What a start to the year…
- January 10, 2018
It’s been a crazy couple days on a couple fronts, but the most material front has certainly been Spectre and Meltdown.
There are lots of sources, and the trick is that while distinctly the root cause lies in the CPU domain and with the CPU manufacturers- the impact touches nearly everything.
It’s been keeping the team here busy for a while.
For Dell customers – here’s the main place for aggregation of the latest official information and updates – for everything from clients, storage, network, data protection, and CI/HCI. This page also links to key partner ecosystem official landing pages.
One that I want to call out specifically – VMware customers have some benefits naturally, but updates are still critical, and you can read more on that here.
Yes CI and HCI customers there will be formal system level updates (and they will be on that page) including RCM updates for VxBlock and VxRack FLEX, as well as automated updates for VxRail and VxRack SDDC. We’re aggregating up all the impact assessment and rolling everything into a common update.
For those seeking to understand what this is all about, I would start:
A little bit of personal perspective:
To continue the space program metaphor, and to quote the one and only Gene Krantz: “Let’s work the problem people. Let’s not make things worse by guessing.”
It’s only logical that the fixes and workarounds for these 3 exploits will have some degree of performance impact (since they are fixing/working around a flaw in something that is a performance optimization, namely speculative execution). But – the impact will vary. I’ve seen people latch on to early data, or data from one workload or another, or one test that they read online somewhere. Let’s not panic, let’s pragmatically work the problem together.
Welcome to 2018!