Building efficient storage and computing platforms has little to do with using cheap hardware

This has been bugging me for a long time, and we have to address this in every discussion we have. You can’t build cost effective scale out systems on cheap-ass hardware designs. Its woefully inefficient, the cost blows up to achieve the type of performance we can achieve often with an order of magnitude fewer … Read moreBuilding efficient storage and computing platforms has little to do with using cheap hardware

when the networking revolution comes, the cheap switches will be the first ones against the wall

Seriously … no more cheap switches as the central point of information flow in storage or computing clusters. The money you save will be blown in the first hour you pay for down time or architectural changes you need to actually move your data without tossing packets on the ground … … because while standard … Read morewhen the networking revolution comes, the cheap switches will be the first ones against the wall

hate to be an alarmist, but Heartbleed is worse than I had thought it was

TL;DR: Run, as in now, before you finish reading this, to update vulnerable OpenSSL packages. Restart your OpenSSL using services (ssh, https, openvpn). Then nuke your keys, and start all over again. Yeah, its that bad. I had hoped, incorrectly, that no one would start asking, “hey, can we exploit this in the wild?” any … Read morehate to be an alarmist, but Heartbleed is worse than I had thought it was

Doing what we are passionate about

I am lucky. I fully admit this. There are people out there whom will tell you that its pure skill that they have been in business and been successful for a long time. Others will admit luck is part of it, but will again, pat themselves on the back for their intestinal fortitude. Few will … Read moreDoing what we are passionate about