Collection of useful, relevant or inane places on the the Internets for 17 Jun 2011:
- eHarmony Switches from Cloud to Atom Servers « Data Center Knowledge –
For several years, eHarmony ran its Hadoop operations in the cloud, which provided flexibility and scalability. But as its operations continued to grow, the company evaluated other options, including SeaMicro. eHarmony was able to purchase the SeaMicro SM10000 in a configuration that enabled its Hadoop application to complete its run in the same time four-hour time frame it had been taking in the cloud.
eHarmony said the switch reduced its reduced its operating expenses by “tens of thousands of dollars a month,” and its total cost of ownership (TCO) by 74 percent.
Finally, an online business realising that the public cloud is not perfect for everything. There are reasons for adopting Cloud resources, but the cost of static data centres with private cloud capabilities remains as compelling as ever. This might be the first sign that reality is creeping into the public cloud usage patterns and that internal IT CAN achieve more than the public Cloud for most use cases.
- Marco Rizzi Blog: NX-OS Redistribution: what’s different? – Marco Rizzi documents some subtle differences for route redistribution on the Nexus 7000 – I guess some differences are to be expected. Except when Cisco tells you that there aren’t any:
Summary: when you are configuring redistribution in NX-OS, probably you will need to configure a double redistribution, the first for the protocol learned routes and the second for the connected routes.
- Did the cloud just kill the set-top box? — Online Video News –
More important than the UI update, however, is how it has been built and delivered. Behind Xcalibur is a cloud-based platform that moves the intelligence out of the set-top box and into the network. For consumers, the move to a cloud-based system will largely be seamless. But for Comcast, moving to the cloud means it will be able to build new features, improve the user interface and iterate on its product more quickly and easily than if was building for individual set-top boxes.
It’s worth remembering that Cisco bought Scientific Atlantic just a few years ago for their set top boxes for about USD$7 billion and the “triple play” that was “all the fashion” at the time. Wonder how that looks on Cisco’s bottom line today ? More bad news to come from Cisco ? Guess so.
- Calling The Call Center: We’re All In This Together « PACKETattack –
While I hardly have a perfect track record, I truly believe it’s best to be conversational. Be friendly. You can even be hopeful & cheerful. We’re all in this together. These call center folks talk to angry people all day long. Talking to someone who’s polite and appreciative just might turn the call in your favor, where that real-life person on the other end does something extraordinary to help you out.
Nice comes first, you can be angry later if you need to. But you probably won’t if you are nice first.
- Thieves Found Citigroup Site an Easy Entry – NYTimes.com – IT security is being forced to step up.
In Russia, Xakep.ru, is one of the larger forums for Eastern European hackers today, with nearly 13,300 registered members, according to Cyveillance. HackZone.ru is larger, and has more than 58,000 members. In addition, attacks by Romanian hackers have grown noticeably more advanced recently, according to security experts.
On HackZone, one seller who called himself “zoloto” promised “all cards valid 100%” and that they would be sold only one time.
Wonder how quickly the IT security is capable of changing to meet this challenge ? My experience of security is that change is worse than being hacked – because then they would learn something.
- AS34288 – Educational Network in the Canton of Zug –
Swisscom Peering We have long wanted to peer with this premier Swiss telecommunications provider, but so far we haven’t been able to make it happen. Large corporations often move slowest, so we haven’t given up hope. Swisscom, if you’re reading this — and you read everything on the Internet, right? — this is our affectionate plea to you. Peering with us is good for education, good for Switzerland, good for the Internet, and good for your eternal soul:
Classy — ver classy. And bad PR for Swisscom to not respond.
- Cisco Blog » Blog Archive » Cisco ASA 5585-X vs Juniper SRX3600 – Faster, More Connections and Less Power Consumption – Ummmm, not quite what _I_ was thinking
Cisco has over the years developed a reputation for robust, dependable and well supported products. Perhaps a bit conservative, but solid, well built, reliable choices. Choices that are especially well suited to those who are building networks with security integrated into the very fabric of the network itself rather than bolted on afterwards in a best-effort, jugaad or MacGyvered way. One thing we have not been known for is being particularly cheap.
Cisco ASA are cheap and low functionality (compared with other firewalls excepting CheckPoint who have incumbent status). That’s why they have been successful. Attempting to edit history is marketing, not making things better. Cisco got lucky on one test in an entire suite of tests – Max Concurrent Conns – I’m not sure I would be crowing about it. Cisco’s feature, packet performance, application inspection, IPS / IPS, priority response are all sub-standard compared to other companies. But hey, they can handle more connections at less power MUST be better. (Don’t look at the facts, don’t look at the facts.)