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For Sale – Components clear out

Right, so selling some components I have accrued over the past year or two.

Postage is at buyers cost

Noctua NH-D9L cooler with extra NF-A9 fan – £25 sold
This is in good condition, still a bit of dust on the fans and some small marks on the CPU plate see photos. Includes all accessories for AMD/Intel CPU’s, also includes noctua thermal compound which should still be good I think.

Silverstone SST-ST70F-ESG Gold PSU 700W£40
Unboxed, otherwise in good condition. Will be well packaged if posted.

Gigabyte X99 Designare EX Motherboard£130
Boxed with all accessories. Thunderbolt 3 certified motherboard.

Corsair 32GB (4x8GB) Vengeance LPX DDR4 Black 2666Mhz C16 – £210
Unboxed, will be well packaged.

Arctic 80mm F8TC x3 – £6 for all three, inc postage
Three 80mm fans – barely worth moving on, but yours for a few quid.

Asus X99-S Motherboard – £80
Boxed, should have most of the accessories still with it, definitely has all the essentials.

Streacom F12C Chassis – £90
In OK condition, see pictures. You can fit an impressive amount of stuff in this case, I managed to stuff the below EVGA 980 Hybrid and a Corsair h100 in there with an ATX motherboard.
The condition isn’t perfect, there are a few scratches and the wires from the switch and LED on the front have been bend 90degrees to get them under a fan. They still work but are delicate – I snapped two of them and had to solder them back together. If they break you will need to rewire the ends. Price reflects condition, as this is a £190 case.

EVGA 980 Hybrid 4GB – £200
Few small dinks in the radiator fins. There is a soft material that covers the pipes that was removed as it was fraying.
Intel Core i7 5820K s2011 v3 – £150
Unboxed but will be in plastic CPU clamshell and otherwise well packed. No pics but its a CPU, can provide them if you need them.

I think thats it for now. Will add a H100i in later, need to grab a photo or two.

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Price and currency: GBP
Delivery: Delivery cost is not included
Payment method: PP or BT
Location: Manchester
Advertised elsewhere?: Not advertised elsewhere
Prefer goods collected?: I have no preference

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For Sale – Components clear out

Right, so selling some components I have accrued over the past year or two.

Postage is at buyers cost

Noctua NH-D9L cooler with extra NF-A9 fan – £25 sold
This is in good condition, still a bit of dust on the fans and some small marks on the CPU plate see photos. Includes all accessories for AMD/Intel CPU’s, also includes noctua thermal compound which should still be good I think.

Silverstone SST-ST70F-ESG Gold PSU 700W£40
Unboxed, otherwise in good condition. Will be well packaged if posted.

Gigabyte X99 Designare EX Motherboard£130
Boxed with all accessories. Thunderbolt 3 certified motherboard.

Corsair 32GB (4x8GB) Vengeance LPX DDR4 Black 2666Mhz C16 – £210
Unboxed, will be well packaged.

Arctic 80mm F8TC x3 – £6 for all three, inc postage
Three 80mm fans – barely worth moving on, but yours for a few quid.

Asus X99-S Motherboard – £80
Boxed, should have most of the accessories still with it, definitely has all the essentials.

Streacom F12C Chassis – £90
In OK condition, see pictures. You can fit an impressive amount of stuff in this case, I managed to stuff the below EVGA 980 Hybrid and a Corsair h100 in there with an ATX motherboard.
The condition isn’t perfect, there are a few scratches and the wires from the switch and LED on the front have been bend 90degrees to get them under a fan. They still work but are delicate – I snapped two of them and had to solder them back together. If they break you will need to rewire the ends. Price reflects condition, as this is a £190 case.

EVGA 980 Hybrid 4GB – £200
Few small dinks in the radiator fins. There is a soft material that covers the pipes that was removed as it was fraying.
Intel Core i7 5820K s2011 v3 – £150
Unboxed but will be in plastic CPU clamshell and otherwise well packed. No pics but its a CPU, can provide them if you need them.

I think thats it for now. Will add a H100i in later, need to grab a photo or two.

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Price and currency: GBP
Delivery: Delivery cost is not included
Payment method: PP or BT
Location: Manchester
Advertised elsewhere?: Not advertised elsewhere
Prefer goods collected?: I have no preference

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For Sale – Components clear out

Right, so selling some components I have accrued over the past year or two.

Postage is at buyers cost

Noctua NH-D9L cooler with extra NF-A9 fan – £25 sold
This is in good condition, still a bit of dust on the fans and some small marks on the CPU plate see photos. Includes all accessories for AMD/Intel CPU’s, also includes noctua thermal compound which should still be good I think.

Silverstone SST-ST70F-ESG Gold PSU 700W£40
Unboxed, otherwise in good condition. Will be well packaged if posted.

Gigabyte X99 Designare EX Motherboard£130
Boxed with all accessories. Thunderbolt 3 certified motherboard.

Corsair 32GB (4x8GB) Vengeance LPX DDR4 Black 2666Mhz C16 – £210
Unboxed, will be well packaged.

Arctic 80mm F8TC x3 – £6 for all three, inc postage
Three 80mm fans – barely worth moving on, but yours for a few quid.

Asus X99-S Motherboard – £80
Boxed, should have most of the accessories still with it, definitely has all the essentials.

Streacom F12C Chassis – £90
In OK condition, see pictures. You can fit an impressive amount of stuff in this case, I managed to stuff the below EVGA 980 Hybrid and a Corsair h100 in there with an ATX motherboard.
The condition isn’t perfect, there are a few scratches and the wires from the switch and LED on the front have been bend 90degrees to get them under a fan. They still work but are delicate – I snapped two of them and had to solder them back together. If they break you will need to rewire the ends. Price reflects condition, as this is a £190 case.

EVGA 980 Hybrid 4GB – £200
Few small dinks in the radiator fins. There is a soft material that covers the pipes that was removed as it was fraying.
Intel Core i7 5820K s2011 v3 – £150
Unboxed but will be in plastic CPU clamshell and otherwise well packed. No pics but its a CPU, can provide them if you need them.

I think thats it for now. Will add a H100i in later, need to grab a photo or two.

IMAGES – Imgur: The most awesome images on the Internet

Price and currency: GBP
Delivery: Delivery cost is not included
Payment method: PP or BT
Location: Manchester
Advertised elsewhere?: Not advertised elsewhere
Prefer goods collected?: I have no preference

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For Sale – Components clear out

Right, so selling some components I have accrued over the past year or two.

Postage is at buyers cost

Noctua NH-D9L cooler with extra NF-A9 fan – £25 sold pending payment
This is in good condition, still a bit of dust on the fans and some small marks on the CPU plate see photos. Includes all accessories for AMD/Intel CPU’s, also includes noctua thermal compound which should still be good I think.

Silverstone SST-ST70F-ESG Gold PSU 700W£40
Unboxed, otherwise in good condition. Will be well packaged if posted.

Gigabyte X99 Designare EX Motherboard£130
Boxed with all accessories. Thunderbolt 3 certified motherboard.

Corsair 32GB (4x8GB) Vengeance LPX DDR4 Black 2666Mhz C16 – £210
Unboxed, will be well packaged.

Arctic 80mm F8TC x3 – £6 for all three, inc postage
Three 80mm fans – barely worth moving on, but yours for a few quid.

Asus X99-S Motherboard – £80
Boxed, should have most of the accessories still with it, definitely has all the essentials.

Streacom F12C Chassis – £90
In OK condition, see pictures. You can fit an impressive amount of stuff in this case, I managed to stuff the below EVGA 980 Hybrid and a Corsair h100 in there with an ATX motherboard.
The condition isn’t perfect, there are a few scratches and the wires from the switch and LED on the front have been bend 90degrees to get them under a fan. They still work but are delicate – I snapped two of them and had to solder them back together. If they break you will need to rewire the ends. Price reflects condition, as this is a £190 case.

EVGA 980 Hybrid 4GB – £200
Few small dinks in the radiator fins. There is a soft material that covers the pipes that was removed as it was fraying.
Intel Core i7 5820K s2011 v3 – £150
Unboxed but will be in plastic CPU clamshell and otherwise well packed. No pics but its a CPU, can provide them if you need them.

I think thats it for now. Will add a H100i in later, need to grab a photo or two.

IMAGES – Imgur: The most awesome images on the Internet

Price and currency: GBP
Delivery: Delivery cost is not included
Payment method: PP or BT
Location: Manchester
Advertised elsewhere?: Not advertised elsewhere
Prefer goods collected?: I have no preference

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Accelerating the adoption of enterprise blockchain

Over the past year, we have had the pleasure of working with several customers on their business initiatives related to blockchain’s technology. During this time, we have been helping them to envision business scenarios, choose the right blockchain protocols and distributed ledgers, and most importantly, develop pilots focused on validating the technology capabilities to provide real value to their organizations.

When to use blockchain?

From the technical perspective, we could apply blockchain to many scenarios. However, not every situation requires blockchain, but there are some scenarios where it creates significant value compared to alternative technologies. Usually, these are shared business processes, with the organization in different industries such as financial services, manufacturing, or retail.

The recommendation to recognize blockchain scenarios is to make sure you are using the core capabilities of blockchain. You should respond positively to four key questions (see below), and there should be a real business case with measurable outcomes. If this is not the case, please consider using other more mature technologies.

Blockchain capabilities

The blockchain is one of the top emerging technologies revolutionizing today’s business models. Fundamentally, blockchain enables participants to exchange value without the need for intermediaries.

Blockchain capabilities

But what is blockchain exactly? And what capabilities make it so attractive for enterprises? The blockchain is a disruptive technology trend that enables a shared, authentic, decentralized ledger:

  • SECURE: Blockchain uses strong cryptography to create transactions that are impervious to fraud and establishes a shared truth. Also, all the transactions are signed with the digital certificate.
  • SHARED: The real benefits of blockchain, over conventional technology, are achieved when we use it to link organizations to share information on a distributed ledger.
  • DISTRIBUTED: A blockchain can be distributed across multiple organizations and becomes more secure as replicas are added.
  • LEDGER: Every transaction is written into the ledger once and cannot be changed after the fact.

Questions to be answered before developing a blockchain solution

Answering the following four questions can determine if blockchain is appropriate for the identified business scenario.

  • Do multiple parties share data?
  • Do multiple parties update data?
  • Is there a requirement for verification?
  • Can intermediaries be removed and reduce cost and complexity?

If you answered yes to all of these questions, then you have a potential scenario to apply blockchain.

Public blockchain vs. enterprise blockchain

A public blockchain (i.e., Bitcoin or Ethereum) is an Internet protocol managing the distribution of potential unique data with the following characteristics:

  • Many, anonymous, or pseudonymous participants
  • Open read and write by all participants
  • Consensus by proof of work

Too often organizations fail with blockchain because they try to use public blockchain networks, or their rules, for their enterprise solutions. Instead, the organization should consider the use of Enterprise Blockchain.

What do we mean with enterprise blockchain? An enterprise blockchain (i.e., Hyperlegder, Ethereum Enterprise, Ripple, Quorum, etc.) is a distributed ledger with the following characteristics:

  • All the participants, and their digital identities, are known from one or many trusted organizations
  • Writes and read permissions are roles-based and usually requires consensus of several participants
  • Multiple algorithms are used for consensus

You should know that we have two types of enterprise blockchain:

  • Private: Usually managed by a single organization. Typically, the network participants are internal business units or divisions. 
  • Consortium: In this case, the blockchain network is managed by multiple trusted organizations. New participants require a consensus of several participants.

Industries using blockchain

The potential impact of blockchain is significant across all sectors and industries—from banking to government to healthcare and beyond:

  • Eliminates intermediaries increasing efficiency and speed.
  • Simplifies operations by reducing cost and time related to reconciliations and disputes.
  • Potentially enables new business models increasing revenue and savings.

According to top market analysts and leading consulting firms, the top five industries that blockchain will likely disrupt by 2020 are financial services, government, real estate, supply chain management, and media distribution.

Reviewing our historical data, we also see that close to 80% of the customers using blockchain in Microsoft Azure are also financial services institutions, including insurance companies. However, as you can see in the following figure, the trend is changing if we just consider the existing engagement and pipeline.

Industries

On the other hand, double checking the solutions related to banking & capital markets, we had discovered that 60% of the blockchain implementations involved at least one participant from a second industry such as manufacturing, government, or retail. 

Common business patterns 

Just in the last 12 months, we were able to count 76 scenarios across seven industries. The good news is that based on our engagements with customers and partners, we also were able to reduce them in the following eight business patterns.

Common business patterns

By exploring business patterns, our customers can now learn how blockchain can promote operational simplification, reduce the role of intermediaries, and potentially enable new business models. For each pattern, we provide an overview of our common needs and challenges, the potential benefits from applying blockchain, key near-term milestones for initial blockchain applications, and an use case sequence diagram. Using this approach is helping us to define reference architectures, and developing IP to reduce the time-to-market of blockchain solutions.

As an illustrated example, below I’m sharing current blockchain applications and some public references:

Recommended engagement model

Based on our previous engagements, our experience delivering innovative projects and using our agile approach, we are now ready to help customers understand the potential impact of blockchain technology on their industries, as well as determine whether it is capable of delivering both cost efficiencies and competitive advantage for them.

Microsoft Services provides offers to help our customers have an improved understanding of blockchain, explore the potential of this technology through business scenarios and implement a Minimum Viable Product (MVP) based on Microsoft Azure.

Engagement model

Supported protocols

To finish, let us share our answer to the most frequently asked questions by our customers. Does Microsoft have its own blockchain ledger? The answer is NO.

Microsoft has been working on blockchain since November 2015 when we were the first major cloud provider to announce a Blockchain as a Service (BaaS). Our vision is to be the worldwide cloud platform leader powering the blockchain-based applications.

Microsoft is working with customers, partners, and the developer community to accelerate blockchain’s enterprise readiness. Our mission is to help companies thrive in this new era of secure multi-party collaboration by delivering open, scalable platforms and services that any company can use to improve shared business processes. Our roadmap is based on the following principles:

  • Blockchain on your terms: No one-size-fits-all approach — Microsoft’s platform and ecosystem partners make it easy to get started and iterate quickly with the blockchain of your choice, both on-premises and in the cloud.
  • Integrated with your business: Merge blockchain with the IT assets you already have. Azure lets you integrate blockchain with the cloud services your organization uses to power shared processes.
  • Ready for the enterprise: With the Coco Framework, Cryptlets, and our Azure services integrations, Microsoft is addressing existing technology gaps with blockchain and helps organizations build durable enterprise-grade applications.

Our active participation in industry consortiums such as R3, Enterprise Ethereum Alliance, and IC3, also help us to understand core industry scenarios, and to continue learning to meet the needs of our customers.

Currently, Microsoft supports the most widely used blockchain and distributed ledger protocols on Azure, including HyperLedger Fabric, R3 Corda, Quorum, Chain Core, and BlockApps

For more information, please contact your Microsoft Services representative and ask for the BLOCKCHAIN ESSENTIALS Offer. You can also visit www.microsoft.com/services.

For Sale – Gaming PC ITX *no GPU* – £400

This PC has been my living room gaming PC for the past few months but I haven’t used it in weeks and it’s no use to me now.
It’s ready to go, just needs a GPU. I had a 980 in it and smashed pretty much everything at 1080p.

Thermaltake Core v1 Black
Intel i5 6500
CoolerMaster Hyper 412S with Coolink SWiF2-1201 (super quiet fan)
Corsair Vengeance DDR4 2133Mhz 16GB
ASRock Super Alloy H110M-ITX (the USB3 header has broken pins but there’s a USB2-USB3 header adaptor so all the front USB on the case work)
EVGA 600W PSU 80+ Bronze
Microsoft all-in-one keyboard+trackpad
USB3 hub with 4 extra USB3
120Gb Crucial SSD
500Gb HDD 5400rpm

Can ship for an extra £10 in the box the case came in so it will be super secure.

Price and currency: 400
Delivery: Delivery cost is not included
Payment method: Bank transfer / PayPal
Location: Kingston
Advertised elsewhere?: Advertised elsewhere
Prefer goods collected?: I prefer the goods to be collected

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For Sale – Gaming PC ITX *no GPU* – £400

This PC has been my living room gaming PC for the past few months but I haven’t used it in weeks and it’s no use to me now.
It’s ready to go, just needs a GPU. I had a 980 in it and smashed pretty much everything at 1080p.

Thermaltake Core v1 Black
Intel i5 6500
CoolerMaster Hyper 412S with Coolink SWiF2-1201 (super quiet fan)
Corsair Vengeance DDR4 2133Mhz 16GB
ASRock Super Alloy H110M-ITX (the USB3 header has broken pins but there’s a USB2-USB3 header adaptor so all the front USB on the case work)
EVGA 600W PSU 80+ Bronze
Microsoft all-in-one keyboard+trackpad
USB3 hub with 4 extra USB3
120Gb Crucial SSD
500Gb HDD 5400rpm

Can ship for an extra £10 in the box the case came in so it will be super secure.

Price and currency: 400
Delivery: Delivery cost is not included
Payment method: Bank transfer / PayPal
Location: Kingston
Advertised elsewhere?: Advertised elsewhere
Prefer goods collected?: I prefer the goods to be collected

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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 – Gaming PC ITX *no GPU* – £400

This PC has been my living room gaming PC for the past few months but I haven’t used it in weeks and it’s no use to me now.
It’s ready to go, just needs a GPU. I had a 980 in it and smashed pretty much everything at 1080p.

Thermaltake Core v1 Black
Intel i5 6500
CoolerMaster Hyper 412S with Coolink SWiF2-1201 (super quiet fan)
Corsair Vengeance DDR4 2133Mhz 16GB
ASRock Super Alloy H110M-ITX (the USB3 header has broken pins but there’s a USB2-USB3 header adaptor so all the front USB on the case work)
EVGA 600W PSU 80+ Bronze
Microsoft all-in-one keyboard+trackpad
USB3 hub with 4 extra USB3
120Gb Crucial SSD
500Gb HDD 5400rpm

Can ship for an extra £10 in the box the case came in so it will be super secure.

Price and currency: 400
Delivery: Delivery cost is not included
Payment method: Bank transfer / PayPal
Location: Kingston
Advertised elsewhere?: Advertised elsewhere
Prefer goods collected?: I prefer the goods to be collected

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Puppet CEO: We must scale automation for business

“Unfortunately, neither you nor us can rest on our past laurels. Technology and business is moving at an incredible clip. The pressure is on. Every company is being forced, whether they like it or not, to become a software company.”

Puppet CEO Sanjay Mirchandani shared those observations in his PuppetConf 2017 keynote address. And while his opening greeting, “You’re here today because you believe in automation,” hinted at Puppet’s solution for companies feeling the pressure, Sanjay later explained that mere automation for business simply isn’t enough. It needs to be ubiquitous.

“I think the world is ready and needs a way that allows us to scale the success in a prescriptive, predictive and repeatable way.”

According to Sanjay, that means the world is ready for what he calls “the journey to pervasive automation.”

Helping Puppet customers on that journey are these major products announced at the show:

  • Puppet Discover, which offers visibility into hybrid infrastructure for easier and more effective management
  • Puppet Tasks, which simplifies automation for business across infrastructure
  • Puppet Pipelines for Apps, Pipelines for Containers, and Puppet Container Registry, all spun out from its Distelli CI/CD platform acquisition.
Sanjay Mirchandani, CEO, PuppetSanjay Mirchandani

But that’s not all. Pervasive automation, apart from a catchy phrase, is a guiding principle for Puppet’s view of how the enterprise can best deal with the pressure and scale automation for business. Three elements fasten this principle — a tried and tested automation roadmap, leader accountability and the need to rally people.

“It’s not about doing it alone. I don’t want heroes. This is a team sport; this is an absolute team sport, here and with our community and partners, and with our customers. That’s the only way we’ll succeed.”

Diverse teams means good outcomes

Teams are made up of people, and as with anything DevOps, there’s a strong cultural component — both in IT and the traditional sense.

Puppet was very keen on promoting its efforts to increase its internal diversity, including establishing a manager of diversity and inclusion, as well as making PuppetConf 2017 a welcoming show, complete with travel and lodging sponsorship for speakers and attendees from underrepresented and culturally focused user groups, and free conference tickets to organizations promoting diversity.

Diversity also makes good business sense, bringing with it practical benefits, as Nigel Kersten, Puppet’s chief technical strategist, explained in comments to DevOps Agenda.

“There’s actually pretty good research that shows that the more diverse your teams are that build products, the more diverse appeal your products have to the market.”

Citing the many studies and research supporting Kersten’s take, Puppet CTO Deepak Giridharagopal added, “I would consider it incontrovertible that literally in any type of study of any amount of rigor, it’s been almost universal that if you have a team that is comprised with more gender diversity, more racial diversity, and age stratification, they tend to be strongly correlated with better business outcomes.”

Teams of Tech Partners

At PuppetConf 2017, the team concept also extended to Puppet’s many partners. Puppet CEO Mirchandani claimed, “We talk with Nutanix and Google and Amazon, the list continues. These are deep integrations.”

Our mantra inside the company is, we don’t live alone. We’ve got to live in the ecosystems our customers are using today.
Sanjay MirchandaniPuppet CEO

“Our mantra inside the company is, we don’t live alone,” he added. “We’ve got to live in the ecosystems our customers are using today.”

Splunk is an example. It provides infrastructure monitoring and intelligence. Mirchandani described a world where Puppet enables seamless action on that intelligence. For example, Splunk alerts an Exchange Server crash at 4:00 a.m. and Puppet spins up a failsafe in lieu of an engineer who might otherwise get up and check in, or miss it altogether.

That’s discovery into action, which Mirchandani envisions will be integrated everywhere in that prescriptive, predictive and repeatable way, for sake of the business. But only time will tell if his vision and this ultimate promise to enterprise users bears out.

“It makes life easier on our customers, and that’s the journey to pervasive automation.”

Making the case for AI in software testing

Enterprise digital technology provider InfoStretch announced it will offer artificial intelligence in software testing through a brand-new service called Predictive and Prescriptive QA. It’s just another move among other new AI testing ventures. How will machine learning and AI fit into DevOps and continuous delivery?

Microsoft Azure announces new capabilities and partnerships at IBC 2017

Over the past months, we have aggressively added innovative new capabilities in Azure to enable content owners and partners to prepare, store, protect, distribute and monetize media in the cloud. We are thrilled to see media & cable organizations choosing Microsoft Azure for their digital transformation needs. Whether helping organizations move their focus away from infrastructure to content, distributing content with digital era velocity, or providing reliable and relevant content, Microsoft Azure is the trusted and global-scale cloud for the media industry’s needs.

Azure Media Services

In response to enthusiastic customer feedback, we have added the following new capabilities to Azure Media Services.

  • Democratizing AI for Media Industry: Video Indexer a powerful new capability which brings AI to life for media industry was introduced a few months back at BUILD 2017, as a unique integrated bundling of Microsoft’s cloud-based artificial intelligence and cognitive capabilities applied specifically for video content. Its brings capabilities like face detection, sentiment extraction, object dectection, audio transcripts and more. Enhancements to this service include support for Egyptian Arabic language for speech analysis, playback at multiple speeds, and many more.
    Azure Media Redactor is a powerful cloud video processing service leveraging word-class artificial intelligence, which is capable of automatically detecting and blurring faces in your videos, for use in cases such as public safety and news media. This is a new addition to the broad set of already existing capabilities of Azure Media Analytics.
  • HEVC Encoding support: The improved encoding efficiency of HEVC helps video service operators deliver higher resolution and higher quality video to their viewers, while saving on storage and CDN costs. Apple’s iOS11 release will support this codec, which will ensure a large addressable market for operators who adopt this codec. HEVC encoding is now generally available in Azure Media Services via the Premium Encoder. Further, HEVC encoding is priced the same as H.264 – we believe this to be critical to the success of our customers.

Azure CDN

The following new capabilities to optimize performance for media streaming and dynamic content were added since NAB for Azure CDN.

Media streaming optimized delivery With Azure CDN: We have added the ability to easily optimize the delivery of streaming media. With a single click, media streaming optimizations are automatically applied. This results in fast and efficient delivery of media assets to users and optimized requests to origins.

Dynamic content acceleration: Azure CDN now supports Dynamic Site Acceleration (DSA) to optimize the delivery of dynamically served content. When DSA is enabled the performance of web pages with dynamic content is significantly improved as a result of route/network optimizations, resource prefetching and smart image compression.

One Click Integration with Storage and Web Apps: Pursuant to our goals of simplifying & making CDN capability transparent to our users we have enabled “One Click” enablement for assets in Azure storage as well a simple on click enablement of CDN for Websites & Web apps built on Azure.

Azure Storage

Azure Storage has made substantial improvements in 2017 to address the needs of Media & Entertainment customers. This includes:

  • Azure Archive Blob Storage – Azure Archive Blob storage is designed to provide Media organizations with a low cost means of delivering durable, highly available, secure cloud storage for rarely accessed data with flexible latency requirements. This is in addition to the existing Hot & Cool tiers which provide instantaneous high throughput object storage.
  • Blob-Level Tiering – To simplify data lifecycle management, we now allow customers to tier their data at the blob level.  Customers can easily change the access tier of a blob among the Hot, Cool, or Archive tiers as usage patterns change, without having to move data between accounts. Blobs in all three access tiers can co-exist within the same account.
  • Larger Object Sizes – Azure Blob Storage now supports up to 5TB objects to address the needs of 4K and 8K media.
  • Higher performance – Azure Blob Storage now supports significantly higher throughput for object reads, up to gigabytes per second for a single object to support post production, transcoding and other workloads. Write throughput has also improved to support large media ingestion including Media Archival.
  • Encryption at rest (including customer managed keys)– Azure Blob Storage has support for Encryption at rest to meet the security needs of our media customers. Azure is the only public cloud compliant with the MPAA certification. This summer, we launched a preview for customer managed keys, which allows customers to further enhance security by encrypting the data with their own keys.

Growing Partner Ecosystem

At IBC this year, we are excited to announce that our partner ecosystem is growing at a rapid pace, enabling our customers with solutions that span the length and breadth of digital workflows.

Earlier this year, we announced that Avid has selected Microsoft Azure as their preferred partner to power their business in the cloud. Visitors to the Microsoft booth at IBC can see a demonstration showcasing an integrated Microsoft Azure and Avid offering.

In late July, it was announced that Ooyala’s Flex platform, which runs on Microsoft Azure, will now be utilized by Zone TV for its end-to-end workflow needs. Also, other notable customers who are driving value from Ooyala’s solution are National Rugby League (NRL), SiriusXM and Zoomin.TV (Netherlands). We are pleased to announce that visitors to Hall 15 at IBC can also see a joint demo between Ooyala’s Flex and Azure Media Services.

We are also pleased to announce our new partners – Amagi and axle Video. Amagi, which provides cloud-managed broadcast services and targeted advertising solutions, announced that their CLOUDPORT product, a cloud playout platform, can now be deployed on Microsoft Azure. axle Video, which provides Media Management solution, announced a deep integration with Microsoft Video Indexer to enhance their axle ai product.

We have also expanded the partnership with LiveArena as it launches LiveArena Broadcast Room, an end-to-end service allowing production and broadcast of Live and on-demand TV to any device, built entirely on Microsoft Azure.

Additionally, Levels Beyond, makers of Reach Engine, has announced the release of Reach Engine Media Services, which is built on Microsoft Azure and integrates with Microsoft Azure Storage. XenData, provider of high capacity data storage solutions, announced the launch of its managed hybrid cloud service by integrating with Microsoft Azure Storage.

Stay tuned for more Azure blog posts that will dive deeper into these announcements.

We’re continually innovating and forming new partnerships when it comes to enabling media workflows on the cloud, and invite you to take advantage by building on Microsoft Azure.

Come see us at IBC 2017

Learn more about Azure Media Services and Azure Storage, and visit us at our IBC Booth in Hall 15 to meet the Azure Media Services and Azure Storage team and see these services in action. We would also like to invite you to the Microsoft Hall to speak with our partners – Amagi, GameOn Technology, GrayMeta, IPV Limited, LiveArena, Make.TV, Oceaneering, Oooyala, Ownzones, StreamingBuzz, Veritone Media, and x.news information technology.

If you are not attending the conference but would like to learn more about our services for the media industry, follow the Azure Blog to say up to date on new announcements.