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Odaseva introduces high availability for Salesforce

Salesforce users will be able to continue to work even if Salesforce goes down, thanks to Odaseva’s new addition.

Odaseva ultra high availability (UHA) works similarly to high availability (HA) for any non-SaaS environment. If there’s a Salesforce outage, such as a planned maintenance or an unexpected failure, a customer’s Salesforce account would failover to an emulated Salesforce account in Odaseva. Users can continue to view, edit and update the emulated records like normal. When Salesforce is back up, Odaseva will re-synchronize the two environments, performing what is essentially a failback.

Odaseva UHA is in early access and will be released as an add-on to the Odaseva platform in early 2020. Pricing is not yet available.

Salesforce has become so mission-critical to some organizations that they can’t afford any downtime. Odaseva CEO Sovan Bin said Odaseva UHA isn’t strictly necessary for smaller businesses that can shrug off a small Salesforce outage, but there are places such as call centers that need Salesforce access 100% of the time. These organizations stand to lose hundreds of thousands of dollars for every hour they can’t conduct business, while suffering from lost opportunities and damage to their brand.

“The real damage is because you’ve stopped doing business,” Bin said.

Odaseva provides backup and data governance for Salesforce data. Developed by Salesforce certified technical architects — the highest Salesforce expertise credential — Odaseva Data Governance Cloud offers archiving and automated data compliance on top of data protection features. Odaseva claims its compliance and data governance tools differentiate it from Salesforce backup competitors such as OwnBackup and Spanning.

Data protection and backup only address the integrity of data, but HA addresses its availability and accessibility. Christophe Bertrand, senior analyst at IT analyst firm Enterprise Strategy Group (ESG), said HA is lacking for SaaS application data. He said he didn’t know any other vendor with a similar product or feature.

“Not only is it unique, other vendors aren’t even exploring HA for Salesforce,” Bertrand said.

Bertrand added that other SaaS applications such as Office 365, Box and ServiceNow also have an availability gap, even as they become mission-critical to businesses. When these services go down, companies may have to stop working. Bertrand estimated the cost of downtime averages to higher than $300,000 per hour for most enterprises. Although many vendors provide backup, no one has yet provided a failover/failback offering.

“Ninety-nine-point-whatever percent uptime is not enough. That’s still 15 hours of downtime per year,” Bertrand said.

Screenshot of Odaseva UHA interface
Odaseva UHA users can continue making changes to Salesforce records even if Salesforce is offline.

Odaseva also introduced some new capabilities to its platform this week. It is now integrated with Salesforce Marketing Cloud, which allows users to back up emails, leads, contact information and marketing campaign files stored in Marketing Cloud. Before this integration, customers would have to develop a backup mechanism for Marketing Cloud themselves, which would include complex processes of extracting the data and replicating it.

Odaseva also extended its compliance automation applications to cover more than GDPR. Odaseva has data privacy applications that automatically perform anonymization, right of access, right of erasure and other privacy tasks in order to keep compliant with GDPR. Automated compliance now covers CCPA, HIPAA and a number of privacy regulations in non-U.S. countries such as PIPA (Japan), PIPEDA (Canada) and POPIA (South Africa).

The Salesforce Marketing Cloud integration and compliance automation extensions are available immediately.

Bin said Odaseva will focus on DevOps next. Salesforce Full Sandbox environments can be natively refreshed every 29 days. To help customers accelerate development, Bin said Odaseva will come up with a way to work around that limit and enable more frequent refreshes in a future release.

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For Sale – REDUCED Gaming PC Ryzen 2600, ROG Strix 1070, 1TB SSD, MSI B450 Carbon Pro based PC *OPEN TO OFFERS*

Hi all,

I have ordered a new gaming laptop and assuming all goes well i will be selling my Desktop Setup.

Spec is as follows :

Fractal White Case
600W CX600 Modular PSU
MSI B450 Gaming Pro Carbon AC with built in Wifi and Bluetooth
Antec RGB Liquid CPU Cooler
Asus ROG Strix 1070 GPU
16gb Corsair Vengeance LPX 3000Mhz DDR4 Memory
1TB Crucial MX500 SSD Drive

BASE UNIT SOLD ELSEWHERE

AOC Agon GSync 27 inch 1440P 144hz Gaming Monitor – SOLD STC

this setup has been running since last Xmas as i built it to have a go at Twitch Streaming which is does great, streaming live play but i lost interest in the streaming so i have decided to get a laptop so i can chill on the sofa

I am open to offers as i’m not sure what the rig is worth nowadays but i would prefer collection in person if possible as its a lot of gear to send on a courier and a lot of weight.

Let me know what you think.

Regards,
Paul

Price and currency: £550
Delivery: Goods must be exchanged in person
Payment method: Cash PPG or Bank Transfer
Location: Haydock
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For Sale – REDUCED Gaming PC Ryzen 2600, ROG Strix 1070, 1TB SSD, MSI B450 Carbon Pro based PC *OPEN TO OFFERS*

Hi all,

I have ordered a new gaming laptop and assuming all goes well i will be selling my Desktop Setup.

Spec is as follows :

Fractal White Case
600W CX600 Modular PSU
MSI B450 Gaming Pro Carbon AC with built in Wifi and Bluetooth
Antec RGB Liquid CPU Cooler
Asus ROG Strix 1070 GPU
16gb Corsair Vengeance LPX 3000Mhz DDR4 Memory
1TB Crucial MX500 SSD Drive

BASE UNIT SOLD ELSEWHERE

AOC Agon GSync 27 inch 1440P 144hz Gaming Monitor – SOLD STC

this setup has been running since last Xmas as i built it to have a go at Twitch Streaming which is does great, streaming live play but i lost interest in the streaming so i have decided to get a laptop so i can chill on the sofa

I am open to offers as i’m not sure what the rig is worth nowadays but i would prefer collection in person if possible as its a lot of gear to send on a courier and a lot of weight.

Let me know what you think.

Regards,
Paul

Price and currency: £550
Delivery: Goods must be exchanged in person
Payment method: Cash PPG or Bank Transfer
Location: Haydock
Advertised elsewhere?: Advertised elsewhere
Prefer goods collected?: I prefer the goods to be collected

______________________________________________________
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By replying to this thread you agree to abide by the trading rules detailed here.
Please be advised, all buyers and sellers should satisfy themselves that the other party is genuine by providing the following via private conversation to each other after negotiations are complete and prior to dispatching goods and making payment:

  • 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

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Bing adds new intelligent visual search features

As the saying goes, a picture is worth a thousand words. Microsoft’s new intelligent visual search technology allows users to discover information about objects captured in images without having to pick and choose a handful of keywords to fit into a search box.

The AI-powered visual search feature is available on Bing mobile apps.

“Sometimes, it is almost impossible to describe what you want to search for using words,” explained Vince Leung, product lead for Bing Images at Microsoft.

For example, imagine hiking through a meadow and seeing a flower that you’ve never seen before. You want to know what it is and whether you can get it at your local garden store to plant at home. Bing’s Visual Search can help you identify and find more information from your snapshot of the flower.

Or, perhaps you’re in the market for a new couch and spot one you like in a high-end home furnishing store, but the price tag is beyond your budget. By taking a picture of the couch, Bing’s Visual Search can help you find couches that match the style with prices that may meet your budget.

The visual search feature uses Microsoft’s computer vision algorithms, which are trained with datasets containing vast amounts of labeled images, as well as images from around the web. From the training images, the algorithms learn to recognize dogs from cats, for example, and roses from daisies.

What’s more, the learning process is never done; the performance of the algorithms improves as they get more data.

“While there have been strides for many years to get to this point,” noted Leung, “with the advent of cloud computing we are able to accelerate our ability to make sense out of pixels.”

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Forza Motorsport 7 Has Gone Gold with Demo Arriving Sept. 19

Forza fans, the green flag is about to drop on Forza Motorsport 7! The game goes live worldwide on Oct. 3, with Ultimate Edition owners hitting the track on Sept. 29. As we near the finish line, the team has been working non-stop to deliver fans the biggest and best Forza game yet and, today, we’re very happy to announce that Forza Motorsport 7 has officially gone gold.

In celebration of this milestone, we’re sharing more great news today, including the first look at our Forza Motorsport 7 commercial and the first details on the Forza Motorsport 7 demo, arriving on Xbox One and PCs on Sept. 19.

Forza Motorsport 7 Commercial – ‘Musical Cars’

The new commercial for Forza Motorsport 7 pits competitors against each other in a reimagination of musical chairs, where chairs have been replaced with some of the world’s most coveted cars. Comedian and CarCast host Adam Corolla, professional driver Ken Block, and a group of passionate gamers bring the concept to life as they scramble toward an incredible lineup of cars including a Pagani Huarya, Porsche Cayman GT4, Plymouth Barracuda, Nissan GT-R and Block’s own custom-built Ford Mustang “Hoonicorn” (included in the Hoonigan Car Pack for free when you digitally preorder Forza Motorsport 7). From casual gamers to seasoned vets, the commercial invites racers of all stripes to experience the pure fun of the biggest Forza Motorsport game to date. What happens when the music stops? Watch the video to find out.

Forza Motorsport 7 Demo – Sept. 19

The official demo for Forza Motorsport 7 is coming for both Xbox One and Windows 10 PC. The demo features three unique racing experiences in Forza Motorsport 7, showcasing the depth and breadth of the experiences available in the game. Drive the Forza Motorsport 7 cover car – the Porsche 911 GT2 RS – to the brand-new Dubai circuit and experience the thrill of navigating the Jebel Hafeet Pass, one of the most famous driving roads in the world. Or, pilot the massive Mercedes-Benz Tankpool racing truck to victory at the high-speed Mugello circuit in Italy.

For drivers who want the ultimate test, the Nissan NISMO GT-R LM is available for a race at the Nürburgring Grand Prix circuit. Here, fans will be challenged to handle the ‘Ring’s complex corners and elevation changes, while also tackling the dynamic track conditions that will make racing in Forza Motorsport 7 so breathtaking. Racing through rainstorms laced with thunder and lightning make for a visual showcase and for a challenge like no other – where dynamic puddles grow and shrink with the intensity of the rain.

The Forza Motorsport 7 demo will feature assists that will allow players to dial in the difficulty the way they see fit; and for PC players there will performance options to adjust the experience to each player’s PC performance capabilities. For the full list of PC specs supported by Forza Motorsport 7, check out our recent story on ForzaMotorsport.net.

Download and play the Forza Motorsport 7 demo for free when it races onto Xbox One and PCs Sept. 19. See you on the track!