Dell Unified Workspace could make life easier for IT admins

Dell Technologies unveiled a new platform at its annual conference aimed at making life a little easier for IT admins. The Dell Technologies Unified Workspace brings together VMware Workspace One software, which simplifies how IT manages devices and applications, and Dell devices and services.

The new platform, which made its debut at Dell Technologies World 2019, gives IT admins a single view into how its workforce is using applications and devices. It enables IT to better deploy, manage and service the equipment, which includes a redesigned catalog of Latitude mobile PCs that include improved battery life, charging docks and multifactor security login.

Unified Workspace also includes an information security product from Secureworks. Taken together, the new integrations will enable IT to quickly deploy devices and services throughout the enterprise, according to Andrew Hewitt, analyst at Forrester.

“Unifying the software and hardware together is a significant improvement in the overall employee experience, enabling faster onboarding and flexible access to applications, regardless of location,” Hewitt said. “The addition of services on top of this can also improve end-user experience with analytics and troubleshooting reports. This is a big cost savings and productivity enhancement, especially for organizations with large IT departments.”

Fine-tuning the end-user experience

Dell touted its Unified Workspace as a platform that “simplifies the entire device lifecycle for IT, while providing workers with the personalized, frictionless, ready-to-work experience they demand,” according to a press release.

In a statement, Shankar Iyer, senior vice president and general manager of end-user computing at VMware, said Unified Workspace will “radically change end-user computing and help IT teams reduce costs by enabling a move away from high-touch processes to a modern management approach.” That approach includes analytics and automation.

Mark Bowker, an analyst at Enterprise Strategy Group in Milford, Mass., said he believes the product could be useful for IT admins. He described the Unified Workspace platform as a tool that will enable IT admins to better manage and control what the workforce is allowed to access and use on their applications or desktops and determine if employees are getting the most out of their devices.

“With Unified Workspace, there’s the ability to recognize the way an employee works and if they’re having a suboptimal experience,” Bowker said. “Companies can now fine-tune the experience, devices and policies for their employees.”

The benefit of Unified Workspace isn’t what it can do, which Bowker said already exists. Instead, it’s bringing together processes and management capabilities that have traditionally been segmented and have needed multiple tools.

“It appears that, using Unified Workspace, I’ll be able to take Workspace One, identity and access management and data protection into a single view and can better deploy and manage the end-user experience,” Bowker said.

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, Dell CEO Michael Dell and VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger discuss new collaborative efforts onstage at Dell Technologies World 2019.
Microsoft Azure and VMware are integrating their platforms to advance in the hybrid cloud market. Here, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, Dell CEO Michael Dell and VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger discuss new collaborative efforts onstage at Dell Technologies World 2019.

More devices could mean partnerships

At the conference, VMware also unveiled a new cloud-based integration between Workspace One and Microsoft 365, enabling joint customers to use Workspace One to secure Office 365 apps and data. The two announcements not only underscore the strength of the VMware Workspace One product, according to Bowker, but could also signal a change in the way end-user computing companies do business.

Unifying the software and hardware together is a significant improvement in the overall employee experience.
Andrew HewittAnalyst at Forrester

“Microsoft and VMware have always been perceived to be head-to-head when it comes to capturing how businesses manage, control and secure the endpoint,” Bowker said. “In the past, there were blocks in the way for users to adequately use Workspace One to manage Office 365. This partnership and integration should make those applications interact better.”

Ray Wang, founder of Constellation Research Inc., agreed with Bowker.  

“The deal is remarkable, given the fight two years ago between Microsoft and VMware on native support,” Wang said in an email. “The trade for access and support is great for customers making that first lift-and-shift journey to the cloud. The Office 365 news was the icing on the cake.”

As more OSes and devices enter the enterprise, finding ways to manage the complexity is becoming more imperative. The Microsoft Intune product helps IT admins mange applications primarily within a Microsoft environment, but VMware Workspace One can work with a variety of systems and devices, according to Bowker.

“Customers may be finding that Windows Intune may be inadequate compared to Workspace One,” he said, adding that it makes sense for a vendor like Microsoft to expand its partnerships and integrations beyond a few familiar vendors, like Citrix.

While Microsoft’s Windows is still run by the majority of organizations, Mac iOS, Linux and Chromebooks are all gaining traction within the enterprise.

“Microsoft may be recognizing a slipping of the Windows footprint in organizations and need to partner more tightly with companies like Dell and VMware to make sure it doesn’t slip any further,” Bowker said.

Bowker added that a company like Dell should do the same, and users of iOS, Linux, Chromebook or other devices may be left wanting more from Dell Technologies World 2019.

“It’s important for Dell to recognize that the end-user environment isn’t going to be all Microsoft and Windows,” he said. “They have to recognize that businesses are starting to use these other systems and devices, too.”

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Discussion in ‘Desktop Computer Classifieds‘ started by geordieboy25, Mar 13, 2019.

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    Hi guys.

    Just bought a 2nd user laptop and a Lenovo M93P sff.

    None of which came with memory and I’d like a few 4gb ddr3 sticks

    Also the M93P was a barebones kit so would like a cheap cpu. Just wanted to get it up and running, nothing fancy please.

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    CEX are cheap for 4GB DDR3 – £8, or £9.50 posted. They’re the cheapest I’ve found.

    Is your Lenovo one of the tiny range? If it is, make sure you buy an Intel from their “T” series as they tiny ones aren’t designed for the thermal load of a non-T CPU.

    Great little machines.

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    I have 2 stick of 4gb DDR3 at home, do you need low voltage ram in the SFF?

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    Not too sure, is it SODIMMS that you have?

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    Yes, I know the ultra small form factor units require PC3L is all, not sure about the SFF It was something I ran into on the m92p.

    I have Low voltage sticks, but if it will take standard PC3 then CEX will be 50p per stick cheaper than me.

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    Hiya. I have a pentium g3258 if that’s of interest?

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    Thanks but I think I need a “t” series cpu.

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    @geordieboy25 Are you still after DDR3 laptop RAM? I have 2x 4GB matching sticks if that helps.

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    How much please?

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    £18 delivered ok? I can send via 1st class recorded Monday morning and you should get Tuesday or Wednesday at the latest as I’m at work till 6pm today.

    Would like to avoid sending normal 1st class as just in case they get lost in the post.

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    Sorry just to add that the modules are a matching pair of the below. They were inside a HP laptop which my 6yr old daughter was using for playing games to help her read. Moved her onto a PC now.

    Hynix 4GB PC3L – 12800S (part number: HMT351S6EFR8A)

    These are going for about £13 for 4GB on eBay so £18 inc delivery for 8GB is a steal

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3 Awesome Uses for the Get-VMHostStatus PowerShell Function

# requires -version 5.1

<#

MonitorHVHost.ps1

This is NOT a module so you will need to dot source the script file into

your PowerShell session. You can then run Start-HVHostMonitor to kick off

a WPF GUI. Use Set-HVHostMonitor to adjust it and Stop-HVHostMonitor to

clean up.

Allow a little time for changes to be updated.

The properties are from Get-VMHostStatus

Computername                    : CHI-P50

Uptime                          : 00:46:26.8179350

PctProcessorTime                : 3.84799996455453

TotalMemoryGB                   : 64

PctMemoryFree                   : 77.16

TotalVMs                        : 13

RunningVMs                      : 4

OffVMs                          : 9

SavedVMs                        : 0

PausedVMs                       : 0

OtherVMs                        : 0

Critical                        : 0

Healthy                         : 13

TotalAssignedMemoryGB           : 10.939453125

TotalDemandMemoryGB             : 5.6279296875

TotalPctDemand                  : 8.81

PctFreeDisk                     : 27.3125310680432

VMSwitchBytesSec                : 170332.7095065

VMSwitchPacketsSec              : 263.120591389896

LogicalProcPctGuestRuntime      : 4.11198442672914

LogicalProcPctHypervisorRuntime : 0.28358272876852

TotalProcesses                  : 88

#>

Function Start-HVHostMonitor {

    [cmdletbinding()]

    Param(

        [Parameter(Position = 0, HelpMessage = “The names of the Hyper-V Hosts to monitor”)]

        [ValidateNotNullorEmpty()]

        [alias(“cn”, “host”)]

        #Hyper-V hosts to monitor

        [string[]]$Computername = $env:COMPUTERNAME,

        #properties to display from Get-VMHostStatus

        [Parameter(HelpMessage = “The properties from Get-VMHostStatus”)]

        [ValidateNotNullorEmpty()]

        [string[]]$Properties = @(“Computername”, “Uptime”, “*VMs”, “Pct*”),

        [Parameter(HelpMessage = “The form height”)]

        [int]$Height = 160,

        [Parameter(HelpMessage = “The form width”)]

        [int]$Width = 970,

        #the windows title

        [Parameter(HelpMessage = “The form title”)]

        [string]$Title = “Hyper-V Host Status”,

        [Parameter(HelpMessage = “The refresh interval in seconds”)]

        [int]$Timeout = 30

    )

    #define a synchronized hashtable that can be used to “communicate” with the background runspace

    $global:rsHash = [hashtable]::Synchronized(@{

            #Hyper-V hosts to monitor

            computername = @($Computername)

            #properties to display

            properties   = @($Properties)

            height       = $height

            width        = $width

            title        = $Title

            timeout      = $Timeout

            CenterScreen = $False

            #set to false to stop the display

            Run          = $True

            #these properties are for troubleshooting and development

            Data         = @()

            Updated      = (Get-Date)

            Timer        = “”

            JobID        = 0

            Job          = “”

        })

    $newRunspace = [RunspaceFactory]::CreateRunspace()

    $newRunspace.ApartmentState = “STA”

    $newRunspace.ThreadOptions = “ReuseThread”

    $newRunspace.Open()

    $newRunspace.SessionStateProxy.SetVariable(“rsHash”, $global:rsHash)

    $psCmd = [PowerShell]::Create().AddScript( {

            # It may not be necessary to add these types but it doesn’t hurt to include them

            Add-Type -AssemblyName PresentationFramework

            Add-Type -assemblyName PresentationCore

            Add-Type -AssemblyName WindowsBase

            # !!! You will need to update the path to your copy of Get-VMHostStatus.ps1 !!!#

            # !!! The scriptblock should have a period then a space then the path to the ps1 file !!!#

            $script:Init = { . “C:scriptsGet-VMHostStatus.ps1”}

            Function _startjob {

                #this is a private internal function used to start a data gathering job in the background

                Start-Job -ScriptBlock {

                    Param($hosts)

                    #ignore errors for offline or bad hosts

                    Get-VMHostStatus -Computername $hosts -ErrorAction SilentlyContinue

                } -InitializationScript $script:Init -ArgumentList @(, @($global:rsHash.computername))

                $global:rsHash.jobid = $script:j.id

            }

            #get initial data

            $script:j = _startjob

            Do {

                #region WPF code

                # define a timer to automatically dismiss the form. The timer uses a 5 second interval tick

                if ($global:rsHash.Timeout -gt 0) {

                    Write-Verbose “Creating a timer”

                    $timer = new-object System.Windows.Threading.DispatcherTimer

                    $terminate = (Get-Date).AddSeconds($global:rsHash.timeout)

                    Write-verbose “Form will close at $terminate”

                    $timer.Interval = [TimeSpan]“0:0:5.00”

                    $timer.add_tick( {

                            if ((Get-Date) -ge $terminate) {

                                if ($global:rsHash.run) {

                                    $timer.stop()

                                    $data = $script:j | Wait-Job -ov w | Receive-Job | Select-Object $global:rsHash.Properties -OutVariable hash

                                    $global:rshash.job = $w

                                    $global:rsHash.data = $hash

                                    $global:rsHash.updated = (Get-Date)

                                    $datagrid.Clear()

                                    $DataGrid.ItemsSource = $hash

                                    $form.title = “$($global:rsHash.title) [Last Updated $(Get-Date)]”

                                    $form.Height = $global:rsHash.Height

                                    $form.Width = $global:rsHash.Width

                                    $terminate = (Get-Date).AddSeconds($global:rsHash.timeout)

                                    #kick off the next job

                                    $script:j = _startjob

                                    $global:rsHash.timer = (Get-Date)

                                    $timer.Start()

                                    $form.UpdateLayout()

                                }

                                else {

                                    $form.close()

                                }

                            }

                        })

                }

                $form = New-Object System.Windows.Window

                #define what it looks like

                $form.Title = “$($global:rsHash.title) [Last Updated $(Get-Date)]”

                $form.Height = $global:rsHash.Height

                $form.Width = $global:rsHash.Width

                if ($global:rsHash.CenterScreen) {

                    Write-Verbose “Form will be center screen”

                    $form.WindowStartupLocation = [System.Windows.WindowStartupLocation]::CenterScreen

                }

                #define a handler when the form is loaded. The scriptblock uses variables defined later

                #in the script

                $form.add_Loaded( {

                        foreach ($col in $datagrid.Columns) {

                            #because of the way I am loading data into the grid

                            #it appears I need to set the sorting on each column

                            $col.CanUserSort = $True

                            $col.SortMemberPath = $col.Header

                        }

                        $datagrid.Items.Refresh()

                        $form.focus

                    })

                #Create a stack panel to hold the datagrid

                $stack = New-object System.Windows.Controls.StackPanel

                #create a datagrid

                $datagrid = New-Object System.Windows.Controls.DataGrid

                $datagrid.VerticalAlignment = “Bottom”

                #adjust the size of the grid based on the form dimensions

                $datagrid.Height = $form.Height 50

                $datagrid.Width = $form.Width 50

                $datagrid.CanUserSortColumns = $True

                $datagrid.CanUserResizeColumns = $True

                $datagrid.CanUserReorderColumns = $True

                $datagrid.AutoGenerateColumns = $True

                #enable alternating color rows

                $datagrid.AlternatingRowBackground = “gainsboro”

                $stack.AddChild($datagrid)

                $form.AddChild($stack)

                #endregion

                #show the form

                $data = $script:j | Wait-Job -ov w | Receive-Job | Select-Object $global:rsHash.Properties -OutVariable hash

                $global:rshash.job = $w

                $global:rsHash.data = $hash

                $global:rsHash.updated = (Get-Date)

                $DataGrid.ItemsSource = $hash

                #kick off the next job

                $script:j = _startjob

                If ($global:rsHash.Timeout -gt 0) {

                    Write-Verbose “Starting timer”

                    $timer.IsEnabled = $True

                    $Timer.Start()

                }

                Write-Verbose “Displaying form”

                $form.Title = “$($global:rsHash.title) [Last Updated $(Get-Date)]”

                $form.ShowDialog() | Out-Null

            } while ($global:rsHash.Run)

        })

    $psCmd.Runspace = $newRunspace

    $psCmd.BeginInvoke() | Out-Null

    $msg = @”

Please wait a moment for the results to be displayed.

To terminate run this command at your prompt”

  `$rsHash.run = `$False

or run:

  Stop-HVHostMonitor

Using runspace id $($newRunspace.Id)

“@

    Write-host $msg -ForegroundColor cyan

    #set a global variable for the runspace so it can later be cleaned up

    $global:hvmonrun = $newrunspace.id

} #close Start function

Function Stop-HVHostMonitor {

    [cmdletbinding(SupportsShouldProcess)]

    Param()

    if ($pscmdlet.ShouldProcess(“Hyper-VHost Monitor”)) {

        $global:rsHash.run = $False

        Remove-Variable -Name rshash -Scope global

    }

    $run = Get-Runspace -id $global:hvmonrun

    if ($pscmdlet.ShouldProcess(“Runspace id $($run.id)”, “Clean up”)) {

        $run.Close()

        $run.Dispose()

        Remove-Variable -Name hvmonrun -Scope global

    }

} #close Stop function

Function Set-HVHostMonitor {

    [cmdletbinding(SupportsShouldProcess)]

    Param(

        [Parameter(Position = 0, HelpMessage = “The names of the Hyper-V Hosts to monitor”)]

        #Hyper-V hosts to monitor

        [ValidateNotNullOrEmpty()]

        [alias(“cn”, “host”)]

        [string[]]$Computername,

        #properties to display

        [Parameter(HelpMessage = “Update the properties from Get-VMHostStatus”)]

        [ValidateNotNullorEmpty()]

        [string[]]$Properties,

        [Parameter(HelpMessage = “Update the form height”)]

        [int]$Height,

        [Parameter(HelpMessage = “Update the form width”)]

        [int]$Width,

        #the windows title

        [Parameter(HelpMessage = “Update yhe form title”)]

        [string]$Title,

        [Parameter(HelpMessage = “Update the refresh interval in seconds”)]

        [int]$Timeout

    )

    #remove common parameters from bound parameters

    “Whatif”, “Verbose”, “ErrorAction” | foreach-object {

        if ($PSBoundParameters.ContainsKey($_)) {

            [void]$PSBoundParameters.Remove($_)

        }

    }

    $PSBoundParameters.GetEnumerator() | Foreach-Object {

        if ($pscmdlet.ShouldProcess($_.key, “Update monitor value”)) {

            $global:rsHash[$_.key] = $_.value

        }

    }

} #close Set function

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Announcing Windows Vision Skills (Preview) – Windows Developer Blog

Today, we’re announcing the preview of Windows Vision Skills, a set of NuGet packages that make it easy for application developers to solve complex computer vision problems using a simple set of APIs.

Figure 1- From left to right, you are seeing in action the Object Detector, Skeletal Detector, and Emotion Recognizer skills.
With Windows Vision Skills,

An app developer can use out-of-box WinRT APIs to add pre-built vision skills like object detection, skeletal detection and face sentiment analysis in their Windows applications (.NET, Win32, and UWP).
A computer vision developer can leverage hardware acceleration frameworks on Windows devices by packaging their solution as a Vision Skill – without worrying about low-level APIs.

All Windows Vision Skills inherit the base classes and interfaces in Microsoft.AI.Skills.SkillInterfacePreview. This open framework can easily be extended to work with existing machine learning frameworks and libraries such as OpenCV.
Windows Vision Skills complements existing Windows support for inference of ONNX models by utilizing WinML for local inferencing. The framework allows you to build intelligent applications while leveraging platform optimization.

Play around with samples or learn how to create your own Windows Vision Skills using our tutorials.
Have a feature request or want to submit feedback? Find us on GitHub.
Updated April 30, 2019 11:01 am

What are the advantages and disadvantages of CLI and GUI?

While graphical user interfaces, or GUIs, have been around for decades, they’ve only recently become a popular way to manage enterprise networking hardware. There are a few reasons for this.

For one, a network GUI was often an afterthought for network vendors. The command-line interface (CLI) was the primary configuration and management method, with GUI being secondary. Thus, when comparing CLI and GUI, early GUIs were halfhearted attempts that offered just a small subset of the overall configuration options for networked routers, switches and firewalls.

The other major advantage of CLI is, with practice, configuration can be far faster compared to a GUI. With a few textual commands, a user can configure interfaces, routing protocols and access lists. These items would require multiple mouse clicks and hunting for proper pages and tabs in a GUI.

Additionally, command line can be scripted and easily pushed out with simple copy-and-paste functions using a scripting tool and a Secure Shell client. Thus, managing network devices that require individual, hop-by-hop management is far easier with CLI.

From a support and troubleshooting perspective, CLI can be used to find information quickly using various command shortcuts. This includes drilling into interface statistics, creating scripts for commonly viewed information, and using keyword or pattern searches. These methods show the true power of CLI over newer graphical methods.

CLI and GUI — Getting to ease of use

Despite the advantages of CLI, web-based GUIs — combined with centralized, cloud-managed architectures — are overtaking CLI as the go-to interface. In fact, GUIs are beginning to get so good that CLI management can feel antiquated.

With today’s modern network platforms, the GUI no longer takes a backseat to CLI in many cases. Thus, more time and effort have been put into ease of use, the ability to centrally push out configuration updates to multiple devices, and creating an administration user experience that provides a balance between simplicity and depth of configuration capabilities.

GUI tends to be more user-friendly, as well. With command lines, you have a longer learning curve before becoming proficient in the proper configuration and troubleshooting steps required. With a well-designed GUI, however, that same learning curve is dramatically reduced.

Additionally, the ability to see various network interface and device health checks in a visual format within a GUI can help to identify issues as opposed to looking at the same information in text format.

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Dell Technologies and Microsoft expand partnership to help customers accelerate their digital transformation – Stories

  • New Microsoft Azure VMware Solutions bring customers more choice and flexibility
  • Microsoft and VMware collaborate on digital workspace offerings and future cloud integrations

DELL TECHNOLOGIES WORLD, LAS VEGAS, NV — April 29, 2019 — Dell Technologies (NYSE: DELL) and Microsoft Corp. on Monday announced they are expanding their partnership to address a wider range of customer needs and help accelerate digital transformations. Through this collaboration, the companies will deliver a fully native, supported, and certified VMware cloud infrastructure on Microsoft Azure. Additionally, joint Microsoft 365 and VMware Workspace ONE customers will be able to manage Office 365 across devices via cloud-based integration with Microsoft Intune and Azure Active Directory. VMware (NYSE:VMW) will also extend the capabilities of Windows Virtual Desktop leveraging VMware Horizon Cloud on Microsoft Azure.

“At Microsoft, we’re focused on empowering customers in their digital transformation journey, through partnerships that enable them to take advantage of the Microsoft Cloud, using the technologies they already have,” said Satya Nadella, CEO, Microsoft. “Together with Dell Technologies and VMware, we are providing our mutual customers with an integrated cloud experience and digital workplace solutions to open up new opportunities and meet their evolving needs.”

“Customers are excited to see us expand our collaboration with Microsoft,” commented Pat Gelsinger, CEO, VMware. These innovative cloud and client offerings will deliver customers even more value, provide more flexibility to accelerate their hybrid-multi cloud and multi-device journey, and accelerate the digital transformation of their business.”

The cloud has become fundamental to enabling organizations to move faster toward their business goals. With the cloud’s scalability, enhanced security, productivity, cost savings and more, companies are capitalizing on the many benefits. These benefits are enabling organizations to better tap into the potential of technologies like artificial intelligence and Internet of Things. Through this collaboration, the companies aim to accelerate customer transformations with even more open, flexible and scalable solutions.

“We’re excited to expand our collaboration with Microsoft. These innovative cloud and client offerings will deliver customers even more value,” commented Pat Gelsinger, CEO, VMware. “These offerings will provide customers flexibility to accelerate their cloud journey and drive their business forward.”

New Azure VMware Solutions provide a seamless VMware experience on Microsoft Azure

Azure VMware Solutions are built on VMware Cloud Foundation – a comprehensive offering of software defined compute, storage, networking and management – deployed in Azure. With these solutions, customers can capitalize on VMware’s broadly deployed and trusted cloud infrastructure while experiencing the power of Microsoft Azure.

Azure VMware Solutions give customers the power to seamlessly migrate, extend and run existing VMware workloads from on-premises environments to Azure without the need to re-architect applications or retool operations. Customers will be able to build, run, manage, and secure new and existing applications across VMware environments and Microsoft Azure while extending a single model for operations based on established tools, skills and processes as part of a hybrid cloud strategy.  Some of the more popular customer scenarios Azure VMware Solutions will support are app migration and datacenter expansion, disaster recovery, and business continuity and modern application development.

Azure VMware Solutions enable organizations to tap into Azure’s scale, security, and fast provisioning cycles to innovate and modernize applications while also improving performance. By integrating with native Azure services, customers can easily infuse advanced capabilities like AI, machine learning, and IoT into their applications enabling new, intelligent experiences.

Azure VMware Solutions are first-party services from Microsoft developed in collaboration with VMware Cloud Verified partners CloudSimple and Virtustream (a Dell Technologies company).

“At Walmart, we’re focused on making it easy, fast, friendly and fun to shop with us no matter where you are – whether online, in our stores or through our pick up services. We’re excited about the role technology plays in this and how it can help us deliver new services faster. Cloud and Client innovations are an important part of this and a key enabler of our digital transformation,” commented Clay Johnson, executive vice president and enterprise chief information office, Walmart. “The partnership being announced today between Microsoft, Dell and VMware in Cloud and Client innovations will allow them to better bring their best solutions to customers like us. We look forward to continuing to work with Microsoft, Dell and VMware to accelerate our digital transformation.”

Helping customers advance their digital workspace strategy

With this agreement, mutual Microsoft 365 and VMware Workspace ONE customers will be able to get the most out of their digital workspace across device platforms while maximizing existing and future investments. Specifically, customers will be able to use Workspace ONE to manage and secure the powerful productivity features of Office 365 across devices via cloud-based integration with Microsoft Intune and Azure Active Directory.

Through the new Dell Technologies Unified Workspace offerings, customers can further accelerate their Windows 10 digital transformation journey by leveraging the integration of Windows Autopilot and Dell Device Provisioning and Deployment Services, like Dell ProDeploy – all enabled by the integration of Microsoft 365, Workspace ONE, and Dell Provisioning Services.

In addition, Microsoft recently announced Windows Virtual Desktop, the only service that delivers a multi-session Windows 10 experience, optimizations for Office 365 ProPlus, and support for Windows Server Remote Desktop Services (RDS) desktops and apps. As a part of this agreement, VMware will extend the capabilities of Windows Virtual Desktop to enable customers to further accelerate their cloud initiatives, leveraging VMware Horizon Cloud on Microsoft Azure. Initial capabilities are expected to be available as a tech preview by the end of calendar year 2019.

Microsoft and VMware are also exploring initiatives to drive further integration between VMware infrastructure and Azure such as integration of VMware NSX with Azure Networking and integration of specific Azure services with VMware management solutions. They will also be exploring bringing specific Azure services to the VMware on-premise customers. Through this collaboration, the companies aim to give customers a more seamless experience across VMware and Azure environments.

About Dell Technologies
Dell Technologies (NYSE:DELL) is a unique family of businesses that helps organizations and individuals build their digital future and transform how they work and live. The company provides customers with the industry’s broadest and most innovative technology and services portfolio spanning from edge to core to cloud. The Dell Technologies family includes Dell, Dell EMCPivotalRSASecureworksVirtustream and VMware.

About Microsoft
Microsoft (Nasdaq “MSFT” @microsoft) enables digital transformation for the era of an intelligent cloud and intelligent edge. Its mission is to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more.

About VMware
VMware software powers the world’s complex digital infrastructure. The company’s cloud, networking and security, and digital workspace offerings provide a dynamic and efficient digital foundation to over 500,000 customers globally, aided by an ecosystem of 75,000 partners. Headquartered in Palo Alto, California, VMware is committed to being a force for good, from its breakthrough innovations to its global impact. For more information, please visit https://www.vmware.com/company.html.

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SAS Platform update expands AI in Viya cloud analytics tools

DALLAS — SAS said it will release a new version of its SAS Platform software designed to make it easier to use machine learning, computer vision and other AI tools in analytics applications — and to boost the 43-year-old vendor’s standing as an AI developer that can compete with cloud and open source rivals.

Due out in May, the update adds a variety of new AI features, including natural language generation capabilities to explain analytics results to business users, automated segmentation of image elements by computer vision algorithms, and single-click launching of an API to automatically build machine learning models. The added features will primarily be available in SAS Viya, the cloud-based analytics suite introduced in 2016 as a more modern alternative to the company’s traditional SAS 9 tool set.

This round of development on the SAS Platform, which underpins both Viya and SAS 9, is part of a $1 billion AI investment SAS plans to make over the next three years. The goal, SAS COO and CTO Oliver Schabenberger said, is to help users expand AI-driven analytics “from a science project to operations” — not just to raise its AI profile to avoid being left behind by other vendors.

“We do not want to add to the hype [about AI], and we do not want to add to the confusion,” Schabenberger said in a keynote session at the SAS Global Forum 2019 user conference here. “Yes, AI is overhyped, but it’s real and it’s powerful.”

Work to do in the AI market for SAS

SAS, which had $3 billion in revenue last year, does “more business in analytics than a lot of startups put together,” said Doug Henschen, an analyst at Constellation Research. But he added that competing against AI-driven open source analytics tools and the machine learning services AWS, Microsoft and Google offer on their clouds is “a tough battle” for SAS, especially beyond its existing user base.

They haven’t been part of the buzz on AI and machine learning. They’ve got to get themselves into the conversation.
Doug HenschenAnalyst, Constellation Research

“They talked about this $1 billion investment because they haven’t been part of the buzz on AI and machine learning,” Henschen said in an interview at the conference. “They’ve got to get themselves into the conversation.”

Henschen said the comprehensive nature of the SAS Platform, which includes built-in data preparation, data governance and model management capabilities, is a potential selling point for SAS, as is the vendor’s experience working with users in financial services, healthcare, retail and other industries.

“They can’t just compete on algorithms,” he said. “They have to compete on the whole platform and the industry-specific knowledge.”

An AI view of cancer tumors

One organization that invested in the SAS Platform’s new AI functionality is the Amsterdam UMC hospital group in the Netherlands. It’s using the enhanced computer vision features and a machine learning model based on a convolutional neural network in a SAS Viya system to automatically measure the size of tumors in the livers of colorectal cancer patients so doctors can set treatment plans.

SAS Global Forum 2019 in Dallas
Attendees at SAS Global Forum 2019, where AI-based analytics topped the agenda.

Previously, measuring the diameter and volume of a tumor was a manual process that typically took a radiologist 20 minutes or more, said Geert Kazemier, a surgery professor and director of surgical oncology at Amsterdam UMC. The automated 3D image scans are “more objective” and free up the radiologists to focus on other tasks, Kazemier said during a presentation in the keynote session.

Amsterdam UMC also is looking to apply the SAS computer vision and machine learning tools to other types of cancer tumors in the future. “This is just an initial use case we came up with,” Kazemier said.

SAS tools tapped for trade compliance checks

Banking giant Citigroup Inc. is another user with a new SAS AI application. Citi’s treasury and trade solutions unit has deployed natural language processing software and machine learning models running in SAS 9’s Enterprise Miner data mining tool to analyze millions of documents on global supply chain transactions for possible compliance problems related to trade rules and restrictions.

Citi, which is working with SAS and consulting firm EY on the project, has 4,000 back-office employees who have been manually checking digitized versions of the 25 million trade-related pages it collects annually. That meant the New York-based bank could only analyze individual transactions, hampering its ability to track the activities of trading partners and networks over time and identify suspicious changes in behavior, said Valeria Sica, global trade services head at Citi.

Initially, Citi plans to use the SAS tools to flag potential compliance issues, which would then be vetted by workers to determine if they’re valid issues. “Down the road, we think we’ll be able to pass the decision-making to the engine, but we’re not there yet,” Sica said in a conference session, adding that Citi eventually plans to migrate to Viya to take advantage of features available only in the cloud suite.

Other added features in the new SAS Platform release include Viya support for SAS Intelligent Decisioning, a real-time analytics tool for managing customer interactions; and SAS Mobile Investigator, which lets business users connect to Viya on their mobile devices to access analytics results and input new data to update analytical models.

Saurabh Gupta, director of advanced analytics and AI product management at SAS, said in an interview at the conference that computer vision and other AI technologies “are part of the cornerstones of Viya.” While most of the new features aren’t being added to SAS 9, Gupta said users of the traditional software can access them via built-in integration hooks with Viya. “But you do have to deploy Viya,” he added.

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Discussion in ‘Desktop Computer Classifieds‘ started by geordieboy25, Mar 13, 2019.

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    Hi guys.

    Just bought a 2nd user laptop and a Lenovo M93P sff.

    None of which came with memory and I’d like a few 4gb ddr3 sticks

    Also the M93P was a barebones kit so would like a cheap cpu. Just wanted to get it up and running, nothing fancy please.

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    CEX are cheap for 4GB DDR3 – £8, or £9.50 posted. They’re the cheapest I’ve found.

    Is your Lenovo one of the tiny range? If it is, make sure you buy an Intel from their “T” series as they tiny ones aren’t designed for the thermal load of a non-T CPU.

    Great little machines.

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    I have 2 stick of 4gb DDR3 at home, do you need low voltage ram in the SFF?

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    Not too sure, is it SODIMMS that you have?

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    Yes, I know the ultra small form factor units require PC3L is all, not sure about the SFF It was something I ran into on the m92p.

    I have Low voltage sticks, but if it will take standard PC3 then CEX will be 50p per stick cheaper than me.

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    Hiya. I have a pentium g3258 if that’s of interest?

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    Thanks but I think I need a “t” series cpu.

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    @geordieboy25 Are you still after DDR3 laptop RAM? I have 2x 4GB matching sticks if that helps.

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    How much please?

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    £18 delivered ok? I can send via 1st class recorded Monday morning and you should get Tuesday or Wednesday at the latest as I’m at work till 6pm today.

    Would like to avoid sending normal 1st class as just in case they get lost in the post.

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    Sorry just to add that the modules are a matching pair of the below. They were inside a HP laptop which my 6yr old daughter was using for playing games to help her read. Moved her onto a PC now.

    Hynix 4GB PC3L – 12800S (part number: HMT351S6EFR8A)

    These are going for about £13 for 4GB on eBay so £18 inc delivery for 8GB is a steal

    Thanks.

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    Not heard back so i’ll create a For Sale advert as it looks like you’re not interested.

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Dell announces latest additions to its portfolio | Windows Experience Blog

At Dell Technologies World 2019, Dell announced the launch of the latest additions to its portfolio: 10th generation of Latitude commercial PCs, the Dell Precision 3540 and 3541 mobile workstations, as well as two new Vostro laptops.

Dell Latitude 7400

Devices in the Latitude line — which run on Windows 10 Pro – have been completely reimagined to address the needs of the evolving workforce. The new portfolio of Dell mobile business PCs is designed with IT departments in mind and aims to get business users productive faster and keep them productive longer, no matter when, where or how they work. The Latitude series includes next-gen biometric sign-in and Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) security options, as well as Express technology options to boost employee productivity.
Designed for students and professionals with heavy Excel workbook, 2D CAD, or simple 3D CAD design workloads, the Dell Precision 3540 mobile workstation is an affordable solution for those looking for workstation-class performance in a small footprint. The new Dell Precision 3541 mobile workstation will offer additional power, with 9th generation 8-core Intel Core and 6-core Intel Xeon processor options.
The new Vostro 13 5000 and Vostro 15 7000 are designed with the needs of small businesses in mind. Vostro laptops come with integrated security features. Running on Windows 10 Pro, they offer powerful processors to support editing and running applications.
Find out more on the Microsoft 365 Blog.