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For Sale – MacBook Pro 16” 2.6ghz 6 core i7, Radeon 5500, 32GB Ram, 512GB SSD

Hi Everyone, Looking to sell my iMac (if I can get the right offer) as I am contemplating a change my setup, partly driven by what’s going on at the moment and having to work from home (I work on Windows). It was bought new directly from Apple in January 2018 and has been very well looked…

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For Sale – MacBook Pro 16” 2.6ghz 6 core i7, Radeon 5500, 32GB Ram, 512GB SSD

Hi Everyone, Looking to sell my iMac (if I can get the right offer) as I am contemplating a change my setup, partly driven by what’s going on at the moment and having to work from home (I work on Windows). It was bought new directly from Apple in January 2018 and has been very well looked…

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For Sale – iMac (Retina 5K, 27-inch, 2017 – VESA mount edition)

Hi Everyone,

Looking to sell my iMac (if I can get the right offer) as I am contemplating a change my setup, partly driven by what’s going on at the moment and having to work from home (I work on Windows).

It was bought new directly from Apple in January 2018 and has been very well looked after. The specs are as follows:

5K 27-inch display
VESA mount edition (please note that this doesn’t come with the L-shaped stand – but will be compatible with VESA monitor arms, no adaptor required)
4.2GHz Quad i7
500GB SSD
24GB RAM (self-upgraded from 8GB factory install with 2 x 8GB DDR4)

Please note I won’t be including the Windows licence under the Bootcamp partition in the pictures. I’m not selling the trackpad, but I’ll include the Wireless Magic Keyboard 2 (UK with Numpad) for an additional £80 (not selling that on its own). The AppleCare has also expired now, but I’ve got the original box

Thanks,
Ronko Busta
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VMware’s Kubernetes-based products ease container migration

VMware hopes a raft of new Kubernetes-based enhancements can position the company as the right choice for customers interested in container migration while they retain investments in vSphere.

The strategy centers on Tanzu, a product portfolio VMware introduced at the VMworld conference in August. A chief component is the Kubernetes Grid, a distribution of the container orchestration engine that sets up clusters in a consistent way across various public clouds and on-premises infrastructure.

Another product, Tanzu Mission Control, provides management tooling for Kubernetes clusters. VMware has also pushed its acquisition of Bitnami under the Tanzu header. Bitnami, which offers a catalog of pre-packaged software such as the MySQL database for quick deployment across multiple environments, is now called Tanzu Application Catalog.

Finally, VMware has rebranded Pivotal Application Service to Tanzu Application Service and changed its Wavefront monitoring software’s name to Tanzu Observability by Wavefront.

This flurry of product development and marketing around Kubernetes has a critical purpose for VMware.

“Kubernetes has practically stolen virtualization from VMware, so now it needs to upgrade the engine room, while keeping the promenade deck the same and hoping the passengers stay on board and do not jump ship,” said Holger Mueller, an analyst at Constellation Research.

Kubernetes ecosystem
VMware hopes to be a big player in the Kubernetes ecosystem with its Tanzu portfolio.

A big part of this plan involves the new vSphere 7, which has been reworked to run both container and virtual machine workloads by embedding Tanzu Kubernetes Grid and other components. This vSphere option is initially available only through VMware Cloud Foundation 4, which is supported on AWS, Azure, Google, Oracle, Rackspace and IBM’s public cloud services, as well as through other VMware partners.

VMware also plans to release a separate, Kubernetes-less edition of vSphere 7 for customers who don’t want that functionality. Tanzu Kubernetes Grid, Application Catalog and Mission Control are available now, while Cloud Foundation 4 and vSphere 7 are slated for release before May 1.

Users gravitate towards containers

VMware’s announcements further confirm the industrywide trend of users moving away from their core virtualization platforms and more seriously exploring container migration. With VMware the longtime industry leader in virtualization, the announcements carry added weight.

“There is a transition happening in compute technology of what is being used to deliver the apps that is moving away from virtualization to containers — not that virtualization isn’t useful for other things,” said Gary Chen, IDC’s research director of software-defined compute. “VMware is trying to make that transition, and they appear to be pretty serious about it.”

VMware’s efforts around Kubernetes stem back a few years. It previously offered Pivotal Container Service as an add-on to its core platform, and acquired a batch of Kubernetes talent and related IP through its purchase of Heptio in 2018. Two of the three original authors of Kubernetes now work at VMware.

“At the end of the day, Kubernetes is still an orchestration tool for automating containers, but what if you are not in a developer group?” said Brian Kirsch, an IT architect and instructor at Milwaukee Area Technical College. “What they are introducing here is for people writing their own software and moving toward containers, but will there be enough support on the back end for those not ready for Kubernetes or containers, or who may never need them? We support 45,000 students here, but we still buy our software and don’t write it.”

Many companies in large vertical markets, such as manufacturing and healthcare, are often slow to move to another DevOps environment once they have settled on a product. Traditionally, many applications in those markets aren’t updated often by the vendors and it can be a monumental task to pursue container migration, even for long-time vSphere users.

“Up until just a few years ago, some of the larger EHR apps were still in VB [Microsoft’s Visual Basic] for the front end,” Kirsch said. “It just takes time.”

While VMware executives tout that Cloud Foundation and vSphere products can work on competitors’ cloud platforms, Kirsch said he thinks the company is overplaying the importance of that capability.

“Writing an app once and have it run wherever you want is good for some, but I don’t know that many people who want to hop around that much,” Kirsch said. “My question is: How many times have you left your cloud provider unless it goes belly up? A lot of work is involved with this and no matter how transparent it is, it’s almost never like just flipping a switch,” he said.

Controlling the control plane

Some analysts see the VMware announcements around container migration as counterpunching the competitive efforts of IBM-Red Hat and others to gain a firm grasp of the management software piece of both the cloud and on-premises applications.

“If Red Hat succeeded in commoditizing the enterprise OS space, making RHEL and Windows Server the two de facto standards, then the next layer to be commoditized is the control plane, which I still believe to be the PaaS layer,” said Geoff Woollacott, senior strategy consultant and principal analyst at Technology Business Review. “Right now, the main rivals for that are VMware with this announcement, Azure and OpenShift.”

The U.S. Air Force is in the midst of evaluating multiple Kubernetes distributions and management tools, including Red Hat OpenShift, Rancher and a beta version of Tanzu Kubernetes Grid. The various IT teams within the military branch can use whichever Kubernetes platform they choose. For the Air Force’s purposes, the latest Red Hat OpenShift versions will beat VMware to the punch in disconnected and Kubernetes edge environments, along with real-time operating system support that the Air Force will use in F16 fighter jets. The Air Force will also wait until all of VMware’s Tanzu product line becomes generally available before it commits to using it, and carefully watch how VMware brings together its new business units and their products.

“VMware is checking all the boxes, but details matter,” said Nicolas Chaillan, the Air Force’s chief software officer, and co-lead for the Enterprise DevSecOps Initiative in the office of the Department of Defense CIO. “With mergers, there are always people leaving, conflicts, and you never know what’s going to happen.”

However, VMware retains its lead in server virtualization, and the Kubernetes IP and expertise the company has assembled with its Heptio acquisition and Pivotal merger can’t be overlooked, Chaillan added.

The vSphere piece, and the ability to tie that back to Kubernetes, is very interesting, and that alone could win the market.
Nicolas ChaillanChief software officer, Air Force

“The vSphere piece, and the ability to tie that back to Kubernetes, is very interesting, and that alone could win the market,” he said. “A lot of companies in finance and healthcare still need a virtualization stack on premises, and otherwise would have to use Google Anthos, Azure Stack or Amazon Outposts — or they could go through vSphere, and have a single company that brings [them] the whole thing.”

Redesigning the crown jewels

VSphere 7.0, formerly called Project Pacific, has been significantly redesigned, according to Krishna Prasad, vice president and general manager of VMware’s Cloud Platform Business. A large part of that redesigning was to tightly integrate Kubernetes into vSphere. One advantage of this for corporate users is when they stand up a cluster based on the company’s ESX Server virtualization layer, those become Kubernetes clusters along with the company’s vCenter control plane, Prasad said.

“When we started rearchitecting, it wasn’t driven by the need to accommodate Kubernetes workloads — that was just one of the driving factors,” Prasad said. “We realized it [Kubernetes] was a foundational piece we could bring into vSphere at the platform level that would enhance the platform itself. It would make the platform more modern like Kubernetes itself.”

Another important consideration for the redesign was a direct response to what the company’s core customers were asking for: to be able to deliver their infrastructure to their developers through a cloud consumption model.

“They want and we want to deliver infrastructure completely as code,” Prasad said.

To this end, VMware also unveiled an improved version of NSX-T that now offers full-stack networking and security services that connect and protect both VMs and containers.

“With the enhancements to NSX-T, as you deploy Kubernetes workloads it automates everything right through to the Kubernetes UI,” Prasad said. “This is about writing infrastructure as code and automating the whole deployment instead of bringing in your own components. We think it is a critical part of delivering Kubernetes with full automation.”

Senior News Writer Beth Pariseau contributed to this report.

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For Sale – Mac Mini Late 2012, Core i7, 16GB RAM, 256GB SSD. Asus PB258Q 25″ 1440p IPS.

Hi! You’re right about the monitor. I checked out how much it would cost to ship it as I do normally. No more expensive than anything else really, but there’s no consignment insurance available. So I probably need to find something else or or meet or something.

The Magic TrackPad will be included with the Mac. It’s quite nice to use and really convenient in confined work spaces.

I deliberately did not advertise my Apple keyboard. It’s in amazing shape and used a lot daily, which says a lot. But new Apple keyboards are seriously monstrous money! There are many 3rd party keyboards out there, not as many as Windows keyboards (if you need the keyboard mapping to be correct out of the box). I may be persuaded to part with it, but then the package will definitely be asking price.

The monitor comes with a mini-DP to DisplayPort cable. You don’t want to be using DVI, it’s not fast enough. It will also carry sound to the monitor which has speakers and a headphone socket. It’s really comprehensive.

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Wanted – Mac Mini SO-DIMM 8gig stick

Looking for one of these, cash waiting for right priced stick

it is for a late 2012 MAc mini i5 so must be
DDR3 PC3-12800 • CL=11 • Unbuffered • NON-ECC • DDR3-1600

Location
Tyne & Wear

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Wanted – Mac Mini SO-DIMM 8gig stick

Looking for one of these, cash waiting for right priced stick

it is for a late 2012 MAc mini i5 so must be
DDR3 PC3-12800 • CL=11 • Unbuffered • NON-ECC • DDR3-1600

Location
Tyne & Wear

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For Sale – **Clear Out** Unifi, itx NZXT S340 elite, Ryzen

Hi all. Below are a few things I have for sale.

May split the below if I get the right offer. Would pref to keep mb/ram/CPU together

Unifi USG : £80

Mini itx – £200
I5 4570t
8gb ddr3 ram
MSI z87i dual nic itx
Lian li pc26q itx
430watt psu

ATX – £300
Ryzen 1600
8gb ddr4 ram
MSI b350 gaming plus
120gb SSD
630watt psu
Wireless card.
Next s340 elite black/red

H110 gt £40
Not used in a while sold as seen

Zyxel 2 bay Nas 325 – £25

Will upload photos tomorrow’s

Also looking for a fractal Node 804

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Talend CEO discusses importance of mining relevant data

Business intelligence only exists by mining relevant data.

Without the ability to find the right data, there’s no actual BI to base decisions upon.

Mining relevant data, however, is no simple task.

Given the organizational complexity of today’s big enterprises — many are multinational with offices around the world, others amalgams of companies sewn together over the years by mergers and acquisitions with product lines that go beyond one small niche — the amount of available data amassed over decades can be overwhelming and disorganized.

To help organizations curate their data and gain meaningful insights, vendors such as cloud Talend, founded in 2005 and based in Redwood City, Calif., along with others such as cloud data integration provider Informatica and MuleSoft, recently acquired by Salesforce, have risen and become specialists in data integration.

In a two-part Q&A, Talend CEO Mike Tuchen discusses in depth the difficulty companies face in mining relevant data.

In part one, Tuchen talks about the general challenges that have developed over the last 10 to 15 years as organizations digitize and pool their data, while in part two he discusses differences large corporations face compared with their small and midsize brethren, as well as Talend’s own strategy in helping organizations deal with their sudden abundance of data.

In terms of mining relevant data, what are the challenges organizations face?

Mike Tuchen, CEO of TalendMike Tuchen

Mike Tuchen: The biggest challenge that every company has is that their data is all over the place. It’s in a lot of different systems. They’re in a lot of different formats — some of them you might know about, but most of them you don’t know about. Where is all the relevant info, and how does it relate to each other? Once you start finding all of this data, you quickly start realizing that you’ve going from not knowing where it is to suddenly seeing you’ve got 10 different versions of everything, and they’re all inconsistent and overlapping. How do you start? Where do you go to find the right information? How do you get all that stuff consistent? Those are the core problems every single company faces.

How has it developed to this point — what has happened in the last 10 to 15 years to lead us to this point where mining relevant data is so difficult?

Tuchen: It was more simple 10 to 15 years ago, but that wasn’t necessarily a benefit. It was simpler because many companies simply hadn’t digitized. They had a whole lot of manual processes, so the data simply wasn’t available in any electronic system. The first part of a digital transformation is digitizing, getting everything in the system and now having electronic workflows, and that’s a huge step forward. But it brings that second step, which is that now you’ve created electronic information which you can start to harness and analyze. That’s a huge opportunity that’s just now starting to be tapped, but it leads to exactly the problems we just discussed. Where is all the data that’s relevant, how does it relate to each other, what’s the correct info, how do I make it consistent and correct and find that information and start there and use that to drive my analysis? That’s where value comes from.

What can a company do to find the data it needs?

Tuchen: One of the first steps a company takes is to start cataloging their data. There are companies like us that provide a data catalog that allows you to understand where all your data is and now get to the point where you have a common definition. When I talk about annual recurring revenue, what’s the actual definition, and how am I defining that here? There’s no accounting standard that says here’s what ARR [annual recurring revenue] means, so you need to define it somewhere, so how do I define that and say here are the source tables where all that kind of stuff is going to form. So you start with cataloging it, and now you start driving that cleaning and governance process, you start pulling the data together, automating the cleanup steps to start making it consistent and correct. And then, as you’ve built out those two core capabilities, you now are at the point where your data is consistent and correct and you know what it is. You’ve defined the most important definitions, and your team knows where to go to analyze it.

Are there potential pitfalls that can arise while mining relevant data?

Tuchen: The secondary problem that’s been created that we’re now starting to touch on is that different analytical teams, without having a catalog to go find the data, are going to start recreating it themselves — you not only have duplicate work being created but in some cases inconsistent work, which is even worse. It’s not just that they’re wasting time that could have been saved, it’s that they’re coming to different results by creating different definitions or different flows that result in different answers. It’s creating more confusion. By creating a catalog, understanding where your data is, and now driving convergence and consistency, you’re starting with the right data and everyone is starting in the same place and maximizing use.

Editor’s note: This interview has been edited for clarity and conciseness.

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For Sale – 3 x laptops, HP Probook 4320, Dell 1647, Dell n5010

HP Probook 4320 – £60
Core i3-m380 2.53GHz
3gb
320gb
Win7
Marks on lid and slight damage to right plastic hinge cover

Dell XPS 1647 – £100
Core i5-m520 2.4GHz
4gb
1tb
1920×1080 screen
Win7 pro
Small piece of plastic missing from lid and light marks

Dell N5010 – £80
Core i3-m350 2.27GHz
4gb
500gb
Win7
Scratch on lid

In built diagnostics have been run and no issues reported.

Laptops have been reinstalled with fresh copies of windows.

All prices are plus postage.

Any questions let me know.

Delivery: Delivery cost is not included
Payment method: Bank transfer
Location: east Sussex
Advertised elsewhere?: Not advertised elsewhere
Prefer goods collected?: I have no preference

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