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Comment Re:Hard drives kept online (Score 4, Informative) 669

I recently built my own cheap backup server using OpenSolaris and ZFS. I used my old SATA drives (6x400GB), a $75 motherboard and AMD Athlon X2 combo, 4GB of DRAM ($69) and an old tower case. I did add two SATA 5-bay hot-swappable disk bays ($110 each) so that I can easily replace/upgrade my disks. Once a week I update data from my main server (also Solaris) to the backup server using ZFS incremental snapshots.

My PC's and Mac's all mount their user directory from my main server, and I rsync my laptop every day. The main server also serves as a SunRay server so I do most of my daily chores on a SunRay. I run Windows inside VirtualBox and I rarely ever turn on my windows PC anymore (the Windows instance in VBox also mounts from my main server). Inside my main server I have 2x 1TB drives, in a ZFS mirror setup, for the user directories and 2x400GB for the OS and scratch directories (all drives are SATA).

I'm very confident in this setup, also because I can yank out my drives in under 30 seconds in case of fire. The only thing I still have to do is put my backup server in a different room from the main server - that is a todo project for the near future.

Comment Re:Are you kidding me? (Score 1) 2

A RPG can inflict serious damage to the superstructure of modern warships - they simply where not designed for close-in tasks like stopping and searching pirate vessels. The risks of asymmetrical warfare are such that a $100 piece of pirate weaponry can inflict $1000s of damage. More robust warships (less electronic gadgetry, less things to damage) would shrug of the damage from these lighter weapon types without having to immediately resort to lethal force.


Submission + - IBM embraces - wtf - Sun's Solaris across x86 serv (theregister.com)

boner writes: Our friends at the Register report : IBM embraces — wtf — Sun's Solaris across x86 server line.

Apparently the collaboration goes beyond x86, quoting from the article: Zeitler sounded bullish about the prospects of running Solaris on the System Z mainframes, ... [Zeitler] noted that he "would like to see" some Solaris on System P work, which would have Solaris compete head-to-head with AIX.

Does this mean corporate interest might be shifting towards Solaris? Ashlee Vance only too kindly notes: Solaris x86 enjoys a relatively small but devoted developer community. The Linux crowd seems to have taken notice of this with zealots bashing Solaris x86 at every chance during recent open source trade shows. Such concern is understandable given that Solaris offers a number of high-end features not found with Linux.

So how do Slashdotters see the longterm prospects for Solaris?


Submission + - ITIL v3 released (regdeveloper.co.uk)

boner writes: The Register (our trusted other source of news) has an article announcing the release of ITIL,v3. ITIL, or IT Infrastructure Library, represents an internationally-accepted good practice framework for managing IT operations. Somehow, ITIL seems to be much more accepted in Europe, with only lackluster mention and support in the USA.

How about the Slashdot readers? How many live and breathe ITIL in their daily lives and how are they geographically distributed? Is ITIL relevant to todays IT management and should we spend time on it?

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