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For Sale – Various Hard Drives & WTB Lian Li cases

I have decommissioned some workstations and moving these drives on. None of them have any warranty remaining however all have passed a Passmark diskcheck with no errors. I’m looking to sell in bundles and have been priced accordingly. My preference is to have these collected or I meet part way. Delivery will be £10 on top of any agreed sale.

3 x 3TB Seagate Constellation (7200rpm high performance drives) – £100

2 x 3TB Western Digital Black (7200rpm high performance drives) – £80

5 x 2TB Western Digital Black (7200rpm high performance drives) – £130

Will listen to offers on the whole lot

also looking for used Lian li cases. Preferably with lots of HDD capacity.

Location
North Kent
Price and currency
Various
Delivery cost included
Delivery is NOT included
Prefer goods collected?
I prefer the goods to be collected
Advertised elsewhere?
Not advertised elsewhere
Payment method
BT

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For Sale – Mac Mini (Late 2012), Magic Keyboard and Trackpad, Monitor

Moving overseas so decided to sell my Mac Mini

Mac Mini (Late 2012)
2.6 GHz Intel Core i7
16 GB 1600 MHz DDR3 RAM
500GB SSD drive

Magic Keyboard
Magic Trackpad 2

Monitor (BenQ GW2270HM 21.5 Inch Full HD LED)

This has been a great machine for me – super reliable, and I used it primarily for learning Xcode to develop and release my first iOS apps, which it does brilliantly (shame the apps weren’t all that great!)

The Keyboard and Trackpad are boxed, but the Mac Mini isn’t.

£495 delivered, or happy for someone to collect if they’re in London (Oval/Stockwell area)

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For Sale – Dell XPS 15 9560 – i5, 8gb, 256gb ssd, 1050 4gb and 4k touchscreen

Lovely laptop, selling as I’m moving to something smaller.

All working spot on. Note, like a macbook, this has a US keyboard layout but can set to UK mode no problem.

all in great condition, really, really nice laptop.

Spec is

i5 7300hq
8gb ram (easy to upgrade if you wanted)
256gb ssd (again, easy to upgrade)
nvidia 1050 4gb gpu
4k touchscreen

comes with genuine charger

I’d like £630 delivered

Any questions – let me know

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US Army HR expects migration to Azure cloud will cut IT costs

The U.S Army is moving its civilian HR services from on-premises data centers to Microsoft’s cloud. The migration to Azure has the makings of a big change. Along with shifting Army HR services to the cloud, it plans to move off some of its legacy applications. 

It’s a move that the Army said will give it more flexibility and reduce its costs.

The Army Civilian Human Resources Agency (CHRA) is responsible for supporting approximately 300,000 Army civilian employees and 33,000 Department of Defense employees. It provides a full-range of HR services.

The migration to Azure was noted in a contract announcement by Accelera Solutions Inc., a  systems integrator based in Fairfax, Va. The $40.4 million Army contract is for three years. The firm is a Microsoft federal cloud partner.

The federal government, including the Department of Defense, is broadly consolidating data centers and shifting some systems to the cloud.

Shift to cloud will improve HR capabilities

The Army said it is moving its civilian HR services to the cloud for three reasons. The Army “has determined that the cloud is the most effective way to host CHRA operated programs,” said Matthew Leonard, an Army spokesperson, in an email. It also needs “a more agile operating environment,” he said.

The third benefit of migrating to Azure “will allow for improved overall capabilities at lower cost,” Leonard said. “We will not need to expend resources to maintain data centers and expensive hardware,” he said.

Some of the Army’s savings will come by turning off resources outside of business hours, such as those used for development.

The Army didn’t provide an estimate of cost savings. But the Defense Department, in budget documents, has estimated cumulative data center consolidation savings of $751 million from 2017 to 2024.

Our goal is to significantly reduce the number of applications through the use of modern, out-of-the-box platforms.
Matthew LeonardSpokesperson, Army

Some existing Army HR applications will undergo a migration to Azure, but new cloud-based HR applications will be also be adopted as part of this shift. 

“Our goal is to significantly reduce the number of applications through the use of modern, out-of-the-box platforms,” Leonard said. Overtime, the Army plans to move other applications to the cloud.

Accelera declined to comment on the award, but in its announcement said its work includes migrating the Army’s HR applications from on-premises data center to the Azure cloud. It will also operate the cloud environment.

Microsoft recently was awarded a broader Defense Department contract to host military services in its Azure cloud. The Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure contract, or JEDI, is estimated at $10 million over 10 years. AWS, a JEDI contract finalist, is challenging the award in court. 

“The CHRA cloud initiative does seem to be driven more by the data center consolidation initiative that’s been around since the Obama administration, and much less by the current flap over JEDI,” said Ray Bjorklund, president of government IT market research firm BirchGrove Consulting LLC in Maryland. Migration to the cloud has been a “recurring method” of IT consolidation, he said. 

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Insurance company uses Cohesity backup to wean off tape

Change is hard, especially when it comes to moving from legacy backup to modern methods.

Insurance company Illinois Mutual, based in Peoria, Ill., adopted cloud-based Cohesity backup and has been transitioning off its old, tape-based system. The switch seemed like it should’ve been an easy decision, but Shawn Gifford, senior infrastructure administrator and infrastructure team lead at Illinois Mutual, said the company was resistant to change when he joined four years ago.

“When I came to the company, the cloud was regarded as somewhat of a bad word,” Gifford said. He was hired to change that culture.

Gifford had experience in cloud consulting, and he had seen his share of failed cloud endeavors before his time at Illinois Mutual. He said the key to both avoiding failure and convincing people to buy in is a detailed cost-benefit analysis.

Gifford calculated a lower total cost of ownership and other cost savings with Cohesity backup, but also went beyond raw financials.

He helped build his case by emphasizing it would reduce the time staff would have to spend working with backups, as well as lower backup and restore times. Other selling points were that Cohesity put deduplication and encryption in the same layer, and consolidates hardware and software.

Headshot of Shawn GiffordShawn Gifford

Illinois Mutual has a staff of around 200 at its Peoria headquarters and about 60 sales representatives working remotely. Its main data center is in Peoria, but the company also replicates to a colocation site in Bloomington, Ill. In total, the company is protecting 130 TB of data. Much of that data is important insurance information with a retention period of 25 years.

Gifford said the toughest part of modernizing Illinois Mutual’s backup wasn’t finding a vendor with the right technology or working out a cost strategy. For him, the biggest challenge was cutting through a company culture that was set in its ways. Much of IT was used to maintaining status quo rather than examining what processes could be improved.

“Instead of a swear jar, we have a, ‘That’s the way it’s always been’ jar,” Gifford said, on the company’s resistance to change.

Instead of a swear jar, we have a, ‘That’s the way it’s always been’ jar.
Shawn GiffordSenior infrastructure administrator and infrastructure team lead, Illinois Mutual

Illinois Mutual adopted Cohesity backup in October 2018 following a 60-day proof of concept. Gifford said he spends about half as much time as he used to on backup administration since the switch, and called the period before Cohesity, “painful years.” Not only did backup processes take longer with tape, but he estimated a full restore in case of a major outage could take as long as a month.

To illustrate how much of an improvement the new backup system is, Gifford told the story of a mishap during a backup restoration test. During this test, a new database administrator made an error and sent backup jobs to a remote location. Even though the system was restoring from that remote site instead of local, the test took less than 30 minutes, far less than Gifford said it would’ve taken with the previous setup.

When shopping for a new backup vendor to replace its Commvault and NetApp combination, Illinois Mutual also looked at Rubrik and Veeam. Gifford needed a product that could support tape while he transitioned off it.

“We were so entrenched in tape. We couldn’t just switch data protection and roll off tape immediately,” Gifford said.

Illinois Mutual is also entrenched in Microsoft products, using its Hyper-V hypervisor over VMware. This created an additional challenge for Gifford. He ultimately chose Cohesity backup because he found few vendors supported both Hyper-V and tape.

The insurance company’s Microsoft investment continues to grow, as it is currently in the middle of migrating from Skype for Business to Microsoft Teams. Gifford said Cohesity’s Office 365 backup capabilities were also selling points for him, and he’s looking forward to the vendor providing Teams support in the future.

Gifford said Illinois Mutual has always had a deep partnership with Microsoft and its products, then immediately noted he owed money to the jar. But at this point, the company is so invested in Hyper-V and other Microsoft products that there wasn’t a good reason to switch out. Going through a single vendor for multiple IT needs just makes more sense.

“Not all their products are perfect, of course, but we’re not decreasing our [Microsoft] footprint,” Gifford said.

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For Sale – {{GAMING PC}} / RYZEN 1700 / 16GB DDR4 / R9 390 8GB / AB350-GAMING 3/ 500GB SSD / ITB HD.

Hi.

I am selling a top gaming PC already built and ready to go. This is my gaming pc but I do not game anymore and I am moving to a laptop.

Full Specs:

>Phantek ECLIPSE P300 GLASS MIDI TOWER CASE with 3 x Arctic F9 fans – very quiet when idle.
>Gigabyte AB350-GAMING 3 Motherboard.
>AMD Ryzen 7 1700 Processor with Wraith Spire RGB LED Cooler – 8 cores / 16 threads.
>Corsair Vengeance LPX 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4 3000 MHz
>PowerColor PCS+ RADEON R9 390 8GB Graphics Card.
>Crucial MX500 500GB SSD
>Western Digital 1TB 3.5 inch 7200RPM HD
>Top Quality Bitfenix FORMULA SERIES 650W 80 PLUS GOLD POWER SUPPLY.
>TPLINK 150mbs Wifi Card.
>Freshly Installed Windows 10 Home OS making the PC ready to use straight away.

I am looking for £550.

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For Sale – {{GAMING PC}} / RYZEN 1700 / 16GB DDR4 / R9 390 8GB / AB350-GAMING 3/ 500GB SSD / ITB HD.

Hi.

I am selling a top gaming PC already built and ready to go. This is my gaming pc but I do not game anymore and I am moving to a laptop.

Full Specs:

>Phantek ECLIPSE P300 GLASS MIDI TOWER CASE with 3 x Arctic F9 fans – very quiet when idle.
>Gigabyte AB350-GAMING 3 Motherboard.
>AMD Ryzen 7 1700 Processor with Wraith Spire RGB LED Cooler – 8 cores / 16 threads.
>Corsair Vengeance LPX 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4 3000 MHz
>PowerColor PCS+ RADEON R9 390 8GB Graphics Card.
>Crucial MX500 500GB SSD
>Western Digital 1TB 3.5 inch 7200RPM HD
>Top Quality Bitfenix FORMULA SERIES 650W 80 PLUS GOLD POWER SUPPLY.
>TPLINK 150mbs Wifi Card.
>Freshly Installed Windows 10 Home OS making the PC ready to use straight away.

I am looking for £550.

Collection only from Southport (near Liverpool)

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For Sale – Dell XPS15 i7-8750H with 4K touchscreen

Hi Guys,

I am moving back to a desktop computer so have my 9 month old Dell XPS 15 laptop for sale.

Bought new from Amazon, it is in excellent condition having never left the house and will come boxed with all accessories. The spec list is as follows:

Dell XPS 15 15.6 Inch with 3840×2860 resolution touch screen
Intel Core i7-8750H
16 GB RAM
512 GB SSD
Nvidia GTX 1050Ti graphics card with 4 GB GDDR5 memory
Windows 10 Home installed.

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For Sale – {{GAMING PC}} / RYZEN 1700 / 16GB DDR4 / R9 390 8GB / AB350-GAMING 3/ 500GB SSD / ITB HD.

Hi.

I am selling a top gaming PC already built and ready to go. This is my gaming pc but I do not game anymore and I am moving to a laptop.

Full Specs:

>Phantek ECLIPSE P300 GLASS MIDI TOWER CASE with 3 x Arctic F9 fans – very quiet when idle.
>Gigabyte AB350-GAMING 3 Motherboard.
>AMD Ryzen 7 1700 Processor with Wraith Spire RGB LED Cooler – 8 cores / 16 threads.
>Corsair Vengeance LPX 16 GB (2 x 8 GB) DDR4 3000 MHz
>PowerColor PCS+ RADEON R9 390 8GB Graphics Card.
>Crucial MX500 500GB SSD
>Western Digital 1TB 3.5 inch 7200RPM HD
>Top Quality Bitfenix FORMULA SERIES 650W 80 PLUS GOLD POWER SUPPLY.
>TPLINK 150mbs Wifi Card.
>Freshly Installed Windows 10 Home OS making the PC ready to use straight away.

I am looking for £550.

Collection only from Southport (near Liverpool)

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For Sale – Custom water loop 9800x rtx 2080 work station pc

I’m selling my work station due to moving into a smaller office and needing a smaller machine. It’s running on windows 10. I was going to dismantle and put components into a new case but i love the build and think it’s a shame to dismantle.

It’s only recently been built (3 months) and is packed with top of the line parts. Used for mainly cad applications but is an absolute beast for gaming and can handle any 4K game.

List below

Intel 9800x 8 core 16 threads cpu
Rtx 2080 Gpu founders edition
Asus x299 motherboard
T force nighthawk 32gb ddr4 3000mhz quad channel memory
Wd black 500gb nvme m.2 drive
2tb hard drive
Evga 850w gold certified psu

Water cool parts include
Alphacool 480mm radiator (80mm thick)
4 Thermaltake riing premium edition fans with controller
Thermaltake d5 pr22 Pacific pump reservoir
Ek nickel fittings and acrylic tubes
Ek mono block for cpu and vrm

Machine runs super cool due to the massive radiator. The cpu is lightly overlocked to 4.6ghz on all cores and runs like a dream. Could easily push more but i do not chase numbers.

all fans and res rgb is managed by software.
mono block and ram along with motherboards rbg all managed by ASUS software.

The machine is located at my home address in Tadworth Surrey and can be demoed prior to purchase.

Price and currency: 2050
Delivery: Goods must be exchanged in person
Payment method: pp gift or b/t
Location: tadworth surrey,
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