E8 Storage adds file to flash with BeeGFS overlay for HPC

All-flash block vendor E8 Storage has found a scale-out file partner to help it break into high-performance computing.

E8 said it will integrate the BeeGFS parallel file system in its NVMe-oF D24 arrays as the culmination of a two-year “symbiotic” development partnership with German vendor ThinkParQ.

Open source BeeGFS is a POSIX-based distributed file system that turns commodity servers into large clusters of scalable storage nodes. The file system spreads data across the nodes to avoid a single point of failure. BeeGFS aggregates disk capacity and server performance in a single namespace.

ThinkParQ, based in Kaiserslautern, Germany, developed the BeeGFS file system after spinning out of the Munich-based Fraunhofer Center for High Performance Computing.

BeeGFS lacks the heft and maturity of Lustre file system and IBM Spectrum Scale, formerly known as IBM General Parallel File System. Those are the two parallel file systems most often used for high-performance computing (HPC). But E8 Storage CEO Zivan Ori said BeeGFS has been “gaining traction” in HPC environments.

The partnership comes less than one year after HPC storage vendor DataDirect Networks acquired Lustre from Intel. That transaction has prompted file vendors to tweak their offerings to attract disaffected Lustre users.

Easier ordering and deployment

E8 Storage focuses mostly on hyperscale data centers running Linux, and unlike most array vendors, doesn’t present itself as a system of cloud arrays. E8’s customers include Tel Aviv Stock Exchange and The Perfect Processor, a payments-services company.

“If an E8 customer wants a scale-out file system for their E8 Storage system, and they don’t have any strong brand preferences, then this ‘packaging’ with BeeGFS makes it easier for them to buy and quicker to get the solution set up,” said Eric Burgener, a research vice president of storage at IDC.

“Some customers want to buy just the hardware and obtain their own file system separately, and others would prefer to get it all under a single SKU for ease of ordering and deployment. This partnership provides another consumption model option for E8 customers,” Burgener said.

E8 block array designed for NVMe

E8 Storage arrays use dual-ported servers and racks from AIC. The shared block system supports multiple file systems, including IBM Spectrum Scale and Oracle RAC. Until now, E8 lacked scale-out file storage to support emerging AI workloads, which depend on NVMe flash.

“This is truly a symbiotic relationship. E8 didn’t have a scale-out file system, and BeeGFS didn’t have high availability, RAID or [redundant] power protection,” Ori said.

E8 clustered NVMe hosts allow data to be read and written to the same volume in parallel and at line rate. The goal is to provide locally attached storage, with fewer servers than a traditional Fibre Channel or iSCSI SAN.

The NVMe transport is designed for flash. NVMe speeds network traffic across a PCIe bus. Bypassing host bus adapters enables PCIe-connected devices to communicate directly with back-end storage.

E8 Storage was the first startup to launch an all-flash array designed for NVMe, but most legacy storage vendors are shipping primary arrays that support both NVMe SSDs and traditional SAS and SATA media. Other NVMe-focused array startups include Apeiron Data Systems, Pavilion Data Systems and Vexata, plus software-only Excelero.

There is no formal reseller agreement between BeeGFS and E8, but Ori said the vendors have mutual HPC customers.

Early all-flash storage systems focused on block storage, but flash is now also used to run NAS-based file storage. Dell EMC sells an all-flash version of its Isilon scale-out NAS, and all-flash pioneer Pure Storage added a FlashBlade NAS system to go with its original FlashArray SAN system. Pure Storage this month acquired file storage software startup Compuverde, and plans to use the technology to turn the block-based Pure FlashArray into a unified protocol system.

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Windows 10 Tip: What’s new in Skype for Windows 10 PCs | Windows Experience Blog

If it’s been a minute since you’ve used Skype, there are several new features that have come out since the Windows 10 October 2018 Update: background blurring, OneDrive integration and live captions and subtitles. 
Background blur 
Did you ever video chat on Skype and the person you’re talking to seems to be looking at something behind you? Maybe it’s a pile of laundry, your cat photobombing the conversation or a distracting painting. Whatever it is, it’s taking the focus off you. 
These and many other examples are why Skype introduced background blur in February. 
As the Skype blog explains, “Background blur in Skype is similar to background blur in Microsoft Teams…With a simple toggle, right-click, or even through your Skype settings, your background will be instantly and subtly blurred, leaving just you as the only focal point.*” 
Check it out in action: 

OneDrive integration 
Have you ever been chatting with someone and wanted to share links to files and folders – either just for show or for collaboration?  
With the latest version of Skype, you can quickly browse, search and share files from your personal OneDrive storage into Skype chats. Instead of sending large files over Skype, you can share Office documents, PDFs or any of the more than 300 file types that OneDrive supports through links. 
When you sign in to Skype with a Microsoft Account, the OneDrive associated with that account is available to you under the Content and tools panel. 
Check it out in action and find out more in the Skype blog: 

Live captions and subtitles   
If you want to read the words that are spoken during an audio or video call, now you can with the latest version of Skype. 
You can turn live captions and subtitles on for a single call or keep them turned on for all your calls.  
Find out more on the Skype blog. 

If you like these features, check out more Windows 10 Tips. 
*Skype will do its best to make sure that your background is always blurred, but there’s no guarantee it will always be blurred. 

For Trade – imac 27inch 5k swap

putting my imac up for swap as im looking for a gaming pc im not sure on price so the price added is a rough swap value
late 2014
27 inch imac with 5k screen resolution
intel i7 4ghz cpu
1.21tb fusion hard drive
16 gig ram/memory
r9 295x graphics

any questions about other specs i will do my best to answer

imac is in great condition fully boxed a really nice bit of kit

speakers and other parts are not included but can be for the right deal they consist of
2 x krk rokit 5 v3 monitors mint condition fully boxed with power and audio leads a focusrite scarlett 2i2 and a steel series siberia 840 headset

would prefer collection or possible delivery if not too far away

Price and currency: 1200
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How do I avoid Exchange security certificate issues?

You might think a free or inexpensive Exchange security certificate is a good idea. It’s not.

Inexpensive or free Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) certificates might save on the bottom line, but they will cost you in other areas. If that certificate you got a deal on isn’t working properly, then don’t expect top tier support to correct it. Also, the point of an SSL certificate is security, which will be lacking without an investment with one of the more reputable dealers, such as RapidSSL and DigiCert. Hackers and malware will find a way around that low-cost SSL certificate or manipulate it to gain access to your servers.

You can check your SSL certificate status and rating on many websites. I use Qualys SSL Labs. It tells you about your cipher suites — the group of algorithms that handle authentication and encryption — and rates the certificate.

Stay on top of the SSL certificate expiration dates, and don’t let them lapse. If you don’t renew them, your users will get pop-ups when they open Outlook and when they log in to Outlook on the web. Some browsers might not let you access the website. Exchange will prompt you well in advance as a certificate’s expiration date nears. A certificate check on SSL Labs or a similar site should also reveal that date.

Another thing to look out for is your SSL certificate chain. If you lock down your Exchange Server so it does not have access to the internet except for mail or user access, then you will also get an invalid certificate error message in Exchange. The same goes for your load balancer because it handles all traffic from the internet and is essentially your firewall. The SSL certificate needs to be kept up to date here to avoid a break in the chain.

It helps to stay on top of any news related to certificate changes to see if they affect your organization. In 2018, an issue with SSL certificates from Symantec resulted in Google requiring certificate holders to reissue their SSL certificates.

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Microsoft at SAP Sapphire NOW 2019: A trusted path to cloud innovation

In a few weeks, over 22,000 people from around the globe will converge in Orlando, Florida from May 7-9, 2019 for the SAP Sapphire NOW and ASUG Annual Conference. Each year, the event brings together thought leaders across industries to find innovative ways to solve common challenges, unlock new opportunities, and take advantage of emerging technologies that are changing the business landscape as we know it. This year, Microsoft has elevated its presence to the next level with engaging in-booth experiences and informative sessions that will educate, intrigue, and inspire attendees as they take the next step in their digital transformation journey.

Modernize your SAP landscapes

While running SAP on-premises was once business as usual, it is quickly becoming obsolete for businesses looking to compete and win. With the power of the cloud, enterprises have real-time data with intelligent insights from machine learning and artificial intelligence at their fingertips, can spin up a dev-test environment or an application server in minutes instead of hours, and back-up a virtual machine in a few mouse clicks.

At SAP SAPPHIRE NOW, you’ll have the opportunity to get a better understanding on the business value of moving your SAP applications to Azure:

  • On Tuesday, May 7, 2019 from 12:00 PM – 12:40 PM, we will host a session on “Innovating with SAP HANA on Microsoft Azure.” The session will cover how SAP customers are accelerating innovation velocity and saving costs for high-performance SAP HANA applications by moving to Azure.
  • On Tuesday, May 7, 2019 from 3:00 PM – 3:20 PM, we will host a session on “Microsoft’s journey to SAP S/4 HANA on Azure.” In this session you’ll learn how Microsoft migrated to Azure and is now leveraging it to transform its existing SAP landscape and starts migrating to S/4HANA.
  • On Wednesday, May 8, 2019 from 11:30 AM – 11: 50 AM, we will host a session on “Lessons learned from migrating SAP applications to the cloud with Microsoft Azure.” The session will share the lessons Microsoft learned during migration and share best practices that will help you learn how you can transform your existing SAP landscape and start migrating to Azure. To learn more about Microsoft’s journey to running SAP on Azure, check out our IT showcase story: SAP on Azure—your trusted path to innovation in the cloud.
  • Visit the Microsoft booth, #729, for one of our in-booth theatre sessions on topics like “Optimizing your SAP landscapes in Azure” and “SAP on Azure deployment journey and lessons learned,” or get hands-on with Azure at one of our in-booth demo pods.

Explore IoT, AI, and machine learning

Every organization is challenged with doing things faster, cheaper, and smarter to keep up with the ever-evolving pace of innovation. To stay agile in a competitive landscape, businesses need to start thinking about how to leverage emerging technology advancements like IoT solutions and artificial intelligence to better serve customers, build more innovative solutions, and obtain a 360-degree view of the business.

At SAP SAPPHIRE NOW, you’ll have the chance to talk with solution experts from Microsoft around creative ways to leverage technology to solve your most challenging business problems:

  • On Tuesday, May 7, 2019 from 2:00 PM – 2:20 PM, we will host a session, “Harness the power of IoT Data across Intelligent Edge and Intelligent Cloud.” In this session, you’ll learn how you can take advantage of innovations in IoT technology at the edge and in the cloud with SAP business processes with the power of Microsoft Azure IoT to achieve transformative innovation for your business.
  • Stop by booth #729 to experience our Azure Data Services and Analytics demo to learn how you can connect data from multiple inputs and applications to provide a unified view of your business. You can also learn more about how IoT solutions can help you take a step closer to digital transformation by experiencing our Azure IoT demo.

Learn about cloud migration from our trusted partners

There are different paths to migrate to SAP HANA and Azure, depending on your business needs. Microsoft’s SAP on Azure partners can work with you to determine the best way to migrate your SAP applications to the cloud.

At SAP SAPPHIRE NOW, you’ll find multiple opportunities to connect with partners:

  • Join a partner-led session at our in-booth theatre. We’ll have partners from organizations like SAP and Accenture to learn how running your SAP landscapes in the cloud can provide your business with more agility, security, and reduced costs.
  • After the show-floor dies down, we encourage you to engage with Microsoft and our partners at various co-sponsored, partner-led events throughout the week.
  • Also, stop by our booth (#729) to speak with many of our leading partner organizations to learn about the services they provide to help you on your journey to the running SAP on Azure.

Discover business transformation

Look for Microsoft at SAP SAPPHIRE NOW 2019 and see for yourself why the leading enterprises across industries bet their businesses on the technology that Microsoft and SAP provide for a first-and-best pathway to running SAP applications in the cloud.

Sign up for live updates at our dedicated SAP SAPPHIRE NOW 2019 event page.

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Mitel partners with Talkdesk for cloud contact center

Mitel and Talkdesk plan to release an integrated cloud-based unified communications and contact center product by year’s end — a partnership that underscores that businesses are increasingly looking to purchase UC and contact center from a single vendor.

Cooperation between the two companies begins this month: Mitel will offer Talkdesk’s cloud contact center, under the brand MiCloud Connect CX, to businesses using Mitel’s cloud UC. The companies’ products remain separate, but the arraignment will give customers one vendor for billing and support.

This summer, Mitel will start offering MiCloud Connect CX as an over-the-top addition to premises-based UC systems, on which the vast majority of Mitel’s 70 million users rely. The partnership will give Talkdesk, founded in 2011, access to one of the UC industry’s largest bases of existing customers.

Mitel and Talkdesk are working to integrate their cloud UC and contact center platforms by the end of the fourth quarter of 2019. The UC and contact center clients would share telephony systems, rely on the same directory, sync user presence, and offer a single team messaging client.

“Essentially, it will look and feel as if we built the whole thing in-house, but instead of doing that we’ve done an integration with Talkdesk,” said Matthew Clare, director of contact center products at Mitel.

An integrated product will give Mitel a leg up on cloud UC competitors like RingCentral and Fuze. Those companies have partnerships to resell cloud contact centers, but they don’t offer native integrations of the kind Mitel is pursuing, said Zeus Kerravala, founder of ZK Research, based in Westminster, Mass.

Mitel to streamline contact center portfolio

The deal with Talkdesk is an about-face for Mitel, which launched a similar partnership with contact center vendor Serenova in August. Mitel will continue to support customers who purchased that product, MiCloud Engage Contact Center, but will no longer market it to new customers.

Mitel succeeded in selling the Serenova platform mostly to large businesses, Clare said. The company chose Talkdesk for its ability to support businesses of all sizes, and for its platform’s openness to third-party app developers.

“We did find with the previous [cloud contact center] in the portfolio that we were walking away from deals and leaving money on the table based on the breadth of capabilities,” Clare said.

Mitel owns a hodgepodge of contact center products gained through its merger with Aastra and its acquisitions of Toshiba and ShoreTel. The partnership with Talkdesk will simplify Mitel’s contact center portfolio as it moves customers to the cloud.

“If this partnership goes well, it wouldn’t be out of the realm to think that Mitel is seeing [Talkdesk] as an acquisition target,” said Jon Arnold, principal of Toronto-based J Arnold & Associates.

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For Trade – imac 27inch 5k swap

putting my imac up for swap as im looking for a gaming pc im not sure on price so the price added is a rough swap value
late 2014
27 inch imac with 5k screen resolution
intel i7 4ghz cpu
1.21tb fusion hard drive
16 gig ram/memory
r9 295x graphics

any questions about other specs i will do my best to answer

imac is in great condition fully boxed a really nice bit of kit

speakers and other parts are not included but can be for the right deal they consist of
2 x krk rokit 5 v3 monitors mint condition fully boxed with power and audio leads a focusrite scarlett 2i2 and a steel series siberia 840 headset

would prefer collection or possible delivery if not too far away

Price and currency: 1200
Delivery: Delivery cost is not included
Payment method: cash
Location: hinckley
Advertised elsewhere?: Advertised elsewhere
Prefer goods collected?: I have no preference

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