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Salesforce Interaction Studio unveiled at Connections 2018

Salesforce Interaction Studio appears to be the latest major launch in the vendor’s push to enable users to capture a more complete picture of their customers — where they choose to spend their time online, how they like vendors to market to them and which ways they prefer to communicate.

Salesforce has spent billions of dollars on acquisitions, integrations and marketing to achieve that goal. And while it’s not there yet — the targets tend to move in the rapidly changing technology landscape — Salesforce is hoping its latest integrations and new products help its customers find a more complete customer journey.

Toward that end of more smoothly guiding customers through the stages of interacting with an organization, Salesforce unveiled several new product integrations, partner integrations and new applications, including Salesforce Interaction Studio. The CRM giant made the product announcements on June 13 at its Connections 2018 conference in Chicago.

Ray Wang, a Salesforce watcher and principal analyst and founder of Constellation Research Inc., said Salesforce Interaction Studio is an effective response to the fast-increasing importance of customer experience in CRM.

“CRM is actually dead. It’s about how can you craft mass personalization at scale,” Wang said. “It’s about building that experience and journey, which has become a lot more important than CRM.”

CRM vendors such as Salesforce are moving beyond customer management and working toward improving the customer experience and journey — the process of customers interacting with a company. That progression is where Salesforce Interaction Studio comes into play.

Built out of an OEM partnership with software company Thunderhead, Salesforce Interaction Studio enables companies to analyze and manage consumer experiences. Additionally, it can recommend the next-best action for customers, depending on how they interact with that brand.

“It allows you to look at cross-channel consumer insight and see next-best action and optimize customer journey,” Wang said.

Marketing Cloud and Google Analytics 360

Salesforce Interaction Studio was just one of the products unveiled at Connections, a conference focusing on marketing, commerce and service.

Building off a partnership announced at Dreamforce last year, Salesforce Marketing Cloud and Google Analytics 360 are generally available for integration for Marketing Cloud customers. According to Wang, the alliance is a blow to one of Salesforce’s chief competitors, Adobe.

“The battle of analytics has been Adobe Omniture versus Google Analytics,” Wang said. “As Microsoft and Adobe have come close together, it’s natural for Salesforce and Google to become allies.”

The partnership will enable customers to merge insight from Marketing Cloud and Google Analytics 360 into a single dashboard within Marketing Cloud, while campaign data will be available within Google Analytics 360 to provide tailored web content.

Another feature, which won’t be available in beta until July, will allow users to create an audience in Google Analytics 360, activate it outside the Google platform and allow users to continue building that audience within Marketing Cloud.

While nothing prevented Marketing Cloud customers from using Google Analytics 360 to track web analytics, the lack of a deep integration with Marketing Cloud made it difficult for users of both to tie that information back to campaigns. By combining Google Analytics 360 with Salesforce’s inward-facing Einstein Analytics, a company can see a more holistic view of a customer’s data.

It’s not personalization — we haven’t gotten to that point yet. But it allows you to think about the type of journeys you’re creating for customers.
Ray Wangprincipal analyst and founder, Constellation Research

“Einstein takes the data inside the Salesforce platform and helps users find insights, while Google Analytics 360 component is based on web analytics,” Bobby Jania, vice president of product marketing for Marketing Cloud, said in a release. “It looks at how consumers are behaving, pages they visit [and] how long they are on there for.”

Combining those analytics insights to the insights from Salesforce Interaction Studio can go a long way in helping customers track consumers’ campaigns, according to Wang.

“It’s a huge void in Marketing Cloud and most other clouds,” Wang said. “It’s about crafting the right experience and understanding where a customer is — it takes context into account.”

While personalization is the ultimate goal for Salesforce and similar companies focused on customer journeys, that pie-in-the-sky objective is still off on the horizon.

“It’s not personalization — we haven’t gotten to that point yet,” Wang said. “But it allows you to think about the type of journeys you’re creating for customers.”

B2B Commerce Cloud

Beyond Marketing Cloud and Salesforce Interaction Studio, Salesforce officially released its B2B Commerce Cloud product, formerly known as CloudCraze. Salesforce acquired the B2B e-commerce product earlier this year, having been originally built on top of Salesforce software using Force.com.

“It will make it easier to see what a user is doing on a commerce site and connect it to Marketing Cloud,” Jania said. “B2B commerce for Salesforce will make that complex order have the same UI as B2C commerce.”

The Salesforce Interaction Studio release continues Salesforce’s long-term campaign to unify sales and marketing departments within organizations.

“You have a stack at Salesforce where marketing and commerce are a lot tighter than they were before,” Wang said.

Salesforce also unveiled Integrations between Commerce Cloud and Service Cloud, allowing service reps to see customers’ buying histories during service calls, opening up the opportunities to up-sell or cross-sell other products.

Pricing information for Salesforce Interaction Studio, B2B Commerce Cloud and the Marketing Cloud-Google Analytics 360 integration wasn’t immediately available.

For Sale – Surface Pro 2017 & Dell XPS 13 9360

Selling both the Surface Pro and Dell XPS due to moving to Mac recently.

Surface Pro is the latest 2017 model and comes with a black type cover. This would be in brand new condtion however there are 2 very light marks on the back, camera won’t pick it up even when taken outside for natural light. Do have a displayport cable but it can only 1080p60hz Extended warranty with Microsoft Complete which ends on 27/05/2021. Covers accidental damage too. – £750

Specs:
Display: 12.3-inch Pixel Sense display 10 point multi-touch
Display Resolution: 2736 x 1824 (267 PPI)
Aspect Ratio: 3:2
Software: Windows 10
Processor: Seventh Gen Intel Core i5-7300U
Storage: 256GB Solid State Drive(SSD)
Memory: 8GB 1866Mhz LPDDR3
Core i5: Intel HD graphics 620
Rear Camera 8.0MP autofocus camera with 1080p HD video
Front Camera 5.0MP camera with 1080p HD video
Windows Hello face-authentication
Speakers Stereo speakers with Dolby Audio Premium
Ports One full-size USB 3.0
Mini DisplayPort
Headset jack
Surface Connect
microSDXC card reader
Sensors Ambient light sensor
Accelerometer
Gyroscope
Network Wi-Fi: IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac compatible
Bluetooth Wireless 4.1 technology
Security TPM chip for enterprise security
Battery Life 13.5 hours of use
Pen Surface Pen
Weight 1.69 lbs to 1.73 lbs (768 g to 784 g)
Dimensions 11.50 inches x 7.9 inches x 0.33 inches (292 mm x 201 mm x 8.5 mm)

Dell XPS 13 this is also a 2017 model (9360) This is in immaculate condition not a single mark or scratch on it. Comes with a USB type C to HDMI cable which can do 4k60Hz Warranty on this expires on 05/03/2019. – £750
Specs:
Processor: Intel Core i5 8th Generation quad core 8 threads
Storage: 256GB NVME SSD
RAM: 8GB LPDDR3 2,133 MHz
Display: 1080p matte non-touch
Graphics: Intel HD 620
Ports: USB 3.1 Full Size USB x2, 3.5mm jack, SD Card, USB-C Thunderbolt 3.1
Wireless: Killer 1535
Bluetooth 4.1
802.11ac (Miracast enabled)
Battery 60WHr
Weight 2.8lbs (1.27 kg)
Dimensions 11.98 x 7.88 x 0.33-0.60 in
304.29 x 200.15 x 8.38-15.24 mm
Color: Silver

I dont have a box for the surface but do for the dell. Id prefer collection for both of these however will post if we trade personal information via PM. If im posting it will be only sent via Royal mail special delivery, to insure it properly. I do have several large boxes for these, so if posting i will putting a box in a box to insure it arrives safetly and of course foam and bubble wrap in between.

Price and currency: Various
Delivery: Delivery cost is included within my country
Payment method: Bank transfer, Paypal or cash on collection
Location: Sheffield
Advertised elsewhere?: Yes
Prefer goods collected?: I prefer the goods to be collected

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ONAP Beijing release targets deployment scenarios

Deployability is the name of the game with the Linux Foundation’s latest Open Network Automation Platform architecture.

Central to the ONAP Beijing release are seven identified “dimensions of deployability,” said Arpit Joshipura, general manager of networking and orchestration at the Linux Foundation. These seven deployability factors comprise usability, security, manageability, stability, scalability, performance and resilience.

By identifying these dimensions, the Linux Foundation expects to better address and answer questions regarding documentation, Kubernetes management, disruptive testing, multisite failures and lifecycle management transactions. The goal is better consistency among ONAP deployments, Joshipura said.

Other than the standardized support for external northbound APIs that face a user’s operational and business support systems, the ONAP Beijing release had only a handful of architectural changes from the previous Amsterdam architecture, according to Joshipura. To that end, the ONAP Beijing release features four relevant MEF APIs taken from MEF’s Lifecycle Service Orchestration architecture and framework.

An additional architectural tweak pinpointed the ONAP Operations Manager. OOM now works with Kubernetes and can run with any cloud provider, Joshipura said.

Arpit Joshipura, Linux Foundation Arpit Joshipura

“All the projects within ONAP can become Docker containers, and Kubernetes orchestrates all of them,” he said. “It helps with management, portability and efficiencies in terms of VMs [virtual machines] needed to run them.”

The ONAP Beijing release also introduced Multi-site State Coordination Services, which ONAP dubbed MUSIC. MUSIC coordinates databases and synchronizes policies for ONAP deployments in multiple locations, geographies and countries — relevant for providers like Vodafone and Orange. The release also provided standard templates and virtual network functions (VNFs) integration and validation, regarding information and data modeling.

Functional enhancements for ONAP Beijing

In addition to architecture adaptions, the ONAP Beijing release made a series of functional enhancements that include change management, hardware platform awareness and autoscaling with manual triggers. For example, the system follows policy to automatically move VNFs or add VMs if a certain location has excess compute capacity. This capability helps scale the VNFs appropriately, Joshipura said.

ONAP expects to make its next release, Casablanca, available at the end of 2018. ONAP Casablanca will continue work on operational and business support systems, in addition to adding more cross-project integration related to microservices architecture, Joshipura said. Further, ONAP Casablanca will introduce a formal VNF certification program and standardize features to support 5G and cross-cloud connectivity.

Linux Foundation reacts to Microsoft’s GitHub acquisition

Microsoft’s $7.5 billion acquisition of GitHub received a cautiously positive response from the Linux Foundation. Jim Zemlin, the Linux Foundation’s executive director, categorized the move as “pretty good news for the world of open source,” highlighting Microsoft’s expertise to make GitHub better. He did, however, stress Microsoft’s growing need to earn the trust of developers, while also acknowledging the existence of other open source developer platforms, such as GitLab and Stack Overflow.

“As we all evaluate the evolution of open source from the early days to now, I suggest we celebrate this moment,” Zemlin said about the purchase. “The multidecade progression toward the adoption and continual use of open source software in developing modern technological products, solutions and services is permanent and irreversible. The majority of the world’s economic systems, stock exchanges, the internet, supercomputers and mobile devices run the open source Linux operating system, and its usage and adoption continue to expand.”

For Sale – Surface Pro 2017 & Dell XPS 13 9360

Selling both the Surface Pro and Dell XPS due to moving to Mac recently.

Surface Pro is the latest 2017 model and comes with a black type cover. This would be in brand new condtion however there are 2 very light marks on the back, camera won’t pick it up even when taken outside for natural light. I think i have a display port to hdmi cable for this not sure, slowly clearing stuff out. Extended warranty with Microsoft Complete which ends on 27/05/2021. I think this covers addicently damage too im not sure. – £800

Specs:
Display: 12.3-inch Pixel Sense display 10 point multi-touch
Display Resolution: 2736 x 1824 (267 PPI)
Aspect Ratio: 3:2
Software: Windows 10
Processor: Seventh Gen Intel Core i5-7300U
Storage: 256GB Solid State Drive(SSD)
Memory: 8GB 1866Mhz LPDDR3
Core i5: Intel HD graphics 620
Rear Camera 8.0MP autofocus camera with 1080p HD video
Front Camera 5.0MP camera with 1080p HD video
Windows Hello face-authentication
Speakers Stereo speakers with Dolby Audio Premium
Ports One full-size USB 3.0
Mini DisplayPort
Headset jack
Surface Connect
microSDXC card reader
Sensors Ambient light sensor
Accelerometer
Gyroscope
Network Wi-Fi: IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac compatible
Bluetooth Wireless 4.1 technology
Security TPM chip for enterprise security
Battery Life 13.5 hours of use
Pen Surface Pen
Weight 1.69 lbs to 1.73 lbs (768 g to 784 g)
Dimensions 11.50 inches x 7.9 inches x 0.33 inches (292 mm x 201 mm x 8.5 mm)

Dell XPS 13 this is also a 2017 model (9360) This is in immaculate condition not a single mark or scratch on it. Comes with a USB type to HDMI cable which can do 4k60Hz Warranty on this expires on 05/03/2019. – £850
Specs:
Processor: Intel Core i5 8th Generation quad core 8 threads
Storage: 256GB NVME SSD
RAM: 8GB LPDDR3 2,133 MHz
Display: 1080p matte non-touch
Graphics: Intel HD 620
Ports: USB 3.1 Full Size USB x2, 3.5mm jack, SD Card, USB-C Thunderbolt 3.1
Wireless: Killer 1535
Bluetooth 4.1
802.11ac (Miracast enabled)
Battery 60WHr
Weight 2.8lbs (1.27 kg)
Dimensions 11.98 x 7.88 x 0.33-0.60 in
304.29 x 200.15 x 8.38-15.24 mm
Color: Silver

I dont have a box for the surface but do for the dell. Id prefer collection for both of these however will post if we trade personal information via PM. If im posting it will be only sent via Royal mail special delivery, to insure it properly. I do have several large boxes for these, so if posting i will putting a box in a box to insure it arrives safetly and of course foam and bubble wrap in between.

Price and currency: Various
Delivery: Delivery cost is included within my country
Payment method: Bank transfer, Paypal or cash on collection
Location: Sheffield
Advertised elsewhere?: Yes
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
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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 – Surface Pro 2017 & Dell XPS 13 9360

Selling both the Surface Pro and Dell XPS due to moving to Mac recently.

Surface Pro is the latest 2017 model and comes with a black type cover. This would be in brand new condtion however there are 2 very light marks on the back, camera won’t pick it up even when taken outside for natural light. I think i have a display port to hdmi cable for this not sure, slowly clearing stuff out. Extended warranty with Microsoft Complete which ends on 27/05/2021. I think this covers addicently damage too im not sure. – £900

Specs:
Display: 12.3-inch Pixel Sense display 10 point multi-touch
Display Resolution: 2736 x 1824 (267 PPI)
Aspect Ratio: 3:2
Software: Windows 10
Processor: Seventh Gen Intel Core i5-7300U
Storage: 256GB Solid State Drive(SSD)
Memory: 8GB 1866Mhz LPDDR3
Core i5: Intel HD graphics 620
Rear Camera 8.0MP autofocus camera with 1080p HD video
Front Camera 5.0MP camera with 1080p HD video
Windows Hello face-authentication
Speakers Stereo speakers with Dolby Audio Premium
Ports One full-size USB 3.0
Mini DisplayPort
Headset jack
Surface Connect
microSDXC card reader
Sensors Ambient light sensor
Accelerometer
Gyroscope
Network Wi-Fi: IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac compatible
Bluetooth Wireless 4.1 technology
Security TPM chip for enterprise security
Battery Life 13.5 hours of use
Pen Surface Pen
Weight 1.69 lbs to 1.73 lbs (768 g to 784 g)
Dimensions 11.50 inches x 7.9 inches x 0.33 inches (292 mm x 201 mm x 8.5 mm)

Dell XPS 13 this is also a 2017 model (9360) This is in immaculate condition not a single mark or scratch on it. Comes with a USB type to HDMI cable which can do 4k60Hz Warranty on this expires on 05/03/2019. – £850
Specs:
Processor: Intel Core i5 8th Generation quad core 8 threads
Storage: 256GB NVME SSD
RAM: 8GB LPDDR3 2,133 MHz
Display: 1080p matte non-touch
Graphics: Intel HD 620
Ports: USB 3.1 Full Size USB x2, 3.5mm jack, SD Card, USB-C Thunderbolt 3.1
Wireless: Killer 1535
Bluetooth 4.1
802.11ac (Miracast enabled)
Battery 60WHr
Weight 2.8lbs (1.27 kg)
Dimensions 11.98 x 7.88 x 0.33-0.60 in
304.29 x 200.15 x 8.38-15.24 mm
Color: Silver

I dont have a box for the surface but do for the dell. Id prefer collection for both of these however will post if we trade personal information via PM. If im posting it will be only sent via Royal mail special delivery, to insure it properly. I do have several large boxes for these, so if posting i will putting a box in a box to insure it arrives safetly and of course foam and bubble wrap in between.

Price and currency: Various
Delivery: Delivery cost is included within my country
Payment method: Bank transfer, Paypal or cash on collection
Location: Sheffield
Advertised elsewhere?: Yes
Prefer goods collected?: I prefer the goods to be collected

______________________________________________________
This message is automatically inserted in all classifieds forum threads.
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

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 – Surface Pro 2017 & Dell XPS 13 9360

Selling both the Surface Pro and Dell XPS due to moving to Mac recently.

Surface Pro is the latest 2017 model and comes with a black type cover. This would be in brand new condtion however there are 2 very light marks on the back, camera won’t pick it up even when taken outside for natural light. I think i have a display port to hdmi cable for this not sure, slowly clearing stuff out. Extended warranty with Microsoft Complete which ends on 27/05/2021. I think this covers addicently damage too im not sure. – £900

Specs:
Display: 12.3-inch Pixel Sense display 10 point multi-touch
Display Resolution: 2736 x 1824 (267 PPI)
Aspect Ratio: 3:2
Software: Windows 10
Processor: Seventh Gen Intel Core i5-7300U
Storage: 256GB Solid State Drive(SSD)
Memory: 8GB 1866Mhz LPDDR3
Core i5: Intel HD graphics 620
Rear Camera 8.0MP autofocus camera with 1080p HD video
Front Camera 5.0MP camera with 1080p HD video
Windows Hello face-authentication
Speakers Stereo speakers with Dolby Audio Premium
Ports One full-size USB 3.0
Mini DisplayPort
Headset jack
Surface Connect
microSDXC card reader
Sensors Ambient light sensor
Accelerometer
Gyroscope
Network Wi-Fi: IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac compatible
Bluetooth Wireless 4.1 technology
Security TPM chip for enterprise security
Battery Life 13.5 hours of use
Pen Surface Pen
Weight 1.69 lbs to 1.73 lbs (768 g to 784 g)
Dimensions 11.50 inches x 7.9 inches x 0.33 inches (292 mm x 201 mm x 8.5 mm)

Dell XPS 13 this is also a 2017 model (9360) This is in immaculate condition not a single mark or scratch on it. Comes with a USB type to HDMI cable which can do 4k60Hz Warranty on this expires on 05/03/2019. – £850
Specs:
Processor: Intel Core i5 8th Generation quad core 8 threads
Storage: 256GB NVME SSD
RAM: 8GB LPDDR3 2,133 MHz
Display: 1080p matte non-touch
Graphics: Intel HD 620
Ports: USB 3.1 Full Size USB x2, 3.5mm jack, SD Card, USB-C Thunderbolt 3.1
Wireless: Killer 1535
Bluetooth 4.1
802.11ac (Miracast enabled)
Battery 60WHr
Weight 2.8lbs (1.27 kg)
Dimensions 11.98 x 7.88 x 0.33-0.60 in
304.29 x 200.15 x 8.38-15.24 mm
Color: Silver

I dont have a box for the surface but do for the dell. Id prefer collection for both of these however will post if we trade personal information via PM. If im posting it will be only sent via Royal mail special delivery, to insure it properly. I do have several large boxes for these, so if posting i will putting a box in a box to insure it arrives safetly and of course foam and bubble wrap in between.

Price and currency: Various
Delivery: Delivery cost is included within my country
Payment method: Bank transfer, Paypal or cash on collection
Location: Sheffield
Advertised elsewhere?: Yes
Prefer goods collected?: I prefer the goods to be collected

______________________________________________________
This message is automatically inserted in all classifieds forum threads.
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

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 – Surface Pro 2017 & Dell XPS 13 9360

Selling both the Surface Pro and Dell XPS due to moving to Mac recently.

Surface Pro is the latest 2017 model and comes with a black type cover. This would be in brand new condtion however there are 2 very light marks on the back, camera won’t pick it up even when taken outside for natural light. I think i have a display port to hdmi cable for this not sure, slowly clearing stuff out. Extended warranty with Microsoft Complete which ends on 27/05/2021. I think this covers addicently damage too im not sure. – £900

Specs:
Display: 12.3-inch Pixel Sense display 10 point multi-touch
Display Resolution: 2736 x 1824 (267 PPI)
Aspect Ratio: 3:2
Software: Windows 10
Processor: Seventh Gen Intel Core i5-7300U
Storage: 256GB Solid State Drive(SSD)
Memory: 8GB 1866Mhz LPDDR3
Core i5: Intel HD graphics 620
Rear Camera 8.0MP autofocus camera with 1080p HD video
Front Camera 5.0MP camera with 1080p HD video
Windows Hello face-authentication
Speakers Stereo speakers with Dolby Audio Premium
Ports One full-size USB 3.0
Mini DisplayPort
Headset jack
Surface Connect
microSDXC card reader
Sensors Ambient light sensor
Accelerometer
Gyroscope
Network Wi-Fi: IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac compatible
Bluetooth Wireless 4.1 technology
Security TPM chip for enterprise security
Battery Life 13.5 hours of use
Pen Surface Pen
Weight 1.69 lbs to 1.73 lbs (768 g to 784 g)
Dimensions 11.50 inches x 7.9 inches x 0.33 inches (292 mm x 201 mm x 8.5 mm)

Dell XPS 13 this is also a 2017 model (9360) This is in immaculate condition not a single mark or scratch on it. Comes with a USB type to HDMI cable which can do 4k60Hz Warranty on this expires on 05/03/2019. – £850
Specs:
Processor: Intel Core i5 8th Generation quad core 8 threads
Storage: 256GB NVME SSD
RAM: 8GB LPDDR3 2,133 MHz
Display: 1080p matte non-touch
Graphics: Intel HD 620
Ports: USB 3.1 Full Size USB x2, 3.5mm jack, SD Card, USB-C Thunderbolt 3.1
Wireless: Killer 1535
Bluetooth 4.1
802.11ac (Miracast enabled)
Battery 60WHr
Weight 2.8lbs (1.27 kg)
Dimensions 11.98 x 7.88 x 0.33-0.60 in
304.29 x 200.15 x 8.38-15.24 mm
Color: Silver

I dont have a box for the surface but do for the dell. Id prefer collection for both of these however will post if we trade personal information via PM. If im posting it will be only sent via Royal mail special delivery, to insure it properly. I do have several large boxes for these, so if posting i will putting a box in a box to insure it arrives safetly and of course foam and bubble wrap in between.

Price and currency: Various
Delivery: Delivery cost is included within my country
Payment method: Bank transfer, Paypal or cash on collection
Location: Sheffield
Advertised elsewhere?: Yes
Prefer goods collected?: I prefer the goods to be collected

______________________________________________________
This message is automatically inserted in all classifieds forum threads.
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

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 – Surface Pro 2017 & Dell XPS 13 9360

Selling both the Surface Pro and Dell XPS due to moving to Mac recently.

Surface Pro is the latest 2017 model and comes with a black type cover. This would be in brand new condtion however there are 2 very light marks on the back, camera won’t pick it up even when taken outside for natural light. I think i have a display port to hdmi cable for this not sure, slowly clearing stuff out. Extended warranty with Microsoft Complete which ends on 27/05/2021. I think this covers addicently damage too im not sure. – £900

Specs:
Display: 12.3-inch Pixel Sense display 10 point multi-touch
Display Resolution: 2736 x 1824 (267 PPI)
Aspect Ratio: 3:2
Software: Windows 10
Processor: Seventh Gen Intel Core i5-7300U
Storage: 256GB Solid State Drive(SSD)
Memory: 8GB 1866Mhz LPDDR3
Core i5: Intel HD graphics 620
Rear Camera 8.0MP autofocus camera with 1080p HD video
Front Camera 5.0MP camera with 1080p HD video
Windows Hello face-authentication
Speakers Stereo speakers with Dolby Audio Premium
Ports One full-size USB 3.0
Mini DisplayPort
Headset jack
Surface Connect
microSDXC card reader
Sensors Ambient light sensor
Accelerometer
Gyroscope
Network Wi-Fi: IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac compatible
Bluetooth Wireless 4.1 technology
Security TPM chip for enterprise security
Battery Life 13.5 hours of use
Pen Surface Pen
Weight 1.69 lbs to 1.73 lbs (768 g to 784 g)
Dimensions 11.50 inches x 7.9 inches x 0.33 inches (292 mm x 201 mm x 8.5 mm)

Dell XPS 13 this is also a 2017 model (9360) This is in immaculate condition not a single mark or scratch on it. Comes with a USB type to HDMI cable which can do 4k60Hz Warranty on this expires on 05/03/2019. – £850
Specs:
Processor: Intel Core i5 8th Generation quad core 8 threads
Storage: 256GB NVME SSD
RAM: 8GB LPDDR3 2,133 MHz
Display: 1080p matte non-touch
Graphics: Intel HD 620
Ports: USB 3.1 Full Size USB x2, 3.5mm jack, SD Card, USB-C Thunderbolt 3.1
Wireless: Killer 1535
Bluetooth 4.1
802.11ac (Miracast enabled)
Battery 60WHr
Weight 2.8lbs (1.27 kg)
Dimensions 11.98 x 7.88 x 0.33-0.60 in
304.29 x 200.15 x 8.38-15.24 mm
Color: Silver

I dont have a box for the surface but do for the dell. Id prefer collection for both of these however will post if we trade personal information via PM. If im posting it will be only sent via Royal mail special delivery, to insure it properly. I do have several large boxes for these, so if posting i will putting a box in a box to insure it arrives safetly and of course foam and bubble wrap in between.

Price and currency: Various
Delivery: Delivery cost is included within my country
Payment method: Bank transfer, Paypal or cash on collection
Location: Sheffield
Advertised elsewhere?: Not advertised elsewhere
Prefer goods collected?: I prefer the goods to be collected

______________________________________________________
This message is automatically inserted in all classifieds forum threads.
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

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.

Google adds single-tenant VMs for compliance, license cares

Google’s latest VM runs counter to standard public cloud frameworks, but its added flexibility checks off another box for enterprise clients.

Google Cloud customers can now access sole-tenant nodes on Google Compute Engine. The benefits for these single-tenant VMs, currently in beta, are threefold: They reduce the “noisy neighbor” issue that can arise on shared servers; add another layer of security, particularly for users with data residency concerns; and make it easier to migrate certain on-premises workloads with stringent licensing restrictions.

The public cloud model was built on the concept of multi-tenancy, which allows providers to squeeze more than one account onto the same physical host, and thus operate at economies of scale. Early customers happily waived some of those advantages of dedicated hardware in exchange for less infrastructure management and the ability to quickly scale out.

But as more traditional corporations adopt public cloud, providers have added isolation capabilities to approximate what’s inside enterprises’ own data centers, such as private networks, virtual private clouds and bare-metal servers. Single tenancy applies that approach down to the hardware level, while maintaining a virtualized architecture. AWS was the first to offer single-tenant VMs with its Dedicated Instances.

Customers access Google’s single-tenant VMs the same way as its other compute instances, except they’re placed on a dedicated server. The location of that node is either auto-selected through a placement algorithm, or customers can manually select the location at launch. These instances are customizable in size, and are charged per second for vCPU and system memory, as well as a 10% sole-tenancy premium.

Single-tenant VMs another step for Google Cloud’s enterprise appeal

Google still lags behind AWS and Microsoft Azure in public cloud capabilities, but it has added services and support in recent months to shake its image as a cloud valued solely for its engineering. Google must expand its enterprise customer base, especially with large organizations in which multiple stakeholders sign off on use of a particular cloud, said Fernando Montenegro, a 451 Research analyst.

Not all companies will pay the premium for this functionality, but it could be critical to those with compliance concerns, including those that must prove they’re on dedicated hardware in a specific location. For example, a DevOps team may want to build a CI/CD pipeline that releases into production, but a risk-averse security team might have some trepidations. With sole tenancy, that DevOps team has flexibility to spin up and down, while the security team can sign off on it because it meets some internal or external requirement.

“I can see security people being happy that, we can meet our DevOps team halfway, so they can have their DevOps cake and we can have our security compliance cake, too,” Montenegro said.

I can see security people being happy … our DevOps team … can have their DevOps cake and we can have our security compliance cake, too.
Fernando Montenegroanalyst, 451 Research

A less obvious benefit of dedicated hardware involves the lift and shift of legacy systems to the cloud. A traditional ERP contract may require a specific set of sockets or hosts, and it can be a daunting task to ensure a customer complies with licensing stipulations on a multi-tenant platform because the requirements aren’t tied to the VM.

In a bring-your-own-license scenario, these dedicated hosts can optimize customers’ license spending and reduce the cost to run those systems on a public cloud, said Deepak Mohan, an IDC analyst.

“This is certainly an important feature from an enterprise app migration perspective, where security and licensing are often top priority considerations when moving to cloud,” he said.

The noisy neighbor problem arises when a user is concerned that high CPU or IO usage by another VM on the same server will impact the performance of its own application, Mohan said.

“One of the interesting customer examples I heard was a latency-sensitive function that needed to compute and send the response within as short a duration as possible,” he said. “They used dedicated hosts on AWS because they could control resource usage on the server.”

Still, don’t expect this to be the type of feature that a ton of users rush to implement.

“[A single-tenant VM] is most useful where strict compliance/governance is required, and you need it in the public cloud,” said Abhi Dugar, an IDC analyst. “If operating under such strict criteria, it is likely easier to just keep it on prem, so I think it’s a relatively niche use case to put dedicated instances in the cloud.”

Federal cybersecurity report says nearly 75% of agencies at risk

The latest federal cybersecurity report holds little good news regarding the security posture of government agencies, and experts are not surprised by the findings.

The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) developed the report in accordance with President Donald Trump’s cybersecurity executive order issued last year. The report acknowledged the difficulties agencies face in terms of budgeting, maintaining legacy systems and hiring in the face of the cybersecurity skills gap, and it identified 71 of 96 agencies as being either “at risk or high risk.”

“OMB and DHS also found that federal agencies are not equipped to determine how threat actors seek to gain access to their information. The risk assessments show that the lack of threat information results in ineffective allocations of agencies’ limited cyber resources,” OMB and DHS wrote in the report. “This situation creates enterprise-wide gaps in network visibility, IT tool and capability standardization, and common operating procedures, all of which negatively impact federal cybersecurity.”

The federal cybersecurity report tested the agencies involved under 76 metrics and identified four major areas of improvement: increasing threat awareness, standardizing IT capabilities, consolidating security operations centers (SOCs), and improving leadership and accountability.

Greg Touhill, president of Cyxtera Federal Group, based in Coral Gables, Fla., and former CISO for the United States, said the report was an “accurate characterization of the current state of cyber risk and a reflection of the improvements made over the last five years in treating cybersecurity as a risk management issue, rather than just a technology problem.”

“I am concerned that the deletions of and vacancies in key senior cyber leadership positions [are] sending the wrong message about how important cybersecurity is to the government workforce, commercial and international partners, and potential cyber adversaries,” Touhill wrote via email. “As national prosperity and national security are dependent on a strong cybersecurity program that delivers results that are effective, efficient and secure, I believe cybersecurity ought to be at the top of the agenda, and we need experienced cyber leaders sitting at the table to help guide the right decisions.”

Agencies at risk

The federal cybersecurity report said many agencies lack situational awareness and noted this has been a long-standing issue in the U.S. government.

I am concerned that the deletions of and vacancies in key senior cyber leadership positions [are] sending the wrong message about how important cybersecurity is to the government workforce, commercial and international partners, and potential cyber adversaries.
Greg Touhillpresident of Cyxtera Federal Group and former CISO for the United States

“For the better part of the past decade, OMB, the Government Accountability Office, and agency [inspectors general] have found that agencies’ enterprise risk management programs do not effectively identify, assess, and prioritize actions to mitigate cybersecurity risks in the context of other enterprise risks,” OMB wrote. “In fact, situational awareness is so limited that federal agencies could not identify the method of attack, or attack vector, in 11,802 of the 30,899 cyber incidents (38%) that led to the compromise of information or system functionality in [fiscal year] 2016.”

Sherban Naum, senior vice president of corporate strategy and technology at Bromium, based in Cupertino, Calif., said improving information sharing might not “address the protection component.”

“Sharing information in real time of an active and fully identified attack is critical. However, more information alone won’t help if there is no contextual basis to understand what was attacked, what vulnerability was leveraged, the attacker’s intent and impact to the enterprise,” Naum said. “I wonder what systems are in place or are needed to process the real-time threat data to then automatically protect the rest of the federal space.”

Not all of the news was bad. OMB noted that 93% of users in the agencies studied use multifactor authentication in the form of personal identity verification cards. However, the report said this was only the beginning, as “agencies have not matured their access management capabilities” for modern mobile use.

“One of the most significant security concerns that results from the current decentralized and fragmented IT landscape is ineffective identity, credential, and access management processes,” OMB wrote. “Fundamentally, any organization must have a clear understanding of the people, assets, and data on its networks.”

The federal cybersecurity report acknowledged the number of high-profile data leaks and breaches across government systems in recent years and said the situation there is not improving.

“Federal agencies do not have the visibility into their networks to effectively detect data exfiltration attempts and respond to cybersecurity incidents. The risk assessment process revealed that 73 percent of agency programs are either at risk or high risk in this critical area,” OMB wrote. “Specific metrics related to data loss prevention and exfiltration demonstrate even greater problems, with only 40 percent of agencies reporting the ability to detect the encrypted exfiltration of information at government-wide target levels. Only 27 percent of agencies report that they have the ability to detect and investigate attempts to access large volumes of data, and even fewer agencies report testing these capabilities annually.”

Additionally, only 16% of agencies have properly implemented encryption on data at rest.

Suggested improvements

The federal cybersecurity report had suggestions for improving many of the poor security findings, including consolidating email systems, creating standard software configurations and a shared marketplace for software, and improving threat intelligence sharing across SOCs. However, many of the suggestions related directly to following National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Cybersecurity Framework guidelines, the Cyber Threat Framework developed by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, or DHS’ Continuous Diagnostics and Mitigation (CDM) program.

Katherine Gronberg, vice president of government affairs at ForeScout Technologies, based in San Jose, Calif., said the focus of CDM is on real-time visibility.

“For example, knowing you have 238 deployed surveillance cameras found to have a particular vulnerability is a good example of visibility. Knowing that one or more of those cameras is communicating with high-value IT assets outside of its segment is further visibility, and then seeing that a camera is communicating externally with a known, malicious command-and-control IP address is the type of visibility that helps decision-making,” Gronberg wrote via email. “CDM intends to give agencies this level of real-time domain awareness in addition to securing data. It’s worth noting that many agencies are now moving to Phase 3 of CDM, which is about taking action on the problems that are discovered.”

Katie Lewin, federal director for the Cloud Security Alliance, said “standardization is an effective tool to get the best value from resources,” especially given that many risks faced by government agencies are due to the continued use of legacy systems.

“Standardized, professionally managed cloud systems will significantly help reduce risks and eliminate several threat vectors,” Lewis wrote via email. “If agencies adopt DHS’s Continuous Diagnostics and Mitigation process, they will not have to develop and reinvent custom programs. However, as with all standards, there needs to be some flexibility. Agencies should be able to modify a standard approach within defined limits. Failure to involve agencies in developing a common approach and in defining the boundaries of flexibility will result in limited acceptance and adoption of the common approach.”

Gary McGraw, vice president of security technology at Synopsys Inc., based in Mountain View, Calif., said focusing on standards may not hold much improvement.

“The NIST Framework has lots of very basic advice and is very useful. It would be a step in the right direction. However, it is important to keep in mind that standards generally reflect the bare minimum,” McGraw said. “Organizations that view security solely as a compliance requirement generally fall short, compared to others that treat it as a core or enabling component of their operations.”

Michael Magrath, director of global regulations and standards at OneSpan, said, “Improving resource allocations is a crucial to improving our federal cyberdefenses.” 

“With $5.7 billion in projected spending across federal civilian agencies, some agencies may cry poor. The report notes that email consolidation can save millions of dollars each year, and unless agencies have improved efficiencies like email consolidation, have implemented electronic signatures and migrated to the cloud, there remains an opportunity to reallocate funds to better protect their systems,” Magrath said. “The report also notes that agencies are operating multiple versions of the same software. This adds unnecessary expense, and as more and more agencies migrate to the cloud, efficiencies and cost reductions should follow enabling agencies to reallocate budget and IT resources to other areas.”