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AT&T design for open routing covers many uses

AT&T has introduced an ambitious open design for a distributed, disaggregated chassis that hardware makers can use to build service provider-class routers ranging from single line card systems to large clusters of routing hardware.

AT&T recently submitted the specs for its white box architecture to the Open Compute Project, an initiative to share with the general IT industry designs for server and data center components. The AT&T design builds a router chassis around Broadcom’s StrataDNX Jericho2 system-on-a-chip for Ethernet switches and routers.

AT&T has been a leading advocate of open, disaggregated hardware to reduce CapEx costs. It plans to use the new design for edge and core routers that comprise its global Common Backbone. The CBB is the network that handles the service provider’s IP traffic.

Also, AT&T plans to use the Jericho2 chip in its design to power 400 Gbps interfaces for the carrier’s next-generation 5G wireless network services.

For several years, AT&T has advocated for an open disaggregated router, which means the hardware is responsible only for data traffic while its control plane runs in separate software. Therefore, AT&T’s new design specs are not a surprise.

“What is indeed interesting is that they are taking the approach to all router use cases including high-performance, high-capacity routing using this distributed chassis scale-out approach,” Rajesh Ghai, an analyst at IDC, said.

AT&T design committed to hardware neutrality

AT&T’s hardware-agnostic design is ambitious because its use in carrier-class routing would require a new approach to procuring, deploying, managing and orchestrating hardware, Ghai said. “I know they have tried [to develop that approach] in the lab over the past year with a startup.”

Whether hardware built on AT&T specs can find a home outside of the carrier’s data centers remains to be seen.

“AT&T’s interest in releasing the specs for everyone is to drive adoption of the open hardware approach by other SPs [service providers] and hence drive a new market for disaggregated routers,” Ghai said. “But this requires sophistication on the part of the SP that few have. So, we’ll have to see who jumps in next.”

At the very least, vendors know the specifications they must meet to sell router software to AT&T, Ghai said.

AT&T’s design specifies three key building blocks for router clusters. The smallest is a line card system that supports 40 100 Gbps ports, plus 13 400 Gbps fabric-facing ports. In the middle is a line card system supporting 10 400 Gbps client ports, plus 13 400 Gbps fabric-facing ports.

For the largest systems, there is a fabric device that supports 48 400 Gbps ports. AT&T’s specs also cover a fabric system with 24 400 Gbps ports.

AT&T has taken a more aggressive approach to open hardware than rival Verizon. The latter has said it would run its router control plane in the cloud and use it to manage devices from Cisco and Juniper Networks, Ghai said.

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For Sale – GTX 670 4670k 8GB RAM Fractral Design gaming PC.. Cheap!!!!, AW34 inch monitor

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How to keep VM sprawl in check

During the deployment of virtual environments, the focus is on the design and setup. Rarely are the environments revisited to check if improvements are possible.

Virtualization brought many benefits to data center operations, such as reliability and flexibility. One drawback is it can lead to VM sprawl and the generation of more VMs that contend for a finite amount of resources. VMs are not free; storage and compute have a real capital cost. This cost gets amplified if you look to move these resources into the cloud. It’s up to the administrator to examine the infrastructure resources and make sure these VMs have just what they need because the costs never go away and typically never go down.

Use Excel to dig into resource usage

One of the fundamental tools you need for this isn’t Hyper-V or some virtualization product — it’s Excel. Dashboards are nice, but there are times you need the raw data for more in-depth analysis. Nothing can provide that like Excel.

Most monitoring tools export data to CSV format. You can import this file into Excel for analysis. Shared storage is expensive, so I always like to see a report on drive space. It’s interesting to see what servers consume the most drive space, and where. If you split your servers into a C: for the OS and D: for the data, shouldn’t most of the C: drives use the same amount of space? Outside of your application install, why should the C: drives vary in space? Are admins leaving giant ISOs in the download folder or recycle bin? Or are multiple admins logging on with roaming profiles?

Whatever the reason, runaway C: drives can chew up your primary storage quickly. If it is something simple such as ISO files that should have been removed, keep in mind that this affects your backups as well. You can just buy additional storage in a pinch and, because often many us in IT are on autopilot mode, it’s easy to not give drive space issues a second thought.

Overallocation is not as easy to correct

VM sprawl is one thing but when was the last time you looked at what resources you allocated to those VMs to see what they are actually using? The allocation process is still a little bit of a guess until things get up and running fully. Underallocation is often noticed promptly and corrected quickly, and everything moves forward.

A review process could reveal places that could use an adjustment to drain resources from overallocated VMs to avoid trouble in the future.

Do you ever check for overallocation? Do you ever go back and remove extra CPU cores or RAM? In my experience, no one ever does. If everything runs well, there’s little incentive to make changes.

Some in IT like to gamble and assume everything will run properly most of the time, but it’s less stressful to prepare for some of these unlikely events. Is it possible that a host or two will fail, or that a network issue strikes your data center? You have to be prepared for failure and at a scale that is more than what you might think. We all know things will rarely fail in a way that is favorable to you. A review process could reveal places that could use an adjustment to drain resources from overallocated VMs to avoid trouble in the future.

Look closer at all aspects of VM sprawl to trim costs

Besides the resource aspect what about the licensing cost? With more and more products now allocating by core, overallocation of resources has an instant impact on the application cost to start but it gets worse. It’s the annual maintenance costs that pick at your budget and drain your resources for no gain if you cannot tighten your resource allocation.

One other maintenance item that gets overlooked is reboots. When a majority of Windows Server deployments moved from hardware to virtualization, the runtime typically increased. This increase in stability brought with it an inadvertent problem. Too often, busy IT shops without structured patching and reboot cycles only performed these tasks when a server went offline, which — for better or worse — created a maintenance window.

With virtualization, the servers tend to run for longer stretches and show more unique issues. Memory leaks that might have gone unnoticed before — because they were reset during a reboot — can affect servers in unpredictable ways. Virtualization admins need to be on alert to recognize behaviors that might be out of the norm. If you right-size your VMs, you should have enough resources for them to run normally and still handle the occasional spikes in demand. If you see your VMs requiring more resources than normal, this could point to resource leaks that need to be reset.

Often, the process to get systems online is rushed, leads to VM sprawl and overlooks any attempts at optimization. This can be anything from overallocations to simple cleanup. If this isn’t done, you lose out on ways to make the environment more efficient, losing both performance and capacity. While this all makes sense, it’s important to follow through and actually do it.

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Behind the Design: Surface Headphones

Meet the Surface design team who built our first smart headphones

Vivian Nguyen

It’s 2 PM, and you need to finish a project by end of day. Coworkers in your open office space are chatting about the newest ramen spot. While you’d like to expound on the difference between Hokkaido- versus Tokyo-style noodles, you need to focus. You put on your Surface Headphones, and Cortana greets you with a quick update:

“Hi, you’ve got about 8 hours of battery left. You’re connected to [your device name].”

As your favorite Odesza song plays, you start work immediately.

YOUR WORKPLACE ACCOMPANIMENT

Composed with the design trinity of audio quality, comfort, and seamless integration, the Surface Headphones help you create a personal space in the modern workplace and in your modern life. The idea that, when you wear them, you escape into another world that lets you focus on you and what you need to get done. The Surface design team wanted to give you — the actual user — control over how plugged in (or not!) you want to be to your immediate environment. Check out the tech specs here.

And you can see that thoughtful approach in the hardware. Designing comfortable earmuffs was paramount because it’s the one part that touches you all the time. They initially considered a traditional donut shape, but with inclusive design at the heart of everything we do, we wanted to accommodate a diverse set of ear shapes. The earmuffs now fit ears of all shapes and sizes comfortably with even pressure points for a secure fit.

Tactile design wasn’t the only consideration. They set out to craft a device that’s both functional and beautiful. Creating a smooth seam on the earmuff, for example, was surprisingly difficult. See how the team wouldn’t take no for an answer in the video below:

See how the Surface design team wove together elegant hardware design, rich audio, and an intelligent assistant. Click here for the audio description version.

Every decision about the Surface Headphones keeps real people in mind — including the writing they don’t see or touch.

To create a holistic and seamless voice experience, Senior Writer Matt Lichtenberg, who focuses on hardware, and Senior Personality Lead for AI Chris O’Connor, who shapes the voice for intelligent experiences, fused their complementary skills. Because Cortana delivers the instructions, Matt and Chris needed to collaborate and bring together the what (instructions) and the how (Cortana).

“Words contribute to the whole experience,” said Matt, “and we wanted the headphones to be almost invisible to people while they’re wearing them. They shouldn’t have to think about them much.”

“I like to think of it as, we’re helping people achieve more with less energy,” said Chris. “How do they get the most out of this device with the least amount of effort? It’s the idea that design stays out of your way — it’s minimal and there to help you get stuff done.”

THINKING OUT OF THE BOX

From the onset, the design team wanted to understand how people naturally use headphones in a variety of vignettes. They developed a series of scenarios to answer key questions about how people interacted with the headphones.

For instance, when customers initially turn on the headphones, would they want to pair and go? Or would they download the Cortana app first?

As it turns out, most want to pair and go.

When you turn on other Bluetooth devices for the first time, you’ll need to put the device in pairing mode. With the Surface Headphones, they’re immediately in pairing mode and Cortana greets you with, “Hello, you’re ready to pair.”

You connect your device, and Cortana confirms with, “You’re paired to [device name].”

“It’s a challenge to create a rich and enjoyable out-of-the-box experience,” said Chris. “If it’s boring and tedious, people blow right through it. But if it’s enjoyable and people understand the value, they’ll reach an optimal state before carrying on.”

Design is an iterative process, and we’re constantly listening to feedback. We’ve heard customers ask for more device control to turn settings on or off, including the “Hey, Cortana” voice activation, touch controls, and voice prompts. So, we delivered.

The latest firmware update on the Cortana app can help you personalize your headphone settings, like reducing the number or duration of voice prompts. That means you can change your settings so a simple “Hello” plays when you initially turn on your headphones. The app gives you more control of your device, ensuring you get the best experience possible.

“It’s amazing how long it feels to say a few words, so you need to make them count,” said Matt.

Unlike computers, which require constant interaction, the Surface Headphones almost disappear into the background while you work, helping you focus while eliminating outside distractions. To help people achieve this, the voice writing team designed the voice prompts to avoid interruptions unless they’re critical, like letting you know when your battery is low.

“How do you thread the needle between being a voice prompt, a robot, and a conversational entity, but still get out of the way?” asked Chris. “This was one of the first areas where we had to practice design differently and pull back on personality to allow things to be shorter and faster.”

COMMUNICATING WITHOUT WORDS

Some interactions don’t even need words.

When the headphones are charging, for example, the LED light flashes. In this context, a visual cue is more intuitive. You don’t need to pick them up or put them on to know what’s happening.

In times when words feel unnatural, sound itself can communicate information. When you turn the left dial on the Surface Headphones forward, you hear a low-pitched beep to indicate maximum noise cancellation. Conversely, a high-pitched beep plays when you turn the dial in the opposite direction. This confirms the headphones are now amplifying ambient sound.

Inspired by the volume knobs of hi-fi stereos, which turn with a certain slowness, the hardware design team added headset dials to adjust volume, noise cancellation, or sound amplification. Rotating the dial is an intuitive motion that lets people choose the precise level of sound they want (or don’t want).

Our design anticipates different modes of communication contingent on how someone wants to use or interact with the headphones. But whether it’s audio or visual, each interaction remains succinct.

THE NEXT MOVEMENT IN VOICE DESIGN

The Surface Headphones are the first ambient device from Microsoft with an assistant. The Surface design team had a groundbreaking opportunity to radically reimagine headphones as more than just headphones.

In the past, people often confused or conflated digital assistants with voice control. But with increased investments in personality design and the future of interaction, Microsoft is experimenting with giving Cortana added dimension and awareness to help customers get the most out of a digital assistant.

“We decided to use the human metaphor for a digital assistant, because a real-life assistant isn’t just voice control. They don’t just take dictation. They understand what’s important to you, your family, your priorities, your goals,” explained Chris.

As we continue to infuse intelligence across our products and services, teams throughout the company are beginning to explore the potential for what a digital assistant could be.

“The headphones sparked a whole new area of thinking — one that we’re using to think through the same problem from other endpoints as we move on to work for the Office 365 apps,” said Chris.

And who knows? Maybe one day, when you slip on your Surface Headphones, Cortana can chime in with her favorite kind of ramen, too.

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Fractal Design Define MINI C Case, black with Corsair CX550W 80+ Bronze PSU – complete and immaculate – £45 collected. SOLD

LG 24UD58 4k IPS freesync monitor, boxed and as new £100 collected. SOLD

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Fractal Design Define MINI C Case, black with Corsair CX550W 80+ Bronze PSU – complete and immaculate – £45 collected. SOLD

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Fractal Design Define MINI C Case, black with Corsair CX550W 80+ Bronze PSU – complete and immaculate – £45 collected. SOLD

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