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GPU-buffed servers advance Cisco’s AI agenda

Cisco Systems is the latest hardware vendor to offer gear tuned for AI and machine learning-based workloads.

Competition to support AI and machine workloads continues to heat up. Earlier this year archrivals Dell Technologies Inc., Hewlett Packard Enterprise and IBM rolled out servers designed to optimize performance of AI and machine learning workloads. Many smaller vendors are chasing this market as well.

“This is going to be a highly competitive field going forward with everyone having their own solution,” said Jean Bozman, vice president and principal analyst at Hurwitz & Associates. “IT organizations will have to figure out, with the help of third-party organizations, how to best take advantage of these new technologies.”

Cisco AI plan taps Nvidia GPUs

The Cisco UCS C480 ML M5 rack server, the company’s first tuned to run AI workloads, contains Nvidia Tesla V100 Tensor Core GPUs and NVLink to boost performance, and works with neural networks and large data sets to train computers to carry out complex tasks, according to the company. It works with Cisco Intersight, introduced last year, which allows IT professionals to automate policies and operations across their infrastructure from the cloud.

This Cisco AI server will ship sometime during this year’s fourth quarter. Cisco Services will offer technical support for a range of AI and machine learning capabilities.

Cisco intends to target several different industries with the new system. Financial services companies can use it to detect fraud and algorithmic trading, while healthcare companies can enlist it to deliver insights and diagnostics, improve medical image classification and speed drug discovery and research.

Server hardware makers place bets on AI

The market for AI and machine learning, particularly the former, represents a rich opportunity for systems vendors over the next year or two. Only 4% of CIOs said they have implemented AI projects, according to a Gartner study earlier this year. However, some 46% have blueprints in place to implement such projects, and many of them have kicked off pilot programs.

[AI and machine learning-based servers are] going to be a highly competitive field going forward with everyone having their own solution.
Jean Bozmanvice president and principal analyst, Hurwitz & Associates

AI and machine learning offers IT shops more efficient ways to address complex issues, but will significantly affect their underlying infrastructure and processes. Larger IT shops must heavily invest in training and the education of existing employees in how to use the technologies, the Gartner report stated. They also must upgrade existing infrastructure before they deploy production-ready AI and machine learning workloads. Enterprises will need to retool infrastructure to find ways to more efficiently handle data.

“All vendors will have the same story about data being your most valuable asset and how they can handle it efficiently,” Bozman said. “But to get at [the data] you first have to break down the data silos, label the data to get at it efficiently, and add data protection.”

Only after this prep work can IT shops take full advantage of AI-powered hardware-software tools.

“No matter how easy some of these vendors say it is to implement their integrated solutions, IT [shops] have more than a little homework to do to make it all work,” one industry analyst said. “Then you are ready to get the best results from any AI-based data analytics.”

Xbox is at PAX West 2018 – Xbox Wire

Xbox is bringing games, gear, and more to downtown Seattle for PAX West August 31 – September 3. Whether you’re joining us in person or following along on social media and Mixer, here’s what you can expect:

Xbox Booth
North Hall, 4th Floor, Booths 403, 411, 417

Experience a few of the games that make up Xbox One’s diverse line-up at the Xbox booth. We’ll have playable demos of Forza Horizon 4, The Division 2, Shadow of the Tomb Raider, Devil May Cry 5, NBA 2k19, Metro Exodus, Kingdom Hearts III, Tunic, Ooblets, Kingdom Two Crowns, Generation Zero, Bendy and the Ink Machine, Supermarket Shriek, My Time Portia, and some new DLC from State of Decay 2. You will also have the opportunity to earn a Cuphead Pinny Arcade pin, participate in a Tomb Raider-themed scavenger hunt, guess the amount of Nuka Cola caps in a Fallout 76 experience, visit the Game Pass vending machine, and pick up exclusive Xbox Official Gear for the first time at PAX.  (PAX Badge required)

Mixer
North Hall, 4th Floor, Booth #425

Drop by booth #425 in the North Hall to meet up with some of your favorite broadcasters and Mixer Partners, and for a chance to win swag in the HypeZone LIVE! In addition to that, there’s also going to be a main stage at PAX featuring our Mixer Partners, developers, and so much more. Can’t make it to PAX West in person? No problem! Watch all the action happening at PAX West via Mixer.com/Mixer and Mixer.com/HypeZoneLIVE!

Want the full rundown? Make sure to get all the latest details from the official Mixer blog, right here: https://blog.mixer.com/2018/08/22/mixer-pax-west-2018/

Xbox PAX West Panels

Find out more about streaming and the Xbox Adaptive Controller at these panels featuring Xbox and Mixer members. (PAX West badge required.)

Building Your Streaming Community
Wyvern Theater, Saturday, September 1 from 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Building a community comes with many challenges and hurdles, good news is we’re here to help! We’ve gathered a council of content creators to discuss the ins-and-outs of building a great online community in your own livestreams. We’ll be smashing myths and sharing the facts about streaming to help you set a foundation for a positive and effective community.

The Xbox Adaptive Controller: Designed with the Community
Sasquatch Theater, Sunday, September 2 from 12:30pm-1:30pm

The Xbox Adaptive Controller is the newest controller by Xbox, created to help people with limited mobility play. Larry Hryb will lead a conversation with pivotal community experts and representatives of game accessibility organizations like AbleGamers and Stack Up, along with one of the controller’s creators.  We’ll describe the journey of designing the controller leveraging the input of gamers with disabilities from the start… and where we need to go next.

Xbox One Summer of PUBG Tour

The Xbox One Summer of PUBG tour will be making their final stop in Westlake Center during PAX West. No badge required to visit! Check out the PUBG bus and enter to win it or one of many other prizes. More information can be found here.

Xbox PAX West Sweepstakes

PAX West 2018 Sweepstakes Image

Enter for a chance to win one of 11 Xbox Design Lab controllers, influenced by some of our favorite games. Xbox Design Lab allows you to create your own personal controller from over a billion different color combinations, metallic finishes, and rubberized grips. Check it out and design your own controller at xboxdesignlab.xbox.com.

There are two ways to enter:

  • Take a photo of your favorite Xbox Design Lab controller in the Xbox booth and share via Twitter using #XboxPAX #XboxDesignLab #Sweepstakes. Don’t forget to follow @Xbox while you’re at it!
  • Follow @Xbox or @XboxCanada on Twitter and retweet one of their tweets mentioning the sweepstakes and including #XboxPAX #XboxDesignLab #Sweepstakes.

You have until September 3rd to enter. The contest is open to anyone from the US or Canada. Click through for the Official Rules.

See you at PAX West! For more Xbox news, follow @Xbox on Twitter, visit the Xbox PAX West website, and stay tuned to Xbox Wire.

For Sale – 3 x 2U X-Case Server cases

Hi.

Having a clear out of my server gear and have 3 x 2u cases. There are no make/model numbers on the case but I’m sure they are “x-case”.

They are 2u, standard 19” wide and 21.5” deep. They take normal atx power supplies which makes these cases ideal for building budget servers.

They are in decent condition, some scratches etc due to use and being stored in my garage.

Collection preferred due to size of these but if no one local bites, I may post these if I can find packaging.

£20 each or all 3 for £50

COLLECTION FROM NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE

Price and currency: 20 each.
Delivery: Delivery cost is not included
Payment method: BT, cash, ppg, magic beans.
Location: Newcastle upon tyne
Advertised elsewhere?: Not advertised elsewhere
Prefer goods collected?: I prefer the goods to be collected

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For Sale – 3 x 2U X-Case Server cases

Hi.

Having a clear out of my server gear and have 3 x 2u cases. There are no make/model numbers on the case but I’m sure they are “x-case”.

They are 2u, standard 19” wide and 21.5” deep. They take normal atx power supplies which makes these cases ideal for building budget servers.

They are in decent condition, some scratches etc due to use and being stored in my garage.

Collection preferred due to size of these but if no one local bites, I may post these if I can find packaging.

£20 each or all 3 for £50

COLLECTION FROM NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE

Price and currency: 20 each.
Delivery: Delivery cost is not included
Payment method: BT, cash, ppg, magic beans.
Location: Newcastle upon tyne
Advertised elsewhere?: Not advertised elsewhere
Prefer goods collected?: I prefer the goods to be collected

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For Sale – 3 x 2U X-Case Server cases

Hi.

Having a clear out of my server gear and have 3 x 2u cases. There are no make/model numbers on the case but I’m sure they are “x-case”.

They are 2u, standard 19” wide and 21.5” deep. They take normal atx power supplies which makes these cases ideal for building budget servers.

They are in decent condition, some scratches etc due to use and being stored in my garage.

Collection preferred due to size of these but if no one local bites, I may post these if I can find packaging.

£20 each or all 3 for £50

COLLECTION FROM NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE

Price and currency: 20 each.
Delivery: Delivery cost is not included
Payment method: BT, cash, ppg, magic beans.
Location: Newcastle upon tyne
Advertised elsewhere?: Not advertised elsewhere
Prefer goods collected?: I prefer the goods to be collected

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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 – 3 x 2U X-Case Server cases

Hi.

Having a clear out of my server gear and have 3 x 2u cases. There are no make/model numbers on the case but I’m sure they are “x-case”.

They are 2u, standard 19” wide and 21.5” deep. They take normal atx power supplies which makes these cases ideal for building budget servers.

They are in decent condition, some scratches etc due to use and being stored in my garage.

Collection preferred due to size of these but if no one local bites, I may post these if I can find packaging.

£20 each or all 3 for £50

COLLECTION FROM NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE

Price and currency: 20 each.
Delivery: Delivery cost is not included
Payment method: BT, cash, ppg, magic beans.
Location: Newcastle upon tyne
Advertised elsewhere?: Not advertised elsewhere
Prefer goods collected?: I prefer the goods to be collected

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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 – 3 x 2U X-Case Server cases

Hi.

Having a clear out of my server gear and have 3 x 2u cases. There are no make/model numbers on the case but I’m sure they are “x-case”.

They are 2u, standard 19” wide and 21.5” deep. They take normal atx power supplies which makes these cases ideal for building budget servers.

They are in decent condition, some scratches etc due to use and being stored in my garage.

Collection preferred due to size of these but if no one local bites, I may post these if I can find packaging.

£20 each or all 3 for £50

COLLECTION FROM NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE

Price and currency: 20 each.
Delivery: Delivery cost is not included
Payment method: BT, cash, ppg, magic beans.
Location: Newcastle upon tyne
Advertised elsewhere?: Not advertised elsewhere
Prefer goods collected?: I prefer the goods to be collected

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Rackspace colocation program hosts users’ legacy servers

Rackspace’s latest service welcomes users’ legacy gear into Rackspace data centers and once in place, gives the vendor a golden opportunity to sell these customers additional services.

The Rackspace Colocation program primarily targets midsize and larger IT shops that want to launch their first cloud initiative, or sidestep the rising costs to operate their own internal data centers. Many of these IT shops have just begun to grapple with the realities of their first digital transformation projects. They must choose where to position key applications from private clouds to microservices that run on Azure and Google Cloud.

Some Rackspace users run applications on customized hardware and operating systems that are not supported by public clouds, while others have heavily invested in hardware and want to hold onto those systems for another five years to get the full value out of those systems, said Henry Tran, general manager of Rackspace’s managed hosting and colocation business.

Customers that move existing servers into Rackspace’s data centers gain better system performance from closer proximity to Rackspace’s infrastructure. This gives Rackspace a chance to upsell those customers add-on interconnectivity and other higher-margin services.

“[The Rackspace Colocation services program] is a way to get you in the door by handling all the mundane stuff, but longer term they are trying to get you to migrate to their cloud,” said Cassandra Mooshian, senior analyst at Technology Business Research Inc. in Hampton, N.H.

Green light for greenfield colocation services

There are still many enterprise workloads that run in corporate data centers, so there are a lot of greenfield opportunities to pursue in colocation services. Roughly 60% of enterprises don’t use colos today, and the colocation market should grow around 8% annually through 2021, said Dan Thompson, a senior analyst at 451 Research. “There is still a lot of headroom for companies to migrate to colocation and/or cloud,” he said.

This speaks loudly to the multi-cloud and hybrid cloud world we are living in.
Dan Thompsonanalyst, 451 Research

Other colocation service providers have expanded with various higher-margin cloud and other managed services, but Rackspace has chosen a different path.

“They’ve had hosting and cloud services for a while but are now moving in the direction of colocation,” 451 Research’s Thompson said. “This speaks loudly to the multi-cloud and hybrid cloud world we are living in.”

Rackspace’s acquisition of Datapipe in late 2017 initiated its march into colocation, with the ability to offer capabilities and services to Datapipe customers through Microsoft’s Azure Stack, VMware’s Cloud on AWS and managed services on Google’s Cloud platform. In return, Rackspace gained access to Datapipe’s colocation services and data centers to gain a market presence in the U.S. West Coast, Brazil, China and Russia.

Rackspace itself was acquired in late 2016 by private equity firm Apollo Global Management LLC, which gave the company some financial backing and freedom to expand its business.

For Sale – Ubiquiti Unifi Network gear

I am having to simplify my network at home, so my Unifi gear is up for sale.

There are 2 AC Pro access points. On one of them, the blue LED status light no longer illuminates, but other than that the AP works just fine. The other is in perfect working order. Both are boxed, and both come with PoE injector and UK power cable. Both APs have No More Nails adhesive on the back of the mounting plates – I used it to fix them to the ceilings! It doesn’t affect the use – you can just redrill the mounting holes where the adhesive has covered them.

I have a Unifi USG – boxed and perfect working order.

Unifi Cloud Key – boxed and perfect working order, and running the latest beta firmware with the new dashboard.

Unifi US-8-150W switch – 8 port PoE switch, boxed and perfect working order.

Prices :-

AC Pro with faulty status LED – £sold
AC Pro fully working – £sold
Unifi USG – £sold
Unifi Switch – £sold
Unifi Cloud Key – £sold

Delivery is not included in the price, but collection is welcome from Wirral.

Price and currency: Various
Delivery: Delivery cost is not included
Payment method: PPG
Location: Wirral
Advertised elsewhere?: Yes
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
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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 – Ubiquiti Unifi Network gear

I am having to simplify my network at home, so my Unifi gear is up for sale.

There are 2 AC Pro access points. On one of them, the blue LED status light no longer illuminates, but other than that the AP works just fine. The other is in perfect working order. Both are boxed, and both come with PoE injector and UK power cable. Both APs have No More Nails adhesive on the back of the mounting plates – I used it to fix them to the ceilings! It doesn’t affect the use – you can just redrill the mounting holes where the adhesive has covered them.

I have a Unifi USG – boxed and perfect working order.

Unifi Cloud Key – boxed and perfect working order, and running the latest beta firmware with the new dashboard.

Unifi US-8-150W switch – 8 port PoE switch, boxed and perfect working order.

Prices :-

AC Pro with faulty status LED – £70
AC Pro fully working – £sold
Unifi USG – £sold
Unifi Switch – £sold
Unifi Cloud Key – £55

Delivery is not included in the price, but collection is welcome from Wirral.

Price and currency: Various
Delivery: Delivery cost is not included
Payment method: PPG
Location: Wirral
Advertised elsewhere?: Yes
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.