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Michael Dell on Dell cloud strategy: On-premises cloud rules

AUSTIN, TEXAS — Michael Dell says public cloud providers are just a small part of what constitutes cloud in today’s IT world. He wants people to also think of on-premises infrastructure as cloud.

“The cloud is also the on-premises cloud. In fact, on-premises is the biggest part of the cloud,” the Dell Technologies CEO said at the Dell Technologies Summit this week. “A lot of companies are figuring out that the cloud is not a place. It’s an operating model. Clouds can exist anyplace. We have a 5G cloud, an edge cloud, there are public clouds, there are SaaS clouds. And the biggest of them all is the on-premises cloud. The key, is how do you connect them all together?”

Dell Technologies is among the leaders in most of the on-premises infrastructure markets, including storage, servers, virtualization and networking — all of the pieces of on-premises IT. The vendor spent $67 billion for storage leader EMC and virtualization leader VMware in 2016 to give it the complete on-premises stack. Now it is working to make the Dell IT stack into a Dell cloud stack.

Dell cloud moves: Automation, subscription pricing

This week, Dell took steps to bring cloud automation and pricing models on premises. It launched Dell EMC PowerOne and Dell On Demand. PowerOne is converged infrastructure with an autonomous engine to automate provisioning and updating hardware, and On Demand prices IT as a service.

When asked how he defines on-premises cloud, Dell said, “The idea of an on-premises cloud is bringing together all of the infrastructure and automating the whole process. If you think about what a public cloud is, it is virtualized everything and software-defined everything. Great idea, but that can be done on-premises, as we’ve done with converged, hyper-converged and bringing all of our solutions together into an autonomous offering.

“It won’t just be the public clouds or private clouds; it will be both. And increasingly the edge.”

We have a 5G cloud, an edge cloud, there are public clouds, there are SaaS clouds. And the biggest of them all is the on-premises cloud.
Michael DellCEO, Dell Technologies

PowerOne and Dell On Demand are early steps for the Dell cloud strategy. PowerOne combines Dell EMC PowerMax enterprise storage, PowerEdge MX servers, PowerProtect backup, PowerSwitch networking and VMware virtualization. The new piece is PowerOne Controller, an autonomous management engine designed to automate provisioning and management. Dell’s roadmap calls for an expansion of PowerOne in the first half of 2020, adding Dell’s coming midrange array platform and Isilon unstructured data storage.

Dell is also working to expand the autonomous engine for products sold outside of PowerOne — starting with VxRail hyper-converged appliances. Tom Burns, Dell general manager for networking and solutions, said the vendor is attempting to make the PowerOne Controller work with VxRail management.

Enterprise Strategy Group senior analyst Scott Sinclair said he considered the autonomous management the most valuable part of PowerOne.

“I’d like to see them add that for everything, but converged and hyper-converged is a good place to start,” Sinclair said.

“These are steps in the right direction,” he added, of PowerOne and On Demand. “Now it’s up to Dell to see how far down the path they will go.”

Dell CEO and chairman Michael Dell
Dell CEO and chairman Michael Dell

The Dell cloud pricing follows rivals down the on-demand path as the public clouds — mainly Amazon and Microsoft — continue to grab billions of dollars of IT spending annually.

Gartner this week forecasted public cloud revenue to increase 17% over the next year, with the highest growth rate projected for infrastructure as a service (IaaS). Gartner predicted IaaS revenue will growth 24%, from $40.3 billion to $50 billion.

Success of the public cloud has on-premises infrastructure vendors changing their pricing models and procurement strategies.

Hewlett Packard launched its GreenLake services program in 2018, and claims all of its IT technology will be available as a service by 2022. Storage vendor NetApp unveiled its Keystone as-a-service pricing last month, and makes its storage software available through public clouds. Dell On Demand is an expansion of its Dell EMC storage as a service (SaaS) initiative, and Dell executives said this week they will continue to make more products available with utility pricing.

“Every vendor is going to have to do it,” Evaluator Group senior strategist and analyst Randy Kerns said of as-a-service pricing. “If you don’t do it, you’re in trouble. It’s the best way to get an off-cycle sale. When IT needs to buy something, they usually have to wait until the next buying cycle to get it in the budget. [With on-demand pricing] you can buy resources now.”

Do converged and hyper-converged equal on-premises cloud?

Michael Dell said the ability to bring the entire infrastructure stack together was the main impetus of the EMC acquisition that closed three years ago. PowerOne converged infrastructure and VxRail hyper-converged systems are examples of how his original strategy has come to fruition, he explained.

“Just storage and just networking and just compute, and just software and just hardware was not the answer; we had to bring them all together,” he said. “One thing we never hear from customers is, ‘Would you please operate like 20 different companies?’ All the efforts we’ve been involved in, from the converged infrastructure, hyper-convergence, VxRail and now PowerOne, we’ve been working on creating the on-premises clouds.”

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Adobe digital experience platform adds small businesses offerings

Adobe has extended its Adobe digital experience product portfolio to small and midmarket businesses in an effort to provide enterprise-grade capabilities such as agility, scalability and flexibility to businesses with fewer resources.

The product portfolio for SMBs includes:

  • Magento Commerce: According to Adobe, this product provides agility and scalability through a portfolio of cloud-based omnichannel platforms. It is designed to enable users to integrate digital and physical shopping experiences. Through the integration of Adobe Stock with Magento Commerce, SMBs with an Adobe Stock subscription will be able to access more than 130 million assets such as images, templates, 3-D assets and stock videos.
  • Marketo Engage: As part of Adobe Marketing Cloud, Marketo Engage enables users to target individual leads or accounts at scale, as well as measure business impact across customer touchpoints. Additionally, according to Adobe, Marketo Engage offers access to more than 65,000 markets globally to enable users to share best practices to build and formalize marketing strategies.
  • Adobe Analytics Foundation: Adobe Analytics Foundation was designed to bring the enterprise-grade features of Adobe Analytics to SMBs through the Adobe digital experience platform. Customers can implement the tool at the appropriate level for their organization, and then scale up as needed.
  • Adobe Sign for Small Business: According to Adobe, the new Adobe Sign for Small Business offers enterprise-grade e-signature capabilities tailored to small businesses in an effort to help digitize signing documents for customer onboarding, contracts, approvals, payments and invoices.
  • Creative Cloud for Teams: This product enables companies to deploy Adobe digital experience applications. The Creative Cloud Libraries let teams share assets and folders securely, while collaborating and managing changes.

While digitalization was once more of an enterprise-centric theme, SMBs have increasingly taken on the challenge. Historically, it has been more difficult for smaller businesses to digitize their operations due to cost and scale, but in recent years, it has been on the rise. According to Gartner Research, SMBs’ IT spending is predicted to be at a 4.2% compound annual growth rate for the next five years.

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New small business ERP delivers SAP Business One alternative

Priority Software has launched Priority Zoom, a range of cloud ERP products to help small businesses streamline operational tasks such as financials, inventory, sales and customer relationships.

Priority Zoom has built-in business intelligence analytics, advanced reports and dashboards to track and manage each phase of the sales cycle. Users can create sales orders, manage invoices and billing, synchronize purchasing processes, and automatically generate ledger, transaction, financial and cash flow reports, customer lists, product and services catalogs and pricing.

Designed for smaller businesses, Priority Zoom is $50 per user for up to five users. That’s slightly lower than a limited user subscription to SAP’s Business One ERP software for small and midsize companies, which lists for $54 per user, per month. The Business One Professional user license lists at $94 per user, per month.

According to Priority Software, customers who migrate to the platform can convert their data from Priority Software’s on-premises accounting program AccountEdge, or from other accounting software such as QuickBooks.

Priority Zoom is in contrast of Priority ERP, which is Priority Software’s full ERP offering for tens of thousands of users that includes capabilities for finance, manufacturing, logistics, human resources, time and attendance, BI, project management, CRM and warehouse management. It also offers open APIs, a mobile application generator, web software development kit and machine learning business process management.

There are many advantages to adopting an ERP platform, according to Cindy Jutras, the president of Mint Jutras, an advisory firm that specializes in enterprise applications. For small businesses specifically, Jutras highlights the advantage of having “a single source of data and truth.”

“Most companies will simply point to the visibility, transparency and efficiency gained,” she said. “If it just gets them out of spreadsheet hell — passing data back and forth, the risk of error, the lack of auditability — they view it as worth it.”

Jutras said that as ERP platforms continue to change in scale and price, it has become easier for smaller businesses to take on the migration.

“Every single company would benefit, but very often SMBs feel they can’t afford it, and therefore they try to make do with something less than ERP — perhaps desktop applications combined with the ubiquitous spreadsheets, or perhaps just spreadsheets,” she said.

That approach made sense in the past when early ERP systems were rigid and inflexible, limited in functionality, hard to install and implement and even harder to use, but that’s changed, she said.

“Solutions now are far more flexible and technology-enabled, provide many more features and functions, are easier to install, easier to implement and easier to use,” Jutras said. “And SaaS-based [ERP apps] allow even the smallest companies to invest without an upfront capital expenditure.”

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For Sale – 13” MacBook Pro – Late 2011 – i5 2.4Ghz – 8GB RAM – 500GB HDD

Our trusty MacBook Pro has been replaced by the newest iPad Pro

Some very small marks from normal use, but nothing of note – looks really good considering the age.

2 chargers supplied. 1 has some fraying just next to the MagSafe, but it’s still functional.
The other is fine with no damage at all. Both original Apple chargers.

RAM upgraded to 8GB, hard drive replaced around 2015 with a WD Blue 500GB with very minimal use.

Battery life is still strong, cycle count 716
On a full charge it shows 5373mah of a potential 5428mah .. minimal!

Full resolution album is here:

https://photos.app.******/aisXNujqXsjvFuuS6 (didn’t realise not allowed? Can pm a link if needed for a proper look)

Any questions, just ask

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For Sale – Cheap Gaming PC – Intel i5 3570 – Mini ATX – GTX 770 2GB – 8GB RAM – SSD – Windows 10 Pro(OEM)

For sale here is a small form factor gaming PC, as I decided to go back to using laptops. It can handle most latest titles in medium or high settings. Will come with power cord and few bits of screws that come with the case. As I don’t have the box anymore, this is only to collect in person from Tooting, London.

Specifications:
Case

Kolink Satellite Micro ATX Desktop PC Gaming CubeCase Black

Motherboard
MSI H61M-P20-G3 Motherboard (Intel H61 Processor,M-ATX, Gigabit LAN, Socket LGA1155, USB2)

CPU
Intel Core i5-3570 Processor and Intel Cooler

Graphics Card
EVGA GeForce GTX770 SuperClocked with EVGA ACXCooler, 2GB GDDR5 256bit, DL DVI-I, DVI-D, HDMI, DP, SLI Ready

Memory
Ballistix Sport 8GB Kit (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 UDIMM

SSD
Samsung SSD 850 Evo 250GB ATA
Integral V Series 120 GB SATA III Solid StateDrive, 2.5 Inch

PSU
EVGA 500 W1, 80+ WHITE 500W

Misc
USB Bluetooth Adaptor

Price and currency: 250
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Acronis automates ‘3-2-1’ rule for small business backup

Home office and small business owners might not always follow the “3-2-1” rule of backup: three copies of the data, on two different media, with one copy off-site. Acronis True Image 2020 is trying to make observing that rule a little easier.

True Image is Acronis’ small business backup software tool, aimed at consumers, home offices and SMBs. The 2020 version introduced a feature called Dual Protection, which automatically replicates a backup copy to the Acronis cloud when it’s creating the local copy. Aside from satisfying the 3-2-1 rule, it allows customers to have both a local copy for fast recovery and one more copy off-site as an extra failsafe.

True Image currently has 5.5 million users, according to Gaidar Magdanurov, chief marketing officer at Acronis. Magdanurov said approximately 70% of them are small businesses with fewer than five employees and “prosumers” — single-person businesses like consultants and lawyers who have a decent level of IT skill. The remaining 30% are consumers with limited IT skills who want to protect files such as music, photos and movies.

Magdanurov said businesses of all sizes understand the importance of protecting their data, and cyberattacks are not limited to large organizations. However, in the world of small business backup, cost can be a much bigger factor than in the enterprise space.

“Backup is like insurance — and nobody likes to pay for insurance,” Magdanurov said.

True Image 2020’s price didn’t change from its 2019 version. It is still split into three versions: Standard, a one-time purchase for $49.99 with no cloud backup component; Advanced, a one-year subscription for $49.99 that includes cloud features and 250 GB of Acronis Cloud Storage; and Premium, a one-year subscription for $99.99 that adds blockchain-based data certification and electronic signature capabilities.

The 2020 version also added some quality-of-life features for end users. Backup-related notifications can be pushed to the desktop tray, power management settings will suspend all scheduled backup tasks when a laptop’s battery drops below a chosen threshold and there’s an option to select only Wi-Fi networks the user trusts to upload backups to the cloud.

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Acronis True Image 2020 simultaneously backs up to a local drive and the Acronis cloud.

All versions of Acronis True Image include Acronis Active Protection, a malware detection tool that uses AI to detect anomalous data changes, which could be indicators of unauthorized encryption. Rubrik Polaris Radar works similarly. Phil Goodwin, research director at IDC, said this is a better approach to combating ransomware because it thwarts attacks before they happen instead of rebuilding afterward.

“Acronis has some of the most advanced technology in the industry at this level,” Goodwin said. “It’s proactive rather than simply trying to restore data after it’s been lost.”

Acronis True Image competes against Carbonite, CrashPlan and Backblaze in the small business backup market. Goodwin said Carbonite, thanks to its acquisition of Mozy and Code42’s cloud backup customers, controls the lion’s share of this market. Magdanurov claimed a lot of new True Image customers switched from Carbonite specifically for ransomware detection or data protection for mobile devices.

They’re not backup experts, so the system has to be simple enough for them that once they set it up, it just runs.
Phil GoodwinResearch director, IDC

Other than cost, simplicity is another big concern among small business backup customers. These customers might not have the IT resources to implement or maintain complex infrastructure, even if they fully understand the benefits of having a hybrid environment or multiple clouds. Goodwin said even something as conceptually simple as the 3-2-1 rule can be more steps than a small business or home office is willing to deal with, which is why the True Image update is so significant.

“They’re not backup experts, so the system has to be simple enough for them that once they set it up, it just runs,” Goodwin said, referring to most small businesses.

For the most part, the more set-and-forget, one-and-done a backup product is, the better it is for these types of users. However, Goodwin added that Acronis made a good move adding a few customization options for the more IT-savvy power users — namely, the trusted Wi-Fi security settings and battery-saving power management feature.

Acronis True Image is aimed at small businesses of no more than five computers. Acronis Backup is geared for customers looking to protect more than that.

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For Sale – Gaming PC – Intel i5 3570 – Mini ATX – GTX 770 – 8GB RAM – SSD – Windows 10 Pro(OEM)

For sale here is a small form factor gaming PC, as I decided to go back to using laptops. It can handle most latest titles in medium or high settings. Will come with power cord and few bits of screws that come with the case. As I don’t have the box anymore, this is only to collect in person from Tooting, London.

Specifications:
Case

Kolink Satellite Micro ATX Desktop PC Gaming CubeCase Black

Motherboard
MSI H61M-P20-G3 Motherboard (Intel H61 Processor,M-ATX, Gigabit LAN, Socket LGA1155, USB2)

CPU
Intel Core i5-3570 Processor and Intel Cooler

Graphics Card
EVGA GeForce GTX770 SuperClocked with EVGA ACXCooler, 2GB GDDR5 256bit, DL DVI-I, DVI-D, HDMI, DP, SLI Ready

Memory
Ballistix Sport 8GB Kit (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 UDIMM

SSD
Samsung SSD 850 Evo 250GB ATA
Integral V Series 120 GB SATA III Solid StateDrive, 2.5 Inch

PSU
EVGA 500 W1, 80+ WHITE 500W

Misc
USB Bluetooth Adaptor

Price and currency: 280
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Payment method: PayPal/BT
Location: Tooting, London
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For Sale – Gaming PC – Intel i5 3570 – Mini ATX – GTX 770 – 8GB RAM – SSD – Windows 10 Pro(OEM)

For sale here is a small form factor gaming PC, as I decided to go back to using laptops. It can handle most latest titles in medium or high settings. Will come with power cord and few bits of screws that come with the case. As I don’t have the box anymore, this is only to collect in person from Tooting, London.

Specifications:
Case

Kolink Satellite Micro ATX Desktop PC Gaming CubeCase Black

Motherboard
MSI H61M-P20-G3 Motherboard (Intel H61 Processor,M-ATX, Gigabit LAN, Socket LGA1155, USB2)

CPU
Intel Core i5-3570 Processor and Intel Cooler

Graphics Card
EVGA GeForce GTX770 SuperClocked with EVGA ACXCooler, 2GB GDDR5 256bit, DL DVI-I, DVI-D, HDMI, DP, SLI Ready

Memory
Ballistix Sport 8GB Kit (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 UDIMM

SSD
Samsung SSD 850 Evo 250GB ATA
Integral V Series 120 GB SATA III Solid StateDrive, 2.5 Inch

PSU
EVGA 500 W1, 80+ WHITE 500W

Misc
USB Bluetooth Adaptor

Price and currency: 280
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Location: Tooting, London
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For Sale – Gaming PC – Intel i5 3570 – Mini ATX – GTX 770 – 8GB RAM – SSD – Windows 10 Pro(OEM)

For sale here is a small form factor gaming PC, as I decided to go back to using laptops. It can handle most latest titles in medium or high settings. Will come with power cord and few bits of screws that come with the case. As I don’t have the box anymore, this is only to collect in person from Tooting, London.

Specifications:
Case

Kolink Satellite Micro ATX Desktop PC Gaming CubeCase Black

Motherboard
MSI H61M-P20-G3 Motherboard (Intel H61 Processor,M-ATX, Gigabit LAN, Socket LGA1155, USB2)

CPU
Intel Core i5-3570 Processor and Intel Cooler

Graphics Card
EVGA GeForce GTX770 SuperClocked with EVGA ACXCooler, 2GB GDDR5 256bit, DL DVI-I, DVI-D, HDMI, DP, SLI Ready

Memory
Ballistix Sport 8GB Kit (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 UDIMM

SSD
Samsung SSD 850 Evo 250GB ATA
Integral V Series 120 GB SATA III Solid StateDrive, 2.5 Inch

PSU
EVGA 500 W1, 80+ WHITE 500W

Misc
USB Bluetooth Adaptor

Price and currency: 300
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Location: Tooting, London
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For Sale – Apple MacBook 2017 space grey

Selling MacBook 12” 2017 space grey in good condition, the odd small mark on the top and bottom, no dents on top/bottom or corners.

Everything works has it should.

Battery count is 104
No warranty left on it.
No marks on screen
Comes with box and plug/usb-c lead.

Comes with cover to protect it.

Price and currency: £630
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Location: Lincoln
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