Collection of useful, relevant or just fun places on the Internets for 12th February 2014 and a bit commentary about what I’ve found interesting about them:
Memory Component Issue – Cisco Systems – Looks like there is a significant and widespread problem with memory modules that Cisco used between 2005-2010. Widespread because they are taking a $655MM charge to offset the repair costs.
Cisco has been working with individual customers on an issue related to memory components manufactured by a single supplier between 2005 and 2010. These components are widely used across the industry, and have been included in some Cisco products.
Cisco is to be applauded for being open about the problem and working to help customers. This is worrying though:
Q: What causes the issue?
A: Typically, the memory components are more than 2-3 years old and suffer a functional failure when subjected to a power cycle event (turned off and on). The memory failure is attributed to a degradation mechanism in a specific memory circuit design.
Are InfiniBand’s Days Numbered? – Network Computing – Does anyone think that Infiniband was having a day ? It’s a good protocol and technology that no one uses. It’s one step from the rubbish skip that holds Token Ring, FDDI, ATM ……
InfiniBand (IB) has been something of an anomaly for years now. While it’s clearly the fastest storage interface, it’s mainly supplied only by Mellanox with Intel providing some products. The reason for this is that IB services a few niches where ultimate performance and low latency matter, such as high-performance computing (HPC) and financial systems. The broader markets are serviced by Fibre Channel, which is gradually being supplanted by Ethernet, due to cost and performance.
EUROPA – PRESS RELEASES – Press release – Commission to pursue role as honest broker in future global negotiations on Internet Governance – The European government is making it plain that they expect that ICANN and the Internet will no longer be managed exclusively by a US body closely aligned with the US Government.
In the wake of large-scale Internet surveillance and reduced trust in the internet, the European Commission today proposes a key reform to the way the Internet is managed and run. The proposal calls for more transparent, accountable and inclusive governance.
Open letter to Cisco about DevNet | OpenStack Nerd, CCIE, DevOps Junkie – I respect Colin McNamara a lot. If he is having problem and speaking out, then this is a serious problem. Cisco DevNet is a sub-website designed to bring developer resources into a single place. The internal diversity inside Cisco probably made this an inhumanly challenging task to get this far but perhaps it isn’t enough. Other technologies and vendors have constant interaction between vendors, developers, customers and it works.
I’m going to tell you something, that’s probably really hard to hear. It is near impossible, to use DevNet to find information that we need to be able to achieve our goal. I think that’s your goal, helping guys like us integrate our software with gear like yours.
Colin is highlighting that Cisco tends towards an “inside versus outside” business model which doesn’t work at a cultural level for software development. Here’s hoping.
HP Restricting Access to Server Firmware Updates | LINDSAY HILL – Lindsay Hill is talking about both sides of the “fee or free” debate for firmware updates for devices and makes the point that:
It’s all about the 3rd-party support providers. Joe Blow can set up a support organisation for HP servers, and not bother going through official partner accreditation. Buy a few hardware spares, build up your own internal knowledge-base, and just grab the firmware from the HP site. Provides the support that most customers need, at a lower cost than official partners or HP direct.
Cisco, IBM and many others have problems with poor quality resellers representing them for support. The cost of big name support is too expensive for perceived value. Customers are rightly looking for lower cost options. Vendors need to be more efficient and look for ways to sell cheaper support.
Don’t Make Me Love My Work! | Rightly Understood | Big Think – Thought provoking
This elite view, of course, degrades the lives of most people these days. They can’t afford to enjoy their work, because they’re stuck working where they can to feed their families and all that. It’s easy to see that the work done by most Americans is so often getting less enjoyable. As most “intellectual labor” is done at some undisclosed location, those working for chains and multinationals and such are working off scripts they didn’t write. Surely it’s too much, and even counterproductive, to expect people at Panera Bread or Walmart to love their work. They shouldn’t even require that their employees fake it.
OpenDaylight Delivers Open Source Software to Enable Software-Defined Networking | OpenDaylight – Open Daylight ships V1 of the it’s controller platform and it’s looking very very good.
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