NBN doesn't use compatible GigE technology, so you wouldn't be able to use an fibre SFP or switch anyway. NBN's even heavily customised the firmware on the NTUs so nothing is quite standard.
The biggest issue with HFC is the shared medium. NBNCo fibre uses a 2.5/1.2Gbit OLT with a 32 or 64-split GPON local loop, a design that shares many of the same issues and has a maximum design speed compariable with FTTN w/VDSL local loops (~100Mbit). The biggest benefit of fibre is being able to deliver 100Mbit over 20KMs instead of 300m with DSL technology.
Intel are high-midrange (in terms of quality and performance) in both enterprise and desktop flash storage. Samsung has a very strong presence across the board due to reputation, very good performance (substantially better than Intel in production gear) and many of the vendor-branded enterprise drives (HP, NetApp, EMC, etc) have Samsung internals.
When I bought my current desktop's SSD (Samsung 840 Pro), the only other vendor with a drive even remotely close in performance was OCZ. Googling for "OCZ Vertex4 problems" quickly put that possibility to rest. At the time, Intel wasn't looking like they were bothering to keep up with performance on the desktop, but they're always been reasonable quality-wise.
OPEC will only accept dollars as a form of cash payment.
Or the strongest traded currency in the world, the Euro. It's also fairly popular for trade between the biggest energy exporter in the world (Russia) and the Eurozone. OPEC has several times publicly announced a desire to convert their cash reserves into euro.
True, it only has a small lead by worldwide trade value and runs a close second behind USD on trade volume, but even with Europe looking a bit shaky, the USA has its own problems.
There's a strong and escalating push outside of the US for nations to agree on alternatives to USD-based trade agreements - China has joined Europe and Russia in cheerleading these efforts.
10 years ago if I ordered wholesale goods from China, I would pay in USD-denominated amounts. Nowadays, the same factories and vendors accept even direct AUD payments and will invoice in my currency of choice.
That's across the lowest-latency, highest-performing set of international backbones out of Australia.
Now try a traceroute to waia.asn.au, hosted in Perth WAIX. I get 80-100ms from my core router in Brisbane, which has multiple carrier-grade fibre interconnects to upstream providers. A residential connection will add another 30-50ms. Perth is only ~4500kms away as the cable runs. You would be slightly better in Sydney (by ~10-15ms).
Some ISPs have poorly organised routing and peering arrangements that (for e.g.) terminate all VCs at a state-wide ag in the capital, so users next door to each other in Mackay have to route via Brisbane to ping each other. A Brisbane user trying to access something on a UQ website might end up going to Sydney and back instead of across an IX in Brisbane, which adds another ~30ms. Now imagine roaming users on 3G or LTE trying to use Citrix with latency bouncing up and down due to the medium itself.
A lot of what I do is either application delivery (Citrix, RDS, SSH, etc) or voice-grade comms. Our entire WAN business is built off the back of our experience in that area. 100ms is annoying. 200ms is unusable, from the perspective of Jane Sixpack sitting in front of her Citrix ERP app trying to key in phone orders or look up customer details. Jitter is incredibly frustrating and the source of many grey hairs.
International just gets silly. Average latency from AU to USA is 150-200ms, to the UK, 300-500ms, to Russia or Scandinavia, 500-600ms.
No there isn't any such possibility. You can export your data eg. from Excel as a read-only view but you can't export from Office 365 to anything. Office 2010 "is supported now" but it won't be forever, you can't use OpenOffice or similar to access your O365 content.
I'm not sure where you got this information from, because a workmate has just spent a month migrating a large organisation away from 365 and back to local Office/Exchange/etc.
Office 2013 doesn't require the cloud and works fine with local files. Exchange 365 supports direct mailbox migration to another Exchange 2013 server across the wire (no dumping to PST), Outlook just picks up the new settings without an issue. He ended up synching file stores to a common, DFS-R replicated location. There was a surprisingly minimum amount of fuss. Most of the problem was slow transfer speeds (mailboxes of unusual size) and users griping about how long it was taking.
Really, care to share some numbers? Seems like the Lumia sold so well they discontinued it 2 months after release.
I'm trying to find which Lumia you're talking about and I can't. The closest I can get is the 810, which was discontinued after about 6 months (still pretty short), presumably to make way for the 1020.
Say what you want about the phones, everyone I know who's purchased a Windows Phone has liked it and most of those are Lumias. Admittedly, there's not a lot of people I know who have WinPhones.
Considering that every phone I've purchased for myself has been a Nokia (still on an old N8), I'm seriously considering a Lumia myself. My work phone is an iPhone so I'm not keen on having 2 of them competing for which battery runs down first.
If anyone would've suggested to me that WP would've been an option a couple of years back they'd have been crowned the world's greatest comedian.
Is the tablet market grumbling and saying "gee, what we really want is something we can create a spreadsheet on"?
Unfortunately that's exactly what the business market is doing. It starts with spreadsheets and Citrix, the occasional email. ERP vendors are now rolling out apps to use them as simple endpoints either in the field or for simple tasks like stock control.
I've got a few customers using either iPads or Android tablets with barcode reader attachments to remove the need for paper records in their warehousing and logistics depts.
There's a lot of areas tablets work well. The problem is businesses trying to flog them off as a primary device for all users. A Surface Pro with a better battery might be able to replace a laptop because it *is* a super skinny laptop missing a keyboard. iPads, Surface RT, even the ASUS Transformer, not even close.
It's 40 million in revenue, not net profit. They're charging $400 per advertiser on average, if the numbers are accurate.
Alternatively, an $80/mo Linode (or similar) plan would cache 2 days of data (~200GB storage), offer some capacity to 'cook' it a bit before re-downloading (say, do some compression) and have enough transfer (8TB/mo) all in one shiny package. For pure storage, I think Dropbox and similar AWS-hosted services weigh in around the $60/mo mark at what would be needed.
Personally, I would spend money on an additional, dedicated Internet connection or (better) WAN tail to the customer and drop some staging hardware on their network border to ensure outages don't result in lost data.
The words 'budget' and 'cloud' together usually result in a selection of four-letter words, most notably, 'pain'.
Life isn't worth it if you can't have a good steak.
Then you're not paying attention; some already have.
Agreed. In every discussion I've had with customers about IaaS and cloud, the security aspect has been the #1 topic of conversation brought up by the customer. Closely followed by performance.
Businesses of all sizes and industries are very interested in all this mess in the cloud space.
One of my first IT jobs was working under an ex-Army sergeant IT manager. He used to work on Prime mainframes for the ADF before going corporate, and had a lot of experience with project management on the high end of defense & government IT.
We all had an immense amount of respect for him, whether it was me (early twenties) to the older 40/50-odd techs. If you screwed up, you got chewed out. He did a pretty decent disappointed-dad routine which was somehow worse than being yelled at.
We respected him because we knew he gave a crap and kept the "Directors of Micro-Management" well and truly off our backs for the most part, made sure Technical Services was involved in major decisions as much as possible. We would get warned if something nasty was trickling down from the top. It fostered a healthy team spirit too, everyone looked out for everyone else, helped each other with problems and so on. If a customer was causing problems or making spurious complaints, our manager would be out there looking them in the eye and asking if they had a business case for being difficult. On the other hand, if he thought an issue was your fault, you would know in very clear detail the hows and whys.
I only left that job when the company was acquired by another much larger one and the TSM was made redundant - though that's a much more involved story.
Ever since then, I've sought out companies with a similar "feel" to work for, and tried to foster a similar tone when taking up management roles. I've been successful finding places to work, and I'd like to think I've done as good a job as I can for the rest.
What's the point of this TL;DR? The biggest thing I've noticed is attitude makes up most of your workplace perception. I've worked in crappy places since (though not for long). Keep your head and chipper helpful attitude, useful people notice and come to you for direction instead of your boss and the vibe spreads. Walk around with a martyr complex and no-one will want to help. A healthy team means even if it's busy, it's not hard, and you have a lot of potential extra hands that may be more skilled than you. This goes a long way towards getting a recalcitrant boss on your side too, if they have any kind of management skill at all.
Can't really help with bad management, if they don't recognise your value, leave. You'll find out if you've overestimated on that part pretty quickly.
Since we're talking business users, VBscript macros. I know there's some interoperability but it's far from perfect.
Lets think of some other show-stoppers:
- Integration with pretty much any DMS.
- SharePoint (very popular as a cheap DMS, especially the free one). You can use it was a web-based folder store but it's a pain in the bum to perform workflow operations, rollbacks or checking change sets.
- Document workflow add-ons, like PDFComplete and Nitro, that accountants and legal firms large and small commonly use to cryptographically watermark PDFs and electronically track paper trails (often integrating with some sort of DMS backend).
- Access application support. This is hard even between Access service packs. There's a large number of hand-me-down Access applications within SMEs that noone can access the backend of anymore but noone wants to rewrite after Bob the Tinkerer left the company.
- Full Exchange integration. This is the biggest upsell I've come across in convincing people to move to SBS/Windows Server & MSOffice environments. Simply being able to share calendars and mailboxes without dodgy third-party PST hacking add-ons or having to deal with IMAP/iCal makes small business owners' eyes go round with wonder.
All of these things I've had to deal with for new customers within the last 3 years. There's many more examples than this. Usually these customers have grown out of being supportable by tiny 1 or 2 person IT shops or they've recently been stung by trying to go for the cheapest, poorly designed and implemented option tabled by some buzzword-driven cowboys. The amazing thing is, 1-2 years down the track, staff are happier and they've spent much less on support.
Years ago, working in education IT in my teens and early twenties, I spent a lot of time pushing LTSP, the K12 distros, OOo and friends for smaller schools (older computers, perfect for thin clients) and kindergartens. There was a bit of resistance due to unfamiliarity in some situations but us IT guys were pretty switched on with a rounded enough skill set to build and maintain a solution that worked in that kind of environment.
Small companies don't have a large, dedicated, government-funded IT crew on tap, and they can't afford $160/hr every time someone loses access to a calendar. They're very fast-moving compared to educational IT with highly varied requirements.
In most cases, Office "Just Works". When it doesn't, the 18-year-old helpdesk guy can usually fix it. You don't need to waste the time of a senior resource, or bill the customer for his time. For most businesses, having less headaches is well worth the additional cost of licensing.
I would be stoked if I could design in FOSS components into the solutions we support. We're trialled various components many times in the past. But I can't be confident they will work for and with all the requirements, and most importantly, that I can get resolutions for support issues immediately. Even with a support contract, outside of a few huge OSS powerhouses (eg, RedHat), support responsiveness and available skill pool leaves a lot to be desired.
Really? Looks to me like it's gone down consistently over the years, looking at past pricing on products since around 2003. The biggest anomaly in that is the abolition of Small Business Server resulting in a 20% markup on SBS/SBS Premium functionality after June this year.
Per-core licensing of SQL 2012 is (a fair bit) cheaper over 25-odd users (depending on feature set), SQL Express is free and each new version contains even more of the add-ons you used to have to pay for, Windows 7 & 8 was and remains much cheaper than XP was this time from release, Office has come down a little in price at Pro edition and a lot at the lower end editions or singleton products, Visual Studio is a bit less ridiculous and even has a free version, Server 2012 Std licensing offers effectively a superset of Server 2008R2 Enterprise's functionality at a slight increase over 2008R2 Standard pricing (there is no equivalent to 2008R2 Std anymore).
I could go on a bit more. There's been a lot of pressure from high-quality open source or lower cost alternatives, so MS has been pushed to show a bit more value.
Big licensing upgrades are admittedly horrifying to customers, when they see a $30,000 line item and ask what it is, and we say, "Oh, just Office". It's at the point where hardware is so cheap it has trouble making 1/3rd of the cost of a project, and it gets worse the bigger the organisation.