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Comment: Medical imaging data needs backup (Score 1) 229

by niks42 (#49456611) Attached to: 220TB Tapes Show Tape Storage Still Has a Long Future
I am the technical architect for the Diagnostic Imaging solution for a number of National Health Service Trusts in the south of England. Currently, to provide the imaging for CT, MRI, a bit of cardio and a whole lot of plain xray and ultrasound, we have an archive of about 300TB of data. Replicated, and with local caching that is about 1PB of deployed storage. I am paying heavily for a second site replication, old school kind of solution, and it really doesn't scale well. Now I am looking at adding Digital Pathology to the shared imaging solution, and I really don't think that having two data centres growing to keep an online second copy of all of that data is viable; not least due to the cost of electricity of keeping a second copy spinning.

So, alternatives to this are:
Keep a second copy in the 'Cloud'. No clue on what my RTO would be.
Tape: Defined RTO, RPO, mostly passive means I don't have to worry too much about power consumption. I can keep multiple generations of data on tape if so required. My existing applications support Information Lifecycle Management and Online/Nearline/Offline storage heirarchies

Why would I NOT want a high density tape store as part of my solution?

Comment: At least it will be safer for motorcycle riders (Score 1) 477

With all these vehicles on the road performing in a consistent, safe style rather than hare-brained petrolheads in their Subarus and Peugeots changing three lanes at once, it will be a lot safer to ride a motorbike - especially if 'White Van Man' is also history.

Comment: Re: Ergo! (Score 1) 452

by niks42 (#49276203) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Good Keyboard?
.. Ah, the old beam spring technology. I loved it, from Keyboard D onward. My first keyboard at IBM was an IBM 3277, which was lovely to type on, and for me, following keyboards were a cost-reduced attempt to emulate that delighful force feedback profile.

Also, the IBM AT keyboard had the function keys down the left hand side, where &deity. intended them. Hunting and pecking for the right F key over the top of the numerics, has meant that the use of F (or Programmed Function key) has fallen into disuse. Even Keyboard F for the IBM 3278 kept them down in a rectangular matrix that you could use to find a key without looking.

Comment: I'm not sure how to classify my own use of Linux (Score 2) 282

by niks42 (#47861127) Attached to: Is It Time To Split Linux Distros In Two?
I've a big machine in the office at home. Some of its time it is a media server, some of the time a database server, apache/php web server and so on; equally it is my go-to client machine for highly interactive desktop applications like schematic entry, PCB layout, graphics and so on. Now it is not the music production machine, and on that I am using low latency kernel and I keep down the number of server-like processes. But they both came from the same distro, with light bits of tuning and configuration. I really, really don't want to have to manage multiple disparate distros based on usage of the day.

Comment: Re:anyone remember when (Score 1) 316

by niks42 (#47763537) Attached to: Seagate Ships First 8 Terabyte Hard Drive
My first hard disk failure at home was a 20MB drive .. it failed to spin up one cold morning. I eventually got it going by giving it a good lateral twist when applying power, and it started again. Needless to say I took the opportunity to copy the entire volume onto my brand new 30MB replacement hard disk. The 20MB became a doorstop to my office for many a year - being a 5.25 inch drive, full height, it weighed enough to keep the door open in a gale.

Comment: I can't ever work for IBM again .. (Score 1) 282

I took 'voluntary' separation from IBM, and part of the conditions for leaving with a lump sum was that I can never work for IBM either directly or via an agency or contract anywhere in the world ever again.

There's always a risk that IBM would take over all of the major employers and I would have been right royally fucked, but then what are the real chances of that ever happening?

"I have more information in one place than anybody in the world." -- Jerry Pournelle, an absurd notion, apparently about the BIX BBS

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