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For Sale – Alienware 15R3 i7-7820HK Gaming Laptop

In good condition, comes boxed, will get some picture’s up tomorrow in the day light.

7th Generation Core i7 driven machine with a GTX1070 GPU and 16Gb of fast RAM. Lightening fast Samsung 970 EVO NVME M.2 SSD (Under 15 sec boot time) and there is standard fitted 1TB hard drive for wider data storage.

There is 1 tiny stuck/dead (pink pixel) on the right hand side of the screen, it’s hard to see and It wasn’t until I was giving it a once over today that I spotted it but I like to be honest with my descriptions.

An absolute beast of a machine, this is the model with all the lights and look’s fantastic at night.

This is already priced at a bargain price as elsewhere they are priced at over £1000 refurbished.

Postage could be an option but it is heavy but I’m sure we can come to some agreement if a buyer would need it posted.

I am based in Lowestoft, Suffolk.

Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-7820HK (Quad-Core, 8MB Cache, Overclocking up to 4.4GHz) 15.6 inch FHD (1920 x 1080) IPS Anti-Glare 300-nits Display
Shipping Docs – English, French, German, Italian, Dutch
16GB DDR4 at 2667MHz (2x8GB)
1TB (64MB Cache) 7200 RPM SATA 6Gb/s
240W AC Adapter
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NVIDIA(R) GeForce(R) GTX 1070 with 8GB GDDR5
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Alienware 6 programmable Macro module keys
Internal UK/Irish (QWERTY) Backlit Keyboard
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CPU Overclocking Tools for AWCC for Alienware Laptops
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Microsoft Store empowers students with free Computer Science Education Week workshops | Windows Experience Blog

Students at a Microsoft Store

One hundred and thirteen years ago in New York, a girl was born into a generation where the average woman was more likely to perfect a signature pie recipe than solve a pi-based equation. Pushing against expectations, this girl became one of the pre-eminent technologists of our times and made it possible to convert human language into machine code understood by computers. On Dec. 9, the anniversary of Admiral Grace Hopper’s birthday kicks off Computer Science Education Week, an annual program dedicated to inspiring K-12 students to take interest in computer science.

As technology such as AI and cloud computing rapidly transforms the future of work, it’s more important than ever for students and educators to develop STEM—science, technology, engineering and math—skills. It’s estimated that over 85 million jobs worldwide will go unfilled by 2030 if we don’t bridge the STEM skills gap—but schools often struggle to implement quality STEM curriculum and prepare students for career paths that are just starting to come into focus.

Inspire students to ignite a passion for Computer Science

Microsoft Stores are committed to empowering students and educators with computer science resources and will host over 400 events in partnership with STEM influencers throughout Computer Science Education Week across locations. Ensuring no one is left behind when it comes to developing increasingly crucial computer science skills, programming this year has an increased focus on inclusion for traditionally underrepresented students.

Microsoft Store workshops will offer hands-on learning centered around coding, game design, app development and more using technologies from Windows, Surface, Office 365, Minecraft and more. Participants will hear from a diverse group of mentors and organizations from across the STEM field, including Lynell Caldwell, NASA, Brandon Copeland, Black Girls Code, Al Smith, Curtis Baham, Lee Woodall, Dennis Brown and Titus O’Neil.

Students at a Microsoft Store

Check your local Microsoft Store to register for exciting workshops geared toward empowering every learner, including workshops like;

  • Latina Girls in Gaming with MakeCode Arcade: Learn basic block coding and create video games with Gabriela Ponce, producer with Turn 10 Studios and advocate for helping the Latinx community succeed in the gaming industry. Gaby will share more about her journey combining her passions for art, culture and technology, and empower Latina girls to embrace STEM skills.
  • All Kids Code with Tynker Space Quest: Solve coding puzzles to guide an astronaut in space with Nadmi Casiano, the first deaf woman to graduate with an aeronautical engineering degree. All students are welcome, and ASL interpreters will be available at participating Microsoft Store locations to empower students with hearing disabilities.
  • African American Girls Code with Tynker Space Quest: Joan Higgenbotham, one of the first African American female astronauts to go into space, will share her experience at a workshop geared toward inspiring African American Girls to pursue STEM. Participants will learn basic coding concepts in an engaging format as they navigate aliens in search for a spaceship.
  • MANCODE with Design and Code Apps: Brainstorm app ideas and bring ideas to life with MANCODE, an organization aimed at addressing the stagnate growth of African American males within the STEM industry, who currently represent only 2.2% of the field. This workshop is geared toward underrepresented male students aged 13 and older, who will meet a male minority mentor and learn about the importance of technology.
  • Harry Potter Kano Coding Kit Workshop: Explore the magic of STEM at a Harry Potter Kano Coding Kit Workshop that introduces foundational coding concepts, including drag-and-drop coding. This autism-friendly workshop features alternate activities to allow a broad level of participation, and parents are welcome to join with their child.

In addition to these workshops, Microsoft Stores will also host Minecraft Hour of Code workshops, teaching students of all ages to code with Minecraft. The new Minecraft Hour of Code lesson aligns with this year’s theme, Computer Science for Good. Students will explore coding and artificial intelligence as they protect a village from forest fires in an immersive Minecraft world. Anyone can learn how coding can help build a better world—in just one hour!

Check availability of workshops and RSVP at your local Microsoft Store. Programming will vary by location. And, do you know students always get 10% off at Microsoft Store?* Make sure to take advantage of your discount when you shop at Microsoft Store.

* See full terms at https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/store/b/education

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For Sale – Alienware 15R3 i7-7820HK Gaming Laptop

In good condition, comes boxed, will get some picture’s up tomorrow in the day light.

7th Generation Core i7 driven machine with a GTX1070 GPU and 16Gb of fast RAM. Lightening fast Samsung 970 EVO NVME M.2 SSD (Under 15 sec boot time) and there is standard fitted 1Tb hard drive for wider data storage.

There is 1 tiny stuck/dead (pink pixel) on the right hand side of the screen, it’s hard to see and It wasn’t until I was giving it a once over today that I spotted it but I like to be honest with my descriptions.

An absolute beast of a machine, this is the model with all the lights and look’s fantastic at night.

This is already priced at a bargain price as elsewhere they are priced at over £1000 refurbished.

Postage could be an option but it is heavy but I’m sure we can come to some agreement if a buyer would need it posted.

I am based in Lowestoft, Suffolk.

Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-7820HK (Quad-Core, 8MB Cache, Overclocking up to 4.4GHz) 15.6 inch FHD (1920 x 1080) IPS Anti-Glare 300-nits Display
Shipping Docs – English, French, German, Italian, Dutch
16GB DDR4 at 2667MHz (2x8GB)
1TB (64MB Cache) 7200 RPM SATA 6Gb/s
240W AC Adapter
Lithium Ion (99 Wh) Battery
Power Cord – UK
Environmental lot 3 label
Regulatory Label
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NVIDIA(R) GeForce(R) GTX 1070 with 8GB GDDR5
Killer N1435/1535 Driver KBL
Killer 1435 802.11ac 2×2 WiFi and Bluetooth 4.1
Alienware 6 programmable Macro module keys
Internal UK/Irish (QWERTY) Backlit Keyboard
Windows 10 Home-HE 64bit English, Dutch, French, German, Italian
CPU Overclocking Tools for AWCC for Alienware Laptops
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For Sale – Alienware 15R3 i7-7820HK Gaming Laptop

In good condition, comes boxed, will get some picture’s up tomorrow in the day light.

7th Generation Core i7 driven machine with a GTX1070 GPU and 16Gb of fast RAM. Lightening fast Samsung 970 EVO NVME M.2 SSD (Under 15 sec boot time) and there is standard fitted 1Gb hard drive for wider data storage.

There is 1 tiny stuck/dead (pink pixel) on the right hand side of the screen, it’s hard to see and It wasn’t until I was giving it a once over today that I spotted it but I like to be honest with my descriptions.

An absolute beast of a machine, this is the model with all the lights and look’s fantastic at night.

This is already priced at a bargain price as elsewhere they are priced at over £1000 refurbished.

Postage could be an option but it is heavy but I’m sure we can come to some agreement if a buyer would need it posted.

I am based in Lowestoft, Suffolk.

Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-7820HK (Quad-Core, 8MB Cache, Overclocking up to 4.4GHz) 15.6 inch FHD (1920 x 1080) IPS Anti-Glare 300-nits Display
Shipping Docs – English, French, German, Italian, Dutch
16GB DDR4 at 2667MHz (2x8GB)
1TB (64MB Cache) 7200 RPM SATA 6Gb/s
240W AC Adapter
Lithium Ion (99 Wh) Battery
Power Cord – UK
Environmental lot 3 label
Regulatory Label
Intel(R) Core(TM) i7 Label
NVIDIA(R) GeForce(R) GTX 1070 with 8GB GDDR5
Killer N1435/1535 Driver KBL
Killer 1435 802.11ac 2×2 WiFi and Bluetooth 4.1
Alienware 6 programmable Macro module keys
Internal UK/Irish (QWERTY) Backlit Keyboard
Windows 10 Home-HE 64bit English, Dutch, French, German, Italian
CPU Overclocking Tools for AWCC for Alienware Laptops
Thank you for Choosing Dell
Custom BTO Configuration
Dell Order
VAT Rate % 20
GBP Net
1,499.25
GBP VAT
299.85
Subtotal Freight VAT Total
GBP 1,499.25 0.00 299.85 1,799.10

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For Sale – Alienware 15R3 i7-7820HK Gaming Laptop

In good condition, comes boxed, will get some picture’s up tomorrow in the day light.

7th Generation Core i7 driven machine with a GTX1070 GPU and 16Gb of fast RAM. Lightening fast Samsung 970 EVO NVME M.2 SSD (Under 15 sec boot time) and there is standard fitted 1Gb hard drive for wider data storage.

There is 1 tiny stuck/dead (pink pixel) on the right hand side of the screen, it’s hard to see and It wasn’t until I was giving it a once over today that I spotted it but I like to be honest with my descriptions.

An absolute beast of a machine, this is the model with all the lights and look’s fantastic at night.

This is already priced at a bargain price as elsewhere they are priced at over £1000 refurbished.

Postage could be an option but it is heavy but I’m sure we can come to some agreement if a buyer would need it posted.

I am based in Lowestoft, Suffolk.

Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-7820HK (Quad-Core, 8MB Cache, Overclocking up to 4.4GHz) 15.6 inch FHD (1920 x 1080) IPS Anti-Glare 300-nits Display
Shipping Docs – English, French, German, Italian, Dutch
16GB DDR4 at 2667MHz (2x8GB)
1TB (64MB Cache) 7200 RPM SATA 6Gb/s
240W AC Adapter
Lithium Ion (99 Wh) Battery
Power Cord – UK
Environmental lot 3 label
Regulatory Label
Intel(R) Core(TM) i7 Label
NVIDIA(R) GeForce(R) GTX 1070 with 8GB GDDR5
Killer N1435/1535 Driver KBL
Killer 1435 802.11ac 2×2 WiFi and Bluetooth 4.1
Alienware 6 programmable Macro module keys
Internal UK/Irish (QWERTY) Backlit Keyboard
Windows 10 Home-HE 64bit English, Dutch, French, German, Italian
CPU Overclocking Tools for AWCC for Alienware Laptops
Thank you for Choosing Dell
Custom BTO Configuration
Dell Order
VAT Rate % 20
GBP Net
1,499.25
GBP VAT
299.85
Subtotal Freight VAT Total
GBP 1,499.25 0.00 299.85 1,799.10

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AI for BI at the heart of third-generation analytics

AI for BI is a key tenet of the third generation of analytics.

Sometime in the middle of the current decade, features such as augmented intelligence, machine learning and natural language processing started to become key parts of business intelligence platforms.

In the years since, although analytics platforms have progressed, AI for BI still hasn’t matured to the point where analytics tools can truly free up humans from the mundane tasks associated with data analysis, to the point where data analysis is part of everyday applications rather than a stand-alone application unto itself, or to the point at which BI platforms can predict for humans a likely outcome before they even request it.

And it hasn’t gotten to the point where it’s accessible to everyone.

In September, Constellation Research released a report entitled “Augmented Analytics: How Smart Features Are Changing Business Intelligence.

Authored by analyst Doug Henschen, the report took a deep look at the third generation of business intelligence, which Henschen approximates began in 2015. The report homes in on the data preparation, data discovery and analysis, natural language interfaces and interaction, and forecasting and prediction capabilities of the BI platforms offered by leading vendors.

Henschen discussed some of his findings about AI for BI for a two-part Q&A. In Part I, he addressed what marked the beginning of this new era and who stands to benefit most from augmented BI capabilities. In Part II, he looked at which vendors are positioned to succeed, and where the third generation of BI is headed next.

Which vendors are in the best position to succeed in this new generation of AI for BI, and why?

Doug HenschenDoug Henschen

Doug Henschen: I think there have been companies that have been more aggressive about augmented analytics capabilities that have led the way, been first movers. IBM came out with Watson Analytics in 2014, SAP acquired KXEN in 2013, ThoughtSpot and BeyondCore got started in the middle of the decade. They were first movers, and then after some of the new capabilities emerged the fast followers in the market responded. Tableau was early with data visualization recommendations. But I don’t think any one company has augmented analytics locked up.

If not excelling across the board, who is doing well in certain areas of third-generation business intelligence?

Henschen: Across the four areas I’ve been seeing leaders — ThoughtSpot on search and natural language query, Oracle has stepped up a lot on natural language query and has a really good mobile app for natural language query support. Salesforce has done a lot with Einstein Analytics in trending and forecasting and prediction to focus on outcomes … three steps removed from the actual business action. In BI and analytics there’s this desire now, particularly as you move toward the business community, to say, ‘Don’t show me a dashboard, don’t show me a report that I have to interpret; tell me what to do.’ In that area Salesforce has been very aggressive with Einstein and Einstein Analytics. My next report is going to be on embedded analytics, which is about bringing analytics into applications, and I think that’s where we’re really going to see this idea of democratization realized.

Which vendors are in a precarious position, not adapting to this era of AI for BI quickly enough?

Henschen: Generally the market is responding. For vendors that have been more focused on reporting, augmented intelligence is not as much of a factor, so they’ve been less motivated to move into that area. That point of 2015 is when augmented analytics became a criteria that got added to the list, but it was by no means the only criteria, or the key criteria. I think we’re going to gradually see, as this stuff gets more and more powerful, it will become more and more important, and as it matures we will also see more capabilities. I graded vendors on four categories, but when some reports first started looking at augmented capabilities there was one grade. I’m sure in the future there will be more aspects of augmented capabilities to look at. It’s just the cycle of maturation. As capabilities become proven it will become more and more commonplace for every vendor to have to have that.

Beyond the four capabilities you discussed in your report, what’s something we can expect to see soon in the evolution of AI for BI?

I think there have been companies that have been more aggressive about augmented analytics capabilities that have led the way, been first movers … but I don’t think any one company has augmented analytics locked up.
Doug HenschenAnalyst, Constellation Research

Henschen: BI has always been about decision support, so you have these broad horizontal platforms and tools that let you analyze anything, but where the rubber meets the road is where these insights actually help customers make a decision. That’s my next report on embedded analytics — ways we’re going to be doing a better and better job of embedding analytics right into the context of decisions and transactions and applications. There are some technologies that are helping to make that happen. Microservices will let us make delivery insight more granular, so instead of a full page report or a full page dashboard we can have a micro-chart or just a KPI or imbed just that nugget of information — that nugget of insight that helps us make the decision — into the app.

There’s also this trend of no-code and low-code application development, and that will enable analysts and even business users to start developing these analytical applications or develop applications with analytics embedded within them. Those are good trends, but this is just the start of these things. The vision is always well ahead of the reality of what’s actually happening in the market.

What’s something we’re seeing the beginnings of now that you expect to be improved?

Henschen: We’re seeing a lot of natural language query, for example, but I think that’s still really immature. One of the takeaways from my report is that we’re in the opening innings, and this stuff needs to get a lot better. The customers I talked to are getting a lot more out of natural language generation than they are out of natural language query, and it’s because query is very context-specific. As we see more sophisticated query capabilities, and we see the blending of query capabilities with understanding of intent — looking at the patterns of what people are asking, what groups of people are asking for, and learning of that — that query capability is going to become more powerful than it is today.

Editor’s note: This interview has been edited for clarity and conciseness.

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AI at the core of next-generation BI

Next-generation BI is upon us, and has been for a few years now.

The first generation of business intelligence, beginning in the 1980s and extending through the turn of the 21st century, relied entirely on information technology experts. It was about business reporting, and was inaccessible to all but a very few with specialized skills.

The second introduced self-service analytics, and lasted until just a few years ago. The technology was accessible to data analysts, and defined by data visualization, data preparation and data discovery.

Next-generation BI — the third generation — is characterized by augmented intelligence, machine learning and natural language processing. It’s open everyday business users, and trust and transparency are important aspects. It’s also changing the direction data looks, becoming more predictive.

In September, Constellation Research released “Augmented Analytics: How Smart Features Are Changing Business Intelligence.The report, authored by analyst Doug Henschen, took a deep look at next-generation BI.

Henschen reflected on some of his findings about the third generation of business analytics for a two-part Q&A.

In Part I, Henschen addressed what marked the beginning of this new era and who stands to benefit most from augmented BI capabilities. In Part II, he looked at which vendors are positioned to succeed and where next-generation business intelligence is headed next.

In your report you peg 2015 as the beginning of next generation BI — what features were you seeing in analytics platforms at that time that signaled a new era?

Doug HenschenDoug Henschen

Doug Henschen: There was a lot percolating at the time, but I don’t think that it’s about a specific technology coming out in 2015. That’s an approximation of when augmented analytics really became something that was ensconced as a buying criteria. That’s I think approximately when we shifted — the previous decade was really when self-service became really important and the majority of deployments were driving toward it, and I pegged 2015 as the approximate time at which augmented started getting on everyone’s radar.

Beyond the technology itself, what were some things that happened in the market around the time of 2015 that showed things were changing?

Henschen: There were lots of technology things that led up to that — Watson playing Jeopardy was in 2011, SAP acquired KXEN in 2013, IBM introduced Watson Analytics in 2014. Some startups like ThoughtSpot and BeyondCore came in during the middle of the decade, Salesforce introduced Einstein in 2016 and ended up acquiring BeyondCore in 2016. A lot of stuff was percolating in the decade, and 2015 is about when it became about, ‘OK, we want augmented analytics on our list. We want to see these features coming up on roadmaps.’

What are you seeing now that has advanced next-generation BI beyond what was available in 2015?

Anything that is proactive, that provides recommendations, that helps automate work that was tedious, that surfaces insights that humans would have a tough time recognizing but that machines can recognize — that’s helpful to everybody.
Doug HenschenAnalyst, Constellation Research

Henschen: In the report I dive into four areas — data preparation, data discovery and analysis, natural language interfaces and interaction, and forecasting and prediction — and in every category you’ve seen certain capabilities become commonplace, while other capabilities have been emerging and are on the bleeding edge. In data prep, everyone can pretty much do auto data profiling, but recommended or suggested data sources and joins are a little bit less common. Guided approaches that walk you through how to cleanse this, how to format this, where and how to join — that’s a little bit more advanced and not everybody does it.

Similarly, in the other categories, recommended data visualization is pretty common in discover and analysis, but intent-driven recommendations that track what individuals are doing and make recommendations based on patterns among people are more on the bleeding edge. It applies in every category. There’s stuff that is now widely done by most products, and stuff that is more bleeding edge where some companies are innovating and leading.

Who benefits from next-generation BI that didn’t benefit in previous generations — what types of users?

Henschen: I think these features will benefit all. Anything that is proactive, that provides recommendations, that helps automate work that was tedious, that surfaces insights that humans would have a tough time recognizing but that machines can recognize — that’s helpful to everybody. It has long been an ambition in BI and analytics to spread this capability to the many, to the business users, as well as the analysts who have long served the business users, and this extends the trend of self-service to more users, but it also saves time and supports even the more sophisticated users.

Obviously, larger companies have teams of data analysts and data engineers and have more people of that sort — they have data scientists. Midsize companies don’t have as many of those assets, so I think [augmented capabilities] stand to be more beneficial to midsize companies. Things like recommended visualizations and starting points for data exploration, those are very helpful when you don’t have an expert on hand and a team at your disposal to develop a dashboard to address a problem or look at the impact of something on sales. I think [augmented capabilities] are going to benefit all, but midsize companies and those with fewer people and resources stand to benefit more.  

You referred to medium-sized businesses, but what about small businesses?

Henschen: In the BI and analytics world there are products that are geared to reporting and helping companies at scale. The desktop products are more popular with small companies — Tableau, Microsoft Power BI, Tibco Spotfire are some that have desktop options, and small companies are turning also to SaaS options. We focus on enterprise analytics — midsize companies and up — and I think enterprise software vendors are focused that way, but there are definitely cloud services, SaaS vendors and desktop options. Salesforce has some good small business options. Augmented capabilities are coming into those tools as well.

Editor’s note: This interview has been edited for clarity and conciseness.

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For Sale – 500gb and 1tb Seagate 2.5″ hard drives

Seagate’s third generation SSHDs (solid state hybrid drives), now for both laptops and desktops, are marketed as a replacement for HDDs and serve as a good option for those otherwise considering an SSD. SSHDs aim to offer users the price-point and robust capacity of HDDs while also utilizing…

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Wi-Fi Certified 6 launches new era for wireless connectivity

The next generation of Wi-Fi, originally known as 802.11ax, but now branded as Wi-Fi Certified 6, is ready for broad deployment.

The Wi-Fi Alliance has made public the availability of the Wi-Fi Certified 6 certification program that aims to qualify and help ensure that devices are compliant and interoperable with the new Wi-Fi standard. Among the numerous benefits that Wi-Fi 6 promises are boosted capacity and bandwidth speeds as well as improved energy efficiency over previous Wi-Fi standards.

“Wi-Fi 6 is most definitely a game-changer technology,” said Abel Nevarez, an analyst at IHS Markit Technology. “Not only will it increase capacity, interoperability and efficiency, but it’ll also make Wi-Fi access more secure, which will allow for new and innovative monetization schemes.”

Nevarez added that the Wi-Fi Alliance’s Sept. 16 rollout of the certification program is a big milestone for getting Wi-Fi Certified 6 handsets and routers into the hands of data-hungry consumers.

Why Wi-Fi Certified 6 matters

The certification itself is important because it helps guarantee that there will be a certain base level of interoperability among devices and infrastructures, said Anshel Sag, an analyst with Moor Insights and Strategy.

The IEEE 802.11ax standard that Wi-Fi Certified 6 is based on has many features, but not everyone will implement them all, Sag noted. The result could be interoperability problems, so by creating a minimum spec and certain set of interoperability expectations, the Wi-Fi Alliance has created a certification that helps both consumers and businesses.

Kevin Robinson, vice president of marketing for the Wi-Fi Alliance, noted that his organization had been working for many years on the certification effort leading up the formal rollout on Sept. 16.

Wi-Fi 6 is most definitely a game-changer technology.
Abel NevarezAnalyst, IHS Markit Technology

Robinson noted that Wi-Fi Alliance certification programs supporting new generations of Wi-Fi, are generally announced every five to seven years. The last was Wi-Fi Certified ac in 2013, which supported the IEEE 802.11ac standard.

He said that certification typically serves as an inflection point for industry adoption of a technology.

“We expect service providers, both fixed and mobile, to deploy the technology and expect users will very soon begin seeing the benefits of the technology, which includes 4x capacity and speeds of Wi-Fi 5,” Robinson said.

Wi-Fi Certified 6 in the enterprise

Meanwhile, one of the main advantages of Wi-Fi 6 is the improved efficiency of the Wi-Fi medium — that’s the reason why the standard uses the term High Efficiency, or HE, according to Anil Gupta, co-founder and CTO of Wi-Fi assurance vendor Wyebot, based in Marlborough, Mass.

Places that would benefit from Wi-Fi 6 are high-density areas like a cafeterias, stadiums and auditoriums. Other workspaces within an enterprise may not necessarily have the density of people or enough people or Wi-Fi devices to justify a full rip-and-replace upgrade to access points with Wi-Fi 6 technology.

“The most common applications within enterprises and different verticals that may require high-speed performance are video and web-conferencing,” Gupta said. “However, the speeds offered by 802.11ac (Wi-Fi 5) are more than enough to support such applications.”

In the view of Abhijit Sunil, a Forrester analyst, Wi-Fi Certified 6 will open up many use cases that can benefit from more reliable and faster connections, especially in closed spaces that were attributed or similar to those touted for 5G — such as office collaboration spaces and smart homes.

“Wi-Fi 6 will in no way replace 5G, but this milestone enables many use cases to be tested and when 5G matures in the near future, to complement high-speed connectivity to the internet,” Sunil said.

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Exten Technologies releases 3.0 version of NVMe platform

Exten Technologies has released the third generation of its HyperDynamic storage software, which was designed with the aim of bringing more resiliency, performance and management to data center customers.

New features in generation three include node-level resiliency with synchronous replicas, shared volumes with replicas for supporting parallel file systems, dual parity resiliency, and integrated drive management and hot swap.

Exten software is deployed on the storage target and does not require proprietary software on compute clients.

According to Exten, HyperDynamic 3.0 aims to improve TCP performance with Solarflare TCP acceleration that provides TCP performance near remote direct memory access.

It also has new features designed to simplify NVMe-oF storage management and deployment, Exten claims. These features include declustered RAID, which enables the configuration of resilient volumes that use Linux multi-path IO software to provide redundancy in both networking and storage. Exten’s interface provides node- and cluster-level telemetry. Users can also set quality-of-service limits in order to manage performance during drive or node rebuilds.

Exten Technologies is part of a batch of newer vendors making their way in the NVMe market.

Apeiron Data Systems offers a handful of NVMe storage products, including enterprise NVMe. It is NVMe over Ethernet, as opposed to over fabric, and was designed with the goal of delivering the performance and cost of server-based scale-out but with the manageability of enterprise storage.

Vendor Vexata also touts its RAID-protected NVMe and claims it has ultralow latency at scale. According to its website, the company was founded in an attempt to provide better performance and efficiency, while at a lower cost than other flash storage solutions.

Exten Technologies’ HyperDynamic 3.0 is available now.

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