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PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds Full Product Release Now Available on Xbox One – Xbox Wire

Today, the Full Product Release (1.0) update for PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG) released for new and existing owners across the Xbox One family of devices. This is a big moment for the PUBG Xbox community, now over nine million players strong, who have been every bit an important part of the development process since we first launched in Xbox Game Preview in December 2017. With the support of fans and the team at Microsoft, it’s been an incredible journey and we’re just getting started.

The Full Product Release comes with several exciting updates, including the Xbox One debut of the Sanhok Map, available today, along with Event Pass: Sanhok, which unlocks awesome rewards for leveling up and completing missions. The Sanhok Map is included with the Full Product Release 1.0 update, and Event Pass: Sanhok can be purchased in the Microsoft Store or the PUBG in-game Store beginning today. For additional details on all of the new features included in the Full Product Release update today and in the weeks ahead, click here.

While Full Product Release represents an exciting milestone for PUBG on Xbox One, it does not represent the end of the journey. The game will continue to be updated and optimized, and we have an exciting roadmap of new features and content ahead in the months to come, including the winter release of an all-new snow map.

The Full Product Release of PUBG for Xbox One is available for $29.99 USD digitally and as a retail disc version at participating retailers worldwide. If you already own the Xbox Game Preview version of PUBG on Xbox One you will receive a content update automatically today at no additional cost.

As shared previously, we’re also providing some special bonuses both to new players and those who have supported PUBG over the past nine months.

To enhance the ultimate PUBG experience on Xbox, fans can also look forward to the PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds Limited Edition Xbox Wireless Controller, which is now available for pre-order at the online at the Microsoft Store and starts shipping to retailers worldwide on October 30 for $69.99 USD.

Be sure to tune into Mixer’s very own HypeZone PUBG Channel to catch the most exciting, down-to-the-wire PUBG action that give viewers the opportunity to discover streamers of all levels during the most intense moments of the game.

Whether you’re already a player or your chicken dinner hunt starts today – now is the best time to jump into PUBG on Xbox One!

VMware vSphere update tweaks HTML5 client, bundles AppDefense

A stand-alone update to VMware vSphere 6.7 sports a few upgrades and a polished HTML5 client interface, while another version bundles the company’s AppDefense security product with a higher price tag.

Besides the new interface, vSphere 6.7 Update 1 contains a vCenter Server Converge Tool and additional vMotion and snapshot capabilities for Nvidia Grid vGPUs and support for field-programmable gate arrays (FPGAs).

Experts said these additional vSphere capabilities are useful, if not long overdue, but don’t elevate this release to a major one for vSphere customers.

“There are some nice things, like the vSphere Client, and the FPGA support for vMotion is good for people that will use the product every day … but it is a minor upgrade,” said Gary Chen, research manager for software-defined compute at IDC.

Gary Chen, research manager for software-defined compute, IDCGary Chen

Some of the higher-end technical improvements could attract some users who implement machine learning and AI capabilities, Chen said. However, the virtualization market is very well-penetrated, and the new release is more to evolve the product and keep customers on board.

Most end users will welcome the vSphere update’s tweaks to improve the HTML5 client, as well as vGPU vMotion additions, but those particular functions won’t drive greater adoption of the product, said Brian Kirsch, IT architect and instructor at Milwaukee Area Technical College.

VSphere Platinum plugs in AppDefense

The bundled version, vSphere Platinum Edition, contains vSphere 6.7 Update 1 and AppDefense, with a vCenter plug-in for AppDefense, and it offers application-level security, according to Mike Adams, senior director of product marketing for VMware’s cloud platform business unit.

“AppDefense can offer a good known state for what should be running in the hypervisor from the applications’ perspective,” Adams said. “So, if there is any deviation from that, admins will get an alert right away and be able to do something about it.”

Most IT shops will appreciate VMware’s continued focus on security with the bundling of AppDefense, Kirsch said. This, combined with NSX’s attention to east-west attacks, should curry favor with larger IT shops.

Bargain hunters beware

Why would you [buy] the bundle if you can buy [vSphere and AppDefense] cheaper separately?
Gary Chenanalyst, IDC

What could steal attention away from the products’ new features, however, is the Platinum Edition’s price tag of $4,195 per CPU, per year. The current edition of vSphere Enterprise Plus goes for $3,495 per CPU, per year, and the current SaaS version of AppDefense is $500 per CPU, per year, totaling $3,995.

Asked to explain the higher Platinum price tag, Adams noted the package includes $10,000 in promotional credits for VMware Cloud on AWS. He added that this, plus the AppDefense vCenter plug-in, “is of significant value” to users.

The additional $200 per CPU, per year, is a significant sum for some large IT shops that have hundreds of servers, each with four, eight or more CPUs. Many might opt to buy the products separately and pocket the savings.

“Why would you [buy] the bundle if you can buy them cheaper separately, unless they are not telling us something?” IDC’s Chen said.

The promotional credits for VMware Cloud on AWS may offer some incentive, but workloads that require the aforementioned horsepower in AWS will use that up relatively quickly. Buyers also should be aware that the credits are good for only six months and can be used only toward single-server instances, Chen said.

SearchServerVirtualization site editor Ryann Burnett contributed to this story.

StorageCraft update adds converged appliance, data protection

In a move that was hinted at earlier this year, the latest StorageCraft update revamps the OneBlox and ShadowProtect products into the new OneXafe and ShadowXafe. More than just a name change, both products bring significant changes, bringing together primary, secondary and cloud storage, and the means to back them up onto a single platform.

With OneXafe, the StorageCraft update integrates the OneBlox scale-out storage appliance with the company’s backup and data protection software. StorageCraft acquired object storage vendor Exablox in 2017 for its OneBlox platform.

“We’ve taken the technology and the products we bought through the Exablox acquisition, which is mainly the scale-out storage for primary and secondary markets, and tightly integrating that with the data protection technologies from StorageCraft,” said Shridar Subramanian, vice president of marketing and product management at StorageCraft Technology Corp.

OneXafe will come in HDD-equipped 4400-series models, which start at $14,000 for 144 TB, and all-flash 5400-series models, which start at $38,000 for 38 TB. They will be available later this year.

The StorageCraft update revamps ShadowProtect as well, with the new ShadowXafe. This data protection software product is tightly integrated with the company’s existing cloud-based disaster recovery as a service (DRaaS) offering and boasts a near-instant recovery from physical or virtual machines. ShadowXafe’s features also include agentless support for virtual environments, service-level agreement-driven backup policy orchestration, and the ability to recover to dissimilar physical or virtual environments. The ShadowXafe software is currently available.

Screenshot of ShadowXafe dashboard
ShadowXafe’s dashboard

Although ShadowXafe makes up the data protection component of the total OneXafe package, both products can be purchased independently. ShadowXafe is hardware-agnostic and can be deployed to any system, and OneXafe without ShadowXafe is essentially a OneBlox appliance with hardware upgrades.

Render of OneXafe 4400 Series and 5410
OneXafe 4400 Series and 5410

Targeting the midsize enterprise, the StorageCraft update was designed to be easy to deploy. “We’ve made something that’s easy to manage and something that does primary, secondary and data protection,” Subramanian said.

With other vendors, IT administrators would have to pick out those three components piecemeal and then figure out how to build a backup infrastructure with them, effectively becoming “pseudo-system integrators,” according to Subramanian. “With our system, they don’t have to worry about any of those things. They can just put these solutions in play. It is a plug-and-play model, and they can grow capacity and protection capabilities as the need arises,” he said.

According to Amita Potnis, research manager at IDC, StorageCraft has had a history of enticing the midsize market with its object storage, which scales better than file-based systems.

“Generally speaking, when using a file-based storage environment, they probably will not have the ability to scale to the extent that an object store does,” she said. “I think having the ability to scale dramatically, and easily, and affordably, it would help midsize customers especially.”

New Nakivo update supports more platforms

Nakivo’s latest update of its data protection software focuses on compatibility and integration, including a cross-platform recovery feature.

Nakivo Backup & Replication 7.5 is compatible with the latest version of VMware vSphere, integrates with the Dell EMC Data Domain BoostFS plug-in for deduplication and supports Netgear ReadyNAS devices.

Nakivo provides data protection for VMware, Microsoft Hyper-V and AWS Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2). This Nakivo update introduced the ability to export backup data in multiple formats and recover from that data across platforms.

The new Nakivo update also offers more granular control over the bandwidth throttling feature introduced in the previous version. Aside from setting general rules to limit data transfer speed during business hours, users can set bandwidth rules on a per-job basis if they so choose.

Nakivo competes mainly with larger and more established vendors, such as Veritas, Veeam and Acronis. Veniamin Simonov, Nakivo’s lead product manager, said one way for the smaller company to win deals is to offer a low-cost product that has the features of its rivals.

“Backup software should not be expensive. While it’s critical for the enterprise to have backup and recovery in case of a disaster, it’s not the first thing businesses are invested into. So it shouldn’t be expensive,” Simonov said.

Nakivo update schedule helps in competitive market

To compete on features, Nakivo brings out quarterly updates of its software that protects virtual machines and recently expanded to include cloud support. Because Backup & Replication is Nakivo’s only product, it receives the vendor’s full engineering support.

Headshot of Veniamin SimonovVeniamin Simonov

“We’re always trying to be flexible and deliver value much quicker. I’ve seen other vendors do major releases every year or every two years, so we’re trying to do four times a year,” Simonov said.

Sticking to its quarterly update schedule has allowed Nakivo to quickly make up ground on the rest of the industry, according to George Crump, founder of IT analysis firm Storage Switzerland. “I can’t think of any major features that they are missing. … In fact, there are some areas where they are unique: EC2-native backup, for example, and support for running on these economical NAS systems,” Crump said.

Backup software should not be expensive. While it’s critical for the enterprise to have backup and recovery in case of a disaster, it’s not the first thing businesses are invested into.
Veniamin Simonovlead product manager, Nakivo

Crump said Nakivo’s main competitive focus should be on Veeam, which has a foothold in the market for smaller companies looking to protect virtual machines and is making strides among enterprises now.

“Veeam should be, and probably is, their sole concern,” Crump said of Nakivo. “In the market they play in — the virtualized enterprise — Veeam is the 800-pound gorilla.”

Nakivo was founded in 2012 and started out as data protection solely for VMware. Despite its aggressive development schedule, Simonov said there is still much to do in the coming Nakivo update agenda.

“We are working towards disaster recovery capabilities, to be more competitive in the mid-business and enterprise markets,” he said. “We are working towards having more capabilities in the physical environments. I believe no modern businesses are fully physical, but there is a big demand for physical backup from customers who have mixed IT environments. We are also working on native tape capabilities.”

Wanted – NAS Enclosure

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Needs to be at least 2 bays and capable of handling 6TB single disk (this has been one of my biggest headaches is finding older ones which support large capacity drives)
Only being used to store films/music and as a secondary backup to photos etc. and will be streaming said films to LG TV so transcoding not required.
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Whole PC, i7, 1080, 16gb etc

Will update more items in the v near future:

Cpu – Intel i7 -6700k delidded OC 4.5 @1.28v – £175 – 165£
Cooling – EK Slim360 watercooling combo – rad, fans, pump, coolant, tubes etc – £150
Misc – 3x140MM noctua redux fans – £30

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Sold items:
Case – Gamemax Sapphire Mirror – £60 -55£ – sold to ninjatheory
Mobo – Asus Sabertooth Z170 Mark 1 painted white, thermal armour cut up top (not visible) – £50 – sold to ninjatheory
Ram – Corsair vengeance lpx…

Whole PC, i7, 1080, 16gb etc