Gunfighter (1944) writes "StreetInsider.com reports: Dell, Inc. completed its go-private tranaction by Michael Dell, Dell’s Founder, Chairman and CEO, and Silver Lake Partners, a leading global technology investment firm. Stockholders will receive $13.75 in cash for each share of Dell common stock they hold, plus payment of a special cash dividend of $0.13 per share to stockholders of record as of the close of business on Oct. 28, 2013, for total consideration of $13.88 per share in cash. The total transaction is valued at approximately $24.9 billion." top
Gunfighter (1944) writes "On Tuesday, June 28th, 2011, Rackspace informed Cloud Sites PaaS resellers that Rackspace will no longer offer white label tech support to end users. This announcement surprised Cloud Sites resellers as it was given with no advanced notice or warning. Optionally available at $3.00 USD / month per client customer, the white label support solution offered Cloud Sites resellers affordable 24x7 support to provide their customers. Although not mentioned in the accompanying blog post, the email from Product Line Leader Josh Odom states "Supporting the non-primary customer causes confusion, and our ability to properly support resellers' customers is limited since we don't have access to their billing information, or to resellers' company policies."" Link to Original Source top
Gunfighter (1944) writes "Numerous news agencies are reporting the confirmation of water on Mars. Per the Washington Post article: "After years of proposing, theorizing and deducing that there is water on Mars — at least in the form of ice — NASA scientists said yesterday they have finally confirmed it, after the Phoenix lander detected traces of water vapor wafting off a scoop of Martian dirt, researchers said yesterday."" top
Gunfighter (1944) writes "Based on input received from my previous Ask Slashdot question (thanks to all who chipped in their $0.02), my customer is looking to expand infrastructure and increase storage capacity on several fronts. We looked into some software solutions and settled on Starfish for static file storage, but we are finding more and more that the hardware solutions to support virtualized environments and massive RDBMS storage are cost prohibitive. The US Department of Interior recently pulled the plug on a lease with a vendor (seems like a waste of tax dollars, but that's a story for another submission), so we're looking to buy a significant amount of hardware below cost. Unfortunately, the article mentions that support and software licenses "have gone up in smoke" as they are apparently nontransferable. We've been bit by the "It's illegal to run an EMC system without a $250k EMC license" bug in the past and would like to avoid it this time. What are the legalities, pros, cons, etc. of running ex-GSA schedule hardware in a commercial environment; and are viable 3rd party support solutions the way to go?" top
Gunfighter (1944) writes "I run a small datacenter for one of my customers, but they're constantly filling up different hard drives on different servers and then shuffling the data back and forth. At their current level of business, they can't afford to invest in a Storage Area Network of any sort, so they want to spread the load of their data storage needs across their existing servers like Google does. The only software packages I've found that do this seamlessly are Lustre and NFS. The problem with Lustre is that it has a single metadata server unless you configure failover, and NFS isn't redundant at all and can be a nightmare to manage. The only thing I've found that even comes close is Starfish. While it looks promising, I'm wondering if anyone else has found a reliable solution that is as easy to set up and manage? Eventually, they would like to be able to scale from their current storage usage levels (~2TB) to several hundred terabytes once the operation goes into full production." top
Gunfighter writes "The Bitmunk team released a new version today with improved selling, buying, browsing, and automated contract negotiation. I've been testing Bitmunk for a while now, and although they have a ton of music ready for sale, I can definitely see this being used for distributing all kinds of digital content. At first, I was a little worried about the watermarking; but Bitmunk managed to release a product that respects the copyright owners' rights as well as the privacy of the individual users. Perhaps now my CD collection can start paying for itself."