* Posts by Peter-Waterman1

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Google wants regulators to take Microsoft down a notch before it stifles AI

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Re: ...Linux update does not require that you throw away your current computers and buy a new one.

We are taking sever, not desktop here.

Linux server seems like a sensible strategy compared to windows Server. Linux desktop on the other hand is a bit fiddly for most folks I think.

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Windows Tax anyone?

The 2.5 major cloud providers need to play on a level playing field. It’s the consumers getting screwed to keep the tech companies share price high. That said, Microsoft takes it to a whole new level of screwing customers, and while it’s a complete pain in the arse to get off windows, long term why wouldn’t you have that strategy. Windows is basically a 40% tax on every VM you run, and as far as I can see Linux is a better OS anyway.

ValueLicensing tries to smack down Microsoft defenses in license reselling spat

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Its a great model

The licensing model for Microsoft is excellent business; they dominate the market and dictate how customers must run their infrastructure. What their poor, unfortunate customers don't realise is when they swap that perpetual licence for a heavily discounted subscription, they also give up the right to take said perpetual licence to any cloud other than Azure. So they better like Azure; otherwise, they are going to have to re-licence their entire Windows/SQL estate to go somewhere else.

Microsoft embraces its inner penguin with Linux-powered Windows AI Studio

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Re: Microsoft's inner penguin ?

Developers Developers Developers...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vhh_GeBPOhs

Oracle share price slides as it misses revenue expectations

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“Our OCI business is improving profitability as it grows. The target gross margins for it are much higher than I think you expect because you're probably comparing it to some of the more pure-play cloud folks who somehow don't end up making as much money in all of this,” Catz said

AKA - we dont build our infrastructure to the same level of other providers so its more profitable for our shareholders

Europe signs off on up to €1.2B in state aid for homegrown cloud project

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Re: This is what the UK should do

Right, kind of sums it up. Its going to take massive investment to build anything like AWS, GCP or Azure, and unless you build something as good, why would any company use it

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Re: This is what the UK should do

UK companies would love to run on a UK-only Cloud, but not at the expense of getting the best platform. If a UK (or EU) cloud is substandard regarding reliability, features, or depth, it will be a hard sell (well maybe not vs Azure). The challenge for any new localised cloud is that they will be trying to catch up on nearly 20 years of public cloud investment, and while you can throw money at the issue, it will not be easy to catch up.

AWS rakes in half a billion pounds from UK Home Office

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Guess it depends on how much profit Amazon makes in the UK

You're so worried about AWS reliability, the cloud giant now lets you simulate major outages

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Re: Who me worry :)

err.... you can

Server sales down 31% at HPE as enterprises hack spending

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It stands to reason that the continued growth of the cloud results from customers moving to the cloud and, therefore, no longer needing to buy servers from Dell/HP. I remember working for one of the big hardware providers and consistently hearing from customers that they were shutting multiple data centres and moving to the cloud, leaving maybe one colo. The writing was on the wall 6/7 years ago, and TBH, I am surprised the hardware vendors have fared as well as they have.

AWS plays with Fire TV Cube, turns it into a thin client for cloudy desktops

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Re: Overcrowded Niche?

I am using VDI, and as someone who travels a lot, I see benefits to VDI. What I like is that I can use my (personal) gaming laptop everywhere and then connect to my workspace (VDI) when I need to access the corp network. A lot of apps sit behind a reverse proxy that is internet-facing; I can surf the company intranet and get to the tools I need from my gaming laptop that isn't under MDM without using VDI. For those few apps I cant get to, I fire up VDI and log in. I also have WhatsApp on my VDI machine, my gaming laptop, and my phone. I can share files instantly between them, and that works out pretty well.

What's crap is being on the train (anywhere without a 4G connection), needing to connect to the network and realising you are stuck...Still, for me, getting to travel with my gaming laptop makes that worthwhile.

OpenAI meltdown: How could Microsoft have let this happen after betting so many billions?

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Re: Or...

Nadella cuts a more positive face than Ballmer, but the guy is ruthless all the same. He’s old school, long time leader, part of the Ballmer era and has been bought up in that toxic culture

Microsoft hits Alt+F4 on internal ChatGPT access over security jitters, irony ensues

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Yes, sounds great Microsoft droid…

1 in 5 VMware customers plan to jump off its stack next year

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I think options for VMs are limited and the world has moved on, and while there is a large base of folks caring for their static VMs on VMWare farms, from what I see, most new workloads take advantage of event-driven architecture, and they dont really make a lot of sense to run on a VMWare stack.

European Commission loves Oracle enough to sign six-year cloud deal

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Re: What about GDPR?

Use your own Encryption keys, and the US can do all it wants and it wouldn't be able to read the data

Cryptojackers steal AWS credentials from GitHub in 5 minutes

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So, someone uploads their secret key and passcode to GitHub, and it takes 5 mins for the bad guys to get it. Seems like this is a user issue, not a GitHub/AWS/Azure/GCP issue. So many questions, like why are they not federating access, why are they not checking for secrets when they push to GitHub, why don’t they use MFA. Then on the detective side, some basic alerts to monitor unusual behaviour is not really difficult to implement. This is all 101 stuff really.

Amazon unveils new drone design, plans liftoff of aerial delivery in UK, Italy

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Re: Attack of the drones

IMO Amazon is on a mission to use fast delivery times to kill off all competition. While the cost of delivery may go up with drones, it will also have the effect of killing off competitors who haven't invested.

Microsoft does not want ValueLicensing CEO anywhere near its confidentiality ring

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Errr, one company sells second-hand perpetual licences so that you can get around draconian licensing changes that Microsoft tries to enforce. The other company screws its customers. Only one parasite that I see.

AWS stirs the MadPot – busting bot baddies and eastern espionage

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Re: False Positives

Think since Msft got hacked, the big guys are under pressure to show what they are doing.

37 Signals says cloud repatriation plan has already saved it $1 million

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Re: Is it comparable?

The cloud is flexible, and certainly a whole lot more flexibility than on-premise.

Look at services like Azure Functions and AWS Lambda. Lambda is priced at $0.20 per 1M requests. No requests, = no costs. Seems a whole lot more flexible than having a server sitting in a data centre powered up 24/7.

Look at Blob Storage/S3. You pay $0.023 per GB for S3 / $0.00099 per GB for Deep Archive. When I used or architect on-prem solutions for customers, it would be - how much storage do you need? How much growth do you anticipate in the first 12 months? How much backup do you need? How much disk redundancy do you need? All of this added up to a shitload of hardware that's only utilised at 70%, and you are stuck with over-provisioned hardware that is depreciating year on year until it needs replacing with new kit, where we do the same dance all over again.

Now, if you take 500 VMs on Prem, move them to the cloud and try to do the same thing as you did on Prem, well, yep, it's going to cost more than on-prem, but then you shouldn't be working in IT if you signed that madness off.

Comms regulator says UK cloud market should be referred to competition watchdog

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Egress Fees

"Egress fees, as Reg readers know, are a well-known bugbear of online services, where the host charges a customer to transfer their data out to somewhere else. Ofcom asserts that the big cloud operators charge significantly more than other providers, and this may discourage customers from using services from more than one cloud provider as well as making it more costly to switch."

Many myths about the Cloud get banded about, and this is one of them. Getting all your data out of AWS/Azure isnt expensive.

If you have a lot of data in the Cloud, you don't want to spend months transferring it out over a network, if that's even possible - You will want a physical device. Azure has Azure Data Box, priced at $250 for 100TB of data. AWS has Snowball Edge with 200TB for $300. It doesn't seem unreasonable pricing IMO.

Almost all classic US video games 'critically endangered'

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Re: If you live near Gloucestershire UK

Went to this over the Christmas holiday, £10 to get in and then all the machines are free to get in. I took my daughter along, she loves obbies, and I thought she would find it fun. We had to leave after 5 mins, and I didnt get a chance to get stuck in, shame as I think I could have spent hours there.

Google formally accuses monopolist Microsoft of trapping people in its cloud

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Ha - and the rest

This article barely touches the surface of Microsoft's licencing restrictions on its customers who don't want to use Azure.

1. Putting up SPLA licencing costs (Cloud providers must use SPLA) more than Enterprise licence costs.

2. Preventing Windows BYOL on other Cloud Providers but allowing it on Azure, making their customers have to purchase new Windows licences if they don't want to run on Azure.

3. Preventing Customers from running Office in other Cloud Providers.

4, Changing PaaS SQL licencing so that their customers cant use Passive licencing on secondary nodes, except in Azure

5. Preventing customers from bringing their SQL licences to PaaS Services, other than in Azure.

6. Stopping customers using Terminal Services, except in Azure

7. Charging customers exorbitant fees for supporting the end-of-life software anywhere except in Azure.

8. Stopping Customers using MSDN developer edition copies of Windows etc in any place except Azure

9. More that I probably missed..

And this is Microsofts own customers, who have bought Microsoft licences & paid millions of dollars for the privilege. It's time, people. Grab your pitchforks, grab a cancerious copy of Linux, and run that shit anywhere you want to.

Multicloud isn't necessary, says Gartner … until it is

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Re: Big company problems

While a team can quickly deploy an application into their cloud of choice, there is a lot of process and control that needs to support that app. Logging and auditing, preventative and detective controls, identity and access management systems. These systems either use cloud native solutions, which require specialist knowledge, or you try and use a bunch of different toolsets that work across clouds, but can’t keep up with them.

If you have one cloud, you can leverage the native tools, build up the process and people support and are much more efficient. And, as gartner says, you start to qualify for larger discounts through your provider, like an EDP in AWS.

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For once, I agree with Gartner, and that's saying something... As a consultant who works with diverse customers, I see companies that try multi-cloud have to build completely separate teams. I know one energy company that will remain nameless and has some pretty large IT departments, resulting in one department that works in Azure and one in AWS. For what? Just choose one, and go with that. All the big cloud providers run independent regions (ok, azure, it does have an Azure AD that keeps seeming to go tits up). Still, for the sake of the chance of a region being offline, the complexity of choosing two providers isn't worth it for 99% of companies. Core banking might need it, but it doesn't warrant the headache unless you need that level of uptime.

NHS England spends £8M to extend Microsoft deals by a month

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I mean Offices is really not great, they dont invest in it and its a money making machine. Everyone just defaults to it, and Microsoft laugh all the way to the bank.

Amazon axes Halo gear as job cuts hit cloud segment

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Results are out today

Yesterdays News - Amazon sacks 9,000 staff, mainly from AWS

Today's News - Amazon Results are out

Revenues grew 9 per cent to $127.4bn

Revenue at Amazon Web Services, its cloud unit, grew 16 per cent to $21.4bn in the quarter.

Andy Jassy, Amazon chief executive, said “We like the fundamentals we’re seeing in AWS, and believe there’s much growth ahead.”

Kind of speaks for itself.

OpenAI CEO heralds AGI no one in their right mind wants

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Re: It's useful. (Unlike most must-have tech)

If ChatGPT is so bad, gets it so wrong, isn't helpful, and shouldn't be used to assist non-developers in writing code, then why all the fuss? I don't hear the hype or dialogue about Watson or other "AI" systems. And so, my only conclusion is that people are afraid and that rather than get curious, they would instead come on here and rant about how it's rubbish, doesn't work, can't be trusted, and your nuts to use it to write code and so on. And so around we go on the same merry-go-round that we always see when life-changing technology is released into the world. One camp that tries to argue why we shouldn't use it, "you can't run production on VMWare", "It's just a new type of phone", and "The Cloud is someone else's computer". And then, one day, it becomes the norm, and we all jump on the bashing bandwagon of the next cycle. Bring on the downvotes.

Dell pitches products to drag telcos into next-gen networks

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cloud-native hardware???

What the heck are you talking about.

Big three cloud giants tighten grip as overall spending slows

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What about Oracle Cloud?

Not included any more, or too small to show on the graph?

Basecamp details 'obscene' $3.2 million bill that caused it to quit the cloud

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Re: That maths is way off

Holdup, what about backups....?

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Re: That maths is way off

If you want to keep apples for apples, then run dedupe on AWS as well.

https://aws.amazon.com/blogs/apn/cloud-deduplication-on-demand-storreduce-an-apn-technology-partner/

Oh dear, AWS. Cloud growth slowing as customers get a dose of cost reality

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Re: AWS is the home of Hackers

What's easier, going to the dark web, paying 1$ for 500 stolen credit card details creating AWS accounts with the cards, bitcoin mining for a month before being shut down, or hacking 500 AWS customers to achieve the same thing? Baring in mind that most people have 2FA enabled

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Re: AWS is the home of Hackers

I dont think hackers would positively affect AWS revenue stream. I think many "hackers" will use stolen credit cards to sign up for accounts and abuse AWS until they get shut down and do it again. I imagine hackers are costing AWS a LOT of cash, not the other way around

Microsoft axes 10,000, already breaking bad news to staff

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Re: Sacking 10,000 staff while splurging beelions on OpenAI..

Here is code created by Chat GPT. While it's a simple example, I think there is a lot of potential here for the future.

ChatGPT Input > Write me code for a lambda function that takes JSON input with firstname, lastname and address and writes the data to a dynamoDB table.

ChatGPT output.

import json

import boto3

def lambda_handler(event, context):

# parse input

body = json.loads(event['body'])

firstname = body['firstname']

lastname = body['lastname']

address = body['address']

# connect to DynamoDB

dynamodb = boto3.resource('dynamodb')

table = dynamodb.Table('my-table')

# write data to DynamoDB

table.put_item(

Item={

'firstname': firstname,

'lastname': lastname,

'address': address

}

)

# return success message

response = {

"statusCode": 200,

"body": json.dumps({"message": "Data written to DynamoDB"})

}

return response

IBM top brass accused again of using mainframes to prop up Watson, cloud sales

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Re: z-Mainframe-z RULE!

Its funny, when I saw their Cloud numbers, I was left thinking, who in their right mind would go on IBM Cloud, blue mix or whatever it was branded? Now I know - no one was, and it's all a sham...corporations are so corrupt.

The era of cloud colonialism has begun

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Re: VC

Investors are not stupid, and IF (not sure if they do push this TBH) they are insisting that a company uses Amazon, Microsoft or Google, it's for a good reason. Ability to go global, number of different services available, the pace of new features and services being launched, uptime (well, not including Azure on that one). The smaller hosters may be a lower price, but they absolutely won't get anywhere near the capabilities of the large providers.

Oracle clouds never go down, says Oracle's Larry Ellison

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Re: Fact

Said no one ever outside of an Oracle Employee.

US commerce bosses view EU rules as threat to its clouds

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Re: "ensure that non-EU suppliers cannot access the EU market on an equal footing"

Problem I see is that EU cloud providers are pretty crap.. I dont think I would want to use them for my production systems. So I am left to do it all myself, and as a smallish company with limited budget, I don't want to hire a bunch of people to maintain data centres

The world was promised 'cloud magic'. So much for that fairy tale

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Re: Give me some of what he's been drinking

Show me a company that has not had an outage in 16 yrs. It's going to happen; you're a fool to think otherwise. You need to architect for failure or get a different job where it doesn't matter, like at twitter.

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Re: Give me some of what he's been drinking

If your application can't handle a regional service outage, then you must be architecting thinking that there never will be a service outage. Otherwise, you would have had controls to keep you up and running. AWS will tell you that's a bad idea.

If S3 goes down in London, why wouldn't you fail over to Ireland, which is simple to do if you have replicated the data (by ticking the box)? If you lose a VM because a physical Server/Rack/Switch/DC/AZ goes down, AWS ELBs kick in and direct users to the AZ that's working. (by ticking the box).

The whole point of this stuff is to make it super easy to do. You don't need to rent a colo for DR, and you don't need to set up networks, VMware farms, replication, manage capacity, or upgrades, it's all done for you, and all you need to do is tick the box. If you are down because of a regional service outage, you're doing it wrong, and you didn't tick the box that says keep my shit running when AWS shit goes wrong.

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Re: Give me some of what he's been drinking

"Cloud comes at a high cost not only in dollars, but in complexity and uncontrollable downtime. "

AWS has never gone down in its 16 yr history. There have been service outages, a few notable ones as well. There have even been whole regions that have been down, but once or twice in history, for a few of hours. Service outages are regional, not global. There are some global services, but the global aspects of the services, for example, IAM, are the control plane operations, not the data plane. So if IAM has a global outage, you can't create new users, but you can continue to authenticate in the region you operate in.

High availability in somewhere like AWS is a tick box for some services, like RDS SQL. Ticking the box creates a new replica in a new Availability Zone, configures and monitors synchronous replication and auto recovers from failure. A different tick box spins you up a read replica in another region. In other services, HA comes out of the box, like S3, where when you store an object, the underlying control plane replicates the object to three Availability zones as standard. Each AZ is miles apart, with independent power, cooling, network, and transit centre. Ticking the box allows you to replicate S3 buckets to a different region.

It's a lot simpler to have Highly Available workloads than trying to do this yourself. AWS recommends you design for failure; they have a well-architected tool to help you and make you think. There are many reasons to argue against Cloud, I argue that Availability is a plus for Cloud, not a detractor, it's so easy to make your workloads span multi-AZ Multi, Multi Region there is no excuse other than paying hard-earned cash for the privilage.

AWS warns of demand slowdown as customers seek to cut spend

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Whenever I hear someone saying things like "repatriate workloads", I immediately assume they are working for Dell, HP, IBM or some other dinosaur. Soon followed by phrases like "hows that cloud working for you" or "someone else's data centre". All of this makes me chuckle, as they have zero idea about what companies are doing on Azure/AWS these days.

Public cloud prices to surge in US and Europe next year

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Re: "it's not software-as-a-service, it's software as a hostage"

Hold up - they are meant to be mainly on renewable energy right?

https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/explore/global-infrastructure/sustainability/#environmental-impact

Microsoft floats Cloud for Sovereignty

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Re: US Jurisdiction

I think Msft is forming a new company joint with Atos, Capgemini, or something like that. The company will be 51% owned by the french company and 49% by Msft, with HQ in France.

I am no lawyer but think that means that US laws don't effect the new company.

AWS, Microsoft, Google own 72% of Euro customer cloud spending

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You should watch some you tube stuff from the likes of the engineers who design this stuff. James Hamilton from Amazon etc.

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There is a lot of talk about a European Cloud, Data Sovereignty. and so on. But when you actually, and I mean really seriously look how the big players are built, there is really zero chance for the like of OVH to catch up. The gaps going to keep gowing, with the US cloud providers plowering billions into hardware and software.

And for Cloud users its like crack and they are going to spend more and more with their provider. "Hmmm, I need to take a voice recording and get it back as text so I can search for things" 30 mins later using Amazon Transcribe/Google or Azure Voice to text..."Oh thats done, what else do I need to do today.

Microsoft among software titans under spotlight for restrictive licensing

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Of course, Msft can offer discounts to customers on Azure, But then shouldnt prevent customers who have already paid for licences taking them to a cloud that is not Azure.

Re Open source, this is off-topic, this article is about Msft licencing bad practices, and you say that's ok because amazon is doing something wrong with open source. Besides that, Microsoft uses open source in many of its Azure products.

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AWS controls 33% market share of the cloud, Azure 21% and GCP with 8%. 90% of larger (10,000 plus employees) enterprise customers use these cloud providers. Companies, who have paid for expensive Microsoft licences, should be free to use these licences in what ever cloud they see fit. Instead, customers who dont want to use Azure, are forced to repurchase licences from Microsoft on a pay as you go model which doesnt make a lot of business sense for static workloads.

We are talking billions in additonal revenue for Microsoft, not just in licencing, but by manipulating customers who want to use cloud, to go to Azure. Yet, somehow, they cant catch up with Amazon, which says a lot IMO.

HP's consumer PC biz shrinks by a fifth as inflation bites

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Re: Didn't know HP still sold PCs

I don't work for HP, don't care about them TBH.

I am very pleased about HP Support. My personal HP laptop system board blew up about 4 days before the warranty expired. I am genuinely pleased with their response. Call logged after jumping through a few technical questions, have you turned it off and on, etc. Then promptly picked up the laptop, from my home, took it away and replaced the system board. For some reason, they felt the need to wipe all my data and reinstall a new OS. Not sure why they did that TBH, but I got my laptop back a couple of weeks later working well.

Still, they are wankers for doing the ink thing in their printers, and they are not the company they once were, thats for sure.

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