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So… I started an MBA

Not a light (… or cheap) decision. Took a few years to think about it – but finally made the leap. Am now enrolled in the Executive MBA at AGSM. This will immediately not be a review of their programme, but will morph into it as the months ( and years…

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How AWS taught SSD’s to sprint the marathon with DynamoDB

Graham spends a lot of his time tuning and finding the cause of performance issues on some of the largest WebSphere Portal installations. Inevitably during our recent conversation we turned the topic to SSD’s, and performance considerations of database workloads atop. Interestingly the most visible SSD proponent and database service…

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Cloud Bursting, a reality check

Working with a heavily enterprise-led customer base, I was excited to see an article looking specifically at how large corporates can extend their workloads into the cloud, within the industry this is commonly referred to as cloud bursting and unicorn spotting. Last night I read a post by Aditya over…

NAND is dead, long live NAND

A question was raised internally the other night, specifically looking at the balance between performance and reliability of NAND devices; asked as a result of a paper titled “The Bleak Future of NAND Flash Memory”. I must admit, sensationalism and geek link-bait executed to perfection. The paper, written by Laura…

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Measuring NAND Longevity

No secret that NAND/Flash/SSD drives are fundamentally different to their spinning cousins. Yet given the relative lack of high-visibility maturity of NAND technologies within the enterprise, adoption of standards has yet to proliferate. Specifically around the determination of failure rate. When we start looking at availability of mechanical drives or…

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Lima, a day with zë Germans

That wonderful feeling of someone rummaging within the room when you’re trying to sleep is further enhanced by small whispers in a foreign language. None other than the smoothest to the ear, like a broken chainsaw – German. As my eyes were pried open, I uttered a somewhat able ‘hola’…

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Meat me at the Torres refugio on a horse

According to the local coffee shops raggy edition of the Lonely Planet’s “Chile”, Torres Del Paine has approximately 100,000 flower tramplers per year. An astounding number of wide-eyed gringos for any destination. Especially if you consider that the main walk[s] consist of half a dozen variations to a set track,…

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Sh-t I took

The journey around Torres Del Paine, and adjoining parks is to take nearly two weeks. The vast majority of them will be on foot, thus consideration must be given to the weight of the total pack(s), as there are (unfortunately) going to be no sherpas. Weather report for this time…

From atop the Perito Glacier

Big slab of ice

Growing up in Ukraine, I’ve seen my fair share of snow, blizzards, and every temperature from -40ºC through to 40ºC, although upon arriving in El Calafate, which is a small town in the Patagonian region of Argentina (that should be oft-described as a tourist trap… – on that later) –…

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Bugger – QF17, Mechanical Fault, Diverted

What a way to start my holiday .. — At approximately 14:02 AEST Sep. 3, an announcement (interrupting my watching of Bridesmaids, which isn’t actually that bad) over the PA system of the Qantas QF 17, Sydney to Buenos Aires came which detailed a possible issue with the airconditioning system.…

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Out of Office

I love to travel. Am fortunate enough that in my role am able to do two awesome things: talk about technology and see new places. Yet exploration goes beyond taxis, hotel rooms and new office blocks; and has not been towards Argentina in detail. Every now and then, the need…

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Presentation Blues

Always have a backup, especially for a presentation. A quick tale of my unfortunate experience with mobile connectivity and remote facilities.