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For Sale – Gaming PC – 1080Ti | 2700X | 1TB SSD

Putting out a little feeler to see if there would be any interest in my gaming PC, it includes the following:

PC
GPU – GTX 1080Ti
CPU – Ryzen 2700X with Wraith Prism cooler
RAM – 32GB Corsair Vengeance 3000MHz
Mobo – Gigabyte X470 Aorus Ultra
Case – NZXT H500 Mid Tower ATX
SSD – Samsung 970 Pro 1TB
PSU – EVGA 750W GQ Gold
Fan – Fractal R3 140mm

Peripherals
Acer Predator XB271HK 4K IPS Monitor
Corsair K70 Mechanical Cherry Red Keyboard
Logitech G Wireless Mouse (I need to confirm model)
Logitech C920 1080P Webcam
WiFi and Bluetooth dongle

Would not split.

I have the boxes for most components.

Collection would be from Harrow, London.

Feel free to ask any questions. I’ll upload some photos tonight.

Asking price £1500.

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Intel roadmap includes faster Optane SSDs, 144-layer NAND

Intel laid out a sweeping storage roadmap that includes ultrafast second-generation Optane solid-state drives and persistent memory modules and denser fourth-generation 144-layer 3D NAND flash in 2020.

The new Optane drives and modules revealed last week are built on 3D XPoint technology, a new type of non-volatile memory (NVM) that Intel developed with Micron. Intel launched its Optane Data Center (DC) SSDs in 2017 and followed with DC persistent memory (DCPM) modules this year, claiming they fill the performance gap between DRAM and NAND flash.

One upcoming new Intel technology that will target enterprises with high-performance needs is the Optane DC SSD, code-named “Alder Stream.” Single-port Alder Stream SSDs are expected in 2020. Intel claimed mixed-workload testing showed Alder Stream SSDs can sustain an average read I/O latency of about 10 microseconds (μs) up to a load of at least 800,000 IOPS.

“We’re not ready to say exactly how far” the IOPS could go, said Frank Hady, fellow and chief Optane system architect.

Optane vs. NAND flash performance

By contrast, Intel’s testing with its DC P4610 NAND SSD showed latency starting at about 80 μs to 100 μs and gradually rising as the IOPS increases, until contention for shared resources saturates the drive at about 300,000 IOPS to 350,000 IOPS. The first-generation DC P4800X Optane SSD starts at about 10 us of latency and reaches saturation at about 500,000 IOPS, at which point the latency shoots up steeply.

“With Alder Stream, they’re going to be able to put a whole lot more traffic into the SSD before the latency hits a brick wall,” said Jim Handy, general director and semiconductor analyst at Objective Analysis.

Although Handy views Alder Stream as an important development, he predicted that Intel’s Optane DC persistent memory modules will ultimately prove more popular than the Optane SSDs. He said the memory modules deliver considerably higher performance at roughly the same cost, so users comparing the two options will flock to Optane DCPM.

The next upgrade to Optane DC persistent memory, code named “Barlow Pass,” will fall in line with the next generation of Intel’s Xeon processors, which are code named “Cooper Lake” and “Ice Lake.” The roadmap that Intel laid out also shows third- and fourth-generation Optane DC persistent memory and SSDs coinciding with its Sapphire Rapids and future Xeon processors.

Optane persistent memory workloads

Workloads that early adopters target with the Optane DC persistent memory include databases, artificial intelligence, analytics, virtual infrastructure and storage, according to Kristie Mann, senior director of product management for Intel’s NVM solutions. 

More than 200 proofs of concept are in progress with enterprise, cloud and communications service providers, including Argonne National Laboratory, T-Systems and Verizon, according to an Intel spokesperson.

Intel claims major OEMs, software vendors and cloud service providers are developing products and services using Optane DC persistent memory. They include Alibaba, Cisco, Dell EMC, Google, Hewlett Packard, Microsoft, NetApp, Oracle, SAP and SAS.

“The large number of OEMs give credibility that Optane will live on as a key NVM component into the future,” said Jeff Kato, a senior analyst and consultant at Taneja Group. “It’s important, because IT can start to purchase Optane and know they will not be abandoned in the future.”

Intel recently opened a new technology development facility in Rio Rancho, New Mexico but has yet to disclose its high volume manufacturing plans. Intel and Micron ended their joint development of 3D XPoint, but Intel continues to receive supply from Micron.

Optane DC persistent memory is primarily used in servers now, but Intel claimed it would soon be coming to workstations for content creators and others who deal with large data sets. Optane DCPM could deliver up to 3 TB per CPU and 6 TB per client workstation, according to David Lundell, senior director of client SSD strategic planning in Intel’s NVM solutions group.

144-layer 3D NAND

Flash technologies on the horizon include 144-layer 3D NAND SSDs, code named “Arbordale +”, that Intel plans to ship as quadruple-level cell (QLC) before following with the less dense triple-level cell (TLC) NAND. Intel claimed its floating gate technology provides an advantage in terms of read accuracy and data retention over the charge trap technology that other manufacturers use.

Intel’s Hady said the floating gate technology would be extensible to five bits per cell, also known as penta-level cell (PLC) NAND, to further increase density and lower costs over QLC NAND.

During the Flash Memory Summit in August, Toshiba and Western Digital also discussed their exploration of PLC NAND and the challenges associated with developing it. Toshiba indicated its development work includes both charge trap and floating gate technologies.

“The main challenge in multi-bit designs is generating and maintaining narrow voltage threshold distributions. If the distributions overlap, then you cannot differentiate the original value, leading to bit errors,” said Doug Wong, a member of the technical staff of Toshiba Memory America’s Memory Business Unit.

Toshiba’s Wong said lower endurance and/or data retention time would make PLC best suited to read-intensive workloads in colder storage applications. Toshiba, Western Digital and Intel have not laid out time frames for PLC.

“I’m not going to hold my breath,” Handy said. “QLC is just starting to become big now, and it was first introduced in 2006. So maybe in another 13 years, PLC will become big.”

Greg Wong, founder and principal analyst at Forward Insights, said cloud providers will drive QLC adoption to increase significantly next year, and enterprises will follow in 2021 and 2022. Enterprise QLC use cases include content delivery networks, analytics, databases and machine learning, he said.

Kato expects vendors to push QLC as a flash-based capacity tier that could replace slower hard disk drives. He envisions uses cases in high-performance archive applications or entry-level storage.

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Quest Software updates NetVault Backup capabilities

Quest Software has updated NetVault Backup and released version 12.4, which includes extended Office 365 capabilities.

NetVault Backup is a data protection platform for hybrid data centers. It supports backup and recovery for a range of systems and, in addition to the increased capabilities for Office 365 Exchange Online and OneDrive, has added support for SAP HANA and Nutanix AHV.

The extended capabilities for Office 365 include the ability to backup and restore user mailboxes to any cloud, disk or tape-based storage. NetVault can also restore individual emails and files, including reinstating emails to specific folders in Outlook.

New OneDrive support enables users to back up and restore data from OneDrive user and group files and folders. NetVault Backup support for Office 365 Active Directory and SharePoint Online is expected later this year, according to Quest Software.

With the added support for SAP HANA and Nutanix AHV, NetVault Backup enables a unified administration experience within the same user interface used to control, operate and manage all data protection.

This version of NetVault also adds agentless protection of Nutanix AHV virtual machines through the new NetVault plug-in for Nutanix AHV. There is also now a NetVault plugin for SAP HANA, which Quest claims enables secure and consistent backups of SAP HANA databases. The plugin enables an SAP administrator to control the operations while using the NetVault Backup recovery and backup infrastructure.

This update is part of the push into enterprise by Quest. In 2010, the company acquired the NetVault platform from BakBone, and in 2018 it released the first NetVault Backup 12 version. The original 12.0 version made the application more scalable, and added the capability to run VMware plug-ins on any available proxy. Later that year, Quest Software added a plug-in to enable backup and recovery of Office 365 Exchange Online mailboxes.

Quest Software and its NetVault Backup product competes with the likes of vendors such as Veeam. The Veeam Backup and Replication platform similarly provides backup for virtual, physical and cloud workloads. Veeam’s product also has a new plug-in for SAP HANA and recovery programs for Microsoft Active Delivery, Exchange, SharePoint and SQL Server.

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New iPhone 11 features focus on consumers, not enterprises

The new fleet of iPhones includes improvements to battery life and camera functionality, but lacks noteworthy enterprise improvements beyond better security, according to analysts.

During its Sept. 10 event, Apple unveiled three new iPhones: the iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max. Ray Wang, founder of Constellation Research in Cupertino, Calif., said IT admins should focus their attention on enhancements to application security, which he said could benefit enterprise workers.  

“The security features are key,” Wang said.

iPhone 11 features

Wang pointed to applications that will notify users when their location is being shared as one security feature, as it can help enterprises with privacy concerns.

He also pointed to the encrypted Apple ID-based single sign-on, which enables Apple users to use their Apple ID to log onto third-party sites, similar to functionality from Gmail and Facebook.

But security features like these played second fiddle to consumer-facing features. Each of the new iPhones received a new camera lens, with the entry-level iPhone 11 now sporting two lenses: one to shoot with an ultra-wide lens for landscapes or group photos; a second that focuses on portrait mode, which puts the subject in focus while slightly blurring the background.

The camera on the iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max features a third lens that enables users to zoom in closer on subjects, while also adding night mode to make shooting at night or in low light more feasible.

While unlikely to find significant use cases across an enterprise, Wang said that the improved cameras could benefit field service workers when using augmented or virtual reality applications.

iPhone 11 features like better cameras or improved battery life are not the enterprise-grade features IT admins are looking for. Instead, they want software-based improvements around operating systems as well as security and compatibility with other Apple devices, which Apple has announced throughout this year, according to Annette Zimmermann, an analyst at Gartner.

Enterprise buyers care most about security and manageability and not about if the phone battery lasts a few hours longer.
Annette ZimmermanAnalyst, Gartner

In June, Apple announced the upcoming release of macOS Catalina and iOS 13, two updated operating systems. MacOS Catalina will enable developers to port and support iPad apps to a Mac computer, while iOS 13 includes iPadOS, a tablet-specific OS that provides better multi-window capabilities, which the iPad previously lacked. The iOS 13 update will be available Sept. 19.

“Enterprise buyers care most about security and manageability and not about if the phone battery lasts a few hours longer,” Zimmermann said. “Apple has made a number of announcements about new enterprise-relevant features and functionality in its macOS Catalina and iOS 13 releases that will further improve the balance between personal privacy and protecting corporate intellectual property.”

The importance of iOS 13

Apple’s seventh generation entry-level iPad was also unveiled at the Apple event, but included little in the way of aesthetic changes. Wang believes enterprises will benefit from the upcoming iOS 13 release if they use iPads for business.

“The iPad will be easier to use within the enterprise with iOS 13,” he said. “It brings out the multi-tasking features that have been missing. Better integration with the Apple Pen is also a boon for folks who prefer to draw or write instead of type.”

The iPhone 11s will be released on Sept. 20, starting at $699. The seventh generation iPad will be released on Sept. 30. Starting price for the iPad will be $329.

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U.S. spends more on AI as AI in China continues to grow

The Trump administration’s fiscal year 2020 budget includes nearly $1 billion in non-defense AI research and development as the adoption and funding of AI in China continues to grow rapidly.

The budget request is to fund the Network and Information Technology Research and Development Program, a federal program that coordinates the activities and budgeting for research and development of several technology agencies.

U.S. AI efforts

The fiscal year 2020 budget supplement, released in September, allocates $973.5 million for AI as a new spending category to support existing White House efforts to ramp up robotic process automation and AI innovation and adoption.

Millions of dollars will go toward funding research and development for a range of AI-related projects, including machine vision, cybersecurity challenges unique to AI, and chips optimized for neural nets.

While the funding should help U.S. government’s AI efforts, it’s unclear how it will match up with AI work in China.

Past efforts of the U.S. government, according to Rudina Seseri, founder and managing partner of venture-capital firm Glasswing Ventures, have lagged considerably to those of other countries.

“For all that is being done, it’s not even 1% of the spending that other countries have made,” Seseri said during a talk at the AI World Government 2019 conference in Washington, D.C. in June.

The U.S. government’s efforts in the global AI race are “far, far behind China,” a country that, in addition to spending more, also collects more data from its citizens, she noted.

In China, “the human rights of data (is) not a notion that exists,” she said. “The government has free control of everyone’s data.”

AI in China

That may be evident in China’s development of smart cities. The government is constructing, or plans to construct, more than 500 cities with smart city capabilities that include automatically monitoring and routing buses to optimize traffic flows, and prioritizing mobile payment systems. The urban strategy also leans heavily on the internationally controversial goal of expanding surveillance of citizens by setting up networks of security cameras with gait and facial recognition software.

Traditional industries are still lagging behind [in AI adoption in China].
Danny Muanalyst, Forrester

Given the Chinese government’s extensive involvement in city planning, and its propensity to spy on its own citizens, these kinds of smart cities have no real equivalent in the U.S. A number of U.S. cities, however, have begun using AI and analytics to better their transportation systems and some have started to install intelligent security cameras and intelligent street lights.

Other Western countries have begun creating smart cities as well, including the U.K. and Canada. Calgary, Alberta, for example, deployed sensors to collect data on noise levels to help with noise management and on soil conditions to create better care for gardens, among other things.

Development of AI in China has skyrocketed in past years, with the government spending heavily on research and development. In 2017, the State Council of China released a plan with China’s AI goals over the next decade.

The plan details China’s ambition to become level with other world players in AI theories and technologies by 2020, and become the world leader in AI by 2030, with a domestic industry worth almost $150 billion.

The plan includes efforts to promote and support domestic AI enterprises, and encourage partnerships between them and international AI schools and research teams.

Yet, at an enterprise-level, the adoption of AI in China is comparable to that in the U.S.

Chinese and U.S. enterprises

A 2018 Forrester study commissioned by Chinese tech-giant Huawei surveyed 200 large and medium-sized companies and found that the vast majority of respondents see AI as a driver of innovation in their industry. About 65% of respondents say AI will play an extremely important role in their digital transformation.

Meanwhile, a little over half of the respondents lacked professional AI talent, and 70% of respondents said a lack of technology skills is slowing the adoption of AI in the enterprise intelligence market.

According to Danny Mu, a Forrester analyst based in Beijing, AI has been widely adopted by digital-native enterprises in the internet industry, even as “other traditional industries are still lagging behind.”

That’s about on par with enterprises in the U.S. Reports regularly highlight that most business leaders see the importance of AI, even as many traditional companies have yet to start using it.

The U.S. trade war with China has hampered China’s push to develop AI technologies, however, and has begun to force China to become more independent of Western hardware and software.

Some of China’s largest technology companies, including Baidu, Alibaba, and Huawei have started developing their own hardware and AI platforms to rely less on Western-developed technology.

The “trade war is a good reminder to Chinese companies to evaluate the risk from dependence,” Mu said.

While the trade war may affect Chinese companies’ ability to purchase American-made technologies, Chinese scientists are still actively conducting AI research, something which “is hard to ban by trade wars,” Mu said.

“AI is changing industries,” he said. “Companies and governments can’t afford to lag behind when it comes to AI technology.”

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Enzoic for Active Directory brings continuous password protection

Enzoic has launched a new version of Enzoic for Active Directory that includes support for real-time password monitoring to fight against the use of compromised passwords.

Enzoic for Active Directory screens users’ passwords against its continuously updated database of compromised credentials, including billions of unique username and password combinations, according to the vendor.

Microsoft Azure Active Directory manages permissions and access to networked resources, making it a target for hackers to gain unauthorized access to user accounts, according to Enzoic. Verizon’s Data Breach Investigations Report found 29% of security breaches involved stolen credentials.

Enzoic for Active Directory 2.0 brings Continuous Password Protection that triggers an alert if a password becomes vulnerable, enabling Active Directory administrators to enforce password changes in response to real-time credential exposures, not just against a static list of exposed credentials or with periodic password resets.

Once a password is flagged as vulnerable, Enzoic notifies users and automates follow-up action, from prompting a user to change it to disabling the account according to an organization’s policies.

Enzoic for Active Directory 2.0 meets the National Institute of Standards and Technology 800-63B requirements with the following functions:

  • password screening against lists of commonly used passwords, passwords in cracking dictionaries and compromised passwords;
  • password checks upon password creation, as well as on a daily basis against a live database;
  • immediate response trigger when a compromised password is detected; and
  • elimination of periodic password resets due to continuous password monitoring.

According to a OneLogin study, only 35% of organizations’ password creation requirements check against common password lists, despite 92% of organizations claiming their current password guidelines are adequate. Furthermore, common passwords only represent a small portion of vulnerable passwords, with many password-related incidents stemming from cracking dictionaries used by hackers.

Many security vendors such as SolarWinds, Specops and nFront Security offer password complexity plugins for Active Directory, but do not offer around-the-clock monitoring. Enzoic claimed its continuous monitoring updates enhance overall enterprise security.

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For Sale – Samsung 860 EVO 500GB (New)

Un used and no longer needed. Price includes delivery to mainland UK.

More than happy to help out with warranty. Feedback speaks for itself

Collection welcome.

Any questions, let me know

Price and currency: 85
Delivery: Delivery cost is included within my country
Payment method: BT/PPG
Location: Farnborough
Advertised elsewhere?: Not advertised elsewhere
Prefer goods collected?: I have no preference

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For Sale – Price Reduced – High spec Gaming pc and 27” gaming monitor

Selling on behalf of my son. Still a very good spec and also includes ASUS VP278H 27” FHD 1920×1080 gaming monitor (upgraded the original one). See attached for full spec and original cost which for pc and monitor was £1,520 so I think this is a very good price.
I don’t think we have boxes so collection preferred but we could deliver around Guildford area and my son works in Egham so that’s also possible (and in between the two).

Price and currency: £800 £500 without monitor, £600 with monitor

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Location: Guildford
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For Sale – Price Reduced – High spec Gaming pc and 27” gaming monitor

Selling on behalf of my son. Still a very good spec and also includes ASUS VP278H 27” FHD 1920×1080 gaming monitor (upgraded the original one). See attached for full spec and original cost which for pc and monitor was £1,520 so I think this is a very good price.
I don’t think we have boxes so collection preferred but we could deliver around Guildford area and my son works in Egham so that’s also possible (and in between the two).

Price and currency: £800 £500 without monitor, £600 with monitor

Delivery: Goods must be exchanged in person
Payment method: BT preferred.
Location: Guildford
Advertised elsewhere?: advertised elsewhere
Prefer goods collected?: I prefer the goods to be collected

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