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Comment Re:Highlights one of the problems.. (Score 1) 195

There are free-as-in-beer email servers, even for very high volumes of mail, that any competent IT staff could maintain with minimal effort and better reliability than GMail. How much money do you think GMail would save? Is that amount of money actually worth the hassle of dealing with GMail?

According to a Forester report, they estimate that it costs on average $25.18 per month per user to provide email services in-house, compared to $8.47 for Gmail.

Interestingly, most people couldn't actually guess what the real cost of providing email services in-house was, many guessing $2-11 per user.

The upshot of Forester's analysis was that up to around 15,000 users, it could be substantially cheaper to outsource email as an infrastructure service.

Admittedly, there can be a lot more to the calculations though. Depending on your business needs or industry, you could have regulatory or compliance requirements that might interfere with an outsourced solution if the vendor can't meet those requirements.

The Forester report: http://www.forrester.com/Research/Document/Excerpt/0,7211,46302,00.html

Arstechnica report on the report: http://arstechnica.com/news.ars/post/20090108-report-gmail-about-one-third-as-expensive-as-hosted-e-mail.html

Comment Re:I would like to hear from a lawyer on this.. (Score 4, Interesting) 581

Likewise, after my most recent hiring I was told one of the strongest factors in my favor wasn't my 15+ years of technical experience, it was the hiring manager's sense that I was a low-stress personality type who would not be driven to insanity by the high-stress nature of the job.

This wasn't based on any particular personality test, mind you, just the hiring manager's judgment call based on my performance in the interviews.

Since then I've seen potential candidates for other positions in my group who met the professional qualifications passed up because they seemed wound too tight for the work.

Comment Re:Not Very Interesting (Score 1) 385

The best that Sun could do is make OpenSolaris as much of a developer workstation OS as they can, in competition with Linux.

I keep thinking that Sun should seriously take a shot at the high-capacity low-cost storage market. They seem to have some really good ideas behind the "Thumper"-type solutions, but they're still priced way WAY too high.

Comment Re:The list (Score 1) 385

2) NetApp

Overpriced products easily duplicated with FreeNAS or any number of products at a fraction of the cost.

Are people really running petabytes of enterprise-class storage on FreeNAS? Don't get me wrong, FreeNAS and others like it are great products for tier 3 and maybe even tier 2 storage, but for serious high-availability storage clusters?

Comment Re:The list (Score 1) 385

Can we quickly run through which of those other solutions have features equivalent to VMotion?

(Seriously, I seem to recall Xen or KVM was working towards something like that but don't know the status. I don't believe MS's free solution nor Parallel's non-free one has anything remotely Enterprise-suitable.)

I've got Parallels on my Macbook Pro right now, and it's fine for my purposes, but I really can't imagine anyone running production data center virtual machines with it.

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