it's difficult to compete regardless how good your product performs. Thinking back around 10 years ago, seemed VMware was the only game in town. It is definitely still the king, but the future doesn't look as bright as it once did.
Re: Time will tell
I think the VMAX-3 All Flash Array was just in response to their competitors, namely the All Flash Hitachi G-1000. They realize the big iron is going away, but all too happy keeping it going as long as they can, squeezing out every last drop. Good move on their part with success of Xtremeio, but that market is getting more crowded by the day.
Nothing New Here
For years now, there have been tools attempting to automate storage management (vmware mgmt as well). I was on a contract a few years ago and the site was implementing the HP automation tools that promised to reduce the IT staff personnel. While that did happen, most of the staff that became redundant moved over the HP Tools team after the implementation phase was over and HP professional services left. It really was a beast to manage.
Hmm... Strange bedfellows
Just as EMC and Nutanix are in battle for HCIA dominance, Dell gets further under the covers with Nutanix. Curious to see if other products in the Dell/EMC arena will support Nutanix (Acropolis) like Avamar. There is definitely a push from Nutanix for customers to "rip and switch" from vmware.
Re: SNMP - Ha-Ha
Some years back, we were managing equipment with little or no MIBs, so I went through the process of getting our company registered with the IANA, created a database structure for the private enterprise numbers (184.108.40.206.4.1.X), wrote the programs, and implemented the processes to alert HP Openview with alerts. Only to have management decide a few months after this went into production that SNMP had to be turned off because of security concerns. grrrrrrrr...
It's not like the FCC hasn't been trying to gain control over the internet..
... it's that they have tried and repeatedly failed, usually when these cases hit the courts. Mind you, the FCC efforts aren't a noble cause for consumers, it's that they want control over the internet like they have with television/radio.
Remove the rules and regulations that allow the monopolies and this problem will resolve itself.
Interest in AI has definitely flucuated over the years
AI was a required class in my computer science curriculum during the 90s but later dropped as a requirement. One of the things I took from the class was how amazing the human mind is and how difficult it is to replicate. The instructor mentioned how he would place an object on a table, say a rubber ball, and have the class write a 5,000 word essay describing the object. Sounds absurd at first, but notions like "how much does the ball weigh?" "how high would the ball bounce?" "what does the ball feel like?" and so on...soon the essays are completed.
Re: They forgot how Sun got big.
Definitely agree with many of the above points. I remember when Sun was making huge profits on their higher end servers, namely the E10k, they still aggressively marketed low end, low margin servers as well. The thing was to get as much Sun products out there as possible. If a small company started out with a few Ultra 10s and expanded, they'd more than likely stick with Sun. That seemed to be the goal, Sun everywhere.
When Oracle purchased Sun, that all changed and low margin products disappeared. Completely different philosophy with Larry's hand on the tiller.
Re: A mear shadow of the Beast!
Absolutely. Raised on C64/128s, the Amiga 500 was my first "real" computer. It was really ahead of its time. Sadly the subsequent Amiga versions weren't anywhere as nearly successful. It's amazing how Amiga's popularity rose and fell so quickly. Around 1989 it looked like Amiga was really taking off and had a promising future and just a few years later it was gone.
Sounds like a step in the right direction
Having worked with many, many H1B visas over the years, can say the vast majority have impressive diplomas that are essentially paid for. One Unix admin had an impressive resume with tons of education/experience. First day working with him, he asked what a symbolic link was.. jeez..
Again, the wrong solution
The major ISPs in the present monopolist structure are licking their chops every time they hear proposed government funding for enhancing/improving broadband to consumers. The money ends up in their pockets whilst laying out new lines to more homes, so a win-win for them. They get paid huge sums to increase their customer base.
What the government should be looking at is opening up the markets for competition and removing the rules and regulations that created the present monopolist structure in the first place. It's almost impossible for an new ISP to enter a market that already has an established monopoly provider. And with more competition, coverage would expand and improve greatly. Then it would be a win-win for the consumer.