Microsoft expands Azure IP Advantage Program with new IP benefits for Azure IoT innovators and startups – Microsoft on the Issues

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At Microsoft, we’re investing in helping our customers as they move to the cloud.  We see an opportunity to help support companies in this changing environment by bringing our security, privacy, compliance and intellectual property assets and expertise to bear in order to help them be more successful.  We’re excited to now take an additional step that expands innovation protections.

Today, we are pleased to announce the expansion of the Microsoft Azure IP Advantage program to include new benefits for Azure IoT innovators and startups.  We first announced Azure IP Advantage in February 2017, to provide comprehensive protection against intellectual property (IP) risks for our cloud customers.  A trend we saw at the time – and one that continues today – is a growing risk to cloud innovation from patent lawsuits.  Last year, we joined the Open Invention Network (OIN) and the License on Transfer (LOT) Network to help address patent assertion risk for our customers and partners.

But we believe we can do more.  The number of IoT-litigated patents in the U.S. witnessed an increase of more than 400 percent from 2013 to 2018.  That’s why, after speaking to customers and reflecting on how we could add even more value to the Azure IP Advantage program, we decided to expand the program with new benefits focused on the Azure-powered Internet of Things (IoT)ecosystem and startups to help deter lawsuits against Azure customers.  The new features announced today include:

  • Uncapped indemnification coverage for Microsoft’s Azure Sphere and Windows IoT. Indemnification helps protect a customer from IP infringement claims asserted against the customer for its use of the product or service.  Today’s expansion brings uncapped indemnification coverage to Azure Sphere and Windows IoT, including the open source software incorporated by Microsoft in these products.
  • Access to 10,000 patents for customers using Azure to power IoT devices to defend themselves against IP lawsuits. This benefit can help deter patent lawsuits against Azure customers for their workloads and applications running in Azure or on their IoT devices, as qualified customers can pick a patent to use in their defense of a lawsuit.
  • The ability for startups on Azure to acquire Microsoft patents to help boost their business. Qualified startups who also join the LOT Network can acquire Microsoft patents through LOT in technical areas including artificial intelligence, multimedia and security.  Patents can play an important role for startups as they grow, look for ways to protect their innovations, and attract critical capital support.

Many startups have told us about the particular vulnerabilities they face as small companies and the importance they place on growing their own early-stage IP portfolios as they look to raise capital and build for the future.  Our partners at the LOT Network have established a program that addresses these needs.  Microsoft is pleased to donate 500 patents to the LOT Network, which LOT will now make available to qualified startups as part of their free membership.

Taken together, we believe Microsoft offers the most comprehensive, end-to-end framework for addressing IP risks in the cloud.

Initial feedback from customers has been positive:

“For an international engineering company like thyssenkrupp, Microsoft’s Azure IP Advantage program is a great tool for reducing IP risks in the transition to Industry 4.0,” said Dr. Stephan Wolke, head of IP and Services, thyssenkrupp GmbH.

“Applied Brain Research builds AI systems inspired by the brain,” said Peter Suma, chairman and co-CEO of the startup in the growing neuromorphic computing market.  “Azure IP Advantage helps us focus on our next innovations and spend less time worrying about IP risks.”

It’s our aim to build a community that can focus on innovating rather than worry about protecting their innovations.  We hope this step to expand the Azure IP Advantage program will be helpful in this regard.  To learn more, visit the Microsoft Azure IP Advantage site here.

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Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops gets UX, security upgrades

Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops will see some minor upgrades in its 1903 release, including optimization with Microsoft Teams, better multimedia playback and two-factor authentication. The upgrades to Virtual Apps and Desktops 1903 will be released later this year.

The news, unveiled during a webinar, comes at a busy time in the virtual desktop infrastructure space, with Synergy, Citrix’s user conference, coming in May and Microsoft’s Windows Virtual Desktop getting closer to general availability.

While Citrix and Microsoft have a close partnership, Windows Virtual Desktop will impact Citrix’s VDI offering.

“This forces Citrix to redefine its value proposition and focus on its strengths in management and high-performance remoting protocols,” said David Johnson, principal analyst at Forrester. “These [capabilities] will still have value to Citrix customers — especially those who’ve already invested in building their virtual desktop capabilities around the platform.”

Easing migration from on premises

Citrix is in the process of moving its products and capabilities away from on premises and to the cloud. But its pivot into cloud service offerings can be a hard sell for customers due to time consumption, cost or an ingrained way of working, according to Mark Bowker, senior analyst at Enterprise Strategy Group in Milford, Mass.

Citrix has a long history of slow-moving customers that operate in a world of ‘If it’s not broke, don’t fix it.’
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“Citrix has a long history of slow-moving customers that operate in a world of, ‘If it’s not broke, don’t fix it,” Bowker said. “This mindset slows the adoption of new features and cloud consumption models.”

While it continues to push toward as-a-service products and cloud strategy, Citrix will have to guide some of its more stuck-in-their-ways customers, according to Bowker.

“Citrix has arguably some of the best app and desktop delivery technology and features,” Bowker said, “but advancing its customers takes some heavy lifting from a sales and relationship perspective.”

Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops upgrades

Citrix’s upgrades fall into three categories, according to Carisa Stringer, director of product marketing for apps and desktops at Citrix. The company is hoping its improvements to Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops will help spur some migration and make things easier for its customers, according to Stringer.

Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops customers will be able to use the web-based version of Microsoft Teams, Microsoft’s collaboration tool and Citrix will eventually extend those capabilities to the desktop client as well, which, if based on previous integrations with Microsoft products, will help Citrix users, according to Johnson.

“Citrix has proven adept at adding value to Microsoft platforms, so we anticipate that they will continue to find ways of adding value to Microsoft’s offering,” Forrester’s Johnson said.

Beyond adding Teams, Citrix added capabilities for ServiceNow customers, where admins can schedule tickets and automate virtual application delivery. Citrix also added a virtual display layout, giving users the ability to break up a single monitor display into eight smaller screens, adding value for employees who need to navigate multiple applications at once.

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On security, the Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops upgrades included two-factor authentication and configuration logging for admins, which enables them to keep a record of all administrative tasks performed within Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops.

Citrix is also in the process of deploying Virtual Apps and Desktops on Google Cloud, expanding the product line beyond Azure and AWS.

Tim Minahan, chief marketing officer at Citrix, said users can expect more product announcements soon, as Citrix Synergy is just around the corner.

“The theme of the conference is around how the future works,” Minahan said.

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Adobe, Microsoft and SAP announce new Open Data Initiative details – Stories

Global industry partners join effort to connect data and gather powerful insights fueled by AI and intelligent services

LAS VEGAS — March 27, 2019 Wednesday at Adobe Summit, the industry’s leading customer experience conference, Adobe (Nasdaq: ADBE) CEO Shantanu Narayen and Microsoft (Nasdaq “MSFT” @microsoft) CEO Satya Nadella revealed additional details about the Open Data Initiative (ODI). As originally announced last September, Adobe, Microsoft and SAP (NYSE: SAP) have embarked on a new approach to business data that will help companies transform their customer experiences through real-time insights delivered from the cloud.

The three partners outlined a common approach and set of resources for customers in an initial announcement last September, with the ambition of helping customers create new connections across previously siloed data, more seamlessly garner intelligence, and ultimately better serve brands with an improved view of their customer interactions.

From the beginning, the ODI has been focused on enhancing interoperability between the applications and platforms of the three partners through a common data model with data stored in a customer-chosen data lake. This unified data lake is intended to allow customers their choice of development tools and applications to build and deploy services.

To improve that process, the three companies plan to deliver in the coming months a new approach for publishing, enriching and ingesting initial data feeds from Adobe Experience Platform, activated through Adobe Experience Cloud, Microsoft Dynamics 365, and Office 365 and SAP C/4HANA, into a customer’s data lake. This will enable a new level of AI and machine learning enrichment to garner new insights and better serve customers.

Unilever, a mutual customer and one of the early global brands to express support and excitement about the ODI, today announced its intention to simplify a previously complex business outcome based on these data connections. At Adobe Summit, Unilever is demonstrating how it plans to bring together disparate customer, product and resource data and use AI-driven insights to help reduce its plastic packaging and encourage consumer recycling. By eliminating the silos of data, Unilever will be able to tie inventory and plastics data into Adobe data to enhance customer experiences and encourage participation.

To accelerate development of the initiative, Adobe, Microsoft and SAP also announced today plans to convene a Partner Advisory Council consisting of over a dozen companies including Accenture, Amadeus, Capgemini, Change Healthcare, Cognizant, EY, Finastra, Genesys, Hootsuite, Inmobi, Sprinklr, and WPP. These organizations span myriad industries and customer segments and believe there is significant opportunity in the ODI for them to drive net- new value to their customers.

“Our customers are all trying to integrate behavioral, CRM, ERP and other internal data sets to have a comprehensive understanding of each consumer, and they’re struggling with the challenges of integrating this data,” said Stephan Pretorius, CTO of WPP. “We’re excited about the initiative Adobe, Microsoft and SAP have taken in this area, and we see a lot of opportunity to contribute to the development of ODI.”

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Site reliability engineer shift creates IT ops dilemma

BROOKLYN, N.Y. — IT ops pros who want to escape infrastructure toil face common conundrums as they begin the skills shift from sysadmin to site reliability engineer.

Site reliability engineer (SRE), a role for IT ops practitioners that sprang out of DevOps, answers the question of what system administrators do when, theoretically, software developers manage and troubleshoot their own applications in production. The SRE role calls for strategic thought about infrastructure management, proactive infrastructure automation to cut down on repetitive, inefficient work, and measured improvements in the overall reliability of the IT environment.

That was the ideal among attendees at SREcon here this week, but for many, it’s much easier said than done: They’re still too busy with tactical work, referred to as toil in SRE circles, to create the strategic improvements that might reduce the amount of tactical work they have to do.

“How do I reduce interrupts enough to do my interrupt reduction projects?” was the summary of an SRE at an athletic equipment retailer at the conference who requested anonymity. The SRE has been able to create self-service tools, such as Terraform infrastructure-as-code templates, that standardize infrastructure provisioning for developers, but time for more projects has been elusive, he said.

“We’re building tools, but we’re not working with error budgets, service-level objectives or chaos engineering,” the SRE said, in reference to advanced site reliability engineer techniques under discussion here this week. “The biggest challenge is time.”

Site reliability engineer skills require strategic thought in a tactical world

In some ways, the transitional struggle described by the SREcon attendee is unavoidable, according to experienced SREs who presented here this week.

“If you talk to experienced veterans in the field, they might get a faraway look in their eye and say, ‘Oh, yes, I remember that,'” said Jaren Glover, infrastructure ghostwriter at Robinhood, a fintech startup in Palo Alto, Calif. “A bit of this pain is par for the course.”

There are, unfortunately, no easy solutions to the problem, SREs said, though support from employers to hire new engineers and scale up site reliability engineer teams is crucial.

“It’s also a matter of prioritization,” said Arnaud Lawson, senior infrastructure software engineer at Squarespace, a website creation company in New York, in an interview after his SREcon presentation on service-level objectives. “Even if 80% of the team is dedicated to firefighting, the rest can tap into automation to get rid of tedious work.”

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Arnaud Lawson, senior infrastructure software engineer at Squarespace, presented at SREcon this week.

At large enough companies, such as the professional networking site LinkedIn, SREs are sometimes repurposed from other teams to help those that struggle to meet team performance targets or who are overwhelmed by pager alerts.

There also may be other IT personnel, such as network operations center or help desk professionals, to whom aspiring SREs can hand off runbooks for repetitive break/fix tasks, which frees SREs to automate those tasks and eliminate them in the future.

“Make sure your executive management knows you have a clearly defined problem and exit criteria for the project,” said Todd Palino, senior SRE at LinkedIn, based in Sunnyvale, Calif.

An ounce of automation beats a pound of manual remediation

In some cases, IT ops pros who want to become site reliability engineers must push back against organizational inertia in the process to demonstrate the value of proactive automation and interrupt reduction projects. That was the case for Tony Lykke, an SRE at Hudson River Trading, a financial services firm in New York, where IT operations staff received as many as 2,400 high-urgency pages per month in mid-2015.

“When paging is this bad, the problem isn’t technical, it’s cultural,” Lykke said in an SREcon presentation about his work to reduce alert fatigue at his company. “It’s also almost never a resourcing problem, but a prioritization problem.”

Even if 80% of the team is dedicated to firefighting, the rest can tap into automation to get rid of tedious work.
Arnaud LawsonSenior infrastructure software engineer, Squarespace

Lykke introduced deployment templates for the company’s Nagios IT monitoring tool that cut down on variation and errors in how it reported on thousands of systems, and added Python scripts that sorted through Nagios alerts before it forwarded them to PagerDuty for on-call IT staff. The scripts cut out unnecessary alerts, such as those that signaled high CPU utilization on the company’s machines during routine data consolidation at the end of the U.S. trading day. By mid-2018, high-urgency pages for some teams had been reduced by 75%, and the overall number of pages stood at about 1,000 a month.

That technical work was the easy part, Lykke said. He also had to wean IT ops pros at his firm off the constant flow of pages, because some felt that a lack of communication meant something was wrong. He gave those who struggled with the reduction in alerts access to an unfiltered alert feed via Slack, and gradually, they stopped compulsively checking the alerts on their own.

Lykke advised others in similar situations to devise a game plan with specific steps, and to communicate early and often to management about what that plan will accomplish.

“Anything is quantifiable, including the cost of time spent responding to outages and performance degradations,” he said. “Use the data you’ve collected to demonstrate the value of your plan, and be annoyingly persistent.”

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For Sale – Custom-Made Gaming PC – AWD-IT Falcon Blue – High-Spec! – DELIVERY AVAILABLE

For sale a custom built Falcon Blue gaming computer by AWD-IT. Computer has a high specification as follows:

OS: Windows 10 Home x64
Motherboard: Asus H110M
Processor: Intel Core i5-7400 @3.00GHz
RAM: 8gb
Graphics Card: nVidia GTX 1060 6gb
Hard drive: 1TB
USB: 4 x 3.0, 6 x 2.0 (serial keyboard and serial mouse)
Display: VGA, 2 x DVI, 3 x Display Port, 1 x HDMI
Disk drive: DVD R/RW
Fans: 2- user controlled variable speed
PSU: 500w
Case lighting: blue
Dimensions: 50cm (h) x 48cm (d) x 18cm (w)

Computer is in perfect condition and has barely been used. It has been reset and fully updated on Windows 10 (as at 06/02/19).

The protective covering is still fixed to the clear side panel. The computer comes with original box, packaging, power cable and invoice.

Screen, mouse and keyboard not included.

Price and currency: 400
Delivery: Goods must be exchanged in person
Payment method: Cash or transfer prior to taking item
Location: Bristol
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