Microsoft, UW demonstrate first fully automated DNA data storage

Researchers from Microsoft and the University of Washington have demonstrated the first fully automated system to store and retrieve data in manufactured DNA — a key step in moving the technology out of the research lab and into commercial datacenters.

In a simple proof-of-concept test, the team successfully encoded the word “hello” in snippets of fabricated DNA and converted it back to digital data using a fully automated end-to-end system, which is described in a new paper published March 21 in Nature Scientific Reports.

DNA can store digital information in a space that is orders of magnitude smaller than datacenters use today. It’s one promising solution for storing the exploding amount of data the world generates each day, from business records and cute animal videos to medical scans and images from outer space.

Microsoft is exploring ways to close a looming gap between the amount of data we are producing that needs to be preserved and our capacity to store it. That includes developing algorithms and molecular computing technologies to encode and retrieve data in fabricated DNA, which could fit all the information currently stored in a warehouse-sized datacenter into a space roughly the size of a few board game dice.

“Our ultimate goal is to put a system into production that, to the end user, looks very much like any other cloud storage service — bits are sent to a datacenter and stored there and then they just appear when the customer wants them,” said Microsoft principal researcher Karin Strauss. “To do that, we needed to prove that this is practical from an automation perspective.”

Information is stored in synthetic DNA molecules created in a lab, not DNA from humans or other living things, and can be encrypted before it is sent to the system. While sophisticated machines such as synthesizers and sequencers already perform key parts of the process, many of the intermediate steps until now have required manual labor in the research lab. But that wouldn’t be viable in a commercial setting, said Chris Takahashi, senior research scientist at the UW’s Paul G. Allen School of Computer Science & Engineering.

“You can’t have a bunch of people running around a datacenter with pipettes — it’s too prone to human error, it’s too costly and the footprint would be too large,” Takahashi said.

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For the technique to make sense as a commercial storage solution, costs need to decrease for both synthesizing DNA — essentially custom building strands with meaningful sequences — and the sequencing process that extracts the stored information. Trends are moving rapidly in that direction, researchers say.

Automation is another key piece of that puzzle, as it would enable storage at a commercial scale and make it more affordable, Microsoft researchers say.

Under the right conditions, DNA can last much longer than current archival storage technologies that degrade in a matter of decades. Some DNA has managed to persist in less than ideal storage conditions for tens of thousands of years in mammoth tusks and bones of early humans, and it should have relevancy as long as people are alive.

The automated DNA data storage system uses software developed by the Microsoft and UW team that converts the ones and zeros of digital data into the As, Ts, Cs and Gs that make up the building blocks of DNA. Then it uses inexpensive, largely off-the-shelf lab equipment to flow the necessary liquids and chemicals into a synthesizer that builds manufactured snippets of DNA and to push them into a storage vessel.

When the system needs to retrieve the information, it adds other chemicals to properly prepare the DNA and uses microfluidic pumps to push the liquids into other parts of the system that “read” the DNA sequences and convert it back to information that a computer can understand. The goal of the project was not to prove how fast or inexpensively the system could work, researchers say, but simply to demonstrate that automation is possible.

One immediate benefit of having an automated DNA storage system is that it frees researchers up to probe deeper questions, instead of spending time searching for bottles of reagents or repetitively squeezing drops of liquids into test tubes.

“Having an automated system to do the repetitive work allows those of us working in the lab to take a higher view and begin to assemble new strategies — to essentially innovate much faster,” said Microsoft researcher Bichlien Nguyen.

The team from the Molecular Information Systems Lab has already demonstrated that it can store cat photographs, great literary works, pop videos and archival recordings in DNA, and retrieve those files without errors in a research setting. To date they’ve been able to store 1 gigabyte of data in DNA, besting their previous world record of 200 MB.

To store data in DNA, algorithms convert the 1s and 0s in digital data to ACTG sequences in DNA. Microsoft and University of Washington researchers stored and retrieved the word “hello” using the first fully automated system for DNA storage.

The researchers have also developed techniques to perform meaningful computation — like searching for and retrieving only images that contain an apple or a green bicycle — using the molecules themselves and without having to convert the files back into a digital format.

“We are definitely seeing a new kind of computer system being born here where you are using molecules to store data and electronics for control and processing. Putting them together holds some really interesting possibilities for the future,” said UW Allen School professor Luis Ceze.

Unlike silicon-based computing systems, DNA-based storage and computing systems have to use liquids to move molecules around. But fluids are inherently different than electrons and require entirely new engineering solutions.

The UW team, in collaboration with Microsoft, is also developing a programmable system that automates lab experiments by harnessing the properties of electricity and water to move droplets around on a grid of electrodes. The full stack of software and hardware, nicknamed “Puddle” and “PurpleDrop,” can mix, separate, heat or cool different liquids and run lab protocols.

The goal is to automate lab experiments that are currently being done by hand or by expensive liquid handling robots — but for a fraction of the cost.

Next steps for the MISL team include integrating the simple end-to-end automated system with technologies such as PurpleDrop and those that enable searching with DNA molecules. The researchers specifically designed the automated system to be modular, allowing it to evolve as new technologies emerge for synthesizing, sequencing or working with DNA.

“What’s great about this system is that if we wanted to replace one of the parts with something new or better or faster, we can just plug that in,” Nguyen said. “It gives us a lot of flexibility for the future.”

Top image: Microsoft and University of Washington researchers have successfully encoded and retrieved the word “hello” using this new system that fully automates DNA storage. It’s a key step in moving the technology out of the lab and into commercial datacenters.

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Adobe Experience Platform likely to get boost, Adoption Scoring debuts

Architects of the Adobe Experience Platform think they’ve built the most compelling base for customer data and analytics to drive marketing and sales campaigns — to keep both current customers and steal some new ones from the competition.

It’s both an infrastructure play and a collection of sharper analytics tools. That will be one major focus for Adobe at its biggest-ever user conference, as Adobe Experience Platform likely will add major customer experience data analytics features at Adobe Summit in Las Vegas from March 26 to 28 before a projected 16,000 attendees.

“Customer experience isn’t new for Adobe; they’ve been talking about [its] importance for a while,” Gartner analyst Chris Ross said. “I do think it’s different this year — they have a much bigger footprint from a capabilities perspective,” noting that Adobe not only built up product capabilities from within, but also last year acquired e-commerce platform Magento and marketing automation stalwart Marketo.

The need for such a CX platform, announced last year at Summit and launched last September with some significant features still in beta, is clear, according to the vendor. Adobe Experience Platform unifies customers’ Experience Cloud, Document Cloud and Creative Cloud processes and, more importantly, their data sets.

While nothing has yet been officially announced, Adobe said last September that several of the platform’s major customer experience management features now in beta would go live this year. They include Experience Query Service, a front-end standard search tying together customer data from point-of-sale, web behavior and CRM sources, as well as Data Science Workspace, which streamlines training of data models to more quickly derive customer insights with the assistance of Adobe Sensei AI tools.

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An Adobe Experience Platform promotional video shows how traffic analytics visualize customer journeys through a retail website.

Data analytics driving insights

Whichever vendor wins the customer experience management base, be it Salesforce or Oracle or others, can own the CX stack. To that end, Adobe Experience Management platform is also Microsoft Azure and AWS-agnostic, giving customers a choice of cloud infrastructure environments.

Perhaps more key to winning the stack is an analytics suite that actually produces bottom-line results. Adobe is betting new analytics tools on both Experience Cloud and Experience Platform will give customers insight into present “data blind spots,” as Jeff Allen, Adobe Analytics senior director for product marketing, described it.

“Where does my customer disappear from view?” Allen said, mentioning common spots such as customer interactions on social media, while they’re shopping off the website, and other places where a company can’t measure customer activity or satisfaction. “Those are very expensive points along the customer journey for the brand to get into.”

Customer experience isn’t new for Adobe. … It’s different this year — they have a much bigger footprint from a capabilities perspective.
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For Adobe itself, one of those blind spots was for measuring Experience Cloud usage for its in-house cloud software customer success teams charged with retaining customers once they signed up for subscriptions. Sid Shah, Adobe senior director of customer and product analytics, led an initiative to create a rating on a scale of one to 10 — developed over three years and derived from more than 50 usage metrics — the company calls “adoption scoring.”

The tool rates how much of the feature-rich Experience Cloud a customer is using. The idea is to keep customers on track, deriving revenue from their subscription.

The scorecard also points out a given Adobe customer’s unused features they’re paying for — such as personalization or integration between Adobe clouds. The scores will be used by Adobe customer success teams, product development leadership and customers themselves, the vendor said.

Now, Shah said, it takes human input and judgment for the customer success team to recommend what features or capabilities a customer should try next, taking into account each one’s individual business needs.

Shah said Adobe is working on that. “We are building a lot of automation into the recommendation [engine], so that’s next,” he added.

Adoption scoring augments the Adobe Experience League, a gamification-based learning tool that incorporates information from successful existing Experience Cloud deployments.

Adobe, Microsoft, SAP still charging hard at Salesforce

In many organizations, because multiple versions of customer profiles reside in disparate systems, real-time analytics can fast become either inaccurate or impossible. GDPR tools in the Adobe Experience Platform manage customer-dictated privacy settings, as well as Unified Profile, a feature that promises to serve as a “single-source-of-truth” customer record.

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella will keynote at Adobe Summit along with his Adobe counterpart CEO Shantanu Narayen, and when that happens new announcements are likely to follow. Last fall, the duo showed up together with SAP CEO Bill McDermott during a Microsoft Ignite keynote, announcing an open-data initiative among the three companies in which they share a common model for behavioral and transactional to financial and operational data.

That data model fosters Adobe customers connecting Adobe’s Unified Profile data to privacy compliance initiatives in SAP and Microsoft shops. Good timing, as California’s GDPR-like privacy law, which takes effect in 2020, brings more stringent rules to the United States.

It appears that the cooperation between Adobe, SAP and Microsoft both primes the triumvirate to take on the monolithic Salesforce and potentially simplifies regulatory compliance that all three vendors’ customers need. Yet it also cools down a sometimes heated three-way rivalry.

That, Gartner’s Ross said, isn’t as paradoxical as it looks.

“There will always be some competitive friction,” Ross said. “They’re all going to be banging around on the same accounts together, in a lot of cases, and they’ve got decisions to make on how they can go toe-to-toe, and where it makes sense to team up.”

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For Sale – Intel NUC8i7HVK NUC w/500Gb Evo 970 and 16Gb DDR

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    Intel NUC8i7HVK (the faster ‘H’ GPU variety)
    Boxed and immaculate, purchased late Nov 2018 from eBuyer
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    Samsung Evo 970 500Gb SSD
    Boxed, purchased late Nov 2018 from Amazon
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    £715 for the whole kit, incl.

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    Hi, am interested in this, but not at current price. Are you taking offers? I have a figure in mind but its quite a bit lower than the asking price.

    Thanks

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    You can always make an offer

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    I think there are probably a few of us trying to figure out if you’d be up to offers..

    So maybe I’ll make a start? £625 posted as it is.

    I’m ideally looking for one with 32GB RAM just in case a memory upgrade (or without memory) price is an option btw

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    Offer £675 Inc.

    Also can do a deal with part exchange a skull canyon nuc if you’re interested.

    Thanks

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    We can start another thread, but if the price was right I’d be interested in the Skull Canyon.

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    Updated post with split and complete price. Both offers are too low. A lesser specification (8Gb, 256Gb m.2) went for eBay recently for my bundle price after fees. They dont seem to come up that often used, limited market I guess

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    I’ll offer asking price for the SSD £70 on its own (presumably error free?).
    Would you accept £700 for the lot?
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    I’d take £715 for the whole lot. Otherwise SSD is yours, and yes it’s error free and very much under warranty anyway

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    Hi Adam,

    Forgot to ask, does it have windows?
    And can I presume you would help with any warranty issues should they arise (for the whole kit)?

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    Yes, key purchased from Amazon will be supplied. And yes to warranty issues naturally Will forward all invoices.
    Cheers,
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    Thank you for the response.
    Let me think about it, £700 is already more than I planned on spending. Will get back to you.

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    Np..will reduce asking in original thread. It’s ready to go for whoever wants a basically new VegaH NUC for £300+ off retail

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    Hi..

    I’ll offer asking £715 for the lot. Will need to sort stuff out later as busy the rest of the day.

    Also the assumption is that the RAM is DDR4 as that’s what the NUC8i7HVK takes (not DDR3)

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    Heya,

    I know that this is subjective, but what were the noise levels under load?

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    Offer accepted, and yes, DDR4.
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Microsoft and NVIDIA bring GPU-accelerated machine learning to more developers

With ever-increasing data volume and latency requirements, GPUs have become an indispensable tool for doing machine learning (ML) at scale. This week, we are excited to announce two integrations that Microsoft and NVIDIA have built together to unlock industry-leading GPU acceleration for more developers and data scientists.

  • Azure Machine Learning service is the first major cloud ML service to integrate RAPIDS, an open source software library from NVIDIA that allows traditional machine learning practitioners to easily accelerate their pipelines with NVIDIA GPUs
  • ONNX Runtime has integrated the NVIDIA TensorRT acceleration library, enabling deep learning practitioners to achieve lightning-fast inferencing regardless of their choice of framework.

These integrations build on an already-rich infusion of NVIDIA GPU technology on Azure to speed up the entire ML pipeline.

“NVIDIA and Microsoft are committed to accelerating the end-to-end data science pipeline for developers and data scientists regardless of their choice of framework,” says Kari Briski, Senior Director of Product Management for Accelerated Computing Software at NVIDIA. “By integrating NVIDIA TensorRT with ONNX Runtime and RAPIDS with Azure Machine Learning service, we’ve made it easier for machine learning practitioners to leverage NVIDIA GPUs across their data science workflows.”

Azure Machine Learning service integration with NVIDIA RAPIDS

Azure Machine Learning service is the first major cloud ML service to integrate RAPIDS, providing up to 20x speedup for traditional machine learning pipelines. RAPIDS is a suite of libraries built on NVIDIA CUDA for doing GPU-accelerated machine learning, enabling faster data preparation and model training. RAPIDS dramatically accelerates common data science tasks by leveraging the power of NVIDIA GPUs.

Exposed on Azure Machine Learning service as a simple Jupyter Notebook, RAPIDS uses NVIDIA CUDA for high-performance GPU execution, exposing GPU parallelism and high memory bandwidth through a user-friendly Python interface. It includes a dataframe library called cuDF which will be familiar to Pandas users, as well as an ML library called cuML that provides GPU versions of all machine learning algorithms available in Scikit-learn. And with DASK, RAPIDS can take advantage of multi-node, multi-GPU configurations on Azure.

Learn more about RAPIDS on Azure Machine Learning service or attend the RAPIDS on Azure session at NVIDIA GTC.

ONNX Runtime integration with NVIDIA TensorRT in preview

We are excited to open source the preview of the NVIDIA TensorRT execution provider in ONNX Runtime. With this release, we are taking another step towards open and interoperable AI by enabling developers to easily leverage industry-leading GPU acceleration regardless of their choice of framework. Developers can now tap into the power of TensorRT through ONNX Runtime to accelerate inferencing of ONNX models, which can be exported or converted from PyTorch, TensorFlow, MXNet and many other popular frameworks. Today, ONNX Runtime powers core scenarios that serve billions of users in Bing, Office, and more.

With the TensorRT execution provider, ONNX Runtime delivers better inferencing performance on the same hardware compared to generic GPU acceleration. We have seen up to 2X improved performance using the TensorRT execution provider on internal workloads from Bing MultiMedia services.

To learn more, check out our in-depth blog on the ONNX Runtime and TensorRT integration or attend the ONNX session at NVIDIA GTC.

Accelerating machine learning for all

Our collaboration with NVIDIA marks another milestone in our venture to help developers and data scientists deliver innovation faster. We are committed to accelerating the productivity of all machine learning practitioners regardless of their choice of framework, tool, and application. We hope these new integrations make it easier to drive AI innovation and strongly encourage the community to try it out. Looking forward to your feedback!

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What are some potential Windows Server cluster set snags?

A Windows Server 2019 cluster set can offer flexibility and reliability, but there is a ceiling on this scale-out technology.

First, IT administrators who rely on established management tools, such as System Center, cannot use them to manage a Windows Server cluster set. Until this functionality appears in traditional GUI tools, administrators must rely on PowerShell or Windows Management Instrumentation for deployment and troubleshooting.

Next, clusters based on older server OSes, such as Windows Server 2012 R2 or Windows Server 2016, cannot join a Windows Server 2019 cluster set. Without this ability, administrators cannot perform certain tasks, such as workload migrations from these older OS versions to Windows Server 2019. Microsoft documentation states that these older Windows Server releases cannot join a Windows Server 2019 cluster set, but admins can ease this process by using the rolling upgrade feature in the server OS.

If a cluster fails, VMs running in a Windows Server cluster set cannot yet automatically fail over. Administrators must manually live migrate the VMs between clusters. Similarly, VM failover across fault domains is not yet supported.

There are theoretical — but not specific — limits to scalability in cluster sets. Microsoft documentation states that it supports up to 64 nodes, but organizations that wish to go beyond that number should perform extensive testing during the evaluation process.

There are also constraints related to Active Directory, where all member clusters must be within the same AD forest.

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Polycom Trio integrates with Alexa for Business

ORLANDO, Fla. — Poly, the new brand name of Plantronics and Polycom, unveiled significant partnerships this week with Microsoft and Amazon, including a first-of-its-kind integration with the AI voice assistant Alexa for Business.

At the Enterprise Connect conference, Poly announced it had worked with Amazon Web Services to add Alexa for Business to the Polycom Trio conference room phone.

The integration, which launches through a software update next month, will remove a significant barrier to adopting Alexa for Business, which lets users perform basic tasks, such as starting and scheduling meetings, through voice commands.

Alexa for Business customers previously needed to deploy Amazon Echo devices to use the service. With the new integration, businesses with cloud-connected Polycom Trio phones will be able to use those devices to access the voice controls of Alexa for Business.

The feature drew immediate interest from users. PPG Industries, a Fortune 500 company based in Pittsburgh, began adding Polycom Trio devices to its conference rooms last year. Shayne Bell, a network analyst for the company, expressed interest in the Alexa integration for its potential to make it easier for users to join meetings. 

“Everyone has Alexa at home now, so they should know how to use it,” Bell said. “I love that it’s right on the Trio, though, so you don’t even know it’s there.”

Amazon Web Services announced in November that it would open Alexa for Business to third-party devices. In addition to Poly, Amazon listed iHome, BlackBerry, Linkplay and Extron as early partners.

Poly’s announcement fell on the same day Cisco announced it had enhanced the capabilities of its AI virtual assistant for Cisco video hardware, Webex Assistant, which now automatically asks users whether they would like to start a scheduled meeting when they walk into the room with a paired mobile phone.

Poly to release a line of phones for Microsoft Teams

Poly unveiled two models of its new CCX series phones for Microsoft Teams: a basic desk phone with a color display and an executive model with a larger screen designed for video conferencing. Poly eventually plans to make the CCX line available as open Session Initiation Protocol devices.

Poly follows the lead of Crestron, Yealink and AudioCodes in releasing phones certified to run with Microsoft Teams, the cloud-based successor to Skype for Business. Poly will release its devices in the third quarter of 2019.

Poly also released the Elara 60, a docking station for mobile phones. The device, which Poly has targeted at mobile-first workers, comes with a headset, speakerphone, a dial pad and a Microsoft Teams button that launches the Teams mobile app.

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Poly will release two models of the CCX series, a new line of desk phones for Microsoft Teams, in the third quarter of 2019.

Despite Microsoft’s aggressive push of Teams, the 2-year-old product lacked essential hardware and interoperability partnerships until recently. Microsoft said this week that 500,000 organizations had begun piloting or using Teams.

The previous lack of Teams-native desk phones was likely a roadblock for some companies looking to migrate from Skype for Business to Teams. Business can connect Skype-certified phones to Teams through a gateway, but with limited features.

At the same time, an increasing number of users now prefer softphone clients to physical phones.

Multicómputos, an IT company based in the Dominican Republic, is beginning to think about moving from Skype for Business Online to Teams. The previous lack of Teams phones wasn’t a significant issue, said Michael Albert, a strategy manager for the company.

“I think it still plays a part, having the desk phone itself. But, more and more, over time, I believe we’re going to see more usage of softphones and cellphones as the main communications client,” Albert said.  

In addition to the new phones, Poly announced that its service for connecting third-party video endpoints to Microsoft Teams now synced with hardware registered on premises. The service, RealConnect, works with devices from Poly, as well as vendors such as Cisco and Logitech. Pexip and BlueJeans provide similar interoperability services for Microsoft.

Plantronics, Polycom take a risk in launching Poly

Plantronics and Polycom rebranded the combined company as Poly this week, opting to abandon the strong name recognition of each brand.

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Plantronics and Polycom rebranded as Poly this week, nearly a year after Plantronics announced it would buy Polycom for $2 billion.

Plantronics, a maker of consumer and enterprise headsets, purchased the well-established voice and video hardware vendor Polycom for $2 billion last year.

Over the past several months, the two companies have continued using both names. Polycom is a better-known brand in the enterprise market, yet the company began making product announcements under the Plantronics brand. That caused confusion, which fueled speculation that one name would win out.

Instead, Plantronics and Polycom opted to retire both brands and debut Poly. The company also unveiled a new logo, which pays homage to Plantronics’ history in aviation and Polycom’s flagship Trio conference phones.

“It’s a bold move. Polycom and Plantronics [were] both very strong brands,” said Zeus Kerravala, principal analyst at ZK Research, based in Westminster, Mass.

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For Sale – Intel NUC8i7HVK NUC w/500Gb Evo 970 and 16Gb DDR

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    Intel NUC8i7HVK (the faster ‘H’ GPU variety)
    Boxed and immaculate, purchased late Nov 2018 from eBuyer
    £650incl.

    Samsung Evo 970 500Gb SSD
    Boxed, purchased late Nov 2018 from Amazon
    £70incl.

    Corsair Vengence 16Gb DDR3 (2x8Gb)
    Boxed, purchased late Nov 2018 from eBuyer
    £60incl.

    £715 for the whole kit, incl.

    Price and currency: various
    Delivery: Delivery cost is included within my country
    Payment method: PPG or BT please
    Location: Worthing
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    Hi, am interested in this, but not at current price. Are you taking offers? I have a figure in mind but its quite a bit lower than the asking price.

    Thanks

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    You can always make an offer

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    I think there are probably a few of us trying to figure out if you’d be up to offers..

    So maybe I’ll make a start? £625 posted as it is.

    I’m ideally looking for one with 32GB RAM just in case a memory upgrade (or without memory) price is an option btw

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    Offer £675 Inc.

    Also can do a deal with part exchange a skull canyon nuc if you’re interested.

    Thanks

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    We can start another thread, but if the price was right I’d be interested in the Skull Canyon.

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    Updated post with split and complete price. Both offers are too low. A lesser specification (8Gb, 256Gb m.2) went for eBay recently for my bundle price after fees. They dont seem to come up that often used, limited market I guess

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    I’ll offer asking price for the SSD £70 on its own (presumably error free?).
    Would you accept £700 for the lot?
    Thanks

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    I’d take £715 for the whole lot. Otherwise SSD is yours, and yes it’s error free and very much under warranty anyway

    Cheers,
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    Hi Adam,

    Forgot to ask, does it have windows?
    And can I presume you would help with any warranty issues should they arise (for the whole kit)?

    Thanks

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    Yes, key purchased from Amazon will be supplied. And yes to warranty issues naturally Will forward all invoices.
    Cheers,
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    Thank you for the response.
    Let me think about it, £700 is already more than I planned on spending. Will get back to you.

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    Np..will reduce asking in original thread. It’s ready to go for whoever wants a basically new VegaH NUC for £300+ off retail

    Adam

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    Hi..

    I’ll offer asking £715 for the lot. Will need to sort stuff out later as busy the rest of the day.

    Also the assumption is that the RAM is DDR4 as that’s what the NUC8i7HVK takes (not DDR3)

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    Heya,

    I know that this is subjective, but what were the noise levels under load?

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    Offer accepted, and yes, DDR4.
    Thanks,
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