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For Sale – Small Form Factor Gaming PC – i7, GTX1080, SSD, 16GB RAM

Hi

Selling my Mini ITX small form factor gaming PC.

Full Specs;

Intel i7-4790 3.60GHz Quad Core (Noctua NH-L9i cooler)
Gigabyte Z97N-Wifi Motherboard
16GB Corsair DDR3 RAM
MSI Aero GTX1080 (blower style as these work best in this case)
SilverStone Sugo SG08 (full case specs below) (no optical drive installed)
600W 80 Plus Bronze PSU included
500GB Sandisk 2.5” SSD installed with fresh install of Windows 10 (Cabling left for easy 2nd SSD to be installed if you wish)

Was custom build originally for me by a friend and originally had GTX780ti in which I upgraded about 2 years ago to the GTX1080. Only bad points are that one of the front USB 3.0 sockets is broken but other than that, all working great. Great for TV gaming as easily fits in your TV unit. Runs and plays modern games extremely well.

PC is located in Billericay, Essex. Would prefer collection in person but will also consider postage. I will get a quote for this if required.

Looking for approx £700 ONO

SilverStone Sugo SG08 Specifications
Motherboard Form Factor Mini-ITX
Drive Bays External 1x Slimline ODD
Internal 2x 2.5″, 1x 3.5″
Cooling Front
Rear
Top 180mm intake fan
Side
Bottom
Expansion Slots 2
I/O Port 2x USB 3.0, 1x Headphone, 1x Mic
Power Supply Size SFX
Clearances HSF 117mm
PSU N/A
GPU 12″ / 305mm
Dimensions 8.8″ x 13.9″ x 7.5″
222mm x 351mm x 190mm
Weight 13.23 lbs / 6 kg
Special Features USB 3.0
Dual-speed 180mm intake fan
Adjustable fan duct for GPU
600W 80 Plus Bronze PSU included
Location
Billericay
Price and currency
£700
Delivery cost included
Delivery is NOT included
Prefer goods collected?
I prefer the goods to be collected
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Payment method
PayPay Gift or Bank Transfer or Cash

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For Sale – CPU, RAM, GPU, Sound Card, USB, ESata, Network

Lots of hardware amassed and motherboard just failed and now using a mATX board in a small case.

Images in gallery, not in any particular order:
Processor
Phenom II X6 1090T (bought and never used £80.00 + p&p

RAM
4×2 8GB DDR2 PC2-8500U 1066MHz 240Pin DIMM RAM (bought and never used) £60.00 + p&p

Graphics card
R6950 Twin Frozr III Power Edition/OC £75.00 + p&p
GX-020-XF XFX GeForce 6800 GT 256MB DDR3 TV-Out/Dual DVI (AGP) – Retail (PVT40AUDF7) (GX-020-XF) (with
ARCTIC COOLING REV.2 NVIDIA 5 (6800 SERIES) VGA SILENCER COOLER) £Open to offers, likely an eBay job as these are quite rare + p&p
GeForce 6200TC 64MB (256MB TurboCache) DDR PCI Express (PCIe) DVI/VGA Video Card w/TV-Out £15.00 + p&p

Sound card
Sound Blaster Live 5.1 Digital £10.00 + p&p
InnoAX Audio ExtreMe 5.1 (with SPDIF & Optical) £20.00 + p&p

Network Card
NETGEAR FA311 – 10/100 PCI Network Interface PCI ADAPTER AUTO SENSING £10.00 + p&p
Broadcom Modem Card BCM94212/1 £8.00 + p&p
Belkin 10/100TX PCI Network Card 141121100201B N10117 £6.00 + p&p

ESata
Shentek 2 port eSATA 3G II 2 PCI PCIe express Card Silicon Image Sil3132 52033 £20.00 + p&p

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For Sale – Small Form Factor Gaming PC – i7, GTX1080, SSD, 16GB RAM

Hi

Selling my Mini ITX small form factor gaming PC.

Full Specs;

Intel i7-4790 3.60GHz Quad Core (Noctua NH-L9i cooler)
Gigabyte Z97N-Wifi Motherboard
16GB Corsair DDR3 RAM
MSI Aero GTX1080 (blower style as these work best in this case)
SilverStone Sugo SG08 (full case specs below) (no optical drive installed)
600W 80 Plus Bronze PSU included
500GB Sandisk 2.5” SSD installed with fresh install of Windows 10 (Cabling left for easy 2nd SSD to be installed if you wish)

Was custom build originally for me by a friend and originally had GTX780ti in which I upgraded about 2 years ago to the GTX1080. Only bad points are that one of the front USB 3.0 sockets is broken but other than that, all working great. Great for TV gaming as easily fits in your TV unit. Runs and plays modern games extremely well.

PC is located in Billericay, Essex. Would prefer collection in person but will also consider postage. I will get a quote for this if required.

Looking for approx £850 ONO

Will also be selling my HTC Vive set up shortly. Please let me know if you’re interested in this. It was the first model to come out. Comes with two lighthouses, 2 remotes, all cables and hub etc. In perfect condition. Price TBC on the HTC VIVE

SilverStone Sugo SG08 Specifications
Motherboard Form Factor Mini-ITX
Drive Bays External 1x Slimline ODD
Internal 2x 2.5″, 1x 3.5″
Cooling Front
Rear
Top 180mm intake fan
Side
Bottom
Expansion Slots 2
I/O Port 2x USB 3.0, 1x Headphone, 1x Mic
Power Supply Size SFX
Clearances HSF 117mm
PSU N/A
GPU 12″ / 305mm
Dimensions 8.8″ x 13.9″ x 7.5″
222mm x 351mm x 190mm
Weight 13.23 lbs / 6 kg
Special Features USB 3.0
Dual-speed 180mm intake fan
Adjustable fan duct for GPU
600W 80 Plus Bronze PSU included

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Wanted – LGA 1150 Motherboard

I have an MSI mini ITX board (MSI H97 AC) which i am in the process of removing from my small pc.
I have the box and most of the gubbins that came with it.

One of the tabs to remove the RAM is broken but it does not stop the ram being removed or re-seated.
One of the antenna for wifi may be missing – I’ll have to check the other box as I have 2 of these PC’s.
How does £35 inc delivery sound?
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For Sale – CPU, RAM, GPU, Sound Card, USB, ESata, Network

Lots of hardware amassed and motherboard just failed and now using a mATX board in a small case.

Images in gallery, not in any particular order:

Processor
Phenom II X6 1090T (bought and never used £80.00 + p&p

RAM
4×2 8GB DDR2 PC2-8500U 1066MHz 240Pin DIMM RAM (bought and never used) £60.00 + p&p

Graphics card
R6950 Twin Frozr III Power Edition/OC £75.00 + p&p
GX-020-XF XFX GeForce 6800 GT 256MB DDR3 TV-Out/Dual DVI (AGP) – Retail (PVT40AUDF7) (GX-020-XF) (with
ARCTIC COOLING REV.2 NVIDIA 5 (6800 SERIES) VGA SILENCER COOLER) £Open to offers, likely an eBay job as these are quite rare + p&p
GeForce 6200TC 64MB (256MB TurboCache) DDR PCI Express (PCIe) DVI/VGA Video Card w/TV-Out £15.00 + p&p

Sound card
Sound Blaster Live 5.1 Digital £10.00 + p&p
InnoAX Audio ExtreMe 5.1 (with SPDIF & Optical) £20.00 + p&p

Network Card
NETGEAR FA311 – 10/100 PCI Network Interface PCI ADAPTER AUTO SENSING £10.00 + p&p
Broadcom Modem Card BCM94212/1 £8.00 + p&p
Belkin 10/100TX PCI Network Card 141121100201B N10117 £6.00 + p&p

ESata
Unknown (likely Startech) ESata Card with two ports £20.00 + p&p

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SMBs struggle with data utilization, analytics

While analytics have become a staple of large enterprises, many small and medium-sized businesses struggle to utilize data for growth.

Large corporations can afford to hire teams of data scientists and provide business intelligence software to employees throughout their organizations. While many SMBs collect data that could lead to better decision-making and growth, data utilization is a challenge when there isn’t enough cash in the IT budget to invest in the right people and tools.

Sensing that SMBs struggle to use data, Onepath, an IT services vendor based in Kennesaw, Ga., conducted a survey of more than 100 businesses with 100 to 500 employees to gauge their analytics capabilities for the “Onepath 2020 Trends in SMB Data Analytics Report.”

Among the most glaring discoveries, the survey revealed that 86% of the companies that invested in personnel and analytics surveyed felt they weren’t able to fully exploit their data.

Phil Moore, Onepath’s director of applications management services, recently discussed both the findings of the survey and the challenges SMBs face when trying to incorporate analytics into their decision-making process.

In Part II of this Q&A, he talks about what failure to utilize data could ultimately mean for SMBs.

What was Onepath’s motivation for conducting the survey about SMBs and their data utilization efforts?

Phil MoorePhil Moore

Phil Moore: For me, the key finding was that we had a premise, a hypothesis, and this survey helped us validate our thesis. Our thesis is that analytics has always been a deep pockets game — people want it, but it’s out of reach financially. That’s talking about the proverbial $50,000 to $200,000 analytics project… Our goal and our mission is to bring that analytics down to the SMB market. We just had to prove our thesis, and this survey proves that thesis.

It tells us that clients want it — they know about analytics and they want it.

What were some of the key findings of the survey?

Moore: Fifty-nine percent said that if they don’t have analytics, it’s going to take them longer to go to market. Fifty-six percent said it will take them longer to service their clients without analytics capabilities. Fifty-four percent, a little over half, said if they didn’t have analytics, or when they don’t have analytics, they run the risk of making a harmful business decision.

We have people trying analytics — 67% are spending $10,000 a year or more, and 75% spent at least 132 hours of labor maintaining their systems — but they’re not getting what they need.
Phil MooreDirector of applications management services, Onepath

That tells us people want it… We have people trying analytics — 67% are spending $10,000 a year or more, and 75% spent at least 132 hours of labor maintaining their systems — but they’re not getting what they need. A full 86 % said they’re underachieving when they’re taking a swing with their analytics solution.

What are the key resources these businesses lack in order to fully utilize data? Is it strictly financial or are there other things as well?

Moore: We weren’t surprised, but what we hadn’t thought about is that the SMB market just doesn’t have the in-house skills. One in five said they just don’t have the people in the company to create the systems.

Might new technologies help SMBs eventually exploit data to its full extent?

Moore: The technologies have emerged and have matured, and one of the biggest things in the technology arena that helps bring the price down, or make it more available, is simply moving to the cloud. An on-premises analytics solution requires hardware, and it’s just an expensive footprint to get off the ground. But with Microsoft and their Azure Cloud and their Office 365, or their Azure Synapse Analytics offering, people can actually get to the technology at a far cheaper price point.

That one technology right there makes it far more affordable for the SMB market.

What about things like low-code/no-code platforms, natural language query, embedded analytics — will those play a role in helping SMBs improve data utilization for growth?

Moore: In the SMB market, they’re aware of things like machine learning, but they’re closer to the core blocking and tackling of looking at [key performance indicators], looking at cash dashboards so they know how much cash they have in the bank, looking at their service dashboard and finding the clients they’re ignoring.

The first and easiest one that’s going to apply to SMBs is low-code/no-code, particularly in grabbing their source data, transforming it and making it available for analytics. Prior to low-code/no-code, it’s really a high-code alternative, and that’s where it takes an army of programmers and all they’re doing is moving data — the data pipeline.

But there will be a set of the SMB market that goes after some of the other technologies like machine learning — we’ve seen some people be really excited about it. One example was looking at [IT help] tickets that are being worked in the service industry and comparing it with customer satisfaction. What they were measuring was ticket staleness, how many tickets their service team were ignoring, and as they were getting stale, their clients would be getting angry for lack of service. With machine learning, they were able to find that if they ignored a printer ticket for two weeks, that is far different than ignoring an email problem for two weeks. Ignoring an email problem for two days leads to a horrible customer satisfaction score. Machine learning goes in and relates that stuff, and that’s very powerful. The small and medium-sized business market will get there, but they’re starting at earlier and more basic steps.

Editor’s note: This Q&A has been edited for brevity and clarity.

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SMBs grappling with digital transformation initiatives

Small and medium-sized businesses across the board have either recently launched or are in the process of launching digital transformation initiatives, but many are running up against obstacles.

The results of the inaugural Insight 2020 Technology Report: IT Trends for Midmarket and Small Business, a study based on input from more than 400 North American IT professionals at independent and emerging businesses, highlighted that dilemma. Insight Enterprises conducted the research.

Technology has become a corporate cornerstone, even for small businesses, according to the report. “Enterprises recognize that they need to embrace leading-edge technology in order to remain competitive,” said Joseph Clinton, central region sales director at Insight Enterprises.

Organizations expect that embracing digital transformation will positively impact their operations, the report said. The top three business areas that respondents said digital transformation initiatives would help improve are customer experience, cited by 43%; operational efficiency, 42%; and workforce productivity and collaboration, 42%.

Digital transformation challenges

Realizing the potential benefits of digital transformation has been vexing, however. Close to half of the study’s respondents, 49%, said integrating new technology with legacy systems is very or extremely challenging when dealing with IT service providers. “Many companies perform a lift and shift. They simply take their existing applications and port them to the cloud,” Clinton explained. “In those cases, they do not take advantage of any of the modernization features available in the new environment.”

Steps for digital transformation chart
Four essential steps to digital transformation

Funding also poses issues for these initiatives. The study found that 44% of respondents pointed to budget constraints as an inhibitor to embracing digital transformation.

Additionally, when attempting to equip their businesses with the latest technology, 45% of SMBs said understanding which new technologies to invest in is an area of concern. Many new systems are cloud-based, and cost is a key obstacle here, as well. Comparing cloud pricing to current expenditures is the most frequently cited barrier to migration, cited by 56% of SMB respondents.

Building a digital transformation framework

So, how can a company address its digital transformation challenges? “Businesses need a framework, a plan that aligns where they are today to where they want to be in the future,” Clinton said.

Businesses need a framework, a plan that aligns where they are today to where they want to be in the future.
Joseph ClintonCentral region sales director, Insight Enterprises

But in many cases, these organizations lack the technical depth to create the plan — a task that channel partners can help with. “There are a lot of potential pitfalls,” Clinton said. “Businesses need to get their applications and employees ready for the change. The bursting that cloud offers can be helpful, but it can also be expensive. In some cases, modern applications cost much more than legacy systems.”

As a result, corporations should not automatically assume the cloud offers them a better deployment model than legacy infrastructure. They need to create a methodology to see which workloads should move. Channel partners with deep cloud experience are in prime position to help them make the right call, Clinton said.

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

For sale here is a small form factor gaming PC, as I decided to go back to using console. It can handle most latest titles in medium settings and some not-so-demanding ones in high. 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, South London. Looking for a quick sale as I’m moving in 3 weeks time.

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

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This group of businesses is the most often attacked on earth—here’s how we helped

There are 79 million businesses worldwide who meet the “small or medium business” (SMB) definition of having 300 or fewer employees, and those businesses represent 95 percent of all the companies on earth—which amounts to a staggering 63 percent of the world’s workforce. As gigantic as those figures might be, they’re belied by other numbers that cast a shadow across worldwide employment: Last year, 55 percent of SMBs weathered cyberattacks, 52 percent of these breaches were caused by human error, and, in a quarter of these cases, sensitive customer data was breached. The average cyberattack will cost an SMB U.S. $190,000 and, after a ransomware attack, only one-third of SMBs can remain profitable.

This year, these numbers will only increase because 90 percent of SMBs do not currently have any data protection.

In an era where nearly every company is, in some regard, a technology company, the upcoming end of support for Windows 7 on January 14, 2020 only adds to the pressure on these businesses.

We considered our responsibility to this community

During my keynote at Microsoft Ignite, I spoke at length about the challenges associated with app compatibility, and I shared how Microsoft has taken on a responsibility for compatibility. The reasoning behind this is simple: Among other reasons, when more organizations are operating modern infrastructures, it’s much simpler to keep attacks from spreading throughout the world. Similarly, as my team looked at the needs of the SMB community, we considered our responsibility to their security posture. After some analysis, we discovered a way to help them that didn’t exist within the enterprise offering of Microsoft 365 (a product we had fine-tuned to the needs of large companies).

The answer was Microsoft 365 Business, and I believe it offers SMBs the best possible opportunity to be secure and productive at the lowest possible cost. Microsoft 365 Business offers the same security tools used by many banks, governments, and multi-national corporations, as well as the very same productivity tools in Office 365.

Recently, we’ve undertaken an effort to think and talk about this topic differently.

While many SMBs don’t have the resources to hire a Chief Security Officer (CSO) of their own, I think this community can use Microsoft 365 Business like a CSO. I encourage you to spend a few minutes at YourNewCSO to learn how to use these resources right away. No matter where you are on your security journey, the site and these eight quick (and funny?) videos will show you steps to better secure your business.

Our data clearly demonstrates that combining security with a huge boost in productivity is the type of innovation that will set an SMB apart in a competitive environment. A recent study of two customers by Qualtrics found that employees using modern tools were 50 percent more likely to say they could better serve their customers, and they were 121 percent more likely to feel valued by their company—a sentiment that is directly tied to improved productivity, loyalty, and a positive organizational culture.

Fully use what you already have

Rather than simply try to sell something throughout this post, I’d like to point out some ways SMBs who already own Office 365 can improve their security without spending any additional money. Included below are seven steps to improve your security at no extra cost—you can also read how to do it or watch this quick overview.

  1. Check your Microsoft Secure Score.
  2. Set up Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA). Setting up MFA will prevent 99 percent of identity attacks.
  3. Use the built-in mobile application management tools in Office 365.
  4. Set up a separate account for performing administrative tasks.
  5. Use an antivirus solution that leverages the cloud to protect from the latest threats. Microsoft Defender provides some great out-of-the-box capabilities in Windows 10 that more than 50 percent of enterprises are using.
  6. Store files in OneDrive for Business, and the cloud becomes your backup. No more manual PC backups, which saves you time and money. Even better, if you are hacked and are regularly saving your documents to OneDrive, you can simply revert your files back to before the hack occurred.
  7. Stop email auto-forwarding.

As we found from talking with hundreds of SMBs, creating a culture of security is one of the biggest first steps you can take. Right now is the time to educate your employees about how to identify security threats (e.g., don’t click that suspicious link, and if you do, please let someone know), and with Windows 7 very quickly reaching end of support, use this as an opportunity to move to our best available, most secure platform. Microsoft 365 Business can help.

Office 365 security tips

Seven security features in Office 365 you can use to secure your organization.

Watch the video

Why move from Office 365 to Microsoft 365 Business

Office 365 provides the suite of productivity tools you know and love, including capabilities like Exchange Online, SharePoint Online, and OneDrive for Business. But when you move to Microsoft 365 Business, you get that power of Office 365 as well as a comprehensive, cloud-based security solution that lets you defend your business against advanced threats. Microsoft 365 helps you to protect against cyberthreats with sophisticated phishing and ransomware protection; lets you control access to sensitive information, using encryption to keep data from being accidentally shared with someone not authorized to see it; and enables you to secure the devices that connect to your data, helping keep iOS, Android, Windows, and Mac devices secure and up-to-date. Microsoft 365 Business is fully integrated with Office 365, so you have one place for administration, billing, and 24×7 support.

Next steps

In addition to visiting YourNewCSO, consider the value of insuring yourself against a cyberattack. I’m excited to announce that, starting today, we’re piloting a new program in the U.S. in collaboration with AXA XL (a global insurer) and Slice Labs (on-demand insurance platform) to offer a free cybersecurity health check and support AXA XL’s provision of cyber insurance for qualified customers that use Microsoft 365 Business, Office 365 Business, and Office 365 Business Premium.

With your permission, AXA XL will assess your organization’s security and offer their services to qualifying customers, potentially with a discount. You can find more information about the collaboration in the AXA XL and Slice Labs press release, and you can read more about their offering and purchase insurance.

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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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