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Wanted – Dell XPS 13 9360

Hi
I did consider what you had posted, however I too had spent some time looking into what would be a suitable laptop for my son who is going into 6th next month. I was disappointed when the thread was achieved as I was going to put an offer in as well.

Sean had a FS thread for a couple of screens, one of which I was interested in, I asked if he would in interested in a deal for both the screen and the laptop only to find out the screen had been sold off forum, I pointed Sean in the direction on my wanted thread should he change his mind.

The rest can be seen above, the laptop has been paid for, Sean should have put Windows 10 back on and posted today for delivery tomorrow.

I wish you luck in your hunt, perhaps a wanted thread may help, there is another XPS here for sale.

The cloud-enabled workforce: Prepping IT staff for success

In the world of IT, change is the new normal. Consider cloud computing: The cloud is not just changing how IT works, but also driving a shift in desired IT skill sets.

Modern-day IT staff needs to acquire a new set of domain skills for process automation, architecture, resource optimization and cost management to drive cloud-based initiatives, according to a recent guide published by the Cloud Standards Customer Council about how to help grow and develop a cloud-enabled workforce.

Fostering a cloud-enabled workforce also helps drive agility, efficiency and transformation, said Jeff Boleman, cloud lead and cognitive architect at IBM and a contributor to the guide. Boleman cited a CEB survey that forecasted a dramatic increase in the need for security and cloud hosting skills, making the development of a skilled, cloud-enabled workforce more pertinent than ever.

“It’s really about training, because, at the end of the day, you are owning what you do as a company; you need to be responsible for it and take charge of it,” he said during a recent webinar.

Developing a framework for cloud skills training: Six steps

Any strategy for ongoing cloud skills training should ideally align with the organization’s cloud transformation plans or an existing cloud strategy, said Lisa Schenkewitz, executive IT architect at IBM and a co-contributor to the guide. 

The first step to develop a cloud-enabled workforce requires understanding the existing culture. This necessitates an awareness of organizational values and the way people interact, as well as a basic understanding of what it is like to actually work in the organization, Schenkewitz explained.

“You can use that knowledge as a framework to understand other aspects of the company, such as how easy is it to change IT processes … and [get] a basic understanding of what it is to be on the cloud on the leadership level,” Schenkewitz said.

The next step is to understand the skills that are needed. Traditional IT skills might not be required in the new cloud environment, she said. Non-IT skills that might prove valuable include contract management, business process change and accounting experience, as well as domain knowledge for operations in the cloud, like DevSecOps, IT frameworks and IT governance processes, she said.

Adopt a consistent, intentional program to communicate, celebrate, sustain and embrace the habits of ongoing skills training.
Lisa Schenkewitzexecutive IT architect at IBM

Step three is to understand the organization’s existing skills and where the gaps exist. When talking to different team members, consider questions such as what existing skills can be used, whether there is an opportunity or desire for retraining and what skills are missing entirely, she suggested.

Organizations can then move on to understand and identify what needs to be remediated in order to be successful. Once a complete examination of the skills and process gaps is done, a plan can be devised to remediate them, she said.

Remediation planning and execution comes next. Schenkewitz advised looking for ways to effectively engage current team members and develop ways to attract new talents and skills, like offering internships and apprenticeships.

The final step is to be ready to embrace change.

“It’s going to be an ongoing rollercoaster ride,” she said. “But the most important thing to remember is to adopt a consistent, intentional program to communicate, celebrate, sustain and embrace the habits of ongoing skills training.”

Best practices for cloud skills training

William Van Order, fellow emeritus, Lockheed MartinWilliam Van Order

Letting IT take a key role in crafting some of the cloud education programs is essential, according to William Van Order, computer systems architect and fellow emeritus at Lockheed Martin in Bethesda, Md.

Apart from taking advantage of the wide range of knowledge-sharing tools in existence, he encouraged companies to “leverage as much of what you find out of the box in terms of training content,” but customize that basic training to fit their needs, added Van Order, who also led the development of the guide.

Recognizing the accomplishment of those who are willing to take control of their career development is also paramount, he said.

“Make sure that you integrate learning and knowledge training objectives into the performance objectives of your key staff so that you can measure that and recognize that,” he said. “That really sends a positive message to the workforce.”

Vendors vie for a piece of the SD-WAN market share pie

Most industry watchers still consider the software-defined WAN market an emerging one. This makes sense, given SD-WANs currently account for only a small percentage of enterprise networks. There are signs SD-WAN market share is increasing and maturing, however. The first is the recent merger-and-acquisition activity: Cisco acquired Viptela, and VMware scooped up VeloCloud. The other sign is the vendor landscape has started to settle down, with a few clear leaders in the pack.

Recently, Cliff Grossner, senior research director of cloud, data center and SDN at London-based IHS Markit, released his data center networking equipment quarterly market tracker for the first quarter of 2018. This report covers a wide variety of technology, including SD-WAN.

Editor’s note: The IHS report referenced in this article focused on the SD-WAN vendors that sell SD-WAN appliances and accompanying control and management software to gain revenue, excluding those that offer subscription licensing or software-only approaches. The total SD-WAN market share for the first quarter of 2018 reached $162.1 million.

VMware-VeloCloud and Aryaka battle for the top

The most notable point in the IHS report is a two-horse race is emerging. This quarter showed VMware-VeloCloud with 19% of SD-WAN market share — the same it had in the fourth quarter of 2017. In the meantime, Aryaka — an SD-WAN provider with its global private network — moved to 18%, up 1% from last quarter.

With only 1% separating the two, VMware and Aryaka are now neck and neck for market leadership. It would be easy to assume VMware’s size and channel would allow it to break away from the competition, but VMware has stumbled in networking since it acquired SDN vendor Nicira. The company wisely left the VeloCloud brand in place, as it was one of the premier names in the SD-WAN space.

Aryaka has a solid grip on the No. 2 spot in the SD-WAN market and has a chance to jump into the top spot if VMware-VeloCloud stumbles with any integration challenges. Aryaka has a unique offering that uses its global private network instead of the public internet, making it the product of choice for global companies.

One of the perceived advantages of SD-WAN is its use of internet connectivity for transport. This might work when connecting from New Jersey to Chicago, but a global company that needs to make a Dubai-to-Seattle video call will experience much better quality riding Aryaka’s private network, compared with making a bunch of internet jumps. In his report, Grossner pointed out that Aryaka customers have seen a significant performance boost for cloud-based applications, like Office 365.

Silver Peak and Cisco-Viptela vie for position

Expect to see this as a highly contested market over the next few years.

Silver Peak edged Cisco-Viptela out of the No. 3 spot in the SD-WAN market, with just under $1 million more than Cisco in first-quarter 2018 revenue. There’s no question Silver Peak has done a great job of making the pivot to SD-WAN from WAN optimization and is all-in on SD-WAN. Its EdgeConnect product lets customers move to a hybrid network, then quickly migrate to an all-broadband WAN. Most of Silver Peak’s revenue comes from enterprises, but it has been building a stronger book of business with service providers.

Cisco’s position in SD-WAN is curious, as its success with Viptela is bad for its Integrated Services Router (ISR) business unit — one of the largest revenue sources for the company. In the past, Cisco would have done everything in its power to fight the SD-WAN tide, but CEO Chuck Robbins is directing Cisco to be much more in tune with what customers want versus what Cisco wants customers to want. I believe Cisco will be willing to cannibalize its ISR base to win SD-WAN business. Currently, Cisco has only 12% of SD-WAN market share, but I expect it to be a major player over time.

These four vendors are the only ones with at least 10% of the SD-WAN market share, according to IHS. Outside of these four, the largest amount of revenue in Grossner’s numbers comes from the “other” category. I expect to see more consolidation in that area, with one of the current leading vendors — or perhaps another following behind — rolling up several smaller vendors to gain share.

For now, VMware remains in the top spot, with Aryaka nipping at its heels. Expect to see this as a highly contested market over the next few years. This should benefit customers, as the vendors will push each other on innovation and bring more features to market faster. The SD-WAN market is real, and it is showing signs of maturity, but don’t expect it to slow down.

GPU implementation is about more than deep learning

When you consider a typical GPU implementation, you probably think of some advanced AI application. But that’s not the only place businesses are putting the chips to work.

“[GPUs] are obviously applicable for Google and Facebook and companies doing AI. But for startups like ours that have to justify capital spend in today’s business value, we still want that speed,” said Kyle Hubert, CTO at Simulmedia Inc.

The New York-based advertising technology company is using GPUs to make fairly traditional processes, like data reporting and business intelligence dashboards, work faster. Using a platform from MapD, Simulmedia has built a reporting and data querying tool that lets sales staff and others in the organization visualize how certain television ads are performing and answer any client inquiries as they come in.

Using GPUs for more than deep learning

Kyle Hubert, CTO, SimulmediaKyle Hubert

GPU technology is getting lots of attention today, primarily due to how businesses are using it. The chips power the training underlying some of the most advanced AI use cases, like image recognition, natural language translation and self-driving cars. But, of course, they were originally built to power video game graphics. Their main appeal is speedy processing power. And while that may be crucial for enabling neural networks to churn through millions of training examples, there are also other use cases in which the speed that comes from a GPU implementation is beneficial.

Simulmedia, founded in 2008, helps clients better target advertising on television networks. Initially, the team used spreadsheets to track metrics on how clients’ advertisements performed. But the data was too large — Simulmedia uses a combination of Nielsen and Experian data sets to target ads and assess effectiveness — and the visualization options were too limited.

Reports had to be built by the operations team, and there was little capability to do ad hoc queries. The MapD tool enables sales and product management teams to view data visualization reports and to do their own queries using a graphical interface or through SQL code.

Business focus pays off in GPU experience

There’s a lot of implicit knowledge that’s required to get GPUs up and running.
Kyle HubertCTO, Simulmedia

Some benefits of a GPU implementation focused on a standard business process go beyond simply speeding up that process. Hubert said it also prepares the business to implement the chips in a more pervasive way and prepares for a more AI-driven future.

He said the process of predicting which ads will perform best during particular time slots and on certain networks is heavy on data science. Simulmedia is looking at adding deep learning to its targeting, and these models will train on GPUs. Hubert said starting with GPUs in a standard business application has helped the team build a solid foundation on which to build out more GPU capability.

“There’s a lot of implicit knowledge that’s required to get GPUs up and running,” he said.

Aside from building institutional knowledge around how GPUs work, starting by applying the chips to more traditional use cases also helps to justify the cost, which can be substantial.

“They’re costly when you say, ‘I want a bunch of GPUs, and I don’t know what kind of results I’m going to get,'” Hubert said. “That’s a lot of capital investment when you don’t know your returns. When you do a dual-track approach, you can say, ‘I can get these GPUs, set them up for business users now, and I have a concrete ability to get immediate gratification. Then, I can carve out some of that to be future-looking.'”

For Sale – Surface pro 3 – i5, 8gb ram, 256gb

For sale is a surface pro 3

It’s what I would consider a usable spec with a i5, 8gb ram and 256gb ssd, windows 10
it also comes with the surface dock, pen and type cover – everything a enthusiast would want

Screen is unmarked, the only things to mention is there is a small dent near one corner (see images) and the type cover is missing one of it’s securing bumps (but no discernible effect on it’s security which is held firmly in place via magnets).

Optionally I can even sell you a dell monitor if you don’t have your own as a external display (not inc in the sale price)

Asking for £415 inc delivery within UK
(Buyers welcome to view/collect from York)

Price and currency: 415
Delivery: Delivery cost is included within my country
Payment method: BACs
Location: York
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Prefer goods collected?: I have no preference

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For Sale – Surface pro 3 – i5, 8gb ram, 256gb

For sale is a surface pro 3

It’s what I would consider a usable spec with a i5, 8gb ram and 256gb ssd, windows 10
it also comes with the surface dock, pen and type cover – everything a enthusiast would want

Screen is unmarked, the only things to mention is there is a small dent near one corner (see images) and the type cover is missing one of it’s securing bumps (but no discernible effect on it’s security which is held firmly in place via magnets).

Optionally I can even sell you a dell monitor if you don’t have your own as a external display (not inc in the sale price)

Asking for £415 inc delivery within UK
(Buyers welcome to view/collect from York)

Price and currency: 415
Delivery: Delivery cost is included within my country
Payment method: BACs
Location: York
Advertised elsewhere?: Advertised elsewhere
Prefer goods collected?: I have no preference

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Nas Qnap / Synology

Would consider 4 but ideally an 6 bay

Wot ya got?

Location: St.Neots

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Would consider 4 but ideally an 6 bay

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Location: St.Neots

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Would consider 4 but ideally an 6 bay

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Location: St.Neots

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Mid range+ itx bundle

As per title. Any considered but nothing too old.. I think sandy bridge is the oldest I will go. May consider some Ryzen stuff for those upgrading to the new ones

Thanks!

Location: Birmingham

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