Originally Posted by hmm
I thought they were going to do so at some point. That could have been a misinterpretation or wishful thinking on my part. Anyway yeah they're way too slow about it. They need people to feel like they're really behind it and provide a good environment for third party development. Just placing it on chipsets doesn't replace the need for a quality SDK.
They need to do something here to make TB a public standard. Right now it is too obscure to be considered a major player. As far as Intel goes you almost get the impression that the release was too early.
The problem with widespread implementation has already caused the USB people to consider developing an alternative. To this end I don't see TB being acceptable to the industry as a whole until you can get independent chipsets to implement the interface. More importantly the port needs to be implemented on micro controllers if reasonable prices are to be had. Further embedded people won't be willing to buy Intel hardware.
Yep....and they were very misleading about this. Apple and intel have pressed the idea that you can just hook up whatever you want to via a single thunderbolt port, and this really isn't the case.
Sadly they will learn. However many users will do fine with the TB port as it's performance will depend upon the work load.
You might be right. I thought the minis got quite hot though? Perhaps this has changed more than I realized.
I don't have a new one to test, however the last case redesign was a major one. It appears that one goal was much better cooling. That being said if cooling was an issue I don't think we would be seeing racks of these used as servers.
Now a server might not be as heavily loaded as you might in your usage. Given the right work load you can heat up just about any computer.
I just don't consider the quad/mini server option a truly viable alternative to other things in the surrounding price points as anything other than a light duty server. Quad core machines have basically become the norm at this point so the dual core version isn't a true consideration for me.
I can understand the disappointment about the dual cores but that just goes to support my point, Apple castrated the machines to make their laptops look good. It is positively storage that they put a quad core in one model and then called it a server.
If SSDs continue to drop in price per GB, I could see a compact machine with 2-4 2.5" bays to cut heat in a somewhat confined enclosure. They've offered this option on the mac pro, but it is still an extremely expensive route.
Apple needs to make use of one of the emerging PCI - Express standards for solid state storage cards. The goal should be to use commodity parts that leverage the fast interface of PCI-E. The use of cards should lead to smaller hardware and easier cooling.
It may take a few years but we'll see a further drop in the popularity of 2.5" HDDs. I agree regarding backups. I also believe it's important to maintain actual offline backups of critical data. eSATA type enclosures aren't that bad a solution. You just have to be very careful what you buy. You want one with powerful cooling, which often means having to blow out dust every few months.
A good and cheap solution. If nothing else data should be backed up here.
If you're on a budget you want to completely avoid raid solutions. Cheap raids suck, and many people don't understand how they work at all.
In the past I implemented RAIDs on some of my Linux machines. Software based Linux RAIDs can be a good low cost option but you are right you need to understand them. In my case implementing them was easy. Luck was on my side as I never had to rebuild a volume. In any event I didn't do the RAIDs back then for data security.
For a long while there I outgrew my hardware before failure.
I've spent a fair amount of time explaining to others why they have to back up their raid solutions and that parity striping will not save them in the event of data corruption, controller failure, or a power surge of any kind (including the power supply on the unit failing).
Yep even data center RAIDs with all of their fancy protections go down. Sometimes for a very long time. Even a minor failure takes forever to rebuild.
Even backups of RAIDs can get corrupted though so back ups of critical data really requires multiple approaches that don't depend upon other systems. Sometimes a CD, disk or tape in a safe deposit box makes a lot of sense. However even that is a pain with a reasonably large RAID.
Back ups are very important but I'm not sure if people get it. In some of the forums I visit new college students will ask about what computer they should buy. For the most part that is easy, buy a Mac unless your program has specific requirements. I always stress the need to consider a backup program so that they don't suffer due to some sort of failure. What interests me is how many listen to the advice.