Although most of the attention at NetApp’s “Data Driven” event yesterday in Boulder, CO was focused on the new HCI offering, my interest was aroused by a different announcement: NetApp is now powering an enterprise-class storage offering integrated with Microsoft Azure. In the long run, this move into the cloud might well prove more important than even a solid entrant in the hot hyperconverged infrastructure market.
The race for desktop CPU dominance has proceeded in fits and starts for three decades, with improvements in architecture, manufacturing process, and clock speed ratcheting up performance. Now Intel is announcing high-end desktop CPU’s with many, many cores, including the long-awaited Core i9 series.
Have you ever thought about what a backup is? I mean ?really ?think about it? I hadn’t until I read this piece by Preston de Guise. It seems that most of what I had thought about backups were either a tautology (a successful backup is a…backup), or relied on unspoken assumptions.
“People aren’t making money on MP3 encoders anymore.” That should have been the headline when Fraunhofer IIS announced they were terminating their licensing program for the codec. But in a ridiculous case of news organizations reporting a press release, many site were declaring the MP3 “dead”. Marco Arment wrote up an excellent piece explaining why this is decidedly wrong.
Troy Hunt put together a piece outlining some more subdued thoughts on the Cloudflare security bug. It certainly doesn’t underplay the severity, but also avoids sensationalism. It’s a great piece to put the security concerns into perspective, and actually looks at the risk it truly poses.
This very long article over at Tom’s Hardware is the most in-depth look at the new Intel/Micron storage media that I’ve seen. Well worth reading! Memory and storage collide with Intel and Micron’s new, much-anticipated 3D XPoint technology, but the road has been long and winding. This is a comprehensive guide to its history, its performance, […]
Tim Miller isn’t a “storage guy” but he wrote a pair of “Linux Interlude” posts focusing on filesystem layouts, LVM, and Docker that are well worth reading. He starts with this bit about making a future-proof Linux filesystem layout in A Brief Linux Interlude – Partitions, Logical Volumes, and Layouts: To avoid those calamities with the default filesystem […]
Tom and I were briefed by Aporeto about Trireme as well. It’s a great approach to transient networking, which is exactly what happens in active container environments. Here’s Drew’s take on the announcement… A new open source project called Trireme aims to simplify security for containers and Kubernetes. The software, developed by the startup Aporeto, […]
The Raspberry Pi is truly a wondrous little SoC. Even with its limited CPU power, single USB port for I/O, and arguably unappetizing namesake, it’s inspired a rash of creativity that continues four years after its initial debut. They’ve been used to make photogrammetry-based 3D scanners, inefficient Beowulf clusters, and old school arcades. So why not make some custom […]
One of my “power tools” for Linux is screen, a do-it-all terminal interface. I use it constantly, keeping my session open as I log in and out and travel from place to place. So I was glad to see Eric Wright’s tutorial on the capabilities of this Swiss Army Command! For fans of RDP on […]