Entries from March 2012

Remedial Networking 102: How Multicast Works

Date March 20, 2012

Did you ever have anything in your life that you just kind of...ignored until it went away? Or at least, ignored it until you forgot about it or pretended it went away? That's kind of what I did with multicast. For a long, long time, I would hear people mention multicast, and I would be […]

Computer Failure Data Repository

Date March 19, 2012

I stumbled upon a great resource today that I had no idea existed. Apparently, USENIX hosts the Computer Failure Data Repository, which is a series of datasets from various installations that includes failure data for various components. There are around a dozen different data sets, most from HPC clusters, but they're actively soliciting for additional […]

Reader Question: Cloud vs Virtual Farm?

Date March 16, 2012

I really enjoy getting mail from readers. I know that I sometimes don't answer in what you might consider a timely fashion, but that's just because you're not thinking geologically. On occasion, though, I do get some downtime to discuss things with my readers, and the other day, I got a good question that I […]

Cascadia IT 12 - One Week!

Date March 15, 2012

If you're in the American NorthWest (or, I suppose the Canadian SouthWest) and you haven't registered for Cascadia IT Conference, you need to do it stat. News today is that 3 sysadmin tutorials have already filled up...more are no doubt going to. There are tons of tutorials on all kinds of sysadmin-related topics, and if […]

Peer to Peer VDI? Why not?

Date March 14, 2012

This is really a blog post that is one long question... Why are there no peer-to-peer VDI solutions? (or are there, and I haven't found them)? There are some big issues with large-scale Virtual Desktop Infrastructures. The biggest of which I know is the so-called "boot storm", where everyone is requesting their images at once. […]

LOPSA: What's in a name?

Date March 13, 2012

(Note: I'm not writing this in my official capacity as anything except a blogger who gets aggravated and abuses his soapboax) And here's where I make some people mad... Major League Baseball. The National Football League. Major League Soccer. English Premier League. The National Hockey League. The National League of Nurses. Commercial Law League Of […]