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For Sale – Parts Clear Out (Motherboards, Memory, CPUs, GPUs and Case) ***PRICE DROPS***

Due to a recent upgrade, and the need to clear some space in the garage, I’ve got the following up for sale.

ADDED:

Current build bundle – £220.00
Asus Z97 Pro Gamer
LGA 1150 – Intel Core i5 4690K

Motherboards:
MSI Z87 GD65 Used £65.00 £55.00
MSI Z170I ITX Used £95.00 £90.00

DDR3:
8GB Corsair Vengeance Pro – 2133Mhz (2x4GB) Used £35.00
16GB HyperX Savage Red – 2400Mhz (2x8GB) Used £50.00
SOLD to scott178

DDR4:
16GB Corsair Low Profile Black – 2400Mhz (2x8GB) Used £45.00

Intel Processors:
LGA 1150 – Intel Core i5-4670K Used £65.00 £55.00
LGA 1151 – Intel Core i5-6600 Used £90.00 £85.00

AMD Graphics Cards:
XFX AMD R9 390 – 8GB Used £75.00 SOLD to Jeeva

Nvidia Graphics Cards:
MSI – GTX 660Ti 2GB Used £45.00 £35.00
MSI – GTX 570 2GB Used £35.00 £25.00
Pulled from Sale

Mice:
Razer Mamba Elite 2016 Wireless Used £60.00

Cases:
Phanteks Evolve ITX Used £40.00 £35.00 (Collection Only)

Coolers:
Corsair H50 Used £40.00 £35.00
Corsair H80i Used £50.00 £45.00

Most items will be boxed in their original retail or OEM packaging.

I will updating this thread as I discover anything else that I no longer require.

Open to offers.

Price and currency: £845
Delivery: Delivery cost is not included
Payment method: BT/PPG
Location: Oxford
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Prefer goods collected?: I prefer the goods to be collected

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Q&A: SwiftStack object storage zones in on AI, ML, analytics

SwiftStack founder Joe Arnold said the company’s recent layoffs reflected a change in its sales focus but not in its core object storage technology.

San Francisco-based SwiftStack attributed the layoffs to a switch in use cases from classic backup and archiving to newer artificial intelligence, machine learning and analytics. Arnold said the staffing changes had no impact on the engineering and support team, and the core product will continue to focus on modern applications and complex workflows that need to store lots of data.

“I’ve always thought of object storage as a data as a service platform more than anything else,” said Arnold, SwiftStack’s original CEO and current president and chief product officer.

TechTarget caught up with Arnold to talk about customer trends and the ways SwiftStack is responding in an increasingly cloud-minded IT world. Arnold unveiled product news about SwiftStack adding Microsoft Azure as a target for its 1space technology, which facilitates a single namespace between object storage locations for cloud platform compatibility. The company already supported Amazon S3 and Google.

SwiftStack’s storage software, which is based on open source OpenStack Swift, runs on commodity hardware on premises, but the 1space technology can run in the public cloud to facilitate access to public and private cloud data. Nearly all of SwiftStack’s estimated 125 customers have some public cloud footprint, according to Arnold.

Arnold also revealed a new distributed, multi-region erasure code option that can enable customers to reduce their storage footprint.

What caused SwiftStack to change its sales approach?

Joe Arnold, founder and president, SwiftStackJoe Arnold

Joe Arnold: At SwiftStack, we’ve always been focused on applications that are in the data path and mission critical to our customers. Applications need to generate more value from the data. People are distributing data across multiple locations, between the public cloud and edge data locations. That’s what we’ve been really good at. So, the change of focus with the go-to-market path has been to double down on those efforts rather than what we had been doing.

How would you compare your vision of object storage with what you see as the conventional view of object storage?

Arnold: The conventional view of object storage is that it’s something to put in the corner. It’s only for cold data that I’m not going to access. But, that’s not the reality of how I was brought up through object storage. My first exposure to object storage was building platforms versus Amazon Web Services when they introduced S3. We immediately began using that as the place to store data for applications that were directly in the data path.

Didn’t object storage tend to address backup and archive use cases because it wasn’t fast enough for primary workloads?

Arnold: I wouldn’t say that. Our customers are using their data for their applications. That’s usually a large data set that can’t be stored in traditional ways. Yes, we do have customers that use [SwiftStack] for purely cold archive and purely backup. In fact, we have features and capabilities to enhance some of the cold storage capabilities of the product. What we’ve changed is our go-to-market approach, not the core product.

So, for example, we’re adding a distributed, multi-region erasure code storage policy that customers can use across three data centers for colder data. It allows the entire segments of data — data bits and parity bits — to be distributed across multiple sites and, to retrieve data, only two of the data centers need to be online.

How does the new erasure code option differ from what you’ve offered in the past?

Arnold: Before, we offered the ability to use erasure code where each site could fully reconstruct the data. A data center could be offline, and you could still reconstruct fully. Now, with this new approach, you can store data more economically, but it requires two of three data centers to be online. It’s just another level of efficiency in our storage tier. Customers can distribute data across more data centers without using as much raw storage footprint and still have high levels of durability and availability. Since we’re building out storage workflows that tier up and down across different storage tiers, they can utilize this one for their most cold data storage policies.

Does the new erasure coding target users who strictly do archiving, or will it also benefit those doing AI and analytics?

Arnold: They absolutely need it. Data goes back and forth between their core data center, the edge and the public cloud in workflows such as autonomous vehicles, personalized medicine, telco and connected city. People need to manage data between different tiers as they’re evolving from more traditional-based applications into more modern, cloud-native type applications. And they need this ultra-cold tier.

How similar is this cold tier to Amazon Glacier?

Arnold: From a cost point of view, it will be similar. From a performance point of view, it’s much better. From a data availability point of view, it’s much better. It costs a lot of money to egress data out of something like AWS Glacier.

How important is flash technology in getting performance out of object storage?

Arnold: If the applications care about concurrency and throughput, particularly when it comes to a large data set, then a disk-based solution is going to satisfy their needs. Because the SwiftStack product’s able to distribute requests across lots of disks at the same time, they’re able to sustain the concurrency and throughput. Sure, they could go deploy a flash solution, but that’s going to be extremely expensive to get the same amount of storage footprint. We’re able to get single storage systems that can deliver a hundred gigabytes a second aggregate read-write throughput rates. That’s nearly a terabit of throughput across the cluster. That’s all with disk-based storage.

What do you think of vendors such as Pure Storage offering flash-based options with cheaper quad-level cell (QLC) flash that compares more favorably price-wise to disk?

Arnold: QLC flash is great, too. We support that as well in our product. We’re not dogmatic about using or not using flash. We’re trying to solve large-footprint problems of our customers. We do have customers using flash with a SwiftStack environment today. But they’re using it because they want reduced latencies across a smaller storage footprint.

How do you see demand for AWS, Microsoft and Google based on customer feedback?

Arnold: People want options and flexibility. I think that’s the reason why Kubernetes has become popular, because that enables flexibility and choice between on premises and the public cloud, and then between public clouds. Our customers were asking for the same. We have a number of customers focused on Microsoft Azure for their public cloud usage. And they want to be able to manage SwiftStack data between their on-premises environments with SwiftStack and the public cloud. So, we added the 1space functionality to include Azure.

What tends to motivate your customers to use the public cloud?  

Arnold: Some use it because they want to have disaster recovery ready to go up in the public cloud. We will mirror a set of data and use that as a second data center if they don’t already have one. We have customers that collect data from partners or devices out in the field. The data lands in the public cloud, and they want to move it to their on-premises environment. The other example would be customers that want to use the public cloud for compute resources where they need access to their data, but they don’t want to necessarily have long-term data storage in the public clouds. They want the flexibility of which public cloud they’re going to use for their computation and application runtime, and we can provide them connections to the storage environment for those use cases.

Do you have customers who have second thoughts about their cloud decisions due to egress and other costs?

Arnold: Of course. That happens in all directions. Sometimes you’re helping people move more stuff into the public cloud. In some situations, you’re pulling down data, or maybe it’s going in between clouds. They may have had a storage footprint in the public cloud that was feeding to some end users or some computation process. The egress charges were getting too high. The footprint was getting too high. And that costs them a tremendous amount month over month. That’s where we have the conversation. But it still doesn’t mean that they need to evacuate entirely from the public cloud. In fact, many customers will keep the storage on premises and use the public cloud for what it’s good at — more burstable computation points.

What’s your take on public cloud providers coming out with various on-premises options, such as Amazon Outposts and Azure Stack?

Arnold: It’s the trend of ‘everything as a service.’ I think what customers want is a managed experience. The number of operators who are able to manage these big environments is becoming harder and harder to come across. So, it’s a natural for those companies to offer a managed on-premises product. We feel the same way. We think that managing large sets of infrastructure needs to be highly automated, and we’ve built our product to make that as simple as possible. And we offer a product to do storage as a service on premises for customers who want us to do remote operations of their SwiftStack environments.

How has Kubernetes- and container-based development affected the way you design your product?

Arnold: Hugely. It impacts how applications are being developed. Kubernetes gives an organization the flexibility to deploy an application in different environments, whether that’s core data centers, bursting out into the public cloud or crafting applications out to the edge. At SwiftStack, we need to make the data just as portable as the containerized application is. That’s why we developed 1space. A huge number of our customers are using Kubernetes. That just naturally lends itself to the use of something like 1space to give them the portability they need for access to their data.

What gaps do you need to fill to more fully address what customers want to do?

Arnold: One is further flushing out ‘everything as a service.’ We just launched a service around that. As more customers adopt that, we’re going to have more work to do, as the deployments become more diverse across not just core data centers, but also edge data centers.

I see the convergence of file and object workflows and furthering 1space with our edge-to-core-to-cloud workflows. Particularly in the world of high-performance data analytics, we’re seeing the need for object — but it’s a world that is dominated by file-based applications. Data gets pumped into the system by robots, and object storage is awesome for that because it’s easy and you get lots of concurrency and lots of parallelism. However, you see humans building out algorithms and doing research and development work. They’re using file systems to do much of their programming, particularly in this high performance data analytics world. So, managing the convergence between file and object is an important thing to do to solve those use cases.

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For Sale – Parts Clear Out (Motherboards, Memory, CPUs, GPUs and Case) ***PRICE DROPS***

Due to a recent upgrade, and the need to clear some space in the garage, I’ve got the following up for sale.

ADDED:

Current build bundle – £220.00
Asus Z97 Pro Gamer
LGA 1150 – Intel Core i5 4690K

Motherboards:
MSI Z87 GD65 Used £65.00 £55.00
MSI Z170I ITX Used £95.00 £90.00

DDR3:
8GB Corsair Vengeance Pro – 2133Mhz (2x4GB) Used £35.00
16GB HyperX Savage Red – 2400Mhz (2x8GB) Used £50.00
SOLD to scott178

DDR4:
16GB Corsair Low Profile Black – 2400Mhz (2x8GB) Used £45.00

Intel Processors:
LGA 1150 – Intel Core i5-4670K Used £65.00 £55.00
LGA 1151 – Intel Core i5-6600 Used £90.00 £85.00

AMD Graphics Cards:
XFX AMD R9 390 – 8GB Used £75.00 SOLD to Jeeva

Nvidia Graphics Cards:
MSI – GTX 660Ti 2GB Used £45.00 £35.00
MSI – GTX 570 2GB Used £35.00 £25.00
Pulled from Sale

Mice:
Razer Mamba Elite 2016 Wireless Used £60.00

Cases:
Phanteks Evolve ITX Used £40.00 £35.00 (Collection Only)

Coolers:
Corsair H50 Used £40.00 £35.00
Corsair H80i Used £50.00 £45.00

Most items will be boxed in their original retail or OEM packaging.

I will updating this thread as I discover anything else that I no longer require.

Open to offers.

Price and currency: £845
Delivery: Delivery cost is not included
Payment method: BT/PPG
Location: Oxford
Advertised elsewhere?: Advertised elsewhere
Prefer goods collected?: I prefer the goods to be collected

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For Sale – Parts Clear Out (Motherboards, Memory, CPUs, GPUs and Case) ***PRICE DROPS***

Due to a recent upgrade, and the need to clear some space in the garage, I’ve got the following up for sale.

Motherboards:
MSI Z87 GD65 Used £65.00 £55.00
MSI Z170I ITX Used £95.00 £90.00

DDR3:
8GB Corsair Vengeance Pro – 2133Mhz (2x4GB) Used £35.00
16GB HyperX Savage Red – 2400Mhz (2x8GB) Used £50.00
SOLD to scott178

DDR4:
16GB Corsair Low Profile Black – 2400Mhz (2x8GB) Used £45.00

Intel Processors:
LGA 1150 – Intel Core i5-4670K Used £65.00 £55.00
LGA 1151 – Intel Core i5-6600 Used £90.00 £85.00

AMD Graphics Cards:
XFX AMD R9 390 – 8GB Used £75.00 SOLD to Jeeva

Nvidia Graphics Cards:
MSI – GTX 660Ti 2GB Used £45.00 £35.00
MSI – GTX 570 2GB Used £35.00 £25.00

Mice:
Razer Mamba Elite 2016 Wireless Used £60.00

Cases:
Phanteks Evolve ITX Used £40.00 £35.00 (Collection Only)

Coolers:
Corsair H50 Used £40.00 £35.00
Corsair H80i Used £50.00 £45.00

Most items will be boxed in their original retail or OEM packaging.

I will updating this thread as I discover anything else that I no longer require.

Open to offers.

Price and currency: £845
Delivery: Delivery cost is not included
Payment method: BT/PPG
Location: Oxford
Advertised elsewhere?: Advertised elsewhere
Prefer goods collected?: I prefer the goods to be collected

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For Sale – Parts Clear Out (Motherboards, Memory, CPUs, GPUs and Case) ***PRICE DROPS***

Due to a recent upgrade, and the need to clear some space in the garage, I’ve got the following up for sale.

Motherboards:
MSI Z87 GD65 Used £65.00 £55.00
MSI Z170I ITX Used £95.00 £90.00

DDR3:
8GB Corsair Vengeance Pro – 2133Mhz (2x4GB) Used £35.00
16GB HyperX Savage Red – 2400Mhz (2x8GB) Used £50.00
SOLD to scott178

DDR4:
16GB Corsair Low Profile Black – 2400Mhz (2x8GB) Used £45.00

Intel Processors:
LGA 1150 – Intel Core i5-4670K Used £65.00 £55.00
LGA 1151 – Intel Core i5-6600 Used £90.00 £85.00

AMD Graphics Cards:
XFX AMD R9 390 – 8GB Used £75.00 SOLD to Jeeva

Nvidia Graphics Cards:
MSI – GTX 660Ti 2GB Used £45.00 £35.00
MSI – GTX 570 2GB Used £35.00 £25.00

Mice:
Razer Mamba Elite 2016 Wireless Used £60.00

Cases:
Phanteks Evolve ITX Used £40.00 £35.00 (Collection Only)

Coolers:
Corsair H50 Used £40.00 £35.00
Corsair H80i Used £50.00 £45.00

Most items will be boxed in their original retail or OEM packaging.

I will updating this thread as I discover anything else that I no longer require.

Open to offers.

Price and currency: £845
Delivery: Delivery cost is not included
Payment method: BT/PPG
Location: Oxford
Advertised elsewhere?: Advertised elsewhere
Prefer goods collected?: I prefer the goods to be collected

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Manual mainframe testing persists in the age of automation

A recent study indicates that although most IT organizations recognize software test automation benefits their app development lifecycle, the majority of mainframe testing is done manually, which creates bottlenecks in the implementation of modern digital services.

The bottom line is that mainframe shops that want to add new, modern apps need to adopt test automation and they need to do it quickly or get left behind in a world of potential backlogs and buggy code.

However, while it’s true that mainframe shops have been slow to implement automated testing, it’s mostly been because they haven’t really had to; most mainframe shops are in maintenance mode, said Thomas Murphy, an analyst at Gartner.

“There is a need to clean up crusty old code, but that is less automated ‘testing’ and more automated analysis like CAST,” he said. “In an API/service world, I think there is a decent footprint for service virtualization and API testing and services around this. There are a lot of boutique consulting firms that also do various pieces of test automation.”

Yet, Detroit-based mainframe software maker Compuware, which commissioned the study conducted by Vanson Bourne, a market research firm, found that as many as 86% of respondents to its survey said they find it difficult to automate the testing of mainframe code. Only 7% of respondents said they automate the execution of test cases on mainframe code and 75% of respondents said they do not have automated processes that test code at every stage of development.

The survey polled 400 senior IT leaders responsible for application development in organizations with a mainframe and more than 1,000 employees.

Overall, mainframe app developers — as opposed to those working in distributed environments — have been slow to automate mainframe testing of code, but demand for new, more complex applications continues to grow to the point where 92% of respondents said their organization’s mainframe teams spend much more time testing code than was required in the past. On average, mainframe app development teams spend 51% of their time on testing new mainframe applications, features or functionality, according to the survey.

Shift left

To remedy this, mainframe shops need to “shift left” and bring automated testing, particularly automated unit testing, into the application lifecycle earlier to avoid security risks and improve the quality of their software. But only 24% of organizations reported that they perform both unit and functional mainframe testing on code before it is released into production. Moreover, automation and the shift to Agile and DevOps practices are “crucial” to the effort to both cut the time required to build and improve the quality of mainframe software, said Chris O’Malley, CEO of Compuware.

Yet, 53% of mainframe application development managers said the time required to conduct thorough testing is the biggest barrier to integrating the mainframe into Agile and DevOps.

IBM system z 13 mainframe
Mainframes continue to be viewed as the gold standard for data privacy, security and resiliency, though IT pros say there is not enough automated software testing for systems like the IBM system z, pictured here.

Eighty-five percent of respondents said they feel pressure to cut corners in testing that could result in compromised code quality and bugs in production code. Fifty percent said they fear cutting corners could lead to potential security flaws, 38% said they are concerned about disrupting operations and 28% said they are most concerned about the potential negative impact on revenue.

In addition, 82% of respondents said that the paucity of automated test cases could lead to poor customer experiences, and 90% said that automating more test cases could be the single most important factor in their success, with 87% noting that it will help organizations overcome the shortage of skilled mainframe app developers.

Automated mainframe testing tools in short supply

Truth be told, there are fewer tools available to automate the testing of mainframe software and there is not much to be found in the open source market.

And though IBM — and its financial results after every new mainframe introduction — might beg to differ, many industry observers, like Gartner’s Murphy, view the mainframe as dead.

The mainframe isn’t where our headspace is at. We use that new mainframe — the cloud — now.
Thomas MurphyAnalyst, Gartner

“The mainframe isn’t where our headspace is at,” Murphy said. “We use that new mainframe — the cloud — now. There isn’t sufficient business pressure or mandate. If there were a bunch of recurring issues, if the mainframe was holding us back, then people would address the problem. Probably by shooting the mainframe and moving elsewhere.”

Outside of the mainframe industry, companies such as Parasoft, SmartBear and others regularly innovate and deliver new automated testing functionality for developers in distributed, web and mobile environments. For instance, Parasoft earlier this fall introduced Selenic, its AI-powered automated testing tool for Selenium. Selenium is an automated testing suite for web apps that has become a de facto standard for testing user interfaces. Parasoft’s Selenic integrates into existing CI/CD pipelines to ease the way for organizations that employ DevOps practices. Selenic’s AI capabilities provide recommendations that automate the “self-healing” of any broken Selenium scripts and provide deep code analysis to users.

For its part, Gartner named SmartBear, another prominent test automation provider, as a leader in the 2019 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Software Test Automation. Among the highlights of what the company has done for developers in 2019, the company expanded into CI/CD pipeline integration for native mobile test automation with the acquisition of Bitbar, added new tools for behavior-driven development and introduced testing support for GraphQL.

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For Sale – Parts Clear Out (Motherboards, Memory, CPUs, GPUs and Case) ***PRICE DROPS***

Due to a recent upgrade, and the need to clear some space in the garage, I’ve got the following up for sale.

Motherboards:
MSI Z87 GD65 Used £65.00 £55.00
MSI Z170I ITX Used £95.00 £90.00

DDR3:
8GB Corsair Vengeance Pro – 2133Mhz (2x4GB) Used £35.00
16GB HyperX Savage Red – 2400Mhz (2x8GB) Used £50.00 SOLD to scott178

DDR4:
16GB Corsair Low Profile Black – 2400Mhz (2x8GB) Used £45.00

Intel Processors:
LGA 1150 – Intel Core i5-4670K Used £65.00 £55.00
LGA 1151 – Intel Core i5-6600 Used £90.00 £85.00

AMD Graphics Cards:
XFX AMD R9 390 – 8GB Used £75.00 SOLD to Jeeva

Nvidia Graphics Cards:
MSI – GTX 660Ti 2GB Used £45.00 £35.00
MSI – GTX 570 2GB Used £35.00 £25.00

Mice:
Razer Mamba Elite 2016 Wireless Used £60.00

Cases:
Phanteks Evolve ITX Used £40.00 £35.00 (Collection Only)

Coolers:
Corsair H50 Used £40.00 £35.00
Corsair H80i Used £50.00 £45.00

Most items will be boxed in their original retail or OEM packaging.

I will updating this thread as I discover anything else that I no longer require.

Open to offers.

Price and currency: £845
Delivery: Delivery cost is not included
Payment method: BT/PPG
Location: Oxford
Advertised elsewhere?: Advertised elsewhere
Prefer goods collected?: I prefer the goods to be collected

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For Sale – Parts Clear Out (Motherboards, Memory, CPUs, GPUs and Case) ***PRICE DROPS***

Due to a recent upgrade, and the need to clear some space in the garage, I’ve got the following up for sale.

Motherboards:
MSI Z87 GD65 Used £65.00 £55.00
MSI Z170I ITX Used £95.00 £90.00

DDR3:
8GB Corsair Vengeance Pro – 2133Mhz (2x4GB) Used £35.00
16GB HyperX Savage Red – 2400Mhz (2x8GB) Used £50.00 SOLD to scott178

DDR4:
16GB Corsair Low Profile Black – 2400Mhz (2x8GB) Used £45.00

Intel Processors:
LGA 1150 – Intel Core i5-4670K Used £65.00 £55.00
LGA 1151 – Intel Core i5-6600 Used £90.00 £85.00

AMD Graphics Cards:
XFX AMD R9 390 – 8GB Used £75.00 SOLD to Jeeva

Nvidia Graphics Cards:
MSI – GTX 660Ti 2GB Used £45.00 £35.00
MSI – GTX 570 2GB Used £35.00 £25.00

Mice:
Razer Mamba Elite 2016 Wireless Used £60.00

Cases:
Phanteks Evolve ITX Used £40.00 £35.00 (Collection Only)

Coolers:
Corsair H50 Used £40.00 £35.00
Corsair H80i Used £50.00 £45.00

Most items will be boxed in their original retail or OEM packaging.

I will updating this thread as I discover anything else that I no longer require.

Open to offers.

Price and currency: £845
Delivery: Delivery cost is not included
Payment method: BT/PPG
Location: Oxford
Advertised elsewhere?: Advertised elsewhere
Prefer goods collected?: I prefer the goods to be collected

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For Sale – Parts Clear Out (Motherboards, Memory, CPUs, GPUs and Case) ***PRICE DROPS***

Due to a recent upgrade, and the need to clear some space in the garage, I’ve got the following up for sale.

Motherboards:
MSI Z87 GD65 Used £65.00 £55.00
MSI Z170I ITX Used £95.00 £90.00

DDR3:
8GB Corsair Vengeance Pro – 2133Mhz (2x4GB) Used £35.00
16GB HyperX Savage Red – 2400Mhz (2x8GB) Used £50.00 SOLD to scott178

DDR4:
16GB Corsair Low Profile Black – 2400Mhz (2x8GB) Used £45.00

Intel Processors:
LGA 1150 – Intel Core i5-4670K Used £65.00 £55.00
LGA 1151 – Intel Core i5-6600 Used £90.00 £85.00

AMD Graphics Cards:
XFX AMD R9 390 – 8GB Used £75.00 SOLD to Jeeva

Nvidia Graphics Cards:
MSI – GTX 660Ti 2GB Used £45.00 £35.00
MSI – GTX 570 2GB Used £35.00 £25.00

Mice:
Razer Mamba Elite 2016 Wireless Used £60.00

Cases:
Phanteks Evolve ITX Used £40.00 £35.00 (Collection Only)

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Corsair H50 Used £40.00 £35.00
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Recent ransomware attack cripples nursing homes, acute care facilities

A recent ransomware attack has affected roughly 110 nursing homes and acute care facilities in 45 states, cutting caretakers off from patient records.

Virtual Care Provider Inc. (VCPI), a Milwaukee-based IT consulting, security and management service company, first became aware of the attack Nov. 17. In a letter to clients, VCPI said the business was attacked with Ryuk encryption ransomware, which is used to target large software systems, and that it was spread by the TrickBot virus, a malicious program that targets Windows machines.

The company estimated 20% of its servers have been affected by the attack, and that roughly 100 physical servers will need to be rebuilt. VCPI said it is using a virus-specific software application to scan individual Microsoft Windows servers to verify they aren’t infected. If the server is infected, the business plans to restore it. The company maintains roughly 80,000 computers and servers for the affected facilities, according to KrebsOnSecurity, which broke the story.  

Attackers are demanding $14 million in Bitcoin as ransom for a digital key that VCPI could use to unlock access to its files, a price the company doesn’t want to pay, according to KrebsOnSecurity. VCPI CEO and owner Karen Christianson said in an interview with the security news site that the attack affected nearly all of its offerings, including email and internet service, client billing and phone systems, and access to patient records. She said the ongoing attack is keeping care facilities from accessing patient records.

Experts said the incident shows even the best organizations with the best procedures and controls can fall victim to attack, providing a stark warning to healthcare CIOs to educate employees on best cybersecurity practices.

Ransomware’s impact on healthcare

Larry Ponemon, founder of data protection research company Ponemon Institute in Traverse City, Mich., described the recent ransomware attack as especially devastating.

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“It’s very serious because it’s not just about losing some data or preventing people from accessing their data,” he said. “It’s about the ability to provide services that can be life and death.”

If a ransom isn’t paid to retrieve a digital key to unlock the files, Ponemon said it can take months, or even years, for an affected healthcare organization or business to rebuild its systems after a ransomware attack.

In the letter sent by VCPI, the company said its plan is to rebuild servers and install them into newly created network segments. It is prioritizing servers that provide access to email and EHR applications. The company acknowledged it doesn’t know when clients will have access to VCPI systems again and noted that it intends to investigate if the recent ransomware attack has resulted in the acquisition of client data.

“We are working diligently, nonstop, without resource constraint, according to our documented plan, and with experienced expert leadership,” the letter stated. “We need to ensure the integrity of the new environment. We are prioritizing critical VCPI infrastructure, including Microsoft Exchange email system, and electronic health record software.”

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David Chou, vice president and principal analyst for Constellation Research in Cupertino, Calif., said he was struck not by the ransomware attack but by the fact that the victim is a technology company that provides technology services to healthcare organizations.

Chou said the incident highlights the importance of properly educating employees to be aware of the ways attackers will try to infiltrate an organization’s systems and to ask questions before opening external emails with potentially malicious attachments. “If you don’t, you’re going to pay the price,” he said.

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