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 ?

when you eliminate the impossible, what is left, no matter how improbable, is likely the answer

This is a fun one. A customer has quite a collection of all-flash Unison units. A while ago, they asked us to turn on LLDP support for the units. It has some value for a number of scenarios. Later, they asked us to turn it off. So we removed the daemon. Unison ceased generating/consuming LLDP … Read morewhen you eliminate the impossible, what is left, no matter how improbable, is likely the answer

Finding unpatched "features" in distro packages

I generally expect baseline distro packages to be “old” by some measure. Even for more forward thinking distros, they generally (mis)equate age with stability. I’ve heard the expression “bug for bug compatible” when dealing with newer code on older systems. Something about the devil you know vs the devil you don’t. Ok. In this case, … Read moreFinding unpatched "features" in distro packages

Excellent article on mistakes made for infrastructure … cloud jail is about right

Article is here at Firstround capital. This goes to a point I’ve made many many times to customers going the cloud route exclusively rather than the internal infrastructure route or hybrid route. Basically it is that the economics simply don’t work. We’ve used a set of models based upon observed customer use cases, and demonstrated … Read moreExcellent article on mistakes made for infrastructure … cloud jail is about right

I don't agree with everything he wrote about systemd, but he isn't wrong on a fair amount of it

Systemd has taken the linux world by storm. Replacing 20-ish year old init style processing for a more legitimate control plane, and replacing it with a centralized resource to handle this control. There are many things to like within it, such as the granularity of control. But there are any number of things that are … Read moreI don't agree with everything he wrote about systemd, but he isn't wrong on a fair amount of it

Systemd and non-desktop scenarios

So we’ve been using Debian 8 as the basis of our SIOS v2 system. Debian has a number of very strong features that make it a fantastic basis for developing a platform … for one, it doesn’t have significant negative baggage/technical debt associated with poor design decisions early on in the development of the system … Read moreSystemd and non-desktop scenarios