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StorOne attacks bottlenecks with new TRU storage software

Startup StorOne this week officially launched its TRU multiprotocol software, which its founder claims will improve the efficiency of storage systems.

The Israel-based newcomer spent six years developing Total Resource Utilization (TRU) software with the goal of eliminating bottlenecks caused by software that cannot keep up with faster storage media and network connectivity.

StorOne developers collapsed the storage stack into a single layer that is designed to support block (Fibre Channel and iSCSI), file (NFS, SMB and CIFS) and object (Amazon Simple Storage Service) protocols on the same drives. The company claims to support enterprise storage features such as unlimited snapshots per volume, with no adverse impact to performance.

TRU software is designed to run on commodity hardware and support hard disk drives; faster solid-state drives (SSDs); and higher performance, latency-lowering NVMe-based PCI Express SSDs on the same server. The software installs either as a virtual machine or a physical server.

StorOne CEO and founder Gal Naor said the TRU software-defined storage fits use cases ranging from high-performance databases to low-performance workloads, such as backup and data archiving.

‘Dramatically less resources’

“We need dramatically less resources to achieve better results. Results are the key here,” said Naor, whose experience in storage efficiency goes back to his founding of real-time compression specialist Storwize, which IBM acquired in 2010.

StorOne CTO Raz Gordon said storage software has failed to keep up with the speed of today’s drives and storage networks.

“We understood that the software is the real bottleneck today of storage systems. It’s not the drives. It’s not the connectivity,” said Gordon, who was the leading force behind the Galileo networking technology that Marvell bought in 2001.

The StorOne leaders are sparse on details so far about the product’s architecture and enterprise capabilities, beyond unlimited storage snapshots.

Marc Staimer, senior analyst at Dragon Slayer Consulting, said StorOne’s competition would include any software-defined storage products that support block and file protocols, hyper-converged systems, and traditional unified storage systems.

“It’s a crowded field, but they’re the only ones attacking the efficiency issue today,” Staimer said.

“Because of TRU’s storage efficiency, it gets more performance out of fewer resources. Less hardware equals lowers costs for the storage system, supporting infrastructure, personnel, management, power and cooling, etc.,” Staimer added. “With unlimited budget, I can get unlimited performance. But nobody has unlimited budgets today.”

StorOne user interface
TRU user interface shows updated performance metrics for IOPS, latency, I/O size and throughput.

Collapsed storage stack

The StorOne executives said they rebuilt the storage software with new algorithms to address bottlenecks. They claim StorOne’s collapsed storage stack enables the fully rated IOPS and throughput of the latest high-performance SSDs at wire speed.

“The bottom line is the efficiency of the system that results in great savings to our customers,” Gordon said. “You end up with much less hardware and much greater performance.”

StorOne claimed a single TRU virtual appliance with four SSDs could deliver the performance of a midrange storage system, and an appliance with four NVMe-based PCIe SSDs could achieve the performance and low latency of a high-end storage system. The StorOne system can scale up to 18 GBps of throughput and 4 million IOPS with servers equipped with NVMe-based SSDs, according to Naor. He said the maximum capacity for the TRU system is 15 PB, but he provided no details on the server or drive hardware.

“It’s the same software that can be high-performance and high-capacity,” Naor said. “You can install it as an all-flash array. You can install it as a hybrid. And you’re getting unlimited snapshots.”

Naor said customers could choose the level of disk redundancy to protect data on a volume basis. Users can mix and match different types of drives, and there are no RAID restrictions, he said.

StorOne pricing

Pricing for the StorOne TRU software is based on physical storage consumption through a subscription license. A performance-focused installation of 150 TB would cost 1 cent per gigabyte, whereas a capacity-oriented deployment of 1 PB would be $0.0006 per gigabyte, according to the company. StorOne said pricing could drop to $0.002 per gigabyte with multi-petabyte installations. The TRU software license includes support for all storage protocols and features.

StorOne has an Early Adopters Program in which it supplies free on-site hardware of up to 1 PB.

StorOne is based in Tel Aviv and also has offices in Dallas, New York and Singapore. Investors include Seagate and venture capital firms Giza and Vaizra. StorOne’s board of directors includes current Microsoft chairman and former Symantec and Virtual Instruments CEO John Thompson, as well as Ed Zander, former Motorola CEO and Sun Microsystems president.

Visual Studio Live Share aims to spur developer collaboration

NEW YORK — Developers at Microsoft’s event here last week got a sneak peek at a tool that aims to boost programmer productivity and improve application quality.

Microsoft’s Visual Studio Live Share, displayed at its Connect(); 2017 conference, lets developers work on the same code in real time. It also continues to bolster the company’s credibility in their eyes, delivering tools and services that make their jobs easier.

The software brings the Agile practice of pair programming to a broader set of programmers, except the programmers do not need to be physically together. Developers can remotely access and debug the same code in their respective editor or integrated development environment and share their full project context, rather than just their screens. Visual Studio Live Share works across multiple machines. Interested developers can sign up to join the Visual Studio Live Share preview, set for early 2018. It will be a limited, U.S.-only preview.

“It works not just between Visual Studio Code sessions between two Macs or between two Visual Studio sessions on Windows, but you can, in fact, have teams composed of multiple different parts of the Visual Studio family on multiple different operating systems all developing simultaneously,” said Scott Guthrie, executive vice president in Microsoft’s cloud and enterprise group.

The ability for developers to collaboratively debug and enhance the quality of applications in real time is extremely useful for developers looking for help with coding issues. While the capability has been around in various forms for 20 years, by integrating it into the Visual Studio tool set, Microsoft aims to standardize live sharing of code.

Scott Guthrie, Microsoft executive vice president of cloud and enterprise, presenting the keynote at Connect(); 2017.
Scott Guthrie, Microsoft executive vice president of cloud and enterprise, presenting the keynote at Connect(); 2017.

“I will be happy to see full collaboration make it to a shipping product,” said Theresa Lanowitz, an analyst at Voke, a research firm in Minden, Nev. “I had that capability shipping in 1994 at Taligent.”

Thomas Murphy, an analyst at Gartner, said he likes what he has heard about Visual Studio Live Share thus far, but wants to see it firsthand and compare it with pair programming tools such as AtomPair.

“[Microsoft is] doing a great job of being open and participating in open software in a nice incremental fashion,” he said. “But does it bring them new developers? That is a harder question. I think there are still plenty of people that think of Microsoft as the old world, and they are now in the new world.”

General availability of Visual Studio App Center

There are still plenty of [developers] that think of Microsoft as the old world, and they are now in the new world.
Thomas Murphyanalyst, Gartner

Also this week, Microsoft made its Visual Studio App Center generally available. Formerly known as Visual Studio Mobile Center and based on Xamarin Test Cloud, Visual Studio App Center is essentially a mobile backend as a service that provides a DevOps environment to help developers manage the lifecycle of their mobile apps. Objective-C, Swift, Android Java, Xamarin and React Native developers can all use Visual Studio App Center, according to the company.

Once a developer connects a code repository to Visual Studio App Center, the tool automatically creates a release pipeline of automated builds, tests the app in the cloud, manages distribution of the app to beta testers and app stores, and monitors usage of the app with crash analytics data using HockeyApp analytics tool Microsoft acquired in 2014.

“HockeyApp is very useful for telemetry data; that was a good acquisition,” Lanowitz said. Xamarin’s mobile development tools, acquired by Microsoft in 2016, also are strong, she said.

Darryl K. Taft covers DevOps, software development tools and developer-related issues as news writer for TechTarget’s SearchSoftwareQuality, SearchCloudApplications, SearchMicroservices and TheServerSide. Contact him at dtaft@techtarget.com or @darrylktaft on Twitter.

Microsoft Azure cloud database activity takes off at Connect();

Microsoft plunged deeper into the open source milieu last week, as it expanded support for non-Microsoft software in its Azure cloud database lineup.

Among a host of developer-oriented updates discussed at the Microsoft Connect(); 2017 conference were new ties to the Apache Spark processing engine and Apache Cassandra, one of the top NoSQL databases. The company also added the MariaDB database to open source relational database services available on Azure that already include MySQL and PostgreSQL.

Taken together, the moves are part of an ongoing effort to fill in Microsoft’s cloud data management portfolio on the Azure platform, and to keep up with cloud computing market leader Amazon Web Services (AWS).

A database named MariaDB

Azure cloud database inclusion of MariaDB shows Microsoft’s “deep commitment to supporting data stores that might not necessarily be from Microsoft,” said consultant Ike Ellis, a Microsoft MVP and a partner at independent development house Crafting Bytes in San Diego, Calif.

Databricks CEO Ali Ghodsi at Microsoft Connect
Ali Ghodsi, CEO of Databricks, speaks at last week’s Microsoft Connect conference. Microsoft and Databricks have announced Azure Databricks, new services to expand the use of Spark on Azure.

Such support is important because MariaDB has gained attention in recent years, very much as an alternative to MySQL, which was the original poster child for open source relational databases.

MariaDB is a fork of MySQL, with development overseen primarily by Michael “Monty” Widenius, the MySQL creator who was vocally critical of Oracle’s stewardship of MySQL once it became a part of that company’s database lineup. In recent years, under the direction of Widenius and others, MariaDB has added thread pooling, parallel replication and various query optimizations. Widenius appeared via video at the Connect(); event, which took place in New York and was streamed online, to welcome Microsoft into the MariaDB fold.

Microsoft said it was readying a controlled beta of Azure Database for MariaDB. The company also said it was joining the MariaDB Foundation, the group that formally directs the database’s development.

“MariaDB has a lot of traction,” Ellis said. “Microsoft jumping into MariaDB is going to help its traction even more.”

Cassandra on the cloud

While MariaDB support expands SQL-style data development for Azure, newly announced Cassandra support broadens the NoSQL part of the Azure portfolio, which already included a Gremlin graph database API and a MongoDB API.

In the cloud world, you aren’t selling software; you are selling services.
David Chappellindependent consultant

Unlike MongoDB, which is document-oriented, Apache Cassandra is a key-value store.

Like MongoDB, Cassandra has found considerable use in web and cloud data operations that must quickly shuttle fast arriving data for processing.

Now in preview, Microsoft’s Cassandra API works with Azure Cosmos DB. This is a Swiss army knife-style database — sometimes described as a multimodel database — that the company spawned earlier this year from an offering known as DocumentDB. The Cassandra update fills in an important part of the Azure cloud database picture, according to Ellis.

“With the Cassandra API, Microsoft has hit everything you would want to hit in NoSQL stores,” he said.

Self-service Spark

Microsoft’s latest Spark move sees it working with Databricks, the startup formed by members of the original team that conceived the Spark data processing framework at University of California, Berkeley computer science labs.

These new Spark services stand as an alternative to Apache Spark software already offered as part of Microsoft’s HDInsight product line, which was created together with Hadoop distribution provider Hortonworks.

Known as Azure Databricks, the new services were jointly developed by Databricks and Microsoft and are being offered by Microsoft as a “first-party Azure service,” according to Ali Ghodsi, CEO of San Francisco-based Databricks. Central to the offering is native integration with Azure SQL Data Warehouse, Azure Storage, Azure Cosmos DB and Power BI, he said.

Azure Databricks joins a host of recent cloud-based services appearing across a variety of clouds, mostly intended to simplify self-service big data analytics and machine learning over both structured and unstructured data.

Ghodsi said Databricks’ Spark software has found use in credit card companies doing fraud analytics and in real-time life sciences firms combining large data sets, IoT and other applications.

Taking machine learning mainstream

The Microsoft-Databricks deal described at Connect(); is part of a continuing effort to broaden Azure’s use for machine learning and analytics. Earlier, at its Microsoft Ignite 2017 event, the company showed an Azure Machine Learning Workbench, an Azure Machine Learning Experimentation Service and an Azure Machine Learning Model Management service.

Viewers generally cede overall cloud leadership to AWS, but cloud-based machine learning has become a more competitive area of contention. It is a place where Microsoft may have passed Amazon, according to David Chappell, principal at Chappell and Associates in San Francisco, Calif.

“AWS has a simple environment that is for use by developers. But it is so simple that it is quite constrained,” he said. “It gives you few options.”

The audience for Microsoft’s Azure machine learning efforts, Chappell maintained, will be broader. It spans developers, data scientists and others. “Microsoft is really trying to take machine learning mainstream,” he said.

Economics in the cloud

Microsoft’s broadened open source support is led by this year’s launch of SQL Server on Linux. But that is only part of Microsoft’s newfound open source fervor.

“Some people are skeptical of Microsoft and its commitment to open source, that it is like lip service,” Chappell said. “What they don’t always understand is that cloud computing and its business models change the economics of open source software.

“In the cloud world, you aren’t selling software; you are selling services,” Chappell continued. “Whether it is open source or not, whether it is MariaDB, MySQL or SQL Server — that doesn’t matter, because you are charging customers based on usage of services.”

Azure data services updates are not necessarily based on any newfound altruism or open source evangelism, Chappell cautioned. It’s just, he said, the way things are done in the cloud.

For Sale – Lenovo 11OS Windows Laptop

For sale.
6 week old lenovo 11os laptop
Windows 10 64bit
This is the 4gb version.
Comes in original box and receipt fro Argos

Price and currency: £175
Delivery: Delivery cost is included within my country
Payment method: Bt
Location: Bristol
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Wanted – External HARD DRIVE 1TB OR 2TB

I have a Samsung M3 1tb that will be ok to send middle of next week. Really nice little drive.

Its been used as a very ocassional back up and stored in an off-site safe. Has had very little use, comes with USB cable and original box// and instructions. I believe it’s still under warranty as well, but can’t confirm that.

£40 plus delivery?

Wanted – External HARD DRIVE 1TB OR 2TB

I have a Samsung M3 1tb that will be ok to send middle of next week. Really nice little drive.

Its been used as a very ocassional back up and stored in an off-site safe. Has had very little use, comes with USB cable and original box// and instructions. I believe it’s still under warranty as well, but can’t confirm that.

£40 plus delivery?

Wanted – External HARD DRIVE 1TB OR 2TB

I have a Samsung M3 1tb that will be ok to send middle of next week. Really nice little drive.

Its been used as a very ocassional back up and stored in an off-site safe. Has had very little use, comes with USB cable and original box// and instructions. I believe it’s still under warranty as well, but can’t confirm that.

£40 plus delivery?

We Are Still In: How Microsoft is Supporting the Global Effort to Combat Climate Change at COP23 & Beyond – Microsoft Green Blog

This week and next, private companies and sub-nationals are joining governments from around the world in Bonn, Germany for the 23rd Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, or COP23. At the event, participants aim to solidify plans to help achieve the collective carbon-reduction targets outlined in Paris two years ago.

Microsoft is proud to be participating in the event. During this past week, Microsoft representatives have joined in discussions to share our experiences and insights as to how technology can be deployed to help reduce energy demands, curb emissions and accelerate climate solutions. As COP23 enters the second week, we look forward to hosting demos at our booth and participating in panel discussions with world leaders.

We believe that technology can and must play a role in addressing climate change and advancing resiliency, and to that end, Microsoft is excited to share that our technology is helping achieve these aims by powering COP23 itself. We will be providing Skype and Skype Broadcast services throughout the conference that will enable international delegations, who are unable to travel to this important global event, to use our technology to participate in the various activities at COP23.

And, in addition, Microsoft is a sponsor of the Hack4Climate hackathon, the world’s first blockchain hackathon to fight climate change. The hackathon will be powered by Blockchain as a Service on Microsoft Azure. Our commitment to advancing and accelerating the global dialogue on sustainability is also taking shape at this week’s GreenBuild International Conference and Expo in Boston, where we announced a commitment to pursue LEED Gold certification for our entire portfolio of owned datacenters under the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED volume program. This builds on Microsoft’s ongoing work to green our own datacenters and creates a standardized set of design and performance criteria to serve as a “blueprint” to certify greener, more efficient datacenters industry wide.

At an event this week in Lisbon, at Planet:Tech, I shared our view on how AI can be applied to areas of biodiversity, climate change, agriculture and water. I was also fortunate enough to spend time meeting with both startups and large multi-national corporations, who are investing to create new approaches to managing the planet’s resources in a more sustainable way.

As we approach the two-year anniversary of the Paris climate accord, it is exciting to see progress happening on sustainability. The pace of innovation and investment continues to accelerate, and I can’t help but be optimistic about the opportunities that lie ahead. From Boston to Lisbon to Bonn, startups, governments, NGO’s and corporations are working together to address some of the critical environmental challenges we all face.

If you are attending COP23 this year, I invite you to stop by our digital transformation booth inside the U.N. delegation hall to learn more about how Microsoft’s technology and services can help people and organizations achieve their own environmental goals. In addition, a listing of Microsoft’s public panel engagements in Bonn is provided below, and you can follow us on Twitter @Microsoft_Green for daily updates throughout the conference.

November 10

  • “Transforming Carbon and Energy Markets through Advanced Technology” at 10:00 CET at the U.S. Climate Pavilion
  • “The Economic Case for Climate Action” at 13:00 CET at the U.S. Climate Pavilion

November 11

  • “What Actions Can Companies Take to Reduce Vulnerability and Enhance Resilience in the Communities along their Supply Chain?” at 11:30 CET at the Kameha Grand Hotel, sponsored by BSR

November 12

  • “The United Nations System, Industry 4.0 and Its Potential for Climate Solutions” at 13:15 CET (Watch live stream)
  • “Paradigm Shifts in the Boardroom – Corporate Face of Energy Transformation” at 14:45 CET at the Deutsche Post DHL Tower

November 14

  • “U.S. Businesses Leading on Climate” at 16:00 CET at the U.S. Climate Pavilion, sponsored by C2ES
  • “Innovation and Entrepreneurship for Transformative Climate Solutions” at 10:00 at the World Conference Center

November 15

  • “U.S. Business Showcase Session 6: We Are All In This Together” at 15:45 CET at the U.S. Climate Pavilion

Tags: Carbon Emissions, Climate Change, COP23, Environmental Sustainability, green tech, Microsoft

Xbox One X Launch Events from Around the World

This week, across the world, fans flocked to special Xbox events to celebrate the highly-anticipated launch of Xbox One X. Launch festivities were captured in a live broadcast from the Mixer NYC Studio on Mixer, Xbox.com, Twitch and Facebook Live. There are some highlights below, but you can grab all of the photos from each event in the Media Assets section.

Sydney, Australia

The Xbox Stay N’ Play was open to the public from November 3 – 5, featuring four gaming-themed suites and a free-play lobby area.

The Xbox Stay N’ Play, a boutique, gaming-themed experience, situated in front of the iconic Sydney skyline in Pirrama Park.

The Xbox Stay N’ Play, a boutique, gaming-themed experience, situated in front of the iconic Sydney Waterfront.

Munich, Germany

#XXLUnboxing of Xbox One X at Munich Airport in Germany.

World’s Largest Xbox Controller Looms Large in Munich Airport in Germany

Xbox Germany Recieves Record for World’s Biggest Unboxing

Hong Kong

Hundreds of Gamers Attended the Launch Party to Pick Up Their Consoles and Share Gaming Sessions with Local Celebrities and F1 Stars.

Local Celebrity Kelly Cheung Took Forza Motorsports 7 For a Spin with Fans.

Hong Kong’s Launch Party in Mong Kok, One of the Busiest Shopping Districts in HK


Taiwanese gamers take their place in the queue to be one of the first to take home Xbox One X!

Excited fans join launch celebrations at Xbox Taiwan’s Pop-up Store in Taipei.


Tech influencer Andrea Galeazzi takes a selfie with his fans after talking about Xbox One.

Fans get ready to welcome Xbox One X at Microsoft House in Milan, Italy.


Excited Fans Line Up for the Midnight Launch of Xbox One X in Mexico.

Gamer Receives Her Xbox One X Console at the Midnight Launch of Xbox One X in Mexico.


The Xbox Bus Passes the Arc de Triomphe en route to the Launch of Xbox One X in Paris.

Xbox bus

Excited Fans In Line for Midnight Launch of Xbox One X in France

The Xbox Bus Passes the Eiffel Tower en Route to the French Launch of Xbox One X.

New York City

Liam Payne celebrates the best games of the past, present and future at the Xbox One X launch celebration at the flagship Microsoft Store on Fifth Avenue on Tuesday, Nov. 7th, 2017, in New York City.

Shaquille “Shaq” O’Neal at the Xbox One X launch celebration in the flagship Microsoft Store on Fifth Avenue on Tuesday, Nov. 7th, 2017, in New York City.

Bellevue, WA

Cristian Roldan of Seattle Sounders FC interacts with a fan at the launch of Xbox One X at Microsoft Store at Bellevue Square Mall on Monday, Nov. 6, 2017.

Cliff Avril of Seattle Seahawks and Mike Ybarra, Corporate Vice President of Platform Engineering at Microsoft, at the launch of Xbox One X at Microsoft Store at Bellevue Square Mall on Monday, Nov. 6, 2017.

Wanted – Gaming PC for a 9 year old

In the next week or so I will be selling my PC, spec is,

i5 4670K
Corsair H115I AIO
G1.Sniper M5 Intel Z87
Fractal Design Define R5 window side panel
Corsair HXi 750W

Il be selling for £400, as you live quite close, I don’t mind delivering.

I have all the boxes, all components are in great condition, the PSU, Case and AIO is under 2 years old.

Just put in a SSD and GFX card.