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For Sale – Budget AMD PC

I’ve got a budget PC which I have recently chucked together. The case and keyboard/mouse are new and I still have the box for the case. I’m unsure about delivery at the moment due to the weight of the cpu cooler, maybe removal of that part for transport might work.

Spec:

Gamemax Expedition Case – Black
Gigabyte A320 M-ATX Motherboard
AMD Ryzen 5 3400G Processor
8GB DDR4 Generic Ram (think it’s standard Corsair)
128GB M.2 SSD WD
450w Power Supply
Ryzen Prism RGB CPU Cooler
Budget Gaming Keyboard and Mouse

Looking for £300 with local drop off or meet within the Northwest.

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Acquia, Drupal founder Dries Buytaert on open source, Vista, CDPs

NEW ORLEANS — In 2000, Acquia CTO Dries Buytaert created his own web platform, Drupal, which became an open source web content management system. And, in turn, he launched Acquia, which became the commercially supported instance of Drupal.

In an interview during the Acquia Engage user conference here this week, Buytaert discussed Vista Equity Partners’ billion-dollar majority stake in the company, the role of Acquia Drupal, marketing automation ambitions and a possible Acquia customer data platform.

Tell me how the Vista deal happened. Were you actively seeking a buyer?

Dries Buytaert: No. We were profitable, we really didn’t need more investment. But at the same time, we have an ambitious roadmap and our competitors are well-funded. We were starting to receive a lot of inbound requests from different firms, including Vista. When they come to you, you’ve got to look at it. It made sense.

How much of Acquia does Vista own; what is ‘a majority?’

Buytaert: I don’t know the exact number, but it’s a majority. Some of our investors got out, some stayed in. AWS, for example, stayed in.

Was CEO Mike Sullivan brought on two years ago to shop Acquia Drupal around for acquisition?

Buytaert: No. It’s funny how people read into these things as if it was all planned out. Mike was brought on because Tom Erickson left. I was in on the search for Mike.

Is your Acquia Drupal role changing now, or do you see it changing soon?

Buytaert: I can’t really speak for Vista, but in the conversation they were very excited about our momentum, our strategy and the team. My belief is that they will leave all of these things intact, including my role.

Last year at this time, you discussed IBM buying Red Hat and Adobe buying Magento and wondered about the future of their open source versions under new ownership. Now you’re in that position with Acquia Drupal.

Dries Buytaert
Drupal creator and Acquia CTO Dries Buytaert addressing the open-source faithful at his company’s Engage user conference.

Buytaert: The way I think about it, we’ve always been majority-owned by investors, and we’ve swapped out investors. For me, nothing really changed, it’s the same strategy, the same beliefs about open source. Just different investors. We’ll just keep going, faster and faster.

We surround Drupal with tools and projects and supercharge it. Ultimately, the financials speak for themselves. We are growing the top line and the bottom line — because the model works. I’ve been balancing this for 12 years, giving back to open source. It’s fascinating to people how we do this but to me, it’s so natural it’s hard to explain. The reality is that 99% of our customers use Drupal, so our success is completely tied to the success of Drupal.

Why did Acquia buy Mautic and jump into the marketing automation space, where there’s much more competition than web content management?

Buytaert: Mautic is the only open source marketing automation platform. Open source disrupted the web content management space, and I don’t think there’s any commercial, standalone, proprietary CMS that is really successful. The ones that are successful do a lot more than that, like Sitecore and Adobe, that do e-commerce, et cetera.

Pure-play proprietary CMS vendors have to shift to something else, like digital experience, to stay relevant. No sane person would pay hundreds of thousands of dollars just for the CMS piece.

In your keynote today, you talked about unified customer profiles and consolidating data sources, and said to stay tuned for future announcements. Is Acquia coming out with a customer data platform (CDP)?

Buytaert: I can’t comment on that, specifically, but we are thinking a lot about the data layer. It seems like there are a lot of similarities with CDPs — it’s about integration and unifying the profile with [personalization engine] Acquia Lift and Mautic. Mautic has about a hundred integrations built by community members. It’s not a new challenge; we have been thinking and working on it for a long time.

The whole CDP space is in an emergent state. No one talked about CDPs two years ago, and now everyone’s a CDP. Maybe that’s why I’m avoiding the term. Some CDPs are glorified tag managers, others are integration platforms, yet others positioned themselves two years ago as a content personalization platform. They come in so many flavors today that ‘CDP’ means different things to different people.

What we’re obsessed with — whether you want to call it a CDP or not — is creating a unified user profile, and do it in a way that’s complimentary to what we have.
Dries BuytaertCTO, Acquia

What we’re obsessed with — whether you want to call it a CDP or not — is creating a unified user profile, and doing it in a way that’s complimentary to what we have.

You’re moving into a space controlled by much bigger competitors like Oracle, Salesforce, Microsoft, Adobe and SAP. Is there enough room for Acquia?

Buytaert: Acquia is an open platform, and open source. Developers want that. Literally, no developer wakes up and says, “Let me buy an Adobe product.” Developers love open source, and that’s why there’s enough space for Acquia.

But many marketers who buy these tools are not developers. They want to sign up for a SaaS subscription, turn it on and start marketing.

Buytaert: If you really want to build great experiences, you need developers. You can’t just have marketers build great digital experiences, because the number of integrations you need is so vast — as with custom legacy systems — it’s not just a little drag-and-drop. Really bringing it together is going to require developers, and empowering them to build these things through open source is going to be a big thing.

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For Sale – Lenovo ThinkCentre M93p, i5 4690K 3.5-3.9 GHz, Blu-Ray, Windows 10 Pro,

ThinkCentre M93, which boasts the latest processers, innovative productivity features. M93p and adds Intel® vPro™ to optimize remote manageability.

Intel Core i5 4690K 3.5 GHz Quad Core CPU (K for overclockable) Max Turbo Frequency 3.9 GHz

Onboard HD Audio
Intel HD 4600 GRFX 2 GB (on the CPU)
Onboard 2 x Dual Display Port

This is a very fast capable PC. It’s actually a Business Workstation described as cutting edge computing for large enterprise by Lenovo.

I bought this to keep for myself hence some of the upgrades. I swapped out the PSU to accommodate the GRFX Card that I already had but I decided to get a SFF M93p instead so this is now surplus to requirements.

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Google releases TensorFlow Enterprise for enterprise users

Google Wednesday launched TensorFlow Enterprise, which promises long-term support for previous versions of TensorFlow on its Google Cloud Platform.

The new product, which also bundles together some existing Google Cloud products for training and deploying AI models, is intended to aid organizations running older versions of TensorFlow.

The product is also designed to help “customers who are working with previous versions of TensorFlow and also those where AI is their business,” said Craig Wiley, director of product management for Google Cloud’s AI Platform.

Open sourced by Google in 2015, TensorFlow is a machine learning (ML) and deep learning framework widely used in the AI industry. TensorFlow Enterprise, available on the Google Cloud Platform (GCP), provides security patches and select bug fixes for certain older versions of TensorFlow for up to three years.

Also, organizations using TensorFlow Enterprise will have access to “engineer-to-engineer assistance from both Google Cloud and TensorFlow teams at Google,” according to an Oct. 30 Google blog post introducing the product.

“Data scientists voraciously download the latest version of TensorFlow because of the steady pace of new, valuable features. They always want to use the latest and greatest,” Forrester Research analyst Mike Gualtieri said.

Yet, he continued, “new versions don’t always work as expected,” so the “”dive-right-in” approach of data scientists is often at conflict with an enterprise’s standards.

Google’s TensorFlow Enterprise support of prior versions back to three years will accelerate enterprise adoption.
Mike GualtieriAnalyst, Forrester Research

“That’s why Google’s TensorFlow Enterprise support of prior versions back to three years will accelerate enterprise adoption,” Gualtieri said. “Data scientists and ML engineers can experiment with the latest and greatest, while enterprise operations professionals can insist on versions that work will continue to be available.”

TensorFlow Enterprise comes bundled with Google Cloud’s Deep Learning VMs, which are preconfigured virtual machine environments for deep learning, as well as the beta version of Google Cloud’s Deep Learning Containers.

To be considered for the initial rollout of TensorFlow Enterprise, however, organizations must have spent $500,000 annually, or commit to spending $500,000 annually on Google Cloud’s Deep Learning VMs, Deep Learning Containers, or AI Platform Training and Prediction products, or some combination of those systems.

Over the past several months, Google has made progress in a campaign to offer more tools on its Google Cloud Platform to train, test, and deploy AI models. In April 2019, the tech giant unveiled the Google Cloud AI Platform, a unified AI development platform that combined a mix of new and rebranded AI development products. At the time, analysts saw the release as a move to attract more enterprise-level customers to Google Cloud.

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Quest Software updates NetVault Backup capabilities

Quest Software has updated NetVault Backup and released version 12.4, which includes extended Office 365 capabilities.

NetVault Backup is a data protection platform for hybrid data centers. It supports backup and recovery for a range of systems and, in addition to the increased capabilities for Office 365 Exchange Online and OneDrive, has added support for SAP HANA and Nutanix AHV.

The extended capabilities for Office 365 include the ability to backup and restore user mailboxes to any cloud, disk or tape-based storage. NetVault can also restore individual emails and files, including reinstating emails to specific folders in Outlook.

New OneDrive support enables users to back up and restore data from OneDrive user and group files and folders. NetVault Backup support for Office 365 Active Directory and SharePoint Online is expected later this year, according to Quest Software.

With the added support for SAP HANA and Nutanix AHV, NetVault Backup enables a unified administration experience within the same user interface used to control, operate and manage all data protection.

This version of NetVault also adds agentless protection of Nutanix AHV virtual machines through the new NetVault plug-in for Nutanix AHV. There is also now a NetVault plugin for SAP HANA, which Quest claims enables secure and consistent backups of SAP HANA databases. The plugin enables an SAP administrator to control the operations while using the NetVault Backup recovery and backup infrastructure.

This update is part of the push into enterprise by Quest. In 2010, the company acquired the NetVault platform from BakBone, and in 2018 it released the first NetVault Backup 12 version. The original 12.0 version made the application more scalable, and added the capability to run VMware plug-ins on any available proxy. Later that year, Quest Software added a plug-in to enable backup and recovery of Office 365 Exchange Online mailboxes.

Quest Software and its NetVault Backup product competes with the likes of vendors such as Veeam. The Veeam Backup and Replication platform similarly provides backup for virtual, physical and cloud workloads. Veeam’s product also has a new plug-in for SAP HANA and recovery programs for Microsoft Active Delivery, Exchange, SharePoint and SQL Server.

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For Sale – 4U Silenced Custom Server

Here I have for sale my old lab ESXi host, which after a house move is now surplus to requirements.

The host itself is comprised of the following components:

– X-Case 4u Case
– Supermicro X9SRL-F Motherboard
– E5-2670 Xeon Processor (8 Core @ 2.60Ghz)
– 16GB (2 x 8GB Dimm) 1333Mhz Registered ECC Memory
– Noctua NH-U9DX i4 Xeon Cooler
– Corsair G650M Power Supply

Not latest tech by any stretch of the imagination, but certainly more than enough for the majority of home use cases.

Price and currency: £200
Delivery: Delivery cost is not included
Payment method: BACS / PPG
Location: Newbury
Advertised elsewhere?: Not advertised elsewhere
Prefer goods collected?: I prefer the goods to be collected

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For Sale – 4U Silenced Custom Server

Here I have for sale my old lab ESXi host, which after a house move is now surplus to requirements.

The host itself is comprised of the following components:

– X-Case 4u Case
– Supermicro X9SRL-F Motherboard
– E5-2670 Xeon Processor (8 Core @ 2.60Ghz)
– 16GB (2 x 8GB Dimm) 1333Mhz Registered ECC Memory
– Noctua NH-U9DX i4 Xeon Cooler
– Corsair G650M Power Supply

Not latest tech by any stretch of the imagination, but certainly more than enough for the majority of home use cases.

Price and currency: £200
Delivery: Delivery cost is not included
Payment method: BACS / PPG
Location: Newbury
Advertised elsewhere?: Not advertised elsewhere
Prefer goods collected?: I prefer the goods to be collected

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For Sale – 4U Silenced Custom Server

Here I have for sale my old lab ESXi host, which after a house move is now surplus to requirements.

The host itself is comprised of the following components:

– X-Case 4u Case
– Supermicro X9SRL-F Motherboard
– E5-2670 Xeon Processor (8 Core @ 2.60Ghz)
– 16GB (2 x 8GB Dimm) 1333Mhz Registered ECC Memory
– Noctua NH-U9DX i4 Xeon Cooler
– Corsair G650M Power Supply

Not latest tech by any stretch of the imagination, but certainly more than enough for the majority of home use cases.

Price and currency: £200
Delivery: Delivery cost is not included
Payment method: BACS / PPG
Location: Newbury
Advertised elsewhere?: Not advertised elsewhere
Prefer goods collected?: I prefer the goods to be collected

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  • Name and address including postcode
  • Valid e-mail address

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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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