Friday, March 28, 2008
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Wednesday, March 5, 2008
I was charged with a task of setting up a PointGuard demo.
Now, PointGuard "friendly infects" the computers on internal network and then controls them, enforcing policy rules and compliance. It has to run on a server such as Windows 2003 and it needs a good number of machines to control. How does one do this?
Obvious solution of actually having all these machines is DOA, dead on arrival.
I thought of running it on my "monster server" which has 2 Gigs of RAM. I would put the Windows 2003 on top of VMWare, and run a few VMWare Windows XP, and one machine makes a complete demo.
I have spent a couple evenings just installing Windows 2003 (the server is somewhat old and boots slow, but then "flies"). Until the idea hit me! How could I have gone on this track! All my other projects are on EC2/S3, and this one is on my own hardware! Unbelievable.
So here is the right architecture.
- Get an AMI with VNC working, so that you can work on the machine with GUI;
- Install VMWare (if not present) and install 2003 on top of that. Get a trial version for 6 months;
- Replicate 50 (our demo key only allows that many) and control the 2003 slaves through the 2003 master;
- Bring it up on demand, then shut it down.
Tuesday, March 4, 2008
"I know our people will say we're acting like Big Brother," says Mr. Cunningham of the new online-video ban. "But those pipes belong to the company. If management says we need to protect our resources, then that's what happens."
Monday, March 3, 2008
On his blog he tells us how he did it, but in brief, he used
100 Amazon EC2 machines, running Hadoop (open-source version of Google's MapReduce) and his scripts which were already running on his machine. Essentially, he cloned his machine 100 times on EC2 and Hadoop took care of running them all concurrently.
I only wonder how long did the upload take. I asked him on the blog. And by the way, compare this to $1,000,000 if done by an eDiscovery vendor at the low price of $250/Gig. Now, I know that the discovery vendors also make it searchable and put it in the format suitable for upload to a litigation tool, but that can surely be cured for the remaining balance of $998,960.
Anybody wants to join me for this project?
Art: Fernando Botero - Man Reading a Paper 1996