Nice to see this, I worked on the Cluster II project and was even in Kazakhstan for one of the launches. One of the best experiences of my life...
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I've seen the same thing when an HP EVA went titsup, bringing down VMware including all DCs; An engineer ended up having to go to the DC and logging into the HP CommandView server with a local account before starting the laborious task of getting the EVA back up with an HP Engineer on the phone. That was a long day...
But IMHO it's still not really enough e.g. 25 quid if you've taken a day off work for an engineer visit and they don't show up. Also why should it be 2 days of outage before the compensation is payable, some people rely on their internet for home based work so any outage causes issues for them. Considering the technology available there is no real reason to justify service outages, surely a 4 hour limit would be more reasonable?
I was posted with them a couple of times as a tank mechanic and took great delight in calling them "tankies"
This prompted them to indignantly scream "No we're cavalry!"
To which I would reply "Well then where are your horses?" Apart from the ones in the polo stables of course...
Worked every time :)
It just shows how shoddy practices can undermine a successful company eventually. Oracle's OCI (v2 cloud) is actually pretty well architected and built but it's not being positioned properly, hence the poor sales. If the old school Oracle sales teams started focusing more on IaaS & PaaS rather than on-prem licenses and expensive SaaS offerings things would change, but I just don't see that happening...
I'm a fan of the old school mentality, if someone in power makes the decision to go to war then they and their offspring above the age of 18 should be in the front line with the soldiers. It used to be that way and at some point it changed, would Blair have been as keen to join the US in Iraq if he and his son (who was 18 in 2002) had to go house to house with the infantry?
Interesting that the top 2 and others are using IBM Spectrum Scale; when I tested it last year it kept falling over, nodes dropped out of the cluster and refused to be re-added etc etc. Not much use having all that speed if the software "defining" the storage is unreliable.
When will organisations learn that saving money by cutting corners or purchasing inferior products is just a false economy? For a project to succeed it needs to be run according to requirements rather than available budget, it's like having a shopping list that reads "Buy what you like as long as the total cost is under 50 quid"
Sorry for the delay, I just noticed this reply. You'd be surprised how many places are within easy commute of Amsterdam, especially if they have a train station. The Bollenstreek area South of Haarlem is very nice, as is the area South of Amstelveen sweeping around East to Hilversum. North of A'dam I'm not so familiar with but I'm told Heerhugowaard is nice and also the Zaandam area.
I moved from Melbourne to Mandurah near Perth and didn't regret the decision once. Melbourne is a nice enough place but most livable city in the world? I don't really think so.
A lot of it comes down to personal taste and requirements of course so you have to take these surveys with a generous pinch of salt and think carefully about what's important to you. And by the way Melburnians, you can get decent coffee elsewhere, so there ;)
You've already got plenty of answers on this but what I will say is living in Amsterdam itself is pretty expensive. Rental properties in NL are generally expensive due to high demand but you can live a reasonable commuting distance from Amsterdam and save yourself a fair amount each month. Most companies here pay travel allowance to the office so it's worthwhile looking further afield.
Apart from that all I can say is that I love living in NL, you can get by on English alone but it's worth making the effort to learn the language as the people appreciate it and will treat you differently, plus it opens up more job opportunities.
Give it a go, out of all the expats I've worked with here there's only been a very small percentage who haven't loved it and stayed.
And it is a pretty big gap, especially when you consider how good NetApp's dedupe is, not to mention their mature and effective replication and snapshot management. IMHO Pure stepped into the flash gap and got their foot in the door, but the incumbent vendors learned their lesson and are now offering much more complete solutions with reliable and efficient technology. Pure's marketing is first rate but if you ask most non-Pure techies who have worked with it and others they'll tell you that the alternatives are better.
Oracle sales methodologies aside it is an interesting point, as in should any large organisation put all their eggs into one cloud provider basket? Surely the government's advisers should be recommending a multiple cloud vendor strategy, preventing vendor lock in and minimising the risk of service outages if a particular cloud provider falls over, as has already been seen.
**Disclaimer, I am an Oracle employee and these are my personal views which do not necessarily reflect the view of the company**
"Oracle can absolutely count on losing Amazon as a customer. Oracle's focus should be on providing a better cloud-connected database than the one Amazon has."
Oracle already has that, they need to shift their sales mindset into a more cloud based one and stop gouging and/or confusing their customers on price and licensing. Their IaaS offering is actually pretty good and reasonably priced, but that counts for nothing if sales aren't positioning it correctly.
Mail systems are always good at tripping people up. I remember one nightshift sysadmin at an ISP who, as a response to persistent spam hitting our mailserver, blacklisted the whole yahoo.com domain. As this was in 2000 quite a few people were still using Yahoo Mail and the phones didn't take long to start ringing...
Unfortunately NetApp missed the boat with AFF, allowing Pure to get a foot in the door with their overpriced, substandard product. I'm Pure accredited btw due to working for a Pure partner so I'm familiar with the ins and outs of it. When NetApp did release AFF it proved to be a much better product at a much more reasonable price, which has been borne out by the sales figures. Pure is a marketing company rather than a technology company and FlashBlade is their last roll of the dice after years of disastrous results...
My mother would pick up random IT related words and start referring to "servers" for example, when there clearly was no server anywhere in the picture. Being a sysadmin these conversations drove me insane and me screaming "what f&*#ing server?" down the phone was not an uncommon occurrence. And don't even get me started on the time Outlook stopped working but she of course hadn't done anything. Apart from change her mail password via the web interface, as she finally admitted after much diligent telephone and onsite support from yours truly...
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