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Wanted – WANTED : High spec laptop. Dell xps or similar (would now consider a macbook)

I have a Dell XPS 15 9570, i7-8750H, 16GB, 512GB SSD, 1050ti and the 1080p infinity display.

The laptop is still under warranty until July 2021.

It has one or two very small scuff’s (I can supply pictures if interested) and doesn’t come with the original box.

I’d be looking for £700.

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Dell Financial Services maintains flexible payments in pandemic

With the pandemic still raging across the globe, Dell Technologies said it will extend its Payment Flexibility Program for customers and partners.

The program, launched as part of Dell’s COVID-19 relief package in April, aims to give customers and partners additional financing options to help stem the pandemic’s economic disruptions. Options include payment deferrals, Dell partner relief programs and low-rate financing offerings. Along with the Payment Flexibility Program, Dell Financial Services (DFS) allocated $9 billion in financing to the initiative.

Dell said it will extend the program through Oct. 30, 2020, with payment deferrals until 2021.

Additionally, the company updated its Technology Rotation payment offering with a lower rate and total cost of ownership for purchases of PowerStore storage arrays, PowerEdge servers, and Dell laptops and desktops. The Technology Rotation offer lets customers return their Dell equipment and upgrade to newer technologies at the end of the term.

“The customer can enter into a technology rotation for 36 months, coupled with a no-payment for six months … and they will pay actually less than 0% and then have flexibility at the end of the term,” said Darren Fedorowicz, vice president of Dell Financial Services, about the Technology Rotation option. 

Customers, partners engage Dell payment options

Fedorowicz said the Dell Payment Flexibility Program has seen engagement from customers spanning from SMBs to large organizations faced with budgetary constraints. “The [pandemic has] affected everybody, and small business has probably been the most impacted because they are working on short-term cash flow. … The reality is six months of [deferred] payments may help keep them afloat if they were going to make an investment of $20,000 for IT. … We have really been aggressive in being able to help small business customers,” he said.

The programs also seek to help Dell Technologies partners faced with cash-flow challenges. “[Because partners] are buying equipment, adding their value-added services, and then reselling that equipment, they are always in a cash-constrained potential issue of collecting from their customers, repaying vendors and managing their cash management cycle,” Fedorowicz said.

Partners can use Dell Financial Services’ programs to craft offers for customers and collect payment from DFS soon after a deal closes. “The real impact here is that if we execute [the deal] with the customer, then DFS pays the partner immediately. We take all the credit risk, and then we get cash to that partner immediately,” Fedorowicz said.

Fedorowicz noted that DFS has also seen growing interest from partners and customers around consumption-based offerings for on-premises technology, via Dell’s Flex On Demand program.

SonicWall portfolio expansion opens opportunities for partners

SonicWall has expanded its portfolio with a raft of new products and updates, many of which aim to benefit SonicWall partners.

The product announcements included the following:

  • SonicOS 7.0, the operating system that powers the company’s firewalls;
  • New TZ570 and TZ670 next-generation firewalls;
  • NSsp 15700 Series firewalls, which target large enterprises, managed security service providers (MSSPs) and telcos;
  • NSM 2.0, a redesigned version of Network Security Manager;
  • And the CSa 1000, an on-premises appliance that includes SonicWall Capture Advanced Threat Protection sandbox service with Real-Time Deep Memory Inspection technology.

The updated SonicOS introduces multi-instance and multi-tenancy capabilities, aimed at enterprise customers and MSSPs.

“All of this … opens up a world of opportunity for our partners,” said HoJin Kim, vice president of worldwide channels and North American sales at SonicWall. “When you think of the install base that is out there … and what customers are going through today in terms of making sure that their remote users are secure, adding these new products to the portfolio and refreshing some of the lower-end lines [provides] more things that partners can … talk to their customers about.”

In addition to developing new products, SonicWall has recently focused on enhancing partner resources. Kim said SonicWall has rapidly grown its partner enablement and training content available through the SonicWall University portal. “Over the past four months, we have added over 200 new training courses,” he said.

Kim added that SonicWall is also looking to restructure how the company invests in partner relationships. He said the SonicWall aims to better align its investments to partners that “are seeing SonicWall as more than just the niche firewall player, but as a real platform vendor that they can have a strategic relationship with.”

SolarWinds study examines MSP activity during pandemic

A new study, “COVID-19: Impact and Response,” by IT management software vendor SolarWinds, sheds light on how MSPs are coping with the pandemic and their outlooks on the market.

The study, which polled 500 MSPs globally, revealed the following:

  • Fifty-nine percent of MSPs applied for government financial relief programs, with 74% receiving assistance.
  • Eighty percent of the MSPs surveyed said they operate at their pre-pandemic staffing
  • The majority of MSPs said they have adapted their security services for work-from-home clients, with 59% of MSPs offering more security bundles than any other business model, according to SolarWinds.

Other key findings showed MSPs making some level of changes to their businesses in order to accommodate customer needs during the pandemic. For example, 24% of MSPs said they have offered delayed payments, while 23% have offered temporary discounts. Nineteen percent of MSPs said they reduced their services to fit decreases in customer budgets. Sixty-five percent of MSPs said they didn’t expect to make any pricing changes to their manage services package in the long term, according to SolarWinds.

Top challenges cited by MSPs include securing new customers, social distancing requirements in the office and at customer sites, lower IT budgets and spending due to the recession, and adapting to the work-from-home needs of staff and clients, SolarWinds noted.

Looking ahead, 51% of MSPs plan to build out security services to advance their businesses, while 47% plan to increase cloud services sales, SolarWinds said. Meanwhile, 42% of MSP respondents foresee growing their businesses through additional project work. Thirty-nine percent predict an uptick in managed services contacts.

While the pandemic caused a slowdown in MSP M&A activity, 40% of the large-sized MSPs that SolarWinds surveyed said they expected to expand their businesses through mergers or acquisitions.

In related news, SolarWinds president John Pagliuca said in statement that the company is exploring the possibility of spinning off SolarWinds MSP, its MSP-focused software business, into a standalone, publicly-traded company.

Other news

  • Digital Defense, a vulnerability and threat management technology vendor, unveiled an MSP partner program. The program features flexible billing cycles aligned to monthly recurring revenue models, self-provisioning via its Frontline Cloud platform, and procurement directly or through public cloud marketplaces such as AWS, Azure, Oracle and Google, the company said.
  • Security company CyCognito rolled out a global channel program. Benefits of the program include deal registration protection and support. The program will be overseen by Carrie Roberts, CyCognito’s newly appointed senior director of global channel sales. Roberts joined the vendor from Mimecast, where she was director of channel sales in the U.S. and Latin America.
  • Sirius Computer Solutions, an IT solution integrator based in San Antonio, Texas, joined the Google Cloud Partner Advantage Program as a Google Cloud Sell and Service partner.
  • Cloud service provider AllCloud said it launched a new service to help consumer goods companies learn about and use Salesforce Consumer Goods Cloud.
  • Enterprise software vendor HYCU said Nubosoft, a Premier Google Cloud Partner based in Mexico City, joined its Cloud Services Program.
  • Telecom Brokerage Inc. (TBI), a distributor and master agent based in Chicago, added Ovation Wireless Management to its portfolio. TBI also said it named security subject matter expert Jim Bower as its security architect.
  • MBX Systems, a manufacturer of hardware for technology companies, expanded its channel strategy to target manufacturers of base servers used in customers’ integrated hardware and software solutions.
  • Ben Nowacky, senior vice president of product at Axcient, which provides business availability software for MSPs, joined the executive council of the CompTIA ISAO (Information Sharing and Analysis Organization).
  • The ASCII Group, a North American IT community of MSPs, MSSPs, VARs and solution providers, said it will host a two-day virtual business building event this fall. The event, MSP Connect Live, replaces the in-person ASCII IT Success Summits previously scheduled for 2020, the organization said.

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For Sale – DELL D610 with all accessories – RETRO!!!

DELL D610 laptop, Pentium-M 1.73GHz, ATI RADEON X300 video card, 80Gb HD.

Comes with dock, slot in DVD-RW drive, slot-in Lithium Battery (replaces the DVD-RW drive), primary battery, mains power adapter and travel adapter.

Running Windows XP Pro 2002, Service Pack 3. Supplied with System Disks as shown, Office 97, Works and Adobe Photoshop 5.0.

No sticky keys, no dead pixels. Disk drive works fine, batteries both show five lights and deplete at a moderate rate. Haven’t run them until empty though so absolutely no guarantees as to their ability to hold charge.

This is an old laptop but was never mistreated.

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For Sale – Dell Inspiron 7359 2 in 1 Laptop

Selling a no longer used Dell Inspiron 7359 2 in 1 laptop (has a touch screen).

It has an Intel Core i5-6200U CPU with 4Gb memory and a 500Gb hard drive. It comes pre-installed with Windows 10 Home. Also comes with the original power supply. It has been wiped and is good to go.

Location
Fife, Scotland
Price and currency
£200
Delivery cost included
Delivery Is Included
Prefer goods collected?
I have no preference
Advertised elsewhere?
Advertised elsewhere
Payment method
Bank transfer or PayPal Gift

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For Sale – DELL D610 with all accessories – RETRO!!!

DELL D610 laptop, Pentium-M 1.73GHz, ATI RADEON X300 video card, 80Gb HD.

Comes with dock, slot in DVD-RW drive, slot-in Lithium Battery (replaces the DVD-RW drive), primary battery, mains power adapter and travel adapter.

Running Windows XP Pro 2002, Service Pack 3. Supplied with System Disks as shown, Office 97, Works and Adobe Photoshop 5.0.

No sticky keys, no dead pixels. Disk drive works fine, batteries both show five lights and deplete at a moderate rate. Haven’t run them until empty though so absolutely no guarantees as to their ability to hold charge.

This is an old laptop but was never mistreated.

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Dell confirms a possible VMware spinoff

After weeks of speculation, Dell Technologies confirmed reports that it is exploring a potential spinoff of VMware next year. Company officials said if it does so, it will continue to have a strategic relationship with VMware.

Hoping to assure VMware users, Dell chairman and CEO Michael Dell said in a prepared statement that “the strategic relationship between Dell Technologies and VMware has never been stronger.” He added that despite the options being explored, the two companies will accelerate their current strategies, including jointly creating a number of integrated products.

Dell gained an 80% stake in VMware when it acquired EMC in 2015. EMC acquired VMware in 2004.

Possible Dell-VMware spinoff at least a year off

Dell also confirmed what analysts have said over the past few weeks: that any spinoff would not happen until September of 2021 so the company can sidestep the heavy federal taxes associated with the deal.

Dell said if it decides to follow through on a spinoff, it will agree to specific terms and conditions under the auspices of a special committee made up of the Board of Directors of VMware and Dell. Dell said it would also negotiate the payment of a special cash dividend by VMware to be paid on a pro rata basis to all VMware shareholders.

With its commanding position in virtualization and concentrated focus on hybrid clouds and containers, most analysts believe a spinoff provides VMware with more competitive advantage than it has with Dell, which is traditionally a hardware-oriented company. But some believe the economic advantages Dell would gain through a spinoff outweigh any strategic technology disadvantages. Wall Street doesn’t like the capitalization structure between Dell and VMware, which investors believe has held down the market value of Dell.

“The crazy thing is, Dell has a market worth of around $30-something billion, but they own 81% of VMware, which should make their value about $50 billion,” said Patrick Moorhead, president and principal analyst at Moor Insights and Strategy. “It almost forces [Dell’s] hand to sell VMware,” he said.

While many IT market analysts favored VMware, investors were encouraged by Dell’s confirmation of a potential spinoff sending the company’s stock up 17% the day of the announcement on Thursday.

Even with the financial upside to a spinoff, Dell would still need to find another software partner, or multiple software partners, to replace VMware, Moorhead said, which could prove difficult.

“They certainly aren’t going to go out and buy another company because the capitalization doesn’t work out there,” Moorhead said. “The other route is to do what HP did and pull together various pieces and build their own stack, but I don’t see them pulling that off.”

Another analyst believes Dell, in part, is exploring a spinoff is to gain more freedom to cozy up to other top-tier cloud providers.

“The only possible reason [Dell] would float this out there is because of two possible suitors; namely Google and Amazon,” said Dana Gardner, principal analyst at Interarbor Solutions, LLC. “Those two would like the chance to take that installed VMware base across, but neither one of them would see Dell as that strategic.”

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For Sale – Dell XPS 15 7590 4K OLED I7 9th Gen Laptop.

Dell XPS 15″ 4K OLED Laptop in absolutely excellent condition.

Originally purchased in Dec 2019, warranty until December 2020 which can be transferred to the buyer.

Comes with 130 W AC adapter which still has the protective plastic on it.

Windows has been reset and updated.

The OLED screen is awesome especially for photo editing.

No original box but will be very well packaged for delivery which will be by RMSD.

Specs:
9th Generation Intel® Core™ i7-9750H, 12 MB Cache, 6 Core, up to 4.50 GHz
Windows 10 Pro 64bit, English, Dutch, French, German, Italian
NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 1650 4GB GDDR5
15.6-inch 4K UHD (3840 x 2160) OLED Anti-Reflective InfinityEdge Non-Touch Display
16 GB, 2 x 8 GB, DDR4, 2666 MHz
512 GB M.2 PCIe NVMe Solid-State Drive
Killer™ Wi-Fi 6 AX1650, 2 x 2, Bluetooth 5.0
XPS 15 7590
Silver
2x USB 3
1x USB C
HDMI Port (full Size)
SD Card Slot
Headphone Socket
Battery Indicator Lights
Carbon Fibre wrist rest.

This was just over £1,600 when new, I am asking a firm £1,075 delivered by RMSD.

Not yet advertised elsewhere but tagged as being so as it will be shortly.

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For Sale – Dell XPS 8500 – Base Unit & Keyboard

Hi All,

I have for sale my Dell XPS 8500. Until February this was my main PC and I used it for gaming, it ran PUBG etc quite easily. Since February I have bought another rig and sold the graphics card that was in this machine – so you would need a new graphics card if you wanted it for gaming. I was going to use it as a render rig, but have decided to sell it instead. It’s a great machine and the only reason I’m selling it is to upgrade to something more modern and part of the case has changed colour in the sun.

Specification is as follows – few upgrades to standard:

Dell XPS 8500
i7-3770 CPU @ 3.4GHz (not overclocked, never have)
12GB RAM (think it’s 2 x 4GB and 2 x 2GB but can check for anyone interested)
Upgraded PSU – CX500 Corsair
256GB SSD (ADATA) – 223GB usable – I have only used this drive for installing Windows 10 – it came out of the new PC.
Windows 7 serial key for Home Premium – currently it has installed a Windows 10 trial, I do not have discs for Windows 7.
Wifi Chipset

Base unit, power supply and keyboard only.

I’m looking for £200 for this, but open to offers – delivery is included in the price.

Can add more images if needed, any questions just ask.

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Data migration specialist Datadobi adds S3-to-S3 support

Data migration specialist Datadobi is bolstering its DobiMigrate software with support for Dell EMC’s PowerStore midrange lineup and various object stores that are compatible with Amazon’s S3 API.

Customers can use Datadobi software to move data from non-Dell EMC storage arrays to the new PowerStore systems that launched in May. The extension of support to the latest Dell EMC storage comes as no surprise. Four former EMC engineers founded Datadobi in 2010, and the Belgium-based company has worked closely with EMC, and subsequently, Dell EMC, on data migration from Centera and NAS systems.

The support for S3-to-S3 object data migration with the DobiMigrate 5.9 update, due on July 13, is more of a novel twist for Datadobi. The DobiMigrate software could enable customers to shift data from Amazon’s Simple Storage Service (S3) to on-premises S3-based object stores, and vice versa. Datadobi plans to support AWS S3, Cloudian HyperStore, Dell EMC ECS, IBM Cloud Object Storage, NetApp StorageGrid and Scality Zenko CloudServer when DobiMigrate 5.9 launches.

Datadobi CTO Carl D’Halluin said the company would test and ensure compatibility with other S3-based object stores based on customer requests. Possible options include object stores from Google, Backblaze and Wasabi to help customers migrate data between public clouds.

Datadobi DobiMigrate.
Datadobi’s DobiMigrate 5.9 update adds the ability to move data between object stores that support Amazon’s S3 API.

Data migration from AWS

But Michael Jack, Datadobi’s co-founder and VP of global sales, expects the most popular use case could be AWS to on-premises object storage to help customers avoid the egress fees that Amazon and other cloud providers charge to access data. A secondary source of demand could be customers refreshing their object storage for better functionality or higher performance.

“There was a big flurry of media a year and a half ago around repatriation — that repatriation is going to be huge because Amazon’s too expensive,” Jack said. But, rather than a “massive tsunami of opportunities,” Jack expects to see “incremental business” from customers that don’t want to be locked in to a particular storage vendor or storage.

A lot of people get upset about the egress fees that they didn’t really understand with public cloud storage.
Marc StaimerPresident, Dragon Slayer Consulting

“A lot of people get upset about the egress fees that they didn’t really understand with public cloud storage,” said Marc Staimer, president of Dragon Slayer Consulting. “They want to move, but there’s no easy way to migrate from S3 to S3 natively, so they need a third party.”

Datadobi specializes in migrating large quantities of data. The company initially focused on moving data out of EMC’s Centera content-addressable storage and then built DobiMigrate to tackle NAS migration when EMC’s Isilon team reached out. The DobiMigrate 5.9 update will add connectors to S3 on top of the NAS migration framework, incorporating important lessons that Datadobi’s engineering team learned through its NAS work about the incompatibilities and vagaries in different vendors’ systems.

S3 data migration is not trivial

“We thought S3 would be simple, because it’s a simple protocol, but the same is true here,” D’Halluin said. “Copying over S3 data is not trivial, and enterprises want some guarantees that the data is copied over properly.”

D’Halluin said Datadobi engineers had to “invent new ways” to scan the S3 content and enable fast copying and parallel scanning. DobiMigrate runs on premises behind the data center’s firewall, under the control of the data center administrator. The software can synchronize the objects and metadata from the source buckets to the target buckets.

“One of the product’s values to the enterprise is the scale at which it can operate,” said Krista Macomber, a senior analyst at Evaluator Group. “This is important for enterprises looking to migrate petabytes of data. The scanning process is multithreaded, and initial full, as well as incremental, scans occur outside of the data path. This helps to accelerate the scanning and copying process and cut down on the maintenance window.”

Macomber thinks more Datadobi customers could move S3 data to the cloud, for disaster recovery or archival purposes or as part of a legacy application migration. But she said pulling data back on premises could also be important as business analytics becomes more popular.

DobiMigrate supports only NAS-to-NAS or S3-to-S3 migrations. The software does not offer gateway services to migrate file-based NAS data to S3-based object stores, or vice versa. Datadobi supports the migration of data from NAS or Centera systems to S3 object stores only on an individual project basis.

Datadobi roadmap

Datadobi roadmap items include optimizing migrations from Amazon’s Glacier, cold storage as well as support for advanced object features such as locking and tagging. D’Halluin said there is no incentive yet to support migrations between S3-based object stores and Microsoft’s Azure because product support for Azure’s Blob object storage API is minimal.

D’Halluin said Datadobi plans to phase in S3-to-S3 migration capabilities and help customers analyze which data to bring back from AWS, keep in the cloud or delete altogether. He expects customers initially will need help, so Datadobi will offer the new S3-to-S3 functionality as a service before making it available through the do-it-yourself software.

DobiMigrate has a 50 TB minimum for S3-to-S3 migrations. Jack estimated the service list price would start at about $45,000 for a 50 TB migration, depending on the customer’s choice of storage vendor, systems integrator or a value-added reseller to provide it. Jack said the do-it-yourself software would list at about $30,000 for an S3-to-S3 migration of 50 TB of data.

Jack estimated that 25% of Datadobi’s customers use the software on their own, and 75% go through the company’s more than 100 partners. Datadobi sells only through the channel, but Jack said the company’s sales organization communicates directly with all customers. In addition to DobiMigrate, Datadobi sells DobiReplicate for NAS-to-NAS file-based replication and DobiSync for file-to-object synchronization.

Datadobi claims to have more than 800 customers, including service providers and enterprises in industries such as financial services, healthcare, oil and gas, and media and entertainment. They tend to have large amounts of data that can scale past 1 PB in complex multivendor environments spanning on-premises and cloud sites, according to Jack.

Datadobi’s competition includes free tools such as robocopy and rsync, as well as Data Dynamics and Komprise. Jack said Datadobi focuses on large one-time, “fire-hose” types of migrations in comparison to the “trickle” approach that Data Dynamics and Komprise take with their data management/migration products.

Staimer said StrongBox Data Solutions offers S3-to-S3 migration as a feature but finds that the quantities of moved object-based data tend to be small in comparison to the multi-petabyte projects the vendor does with file-based data.

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For Sale – Dell XPS 15 7590 4K OLED I7 9th Gen Laptop.

Dell XPS 15″ 4K OLED Laptop in absolutely excellent condition.

Originally purchased in Dec 2019, warranty until December 2020 which can be transferred to the buyer.

Comes with 130 W AC adapter which still has the protective plastic on it.

Windows has been reset and updated.

The OLED screen is awesome especially for photo editing.

No original box but will be very well packaged for delivery which will be by RMSD.

Specs:
9th Generation Intel® Core™ i7-9750H, 12 MB Cache, 6 Core, up to 4.50 GHz
Windows 10 Pro 64bit, English, Dutch, French, German, Italian
NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 1650 4GB GDDR5
15.6-inch 4K UHD (3840 x 2160) OLED Anti-Reflective InfinityEdge Non-Touch Display
16 GB, 2 x 8 GB, DDR4, 2666 MHz
512 GB M.2 PCIe NVMe Solid-State Drive
Killer™ Wi-Fi 6 AX1650, 2 x 2, Bluetooth 5.0
XPS 15 7590
Silver
2x USB 3
1x USB C
HDMI Port (full Size)
SD Card Slot
Headphone Socket
Battery Indicator Lights
Carbon Fibre wrist rest.

This was just over £1,600 when new, I am asking a firm £1,075 delivered by RMSD.

Not yet advertised elsewhere but tagged as being so as it will be shortly.

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