Joe McKendrick at ZDNet posted an interview with Michael Howard, CEO of MariaDB, and Monty Widenius, the creator of MySQL. The conversation began by talking about if open source solutions are a disruptive force in the enterprise. It’s a discussion that seems to have been hashed out many times over the last decade, and while it’s certainly interesting to get the perspective of people with an impressive pedigree, their answers aren’t all that groundbreaking. When they shift to the future of the cloud, it gets interesting.
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Flocker is dead, long live Rook! Or maybe not. Chris Evans gives a look at this ersatz replacement to the recently deceased Flocker, who decided to shutdown in December when they released they had no path to revenue, bucking typical venture capital wisdom.
I’ve joked that if you’re ever confused by a new technology in IT but want to look like you know what you’re talking about, just say it looks like it has potential, but reference how someone tried the exact same thing in the mid-90s. More often than not, whoever you’re talking to will fill in the gaps as you laugh nervously at your own ignorance. Gina Rosenthal’s post on the history of virtualization and containers largely bares out this premise.
After reading this post about the inherent problems of TCP connection termination, I almost feel sorry for the protocol. It seems to be trying so hard, but doomed for inevitable failure. Martin Sustrik goes through all the reasons this is problematic in great detail.
Software-defined scale-out storage is a hot area in enterprise IT. Qumulo is an emergent player in the space, having been out of stealth now for two years, with a heavy founding dose of Isilon DNA. Their particular solution is a scale-out NAS that offers some “data aware” advanced analytics. Dave Henry sat down for a conversation with their CEO.
The IBM 1403 leaned heavily on IBM’s history with typewriters. Except it used an elaborate series of hammers to hit behind the paper into an ink ribbon and the alphanumeric character. Some models used up to 132 hammers in a single printer.