YouTube TV sharply increases monthly subscription to $64.99

The Verge

We at YouTube TV license content from our content providers to then provide to you. Photo by Amelia Holowaty Krales / The Verge. YouTube TV has announced that it’ll be raising its monthly price from $50 per month to $64.99

Technology Short Take #69

Scott Lowe

Servers/Hardware. Kevin Houston has an updated blade server comparison chart that might be helpful in making hardware decisions. VMware is offering licenses for Log Insight to customers who already own NSX. Networking Hardware Security Storage Virtualization Python Docker Cumulus MPLS VMware NSX AWS OpenStack Kubernetes Photon Ansible DNS vSphere vMotionWelcome to Technology Short Take #69!

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Technology Short Take #62

Scott Lowe

Cumulus Networks recently shifted their pricing and licensing model toward perpetual licenses; this article has more information and a comparison of the old vs. new models. Servers/Hardware. Networking Hardware Security Storage Virtualization VMware NSX Cisco Cumulus Linux OpenFlow Microsoft Intel OpenStack Docker CoreOS AnsibleWelcome to Technology Short Take #62. Sorry for the long delay since the last TST; some global travel has really thrown my schedule off.

Fire HD 8 Plus review: the Amazon appliance

The Verge

There’s Amazon Prime video, of course, which includes both Amazon’s originals and a really solid set of licensed movies and TV shows (shout out to the wholesome USA series from the mid-2000s, Psych and Burn Notice ).

Technology Short Take 114

Scott Lowe

Servers/Hardware. Speaking of Pulumi, Kyle Galbraith wrote up a comparison of Pulumi and Terraform for infrastructure as code. These look interesting, but be aware that they are not licensed with an open source license. Additionally, the wording of the license for these extensions has caused some consternation (at least, among the folks I follow on Twitter). Welcome to Technology Short Take #114!

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Supernatural for Oculus Quest is like Beat Saber meets Peloton

The Verge

To use a reductive comparison, Supernatural is sort of like Beat Saber meets Peloton. Beat Saber , to draw the most obvious comparison, costs $29.99 You’re licensing a large catalog and not just one individual song.

Tackling Total Cost of Ownership

CIO Dashboard

It is primarily used to make apples to apples comparisons in large capital investments, and, if done properly, can bring out hidden costs of ownership. Hardware. Software Licenses (one-time). cc licensed flickr photo shared by AgentAkit. Guest post by Sean Sell.

VSAN, VSAs and External Arrays

Chuck's Blog - EMC

and are basically run like dedicated storage, except using off-the-shelf hardware. VSAs have the obvious advantage of running on most anything, which is especially convenient if you have unused (or underused) hardware on hand.

The Problem With Storage Swiss' Analysis -- On VSAN

Chuck's Blog - EMC

  By comparison, most storage professionals look at the world through an established lens, so -- in general -- it takes them a few ticks longer to appreciate what VSAN is all about. Let''s not forget the obvious comparison with external storage arrays -- it sort of works the same way. 

Five Reasons Why VSAN Is Different

Chuck's Blog - EMC

But I’ve been dismayed to see industry commentary where VSAN gets arbitrarily lumped in with either (a) a gaggle of software-based storage products, or (b) some of the newer software-clothed-in-hardware products.

When Cloud Grew Up

Chuck's Blog - EMC

By comparison, both AWS and Azure don't have much to say in the enterprise application category, which I would argue puts them at a strategic disadvantage. By comparison, AWS is nowhere to be seen in this all-important on-premises operational compatibility discussion.

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VSAN, VSAs and External Arrays

Chuck's Blog - EMC

and are basically run like dedicated storage, except using off-the-shelf hardware. VSAs have the obvious advantage of running on most anything, which is especially convenient if you have unused (or underused) hardware on hand.  Parts is parts, although pricing on server hardware is generally much more transparent than larger array hardware. Most often, you can take your VSA licenses to new hardware, new hypervisor, etc.

IBM And VMware Tie Up: What Does It Mean?

Chuck's Blog - EMC

  The offering will be comprised of commodity hardware (low margin), VMware software products (margin goes to VMware), and IBM's value-added service delivery.  Can these customers take their licenses to IBM's cloud, or do they have to buy again?

Pluggable Databases Vs. Database Virtualization - Chuck's Blog

Chuck's Blog - EMC

  New functionality inevitably means new licensing terms, which isn't expected to be cheap -- unless there is a viable competitor in the market gnawing away at market share.  Once again, these are only theoretical comparisons.  Chucks Blog.

Technology Short Take #50

Scott Lowe

Servers/Hardware. Kevin Houston’s March 2015 blade server comparisons might be a useful place to start. Yes, you could run Docker on bare metal and achieve (the author’s words) “massive CapEx benefits” by “eliminating expensive licensing” for VMware. Welcome to Technology Short Take #50, the latest in my series of posts sharing various links and articles pertaining to key data center technologies. I hope that you find something useful here! Networking.