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Everything Xbox Announced Today at gamescom: Forza Horizon 4, PUBG, State of Decay 2, and More – Xbox Wire

Here at Xbox, we love gamescom because it allows us to connect more directly with our fans, both here in Germany and across Europe. Our European audience has always been important to us, and we’re continuing our ongoing commitment to talent and great studios in Europe, including Playground Games, Ninja Theory, Rare, and Mojang. We could not be more excited to be here in Cologne, where our fans are enjoying one of the most diverse selection of games in recent years with 25 playable titles in our booth. From fast-paced action games to thrilling driving games to fun platformers, games play best on Xbox One.

Today, via a special episode of Inside Xbox broadcast directly from our booth at gamescom, we gave fans here in Germany and around the world a closer look at some of the exciting games coming to Xbox One over the next year, unveiled new Xbox One bundles and accessories, revealed new Xbox Game Pass titles, and much more.

More on Forza Horizon 4’s Team Multiplayer Action

As Forza Horizon 4 races towards launch, we got more information about Team Adventure, the new competitive multiplayer mode that allows players to team up and take on the world in races, games and frantic Freeroam Rushes. With brand new Leagues to rise through, unique rewards to be won and prestigious Grandmaster titles to aim for, start picking your teammates now and be ready when the first four-week series begins on Oct. 2 when Forza Horizon 4 launches worldwide on Xbox One, Windows 10 and included with Xbox Game Pass.

PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds Graduating from Xbox Game Preview; Full Content Release Coming September 4

We announced that PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG) will exit the Xbox Game Preview program on September 4, 2018 to Full Product Release (1.0). While PUBG Corp. will continue to enhance the game and deliver new content to Xbox players, the Full Product Release marks the culmination of our combined efforts in Xbox Game Preview, where we worked closely with the passionate and engaged Xbox community to regularly update, tune, stabilize and enhance the PUBG experience for Xbox One. For more on today’s PUBG news, read the Xbox Wire post here.

Xbox Game Pass Announces Halo: The Master Chief Collection Coming in September, a Mobile App Beta and Special Offers for New Members

Xbox Game Pass provides gamers the ultimate value and freedom to play over 100 great games for one low monthly price. It is also continuously evolving based on valuable feedback from our members and has new games added every single month, including popular releases this summer such as Fallout 4 and Rocket League. Building on this, today, we announced the latest addition to the service with Halo: The Master Chief Collection on September 1, which has been a top requested game by fans.

We are also excited to announce the release of the Xbox Game Pass app, now available on iOS and Android. Browse any of the games in the Xbox Game Pass catalog, discover new titles and download them straight to your console when you’re on your mobile device. That way, they’re ready to play the next time you turn on your Xbox One. If you haven’t tried Xbox Game Pass yet, we also have a special offer for new members. Starting today until August 31 you can get one month of Xbox Game Pass for just $2 (or equivalent local currency) and receive a second month for free in nearly all countries where Xbox Game Pass is available or check with your local retailers for other great offers. Visit here for more details or the Xbox Game Pass tab on your Xbox One. For more on today’s Xbox Game Pass announcements, read the Xbox Wire post here.

Ori and the Will of the Wisps Reveals New Gameplay

We got a closer look at the highly anticipated sequel Ori and the Will of the Wisps, with a focus on the new Spirit Trials feature. These fast paced, highly repayable race sequences spread throughout the game allow Ori players to compete asynchronously with other members of the community for in-game rewards and placement on the Spirit Trials leaderboards. Fans at gamescom will get a chance to check out Ori’s immersive world, dynamic combat mechanics, gripping enemy encounters and challenging puzzles for themselves. Ori and the Will of the Wisps releases on Xbox One and Windows 10 in 2019.

Undead Labs Keeps the Zombies Coming with State of Decay 2’s Daybreak Pack

Zombie killing fans will be happy to hear that Undead Labs is continuing their post-release momentum through new add-on content for State of Decay 2. Daybreak Pack will give fans more of the multiplayer action they’ve been asking for with an all-new siege defense game mode that gives players the ability to fight zombies, complete missions and earn rewards as a respawning Red Talon soldier with up to three friends. It will be available on Sept. 12. State of Decay 2 is available on Xbox One, Windows 10, and also included with Xbox Game Pass. For more on today’s State of Decay 2 Daybreak Pack announcement, read the Xbox Wire post here.

Journey to Perilous New Lands in Sea of Thieves Forsaken Shores

Today, we also gave players their first look at our third major free content update for Sea of Thieves in The Forsaken Shores. Launching September 19, and also available within Xbox Game Pass, The Forsaken Shores will take players to The Devil’s Roar to encounter brand new environmental perils with volcanoes, geysers and earthquakes added to the game. With more than five million pirates around the globe, The Forsaken Shores further expands the ever-growing world of Sea of Thieves.

New Xbox One Bundles and Accessories Offer Something for Everyone

We’ve announced more new Xbox One bundles and accessories at this year’s gamescom than ever before, with 8 new bundles and 3 new controller designs, including the first ever Xbox One X Special Edition console bundle—the Xbox One X Gold Rush Special Edition Battlefield V Bundle—as well as the Xbox Wireless Controller – PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds Limited Edition and new camo and shadow options for Xbox Design Lab. For complete details on all of our announcement, read the Xbox Wire post here.

From Blockbuster Titles to Innovative Indies, Games Play Best on Xbox One

Xbox One continues to be the best place to play the biggest and best blockbuster games, including over 220 titles enhanced for Xbox One X, the world’s most powerful console. Dozens of new games from some of the world’s most talented creators are coming to the platform, such as Bethesda’s Fallout 76, Ubisoft Massive’s The Division 2, Rockstar Games’ Red Dead Redemption 2, Square-Enix’s Kingdom Hearts 3, Capcom’s Devil May Cry 5, Electronic Arts’ Battlefield V, 4A Games’ Metro Exodus, Activision’s Call of Duty: Black Ops IV and Square Enix Montreal’s Shadow of the Tomb Raider, with many enhanced for Xbox One X. On today’s episode of Inside Xbox, we took an in-depth look at a number of these titles, including:

  • Tom Clancy’s The Division 2 (Ubisoft Massive): Developed by Ubisoft Massive and the same teams that brought you Tom Clancy’s The Division, Tom Clancy’s The Division 2 is an online open-world, action-shooter RPG experience set in a collapsing and fractured Washington, D.C. This rich new setting combines a wide variety of beautiful, iconic and realistic environments where the player will experience the series’ trademark for authenticity in world- building, rich RPG systems, and fast-paced action like never before. Play solo or co-op with a team of up to four players to complete a wide range of activities, from the main campaign and adversarial PvP matches to the Dark Zone — where anything can happen.
  • Fallout 76 (Bethesda): The award-winning creators of Skyrim and Fallout 4 welcome you to Fallout 76 — a stunning prequel and the largest world ever created in the legendary Fallout universe. Set in the hills of West Virginia, you are one of the first to emerge, into a new and untamed wasteland.
  • Devil May Cry 5 (Capcom): A brand-new entry in the legendary over-the-top action series comes to Xbox One in spring 2019, complete with its signature blend of high-octane stylized action and otherworldly and original characters the series is known for. Years have passed since the legions of hell have set foot in this world, but now a new demonic invasion has begun, and humanity’s last hope will rest in the hands of three lone demon hunters, each offering a radically different play style. United by fate and a thirst for vengeance, these demon hunters will have to face their demons if they hope to survive. The devil you know returns in the most over the top, technically advanced, utterly insane action experience of this generation. Devil May Cry 5 unleashes its demonic fury on March 8, 2019.
  • The Dark Pictures (Bandai Namco Entertainment): From the developers of Until Dawn comes The Dark Pictures – a series of intense, standalone, branching cinematic horror games that combine state of the art graphics with powerful storytelling to create a terrifying new gaming experience. Man of Medan is the first game in the Dark Pictures Anthology, bringing supernatural horror to the South Pacific. Five friends set sail on a holiday diving trip. With a rumoured WWII wreck to find, and plenty of on-deck partying to be had, the group is ready for what should be the dive trip of a lifetime. As the day unfolds, and a storm rolls in, their trip soon changes into something much more sinister and terrifying. As the player, you’ll get to shape the story through your actions and decisions. Who will live and who will die is up to you. Can you save them all?
  • Shadow of the Tomb Raider (Square Enix Montreal): Experience Lara Croft’s defining moment as she becomes the Tomb Raider. In Shadow of the Tomb Raider, Lara must master a deadly jungle, overcome terrifying tombs, and persevere through her darkest hour. As she races to save the world from a Mayan apocalypse, Lara will ultimately be forged into the Tomb Raider she is destined to be.

Five Great Games are Coming to Steam and PC Disc on September 14

There’s lots of big Xbox One news here at gamescom, but we’ve got some news for PC gamers too, with our announcement of five games soon to be available via Steam and on PC disc. ReCore: Definitive Edition is an action-packed adventure in which charming robotic companions are your key to saving humankind.  We’ve also got four great titles that everyone in the family can enjoy. Super Lucky’s Tale is a delightful 3D platformer that follows the adventures of a brave fox named Lucky on his quest to help his sister rescue the mysterious Book of Ages. Disneyland Adventures allows Disney fans of all ages to explore Disneyland park, embarking on quests, meeting characters and more. In the 3D platforming game Rush: A Disney-Pixar Adventure, fans can visit the worlds of six beloved Disney-Pixar films to solve puzzles and uncover hidden secrets. Finally, you can create the zoo of your dreams with Zoo Tycoon: Ultimate Animal Collection. Don’t miss them!

Finally, come down to our booth at gamescom this year and visit the Inside Xbox Lounge in association with Samsung. The lounge marks the start of an official partnership between Samsung and Xbox in Europe – it’s an area to chillout away from the busy show floor to experience the ‘Unbeatable Combination’ of Samsung’s premium QLED 4K TVs, alongside Xbox One X, the most powerful console in the world!

Azure ExpressRoute updates – New partnerships, monitoring and simplification

Azure ExpressRoute allows enterprise customers to privately and directly connect to Microsoft’s cloud services, providing a more predictable networking experience than traditional internet connections. ExpressRoute is available in 42 peering locations globally and is supported by a large ecosystem of more than 100 connectivity providers. Leading customers use ExpressRoute to connect their on-premises networks to Azure, as a vital part of managing and running their mission critical applications and services.

Cisco to build Azure ExpressRoute practice

As we continue to grow the ExpressRoute experience in Azure, we’ve found our enterprise customers benefit from understanding networking issues that occur in their internal networks with hybrid architectures. These issues can impact their mission-critical workloads running in the cloud.

To help address on-premises issues, which often require deep technical networking expertise, we continue to partner closely with Cisco to provide a better customer networking experience. Working together, we can solve the most challenging networking issues encountered by enterprise customers using Azure ExpressRoute.

Today, Cisco announced an extended partnership with Microsoft to build a new network practice providing Cisco Solution Support for Azure ExpressRoute.   We are fully committed to working with Cisco and other partners with deep networking experience to build and expand on their networking practices and help accelerate our customers’ journey to Azure.

Cisco Solution Support provides customers with additional centralized options for support and guidance for Azure ExpressRoute, targeting the customers on premises end of the network.

New monitoring options for ExpressRoute

To provide more visibility into ExpressRoute network traffic, Network Performance Monitor (NPM) for ExpressRoute will be generally available in six regions in mid-February, following a successful preview announced at Microsoft Ignite 2017. NPM enables customers to continuously monitor their ExpressRoute circuits and alert on several key networking metrics including availability, latency, and throughput in addition to providing graphical view of the network topology. 

NPM for ExpressRoute can easily be configured through the Azure portal to quickly start monitoring your connections.

We will continue to enhance the footprint, features and functionality of NPM of ExpressRoute to provide richer monitoring capabilities for ExpressRoute. 

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Figure 1: Network Performance Monitor and Endpoint monitoring simplifies ExpressRoute monitoring

Endpoint monitoring for ExpressRoute enables customers to monitor connectivity not only to PaaS services such as Azure Storage but also SaaS services such as Office 365 over ExpressRoute. Customers can continuously measure and alert on the latency, jitter, packet loss and topology of their circuits from any site to PaaS and SaaS services. A new preview of Endpoint Monitoring for ExpressRoute will be available in mid-February.

Simplifying ExpressRoute peering

To further simplify management and configuration of ExpressRoute we have merged public and Microsoft peerings. Now available on Microsoft peering are Azure PaaS services such as Azure Storage and Azure SQL along with Microsoft SaaS services (Dynamics 365 and Office 365). Access to your Azure Virtual Networking remains on private peering.

ExpressRoute with Microsoft peering and private peering

Figure 2: ExpressRoute with Microsoft peering and private peering

ExpressRoute, using BGP, provides Microsoft prefixes to your internal network. Route filters allow you to select the specific Office 365 or Dynamics 365 services (prefixes) accessed via ExpressRoute. You can also select Azure services by region (e.g. Azure US West, Azure Europe North, Azure East Asia). Previously this capability was only available on ExpressRoute Premium. We will be enabling Microsoft peering configuration for standard ExpressRoute circuits in mid-February.

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New ExpressRoute locations

ExpressRoute is always configured as a redundant pair of virtual connections across two physical routers. This highly available connection enables us to offer an enterprise-grade SLA. We recommend that customers connect to Microsoft in multiple ExpressRoute locations to meet their Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery (BCDR) requirements. Previously this required customers to have ExpressRoute circuits in two different cities. In select locations we will provide a second ExpressRoute site in a city that already has an ExpressRoute site. A second peering location is now available in Singapore. We will add more ExpressRoute locations within existing cities based on customer demand. We’ll announce more sites in the coming months.

For Sale – i7 6700 + ASRock Z170M mATX

Have this bundle for sale, the ASRock motherboard supports SKY OC which allows overclocking of the 6700 non-k. Only tried overclocking to 4.5GHz which was stable, but has been at stock for most of its life.

The motherboard has one of the plastic pcie “locks” snapped. This does not affect the performance of the board and the pcie slot is still usable.

Will be posted via special delivery.
I’ll throw in a free Corsair H45 Liquid Cooler if you collect from Exeter

Price and currency: £250
Delivery: Delivery cost is included within my country
Payment method: BT
Location: Exeter
Advertised elsewhere?: Advertised elsewhere
Prefer goods collected?: I have no preference

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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.

For Sale – i7 6700 + ASRock Z170M mATX

Have this bundle for sale, the ASRock motherboard supports SKY OC which allows overclocking of the 6700 non-k. Only tried overclocking to 4.5GHz which was stable, but has been at stock for most of its life.

The motherboard has one of the plastic pcie “locks” snapped. This does not affect the performance of the board and the pcie slot is still usable.

Will be posted via special delivery.
I’ll throw in a free Corsair H45 Liquid Cooler if you collect from Exeter

Price and currency: £250
Delivery: Delivery cost is included within my country
Payment method: BT
Location: Exeter
Advertised elsewhere?: Advertised elsewhere
Prefer goods collected?: I have no preference

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By replying to this thread you agree to abide by the trading rules detailed here.
Please be advised, all buyers and sellers should satisfy themselves that the other party is genuine by providing the following via private conversation to each other after negotiations are complete and prior to dispatching goods and making payment:

  • Landline telephone number. Make a call to check out the area code and number are correct, too
  • Name and address including postcode
  • Valid e-mail address

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.

For Sale – i7 6700 + ASRock Z170M mATX

Have this bundle for sale, the ASRock motherboard supports SKY OC which allows overclocking of the 6700 non-k. Only tried overclocking to 4.5GHz which was stable, but has been at stock for most of its life.

The motherboard has one of the plastic pcie “locks” snapped. This does not affect the performance of the board the the pcie slot is still usable.

Will be posted via special delivery.

Price and currency: £250
Delivery: Delivery cost is included within my country
Payment method: BT
Location: Exeter
Advertised elsewhere?: Advertised elsewhere
Prefer goods collected?: I have no preference

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  • Landline telephone number. Make a call to check out the area code and number are correct, too
  • Name and address including postcode
  • Valid e-mail address

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.

Device Naming for Network Adapters in Hyper-V 2016

Not all of the features introduced with Hyper-V 2016 made a splash. One of the less-published improvements allows you to determine a virtual network adapter’s name from within the guest operating system. I don’t even see it in any official documentation, so I don’t know what to officially call it. The related settings use the term “device naming”, so we’ll call it that. Let’s see how to put it to use.

Requirements for Device Naming for Network Adapters in Hyper-V 2016

For this feature to work, you need:

  • 2016-level hypervisor: Hyper-V Server, Windows Server, Windows 10
  • Generation 2 virtual machine
  • Virtual machine with a configuration version of at least 6.2
  • Windows Server 2016 or Windows 10 guest

What is Device Naming for Hyper-V Virtual Network Adapters?

You may already be familiar with a technology called “Consistent Device Naming”. If you were hoping to use that with your virtual machines, sorry! The device naming feature utilized by Hyper-V is not the same thing. I don’t know for sure, but I’m guessing that the Hyper-V Integration Services enable this feature.

Basically, if you were expecting to see something different in the Network and Sharing Center, it won’t happen:

harn_nscenterNor in Get-NetAdapter:

harn_getnetadapter

In contrast, a physical system employing Consistent Device Naming would have automatically named the network adapters in some fashion that reflected their physical installation. For example, “SLOT 4 Port 1” would be the name of the first port of a multi-port adapter installed in the fourth PCIe slot. It may not always be easy to determine how the manufacturers numbered their slots and ports, but it helps more than “Ethernet 5”.

Anyway, you don’t get that out of Hyper-V’s device naming feature. Instead, it shows up as an advanced feature. You can see that in several ways. First, I’ll show you how to set the value.

Setting Hyper-V’s Network Device Name in PowerShell

From the management operating system or a remote PowerShell session opened to the management operating system, use Set-VMNetworkAdapter:

This enables device naming for all of the virtual adapters connected to the virtual machine named sv16g2.

If you try to enable it for a generation 1 virtual machine, you get a clear error (although sometimes it inexplicably complains about the DVD drive, but eventually it gets where it’s going):

The cmdlet doesn’t know if the guest operating system supports this feature (or even if the virtual machine has an installed operating system).

If you don’t want the default “Virtual Network Adapter” name, then you can set the name at the same time that you enable the feature:

These cmdlets all accept pipeline information as well as a number of other parameters. You can review the TechNet article that I linked in the beginning of this section. I also have some other usage examples on our omnibus networking article.

Reminder: PowerShell is the only way to set the name of a Hyper-V virtual network adapter.

Note: You must reboot the guest operating system for it to reflect the change.

Setting Hyper-V’s Network Device Name in the GUI

You can use Hyper-V Manager or Failover Cluster Manager to enable this feature. Just look at the bottom of the Advanced Features sub-tab of the network adapter’s tab. Check the Enable device naming box. If that box does not appear, you are viewing a generation 1 virtual machine.

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Reminder: PowerShell is the only way to set the name of a Hyper-V virtual network adapter. See the preceding section for instructions.

Note: You must reboot the guest operating system for it to reflect the change.

Viewing Hyper-V’s Network Device Name in the Guest GUI

This will only work in Windows 10/Windows Server 2016 (GUI) guests. The screenshots in this section were taken from a system that still had the default name of Network Adapter.

  1. Start in the Network Connections window. Right-click on the adapter and choose Properties:
    ndn_netadvprops
  2. When the Ethernet # Properties dialog appears, click Configure:
    ndn_netpropsconfbutton
  3. On the Microsoft Hyper-V Network Adapter Properties dialog, switch to the Advanced tab. You’re looking for the Hyper-V Network Adapter Name property. The Value holds the name that Hyper-V holds for the adapter:
    ndn_display

If the Value field is empty, then the feature is not enabled for that adapter or you have not rebooted since enabling it. If the Hyper-V Network Adapter Name property does not exist, then you are using a down-level guest operating system or a generation 1 VM.

Viewing Hyper-V’s Network Device Name in the Guest with PowerShell

As you saw in the preceding section, this field appears with the adapter’s advanced settings. Therefore, you can view it with the Get-NetAdapterAdvancedProperty cmdlet. To see all of the settings for all adapters, use that cmdlet by itself.

ndn_psall

Tab completion doesn’t work for the names, so drilling down just to that item can be a bit of a chore. The long way:

Slightly shorter way:

One of many not future-proofed-but-works-today way:

For automation purposes, you need to query the DisplayValue or the RegistryValue property. I prefer the DisplayValue. It is represented as a standard System.String. The RegistryValue is represented as a System.Array of System.String (or, String[]). It will never contain more than one entry, so dealing with the array is just an extra annoyance.

To pull that field, you could use select (an alias for Select-Object), but I wouldn’t:

ndn_psselectobject

I don’t like select in automation because it creates a custom object. Once you have that object, you then need to take an extra step to extract the value of that custom object. The reason that you used select in the first place was to extract the value. select basically causes you to do double work.

So, instead, I recommend the more .Net way of using a dot selector:

You can store the output of that line directly into a variable that will be created as a System.String type that you can immediately use anywhere that will accept a String:

Notice that I injected the Name property with a value of Ethernet. I didn’t need to do that. I did it to ensure that I only get a single response. Of course, it would fail if the VM didn’t have an adapter named Ethernet. I’m just trying to give you some ideas for your own automation tasks.

Viewing Hyper-V’s Network Device Name in the Guest with Regedit

All of the network adapters’ configurations live in the registry. It’s not exactly easy to find, though. Navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESYSTEMCurrentControlSetControlClass{4d36e972-e325-11ce-bfc1-08002be10318}. Not sure if it’s a good thing or a bad thing, but I can identify that key on sight now. Expand that out, and you’ll find several subkeys with four-digit names. They’ll start at 0000 and count upward. One of them corresponds to the virtual network adapter. The one that you’re looking for will have a KVP named HyperVNetworkAdapterName. Its value will be what you came to see. If you want further confirmation, there will also be KVP named DriverDesc with a value of Microsoft Hyper-V Network Adapter (and possibly a number, if it’s not the first).

Veeam enterprise customers gain enhanced physical protection

Veeam Software continued its move into the enterprise with a partnership that allows it to protect physical workloads in Unix environments.

Through an OEM deal with Cristie Software, the Veeam Availability Platform will support IBM AIX and Oracle Solaris. Co-CEO Peter McKay said Veeam enterprise customers asked the backup and recovery vendor to fill that gap.

“They didn’t care how we got it,” McKay said. “They just wanted to make sure we got the functionality.”

The deal enables Veeam to address the vast majority of data protection for the enterprise, analyst Phil Goodwin said.

“It’s a natural evolution for Veeam,” said Goodwin, IDC research director of data protection. “They’re continuing to move up the market into more enterprise accounts.”

Veeam’s support for IBM AIX and Oracle Solaris is based on technology developed by Cristie. The software company helps organizations protect, recover and move critical machines to dissimilar hardware, hypervisor and cloud environments. It provides instant system recovery, recovery simulation, flexible machine migration and hot standby.

Veeam's Peter McKayPeter McKay

Cristie claims about 3,000 customers worldwide and more than 1,000 enterprises using its software specifically for AIX and Solaris systems. Its full integration into the Veeam platform is due in the first half of 2018.

The integration is especially important for the financial services industry, as well as health care and government, McKay said. He acknowledged that the number of organizations using AIX and Solaris is comparatively low, but having the full support allows Veeam to go after bigger enterprise license agreements.

Veeam claims 267,500 customers and 16,700 service provider partners using its software.

‘Good roadmap’ for Veeam enterprise customers

While Veeam started out in 2006 as virtual machine backup, it has since ventured deeply into cloud and physical data protection. For example, Veeam has recently released agents for Windows and Linux. At the same time, the Veeam enterprise base has grown significantly after years of support mainly for small businesses.

It’s a natural evolution for Veeam. They’re continuing to move up the market into more enterprise accounts.
Phil Goodwinresearch director of data protection, IDC

Veeam has made a significant push in the last year and a half to go after the enterprise more aggressively. In October, the vendor reported 84% year-over-year growth in new enterprise bookings for the third quarter. Recently formed alliances with big name vendors — including Hewlett Packard Enterprise and Cisco — are helping to accelerate Veeam enterprise revenue.

McKay said he thinks organizations will eventually move off AIX and Solaris, but those environments will be around for at least the next five years and require protection.

“[Veeam] can provide for customers that need it while at the same time devote their resources to more growing markets,” namely virtual and cloud, Goodwin said.

With this integration, he said, Veeam is seeking to displace traditional backup vendors such as Veritas and Commvault.

Veeam has focused much of its recent product updates on larger companies. Goodwin, though, pointed to its strong cloud service provider (CSP) ecosystem for the smaller businesses.

“[The CSPs] can attend to the day-to-day requirements,” Goodwin said.

Veeam enterprise customers want simple and flexible, McKay said, and the vendor aims to make its products easier to use. He thinks that increased simplicity and flexibility will come organically, not through a partnership or acquisition.

“We have a good roadmap to get there,” McKay said.

AWS and Microsoft announce Gluon, making deep learning accessible to all developers – News Center

New open source deep learning interface allows developers to more easily and quickly build machine learning models without compromising training performance. Jointly developed reference specification makes it possible for Gluon to work with any deep learning engine; support for Apache MXNet available today and support for Microsoft Cognitive Toolkit coming soon.

SEATTLE and REDMOND, Wash. — Oct. 12, 2017 — On Thursday, Amazon Web Services Inc. (AWS), an Amazon.com company (NASDAQ: AMZN), and Microsoft Corp. (NASDAQ: MSFT) announced a new deep learning library, called Gluon, that allows developers of all skill levels to prototype, build, train and deploy sophisticated machine learning models for the cloud, devices at the edge and mobile apps. The Gluon interface currently works with Apache MXNet and will support Microsoft Cognitive Toolkit (CNTK) in an upcoming release. With the Gluon interface, developers can build machine learning models using a simple Python API and a range of prebuilt, optimized neural network components. This makes it easier for developers of all skill levels to build neural networks using simple, concise code, without sacrificing performance. AWS and Microsoft published Gluon’s reference specification so other deep learning engines can be integrated with the interface. To get started with the Gluon interface, visit https://github.com/gluon-api/gluon-api/.

Developers build neural networks using three components: training data, a model and an algorithm. The algorithm trains the model to understand patterns in the data. Because the volume of data is large and the models and algorithms are complex, training a model often takes days or even weeks. Deep learning engines like Apache MXNet, Microsoft Cognitive Toolkit and TensorFlow have emerged to help optimize and speed the training process. However, these engines require developers to define the models and algorithms up front using lengthy, complex code that is difficult to change. Other deep learning tools make model-building easier, but this simplicity can come at the cost of slower training performance.

The Gluon interface gives developers the best of both worlds — a concise, easy-to-understand programming interface that enables developers to quickly prototype and experiment with neural network models, and a training method that has minimal impact on the speed of the underlying engine. Developers can use the Gluon interface to create neural networks on the fly, and to change their size and shape dynamically. In addition, because the Gluon interface brings together the training algorithm and the neural network model, developers can perform model training one step at a time. This means it is much easier to debug, update and reuse neural networks.

“The potential of machine learning can only be realized if it is accessible to all developers. Today’s reality is that building and training machine learning models require a great deal of heavy lifting and specialized expertise,” said Swami Sivasubramanian, VP of Amazon AI. “We created the Gluon interface so building neural networks and training models can be as easy as building an app. We look forward to our collaboration with Microsoft on continuing to evolve the Gluon interface for developers interested in making machine learning easier to use.”

“We believe it is important for the industry to work together and pool resources to build technology that benefits the broader community,” said Eric Boyd, corporate vice president of Microsoft AI and Research. “This is why Microsoft has collaborated with AWS to create the Gluon interface and enable an open AI ecosystem where developers have freedom of choice. Machine learning has the ability to transform the way we work, interact and communicate. To make this happen we need to put the right tools in the right hands, and the Gluon interface is a step in this direction.”

“FINRA is using deep learning tools to process the vast amount of data we collect in our data lake,” said Saman Michael Far, senior vice president and CTO, FINRA. “We are excited about the new Gluon interface, which makes it easier to leverage the capabilities of Apache MXNet, an open source framework that aligns with FINRA’s strategy of embracing open source and cloud for machine learning on big data.”

“I rarely see software engineering abstraction principles and numerical machine learning playing well together — and something that may look good in a tutorial could be hundreds of lines of code,” said Andrew Moore, dean of the School of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University. “I really appreciate how the Gluon interface is able to keep the code complexity at the same level as the concept; it’s a welcome addition to the machine learning community.”

“The Gluon interface solves the age old problem of having to choose between ease of use and performance, and I know it will resonate with my students,” said Nikolaos Vasiloglou, adjunct professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at Georgia Institute of Technology. “The Gluon interface dramatically accelerates the pace at which students can pick up, apply and innovate on new applications of machine learning. The documentation is great, and I’m looking forward to teaching it as part of my computer science course and in seminars that focus on teaching cutting-edge machine learning concepts across different cities in the U.S.”

“We think the Gluon interface will be an important addition to our machine learning toolkit because it makes it easy to prototype machine learning models,” said Takero Ibuki, senior research engineer at DOCOMO Innovations. “The efficiency and flexibility this interface provides will enable our teams to be more agile and experiment in ways that would have required a prohibitive time investment in the past.”

The Gluon interface is open source and available today in Apache MXNet 0.11, with support for CNTK in an upcoming release. Developers can learn how to get started using Gluon with MXNet by viewing tutorials for both beginners and experts available by visiting https://mxnet.incubator.apache.org/gluon/.

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Today we are launching Try Azure Cosmos DB for free, an experience that allows anyone to play with Azure Cosmos DB, with no Azure sign up required and at no charge for a limited time. As many of you know, Azure Cosmos DB is the first globally distributed, massively scalable, multi-model database service. The service is designed to allow customers to elastically and horizontally scale both throughput and storage across any number of geographical regions.It also offers guaranteed <10 ms latencies at the 99th percentile, 99.99% high availability, and five well defined consistency models to developers to make precise tradeoffs between performance, availability and consistency of data. Azure Cosmos DB is also the first globally distributed database service in the market today to offer comprehensive Service Level Agreements (SLAs) for throughput, latency, availability, and consistency.

Why did we launch Try Cosmos DB for free? It’s simple. We want to make it easy for developers to evaluate Azure Cosmos DB, build and test their app against Azure Cosmos DB, do a hands-on-lab, a tutorial, create a demo or perform unit testing without incurring any costs. Our goal is to enable any developer to easily experience Azure Cosmos DB and what it has to offer, become more comfortable with our database service and build the expertise with our stack at zero cost. With Try Cosmos DB for free, you can go from nothing to a fully running planet-scale Azure Cosmos DB app in less than a minute.

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1. Go to Try Azure Cosmos DB for free page.

2. Pick the API/data model of your choice either SQL (DocumentDB), MongoDB, Table or Gremlin (Graph) API, and click Create. Note, you will need to login using a Microsoft Account (a.k.a. Live ID). 

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In seconds, you will have your newly created free Azure Cosmos DB account with an invite to open it in the Azure portal and try out our Quick Starts.

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3. Click Open in Azure Portal, which will navigate the browser to the newly created free Azure Cosmos DB account with Quick Starts page open.

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4. Follow the Quick Starts to get a running app connected to Azure Cosmos DB in under 30 seconds or proceed exploring the service on your own.

When in the portal, you will be reminded how long you have before your account expires.

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You can extend the trial period for another 24 hours, or click on the link to sign up for a Free Trial (if you are new to Azure) or create a new Azure Cosmos DB account if you already have a subscription.

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With Try Azure Cosmos DB for free, you can create a container (a collection of documents, a table, or a graph) and globally-distribute it to up to 3 regions, and use any of the capabilities Azure Cosmos DB provides for 24 hours. Once the trial expires, you can always come back and create it all over again.

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Play with Azure Cosmos DB and let us know what you think

Azure Cosmos DB is the database of the future – it is what we believe is the next big thing in the world of massively scalable databases! It makes your data available close to where your users are, worldwide. It is a globally distributed, multi-model database service for building planet scale apps with ease using the API and data model of your choice. You never know it until YOU TRY IT!

If you need any help or have questions or feedback, please reach out to us on the developer forums on Stack Overflow. Stay up-to-date on the latest Azure Cosmos DB news and features by following us on Twitter #CosmosDB, @AzureCosmosDB.

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