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Laptop for Football Manager 2018

As title. Needs to have a half decent CPU, preferably at least 6gb of ram, intel integrated 620 GPU but a dedicated one would be better. 1080p screen and ssd would also be a bonus but I appreciate for my budget it might not be doable.

Anyway I have around £250 to spend. Like i said it’s literally for Footy Manager and some light stuff like web browsing and YouTube.

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Laptop for Football Manager 2018

SAP HANA and Esri combine for geospatial database platform

SAP and Esri are deepening their geospatial relationship.

SAP HANA has been integrated with Esri’s geographic information systems (GIS) and spatial analytics applications for a few years. And now, Esri fully supports SAP HANA as an enterprise geospatial database, according to the companies.

The announcement was made at DistribuTECH 2018, a conference for utilities that was held this month.

The Esri geospatial database can now take advantage of the underlying processing speed and power of the in-memory HANA database to better integrate enterprise system data with geospatial data and improve the performance and scalability of geospatial applications, according to Matthew Zenus, global vice president of database and data management and solution go-to-market efforts at SAP.

The combination of SAP and Esri brings location intelligence to enterprise data and applications, allowing businesses to develop applications that use spatial analytics and advanced visualizations and embed geospatial data into core business processes. “GIS and mapping, combined with the richness of business data and business processes, is a very powerful combination that can benefit every industry,” Jack Dangermond, Esri’s founder and president, said in a press release. “Together, SAP and Esri are making GIS, mapping, advanced visualizations and spatial analytics available to everyone across the enterprise.”

Utilities take on SAP HANA-based Esri apps

Utilities are among those organizations that are taking advantage of Esri applications, like ArcGIS, on the SAP HANA database.

  • The Omaha Metropolitan Utilities District, a political subdivision and public corporation that operates the drinking water and natural gas systems for Omaha, Neb., and surrounding areas, now deploys Esri’s ArcGIS on SAP HANA to provide its field personnel with more timely and powerful analytics that simplify and digitalize its manual utility inspection system. According to the utility, it’s deploying Esri ArcGIS directly on SAP HANA, which allows it to perform real-time analytics on business data without having to use manual data preparation and conversion processes. This reduces IT efforts, increases the timeliness and accuracy of analysis, and improves the effectiveness and efficiency of field operations.
  • Fairfax Water, Virginia’s largest water utility, which provides clean drinking water to nearly 2 million people, is also using an Esri enterprise geodatabase supported by HANA. This will allow the utility to geo-enable its organization to ensure customers receive the highest possible water quality, according to the company. Using the Esri geodatabase supported by SAP HANA simplifies Fairfax Water’s IT landscape, increases processing performance, provides seamless integration between enterprise SAP data and Esri GIS data, and allows the entire organization to be geo-enabled.

Providing a competitive advantage

This further deepening of SAP’s integration with the Esri geospatial database provides users who want to combine geospatial data and enterprise data a clear competitive advantage and differentiation, Zenus said.

“To that end, at SAP, we have geo-enabled our entire stack, including our Business Suite, analytics, line-of-business cloud apps, SAP Cloud Platform and SAP HANA,” Zenus said. “Geo-enabling the business for the intelligent enterprise is more than about just putting points on a map; it’s about better insights, improved business decisions and, ultimately, to unlock innovation.”

Esri requires an underlying database as the platform for its applications like Esri ArcPro and Esri ArcGIS to create, version and publish maps, and having SAP HANA as that database helps those overlapping customers that SAP has with Esri, particularly in asset- and location-intensive industries, like public sector, oil and gas and utilities, according to Zenus. 

This is something that many SAP companies have been asking for, he continued, because it can help them make better, faster critical business and operational decisions.

“Customers who have either adopted HANA or are adopting HANA have been asking for this capability for a while, so it’s a big deal,” Zenus said. “They can now run both their system of record for their enterprise data, like SAP, on the same platform as their system of record for geospatial data, Esri. This leads to better performance, platform consolidation, lower TCO [total cost of ownership] and administration costs and, ultimately, that seamless access between GIS and enterprise data.”

For Sale – Compaq 15″ VGA Monitor (Speakers Built In)

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VirtualWisdom brings visibility to the cloud

Expanding beyond storage, Virtual Instruments has integrated the analytics and performance management technology from its Xangati acquisition into its VirtualWisdom platform.

VirtualWisdom 5.4 includes tools that give administrators deeper visibility between the application and infrastructure for performance management. The product now includes a new NetFlow Probe tool that discovers and maps LAN traffic flow among the applications, hosts, virtual machines, NAS controllers and software-defined-storage (SDS) nodes.

VirtualWisdom now supports additional protocols such Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) within its SAN Switch Probe and SMB within its NAS Performance Probe, which previously only monitored the NFS protocol. Virtual Instruments also added monitoring of VMware vSAN, Dell EMC ScaleIO and Nutanix hyper-converged appliances  for application-centric performance management.

“For us, these are different sources to evaluate the health of the infrastructure,” said Len Rosenthal, chief marketing officer at Virtual Instruments. “We are collecting more sources of data to analyze the infrastructure so you can understand the infrastructure that the application is running on. Previously, we were 100% storage-based.”

The new capabilities come from virtualization infrastructure performance monitoring vendor Xangati, which Virtual Instruments acquired in November 2016.

Steve Brasen, research director of systems and storage management at Enterprise Management Associates, said the cloud has reduced visibility between applications and the infrastructure for administrators. That makes Virtual Instruments’ application performance management a valuable tool, he said.

“If you have a performance problem, all you see is that it has something to do with the cloud,” Brasen said. “VirtualWisdom can see through the virtualization, cloud and grid layers. It provides visibility from the application through the virtualization layer to the infrastructure.

“The product can map down to the storage, network and server levels,” he said. “And it can move applications to a location where it works better. It can dynamically place workloads. Virtual Instruments has the broadest visibility into the infrastructure.”

Virtual Instruments initially did performance monitoring of SANs with its SAN Performance Probe appliances for Fibre Channel (FC) storage but expanded to include network attached storage (NAS) with a NAS probe after merging with Load Dynamix.

VirtualWisdom has an analytics layer with tools that target performance optimization. A storage port balancer analytics tool performs workload and capacity optimization at the array level while the collaboration investigation runbooks helps debug problems that are hindering performance.

“In the past in was a manual process for customers to debug problems, such as which array do I use and what sequence of events do I implement to solve problems,” Rosenthal said. “What we have done is taken all our knowledge and we built a runbook or workflow that sets the sequence to solve a problem. Now it’s all automated.”

VirtualWisdom’s storage port analyzer helps fine-tune performance at the array level.

“This means you can look at the storage port utilization on the arrays,” Rosenthal said. “And look at the traffic patterns across those ports. We had this for the virtual servers for a number of years, but we did not have it on the arrays.”

ScaleArc brings database load balancing to Azure SQL DB

ScaleArc’s recent database load-balancing software release, ScaleArc for SQL Server, is now integrated with Microsoft’s Azure SQL Database.

ScaleArc for SQL Server, released on Sept. 19, was designed to help businesses using Microsoft Azure SQL Database “get data and apps to the cloud faster,” said Justin Barney, president and CEO of ScaleArc, a database load-balancing software company founded in 2009 and based in Santa Clara, Calif. The product became available on the Google Cloud Platform as of Oct. 12, 2017.

This product update takes a look at what the new ScaleArc for SQL Server software does and explores its benefits for businesses and developers, as well as how a Microsoft Data Platform MVP uses it.

What it does

Justin Barney, CEO of ScaleArcJustin Barney

ScaleArc for SQL Server load-balancing software automates the routing of traffic into a database from application servers, according to Barney. ScaleArc database load-balancing software can direct traffic into the database on behalf of the application, enabling apps to use underlying database functionality without programming database logic into the app.

Barney noted that users of Azure SQL and Microsoft Azure cloud database as a service can use ScaleArc to support failover between cloud regions and reduce the latency common in hybrid cloud deployments. For developers and architects, he said, ScaleArc simplifies maintaining continuous availability and performance of apps in cloud deployments, while reducing code changes.

David Klee, founder of Heraflux TechnologyDavid Klee

David Klee, a Microsoft Data Platform MVP and founder of Heraflux Technologies, an IT consulting firm in Scarborough, Maine, has found that ScaleArc for SQL Server enables adding high availability as applications are scaled, which he’d found difficult to do before.

“ScaleArc is basically software that you either click through on a cloud and use, or it’s a software appliance that you download and deploy locally,” Klee said. With it, the user abstracts applications from the data tier, avoiding database logic in the application code. “So, when you go to your app, you just point it to the ScaleArc instance instead of the database. That’ll get you up and running.”

Why it’s cool

With ScaleArc, you can essentially scale out your database workload without making any application changes.
David Kleefounder, Heraflux Technologies

Optimizing application and data workflow performance via the cloud is more efficient and cost-effective than the traditional path of buying more hardware, Klee said. On a recent SQL Server project, his client had found a slow database problem was not fixed by spending $1.5 million on hardware. So, Klee said, the company had to look at options, such as changing the application and praying that the replacement is better. Instead, he suggested using ScaleArc for SQL Server. “With ScaleArc, you can essentially scale out your database workload without making any application changes,” Klee said.

For software engineers, Barney said, ScaleArc’s database load-balancing tool can eliminate a lot of the coding work that’s needed to utilize modern cloud databases. “So, developers can focus on writing really good code with really good queries and letting the ScaleArc software manage the traffic in and out of the database environment,” he said.
Other ScaleArc for SQL Server functionalities developers are using are global connection pooling and connection management, as well as caching. “The ability to cache queries and result sets without having to do it from the application code saves time and costs,” Barney said. Just click on a particular query pattern, and the tool automatically turns it into a cache rule and starts caching it. “That has the ability to significantly boost performance,” he said.

ScaleArc’s cool factor for native cloud application development is eliminating the need to program database logic into the application, according to Barney. Enterprise developers can also use the new ScaleArc for SQL Server release with Microsoft Azure Active Directory for user authentication.

Summing up, Klee said finding ScaleArc allowed his team to scale a database workload outward, a strategy they haven’t been able to do with any similar tool. “There’s hardware storage acceleration and some in-memory constructs, but there’s really nothing else out there that has worked for us.”

ScaleArc Azure SQL DB

What it costs

The pricing of ScaleArc for SQL Server varies with database capacity and starts at $40,000 for ScaleArc capacity to front-end 32 SQL Server databases.

8×8 and Atlassian integrate team collaboration tools

Cloud communications provider 8×8 Inc. is teaming up with Atlassian to offer integrated unified communications services that will include team collaboration tools, contact center, messaging services and other offerings.

8×8, based in San Jose, Calif., will integrate its Virtual Office unified-communications-as-a-service product with Atlassian’s team collaboration tool HipChat, which is becoming Stride. The 8×8 and Atlassian integration will offer customers team collaboration tools such as telephony, video, meetings and messaging from within HipChat rooms.

The collaboration between 8×8 and Sydney-based Atlassian also aims to enhance customer support through the integration of 8×8 ContactNow and Atlassian’s Jira Service Desk. With this integration, IT support and customer service representatives can work within the Jira Service Desk system by:

  • making and receiving calls from within a ticket with click-to-call capabilities;
  • offering intelligent search capabilities to find caller tickets by name, number and email address;
  • automatically listing ticket info with caller information; and
  • recording call details directly into a ticket at call completion.

Atlassian is also known for its work in the world of DevOps. By teaming up with Atlassian, 8×8 is looking to become the “de facto voice for DevOps,” 8×8 CTO Bryan Martin said in a statement.

AeroFS and Redbooth merge on collaboration, task management

AeroFS, a collaboration software provider, has merged with Redbooth, a task and project management platform. The new entity will retain the Redbooth name and combine products and other assets.

Redbooth offers online task and project management software for work teams. Users can prioritize and delegate tasks and create visual timelines. Earlier this year, AeroFS unveiled a new release of its Amium cloud-based collaboration platform that lets users collaborate with people outside their organizations. 

By integrating the two products, the new company increases the functionalities in a single service. The merged platforms should help workers consolidate their team collaboration tools. Vendor and user consolidation is an ongoing trend around the UC and collaboration market.

Currently, some workers might use too many services, such as five or six separate team collaboration tools, AeroFS CEO Yuri Sagalov said in a statement. Sagalov will be Redbooth’s new CEO. Both AeroFS and Redbooth are based in Palo Alto, Calif., and have targeted small and medium businesses, as well as larger enterprises.

Talkdesk launches mobile contextual communications

Talkdesk, a San Francisco-based cloud contact-center platform, has unveiled Talkdesk Context, a suite of products that provides data on customer self-service activity to contact center agents. Context Mobile is the first service to launch within the Talkdesk Context suite.

Context Mobile provides real-time information about a customer’s mobile in-app activity to customer service agents so they can provide relevant and personalized support. This new technology, available now for mobile apps, is built for customers who often look for self-service options before calling a contact center for support. Context Mobile, which features artificial intelligence capabilities, identifies callers instantly and passes information about their in-app activity to the contact center agent who answers their call.

Delivery of this real-time information to the agent looks to reduce the time that customers spend on support calls. With this service, customers won’t necessarily need to confirm their identities and explain their needs. For contact center agents, Context Mobile illustrates everything customers have gone through to serve themselves.

App Annie, a San Francisco-based app market data company, found that consumers spent nearly 900 billion hours in apps during 2016, an increase of more than 150 billion hours from 2015.

How can IT put PowerShell Integrated Scripting Environment to use?

PowerShell Integrated Scripting Environment is a tool that can benefit all levels of users, which is why many developers and administrators use it almost exclusively when working with PowerShell — often skipping the original console altogether.

With PowerShell ISE, which provides a graphical user interface (GUI) for writing and fixing PowerShell scripts, IT administrators and developers can write, edit and run PowerShell scripts and commands. It provides a more user-friendly way to work with the wide range of features available for creating and testing PowerShell codes.

For example, PowerShell ISE includes IntelliSense for autocompleting commands and for matching cmdlets, variables, parameters and other language elements. The GUI also provides quick access to a variety of snippets that make it easier to construct command logic, such as looping structures. In addition, admins get multiple execution environments, selective code execution and the ability to run commands from either the PowerShell script or the console pane.

What else can PowerShell ISE do?

PowerShell script development

PowerShell Integrated Scripting Environment provides many other features to support PowerShell script development, such as drag-and-drop editing, tab completion, block selection, syntax coloring, keyboard shortcuts and Unicode support. Plus, admins can open PowerShell script files by dragging them from Windows Explorer to the PowerShell ISE GUI. They can even extend the PowerShell Integrated Scripting Environment object model to customize the deployment and add functionality.


Admins can also use PowerShell Integrated Scripting Environment to troubleshoot and debug PowerShell scripts. Although this goes hand in hand with script development, sometimes admins must fix an existing script and want to use PowerShell ISE’s debugging capabilities. Not only do they get features such as selective execution and multiple execution environments, but they can also set up breakpoints, step through code, check variable values and display call stacks. In addition, PowerShell Integrated Scripting Environment displays parsing errors as admins type.

PowerShell Integrated Scripting Environment is also useful as a learning tool.

Running complicated commands

Admins might also use PowerShell Integrated Scripting Environment when they want to run complex ad hoc commands and prefer to avoid the inherent clunkiness of the PowerShell console. With PowerShell ISE, they can type all their code in the script pane and then, when they’re ready, run part or all of the code. This also makes it easier to tweak the script if admins need to run it multiple times, incorporating slight modifications with each execution.


PowerShell Integrated Scripting Environment is also useful as a learning tool. Someone new to PowerShell can benefit a great deal from built-in features, such as IntelliSense, snippet access and parse error displays.

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