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Altaro VM Backup Voted Best Backup Product of the Year 2017

We are delighted to announce that Altaro has been voted Backup and Recovery/Archive Product of the Year 2017 at the prestigious annual IT industry SVC Awards 2017 beating other many other well-known backup software developers. We are especially happy about this award because it’s voted by end-users and the IT community. Thank you to everyone who voted for us!

About the SVC Awards

The SVC Awards reward the products, projects, and services as well as honor companies and teams operating in the cloud, storage and digitalization sectors. The SVC Awards recognize the achievements of end-users, channel partners and vendors alike and in the case of the end-user categories, there will also be an award made to the supplier supporting the winning organization. (from svcawards.com)

Altaro VM Backup in 2017

2017 has been a very productive year for Altaro. Although the product was already very well received by system administrators around the world in 2016, we brought in a number of key features in 2017 that have brought the product to new heights. We started the year by launching Version 7 of Altaro VM Backup and adding Augmented Inline Deduplication technology to the software package. In May we brought the highly praised Cloud Management Console (CMC) to end users, in June we added the Backup Health Monitor, and in July we rolled-out the ability for our customers to offsite backup to Azure.

In 2017, we reached several customer milestones as our user base surpassed 40,000 customers and year-on-year growth hit 40%. More than 400,000 Hyper-V and VMware virtual machines are now being protected using Altaro VM Backup. More than 10,000 Altaro customers are now connected to the Multi-Tenant Cloud Management Console, and after launching the Altaro MSP program less than 12 months ago in late 2016, the service has already signed up more than 500 MSPs to its monthly subscription program.

Phew! It’s been a very busy year for Altaro and the recognition as Best Backup and Recovery/Archive Product of the Year 2017 at the SVC awards is the icing on the cake. Thank you to all our partners, distributors and end-users for continuing to embrace Altaro VM Backup and providing the feedback we need to continue growing and developing the software to meet your needs. However, the work doesn’t stop here; we have even more exciting new features in development for Altaro VM Backup that we’ll be releasing next year. Bring on 2018!

Cleaning up the Ganges River with help from IoT – Internet of Things

Springing from the Himalayan mountains and flowing into the Bay of Bengal, the Ganges has been the holy river of India for centuries. Personified as the goddess Gaṅgā, the Ganges is worshiped by Hindus who celebrate lost relatives by immersing their ashes in its waters, and who believe that bathing in the river causes the remission of sins and liberation from the cycle of life and death.

Stretching across nearly 1,600 miles, the Ganges is also an economic powerhouse and a vital lifeline for the country. The river provides water to about 40 percent of India’s population in 11 states, serving an estimated 700 million people. It is home to at least 150 species of animals and marine life, irrigates more than 140 million acres of arable land in the basin alone, and supports as much as 54 percent of India’s gross domestic product.

But for decades the Ganges has been in peril. Cities and populations in its path have expanded dramatically, demanding more from the river while leaking a growing scourge of urban refuse into it. In daily use by citizens, the Ganges is polluted with all manner of contaminants — from plastic bottles to sewage to industrial waste and even human remains. Agricultural runoff is up as well, while more dams and an increasingly arid environment slow the river’s renewing flow of fresh water.

In an effort to turn the situation around, three years ago the Indian government created a new ministry with a charter to restore, manage and monitor the Ganges. The Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) has been tasked with the huge challenge of not only cleaning up the ancient river, but also monitoring its water quality levels to enforce requirements for each Indian state along the waterway.

To combat pollution and restore balance to the Ganges, the CPCB has turned to IoT. As part of its Digital India initiative, the government has been working with Indian ISV TechSpan Engineering to implement a monitoring system built on the Azure IoT platform, using sensors provided by the Austrian firm s::can.

Taking a look at the numbers behind the devastating pollution of the Ganga River. Image courtesy or World Bank Group.

TechSpan’s EnLite water quality monitoring application and HydroQ+ portal were customized for the project. Using the power of the cloud, IOT and big data, the solution taps into the robust s::can sensors already in use by the CPCB to provide measurements across 17 parameters — from chloride and fluoride levels to temperature and color.

To bring the full power of the cloud and Azure data-handling to the solution, TechSpan is using Azure IoT capabilities such as Azure Stream Analytics, in conjunction with SQL Server, table/blog storage integration and more.

The solution now includes 36 monitoring stations, spread across 2,500 kilometers and spanning four Indian states. Every 15 minutes, the stations send data to the Azure IoT Hub capturing live water quality measurements. In the coming weeks the board plans to roll out 24 more stations, with an eventual goal of 200.

The data is being used initially to enforce environmental policies that apply to Indian States with shores on the great river. The approach is solving a longstanding political problem around enforcement, where states have routinely blamed each other for pollution.

Through the real-time information being captured, the CPCB can clearly see which areas of the river are experiencing the most pollution, as well as the types of pollution present at each monitoring station. States with water quality levels falling outside established thresholds can face hefty fines or other incentives to drive adherence to water quality regulations.

Along the way, the Indian government is collecting a vast supply of data on pollution trends, sources, chemical compositions and more. And as the board continues to build out its data-gathering capabilities, the system’s accuracy and effectiveness can be improved — through analytics, machine learning and bot-based solutions — to boost the potential of achieving a long-term win in the fight against pollution, for the Ganges and beyond.

With that goal in mind, the Azure-based solution from TechSpan has been made available to s::can—the Austrian firm is beginning to offer the technology globally so other companies can benefit from the innovation happening along the ancient shores of the Ganges.

It’s all part of how the near limitless adaptations of IoT can be used to solve the world’s most complex challenges. Monitoring the health of a river ecosystem across hundreds of miles may have seemed like an impossible task just a few years ago, but today IoT is creating a practical way for nations to care for these irreplaceable resources.

Tags: Azure IoT Hub, Azure Streaming Analytics, Central Pollution Control Board, CPCB, Ganges, India, s::can, TechSpan

Last Call for the Sea of Thieves Technical Alpha – Invitations for All!

Hello, pirates! 2017 has been a jam-packed year for Rare and Sea of Thieves, and as we angle our sails towards that long-awaited launch in early 2018, we’re also coming up on a full year of the Sea of Thieves Technical Alpha. It’s served the game incredibly well and given thousands upon thousands of budding buccaneers a chance to hit the seas on Xbox One and Windows 10 PC – and we’ll soon be waving goodbye to the Technical Alpha in its current form, so this is your final chance to get involved!

Why sign up now if you haven’t already? Everyone who joins the Insider Programme by the cut-off date of Dec. 1 will be invited to the next play session – our biggest and best yet – with the latest brace of brand new features to test. Yes, as promised, all eligible Insiders are now getting their chance to jump in and play Sea of Thieves before its release next year.

It was back in December 2016 that we announced the very first Technical Alpha sessions, following the kick-off of our Insider Programme in November. In the space of a year we’ve scaled up from that first wave of 1,000 players to almost 200,000. We’ve debuted new features from skeletal sentinels to solo ships, welcomed your feedback and used it to balance and finetune all manner of things, honoring our promise to shape Sea of Thieves alongside its community. Now we’re preparing to welcome all those Insiders still waiting to take to the waves, plus all new Insiders who sign up between now and Dec. 1.

So if you haven’t yet pounced on the possibility of playing Sea of Thieves early, waste no more time and join the Insider crew at www.seaofthieves.com/insider. Our Insiders receive regular updates from the development team through official forum posts and newsletters, and of course get the chance to play the game and share their thoughts with us as it continues to evolve.

Joining the Insider Programme is free – you just need to have an Xbox Live account (or set up a new one) and be 18 years or older to sign the NDA. As Sea of Thieves is an online multiplayer game, Xbox Live Gold membership is also required when sailing the seas on Xbox One. Please remember that these Technical Alpha play sessions are purely for the benefit of our Insiders and are currently under NDA, so they can’t be streamed or captured!

For more information about the Insider Programme including some details on eligibility, see our FAQ. And stay tuned to official Sea of Thieves and Xbox social channels for an announcement of the big play session date coming up in December.

See you all on the seas!

Upgrade your IT admin career options with these tips

As anyone who has been working in the Microsoft space in the last few years knows, the rate of change for a Windows sys admin has accelerated greatly, and it’s time to buckle in or fall behind.

Gone are the days of an environment that remains static for years. We’re now in a cloud and “as a service” world. With DevOps and Agile deployment methodologies in vogue, administrators get many small updates more frequently rather than the occasional, giant update every few years.

Due to this new world — which usually makes business sense due to the economics of scale — IT admins need to update their skills to stay current. How can you stay afloat in this rapidly changing environment and prepare for advancement in your IT admin career?

This shift is a bit of an inconvenience for an admin and everyone who works in information technology. It requires a new mindset and a different skill set to manage the evolving infrastructure. We have moved from a known environment in which we controlled when and where updates occurred. At the very least, we could trace those changes. Now, it’s an outside entity that decides what updates happen and when they’re applied — often with no notice or communication.

Get your head in the Microsoft cloud

To adapt, admins need to be in the right mindset. In the world of Microsoft, you do yourself a disservice if you don’t consider options beyond being fully on premises. It’s next to impossible to stay on prem anyway.

Where does your email filtering service sit? Where do your OS updates originate from? How much does your disaster recovery environment cost to maintain? These questions are always going to come back to the cost and which one makes more financial sense. As a technical professional, you need to understand the pros and cons of different solutions at the high level. There is no ultimate better or worse answer; each has its strengths and weaknesses.

Because of changes in technical approaches from vendors and the rate-of-change expectations from companies, admins should learn as much as possible about Azure and Office 365. You may not use VMs in the cloud, but a major hardware refresh or office relocation that contains your existing data center may be all it takes for a decision to be made that throws you into the clutches of the cloud.

Admins new to Azure and Office 365 might be surprised by what each has to offer. Azure has a huge list of services and features that go beyond hosting VMs. Even Azure experts will say that it’s not possible to be highly knowledgeable in all areas of Microsoft’s cloud. Office 365 also has an extensive list of services and features that Microsoft changes and upgrades constantly.

To help sys admins, Microsoft provides a few ways to advance their learning efforts. The company’s Evaluation Center offers test environments in its TechNet Virtual Labs to try out features in its cloud products. There are also Microsoft Mechanics videos that showcase new products and features with brief technical demos and discussions.

Engineer new possibilities with PowerShell

The road to better opportunities in your IT admin career journey is paved with PowerShell cmdlets. This automation and configuration management tool has been around since Exchange 2007, and every Windows admin should know how to use it, regardless of the task.

Many IT admins still barely use PowerShell. If you’re in that group, don’t put it off any longer. It doesn’t matter which Microsoft product you work with; they all can be managed or configured with PowerShell. For an admin, it’s a good career move. PowerShell experience is a strong bullet point on a resume. For some jobs that deal with Azure or Office 365 management, it will be a hard requirement rather than a desirable skill.

To learn PowerShell, there is plenty of material online, such as videos, articles and books for beginners. I prefer a more direct approach. I forced myself to use PowerShell commands for simple tasks I already knew how to do — copying a file, changing an attribute on an Active Directory account or stopping a running service.

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PowerShell commands can be cumbersome at first, but use Google searches to understand basic concepts, such as piping and variables. These efforts will build your knowledge to develop advanced scripts that perform complex tasks that would be impossible or extremely time-consuming with a GUI utility.

Follow Microsoft’s lead to guide your career path

Companies that don’t use Azure and Office 365 are scarcer every day. It can be hard to justify managing your own Exchange Server when Microsoft can do it for you. An admin who builds experience in these areas, even if it’s only time spent testing and playing with the features, will be ahead of someone who did not invest the time to learn these technologies.

Even in your current job, use PowerShell to write a script for a particularly time-consuming task. For example, build one that generates a report of all users in the company by department and site, while excluding contractors and disabled accounts. This type of scripting ability is a great skill to have.

Keep an eye on Microsoft’s direction, and stay up to date on those technologies. These efforts will make sure you’re in the best place to advance your IT admin career internally or with another company.

Bargain or trouble: Cybercrime and non-genuine software – Asia News Center

That is because cybercriminals – who have never been so adept at inflicting harm – are routinely infusing non-genuine software with all sorts of malware: trojans, worms, viruses, ransomware, backdoors, spyware, droppers, injectors, adware and so on.

A NUS researcher investigating a website that offers pirated software downloads.

They can do a whole lot of damage in this digital age. They might steal your data, your identity, and even your credit card details and savings. They might spy on your online activities, gain access to your files, and hack and manipulate your PC, leading it into even more peril. Most types of malware can be hard to detect and difficult to get rid of. And with time, the malware strains can multiply and become more sophisticated, dangerous, and highly targeted.

Sikdar sharing the dangers of downloading and using pirated software.

Downloading from a pirated disc or dodgy website opens a door to cybercriminals. Infected computers at home and work, Sikdar says, can be “turned into bots, zombies and then none of your personal information is secret anymore”.

Sikdar, who is an Associate Professor from the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the NUS Faculty of Engineering, recently led a team of graduate students who set out to understand the scope of the problem in Asia – which has some of the highest pirated software usage rates in the world.  They scanned 458 pieces of non-genuine software and suspect websites in eight Asia Pacific countries – Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, South Korea, and Philippines.

Infected computers at home and work, Sikdar says, can be “turned into bots, zombies and then none of your personal information is secret anymore”.

Their findings were staggering and disturbing.

The study, which was commissioned by Microsoft, discovered that 100% of the websites that host links to pirated software expose users to multiple security risks. Out of 165 CD and DVD samples, 61% carried malware. It even found that many new computers were at risk with non-genuine software pre-loaded – often as a “sweetener” thrown in by retailers wanting to make a sale. Of the new PCs sampled, 92% were infected.

For Sale – I5 Quad (Skylake & Kabylake CPU’s) & Crucial & Corsair Ram (DDR4) & Motherboards (Socket 1151)

I have many items – New and some which have only been used briefly like ex-display models.

I cannot offer Warranty on these items, however I’m not sure if you can claim directly with the manufactures themselves. However i can guarantee these are all fully working and if you are interested in one of the items then if you wish I can benchmark the cpu or Ram for you and send proof to you. I can also send unlimited pics of these items if you require them.

Also I will promise to refund any item if it fails within 60 days since purchase. However these parts I got, all came from a reliable supplier, so I’m quite sure these products will give you many years of use.

Postage is included with cost of item.

Paypal required for payment.

I will be open to offers but only within reason such as within 5-10% of purchase price and only after if there are products left for sale after a week of the start of the advertisement.

Please be patient with me with reply’s and how quick I can send the item as I cannot get to the postoffice easily such as everyday. Orders will go out on Friday’s & Wednesdays. Thank you

Items:

MEMORY

Corsair Vengeance LPX – 4 x 16GB (64GB) DDR4 2666MHz – This is brand new and the box has never been opened (fully Sealed). Selling for £480 or separated for each stick – £120

Corsair Vengeance LPX – 4 x 4GB (16GB) DDR4 2800MHz – £140 or separated for each stick – £35

Corsair Vengeance LPX – 2 x 4GB (8GB) DDR4 2133MHz – £80 or separated for each stick – £40

Corsair Vengeance LPX – 2 x 4GB (8GB) DDR4 2666MHz – £90 or separated for each stick – £45

Crucial Premium – 4 x 8GB (32GB) DDR4 2133MHz – £220 or separated for each stick – £55

Crucial Premium – 2 x 8GB (16GB) DDR4 2133MHz
– £130 or separated for each stick – £65

Crucial Premium – 1 x 4GB (4GB) DDR4 2133MHz – £30

Crucial Premium – 1 x 8GB (8GB) DDR4 2133MHz – £70

Kingston HyperX Fury – 2 x 4GB (8GB) DDR4 2666MHz – £75

CPU’S

Intel Core I5-7400 Kaby Lake – 3Ghz, 3.5Ghz Turbo – £130

Intel Core I5-7400 Kaby Lake – 3Ghz, 3.5Ghz Turbo – £130

Intel Core I5-7400 Kaby Lake – 3Ghz, 3.5Ghz Turbo – £130

Intel Core I5-6500 Sky Lake – 3.2Ghz, 3.6Ghz Turbo – £130

Intel Core I5-6500 Sky Lake – 3.2Ghz, 3.6Ghz Turbo – £130

Price and currency: Please see each item
Delivery: Delivery cost is included within my country
Payment method: Paypal
Location: UXBRIDGE
Advertised elsewhere?: Not advertised elsewhere
Prefer goods collected?: I have no preference

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For Sale – AVR styled editing/gaming PC

Hi all,
I’m selling on my decreasingly used gaming and editing PC. It has been used to render 1080p videos using Sony Vegas which is does incredibly well. To a lesser extent, it has been used as a gaming rig and it runs GRID Autosport, and Skyrim High Resolution pack both in the highest resolution and rendering setting the games offer. Frankly, both look freakin’ stunning. Specs are as follows:

AMD FX 4300 Quad Core 3.8GHZ CPU
8GB Ram DDR 1600 (2x4GB, two unoccupied slots)
Drives after formatting: 1x148GB + 1x465GB
Samsung Blueray optical drive
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 670 GPU
Zalman flower CPU fan
Antec PSU

I can’t remember the brand of the case, but I hope you’ll agree that it’s a hansom box. Styled like an AVR with a front display panel and master volume, it looks good sat within a HIFI tower. The display and volume control will need setting up if you intend to use these functions which I have had working in the past. After a complete reinstall a few years ago I never set them up again as I don’t use / need them. The case for me is merely aesthetic.

Price and currency: 450 GBP
Delivery: Goods must be exchanged in person
Payment method: Cash on collection / bank transfer
Location: Newark on Trent
Advertised elsewhere?: Advertised elsewhere
Prefer goods collected?: I prefer the goods to be collected

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For Sale – I5 Quad (Skylake & Kabylake CPU’s) & Crucial & Corsair Ram (DDR4) & Motherboards (Socket 1151)

I have many items – New and some which have only been used briefly like ex-display models.

I cannot offer Warranty on these items, however I’m not sure if you can claim directly with the manufactures themselves. However i can guarantee these are all fully working and if you are interested in one of the items then if you wish I can benchmark the cpu or Ram for you and send proof to you. I can also send unlimited pics of these items if you require them.

Also I will promise to refund any item if it fails within 60 days since purchase. However these parts I got, all came from a reliable supplier, so I’m quite sure these products will give you many years of use.

Postage is included with cost of item.

Paypal required for payment.

I will be open to offers but only within reason such as within 5-10% of purchase price and only after if there are products left for sale after a week of the start of the advertisement.

Please be patient with me with reply’s and how quick I can send the item as I cannot get to the postoffice easily such as everyday. Orders will go out on Friday’s & Wednesdays. Thank you

Items:

Corsair Vengeance LPX – 4 x 16GB (64GB) DDR4 2666MHz – This is brand new and the box has never been opened (fully Sealed). Selling for £480 or separated for each stick – £120

Corsair Vengeance LPX – 4 x 4GB (16GB) DDR4 2800MHz – £140 or separated for each stick – £35

Corsair Vengeance LPX – 2 x 4GB (8GB) DDR4 2133MHz – £80 or separated for each stick – £40

Crucial Premium – 4 x 8GB (32GB) DDR4 2133MHz – £220 or separated for each stick – £55

Crucial Premium – 2 x 8GB (16GB) DDR4 2133MHz – £130 or separated for each stick – £65

Crucial Premium – 1 x 4GB (4GB) DDR4 2133MHz – £30

Crucial Premium – 1 x 8GB (8GB) DDR4 2133MHz – £70

Kingston HyperX Fury – 2 x 4GB (8GB) DDR4 2666MHz – £75

Intel Core I5-7400 Kaby Lake – 3Ghz, 3.5Ghz Turbo – £130

Intel Core I5-7400 Kaby Lake – 3Ghz, 3.5Ghz Turbo – £130

Intel Core I5-7400 Kaby Lake – 3Ghz, 3.5Ghz Turbo – £130

Intel Core I5-6500 Sky Lake – 3.2Ghz, 3.6Ghz Turbo – £130

Intel Core I5-6500 Sky Lake – 3.2Ghz, 3.6Ghz Turbo – £130

Price and currency: Please see each item
Delivery: Delivery cost is included within my country
Payment method: Paypal
Location: UXBRIDGE
Advertised elsewhere?: Not advertised elsewhere
Prefer goods collected?: I have no preference

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Support for Open AI Ecosystem Grows as Amazon Web Services Joins ONNX AI Format – Microsoft Cognitive Toolkit

It’s been an exciting few months! In September we introduced the Open Neural Network Exchange (ONNX) format we created with Facebook to increase interoperability and reduce friction for developing and deploying AI. In October a number of companies that share our goals announced their support for ONNX.

Today Microsoft and Facebook are excited to share Amazon Web Services (AWS) is contributing ONNX support for Apache MXNet and joining the ONNX initiative. Amazon recognizes the benefits of the ONNX open ecosystem to enable developers working on deep learning to move between tools easily, choosing ones that are best suited for the task at hand. It’s great to have another major framework support ONNX: Caffe2, PyTorch, Microsoft Cognitive Toolkit, and now MXNet.

At Microsoft we believe bringing AI advances to all developers, on any platform, using any language, with an open AI ecosystem, will help ensure AI is more accessible and valuable to all. With ONNX and the rest of our Azure AI services, infrastructure and tools such as Azure Machine Learning and the recently announced Visual Studio Tools for AI, developers and data scientists will be able to deliver new and exciting AI innovations faster.

We invite others in the community to visit http://onnx.ai to learn more and participate in the ONNX effort. You can also get ONNX updates on Facebook and @onnxai on Twitter.

Wanted – AM1 ITX Motherboard

I’ve annoyingly just been scammed from a computer shop which has decide to take my money but not send me my item. pcnation.co.uk…

Anyway, now that I’m out of pocket (for now) and now DESPERATE for an ITX AM1 motherboard that is needed for my sons first ever pc build.

He’s 7 and he wants to build a small pc so I can set it up for him to use scratch and a minecraft server.

We have everything else so just need an ITX motherboard.

If anyone has anything, please get in touch.

Location: Newcastle

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