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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.”

Scale-out Qumulo NAS qualifies latest Dell EMC PowerEdge servers

Qumulo today added a hardware option for its customers by qualifying its scale-out NAS software to run on Dell Technologies’ PowerEdge servers. That leaves open the possibility that Qumulo will gain customers on Dell EMC servers at the expense of Dell EMC Isilon’s clustered NAS platform.

Qumulo is nearly two years into an OEM deal with Dell EMC archrival Hewlett Packard Enterprise. HPE rebrands and sells Qumulo’s scale-out NAS software on its servers. There is no joint go-to-marketing agreement between Qumulo and Dell EMC, which is a NAS market leader. The partnership means customers can purchase PowerEdge hardware from their preferred Dell EMC resellers and install Qumulo NAS software on the box.

Dell qualified Qumulo NAS software to run on dual-socket 2U Dell EMC PowerEdge R740xd servers.

“There are a lot of customers who build private clouds on Dell hardware. We’re now in a position where they can choose our software to build their computing,” Qumulo chief marketing officer Peter Zaballos said.

Dell EMC 14th-generation PowerEdge are equipped with about 20% more NVMe flash capacity than R730 models. One of the use cases cited by Dell EMC is the ability to use a single PowerEdge 14G node to power its IsilonSD Edge virtual NAS software, which competes with Qumulo storage.

Will Qumulo on PowerEdge compete with Dell EMC Isilon NAS?

The Qumulo File Fabric (QF2) file system scales to support billions of files and hundreds of petabytes. QF2 is available on Qumulo C-Series hybrid arrays, all-flash P-Series or preinstalled on HPE Apollo servers. Customers also may run it as an Elastic Compute Cloud instance to burst and replicate in AWS.

Qumulo NAS gear is sold mostly to companies in media and entertainment and other sectors with large amounts of unstructured data.

Zaballos said QF2 on PowerEdge isn’t a direct attempt to displace Isilon. The goal is to give Dell EMC shops greater flexibility, he said.

“We’re looking to build the biggest footprint in the market. Between Dell and HPE, that’s about 40% of the server market for data centers,” Zaballos said.

Qumulo competes mainly with Isilon and NetApp’s NAS products and has won customers away from Isilon. Pressure on traditional NAS vendors is also coming from several file system-based cloud startups, including Elastifile, Quobyte, Stratoscale and WekaIO.

Qumulo founders Peter Godman, Aaron Passey and Neal Fachan helped develop the Isilon OneFS clustered file system, which paved the way for the startup’s initial public offering in 2006. EMC bought the Isilon technology for $2.25 billion in 2010 and then was acquired as part of the Dell-EMC merger in 2015.

Qumulo CEO Bill Richter was president of the EMC Isilon division for three years. He joined Qumulo in 2016.

Greg Schulz, an analyst with Server StorageIO, based in Stillwater, Minn., likened the Qumulo-PowerEdge configuration to Dell EMC’s “co-optetition” OEM agreement with hyper-converged vendor Nutanix.

Qumulo NAS has been focused on high-performance, big-bandwidth file serving, which may not play well in environments that have many smaller files and mixed workloads. That’s an area Isilon has adapted to over the years. The other obstacle is getting [beyond] large elephant-hunt deals into broader markets, and getting traction with Dell servers can help them fill gaps in their portfolio,” Schulz said.

Ron Pugh, vice president for Dell EMC OEM sales in North America, said it’s not unusual for potential competitors to rely on Dell hardware products.

“If you look deeply inside the Dell Technologies portfolio, some of our customers can be considered competitors. Our OEM program is here to be a building block for our customers, not to build competing products,” Pugh said.

Dell EMC also sells Elastifile cloud-based NAS on its servers and is an Elastifile strategic investor.

Qumulo: AI tests on P-Series flash

Qumulo this week also previewed upcoming AI enhancements to its P-Series to enable faster prefetching of application data in RAM. Those enhancements are due to roll out in September. Grant Gumina, a Qumulo senior product manager, said initial AI enhancements will improve performance of all-flash P-Series. Series proofs of concept are under way with media customers, Gumina said.

“A lot of studios are using SANs to power primarily file-based workloads in each playback bay. The performance features in QF2 effectively means they can install a NAS for the first time and move to a fully Ethernet-based environment,” Gumina said.

File storage vendors NetApp and Pure Storage recently added flash systems built for AI, incorporating Nvidia hardware.

Array bolsters throughput, security in NFV appliance

Array Networks Inc. has introduced an upgrade of its network functions virtualization hardware. New features in the AVX NFV appliance, which provides application delivery, security and other networking operations, include support for 40 GbE interfaces and higher throughput for encrypted traffic.

Array, based in Milpitas, Calif., launched the AVX5800, AVX7800 and AVX9800 appliances this week. Along with support for optional 40 GbE network interface cards (NICs), the latest hardware provides a significant improvement in elliptic curve cryptography (ECC) processing over a Secure Sockets Layer virtual private network (SSL VPN).

The new NFV appliances include Array’s latest software release, AVX 2.7. The upgrade provides better fine-tuning of system resources for virtualized network functions running on the platform. Other improvements include the ability to back up and restore AVX configurations and images via USB and an online image repository for software running on AVX appliances.

Array has also added enhancements for companies using the NFV appliance with OpenStack environments. The company has introduced a hypervisor driver that lets the AVX platform serve as an OpenStack compute node.

The AVX NFV platform, launched in May 2017, comprises a series of virtualized servers for running Array and third-party applications, such as Fortinet’s FortiGate next-generation firewall and Positive Technologies’ PT AF web application firewall.

A10 Harmony Controller Update

A10 has launched an upgrade to its Harmony Controller, an application delivery controller, or ADC, that is also a cloud management, orchestration and analytics engine.

A10, based in San Jose, Calif., released Harmony version 4.1 last week, adding improvements to the product’s ability to configure and manage policies across A10’s line of Thunder security appliances.

New features in Harmony include preloaded Thunder ADC services. Also added to the controller is a self-service app for Thunder SSL inspection, which decrypts traffic, so security devices can analyze it.

AVX9800
Array Networks’ AVX9800 NFV appliance

Other improvements include extending Harmony’s analytics history to 12 months, so network operators and security pros can go further back in time when investigating events.

Harmony is a cloud-optimized ADC that can spin up specific services anywhere in a hybrid cloud environment. The software also incorporates per-application analytics and centrally manages and orchestrates application services.

Aviatrix improves its AWS security

Aviatrix has added to its AVX network security software better control over traffic leaving Amazon Web Services. The enhancements provide customers with stronger protection against internal threats and external attacks.

The new AVX capability announced last week focuses on filtering egress data from an AWS virtual private cloud (VPC). An AWS VPC provides a private cloud computing environment on the infrastructure-as-a-service provider’s platform. The benefit of a VPC is the granular control a company can get over a virtual network service serving sensitive workloads.

AVX for AWS VPCs verifies the traffic destination’s IP address, hostname or website, the vendor, based in Palo Alto, Calif., said. An inline, software-controlled AVX Gateway does the VPC filtering and prevents traffic from going to unauthorized locations.

The Aviatrix platform, which comprises a controller and gateway, operates over a network overlay that spans cloud and data center environments. The new VPC egress security feature is available as part of the platform, which is available only as software.

Companies can deploy the Aviatrix product through the AWS marketplace. Aviatrix also has versions of its technology for Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud.

Thorough Exchange Server testing regimen eliminates doubt


You’ve done your due diligence and bought the right hardware for your move to Exchange Server 2016. After you put…

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all the pieces together, then it’s time for a thorough Exchange Server testing regimen.

A few factors have many organizations that use on-premises Exchange planning a move to Exchange Server 2016. Exchange Server 2010 has less than two years before it leaves extended support. Exchange Server 2013 left mainstream support this year.

After the decision to move to Exchange 2016, the next stage of planning process should have involved using the Exchange Server role requirements calculator to size your deployment, creating a suitable design, then purchasing and installing the hardware to support your implementation. But this is only part of the overall effort.

There are vital areas you must test in the time after implementing Exchange Server 2016 and before migrating mailboxes. As part of the overall Exchange Server testing strategy, you should check the functionality of the storage infrastructure next.

Using Jetstress to test storage performance

Whether you run Exchange Server on physical hardware and follow Microsoft’s preferred architecture or you use virtual infrastructure, make sure your storage meets the IOPS requirements outlined in the Exchange Server role requirements calculator.

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A walkthrough of an Exchange Server 2016 installation

The calculator recommends the RAM and storage needed. The organization determines what type of disks to purchase and their size. However, it’s possible to buy the wrong type of disk controller or to receive a faulty drive. Eliminate any doubt about the hardware and run tests on the storage.

For this segment of Exchange Server testing, use Jetstress to generate a workload with the same Exchange Server 2016 binaries, database and log file configuration used in the Exchange Server deployment. Microsoft also supplies a Jetstress field guide to follow when planning your storage test. Microsoft developed the instructions for Exchange Server 2013, but it is supported and applicable to Exchange Server 2016.

Jetstress test
The Jetstress application checks the stability and performance of the storage infrastructure of an Exchange Server deployment.

Some might say this test is a waste of time if you purchased correctly sized hardware, but it’s better to get confirmation. Jetstress can fail the storage hardware due to a configuration error or some other reason, which may involve extensive troubleshooting.

After you implement Exchange Server 2016

Although every Exchange deployment differs slightly, there are key areas worth checking to avoid any surprises.

After the servers pass the Jetstress test, start your deployment of Exchange Server 2016. What is right for your organization will vary, but in most circumstances, admins implement a database availability group (DAG) with the Exchange mailbox servers along with the appropriate load balancing and, where appropriate, backup software.

What Exchange admins need is a checklist to verify all the settings before you go live. Although every Exchange deployment differs slightly, there are key areas worth checking to avoid any surprises.

Set up Exchange for basic tests

You should test the Exchange 2016 infrastructure at a high level to verify its status. At this point, it’s unlikely you have migrated the client access role across, so you might need to reconfigure the local host files on your test clients to run these trials.

Area

Test activity

User accounts

Create test mailboxes in each data center on Exchange 2016.

User accounts

Create test mailboxes in each DAG on Exchange 2010.

Client

Configure host file records to simulate connectivity to Exchange 2016 load balancers.

OWA 2016

Test Outlook on the web/Outlook Web App (OWA) login functionality for an Exchange 2016 user in each data center.

OWA 2016

Test reading, opening and replying to emails for an Exchange 2016 user in each data center.

OWA 2016

Test creating, updating and modifying a calendar item for an Exchange 2016 user in each data center.

OWA 2016

Test creating, updating and modifying a contact item for an Exchange 2016 user in each data center.

OWA 2016

Test disabling user access to OWA for security purposes.

Email

Test mail flow between Exchange 2016 users in each data center.

Email

Test mail flow to an Exchange 2016 user in each data center from Exchange 2010 in each data center.

Email

Test mail flow to an Exchange 2016 user in each data center from an external source.

Email

Test mail flow from an Exchange 2016 user to an Exchange 2010 user.

Email

Test external out-of-office settings of an Exchange 2016 user from an external source.

Federation

Test availability of an Exchange 2016 mailbox from an external partner.

Federation

Test availability of an external partner’s mailbox from Exchange 2016.

Exchange general

Test mailbox move functionality from Exchange 2010 to Exchange 2016 in each DAG.

Exchange general

Test mailbox move functionality from Exchange 2016 to Exchange 2010 in each DAG.

Testing each database availability group

After you complete these basic checks, you should run tests with the following PowerShell cmdlets against each DAG to check mailbox services.

Area

Test activity

Service health

Use Test-ServiceHealth to verify services are running.

Service health

Use Get-HealthReport to check if each server is healthy.

Mail flow

Use Test-Mailflow to test the mail flow against each server.

Mail flow

Use Test-SmtpConnectivity to test connectivity to each receive connector.

Mailbox

Use Test-ReplicationHealth to validate the DAG continuous replication status.

Mailbox

Use Get-MailboxDatabaseCopyStatus to view the health of the database copies within the DAG.

Mailbox

Use Test-MapiConnectivity to verify MAPI and LDAP work with a user’s login.

Mailbox

Use Test-AssistantHealth to check that the Mailbox Assistants service is running and healthy against each server.

Client access

Use the Microsoft Connectivity Analyzer to execute the Outlook connectivity tests.

Client access

Use Test-WebServicesConnectivity to test client connectivity to Exchange Web Services virtual directories against each server.

Client access

Use Test-ActiveSyncConnectivity to simulate a full synchronization with a mobile device.

Client access

Use a browser to log on to the Exchange Admin Center to verify functionality of all Exchange 2016 servers.

Client access

Use Test-MRSHealth to verify that the Mailbox Replication service is running and that it responds to a remote procedure call ping check.

High availability

Validate that the passive copy of databases in the same data center comes online automatically after a failure of a database.

High availability

Validate that the services that are running in the secondary data center continue to operate without any interruption after failing all the servers within the DAG in the primary data center.

High availability

Manually remove a disk from a passive database to test if auto reseed works as expected. Reverse the process to return the disks to the original state.

High availability

Perform a cold start of the DAG to validate that the DAG will start correctly if a major outage occurs.

Load balancer

Disable all load balanced servers for each server in turn within the same data center. Validate client access and mail flow for mailboxes hosted on failed servers.

Load balancer

Disable all load balanced services within the first data center. Validate client access and mail flow for mailboxes hosted on the failed data center.

Load balancer

Disable all load balanced services within the secondary data center. Validate client access and mail flow for mailboxes hosted on the failed data center.

Backups

Use Get-MailboxDatabase to validate the right setting for circular logging: disabled if using backup software or enabled if there is no backup software installed.

Backups

Perform a full backup of each mailbox database.

Backups

Perform an incremental backup of each mailbox database.

Backups

Restore a full database to a temporary location and recover a mailbox.

Backups

Restore a full database to the original location and mount it.

Unified messaging

Test leaving a voicemail to an Exchange 2016 mailbox.

Unified messaging

Test receiving a voicemail in an Exchange 2016 mailbox via the Outlook client.

Unified messaging

Test receiving a voicemail in an Exchange 2016 mailbox via Play on Phone.

Unified messaging

Test access to Outlook Voice Access in Exchange 2016.

Unified messaging

Test instant messaging sign-in to Exchange 2016.

Unified messaging

Test Skype for Business meeting scheduling in OWA.

Check client connectivity

In the final stage of Exchange Server testing, you should examine client connectivity. If the Exchange system passes all the previous tests, then basic connectivity is most likely fine. It’s important to run a full set of tests using the builds of the clients the end users will use.

Your checklist might vary from the one below to include the different Outlook versions and mobile devices to test.

Area

Test Activity

Outlook 2016

Test before/after migration experience.

Outlook 2016

Test Autodiscover in Exchange 2016.

Outlook 2016

Test cached mode access via Exchange 2016 in each data center.

Outlook 2016

Test offline address book download functionality via Exchange 2016 in each data center.

Outlook 2016

Test Exchange Web Services — free, busy, out of office — functionality via Exchange 2016 in each data center.

Outlook 2016

Test Outlook Anywhere functionality via Exchange 2016 in each data center.

Outlook 2016

Test mail send/receive/synchronization via Exchange 2016 in each data center.

Outlook 2016

Test open additional mailbox functionality via Exchange 2016 in each data center.

Outlook 2016

Test open additional on-premises mailbox functionality via Exchange 2016 in each data center.

Mobile device

Test Autodiscover functionality in Exchange 2016 in each DAG.

Mobile device

Test ActiveSync synchronization in Exchange 2016 in each DAG.

Skype for Business client

Test Exchange access after migration to Exchange 2016.

As you test, record the results for reference purposes. For example, you may wish to:

  • collect screenshots or screen recordings as you test;
  • work with a colleague to help oversee the testing process and sign off on the checklist; and
  • there may be other areas to resolve, so add a column to add notes for any remediation actions before retesting the environment.

Further investigation required for a full test

This list is just a starting point. Consider if you need to refine the checklist to fit your specific needs. Perhaps you need to add tests to cover aspects like Office 365 hybrid or public folder migrations.

This article should be a useful start for administrations about to embark on an Exchange Server 2016 deployment.

What’s new with data protection systems? Everything

How did buying backup hardware get interesting again in this age of software-defined storage and the cloud?

Actually, it’s the software and the cloud that made data protection systems more interesting than they have been in years. The hardware hasn’t changed much since the early 2000s, when disk supplanted tape as the mainstream backup medium. Even the rise of flash in primary storage hasn’t changed the hard disk’s role in data protection systems.

But the game has changed for buying data protection systems, including the role of the hardware. Led by newcomers Cohesity and Rubrik, the targeted uses have expanded. Backup is now just a piece of secondary storage management, and the target includes the cloud as well as an on-premises disk appliance or library.

There’s a good chance your next backup hardware will come with backup software integrated instead of sold separately. That alone changes the buying dynamic. It may simplify the buying and integration processes, but it complicates the decision-making.

How we got here

Rubrik ($292 million in funding) and Cohesity ($160 million) have been the darlings of investors, and each claims it is raking in over $100 million in annual revenue after less than three years in the market. The storage establishment has also taken notice.

Following Cohesity and Rubrik‘s lead, backup vendors Dell EMC and Commvault have gone the integration route with their data protection systems. Backup software leader Veritas Technologies was already selling integrated systems, but is expanding beyond pure backup into data management. Where does that leave software-only vendors such as Veeam Software, which partners with backup hardware vendors but doesn’t sell in integrated appliance to compete with them? That was also Commvault’s situation until it began shipping converged appliances in late 2017.

There are fundamental differences in how vendors integrate software and the cloud on backup targets. That means comparison shopping isn’t always apples to apples.

The last time backup hardware buying went through this much change was during the early days of data deduplication around 2005. Startups such as Data Domain and Avamar (both now a part of Dell EMC) proved the value of shrinking the amount of data that had to be backed up, and the rest of the industry rushed to follow. That change helped make disk the dominant platform for backup.

Now, vendors are scrambling to replicate the integrated concept Rubrik and Cohesity began. Both vendors have roots in hyper-convergence pioneer Nutanix, and they call their technology hyper-converged secondary storage. Other vendors are picking up that term and expect the secondary market to undergo changes similar to what hyper-convergence put primary storage through.

Today’s backup choices

Backup targets are no longer always mere repositories that serve as insurance policies for backed-up data. They can often host platforms that combine backup, archiving, disaster recovery and copy data management. Besides those features, they must connect to the cloud and often manage data across clouds. They replace the need for separate backup software, because they work directly with applications, servers and hypervisors. They can scale up by adding nodes instead of forcing customers to buy a complete new library.

But you may not need that. A large enterprise might want the traditional disk backup library, especially if it already has a lot of critical data on it. And an organization that’s learned to trust its backup software might not want to trash it to use a Cohesity or Rubrik box with their software included. In other words, if you like your backup software, you should keep it. That might mean sticking with a traditional Dell EMC Data Domain-type data protection system as well.

But there are fundamental differences in how vendors integrate software and the cloud on backup targets. That means comparison shopping isn’t always apples to apples.

Choices of data protection systems include complete platforms like Cohesity, Commvault and Rubrik or systems that integrate the vendor’s backup software and don’t need separate media servers like Arcserve, Dell EMC Integrated Data Protection Appliances, Unitrends or Veritas. When buying backup hardware, you must consider factors such as the size and capacity of the system; the way you manage, secure and upgrade it; and how it scales.

With secondary storage use cases blending and factors such as the cloud as a tier, the need to protect software-as-a-service apps through cloud-to-cloud backup and compliance with the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation becoming a reality, your next backup target will likely be significantly different from your last one.

Logitech video conferencing kit targets large meeting rooms

Logitech has released a package of video conferencing hardware designed for large meeting spaces and boardrooms. The vendor also previewed a free software patch that will soon give its cameras the ability to frame participants in a meeting automatically.

Logitech Rally is the vendor’s first concerted effort to get its hardware into large conference rooms. The bundle includes a camera, speakers, microphones and control hubs — all new pieces of hardware that Logitech will sell individually.

The Logitech video conferencing kit appears to offer advanced features at an attractive price, said Rob Arnold, an analyst at Frost & Sullivan. Logitech will compete with Cisco and Polycom in the large meeting room market, he said.

“Logitech is finding great success with its video conferencing products, and it makes perfect sense for the company to expand its addressed market,” Arnold said. “Rally’s introduction is part of a natural evolution to fill out Logitech’s product line at the top end of its portfolio.”

Logitech video conferencing kit offers flexibility, affordability

The Logitech Rally USB-connected camera — available now — pans, tilts, zooms and shoots in 4K and 1080p. The microphones and speakers, which will go on sale in the fall of 2018, are separate pieces of hardware, so companies can place the former on a table and install the latter near a video monitor.

The standard Logitech Rally bundles will include one speaker and one microphone, for $1,999, or two speakers and two microphones, for $2,499. Customers will be able to purchase additional microphones for $349 each and piece together up to seven per room. Each microphone covers roughly 150 square feet.

The Logitech video conferencing kit integrates with most web conferencing software, including Microsoft Skype for Business, Microsoft Teams, Zoom, BlueJeans and Google Hangouts Meet. It can also be used in conjunction with digital whiteboards, such as the Microsoft Surface Hub.

Logitech Rally includes the advanced features required in larger conference rooms at a competitive price, said Ira Weinstein, managing partner of Recon Research Inc., based in Coral Springs, Fla. Logitech is also one of the only vendors to package all the necessary audio and video components for larger rooms into one offering, he said.

“Logitech has been battling — and successfully battling — to step up to the next level,” Weinstein said. “They don’t want to be known as the low-cost provider. They want to be known as the performance and value provider.”

Logitech expands its role in software

Logitech plans to release a free software update in the second half of 2018 that will enable some of its newer camera models to identify and frame human figures in a meeting room automatically. The feature will work with Logitech’s Rally, MeetUp and BRIO cameras.

Logitech RightSight adjusts the camera based on how many people are in the room and where they are sitting. If someone on the right side of the table leaves, the camera will pan left. If all but one person leave, the camera will zoom.

Logitech previously released software to enable its cameras to adjust lighting and correct color automatically and to help its microphones suppress background noise and focus on the current speaker.

“When you combine good software engineering with the ability to put out high-performance products at a good price point, that’s a win,” Weinstein said. “They don’t talk about themselves as a software play, but I see them that way.”

For Sale – PC Mini Bundle: i7 7700k/Z270/DDR4/Noctua

Hi all,

I’ve just had a change around with some of my hardware, so have the following PC Mini Bundle for sale.
All the items were used in my unRAID server, so no overclocking of any sort has been used.

  • i7 7700k Retail CPU
  • Asus Z270-A Prime Motherboard
  • Noctua NH-U14S CPU Cooler
  • 2x 4GB Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4 2400Mhz

Everything is boxed and in great condition, with all manuals, cables etc.

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Asking price is £275 collected/£290 delivered.

Any questions please ask,

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For Sale – PC Mini Bundle: i7 7700k/Z270/DDR4/Noctua

Hi all,

I’ve just had a change around with some of my hardware, so have the following PC Mini Bundle for sale.
All the items were used in my unRAID server, so no overclocking of any sort has been used.

  • i7 7700k Retail CPU
  • Asus Z270-A Prime Motherboard
  • Noctua NH-U14S CPU Cooler
  • 2x 4GB Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4 2400Mhz

Everything is boxed and in great condition, with all manuals, cables etc.

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Asking price is £300 collected/£315 delivered.

Any questions please ask,

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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 – PC Mini Bundle: i7 7700k/Z270/DDR4/Noctua

Hi all,

I’ve just had a change around with some of my hardware, so have the following PC Mini Bundle for sale.
All the items were used in my unRAID server, so no overclocking of any sort has been used.

  • i7 7700k Retail CPU
  • Asus Z370-A Prime Motherboard
  • Noctua NH-U14S CPU Cooler
  • 2x 4GB Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4 2400Mhz

Everything is boxed and in great condition, with all manuals, cables etc.

Pictures here: PC Mini Bundle Photos – Google Drive

Asking price is £300 collected/£315 delivered.

Any questions please ask,

Thank for looking.

Price and currency: £300
Delivery: Delivery cost is included
Payment method: BT/PPG/Cash
Location: Milton Keynes
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Prefer goods collected?: I prefer the goods to be collected

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GPU Mega Sale – Palit 1060 6GB & Asus STRIX 1080 TI OC Edition

I started mining cryptocurrency five months ago. I’m looking to sell hardware to recoup costs and invest in filming equipment.

Cards still have more than a year and a half of the warranty left and I will be happy to help with any warranty issues that arise. I doubt you will have any problems though as the cards have been operating at around 70% to 75% in a cooled room the whole time and continue to run great.

All original boxes and cables and manuals are included.

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GPU Mega Sale – Palit 1060 6GB & Asus STRIX 1080 TI OC Edition