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TP Link N600-TD-W9980 Modem/Router

Hi all,

There is nothing wrong with it. I have changed ISP and they sent me a new, decent modem/router as such my trusty TPlink is up for grabs.

It is this one here:

As can be seen it is boxed with the original packaging and has (as far as I am aware) all the original bits, mini cd, paperwork etc

Purchased October 2015.

There are some light scratches on the top.

Price and…

TP Link N600-TD-W9980 Modem/Router

TP Link N600-TD-W9980 Modem/Router

Hi all,

There is nothing wrong with it. I have changed ISP and they sent me a new, decent modem/router as such my trusty TPlink is up for grabs.

It is this one here:

As can be seen it is boxed with the original packaging and has (as far as I am aware) all the original bits, mini cd, paperwork etc

Purchased October 2015.

There are some light scratches on the top.

Price and…

TP Link N600-TD-W9980 Modem/Router

Game-changing cloud: New business mindsets to compete globally – Asia News Center

“They are usually family-owned. And so, it’s about their money, not somebody else’s money,” Michelle explains. “They’re making decisions based on their own livelihoods, the livelihoods of their family members. That rings true for small businesses and all the way to some of the largest conglomerates.”

Until now, it has been easy for them to tap massive pools of cheap and relatively low-skilled workers to solve problems or meet targets rather than adopt new technologies. That strategy works in the production of low-end goods, such as in a garment factory or a food processing plant. “But that can only take them so far, and they’re starting to recognize that,” she says.

The change in mindset often comes when a company steps up into the production of higher-end goods and services aimed at sophisticated export markets and foreign partners who hold higher expectations of quality and other standards. “This is a matter of survival on a globally competitive scale, and so they are recognizing that technology will help them to be more competitive.”

Some of the largest companies in emerging economies are rapidly taking up technology solutions so they can join the global business community. “If they want to have foreign investments – if they want to be competitive globally and work with global partners – they need to have a strong governance model. They need to have technology in place in order to be competitive,” Michelle says.

She cites the example of how one regional company modernized its internal communication across a string of different plants and over a range of industries. Previously, paper memorandums would have been distributed from the CEO’s office. Now, that same CEO can have regular bi-directional conversations with his workers and managers on all sorts of issues, from improving productivity by reducing errors to better managing absenteeism.

The big game changer in all this is the cloud. Economical and flexible, the cloud not only provides efficiency, communication, and better governance, it also brings unprecedented security. This is of grave importance to a region regarded as particularly vulnerable to cyberattacks. Microsoft’s most recent Security Intelligence Report found that four out of the nine countries which Michelle covers were dangerously open to cyberthreats because of lax regulations, the widespread use of malware-infused pirated software, poor IT management, and simple complacency.

It is clear that cybersecurity is an essential part of any business expansion strategy. One example is Chip Mong, a conglomerate in Cambodia that has its eyes set on spreading its reach across the whole of Southeast Asia. Since 1982, it has been producing a diverse array of services and products – from manufacturing and distributing concrete to importing and distributing cement, ceramic tiles, and steel. It has also moved into a range of consumer goods.

But to move to the next level, its leaders understood that data protection would be essential to winning market share and satisfying customers. And so Chip Mong adopted a cloud-based Office 365 solution to transform its operations. Not only did this resulted in a robust security posture, it produced competitive efficiencies within, and collaboration across, its many business units and teams. Furthermore, its digital transformation journey bolstered Chip Mong’s reputation as an attractive employer for Cambodian millennial professionals who understand that doing business in the cloud can open the door to the world.

For many years, manufacturers in emerging markets relied on their comparatively low costs to be effective exporters. But things are getting more complicated as industries develop and global markets become more sophisticated and discerning. Quality control, and the costs associated with it, are now key. And, data-driven technology is playing a crucial role.

Let’s look at the Hirdaramani Group. It started as a single retail store in Sri Lanka’s capital, Colombo, and today, it stretches across multiple sectors with more than 60,000 employees working in dozens of facilities in four countries. With an eye on growing its apparel manufacturing business further, Hirdaramani has adopted an end-to-end quality management system, it calls Res.Q. This solution integrates real-time data and analytics with Power BI to monitor key production quality indicators. This eliminates reporting time lags and enables data-driven decision-making, which, in turn, slashes costly wastage, builds new efficiencies, and boosts competitiveness.

Michelle sees ongoing innovation, based on cloud technologies, as the way forward for emerging economies as more globally-minded entrepreneurs establish new industries, tap new export markets, and create new jobs.

“The cloud changes everything for small and medium businesses. If you think about how they operate without technology, it’s a paper-based. Their borders are typically within the distance that they can reach their customers, which might be a walking distance, it might be a driving distance. But with the cloud, they can theoretically operate anywhere.”

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“That means barriers are broken down,” Michelle says. “The cloud provides them with capabilities that, not so long ago, only the top 1,000 companies globally would have had access to. The whole world becomes an opportunity for anyone in any country at that point. From a customer perspective – everyone can access the global economy. You can have a company in Bangladesh or Cambodia competing with companies in Western Europe. And that is a very different story today than it was 10 years ago.”

This is a pivotal change for Asia’s emerging markets, Michelle says. If companies anywhere can compete anywhere, there is no reason why a now small company based in Bhutan or Brunei, Nepal or wherever, cannot grow, prosper and “one day make it on the Fortune 500.”

Dell EMC VDI helps university expand application access

By 2016, computer labs at the University of Arkansas had become so high maintenance that they took up an inordinate amount of the IT staff’s time.

It was difficult to repair hardware, update software and protect against malware on about 400 physical desktops in about eight labs. Plus, some applications were only available on certain computers in specific labs, which limited student access.

To solve these problems, the university deployed a combination of Dell EMC and VMware products to provide virtual desktops and a revamped infrastructure to support them.

“VDI greatly reduces the cost and the need for maintenance … so this frees up the IT resources across campus to do more important things,” said Stephen Herzig, director of enterprise systems for the university in Fayetteville, Ark. “And this ‘any device, anytime, anywhere’ concept that we have frees the student from geography to get the application that they need.”

The university began the Dell EMC VDI project in December 2016 and, by March 2017, had delivered virtual desktops to thin clients in several labs. Herzig’s team chose a mix of rack servers, thin clients and virtualization software (see sidebar, “Hardware and software”) for its VDI deployment.

Had we just done a plain, vanilla VDI, we wouldn’t be talking.
Stephen Herzigdirector of enterprise systems, University of Arkansas

The combination of these technologies allowing scalable, flexible VDI was what made the approach so innovative. The university essentially developed its own type of hyper-converged infrastructure, and the vendors collaborated on that infrastructure’s delivery, before a similar bundle was commercially available. Dell EMC and its subsidiary, VMware, now offer VDI Complete, a package of hyper-converged infrastructure appliances, software and thin clients from the two vendors.

“Had we just done a plain, vanilla VDI, we wouldn’t be talking,” Herzig said. “It was the way we went about it and making all of these technologies work in concert with each other.”

‘A vision we were aligned with’

The university chose Dell R630 servers for their high density; one rack hosts 1,000 desktops and up to 2,000 applications. And for students in the schools of architecture and engineering that needed graphics-heavy apps, for example, the R730 servers allowed the virtual desktops to support GPUs. (Plus, at the same time as the Dell EMC VDI project, the university moved many of its devices from Windows 7 to Windows 10, which tends to require more graphics processing on basic applications.)

“We wanted to have the most rich experience and allow everyone on campus to be able to use [VDI], so that meant we needed to cover everybody,” said Jon C. Kelley, associate director of enterprise systems at the university. “Having a GPU for literally every desktop helped with even the base-level stuff on Windows 10.”

Before choosing Dell EMC VDI services, the team had looked at Hewlett Packard Enterprise for infrastructure and Citrix for VDI software. But IT staff members were already familiar with Dell, and they felt more attracted to Dell EMC’s philosophy, which pushed the commoditization of hardware and the value of software abstraction, Kelley said.

In addition, VMware’s vision of simplified desktop delivery with major end-user visibility, using its NSX and vRealize Suite products for cloud infrastructure management, resonated with IT, he said.

“An individual having data and needing to manipulate that data using applications — while wanting to have access to both, wherever you are — was a vision we were aligned with,” he added.

Users work in a computer lab at the university.
Users work in a computer lab at the university.

A bundled approach to desktop virtualization and its back-end infrastructure can help organizations reduce complexity, said Rhett Dillingham, vice president and senior analyst at Moor Insights & Strategy.

“VDI has been one of the more complicated technologies to plan for and deliver at scale,” he said. “To have a single vendor not just deliver but support that is key. The ability to call a single vendor and have them run triage and manage resolution of all issues … is a drastic simplification.”

Teamwork made the dream work

To ensure that the Dell EMC VDI project went smoothly from planning to implementation, members of the university’s communications, desktop support and IT infrastructure teams formed a group that met regularly.

“That was really crucial because we needed buy-in from desktop support,” Kelley said. “A lot of those people were pretty resistant to the VDI concept. Getting them to understand, ‘Oh, it frees up my time to do other things, and I also still have control over the imaging and things like that,’ was really key.”

The IT staff nailed down the overall architecture first, then deployed the thin clients, created a management cluster and used contractor services to help them deploy NSX. Lastly, they built the compute nodes, which store and run the memory, processing and other resources for the deployment’s virtual machines, and added them to VMware Horizon to enable virtual desktop provisioning.

“The university IT team was really strong,” said Andrew McDaniel, director of VDI Ready Solutions at Dell EMC. “They got deep into the deployment and took on responsibility for doing quite a bit of the work themselves.”

The biggest challenge was figuring out how to organize billing for the on-demand access to software and services, because the university has a central IT department and several additional, distributed IT groups that support specific colleges and departments.

“When you’re using Workspace One and deploying apps, there is no static number,” Herzig said. “How do you bill for that?”

The university is experimenting with two models. With one, a group pays a specific fee per year per endpoint, and the central IT department provides and maintains the thin client and monitor, as well as covers back-end infrastructure and licensing costs. In the second, the group buys its own thin clients and monitors, which it is responsible for maintaining, and pays a reduced yearly fee per endpoint to cover infrastructure and licensing.

The Dell EMC VDI deployment was so successful that within only a couple months of deploying the first virtual desktops, the IT department amassed a long list of other groups at the university that wanted to implement them too. Herzig’s team continuously works to deliver virtual desktops to more groups and plans to implement VDI for faculty desktops and student and faculty mobile devices.

“From day one in the labs, we have had virtually no complaints,” Herzig said. “And typically if you’ve got 30 machines, you’ve got a couple that are down for one reason or another. Well, that problem is gone. The support people spend a lot less time fiddling with lab machines trying to bring them back up or solve problems or help users deal with connectivity issues or application issues.”

As more organizations see how this type of bundled approach to VDI can be successful, they may be more willing to adopt the technology, Dillingham said.

Wanted – GTX 970 or thereabouts.


Does anyone have a GTX 970 4Gb or thereabouts they are wanting to part with?

Hoping to get better FPS in Elite Dangerous than my HD4000 on CPU graphics!


Location: Derbyshire

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Midmarket enterprises push UCaaS platform adoption

Cloud unified communications adoption is growing among midmarket enterprises as they look to improve employee communication, productivity and collaboration. Cloud offerings, too, are evolving to meet midmarket enterprise needs, according to a Gartner Inc. report on North American midmarket unified communications as a service (UCaaS).

Gartner, a market research firm based in Stamford, Conn., defines the midmarket as enterprises with 100 to 999 employees and revenue between $50 million and $1 billion. UCaaS spending in the midmarket segment reached nearly $1.5 billion in 2017 and is expected to hit almost $3 billion by 2021, according to the report. Midmarket UCaaS providers include vendors ranked in Gartner’s UCaaS Magic Quadrant report. The latest Gartner UCaaS midmarket report, however, examined North American-focused providers not ranked in the larger Magic Quadrant report, such as CenturyLink, Jive and Vonage.

But before deploying a UCaaS platform, midmarket IT decision-makers must evaluate the broader business requirements that go beyond communication and collaboration.

Evaluating the cost of a UCaaS platform

The most significant challenge facing midmarket IT planners over the next 12 months is budget constraints, according to the report. These constraints play a major role in midmarket UC decisions, said Megan Fernandez, Gartner analyst and co-author of the report.

“While UCaaS solutions are not always less expensive than premises-based solutions, the ability to acquire elastic services with straightforward costs is useful for many midsize enterprises,” she said.

Many midmarket enterprises are looking to acquire UCaaS functions as a bundled service rather than stand-alone functions, according to the report. Bundles can be more cost-effective as prices are based on a set of features rather than a single UC application. Other enterprises will acquire UCaaS through a freemium model, which offers basic voice and conferencing functionality.

“We tend to see freemium services coming into play when organizations are trying new services,” she said. “Users might access the service and determine if the freemium capabilities will suffice for their business needs.”

For some enterprises, this basic functionality will meet business requirements and offer cost savings. But other enterprises will upgrade to a paid UCaaS platform after using the freemium model to test services.

Cloud adoption
Enterprises are putting more emphasis on cloud communications services.

Addressing multiple network options

Midmarket enterprises have a variety of network configurations depending on the number of sites and access to fiber. As a result, UCaaS providers offer multiple WAN strategies to connect to enterprises. Midmarket IT planners should ensure UCaaS providers align with their companies’ preferred networking approach, Fernandez said.

Enterprises looking to keep network costs down may connect to a UCaaS platform via DSL or cable modem broadband. Enterprises with stricter voice quality requirements may pay more for an IP MPLS connection, according to the report. Software-defined WAN (SD-WAN) is also a growing trend for communications infrastructure. 

“We expect SD-WAN to be utilized in segments with requirements for high QoS,” Fernandez said. “We tend to see more requirements for high performance in certain industries like healthcare and financial services.”

Team collaboration’s influence and user preferences

Team collaboration, also referred to as workstream collaboration, offers similar capabilities as UCaaS platforms, such as voice, video and messaging, but its growing popularity won’t affect how enterprises buy UCaaS, yet.

Fernandez said team collaboration is not a primary factor influencing UCaaS buying decisions as team collaboration is still acquired at the departmental or team level. But buying decisions could shift as the benefits of team-oriented management become more widely understood, she said.

“This means we’ll increasingly see more overlap in the UCaaS and workstream collaboration solution decisions in the future,” Fernandez said.

Intuitive user interfaces have also become an important factor in the UCaaS selection process as ease of use will affect user adoption of a UCaaS platform. According to the report, providers are addressing ease of use demands by trying to improve access to features, embedding AI functionality and enhancing interoperability among UC services.

For Sale – SATA / IDE USB 2.5″/3.5″ Hard Drive Dock Cable Adapters


Selling some of my old computer bits off as they are no longer required.

1) Novatech SATA 2.5 inch or 3.5 inch USB HDD Hard Drive Dock – The item is overall good condition and in full working order. Comes with all the bits as seen in the pics. This is the UK version which has a 3 pin plug. – £15

2) StarTech SATA to 2.5 inch or 3.5 inch IDE Hard Drive Adaptor for HDD Docks – This is the IDE dock adapter for the above. – £15

3) USB to IDE or SATA 2.5″ 3.5″ Hard Drive HDD Cable Adapter with UK Power Plug – £7

Can do a deal if you want all of the above.

Postage will be via 2nd Class only – proof of postage will be obtained.

Thanks for looking.

Price and currency: Various
Delivery: Delivery cost is included within my country
Payment method: BT or PPG
Location: Birmingham
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Compliance Manager tool aims to ease security audit process

underlying environment also means they are at Microsoft’s mercy for its answers on regulatory compliance audits. To address this situation and others, Microsoft developed a Compliance Manager tool that provides a real-time risk analysis of the different cloud workloads.

Over the last year, there has been an uptick in security measures in the enterprise. Two compliance regulations that come up frequently are the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

For HIPAA, introduced in 1996, the rise in hospital audits by the Office for Civil Rights and data breaches in recent years has many enterprises re-evaluating their security practices around patient data. GDPR is the compliance requirement that starts May 25, 2018, for organizations that handle the data of European Union citizens.

Most organizations that deal with HIPAA, GDPR or any other regulatory compliance know the difficulties associated with tracking results from audits, questionnaires, surveys and other standard operating procedures. The amount of information required to satisfy requests for compliance checklists and security assessments can overwhelm many Exchange administrators.

Regardless of the industry, the IT staff must address regulatory compliance audits; otherwise, the company can face financial and legal penalties. Microsoft released its Compliance Manager tool in November to assist IT in these efforts.

Compliance Manager tool offers compliance overview

Compliance Manager is a SaaS application located in the Service Trust Portal that features a dashboard summary of an organization’s data protection, compliance status and documentation details related to GDPR, HIPAA and other requirements.

The Compliance Manager tool provides an automated assessment of Microsoft workloads such as Office 365, Dynamics 365 and some in Azure. The utility suggests ways to boost compliance and data protection in the environment.

Compliance audits often require gathering the same information. Exchange administrators can save some time by using the Compliance Manager tool, which acts as a central repository of audit details and documentation. Admins can maintain this documentation over time and ensure they meet the compliance processes mandated by their teams.

The Compliance Manager tool is still in preview mode; Microsoft said it plans to have all the compliance templates set prior to May 2018, but anyone with an Office 365 subscription can sign up to test it.

For on-premises workloads, the Compliance Manager tool provides the requirements that need to be validated and evaluated by the administrators. Microsoft has not indicated if it will extend the automated assessment feature to any on-premises tools.

Compliance Manager assists administrators with compliance requirements across the different Microsoft workloads with full document management features and task management.

Compliance Manager assessments
The dashboard in the Compliance Manager tool gives a summary of the controls fulfilled by the customer and by Microsoft to meet a standard or regulation.

Compliance Manager breaks down compliance for a standard or regulation into assessments. Each assessment consists of controls mapped to a standard that are shared between Microsoft and the tenant. The dashboard shows which controls a customer and Microsoft have met to comply with a regulation or standard.

Administrators can use the Compliance Manager portal to manage control assignments for team members based on specific compliance requirements. Microsoft calls this task management feature action items, and it allocates different controls to individuals within the organization. This helps organize the tasks needed from each IT worker, such as data or email retention associated with GDPR, that Exchange administrators must complete. The platform enables administrators to set the priority and the individual responsible for it.

There are a few other features in the Compliance Manager tool worth noting:

  • A flexible platform that supports multiple regulations. In the initial preview release of the Compliance Manager tool, the application only supports GDPR, ISO 27001 and ISO 27018. Microsoft said it will add support for HIPAA and other regulatory standards, such as the National Institute of Standards and Technology Special Publication 800-53. Having one tool that covers the range of regulatory compliance requirements makes it a very attractive option for IT and Exchange administrators.
  • Coverage on multiple platforms. After Microsoft introduced Office 365, a number of Exchange Online administrators began to manage more than just Exchange workloads. It’s the responsibility of the IT department to ensure the interdependent workloads associated with Exchange Online meet compliance requirements. Microsoft includes assessments of Dynamics 365, Azure and the full Office 365 suite in the Compliance Manager tool to give IT full visibility into all the workloads under one compliance platform.

Compliance Manager tool shows promise

Microsoft has certainly delivered a good snapshot of what most compliance officers and administrators would like in its preview version of Compliance Manager. However, the tool only addresses three existing compliance requirements, when many in IT will want to see coverage extend to include the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard, the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, HIPAA, Food and Drug Administration 21 Code of Federal Regulations part 11 and others. 

While there are a number of mature compliance and auditing tools in the market that offer more certifications and regulatory compliance, Compliance Manager eliminates the daunting task for administrators to produce detailed assessments under each of the compliance requirements. Some of this manual work includes interviewing Microsoft technical resources, gathering legal and written statements with certain security configurations, and, in some cases, hiring third-party auditors to validate the findings.

Microsoft will need to cover the rest of the compliance spectrum to encourage administrators to embrace this platform. But the platform is easy to use and addresses many of the concerns organizations have with the upcoming GDPR.