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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
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    £715 for the whole kit, incl.

    Price and currency: various
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    DO NOT proceed with a deal until you are completely satisfied with all details being correct. It’s in your best interest to check out these details yourself.

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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

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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.
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Announcing Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 18860 | Windows Experience Blog

Hello Windows Insiders, today we are releasing 20H1 Build 18860 to Windows Insiders who have opted into Skip Ahead. Remember – these builds are from the 20H1 development branch. Some things we are working on in 20H1 require a longer lead time. We will begin releasing 19H2 bits to Insiders later this spring after we get 19H1 nearly finished and ready; once 19H1 is “nearly finished and ready” we’ll also use the Release Preview ring for previews of drivers and quality updates on 19H1.
IMPORTANT: As is normal with builds early in the development cycle, these builds may contain bugs that might be painful for some. If you take this flight, you won’t be able to switch back to the Fast or Slow rings without doing a clean-install on your PC and starting over.
If you are looking for a complete look at what build is in which Insider ring – head on over to Flight Hub. You can also check out the rest of our documentation here including a complete list of new features and updates that have gone out as part of Insider flights for the current development cycle.

Bringing SwiftKey’s Typing Intelligence to Even More Languages
As many of you know, we’ve been working on bringing SwiftKey’s typing intelligence to Windows. We’re excited to announce that we’re expanding support to these 39 languages:
Afrikaans (South Africa),  Albanian (Albania),  Arabic (Saudi Arabia),  Armenian (Armenia), Azerbaijani (Azerbaijan), Basque (Spain), Bulgarian (Bulgaria), Catalan (Spain), Croatian (Croatia), Czech (Czech Republic), Danish (Denmark), Dutch (Netherlands), Estonian (Estonia), Finnish (Finland), Galician (Spain), Georgian (Georgia), Greek (Greece), Hausa (Nigeria), Hebrew (Israel), Hindi (India), Hungarian (Hungary), Indonesian (Indonesia), Kazakh (Kazakhstan), Latvian (Latvia), Lithuanian (Lithuania), Macedonian (Macedonia), Malay (Malaysia), Norwegian (Bokmal, Norway), Persian (Iran), Polish (Poland), Romanian (Romania), Serbian (Serbia), Serbian (Serbia), Slovak (Slovakia),  Slovenian (Slovenia), Swedish (Sweden), Turkish (Turkey), Ukrainian (Ukraine), Uzbek (Uzbek)
What does this mean for you? Basically, we’re updating the underlying language model when typing in each of these languages, to improve the accuracy of the autocorrections, shapewriting, and predictions. You’d notice this when using the touch keyboard, or the hardware keyboard text predictions (if enabled).
If you use these languages above to type, help us make your typing experience even better by sharing feedback! (being as specific as possible, if you can). We’ll be posting a Quest about this improvement in the Feedback Hub soon.

We fixed a Microsoft Edge crash encountered when interacting with combo boxes in PDF forms.
We fixed an issue that could result in night light being on after an upgrade, even though all the settings showed that night light should be off.
We fixed an issue where using the slider to adjust the night light strength could result in night light getting stuck on.
We fixed an issue where night light was skipping the fade transition when it was turned off (manually or scheduled).
We fixed an issue resulting in increased battery drain while the screen was on in recent builds.
We fixed an issue resulting in the “…” menu contents being clipped for certain apps like Voice Recorder and Alarms and Clock when the app was full screen.
We fixed an issue resulting in some Insiders experiencing bugcheck green screens citing a KERNEL_SECURITY_VIOLATION error.
We fixed an issue preventing certain VMs from being able to install or update Windows Insider Preview builds – the VM would hang on the black screen with the Windows logo.
We fixed an issue where right-clicking a Wi-Fi entry in the taskbar network list when using light theme would bring up a dark theme’d context menu.
We fixed an issue resulting in Settings crashing for some Insiders when clicking the Apps section.

Launching games that use anti-cheat software may trigger a bugcheck (GSOD).
When performing Reset this PC and selecting Keep my files on a device that has Reserved Storage enabled, the user will need to initiate an extra reboot to ensure Reserved Storage is working again properly.
Some Realtek SD card readers are not functioning properly. We are investigating the issue.
Creative X-Fi sound cards are not functioning properly. We are partnering with Creative to resolve this issue.

If you install any of the recent builds from the Skip Ahead and switch to either the Fast ring or the Slow ring, optional content such as enabling developer mode will fail. You will have to remain in the Fast ring to add/install/enable optional content. This is because optional content will only install on builds approved for specific rings.

Now that Selection Sunday has passed, it’s time to get your brackets ready for March Madness! From First Four to Final Four, Bing has you covered with current brackets, game schedules, rankings and more.
If you want to be among the first to learn about these Bing features, join our Bing Insider Program.
No downtime for Hustle-As-A-Service,Dona

Big Boi of Outkast to Compete in Xbox Game Pass Challenge on Next Xbox Sessions on March 21 – Xbox Wire

Seven-time Grammy® Award-winning artist, rapper, songwriter, record producer, actor and philanthropist, Big Boi, will be joining us for the next Xbox Sessions on March 21! In this episode, Big Boi will take part in the Xbox Game Pass challenge, playing two great games from the Xbox Game Pass library. Tune in on Thursday, March 21 at 4:00 p.m. PT via the Mixer Xbox Channel, Twitch Xbox Channel and YouTube Xbox Channel to see Big Boi’s gaming skills in action!

Hosted by Marissa Roberto, Big Boi’s Xbox Sessions episode was filmed on-site at Fader Fort, SXSW – a three-day event featuring entertainment, live performances and the VIP Xbox Game Pass Lounge where emerging artists and creatives experienced their favorite games from the 100+ titles available with Xbox Game Pass.

Catch the episode to see Big Boi compete in challenges in Forza Horizon 4 and Halo: The Master Chief Collection from the Xbox Game Pass library! If you haven’t tried Xbox Game Pass, join today and get your first month for just $1. With over 100 great games for one low monthly price, plus, more games added all the time, including highly-anticipated new Xbox One exclusives the day they’re released, Xbox Game Pass is the new way for you to discover and play your next favorite game.

Don’t miss out on this episode, airing on Thursday, March 21 at 4:00 p.m. PST on the Mixer Xbox Channel, Twitch Xbox Channel and YouTube Xbox Channel.

Stay tuned to Xbox Wire for more upcoming episodes of Xbox Sessions!

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How to Set up Azure Network Adapter in 4 Steps in Windows Server 2019

As established organizations adopt a cloud migration strategy, many are realizing that moving their services to the public cloud is not an “all or nothing” operation. In fact, more businesses are opting to use a hybrid cloud approach, where their critical or sensitive data, such as customer records or intellectual property will usually remain on-premises. They will deploy their scalable or commodity services, such as their web servers, on the public cloud. To connect these distributed components, administrators need to configure some type of secured and reliable network connection between their datacenter and the public cloud to create a hybrid cloud application. However, setting up this secure interface between sites has traditionally been challenging.

In the past, deploying the cross-premises virtual adapter basically required setting up a site-to-site VPN connection between two endpoints. The on-premises site would use a VPN device and Azure would use an Azure VPN gateway on the Azure virtual network. Next you would have to go through a complex series of steps (documented here by Microsoft) which may include creating private IP address spaces, VPN devices, changes to your routing infrastructure, a web proxy, Routing and Remote Access Services (RRAS) configuration, DNS updates, AD updates, routing table updates, an IPsec shared key, along with correctly executing dozens of PowerShell cmdlets. With the latest release of Windows Server 2019, point-to-site connections no longer require a VPN device or public-facing IP address. This blog will show you how to quickly configure this connection using Windows Admin Center with Windows Server 2019.

Hybrid Cloud Connectivity with Windows Admin Center

The latest release of Windows Server 2019 has enabled the hybrid cloud connection to be made using the new Azure Network Adapter which is configured from Windows Admin Center (Demo of WAC here if interested). Windows Admin Center started as a centralized GUI management console for Windows Server hosts, clusters and virtual machines. It has since evolved to support a variety of other roles, including some hybrid cloud management capabilities. In addition to supporting the Azure Network Adapter, WAC also provides identity through Azure Active Directory authentication, basic management of Azure IaaS virtual machines, disaster recovery for VMs using Azure Site Recovery, and patching of VMs using Azure Update Management.

Windows Admin Center is a powerful suite of management tools. If you want to learn more, we have a webinar coming up led by two expert Microsoft MVPs demonstrating key features of Windows Admin Center which will provide the greatest benefit to your running of Windows Server. The live demo webinar How to Manage Windows Server Like a Boss with Windows Admin Center will be held on April 9th, 2019, and is open for registration now! Save your seat

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How to Configure the Azure Network Adapter in Windows Server 2019

1. Install WAC and Prepare Microsoft Azure

Once you have planned which parts of your distributed application will run in Azure and designated a safe maintenance window, you should prepare both sites. Within your own datacenter, you need to install Windows Admin Center and ensure it has access to manage any servers which will be directly connected to Azure. If you are already using System Center or other solutions to manage those servers, that is fine, but make sure that WAC sees any servers that will function as a gateway to Azure. For Microsoft Azure, you need to ensure that you have an account which is backed by a valid payment method. Within the Azure Portal you must then deploy at least one Azure Virtual Network which is what Windows Admin Center will discover and connect to.

2. Register your Gateway with Azure

Once you have installed Windows Admin Center, the first step to unlock any of the hybrid cloud capabilities is to connect your on-premises environment to your Azure subscription. You do this by selecting the Azure tab under the WAC settings. Next, a wizard will guide you through the steps of creating an Azure AD app in your directory, the component which is used for authenticating any clients accessing this connection.

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Figure 1 – Registering your Azure account within Windows Admin Center

3. Add the Azure Network Adapter

After registering your gateway to provide identity and security, you can configure the Azure Network Adapter to connect your site and hybrid applications. Through the Windows Admin Center console, select Network > Add Azure Network Adapter which will launch a wizard in the right pane. Simply enter and review the pre-populated information about the Azure subscription, location, virtual network, gateway subnet, gateway SKU, client address space, and type of authenticate certificate. Once you click create, this connection will seamlessly be established, however, this may take some time (up to 30 minutes), so be patient. As you may have inferred from reviewing the previous configuration steps, a lot of discrete tasks are happening behind the scenes. You can see the progress and status from the WAC alerts console.

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Figure 2 – Adding an Azure Network Adapter from Windows Admin Center

4. Test the Azure Network Adapter

Once the wizard completes, you will see the status as “Connected” in the WAC console. To test that you have connectivity through the expected IP Address, from your on-premises server you can simply ping an IP Address on the gateway subnet which you configured. A response indicates that the connection was successful. If you look at your Network Connections under the Control Panel, you can also see a Point-to-Site VPN connection has been configured as a WAN Miniport (IKEv2).

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Figure 3 – Windows Admin Center with a hybrid cloud connection to Azure

Now your hybrid cloud network has been configured and you are ready to take advantage of the public cloud. If you are migrating an existing on-premises service to Azure, make sure you closely follow every step and be sure to test the solution before you go live. Consider configuring monitoring and network load-balancing in Azure to help you scale and grow your hybrid infrastructure. One popular migration method is to take a complete backup of your on-premises application and restore it to Azure, which essentially moves your workload to the public cloud. Backup providers such as Altaro VM Backup make this easy and cost-effective, helping you streamline your hybrid cloud deployment. Also, consider using the Azure Migrate toolkit to help you plan, inventory, size, and migrate any parts of your hybrid cloud application.

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Author: Symon Perriman

Ctera Networks and HPE combine for hyper-converged gateway

Ctera Networks partnered with Hewlett Packard Enterprise on a new hyper-converged cloud gateway that targets enterprises with remote offices and virtual desktop infrastructure.

The Ctera Edge X Series appliance combines HPE’s SimpliVity hyper-converged software and Ctera’s Enterprise File Services Platform for capabilities such as inline deduplication, local high availability and asynchronous cloud replication.

Ctera’s gateway technology caches hot data on premises for fast access and tiers colder data to cheaper object storage in private and public clouds, all managed through a global file system. The company originally sold branded appliances on generic white box hardware for small offices and later added the V Series to enable its software to run in virtual machines (VMs) on cloud servers and in hyper-converged infrastructure such as Nutanix.

Ctera Networks in 2018 introduced its H Series enterprise server options from Dell EMC and HPE to boost performance and cache capacity for medium-sized customers. The H Series Edge Filers could run applications in multiple VMware VMs on the same appliances that store customers’ most frequently accessed files.

Ctera Networks Edge X enables larger workloads

The Edge X Series adds hyper-converged software and enables larger workloads than the H Series, said Jim Crook, Ctera’s director of marketing. The X Series has 192 GB of memory in comparison to the 64 GB of the H Series, Crook said. The X Series is designed to accommodate 5,000 users, and the H Series supports 3,000 in the maximum configuration, he said.

The Ctera Networks Edge X Series requires a minimum configuration of two 2U rack nodes for high availability on a local basis, whereas the H Series uses a single 1U or 2U node and relies on the cloud for redundancy. Another distinction is that the X Series caches data only in SSDs, while the H Series offers the option of SSDs or slower SATA-based HDDs.

Ctera’s new XC900 model supports an estimated 24 TB of usable cache capacity after deduplication, with nine 1.92 TB SSDs per node. The XC1200 model offers a usable local cache capacity of 40 TB after deduplication, with a maximum of 12 of the 1.92 TB SSDs per node.

The X Series uses SimpliVity’s deduplication on the local appliance and Ctera’s deduplication for any data sent to the cloud. Because the deduplication technologies are incompatible, any data accessed from the cloud must be rehydrated on the local appliance, Ctera CEO Liran Eshel said.

Ctera Networks' Edge X Series
Ctera Networks’ Edge X Series cloud gateway appliance

Key use cases

Eshel said virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) service and remote office file services are key use cases for the Edge X Series. Ctera could serve as the storage target for VDI-based unstructured data and tier it to AWS, Microsoft Azure or other public clouds to reduce costs and facilitate elastic scalability, he said. Ctera could similarly serve as a file storage target for remote office desktops.

Krista Macomber, a senior analyst at Storage Switzerland, said the X Series appliance could serve as the primary NAS device for a remote office or VDI workload to give users faster access to the data that’s synchronized to lower-cost object storage. The X Series could help large enterprises in highly regulated sectors, such as financial services or government, that can’t fully migrate to off-premises infrastructure but require more effective and less expensive ways to collaborate, she said.

“Unstructured data is a growing problem for businesses in every vertical, and Ctera is looking to bridge the transition between the file-based information that most legacy applications still need and the flexibility of cloud-based object storage,” wrote Steven Hill, a senior analyst at 451 Research, in an email. “This will become an even larger problem as the growing number of IoT applications continues to move compute closer to the edge, while insuring secure data movement and management to the enterprise core for extended business use.”

Ctera’s competition includes NAS players such as NetApp and Dell EMC from an edge filer standpoint, Nasuni and Panzura in hybrid cloud NAS, and Box and Microsoft OneDrive for its file sync-and-share capabilities, said Mike Leone, a senior analyst at Enterprise Strategy Group.

Pricing for the new Edge X Series starts at $100,000. Ctera Networks provides support and maintenance for the full system.

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Defending Office 365 with Graph Analytics

In Office 365, we are continually improving the detection and response systems that safeguard your data. We gather many terabytes of telemetry from our service infrastructure each day and apply real-time and batch analytics to rapidly detect unauthorized access. The same engineers who design and operate the Office 365 service also analyze and act on…

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For Sale – PC i5-6600/16GB Ram/RX580 QuickSale Needed!

For sale my gaming PC, was built only 2 weeks ago but circumstances have changed so I have to sell it.

CPU: i5 6600

Mobo: MSI H110M-PRO VD

RAM: 16GB DDR4

GPU: Sapphire 8GB RX580(handles any game in full HD at max settings)

PSU: MS Tech 600W

Storage: 240GB SSD

Case: DeppCool

Fans: 3 Blue LED Fans

Case: deepcool steam castle

Wifi: AC1200 PCI E x1

CPU cooler is not stock so gives better cooling.

Any question please ask. Willing to post first to members with high feedback.

Thank you

Price and currency: 500
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