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Wanted – Intel Core i7-3770K CPU

Looking for an Intel Core i7-3770K Ivybridge CPU.. just the CPU no cooler or fan needed.

Looking at extending the life of my system which currently has an i5-2500K CPU, if you have one lying around that you’ve upgraded from I’m definitely interested for the right price. Clearly must be fully working, and not overclocked too much!

Sourced my shiny new Geforce GTX card so that bit is sorted now, thanks for anyone that tried to help

DDR3 now sourced on eBay.

Cheers..

Location: Near Aldershot

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Wanted – Intel Core i7-3770K CPU

Looking for an Intel Core i7-3770K Ivybridge CPU.. just the CPU no cooler or fan needed.

Looking at extending the life of my system which currently has an i5-2500K CPU, if you have one lying around that you’ve upgraded from I’m definitely interested for the right price. Clearly must be fully working, and not overclocked too much!

Sourced my shiny new Geforce GTX card so that bit is sorted now, thanks for anyone that tried to help

DDR3 now sourced on eBay.

Cheers..

Location: Near Aldershot

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Wanted – Intel Core i7-3770K CPU

Looking for an Intel Core i7-3770K Ivybridge CPU.. just the CPU no cooler or fan needed.

Looking at extending the life of my system which currently has an i5-2500K CPU, if you have one lying around that you’ve upgraded from I’m definitely interested for the right price. Clearly must be fully working, and not overclocked too much!

Sourced my shiny new Geforce GTX card so that bit is sorted now, thanks for anyone that tried to help

DDR3 now sourced on eBay.

Cheers..

Location: Near Aldershot

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Wanted – Intel Core i7-3770K CPU & 16Gb (2x8Gb) DRR3 1600-2133 Ram

Looking for an Intel Core i7-3770K Ivybridge CPU.. just the CPU no cooler or fan needed.

Looking at extending the life of my system which currently has an i5-2500K CPU, if you have one lying around that you’ve upgraded from I’m definitely interested for the right price. Clearly must be fully working, and not overclocked too much!

Added wanted ad for 16Gb (2x8Gb sticks) ddr3 memory. Looking for a matched dual channel kit. Room for a bit of light overclocking. 1600 minimum up to 2133.

Sourced my shiny new Geforce GTX card so that bit is sorted now, thanks for anyone that tried to help

Cheers..

Location: Near Aldershot

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Wanted – Intel Core i7-3770K CPU & 16Gb (2x8Gb) DRR3 1600-2133 Ram

Looking for an Intel Core i7-3770K Ivybridge CPU.. just the CPU no cooler or fan needed.

Looking at extending the life of my system which currently has an i5-2500K CPU, if you have one lying around that you’ve upgraded from I’m definitely interested for the right price. Clearly must be fully working, and not overclocked too much!

Added wanted ad for 16Gb (2x8Gb sticks) ddr3 memory. Looking for a matched dual channel kit. Room for a bit of light overclocking. 1600 minimum up to 2133.

Sourced my shiny new Geforce GTX card so that bit is sorted now, thanks for anyone that tried to help

Cheers..

Location: Near Aldershot

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Wanted – Intel Core i7-3770K CPU

Looking for an Intel Core i7-3770K Ivybridge CPU.. just the CPU no cooler or fan needed.

Looking at extending the life of my system which currently has an i5-2500K CPU, if you have one lying around that you’ve upgraded from I’m definitely interested for the right price. Clearly must be fully working, and not overclocked too much!

Sourced my shiny new Geforce GTX card so that bit is sorted now, thanks for anyone that tried to help

Cheers..

Location: Near Aldershot

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Wanted – Intel Core i7-3770K CPU

Looking for an Intel Core i7-3770K Ivybridge CPU.. just the CPU no cooler or fan needed.

Looking at extending the life of my system which currently has an i5-2500K CPU, if you have one lying around that you’ve upgraded from I’m definitely interested for the right price. Clearly must be fully working, and not overclocked too much!

Sourced my shiny new Geforce GTX card so that bit is sorted now, thanks for anyone that tried to help

Cheers..

Location: Near Aldershot

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Why Microsoft thinks the future of water depends on the future of technology innovation – Microsoft Green Blog

Clean drinking water is critical to all life, but unfortunately it is not easily available for everyone around the globe. According to the World Health Organization, nearly a billion people around the world lack a basic drinking water service, and at least two billion use a drinking water source that is contaminated with feces.

This situation will only become more acute as populations grow and the planet continues to warm. In fact, WHO suggests that by 2025 nearly half of the world’s population will have a difficult time accessing clean, drinkable water. In areas already stricken by drought or lacking in water sanitation facilities, things will only become direr as climate change exacerbates the strain on water resources. Beyond the immediate humanitarian impact of water shortages, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) noted that water availability and quality could become a primary pressure point for society under climate change. Given this, it’s no surprise that access to water routinely makes the top five of the list of global risks identified annually by the World Economic Forum.

This view of the future, of course, presumes we continue business as usual. But water is in the midst of a digital transformation that promises a much brighter future, and nowhere is this more apparent than at World Water Week. I had the pleasure of attending this yearly event on behalf of Microsoft last week, delivering our vision of the promise of technology to address both water quality and quantity issues. I was joined by hundreds of governments, businesses and civil society leaders, who also shared their reasons for being optimistic about the future of water.

In addition to speaking, we made a new commitment. Microsoft is proud to join the UN CEO Water Mandate, a collaborative effort of corporations and NGOs designed to assist companies in the development, implementation and disclosure of corporate water stewardship practices and policies.

We’ve diligently pursued water stewardship across our global operations, and one of our most ambitious projects was our new Silicon Valley campus. Last year, we announced that campus would be one of the first net-zero potable water tech campuses in the world. 100% of the buildings non-drinking water will come from rainfall or on-site recycled water – beyond drinking fountains and sinks not a drop of water for more than 2,000 employees and 15 acres of landscape will come from municipal sources. In addition, we’re designing our campus with the nearby wetlands in mind and taking steps to improve our local water environment.

As a global technology company, we know we can have an even greater impact by empowering others beyond our four walls. One example of how we’ve applied technology to the water space is the Water Risk Monetizer, a powerful tool built in partnership with Ecolab and Trucost. The tool shows the costs of using water in every step of business operation, from manufacturing to delivery, and can give companies an idea of how those costs will increase if water becomes a limited resource. This helps them manage water more effectively and has the potential to reduce water consumption in many different industries.

We’re also working to apply AI to the issue of water. Through our AI for Earth program, a $50M over five-year program, Microsoft is putting AI tools into the hands of individuals and organizations working on the frontlines of environmental challenges, including water. To date, 20 percent of our 137 AI for Earth grantees are working on water-related projects. Our grantees work on the breadth of issues – some use AI to map coastal ecosystems to create a more accurate view of coastal resilience and inform real-time conservation and disaster response efforts, while others work on the impact of storm water or Superfund sites on local water resources, and still others are working to better predict, track and prevent floods. We’re particularly excited about the use of AI to inform and address water scarcity. WetDATA is creating a water data and innovation hub that collects and disseminates information on water scarcity and risks to drive informed, data-driven, decisions regarding water practices. They also encourage researchers to discover and innovate new ways to conserve water with the hopes of driving water sustainability in a myriad of industries.

We’re looking forward to expanding our work, both within our operations and through AI for Earth, in the coming year. After a week at SIWI, I’m even more encouraged about the digital transformation of water. We think that the glass is half full of water solutions already and are confident that those working on today’s pressing water challenges will be able to use AI and machine learning to fill the glass the rest of the way.

ChannelCon 2018: MSPs face operational growing pains

WASHINGTON, D.C. — A time comes in a service provider’s life when the early adrenaline-rush of business growth begins to fade and a harsh reality settles in: To continue to grow, and grow profitably, an organization must take deliberate steps to boost operational efficiency.

“It’s not the sexiest topic, but it is so important,” said Carolyn April, senior director of industry analysis at CompTIA. April chaired a panel discussion on operational efficiency improvement at ChannelCon 2018, CompTIA’s annual channel partner event. At last year’s ChannelCon, the benefits of diversity were an important focus, while previous meetings highlighted such topics as compliance controls.

A recent CompTIA survey of managed service providers (MSPs) and other channel partners revealed the key operational pain points. Half of the 450 organizations polled cited pricing pressure from customers or competitors as the top operations issue hurting profitability in the last year. Inefficient service delivery and inefficient sales process followed, with 28% of the respondents identifying the former and 27% of the respondents citing the latter.

April said even MSPs raking in sales could be “leaking margin left and right” due to inefficiency.

Carolyn April, senior director of industry analysis at CompTIACarolyn April

Operational efficiency improvement calls for a proactive approach that ensures a service provider has processes in place to run the business well — versus a reactive approach that hinges on extinguishing fires, April noted.

“The respondents having the hardest time and experiencing the most problems in their businesses are the ones that are reactive and not proactive,” she said.

Cultural focus

For Paul Cronin, operational efficiency is built on a cultural foundation. Cronin, facilitator of excellence at Cronin Corp., an MSP, participated in the ChannelCon 2018 panel discussion.

“I believe that operational efficiency begins with a culture of discipline,” he said.

A culture of discipline is one aspect of great companies, as defined in Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap … and Others Don’t. The book studied companies that made the jump to superior financial performance and were able to sustain that edge for at least 15 years.

I believe that operational efficiency begins with a culture of discipline.
Paul Croninfacilitator of excellence, Cronin Corp.

Cronin said he taught a monthly leadership workshop on Good to Great while he was an executive at Atrion, a systems integrator acquired by Carousel Industries in 2017. He is now beginning to shape the culture at his new venture.

Another component of Cronin’s operational efficiency approach is Lean methodology and, in particular, the framework’s focus on small, incremental changes as a mechanism for process improvement.

“We are very focused on Lean,” he said, noting the aim of empowering people to make small changes happen.

Vince Tinnirello, CEO at Anchor Network Solutions, an MSP in the Denver area, said he uses the TruMethods framework, which provides metrics and key performance indicators (KPIs) to help MSPs determine when to hire and expand or contract. “Find a framework and stick to it,” he advised the ChannelCon 2018 audience.

Signing up for an MSP peer group can also help a company along the efficiency track.

“Join a peer group because it is business-changing,” he said.

All aboard?

In addition to management frameworks, service providers can deploy automated systems to boost efficiency. Remote monitoring and management (RMM) and professional services automation (PSA) software are among the automation options an MSP may select.

April said PSA and RMM tools are important, but suggested the human dimension may prove the bigger challenge for service providers. Indeed, operational efficiency panelists and audience members noted that companies sometimes struggle to get employees to follow the processes and procedures designed to improve efficiency.

An engineer, for example, may prefer to “just get the job done” and ignore KPIs, processes and procedures along the way, one audience member said. In addition, employees hired at a more senior level may think they are smarter than the “dumb” processes the company wants them to adopt, another audience member noted.

Tinnirello agreed that getting every employee to do things the same way has proved to be a difficult task — even with checklists and policies and procedures. A tool such as an RMM system can help standardize service delivery, but Tinnirello noted that an RMM can’t automate every customer request. He said his company now aims to “automate where we can and make processes that people actually follow where you can’t automate.”

Operational efficiency improvement: Keeping score

MJ Shoer, director of client engagement and virtual CIO at Onepath, an MSP and professional services firm, said the company drills employees in its processes from the time of onboarding. Onepath’s approach, he said, is to hire Level One employees and move them up to more advanced positions, rather than bring on employees at a higher level.

The approach, Shoer explained, lets the company “maintain the structure we want,” while also providing the appropriate flexibility to adapt to market changes.

MJ Shoer, director of client engagement and vCIO at OnepathMJ Shoer

Onepath, meanwhile, uses performance scorecards to maintain a focus on KPIs. The scorecards track KPIs at the individual level and roll up to department-level and companywide KPIs.

But as MSPs enforce KPIs that support corporate goals, they should limit the number of goals to management amount. Cronin suggested the pursuit of too many goals is the mark of an inefficient company.

“We never had more than three company goals for the year,” he said. That’s not to say the company didn’t focus on other actions to move it forward, but the three main goals cascaded down through the organization, he added.

Cronin cited three top metrics: net promotor score, top-line revenue growth and EBITDA.

“Start small,” Cronin told ChannelCon 2018 attendees. “Don’t boil the ocean.”

New 12 Gbps single-port Toshiba SAS SSD takes aim at SATA

Toshiba is preparing for “life after SATA” with the launch of a single-ported 12 Gbps SAS solid-state drive designed to replace slower SATA drives for server-based applications.

The Serial ATA International Organization (SATA-IO) has long stated that there are no plans to increase SATA bandwidth beyond the current 6 Gbps data transfer rate. The new 12 Gbps Toshiba SAS SSD aims to fill the gap.

“With the SATA roadmap basically not having any future, we see this as life after SATA,” said Cameron Brett, director of marketing for SSD and storage solutions at Toshiba. “There may be a few feature tweaks here and there, but there is no 12 gig on the roadmap.”

Using 12 Gbps SAS, Toshiba’s new 2.5-inch RM5 SSD can offer better I/O consistency and higher mixed workload performance than typical SATA SSDs, according to Steve Garceau, director of enterprise SSD marketing at Toshiba. He said mixed workload performance is especially critical for online transaction processing, financial transactions, email servers, and virtual workloads.

“Many SATA SSDs are deployed in servers with SAS expanders due to cost reasons,” Greg Wong, principal analyst at

Forward
Insights, wrote in an email. “SATA SSD performance does not scale, especially in the higher capacities, so RM5 offers a way to increase capacity and performance of the drive.”

New Toshiba SAS SSD capacity

Garceau said the capacity range for the new Toshiba RM5 SSD — ranging from 960 GB to 7.68 TB — is higher than typical SATA

SSDs
. The RM5 uses the same triple-level cell, 64-layer 3D NAND flash technology that Toshiba’s higher-end dual-ported NVMe-based PCIe and enterprise SAS drives do.

Garceau noted that SATA has been the dominant SSD interface in servers to date, primarily due to its lower cost. But he said analysts predict SATA SSD use will decline over time, as higher performance NVMe-based SSDs start to claim more of the market.

“A natural question is, ‘Hey, if I’m going to leave SATA, why don’t I just go to NVMe?’ The short answer is they will eventually,” Garceau said. “When we’re looking five years and beyond, these servers will have enough PCIe lanes in them to support a robust array of NVMe drives. But today, lanes are rather limited in most server motherboards, and so the average NVMe-capable server costs more than the average SAS-capable server.”

Garceau said the new single-port Toshiba SAS SSD “slots in nicely” in the “near term” – for perhaps two to four years – for legacy SAS-enabled systems. He declined to specify the price range for the RM5 SAS SSD other than to say it would be “close” to the cost of a SATA SSD.

Toshiba SAS SSD pricing

Howard Marks, founder and chief scientist at DeepStorage LLC, said Toshiba told him the new RM5 SAS SSD should be less than a 5% price differential compared to SATA SSDs.

“Because it’s an OEM product, the real question

there
is how much HPE and Dell and the like mark it up,” he said.

Marks said the most cost-sensitive customers would likely stick with SATA in the short term. But he expects the new single-port Toshiba SAS SSD would hold appeal as a capacity tier in software-defined storage and hyper-converged infrastructure systems, especially if vendors such as VMware, Nutanix and Qumulo start to recommend SAS SSDs. He said, beyond bandwidth, SAS advantages over SATA include a more sophisticated and deeper queueing system and data integrity.

“Ultimately NVMe wins. The question is does that happen at the end of the next server release cycle, which is three to four years from now? Or, does it happen five to seven years from now? I don’t have a bet,” Marks said.

Jim Handy, general director and semiconductor analyst at Objective Analysis, said Toshiba is taking advantage of the fact that 12 Gbps SAS sockets are plentiful in servers by offering the less expensive single-port SAS SSD option before users start to move to NVMe. He expects other vendors would follow Toshiba’s lead with single-port SAS SSDs. But Handy predicted it could be 10 years before NVMe SSDs take over the market.

Toshiba has been showcasing its new RM5 SAS SSD at this week’s HPE Discover show in Las Vegas. The vendor refers to the single-ported RM5 SSD as “value SAS,” in contrast to its dual-ported enterprise PM5 SSDs that are designed for storage arrays equipped with dual controllers for high availability. Toshiba expects to continue to produce both the dual-ported enterprise SAS PM5 SSDs in addition to the single-ported RM5 SSD, according to Garceau.