Microsoft Ignite and Microsoft Envision 2018

Creating a more secure, intelligent and connected enterprise at Ignite 2018

Ignite is all about our customers—of course they attend, but we also give the mic to customers to participate in Satya’s and other executives’ keynotes, as well as sessions and workshops. Literally hundreds of sessions at Ignite are led by customers, such as Buhler, Shell, H&M and others.

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Scality Zenko goes GA for multi-cloud data management

Scality addressed one of the hottest topics in storage with the release of controller software designed to help IT users place, manage and search data across private and public clouds.

The object storage vendor first introduced Scality Zenko multi-cloud data management software in July 2017 as an Apache 2.0-licensed open source project. Scality Zenko 1.0 became generally available this week as a commercially supported enterprise product, as well as free open source software.

Best known for its Ring object storage, Scality expanded into cloud data management to respond to the growing number of customers expressing interest in services from multiple providers such as Amazon Web Services, Google and Microsoft Azure.

Wally MacDermid, vice president of cloud business development at Scality, said customers want to store their data in the most effective place possible. They also want to make sure they can access that data and use value-added cloud services such as Google Analytics and Azure Video Indexer.

Multi-cloud search capabilities

Scality Zenko supports a single interface, Amazon’s S3 API, on the front end to enable customers to store, manage and search data across disparate public and private clouds. Zenko decouples the metadata from the data stored in the various cloud locations and uses MongoDB to enable advanced metadata search capabilities and open source projects such as Apache ZooKeeper and Kafka for metadata management. An extensible data workflow engine uses the metadata and facilitates policy-based migration and management across multiple clouds.

The Zenko software currently supports back-end storage in Scality Ring, Amazon Simple Storage Service, Azure Blob Storage, Google Cloud Storage, DigitalOcean and Wasabi Technologies. MacDermid said Scality plans to add more locations.

Users do not have to be Ring customers to use the Zenko software. MacDermid said Scality Zenko stores data in the native format of the storage locations, so customers are not locked into a vendor’s proprietary format and can access their data outside of Zenko.

“We intentionally built Zenko as a separate product because strategically we think it gets Scality into new markets and allows us to sell to new customers,” MacDermid said.

Scality Zenko 1.0
Scality Zenko 1.0 dashboard

Container-based architecture

The Scality Zenko multi-cloud data controller uses a container-based service architecture. Early Zenko versions deployed on Docker Swarm, but the software now installs through a Kubernetes orchestration framework. For instance, Zenko can run on premises on bare-metal servers using Scality’s MetalK8s Kubernetes stack or in public clouds through options such as the Google Kubernetes Engine (GKE) or Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS). AWS Kubernetes support is not available yet, according to MacDermid.

“Because of the microservices architecture, we really wanted to have a way to be able to scale out without having to manage the complexity of different approaches,” said Stefano Maffulli, director of community marketing at Scality. He said Scality switched from Docker Swarm to Kubernetes with the Zenko 1.0 release after “hitting limits in the way Docker Swarm operates and scales.”

Developers and sophisticated users can manage Zenko via API or command-line interface (CLI), and those preferring a more intuitive graphical user interface can use Scality’s point-and-click Orbit management dashboard. Orbit is limited to managing 1 TB of data with the free open source edition of Zenko, but there are no limits for customers of the enterprise product.

Scality claims the open source Zenko project has drawn about 1,000 registered users since July 2017. The vendor worked with early enterprise users to refine the core capabilities of the multi-cloud management software.

Scality Zenko use cases

Use cases that Scality envisions for the Zenko product include content distribution across geographies and data center locations for the purposes of compliance and improving performance and latency; cloud-based disaster recovery and high availability for data storage in primary and secondary locations; and data capture and distribution from internet of things devices.

Steven Hill, a senior storage analyst at 451 Research, expects demand to grow for the multi-cloud data management functionality that products such as Zenko offer. “Multi-cloud is the big idea right now, which makes the simplification of multi-cloud adoption a priority,” he wrote in an email.

“I believe in the hybrid cloud model — which entails a certain amount of complexity — so the next generation of IT admins will be looking for solutions that simplify and automate that environment regardless of complexity,” Hill wrote. “Approaches like Zenko are designed to mitigate the complexity and provide a common model that’s platform independent, unobtrusive and seamless.”

Gartner, on the other hand, raised a red flag about taking a multi-cloud approach. Raj Bala, a research director at Gartner, wrote in an email, “We are deeply skeptical of emerging multi-cloud storage products that abstract multiple cloud storage providers using a single namespace. The complexity this introduces exceeds the value from the problem it solves.”

The starting price for a subscription with the supported enterprise edition of the Scality Zenko software is $86 per TB per year. MacDermid said Scality also offers volume discounts. He said there is no extra fee for Scality’s Orbit management portal.

For Trade – Corsair 900D tower for trade

I’m looking to trade my 900D for something a bit smaller, a bit more discrete but still a full ATX case.

My tower will come boxed, it has ALL the fans that came with it the day i purchased it and they’re all brand new ( i swapped them straight away)

The case is in excellent condition, i would say very close to being mint if it wasn’t for a couple of tiny marks on the front (picture makes them stand out more than they do)

I would consider selling but since it still looks to be about £360 new, i’d be asking for £200

I’m happy to deliver if need be and since i enjoy driving, i don’t mind a reasonable distance if buyer is happy to contribute to fuel costs.

Corsair Obsidian 900D Super Tower Case (CC-9011022-WW)

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What’s next for Surface Hub 2 – Microsoft Devices Blog

Surface Hub 2’s light, sleek and intelligent design starts to ship in Q2 2019
Surface Hub 2 enables the power of collaborative work, allowing businesses to unlock the full potential of their greatest resource – people.  As work changes – thanks to the ongoing digital revolution and a shift to non-traditional work spaces – fostering a team-based collaborative culture and spaces designed to enhance productivity and creativity are critical to businesses’ success. 48% of executives recognize the importance of collaboration and are modernizing their workplaces and systems to attract and retain the next generation of talent.
Surface Hub 2 represents the culmination of years of listening to our customers to better understand their needs. Often to better compete, these businesses must modernize their workplaces and systems to attract the best of the next generation.
People loved the original Surface Hub because it brought people together to work and create, but they also asked us for a more beautiful screen, something easier to install and transport, and more seamless integration of software and apps. We’ve taken that feedback to heart and used it to work across Microsoft to transform the creation process for Surface Hub 2 and our two new offerings in the Surface Hub family – Surface Hub 2S and Surface Hub 2X. Today we’re pumped to share more about these incredible collaboration devices.
Lighter, sleeker, and easier to use
We’ve learned a lot from our Surface fans who have been vocal in their appreciation for our meticulously designed products, attention to detail, brilliant touch displays, and cohesive experiences across not only modes of input like Surface Pen, but also across hardware and software.  Surface Hub 2 is gorgeous – lighter, sleeker, and more intuitive than its predecessor, all while being as easy to install as putting a TV on a wall. Paired with elegant mobile stands from our partner Steelcase, Surface Hub 2 can be moved around the room with ease and anchored to a spot with a simple tap of your foot, providing the kind of freedom that’s never been seen in collaborative workspaces before. Now you can have a meeting wherever you choose, helping shift meetings from being passive to active, helping people better engage, create better ideas and drive better business outcomes.
We all remember how we felt when we received our first laptop. For the first time we weren’t tethered to our offices or the computer in our parent’s kitchen. We were free to go where we wanted, write our ideas down whenever and wherever inspiration struck, go write a paper in a coffee shop or create a presentation from the couch while watching our favorite show. Surface Hub 2 brings freedom not just to large screen devices, but also the collaborative process.

Collaborate across the world
In addition to having the convenience of being able to create an anytime, anywhere collaboration space with the transportable Surface Hub 2 stand you can effectively meet with teams from all over the world. If your colleague is hundreds or even thousands of miles away from you, they will feel like they’re in the same room with Surface Hub 2. Meetings sound and look crystal clear in Microsoft Teams and Skype for Business with our improved microphones, speakers, 4K camera, and true to scale video calling.
Intuitive experiences to make your team more productive
Surface Hub 2 seamlessly integrates intuitive hardware, software, and modes of interaction to help people get in and stay in their flow.  With the new Microsoft Whiteboard app, amazing features designed for large touch screens make you feel like you’re at a real whiteboard, but with the added benefit of intelligent ink, the ability to find people, Bing search built in, image stacks, and more. Surface Hub 2 provides a robust whiteboard experience, but your whiteboard can be shared across Windows 10, iOS, and Android devices, so you can jump back into the same brainstorm session anytime, anywhere, from any device.
Surface Hub 2S
Since we previewed Surface Hub 2 in May, we’ve been humbled by the positive feedback we’ve received from the ecosystem. Current and future Surface Hub customers see the promise of Surface Hub 2 and demand for the device is real, which is why we’re so excited to share that we will begin to ship Surface Hub 2S in Q2 2019!
Surface Hub 2S was built for customers who have told us they still want the original Surface Hub experience that they know and have built for, but in a lighter, thinner, more vibrant design. With Surface Hub 2S customers will be able to deploy either an on-premise or hybrid environment and keep the software experiences that they have standardized on with the original Surface Hub. Businesses can also now continue to use Skype for Business on their Surface Hub 2S or deploy the latest version of Microsoft Teams.

Thoughtfully Composed
Looking forward to 2020, we will release updates to the Surface Hub family to enable customers to update to Surface Hub 2X. This includes the ability to tile, rotate, and enable multi user log in. This simple update is enabled by our design of removable processor cartridges, in an easily accessible hardware chassis on the back of the Surface Hub 2. This processor cartridge can be removed, upgraded and serviced over time. The cartridge is what will enable customers to make the switch to the Microsoft 365 powered Surface Hub 2X in 2020.
We are kicking off conversations with our customers about deploying Surface Hub 2 now. For more information on Surface Hub 2, visit
As with all our devices, Surface Hub 2 was designed to give people a product that will help them create more, do more, and achieve more. With Surface Hub 2 we believe we have created an experience that not only people, but teams will love. Surface Hub 2 breaks down barriers between teammates and will help organizations around the world to elevate themselves with a more modern and collaborative culture. We can’t wait to see how and where our customers use Surface Hub 2 and look forward to sharing more news in the coming months.
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Mulling a public folders migration? Weigh your options

Microsoft’s twists and turns with public folders and its alternatives have more than a few Exchange administrators conflicted about a public folders migration.

Many organizations rely on public folders as the central repository for email, contacts and calendar entries that users access via Outlook. Due to its integral nature in the enterprise, a public folders migration requires extensive planning.

Administrators might have difficulty determining which collaboration tool should replace public folders: Microsoft Office 365 Groups, Microsoft Teams or just shared mailboxes. These alternatives require different management tool sets and offer different experiences. Administrators must also consider the new capabilities and integrations that Microsoft Teams and Office 365 Groups have to offer when making a decision.

Compare public folders and the alternatives

A public folders migration process starts with the planning phase when administrators evaluate the current use of the platform and decide if public folders are still a viable destination or if they should consider their options.

Microsoft currently offers four ways to support storing content and fulfill collaboration needs. Figure 1 shows the features available with each alternative to public folders.

Public folders and the alternatives
Figure 1. Microsoft offers three alternatives to public folders.

Office 365 Groups provide a shared workspace

Office 365 Groups gives users access to a shared workspace to store content. Features in Groups include conversations — which are similar to email but organized by topics — files, calendar, OneNote Notebook, Planner for task management and a team SharePoint site.

 The Office 365 Groups menu
Figure 2. The conversations section in Office 365 Groups stores messages organized by topic.

Administrators can add new groups and members via the Office 365 admin portal.

Microsoft Teams offers conferencing capabilities

The Microsoft Teams platform offers similar functionality to Office 365 Groups, but it adds video and audio capabilities for conferencing. Administrators should be aware that when an Office 365 Group is created, a Teams group is also created and just needs specific channels associated with it.

The Teams client interface
Figure 3. The Microsoft Teams client interface for end users

Options for a public folders migration

Microsoft offers support for two migration paths for public folders. The first includes moving to Exchange Online public folders and using scripts for additional assistance. These Microsoft scripts execute a batch move for all the public folders and maintain the same user experience when interacting with the data.

The second supported option is a move to Office 365 Groups. Microsoft provides a batch migration tool that moves the content and creates the appropriate groups. This Microsoft utility supports a public folders migration from Exchange 2010/2013/2016 and copying data to Exchange Online public folders or Office 365 Groups.

Microsoft not leaving public folders users in the cold

A migration from public folders is an option, but it’s not a necessity. Microsoft continues to develop new features and updates for this collaboration offering.

Some recent enhancements to this feature include:

  • Support for partial hierarchy: Mailboxes only get copies of the hierarchy that they need rather than the full hierarchy to reduce memory usage.
  • Synchronization of mail-enabled public folders using Azure AD Connect: This update synchronizes objects from public folders from Active Directory in the data center to Azure AD, which enables the use of certain services, such as Directory Based Edge Blocking.
  • One million folder hierarchy for Exchange 2016 and 500,000 for Exchange Online: While Microsoft says organizations can make more public folders for on-premises Exchange, the company will not support those deployments.
  • Auto-split improvements: In Office 365, the auto-split feature shifts data from the primary mailbox if the user outstrips the size quota.

HPE 3PAR StoreServ all-flash fixes hospital’s image problems

Riverside Healthcare made an unusual decision after obtaining all-flash storage from Hewlett Packard Enterprise. While enterprises generally deploy flash for primary storage, the hospital system dedicated an HPE 3PAR StoreServ 8450 array to revamp its radiological picture archiving and communications system, or PACS.

Riverside archives historical images on HPE Medical Archive Solutions (MAS) SAN nodes, while keeping a two-year cache of recent images on HPE 3PAR StoreServ all-flash storage for fast retrieval by radiologists and doctors. The 3PAR storage attaches to HPE ProLiant DL380 racks to replace an older HPE Enterprise Virtual Array 6400 system.

Riverside is a full-HPE shop. The hospital won the 3PAR 8450 array with 60 TB of flash for its entry in a 2016 contest sponsored by HPE and SSD vendor SanDisk, which is now part of Western Digital Corp. To enter, contestants had to submit a story or video about their flash storage situation.

“At the time, we had an HPE 3PAR StoreServ 7450 for our EMR [electronic medical record] databases. Our doctors and nurses said it made such a difference to have the performance backing the system they use everyday,” said Troy Cailteux, system administrator at Riverside, based in Kankakee, Ill.

Anatomy of a PACS upgrade

Troy Cailteux, Riverside Healthcare system administrator Troy Cailteux

Advances in scanning equipment produce images with higher resolution and greater detail. Cailteaux said Riverside generates about 20 TB a year of new imaging data between cardiology and radiology. He said the number of patients Riverside serves is growing, on average, by 10% each year.

“Everything we store on PACS is a new image. Our growth rate on the PACS is pretty high. And the number of patients we’re seeing is growing about 10% a year,” Cailteaux said.

Based on its earlier success, Cailteaux said Riverside deployed the new HPE storage to upgrade its medical imaging system.

“At first, some people felt that would be a waste, but it’s the biggest pain point in our hospital. If we could put our PACS in a bare-metal environment built on the new HPE, the servers would have endless speed,” Cailteaux said.

He said radiologists accustomed to waiting minutes now retrieve images within seconds. “I would estimate we were saving at least a couple of hours per day that radiologists and doctors have to help patients,” Cailteaux said.

Riverside fills out its HPE storage environment

I would estimate we were saving at least a couple of hours per day that radiologists and doctors have to help patients.
Troy Cailteuxsystem administrator at Riverside Healthcare

Hewlett Packard acquired 3PAR in 2010 and positions the 3PAR  platform as its all-flash flagship. The application-specific integrated circuit-designed arrays localize data deduplication in hardware and include an onboard flash cache. The HPE 3PAR StoreServ 9450 replaced the 8450 as the high-end model in 2017.

Cailteaux’s IT team virtualized the PACS environment in VMware as it transitioned to the 3PAR flash storage. That allowed users to pull images from the StoreServ cache without interruption.

Riverside’s other HPE storage includes a 3PAR StoreServ 7400 system with 150 TB of hybrid storage for a Citrix farm and business application environments. That includes 14 TB of flash devoted to Epic Systems databases. Cailtreaux said the Citrix environment eventually could move to HPE all-flash. The hospital also runs HPE Enterprise Virtual Array 4400 arrays for certain legacy applications.

Riverside plans to migrate archived images from HPE MAS to a disk-based HPE StorageWorks archive. The StorageWorks is backed by two HPE 3PAR StoreServ 8200 direct-attached arrays that replicate snapshots for remote disaster recovery.

Cailtreau said Riverside may consider HPE’s Nimble Storage SANs for its next refresh, but that’s a few years away. He said he is considering testing HPE Synergy composable infrastructure as a potential alternative to his VMware blade infrastructure.

For Sale – HP Pavilion 500 PC Series. i5-3330s,12GB RAM,128GB SSD,2TB HDD,GT 1030,Razer KBD,Logitech MOBA Mouse

HP Pavilion 500-081EA PC

Intel Core i5-3330s Quad Core Processor 2.7Ghz up to 3.2Ghz

12GB DDR3 RAM (1 x 8GB and 1 x 4GB)

128GB 2.5” Toshiba SATA SSD (OS drive)

2TB 3.5” HDD

2GB Gigabyte Geforce GT 1030 Graphics Card (Brand new with box and accessories)

2 Port PCI-E USB 3 Card


Mini PCI-E WiFi Card

Embedded Win 8 Key

HP Win 7 Pro License on back of case. Key used for Win 10 Pro install

Razer Deathstalker Keyboard

Logitech G302 MOBA Gaming Mouse

Very clean PC inside and out and perfect working order. There’s a couple of very minor dents on top and some light scratches on the front bezel which can only really be seen in sunlight.

It has a 300W HP PSU which is standard ATX so can be easily upgraded to something better if you want to install a faster graphics card.

The 2 front USB ports are USB 3 but the 4 rear ports arte USB 2 so I’ve added a PCI-E USB 3 card.

£250 plus delivery.

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