Oracle finally kills off Solaris and SPARC

This was making the rounds last week. Oracle seems to have a leak in its process, creating labels that trigger event notifications for people, for their packages. Solaris was decimated. More details at the links and at The Layoff. Honestly I had expected them to reach this point. I am guessing that they were contractually … Read moreOracle finally kills off Solaris and SPARC

Cray "acquires" ClusterStor business unit from Seagate

Information at this link. It is being called a “strategic transaction”, though it likely came about vis-a-vis Seagate doing some profound and deep thinking over what business it was in. Seagate has been weathering a storm, and has been working on re-orgs to deal with a declining disk market. They acquired ClusterStor as part of … Read moreCray "acquires" ClusterStor business unit from Seagate

What reduces risk … a great engineering and support team, or a brand name ?

I’ve written about approved vendors and “one throat to choke” concept in the past. The short take from my vantage point as a small, not well known, but highly differentiated builder of high performance storage and computing systems … was that this brand specific focus was going to remove real differentiated solutions from market, while … Read moreWhat reduces risk … a great engineering and support team, or a brand name ?

The birthday problem (allocation collisions) for networks and MAC addresses

The birthday problem is a fairly simple to state situation. There is at least a 50% probability (e.g. even chance) that at least 2 of 23 randomly chosen people in a room have the same birthday. This comes from some elementary applications of statistics, and is documented on Wikipedia. While we care less about networks … Read moreThe birthday problem (allocation collisions) for networks and MAC addresses