My views on why SPARC is still Relevant
Reason #5: There are two manufacturers of SPARC chips. Fujitsu and Oracle both design and build their own SPARC processors and platforms. When two different development teams are building compatible technology it leads to innovation. When you look at other companies like IBM and Intel, they design and build their own processors and no one else does. That leads to minor updates, lackluster generation performance gains, and "monopolistic like" pricing practices. Oracle and Fujitsu are both innovating constantly. Since buying Sun, Oracle has introduced 3 generations (T3,T4,T5) of T Series SPARC Processors, doubling performance on each generation. Fujitsu recently introduces the latest SPARC X processor with Software on Silicon features and decimal arithmetic units to improve performance.
Happy New Year 2014 Everyone!
It's a great time to add a few tech resolutions to your todo list. There are many, but these should get you going. They do not take a lot of time and you can complete them easliy
January 1st - Spend 10 minutes and delete all those dumb pictures you snapped on your phone. You know the one of Duck Dynasty Chia Pet you thought that was funny....oh wait that was me. If you posted it to a social site it's backed up there, so don't waste space and time on your phone with it.
January 2nd - Make Sure your iPhone/Android is backing itself up. Takes 10 Seconds to verify that you are backing up and when the last backup was. Do it No Excuse.
January 3rd - Recycle your old electronics - At least put them in a box in the car to take to recycling center. Do you really need 3 VCRs in the basement? What about that old Turntable....yeah yeah.. I hear ya records sound better. No they don't and unless you are harboring a collection of vinyl that you haven't transferred to MP3s and is not available in a digital format, recycle it.
I had a conversation with a customer recently. He is a high level operations guy whose IT is outsourced. His outsourcing provider provides a weekly digest of security related patches for the OS's that the customer uses. We were talking about operational efficiencies when he brought up that weeks weekly digest.
Out of 143 Security alerts in the digest. 2 For Solaris, 7 for Windows, 134 for Red Hat Linux. WOW! That floored me, but what floored me even more is his statement "We will never be able to catch up with so many alerts on linux"
Being the inquisitive one, of course asked "How do you mean?" He said that they only have a certain amount of planned maintenance downtime per month. and in that downtime they can only apply a small # of patches for the OS and applications per server. With Linux, they can never catch up, because the application & security RPM updates are so frequent and plentiful, they cannot do them all in one maintenance cycle. Thus pushing off till the next maintenance window what doesn't get completed, but by then, there are more. The queue just keeps building.
Not so with Solaris I was told, not only do they apply all the patches online, they take one quick restart and are back up and running in
It;s a win-win for everyone.
While in a customer meeting discussing the information needed to create a business case for transformational technology choice I had this thought about it.
"Self" I said, "Have I ever made a business case for a personal transformational technology choice?"
And to my surprise...self did not reply..(thankfully as that would have meant I was on my way to being schizophrenic)...But I did think back to just over a year ago.
4 People living in the house, 2 adults(my wife and myself) and 2 teens. My desktop, which I built and maintained for 8 years was long in the tooth. My wife's Dell laptop was old, slow, lacked memory, took forever to start apps. My daughters desktops were not much better. Everything between 5-8 years old, all running Windows Vista & Office 2007. All needed to be deep six'd and replaced with new tech.
I thought back and what are the things i disliked the most about my home technology.
Just wanted to say hi and let you know that the content in this blog is my viewpoints, observations and data gathering from personal experience as well as customer conversations around open systems, Oracle, Solaris, SPARC, Virtualization, etc. Some of it will be dead on accurate, some of it will be hypothesis , some will be funny some will be serious. The point is to get conversations going around architecture and not the bits and bytes of that architecture. Although, I wouldn't put it past myself to post some "How-To" guides either.
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It's been almost 3 years since i switched from the world of Microsoft, horrible performance, terrible upgrade experiences and the never ending tide of windows security updates and expensive upgrades. What do I have to show for it? Plenty.......of time that is.
First let me set the scenario. I had 3 desktops, and 2 laptops for this house of four people. Each was a different manufacturer. I did manage to keep the software versions the same, but that was very expensive for 5 units at home. With four people in the house and anytime someone had trouble finding a file, or printing(including me) I became Tech Support Daddy/Hubby. Each time was a minimum of a couple hours and this happened more than once a week. Then the 2 year itch started in some of these PCs. What's that you say? That's what I call what happens to a windows PC after 2 years from when you first power it on, countless updates and crashes have taken its toll on the once new PC. It's slow, it's full, it disorganized and it's a pain in the ass to backup (and restore). Time to get a new one. But wait I don't want to spend $1000 on a new pc, so I will by that cheap one from staples or best buy and settle for something less because I know it has a built in life of 2 years. Well I was at that cycle for ALL of the PCs. I was looking at replacing 4 PCs plus all the software to with it.
Then the AHA moment occurred. When I started adding up all the money I was going to spend on new PCs/Laptops, and all the bells and whistles that we needed. The cost was not much different than buying 3 MacBook Air's and 1 MacBook Pro(For me). Actually it came out to just under $1000 difference for 4 units, that's $250. That extra $1000 was definitely worth the investment. Everyone is happy, no one asks for help, and no one misses Windows.
3 Years later. I am no longer Tech Support Dad. As a matter of fact the ONLY time I had to do this was when my wife sent my daughter a Microsoft Word document and my daughter couldn't open it. Turns out, My wife had updated her word with the latest patch release, which caused the file not to be openable on the previous patch release. So the only time I have an issue it was with a Microsoft Product.
OS Upgrades are Free, The Mac comes with almost all the software you will need, and if you do need to buy something, it's usually not that expensive. It works right out of the box, with little or no changes.