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Exten Technologies releases 3.0 version of NVMe platform

Exten Technologies has released the third generation of its HyperDynamic storage software, which was designed with the aim of bringing more resiliency, performance and management to data center customers.

New features in generation three include node-level resiliency with synchronous replicas, shared volumes with replicas for supporting parallel file systems, dual parity resiliency, and integrated drive management and hot swap.

Exten software is deployed on the storage target and does not require proprietary software on compute clients.

According to Exten, HyperDynamic 3.0 aims to improve TCP performance with Solarflare TCP acceleration that provides TCP performance near remote direct memory access.

It also has new features designed to simplify NVMe-oF storage management and deployment, Exten claims. These features include declustered RAID, which enables the configuration of resilient volumes that use Linux multi-path IO software to provide redundancy in both networking and storage. Exten’s interface provides node- and cluster-level telemetry. Users can also set quality-of-service limits in order to manage performance during drive or node rebuilds.

Exten Technologies is part of a batch of newer vendors making their way in the NVMe market.

Apeiron Data Systems offers a handful of NVMe storage products, including enterprise NVMe. It is NVMe over Ethernet, as opposed to over fabric, and was designed with the goal of delivering the performance and cost of server-based scale-out but with the manageability of enterprise storage.

Vendor Vexata also touts its RAID-protected NVMe and claims it has ultralow latency at scale. According to its website, the company was founded in an attempt to provide better performance and efficiency, while at a lower cost than other flash storage solutions.

Exten Technologies’ HyperDynamic 3.0 is available now.

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StorONE launches S1aaS, a new storage-as-a-service product

StorONE has announced S1 as a Service, which integrates StorONE’s S1 storage service with Dell Technologies and Mellanox hardware.

One of the key components to S1aaS is the Total Resource Utilization (TRU) feature. This feature maximizes communication channels and balance between storage media and CPU utilization, according to StorONE. Additionally, one platform supports all storage services, all protocols and all media types.

StorONE designed TRU over the course of eight years and aims to remove underutilization in order to give customers 80% more capacity and performance from the same hardware. StorONE claims this gives the lowest capital expenditure and operational expenditure costs available.

Additionlly, S1 gives users hardware freedom, where they are not locked into a particular vendor’s pricing or portfolio. S1 is software-defined storage, which enables IT admins to manage shared storage resources through a single dashboard.

A study by ESG Research in 2017 about European storage trends found that nearly 60% of organizations have deployed or are looking into software-defined storage, while 21% are interested in it in the long term.

In an effort to improve data protection, StorONE designed S1 to speed up drive rebuild times, replace dedicated hot spares with an abstracted system with more granular resiliency and reduce costs. StorONE also uses erasure coding to give users unlimited, nestable, writable and persistent snapshots.

S1aaS can be deployed on premises but is available with a cloudlike subscription model. Organizations are billed monthly, quarterly or yearly, and capacity and performance are user-defined. Pricing starts at $999 per month for an 18 TB all-flash array (AFA), delivering 150,000 IOPS. For $1,797 per month, users receive a 36 TB AFA, delivering 250,000 IOPS. The 54 TB AFA and 300,000 IOPS option costs $2,497 per month.

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For Sale – Budget gaming PC and 24” Monitor

i am selling my gaming PC which i have used for nearly 3 years with great care. it still gives great performance with no issues.

specs –

Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-78LMT-USB3
GPU: GeForce GTX 750ti
CPU: AMD FX 6300 6core
RAM: 8GB
Internal Storage: 240GB Kingston SSD
OS: Windows 10 Pro

Asking price £220

also have a HP Pavilion 24 inch full HD IPS monitor for sale at just £80.

collection is preferred but delivery by post can be also done if buyers arrange it (delivery cost has to be added by buyer).

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thanks

Price and currency: £80-£220
Delivery: Delivery cost is not included
Payment method: Paypal/BT
Location: london
Advertised elsewhere?: Not advertised elsewhere
Prefer goods collected?: I prefer the goods to be collected

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Microsoft patches two Windows zero-days in July Patch Tuesday

The July 2019 Patch Tuesday release included fixes for 77 vulnerabilities, two of which were Windows zero-days that were actively exploited in the wild.

The two Windows zero-days are both local escalation-of-privilege flaws that cannot be used alone to perform an attack. One zero-day, CVE-2019-0880, is a flaw in how splwow64.exe handles certain calls. The issue affects Windows 8.1, Windows 10 and Windows Server 2012, 2016 and 2019.

“This vulnerability by itself does not allow arbitrary code execution; however, it could allow arbitrary code to be run if the attacker uses it in combination with another vulnerability that is capable of leveraging the elevated privileges when code execution is attempted,” according to Microsoft.

The other Windows zero-day the vendor patched was CVE-2019-1132, which caused the Win32k component to improperly handle objects in memory. This issue affects Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008.

“To exploit this vulnerability, an attacker would first have to log on to the system,” Microsoft noted. “An attacker could then run a specially crafted application that could exploit the vulnerability and take control of an affected system.”

This zero-day was reported to Microsoft by ESET. Anton Cherepanov, senior malware researcher for ESET, detailed a highly targeted attack in Eastern Europe and recommended upgrading systems as the best remediation against attacks.

“The exploit only works against older versions of Windows, because since Windows 8 a user process is not allowed to map the NULL page. Microsoft back-ported this mitigation to Windows 7 for x64-based systems,” Cherepanov wrote in a blog post. “People who still use Windows 7 for 32-bit systems Service Pack 1 should consider updating to newer operating systems, since extended support of Windows 7 Service Pack 1 ends on January 14th, 2020. Which means that Windows 7 users won’t receive critical security updates. Thus, vulnerabilities like this one will stay unpatched forever.”

Other patches

Beyond the two Windows zero-days patched this month, there were six vulnerabilities patched that had been publicly disclosed, but no attacks were seen in the wild. The disclosures could potentially aid attackers in exploiting the issues faster, so enterprises should prioritize the following:

  • CVE-2018-15664, a Docker flaw in the Azure Kubernetes Service;
  • CVE-2019-0962, an Azure Automation escalation-of-privilege flaw;
  • CVE-2019-0865, a denial-of-service flaw in SymCrypt;
  • CVE-2019-0887, a remote code execution (RCE) flaw in Remote Desktop Services;
  • CVE-2019-1068, an RCE flaw in Microsoft SQL Server; and
  • CVE-2019-1129, a Windows escalation-of-privilege flaw.

The Patch Tuesday release also included 15 vulnerabilities rated critical by Microsoft. Some standout patches in that group included CVE-2019-0785, a DHCP Server RCE issue, and four RCE issues affecting Microsoft browsers, which Trend Micro labeled as noteworthy — CVE-2019-1004, CVE-2019-1063, CVE-2019-1104 and CVE-2019-1107.

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July 2019 Xbox Update Delivers New Features for Xbox Game Pass, and Xbox Skill for Alexa – Xbox Wire

Summer is here which means sunshine, cookouts and of course, gaming with friends after a long day outside. Team Xbox has been busy cooking up new features for the July 2019 Xbox Update, which begins rolling out today. This update includes a new way to interact with Xbox Game Pass, additional countries for the Xbox Skill for Alexa, and new Xbox Skill for Alexa voice commands. Here’s a rundown of what’s new:

New features for Xbox Game Pass

Xbox Game Pass offers a curated library of over 100 high-quality games on PC and console, available to download and play at full fidelity for one low-monthly price. Today, we’re rolling a new way to manage your Xbox Game Pass collection.

  • Play later – Play later enables you to make a list of games from the Xbox Game Pass catalog for you to come back to on your time, making it even easier to find your next game. Manage your collection from your Xbox console or the Game Pass mobile app and download your games when you’re ready.

Xbox Skill for Alexa – More countries and new voice commands

Last fall, we expanded voice control support by introducing the Xbox Skill for Alexa, which enables you to navigate and interact with Xbox One using voice commands through your Alexa-enabled devices. Today we are adding more supported countries and new Alexa voice commands to see what’s happening on Xbox Game Pass and check in with your Xbox Live friends.

  • More countries – We heard our fans around the world loud and clear that they wanted Xbox Skill for Alexa support in their country. Today, we are excited to be adding support for customers in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Mexico, and Spain. Click here to learn how to set up the Xbox Skill for Alexa.
  • New Alexa voice commands for Xbox Game Pass and more – Have you always wanted to be able to use your voice to find out the latest games in Xbox Game Pass? Good news, so have we! The July 2019 Xbox Update introduces the ability to find out what’s new to Xbox Game Pass, what the popular games are, what’s leaving the catalog, and more; simply by asking Alexa. Try saying, “Alexa, ask Xbox what’s new on Game Pass?”Want to stay up-to-date with what your friends are doing on Xbox? You can ask Alexa who’s online, what your friends are playing, and more. Try saying, “Alexa, ask Xbox what are my friends playing?”

    Finally, you are now able to start pairing your controller with your Xbox from the convenience of your couch. Just say, “Alexa, ask Xbox to pair my controller.” to put your console into pairing mode!

    For a full list of what you can say, check out this link.

These updates are based on feedback from our Xbox Insiders who have helped to shape these features. A huge thank you to all our Xbox Insiders for your valuable input and continued participation. If you’d like to help define the future of Xbox and get access to early features, download the Xbox Insider Hub app on your Xbox One or Windows 10 PC today and share your ideas at the Xbox Ideas Hub. You can also visit the Xbox Insider Blog here for the latest release notes and to learn more. Enjoy the July Update and happy gaming!

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For Sale – Gigabyte Gaming G1 1080 graphics card

I have a Gigabyte G1 Gaming 1080GTX graphics card for sale which is boxed.
Perfect working order and bought June 2016 so still under the 3 year warranty (will include receipt).

I am looking for £400 and would prefer cash on collection, but may deliver (and even fit) if in driving distance.

Its the same as this one Gigabyte NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 8GB G1 GAMING Graphics Card

Price and currency: £400
Delivery: Delivery cost is included
Payment method: Cash/BT
Location: Middlesbrough
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For Sale – HP ENVY x360 15.6″ for sale or trade

Hi,

Model No: 15-aq100na

I have a HP Envy X360 laptop which is less than a year old. It is the 15.6″ screen version which is too bulky for me. I’m looking to sell or trade for a portable type 13.3″ laptop of a similar spec such as the smaller HP Envy or Surface or something similar but still powerful enough for multi-tasking, slim line, SSD, Windows 10 etc.

I don’t have the box anymore unfortunately so it will only come with a charge cable. I will make use of another laptop box for delivery though. The outer case has a few marks from use which I can take a photo of if there is interest. The inside, including the screen is in excellent condition. It’s a really nice laptop with a great touch screen and speakers but unfortunately I’m after something I can use for work which is portable.

Laptop specs,

  • Folds all the way back on itself for tablet mode;
  • Touchscreen;
  • 15.6 inch
  • 240gb SSD Drive (I’ve changed the 1tb HD/128gb SSD to a new SSD drive)
  • Intel Core i5 2.5 GHZ processor
  • 8GB RAM
  • HDMI Port
  • 2 x USB
  • 1 x USC
  • SD Card Reader
  • Aluminium body, silver
  • backlit keyboard (very nice!)
  • Bang and Olufsen Speakers
  • Windows 10 installed
  • HP Charger

Let me know if you have a portable laptop and you are after something with a bigger screen.

Price and currency: £450
Delivery: Delivery cost is included within my country
Payment method: Paypal
Location: Chepstow
Advertised elsewhere?: Not advertised elsewhere
Prefer goods collected?: I have no preference

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For Sale – Gigabyte Gaming G1 1080 graphics card

I have a Gigabyte G1 Gaming 1080GTX graphics card for sale which is boxed.
Perfect working order and bought June 2016 so still under the 3 year warranty (will include receipt).

I am looking for £400 and would prefer cash on collection, but may deliver (and even fit) if in driving distance.

Its the same as this one Gigabyte NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 8GB G1 GAMING Graphics Card

Price and currency: £400
Delivery: Delivery cost is included
Payment method: Cash/BT
Location: Middlesbrough
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Prefer goods collected?: I prefer the goods to be collected

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For Sale – Gaming PC

Hello Everyone,

I have for sale my Gaming PC which I no longer have time to use unfortunately, The spec is as follows:

NZXT H440 White Case (Window is scratched slightly)
2x 4GB Avexir Core Blue Series LED RAM DDR3
2x 4GB Corsair Vengeance Gold RAM DDR3
Asus Z97-K motherboard
Intel i5-4440 Processor
Corsair H100i Cpu AiO Cooler
Corsair AF140 White LED Fan
3x Corsair AF120 White LED Fans
Corsair RM750 Fully Modular PSU
1TB HDD with no OS

If you have any questions please do let me know.
Pictures will be posted tonight.

Price and currency: £600
Delivery: Delivery cost is included within my country
Payment method: PPG or BT
Location: West London
Advertised elsewhere?: Not advertised elsewhere
Prefer goods collected?: I have no preference

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For Sale – Gigabyte Gaming G1 1080 graphics card

I have a Gigabyte G1 Gaming 1080GTX graphics card for sale which is boxed.
Perfect working order and bought June 2016 so still under the 3 year warranty (will include receipt).

I am looking for £400 and would prefer cash on collection, but may deliver (and even fit) if in driving distance.

Its the same as this one Gigabyte NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 8GB G1 GAMING Graphics Card

Price and currency: £400
Delivery: Delivery cost is included
Payment method: Cash/BT
Location: Middlesbrough
Advertised elsewhere?: Not advertised elsewhere
Prefer goods collected?: I prefer the goods to be collected

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