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Comment Re:Sun's track record for chip delivery... (Score 1) 113

The big power boxes are really nice for a set of problems. we have a couple of big ass ones for oracle servers for very large databases and they work great. They do cost big $, as somebody said in a thread long ago when your data matters you get what you pay for. IBM makes a killing on these and the 'frames because for a lot of businesses it's easier to pay some big bucks now then later when your data is fucked. It's not as hard as you think to sell these guys, plus the virtualization is top noch, and done at the hardware level (I know you get that on wintel, I'm not sure if VMWARE the most popular solution uses it. I think sun also provides hardware assist for virtualization.)

That being said, for a lot of bulk work, I prefer linux/windows. Lots of speed on the cheap, perfect for a farm of app servers.

Comment Re:Oh God Make It Stop (Score 1) 293

The largest credit card issuers make more money on transactional fees volume then on interest income, it's not even close. Not only does the issuing bank get a cut, but VISA/mastercard/etc and merchant bank get a cut.

Comment Re:What I'd do (Score 1) 223

of course there must be balance. However, If I was a hiring manager, I'd have a lot of tough questions for somebody who quit because it was 'too hard'. Being able to handle pressure is so important, especially when your fixing files by hand at 3am in the morning before a 4am deadlnie.

Anyways job pain is very subjective. I've had a lot of situations in my career that folks probably would say the pain was at 11. I worked thought it and was part of the solution instead of quitting.

Comment Re:Virtualization doesn't make sense (Score 1) 361

Right now your looking at it from a completely x86 view. Look at it from teh point of view from a hardware based system that's been doing it for years. A lot of these problems have been solved already.

Let's say you have a lot of servers at big corp. Each runs a specialized application, and each application is required to be isolated from the rest. A good VM system like zVM can help you a ton. You get a hardware platform that has tons of mature disaster recovery solutions, and a hypervisor that can dynamically allocate resorces between different VMs to the point where you don't even see it.

I mention zVM a lot because I know a lot of folks that are involved with large scale rollouts of it, in production, with great results.

The downside is that you need people who know what they're doing, and the hardware is expensive as hell.

Comment Re:Well, duh! (Score 1) 361

Everything has some overhead, sure. However, when you have hardware level virtualization (where the logic is in the firmware like the IBM mainframe systems), and not in some software hypervisor, the overhead is very minimal. On mainframes they where running LPARs with native performance over 20 years ago.

Comment Re:What about MySQL? (Score 1) 906

if submitting 20 small queries instead of 1 join is faster, that app must really suck. Doing network fetches isn't free, most simple joins are fine if your tables are indexed correctly (assuming your DB doesn't suck). I do joins on tables with > 100 million rows in oracle and they are very fast.

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