Xbox Game Pass: The Gardens Between, Mutant Year Zero, and Strange Brigade Coming Soon – Xbox Wire

Hello, Xbox Game Pass members!

Now that we’ve had our annual dose of turkey and family, normal service resumes here at Xbox Game Pass. And on that note, we’re excited to share three important public service announcements:

  1. If the 16 games we announced at X018 were not enough, we are adding three more to the Xbox Game Pass catalog over the coming week, starting with The Gardens Between on November 29, Mutant Year Zero on December 4, and Strange Brigade on December 6. We require you to play these, as well as the over 100 other great games included in your membership – no negotiation.
  2. If you have a mobile telephone, you need to download the Xbox Game Pass app for iOS and Android. Through this app you can remotely install Xbox Game Pass games to your Xbox One so they’re ready to play when you come home from school or work. We’ll also send you notifications to let you know when games are added, so say goodbye to FOMO (and your job/free time).
  3. Follow our Xbox Game Pass Instagram and Twitter You don’t want to miss out on life-changing memes and gaming banter.

What’s that sound? It’s like a voice on the wind saying “We want more…” We hear it. Keep it tuned here to Xbox Wire, the Xbox Game Pass Twitter and Instagram channels (see above) and the Xbox Game Pass app (again, see above) where we’ll be dropping even more games throughout the month of December.

Without further ado, let’s dive into some details on the new games coming soon to Xbox Game Pass:

The Gardens Between (November 29)

Follow two best friends Arina and Frendt who fall into a surreal world full of dreamlike garden islands. Together they’ll embark on a nostalgic journey through a world built around objects from their childhood, lighting constellations and illuminating threads from a time when friendship was the most important thing in the world. Manipulate time to solve puzzles and traverse each precious memory to reach the summit of each island in this single-player puzzle adventure.

Mutant Year Zero (December 4)

A tactical adventure game with turn-based combat and real-time exploration of a post-apocalyptic world, Mutant Year Zero: Road to Eden puts you in command of a unique squad of mutant soldiers as you scavenge through the remains of civilization to survive. From the creators of Hitman and PayDay, experience a mix of story, exploration, stealth, and strategy in the brutal environment of a decimated planet Earth as your band of heroes embark on a quest to discover the legend of Eden.

Strange Brigade (December 6)

Join an elite agency of extraordinary adventurers and investigate the darkest corners of Egypt, where mythological menaces manifest! Strange Brigade offers a rip-roaring, 1930s-style campaign full of peril, intrigue, and good old derring-do for one to four players as you tackle an army of mummified monsters! Solve mind-bending puzzles, defy dastardly traps, unearth incredible treasure in a mysterious, ancient landscape and use the most marvelous firearms known to man in thrilling third-person combat to defeat the witch queen Seteki and send her petrifying minions back to the afterlife.

Join Xbox Game Pass Today

With over 100 great games for one low monthly price, including highly-anticipated new Xbox One exclusives the day they’re released, including the highest-rated* Xbox exclusive of this generation Forza Horizon 4, plus more games added all the time, Xbox Game Pass gives you the ultimate freedom to play. If you haven’t tried Xbox Game Pass, join today and get your first month for $1, and discover your next favorite game.

For the latest Xbox Game Pass news, follow us on Twitter and Instagram and stay tuned to Xbox Wire. Until next month, game on!

*Source: Metacritic

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Author: Steve Clarke

Apstra AOS IDs root cause of network problems

Apstra has added to its analytics engine the ability to identify the root cause of problems that hamper the performance of networks managed by the vendor’s intent-based operating system.

Apstra introduced root cause analysis as part of this week’s release of version 2.3 of the Apstra Operating System (AOS). Other improvements to Apstra AOS include integration with VMware’s server virtualization suite, vSphere, and support for the open source SONiC operating system for white box switches.

AOS, introduced in 2016, continuously monitors the state of a multivendor leaf-spine IP fabric, based on telemetry data collected from physical and virtual network systems. AOS sends the information to a data store, where the vendor’s algorithms compare system configurations with the actual state of the devices. Then, AOS notifies operators of discrepancies and provides the tools for correcting problems. AOS also lets operators set up automated responses to troubles.

AOS 2.3 adds to the operating system’s analytics engine the ability to help customers find the root cause of problems affecting network performance. The software does that by mapping symptoms of network problems to associated anomalies and events recorded in the data store. AOS’ algorithms then work backward to locate the root cause of the symptoms, which could include, for example, choked bandwidth in a segment of the network or, at a higher level, intermittent transaction failures on a retailer’s point-of-sale hardware.

“Apstra’s root-cause identification capability should have considerable value for network professionals that adopt the latest release of AOS,” said Brad Casemore, an analyst at IDC. “There’s a proliferation of network data, but separating the wheat from the copious chaff is a daunting task when it comes to identifying the root causes of events, issues, symptoms, and anomalies that can affect network performance and application availability.”

Apstra AOS 2.3
New features in latest version of Apstra AOS

Other Apstra AOS analytics

In January, Apstra added customizable analytics to AOS. The feature let network operators select specific information, such as CPU utilization on spine switches, and then choose the condition under which the software would examine the data.

Better analytics is a crucial component of vendors’ progress toward developing networks capable of adjusting to changes in applications used by business operations. Network adaptability based on conditions set by operators is the definition of intent-based networking.

Recent research from Enterprise Management Associates, based in Boulder, Colo., found that nearly every organization using advanced network analytics was doing so to enable network automation.

Apstra is one of many vendors pursuing analytics-based networking. The startup differentiates itself from larger suppliers, such as Arista Networks, Cisco and Juniper Networks, by enabling its software to manage hardware from multiple vendors.

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For Sale – Or Trade – 27″ iMac (Late 2012 Boxed) & HTPC

I am selling both my 27″ iMac (Late 2012) and HTPC the specs are:

27″ iMac

27″ Screen
Intel Core i5 3.2GHZ
32GBS RAM
1TB HDD
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 675MX 1GB RAM

The original keyboard and mouse are included and in excellent condition, the iMac has barely been used over the years as I would always end up using my MacBook air out of convenience.

The original box is in great condition and I have included an external blu-ray drive as well.

£750

HTPC

Windows 10 Pro
Intel Core i3-4160 – 3.6GHZ
8GBS RAM
120GB SSD
1TB HDD
Slim line DVD drive
TBS 6281 TV Dual Tuner Card
Silverstone Case
Microsoft Xbox controller
Logitech Keyboard and touchpad
Pulse Eight USB – CEC adaptor (control the media software with your tv remote)
TP Link AC1200 Wifi Adaptor

I have reset windows to remove all my files etc, I used this as our main media centre for the past 3 years flawlessly. I used Kodi as the main software which booted automatically, and mediaportal as the freeview client which worked perfectly. These will need to be reinstalled but are all free and there is a great Kodi / Mediaportal guide on these forums.

£280

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Stay in control with these Active Directory basics

To manage the array of resources in an enterprise data center, administrators must understand the Active Directory basics to give users access to resources on the network.

Active Directory (AD) is the Windows Server service that organizes and secures all of the organization’s resources, including users, printers and file shares. Active Directory gives administrators the tool necessary to ensure each user or group has the appropriate permissions to use certain resources.

This tip on Active Directory basics explains how this directory service maintains order within the enterprise.

Understand the Active Directory basics

Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS) operates as the core service and directory database in a Windows environment. Admins must maintain the database and the server — or server cluster — that makes up the domain controller to keep the management service healthy.

Active Directory defines the structure for the organization with objects and organizational units.

Active Directory basics include Active Directory Federation Services for single sign-on functionality, certificate services for public encryption keys, and rights management services for encryption and access control for certain content.

Active Directory defines the structure for the organization with objects and organizational units (OUs). Administrators can group objects, such as computers or individuals, together in OUs based on certain criteria, such as location or business function. Admins can also apply permissions and tasks based on the level of the OU.

AD DS and Azure AD manage on premises and the cloud

Administrators have two Active Directory options to choose from — on-premises Active Directory, which runs on Windows Server, or the Azure Active Directory, which operates in Microsoft’s cloud. They can also use a combination of both. The Azure AD identity management service has a similar name, but it has a few differences from on-premises Active Directory.

Windows Server AD uses domain name systems and the Lightweight Directory Access Protocol to work with directories both on premises and on the internet, and it uses Kerberos for authentication. Azure AD uses the Security Assertion Markup Language and Open Authorization. Azure AD does not use OUs, domains or Group Policy Objects for organization. Beyond these structural differences, Azure AD has fewer features.

Administrators can use a combination of Azure AD and on-premises Active Directory to alleviate some latency issues when, for example, managing authentication requests for a cloud app.

How to prepare for a domain controller deployment

Administrators who understand Active Directory basics can take the next step and deploy a domain controller for the organization’s authorization and authentication needs.

After installing a physical server or virtual machine that is sized to the company’s specifications, admins can set up AD DS using the Add Roles and Features wizard. Next, they must promote the server to a domain controller, add a new forest and set the database paths. A prerequisite check will report any errors or confirm if the installation is ready. Then administrators can populate the directory with users. Add new user names, details and assign users to groups.

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TIDAL music streaming brings 60 million high-quality songs to the Microsoft Store for Windows 10 – Windows Experience Blog

Beginning today, you can download the TIDAL music streaming app for Windows 10 from the Microsoft Store.

TIDAL logo

With more than 60 million tracks, 244,000 music videos, thousands of expertly curated playlists and hundreds of live events, TIDAL customers have access to an unparalleled music experience. Microsoft app users have the choice of a Premium membership for $9.99/month or HiFi membership for $19.99/month. Both subscription tiers give members access to an unlimited, ad-free listening experience while HiFi offers high fidelity, lossless sound quality – just as the musicians intended their work to sound.

More than just a streaming service, TIDAL members connect with their favorite artists in unique ways. In the past year alone, members have been able to attend intimate listening parties, events and livestreamed concerts with deadmau5, Jack White, Juanes, Kaskade, Lil Wayne, Miguel, Nick Jonas, Nicki Minaj and more. Whatever soundtrack you need – a workout, party or just your favorite artists on repeat – the seasoned editorial team personally curates playlists for each occasion.

Each week, members can expect 360-degree immersion surrounding the most anticipated releases, with playlists showcasing the evolution, inspiration and samples that contributed to the project. Firmly grounded in the epicenter of culture, TIDAL offers original content, podcasts and playlists that are timed to key social and pop culture moments.

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Enterprise AI adoption on fire, but foundation lacking for sustainable AI

It’s easy for CIOs to get caught up in the hype around AI. However, successful early adopters are focusing on applying AI technology in places where it can enhance traditional analytics, said Michael Chui, partner at the McKinsey Global Institute, at the O’Reilly Artificial Intelligence Conference in London.

That said, most CIOs are not doing much to create the infrastructure required for sustainable AI.

“In some ways, we have seen an acceleration of [AI] adoption,” Chui said. The number of enterprises adopting AI as part of core business processes jumped to 50% — up from 20% a year ago. “Yet, there is a bit of a soft underbelly in which some of the foundations necessary to capture value in a sustainable way going forward are not there,” he said.

One of the big challenges facing CIOs is the disconnect between how businesses can viably create value from AI and how it is presented in science fiction and exaggerated in the mainstream press. Technologies like deep learning can be deceptive in that executives hear the term and imagine that AI can learn new things, which can be immediately applied to improve the business.

“It’s not like that,” Chui said.

To cut through this disconnect, McKinsey interviewed thousands of executives. The management consulting firm identified over 400 potential use cases for AI to get a better understanding of the potential value of different approaches, particularly around deep learning and simple analytics.

Where AI adoption is succeeding

Michael Chui, partner at the McKinsey Global InstituteMichael Chui

There is a lot of potential value from cutting-edge use cases. But, today, most of the value comes from improving the kinds of analytics enterprises are already doing, according to unpublished research from McKinsey.

“If you want to know where AI has the potential to create value in your enterprise, follow the money,” Chui said.

For example, if sales and marketing efforts benefit from using analytics to target customers, then AI is a good use case. Or, if the value of analytics for a company comes from increasing operational effectiveness through predictive maintenance, then that is probably where AI should be applied to drive additional value for the business.

The good news about AI adoption: Some corporate executives appear to understand the principle of deriving value from AI by using it to build on their companies’ current analytics strengths.

For example, AI adoption to enhance service operations is led by the telecom sector, followed closely by travel, transportation and logistics — sectors where service operations are critical to success. The adoption of AI to enhance product development is led by the high-tech sector. The retail industry leads in applying AI to both marketing and sales, as well as to supply chain optimization. The automotive industry leads in applying AI to manufacturing. The financial services industry leads in applying AI to risk management.

Data infrastructure lacking

However, McKinsey found mixed results when it came to the adoption of practices for capturing the value of AI in a sustainable way. One big challenge is in constructing the data infrastructure that makes it easy to test out new AI use cases and scale the successful ones. McKinsey recently published an interview with computer scientist Andrew Ng, who said companies that are serious about AI are playing multiyear chess games in order to acquire the data they need to train their AI models.

But most companies are not that serious yet. Only about a third use data effectively to support the goals of AI adoption, according to McKinsey research. Less than a fifth of organizations have a clear strategy for accessing and acquiring the data they need for doing AI work. And less than one-tenth have all relevant data accessible to AI systems across the organization.

“We do see potential and adoptions,” Chui said. “But when you want to talk about moving to AI at scale, data practices have a lot left to be desired.”

AI leadership practices required

If you want to know where AI has the potential to create value in your enterprise, follow the money.
Michael Chuipartner at the McKinsey Global Institute

Another big component of sustainable AI adoption revolves around having the right leadership practices in place. Only about a quarter of enterprises surveyed by McKinsey demonstrate true ownership of AI initiatives. Less than a fifth have mapped out where all the potential AI opportunities lie.

In the long run, successful AI adoption will require companies to continually refresh their AI opportunity maps as new technologies emerge and the competitive landscape shifts. This involves running an effective, continual process for developing portfolios of the most valuable AI opportunities. 

Making AI actionable is a people thing

Another key part of adopting AI across the enterprise concerns people. For AI adoption to succeed, CIOs and their companies need to figure out how to attract or grow AI talent and make AI useful for frontline workers. Only about a quarter of organizations have access to internal and external talent with the right skill sets to support AI work. Only about a quarter of organizations where AI has been adopted have found a way to integrate it into day-to-day operations.

One big problem is only about 16% of employees trust AI-generated insights. Only about 6% of organizations embed AI into the formal decision-making and execution process of frontline workers.

“All of us know it is fun to solve tech problems,” Chui said. “The real problem is changing how people operate.”

In the long run, there is a lot of foundational work that needs to be done in order to capture new value from AI at scale and in a sustainable way.

“Unless you build that foundation, you cannot keep building forever,” Chui said. “You eventually need to adopt some of these practices in order to build AI at scale.”

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For Sale – Or Trade – 27″ iMac (Late 2012 Boxed) & HTPC

I am selling both my 27″ iMac (Late 2012) and HTPC the specs are:

27″ iMac

27″ Screen
Intel Core i5 3.2GHZ
32GBS RAM
1TB HDD
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 675MX 1GB RAM

The original keyboard and mouse are included and in excellent condition, the iMac has barely been used over the years as I would always end up using my MacBook air out of convenience.

The original box is in great condition and I have included an external blu-ray drive as well.

£750

HTPC

Windows 10 Pro
Intel Core i3-4160 – 3.6GHZ
8GBS RAM
120GB SSD
1TB HDD
Slim line DVD drive
TBS 6281 TV Dual Tuner Card
Silverstone Case
Microsoft Xbox controller
Logitech Keyboard and touchpad
Pulse Eight USB – CEC adaptor (control the media software with your tv remote)
TP Link AC1200 Wifi Adaptor

I have reset windows to remove all my files etc, I used this as our main media centre for the past 3 years flawlessly. I used Kodi as the main software which booted automatically, and mediaportal as the freeview client which worked perfectly. These will need to be reinstalled but are all free and there is a great Kodi / Mediaportal guide on these forums.

£280

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6 ways CIOs can make valuation of data a business driver

CIOs know data has value. The key these days is figuring out just how much value.

That’s where infonomics, or the economics of information, comes in. A term coined by Gartner’s Doug Laney in 1990, infonomics can help CIOs conduct a baseline valuation of data as well as how to value the organization’s data over time. The field aims to put a price tag on data, turning what many considered for years to be just a byproduct of business into a corporate asset.

CIOs are familiar with the old adage, “You can’t manage what you can’t measure.” They understand the importance of data management and governance, both of which lie at the foundation of Laney’s infonomics. But it also makes good business sense to not only talk about data as an asset, but also to treat it as one.

Market value of info-centric businesses

Businesses that value information, like Google, appear to enjoy a higher-valued stock price; companies productizing their data, like The Kroger Co., are building new lines of business and revenue streams; organizations like San Diego’s Scripps Health see infonomics as a framework to usher in mission-critical data governance reforms.

But how far along are companies in the data valuation process? “You probably have a better accounting of your tables and chairs than your own information assets,” Laney said. “Now ask yourself: Which one actually generates more value for your company?”

While few companies are recording data as an asset on their balance sheets, the marketplace does put a premium on “information-centric” companies, according to Laney. As defined by Laney, these are companies that have invested in their data by hiring data scientists or a chief data officer, or by building a data science organization or a data governance function. Companies that meet these criteria, including Netflix, GlaxoSmithKline, Nokia, Apple, American Express and Ford, enjoy a market value to tangible asset or book ratio that’s two to three times higher than the norm. “I’m not going to say there’s a causal relationship, but it certainly is an interesting correlation,” Laney said.

Information product businesses, or companies that sell data in one form or another, have an even higher market-to-book ratio, according to Laney’s research. Google, Yahoo, Moody’s, TripAdvisor, Harte Hanks and Dun & Bradstreet, for example, have a market-to-book ratio more than four times higher than the norm.

Data valuation is everyone’s business

Doug LaneyDoug Laney

Lest CIOs infer that trading on data is just for data brokers or internet giants, Laney’s research also turned up traditional businesses that have figured out how to productize their data. The Kroger Co., for example, is generating $100 million in incremental revenue per year by selling its inventory and point-of-sale data and “making that available as a syndicated data provider,” Laney said.

Stories like this one will slowly become more commonplace. Indeed, Frank Buytendijk, research vice president at Gartner, said companies should recognize the growing demand for information products as a potential source for competitive advantage. “There’s true business opportunity out there to be excited about,” he said.

Frank BuytendijkFrank Buytendijk

Buytendijk said every CIO was sitting on data that could be productized — in six months. He pointed to the public sector, where cities like Boston, Palo Alto, Calif., and Chicago are opening up budget or public works data to create more transparency and connectivity to constituents.

And he pointed to established companies such as General Electric. At 126 years old, the company is striving to reinvent its services business by capitalizing on sensor data to predict when industrial equipment such as a jet engines and wind turbines requires maintenance.

Even a seemingly low-tech company such as John West, a U.K. canned-seafood manufacturer, is figuring out how to capitalize on the valuation of data to enhance the customer experience, Buytendijk said. To provide visibility into its sustainability practices, the company tags the fish it catches, gathers data on where its fish are caught and then makes that data available to consumers. “With a little bit of information and master data management, you can identify certain touch points” between product and customer, Buytendijk said. The consumer may not be purchasing company data outright, but the data is helping sell the product.

Create a common language

Productizing data can lead to innovation, but infonomics can also reshape company culture, including C-suite dynamics. “It creates a common language between IT, business leaders and CFOs,” Laney said. He worked with a CFO from a financial services firm to create an internal balance sheet to help data stewards and owners designate the valuation of data to the organization.

“Imagine the difference if I tell you that you’re in charge of our customer database versus you’re in charge of our $50 million customer information asset,” Laney said. “It’s a bit of an attitudinal change that can take shape.”

Placing dollar signs on data to create a common language across the enterprise is an intriguing idea to Jimm Johnson, enterprise data warehouse liaison for Scripps Health.

“We’re saying we have to become an information management company,” Johnson said. “We’re trying to turn the dial around so people understand that no matter where you are in the organization, you need information.”

One of his first steps in the data valuation process was to implement a data governance program. Massive healthcare reforms, including adoption of the electronic medical record, require it, Johnson said. But “explaining what data governance is, what information management is — any of those concepts — to the C-suite is difficult.”

Data sources are typically siloed, even duplicated in some cases, and multiple versions of the truth are common. “How do we look across the entire enterprise and get everyone on the same page with all of the data?” Johnson said. Embracing infonomics, he believes, may help by making an intangible concept — the valuation of data — tangible.

A year and a half into his job with Scripps, he started seeing progress — and momentum, he said. “We have a long way to go. But I think if you can lay out the argument in a coherent, objective way, with concrete examples, it starts making sense to people.”

Six data valuation models

CIOs can help generate more value out of their information assets by applying infonomics practices to corporate data.

Working with clients from retail, financial services and technology sectors, Gartner’s Laney has developed six models designed to help businesses conduct a data valuation process.

He divides the models into two categories: The first is a set of nonfinancial or noneconomic models, which do not put a price tag on data. “Some of our clients … just want to prioritize or create an aggregate of data quality characteristics to get a sense of what its relative or intrinsic value is,” Laney said. The second category is a set of financial models that borrow from established accounting practices.

The six models that will help CIOs determine the valuation of data are briefly described here:

Nonfinancial methods

1. Intrinsic value of information. This model doesn’t “take into account the business value at all,” Laney said, but focuses instead on the data’s intrinsic value. The model quantifies data quality by breaking it into characteristics such as accuracy, accessibility and completeness. Each characteristic is rated and then tallied for a final score.

Laney, who teamed up with Gartner’s Ted Friedman to quantify a dozen data quality characteristics, includes scarcity in the equation. “Data that’s more unique to your organization and not available to your competitors or the larger marketplace, we believe, has the potential to provide more value to you,” Laney said. As with any of the six data valuation models, this one can be tailored to the company, which could, for example, “assign weighting factors” to each characteristic, he said.

2. Business value of information. This model measures data characteristics in relation to one or more business processes. Accuracy and completeness, for example, are evaluated, as is timeliness “because even if data is relevant to a business process, if it’s not timely, how valuable is it really?” Laney said. The model can be tailored to fit the organization’s needs and even applied to specific data types such as unstructured data or third-party data.

3. Performance value of information. This model is “much more empirical in nature” because it measures the data’s impact on one or more key performance indicators (KPIs) over time, Laney said. Take the sales department, for example. “If your salespeople had access to competitor pricing data, how much quicker could they close sales?” Laney said. Businesses can run an experiment by comparing how a control group with no access to competitor pricing data performs against an experimental group. Or, if businesses have neither the time nor the ability to run an experiment, they can substitute proxy data for control group data, he said.

Financial methods

4. Cost value of information. This data valuation model measures the cost of “acquiring or replacing lost information.” After the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, as clients began calling Laney to figure out how to recoup from, in some cases, a total loss of data, they developed a method to quantify information’s value based on what accountants “refer to as ‘replacement costs,'” Laney said. A value is assigned to the data by measuring lost revenue and how much it would cost to acquire the data. “This is the way valuation experts value most intangible assets that don’t have a discernible market value or are generating a market stream,” he said.

5. Economic value of information. This model measures how an information asset contributes to the revenue of an organization. “This is our KPI model again, but instead of any given KPI, we’re looking at revenue,” Laney said. To illustrate his point, he returned to his sales example. An experimental group is given access to competitor pricing data and a control group isn’t. “Instead of looking at time-to-sale, we’re looking at revenue generated by any given salesperson” over a given period of time, Laney said. “That will give us a good sense of the value of that data.” CIOs should factor in the cost it takes to acquire, administer and “bake that data into the system the salespeople are using,” he said. They should also consider the data’s lifespan. Competitor pricing data, for example, has a shelf life, which should be factored into its value.

6. Market value of information. This model measures revenue generated by “selling, renting or bartering” corporate data, which Laney considers one of the best ways to reap value out of an information asset. The problem is, most information assets don’t have what accountants call an “open arms-length market,” or what the price of the data would be on the open market, according to Laney. A way around this is to figure out what similar data from syndicated data providers or competitors is going for. After determining the data’s premium price, Laney suggests figuring out what he calls a “discount value.” “When we sell data, we’re not really selling it,” he said. “We’re licensing it.” The discount rate will vary based on the number of times a company sells the information and other factors. “But, again, it’s not the value that’s important,” Laney said. “It’s tracking over time.”

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For Sale – HP Prodesk 600 G1 £150

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    i3 4130 3.4GHz
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    Excellent condition, full working order. Nice and quick basic PC.

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    Hi

    A few queries if you don’t mind:-

    • How many HDD bays?
    • Spec of the RAM?
    • Generation of the processor?
    • Specs of the other components?

    Thanks

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    There’s room for a full size HDD and an SSD, the ram is DDR3, 4th Gen i3 I think going off the 4 in the part number,not sure what else I can tell you, its all HP internals with a decent cooler and its nice and quiet.

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    Price drop, I’d take £150 collected

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    And some questions from me…!

    How old is the PC?
    Any warranty left?
    How many owners?
    What’s the optical drive (i.e. DVD-R, DVD-RW)?
    Will you be providing a Windows install disc and/or license key?
    And, perhaps most importantly, would you consider posting (as there’s no way I’d be able to collect!)?

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    Hi sorry for the late reply. Not sure the age but I’m the 2nd owner.
    Optical drive is DVD-RW
    You don’t need a Windows disc, 10 pro is activated. If you need to re install then you just download from ms and it will activate itself once setup.
    I would post if needed.
    Thanks

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    And apologies from me for a slow response too – busy weekend!

    How do you recover the PC if it suffers a catastrophic OS failure – i.e. how do you download Windows if you can’t access the internet? Do you have to do that on another PC and create some sort of install (ISO) disc? Please excuse my ignorance but I’ve not played around with PCs for a while so the last OS I installed was Windows 7 from a disc!

    What’s the black rectangle to the left of the “ProDesk” logo? Is that a cover that would allow us to add (e.g.) a card reader to the unit?

    And finally a trivial question – does it come with a power lead?

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    This seems to have gone a little quiet so I’ll say thanks and move on.

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    Hi

    @bones`
    Is this still for sale? Looks like something I am after.
    Thanks

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    Who knows if it’s still for sale; I’d like to know that as well!

    It looked like it was something I was after, too, but then it went a bit quiet. Must be because I asked too many questions…

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    It is still for sale yes

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Unlock storage savings with Windows Server deduplication

Even though Microsoft introduced data deduplication in Windows Server 2008 R2, it’s one of those hidden features that few administrators know.

Data deduplication finds identical blocks of data and keeps one copy as the central source to reduce the data footprint. Deduplication typically works on a file or block level, the latter offering a more efficient technology to save space. But block-level deduplication often requires specialized and expensive hardware because of the intense processing needed. The file or chunk level is not as efficient as block level, but does not require specialized hardware requirements, which is where Windows Server deduplication steps into the picture.

Microsoft introduced data deduplication with Windows Server 2008 R2 and refined it in succeeding versions. It can help cut down on storage needs on shared disk space — potentially up to a 70% space savings — which can help extend the life of the file server, but it’s important to plan and follow a few simple guidelines.

Situations for using Windows Server deduplication

Because Windows Server deduplication works on the file level, it operates at a higher level than block level to find matching data chunks. While not as granular as block level, this form of deduplication can make a noticeable difference in the right role.

Because this is an operating system-level deduplication, administrators can use it on Hyper-V data stores to cut down on hard drive files. Administrators can enable deduplication inside virtual guests when using other hypervisors.

Why a file server is made for deduplication

A prime target for Windows Server deduplication is a file server. Even in this era of online storage and SharePoint, users continue to put massive amounts of data into these repositories. Some users will not let go of older technologies and outdated workflows, while others will make multiple copies of the same files just to be safe. File servers turn into data bricks that administrators have to back up and manage, which makes for a good opportunity to use Windows dedupe.

Data deduplication savings
This file server storage volume uses data deduplication to reduce the amount of storage space used by 64%.

Windows data deduplication is simple to install and only takes a few minutes to execute. It’s a role the administrator adds onto Windows Server, and, in most cases, it doesn’t even require a reboot. While it’s not complicated to deploy, there is some additional work needed to complete the process properly.

How to prepare for Windows Server deduplication

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To start, run the data deduplication tool DDPEval.exe against the selected volume, which will analyze the potential space savings.

To enable data deduplication, right-click on the volume in Server Manager to launch the wizard that walks the administrator through proper type of deduplication for a file server, VDI or Hyper-V scenario. Each option is tuned for the specific role, so select the right one.

Set up a proper time for Windows Server deduplication

Deduplication does not run on dedicated hardware, and the optimization process does not occur on the fly, but rather during a scheduled time. Storage savings will decrease during the day and then increase the next morning after deduplication process runs.

Deduplication is not a lightweight process; it requires a lot of the CPU’s resources. The dedupe process involves several jobs, including optimization, garbage collection and integrity scrubbing. Administrators should avoid running deduplication during peak hours — or even during production hours — unless they can allocate enough resources to avoid system slowdowns that could affect users.

Storage savings will vary, but Microsoft documents estimate deduplication will reduce the storage footprint by an average of 50% to 60% based on general files, ISOs, virtual disks and Office documents. Even if an organization doesn’t reach those numbers, even a 40% space reduction can result in significant savings both on the infrastructure and on the bottom line for what is essentially a free deduplication service.

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