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Forza Racing World Championship 2018 Taking Place in London Oct. 20-21 – Xbox Wire

This year’s Forza Racing Championship (ForzaRC) is in its home stretch with the ForzaRC Series 2 Playoffs taking place in Mexico City from Sept. 29-30, where the top 36 ForzaRC drivers will compete for $75,000 in cash prizes. After the Playoffs, the top 24 drivers will have the chance to move on to the biggest ForzaRC event of the year – the Forza Racing World Championship (ForzaRWC) 2018 taking place on from Oct. 20 – 21 at Gfinity Esports Arena in London.

At the ForzaRWC 2018, drivers will race for their share of over $100,000 in cash prizes and the title of 2018 Forza Racing World Champion. Catch all the action live on Oct. 20-21 at our Mixer channel watch.ForzaRC.com, where viewers will have a chance to earn rewards and get involved in the competition by voting on race features, or on Twitch to try out the ForzaRC extension and receive in-game rewards through Twitch Drops.

Love watching online but wish you could be there to experience ForzaRWC in person? Join the team onsite and watch the competition unfold all weekend long! Tickets to attend the ForzaRWC go on sale today at 11:00 a.m. PDT. For more information about the onsite event and to purchase tickets, please visit ForzaRWC.eventbrite.com.

We’re thrilled to share these details around ForzaRWC and you can be sure there’s more to come! Shortly after the Series 2 Playoffs, you can look forward to the final car and track combinations and the full lineup of competing driver. For more updates including special guests, viewership rewards, tournament structure and more, tune in to a special ForzaRWC livestream on Oct. 10 at 12:00 p.m. PDT at watch.ForzaRC.com.

For more information on all of the above, head over to ForzaRC.com and follow us on Twitter for the latest news and updates.

5G services to headline Mobile World Congress Americas 2018

If it’s September, it’s time for Mobile World Congress Americas. And this year’s conference, scheduled for next week in Los Angeles, will be all about 5G services, wrote Kathryn Weldon, an analyst at GlobalData, based in London.

“Clearly we are closer to actual 5G rollouts, so all vendors and operators that participate in the 5G value chain will be touting their wares, anticipating and touting possible use cases, and amping up the excitement,” she wrote.

Weldon said she does not believe next week’s Mobile World Congress will yield any major product announcements. Instead, she categorized education as the show’s biggest benefit, especially around 5G services.

“Enterprises know little about 5G at this point because they can’t yet see it or buy it. [The conference] should help them envision the kinds of things these new technologies can do for their businesses.”

Among those new capabilities will be enhanced video broadcasting, advanced interactive gaming systems and anything that can benefit from low latency, Weldon said.

5G services won’t be the only technology discussed at Mobile World Congress Americas. The event will also showcase other wireless trends, including low-power WANs, internet of things and, of course, business transformation. What’s a show without some mention of transformation, after all?

Find out what else — beyond 5G services — Weldon said attendees should look for at next week’s Mobile World Congress Americas.

VMware loves the cloud — now

VMware wasn’t always a fan of the cloud, but it sure is now, said Drew Conry-Murray, in a Packet Pushers post.

The vendor pitched its virtual cloud network architecture at last month’s VMworld, with executives telling attendees to make VMware software the foundation for all of their enterprises’ multi-cloud operational requirements — from security to management.

The reason why? The vendor does not want to be cast aside as more applications rely on a public cloud infrastructure that does not require VMware, Conry-Murray said.

VMware’s approach could work, but it won’t be inexpensive. Or easy, Conry-Murray said.

Read Conry-Murray’s other observations about VMware’s embrace of multi-cloud.

Platform wars: The next phase of enterprise security?

Jon Oltsik, an analyst at Enterprise Strategy Group in Milford, Mass., said CISOs are increasingly looking for a single vendor to provide the tools they need to secure their networks.

That may be an efficient way to go, but most enterprises have a dizzying list of security needs they must meet, and finding a security platform capable of supporting all those requirements is not easy.

But that’s where Oltsik and his colleague, Doug Cahill, come in.

The two developed a list of eight attributes they said every cybersecurity platform must offer. Then they interviewed more than 200 cybersecurity professionals to identify the three attributes they consider most important.

Among the attributes cited: ease of management and coverage that includes major threat vectors such as email and web security. Almost 40% of those surveyed said email and web security is a must, while 33% said they needed a platform that offered central management across all products and services.

Find out what else survey respondents had to say about cybersecurity platforms.

Pivot3 storage moves toward composable capabilities

The Pivot3 storage portfolio has expanded into different directions over the years. Pivot3 started out selling — and still sells — storage for media and surveillance before moving into hyper-converged infrastructure after HCI gained popularity.

CEO Ron Nash said the acquisition of NexGen Storage in 2017 was a watershed moment for the vendor, based in Austin, Texas. NexGen gave Pivot3 storage quality of service and nonvolatile memory express (NVMe) PCIe flash — capabilities that underpinned the 2017 launch of the Pivot3 Acuity HCI system.

In the last month, Pivot3 added HCI products to expand its use cases. The vendor launched a ruggedized Intelligent Edge Command and Control system that’s optimized for analytics and virtual desktops and built for defense and intelligence operations in the field. It also forged a partnership with Lenovo to sell a set of edge computing systems for smart city security, based on Pivot3 HCI software and Lenovo ThinkSystem servers.

Nash said Pivot3 now has its sights set on adding composable infrastructure as a series of enhancements to its HCI platform.

He added that Pivot3’s average selling price per unit increased 74% since the Acuity launch. With the NexGen integration complete, composable infrastructure is part of Pivot3’s strategy to sell more to enterprises with sprawling application workflows that need both automation and scalability, particularly in a multi-cloud environment.

“When you first start out, you put your blinders on and try to go as fast as possible,” Nash said. “It’s almost like a demonstration market. But you have to keep innovating. You can’t keep still. Things that were seen as innovative a few years ago aren’t so innovative anymore. That’s both the beauty and the challenge of technology.”

Pivot3 CEO Ron NashRon Nash

We recently spoke with Nash on the Pivot3 storage strategy and product roadmap.

How do you evaluate the advent of composable storage? Some observers claim it is more flexible than hyper-converged infrastructure, which pacakges compute, networking, storage and virtualization on a single hardware appliance.

Ron Nash: Well, you could run composable units on a hyper-converged platform now, if you wanted to. In fact, that’s the direction we’re heading.

The composable stuff is really just a packaging exercise: You deliver processing, storage, networking and such as definable units that you can mix and match in different measures to meet different service levels. But once you start running composable units, you can run it on a hyper-converged infrastructure plaform just fine.

It is additive. It gives you one higher level of abstraction, above the hyper-converged infrastructure platform you have now. That’s why we’re interested in it. We’ll have a policy-driven engine that allows you to specify those pieces and, in the parlance, compose those units such that we can provide modules of performance that people will need.

Would this be a different licensing model for Pivot3?

Nash: Yes, it would be another software layer on top of the hardware modules. We’re abstracting just one step farther from the hardware into the software zone.

The direction we’re taking is to make the composable stuff into a software mechanism. That software layer will manipulate the platform underneath to [provision] the right type of units to provide the right service level at the right cost level and right security level. They don’t have to think about the hardware underneath. They’ll think in terms of the load they have.

How soon do you expect this feature to go live on Pivot3 storage?

Nash: We are working on it right now. We have parts of it operating in our lab. We won’t have one grand step where we announce composable as a part of a big picture. We’ll have a series of releases over quarters that add different capabilities as we move down that road.

How rapidly are Pivot3 storage customers adopting a multi-cloud strategy? And how is it reflected in your growth?

Nash: I read a research survey that 80% of CIOs [are using] multiple clouds. To me, that’s [the equivalent] of crossing the chasm. Everybody put their toe in the water, figured out what the cloud was and then had to bring stuff back on premises. You need the ability to go into and out of the public cloud and private clouds.

We’re making our platform with high performance, such that it runs far more of a company’s applications than our competitors. That means we’re getting more load and bigger orders.

We have had people buying a bigger platform from the get-go, but our average selling price increased 74% in the last year. We’ve gone from a baseline of hundreds of thousands of dollars [per sale] to 74% higher on average. That’s massive. Usually, you’re happy if you get a 5% increase year over year.

Which vertical sectors account for the most growth in Pivot3 storage?

People are starting to get away from the early romance of the cloud — the idea that I could pick one cloud and put everything on it. That was never going to happen.
Ron NashCEO, Pivot3

Nash: We recently announced our revenue growth at 70% year over year. Growth is coming in the hybrid cloud and software-defined data center. People in that market are becoming more educated and discriminating. If you’ve got a little bitty job, there are a whole bunch of [vendors] for that.

The strengths of Pivot3 storage are ultrahigh performance, large application environments that need to scale, automated quality of service and policy management. We have broadcast that to the market, and enterprise customers are getting a bead on us. They seem to know when to call us.

Pivot3 and NexGen Storage are integrated in a single code base. Trace the impact the NexGen acquisition has had on your cloud business.

Nash: We are benefiting from the amalgamation of the NexGen and Pivot3 teams. You’ve got to have automation if you’re [managing] data that’s scattered across private, hybrid and public clouds. The fact we had the forethought to start working on the automation layer is really paying off now.

People are starting to get away from the early romance of the cloud — the idea that I could pick one cloud and put everything on it. That was never going to happen. People now have a more sophisticated view. They say, ‘I need some private cloud capabilities inside and probably need two or three different public clouds, based on the job and service level.’ And they need the ability to connect these clouds and move data back and forth. That plays to our strength as a platform, with automation layers that let you keep up with it.

What’s been the most surprising feature that customers are requesting?

Nash: The one people are asking about most is encryption. We have customers in government and security that need to encrypt data, so we’ve always done that. But we’re starting to see the early edge of a wave for encryption in many more companies. They have growing concern about [cloud] data breaches and being able to protect people’s personal identities. They think, ‘Why not just encrypt everything?’

As NVMe over Fabric gets going, we’ll move from a world of electromechanical devices and storage controllers to a world that looks more like memory. If you’re working in memory, the cost of encryption is in single digits, in terms of the impact on performance. If you’ve got the right architectural platform, the cost of encryption is well worth it.

Our erasure coding is not content-aware, but it uses a linear algebra algorithm that works just fine. That’s going to make a huge difference for us on encrypted data. We can get storage efficiency that is as good on encrypted as ion unencrypted data.

For Sale – Dell PowerEdge T20 Server

Dell T20 bought from ServersPlus nearly 3 years ago. Was used as a plex and file server.

All boxed and in Original configuration

CPU is Xeon E3-1225v3
Memory is 4GB EEC​

It’s a heavy beast so would prefer collection, but can arrange shipping with buyer if required.

Looking for £150 +shipping as required

Have a few bits to upgrade with if required: non EEC memory, hard drives, internal SATA card

Price and currency: £150
Delivery: Delivery cost is not included
Payment method: BT / PPG / CoD
Location: Bushey, Herts
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Paid parental leave matters – Microsoft on the Issues

Building on our 2015 announcement
Three years ago, we announced that we would require a wide variety of suppliers that do business with Microsoft in the United States to provide their employees with the important benefit of paid time off. Today we are announcing that over the next year we will take a further step, to ensure that these suppliers also provide their employees who handle our work with paid parental leave.

We have long recognized that the health, well-being and diversity of our employees helps Microsoft succeed. That’s why we provide industry-leading benefits for our employees, including comprehensive health and wellness programs for families, paid vacation, paid sick leave and paid time off for new parents.

We also know that we rely on a wide array of other companies to supply us with goods and services that reflect their core competencies, and that the people who work for our suppliers also are critical to our success. That is why we took the step three years ago to require our U.S. suppliers doing substantial business with Microsoft to provide paid time off for their employees. Paid time off is good both for employers and employees, and it was the right step for our business. By implementing that requirement, we were able to focus our resources on businesses that share with us a commitment providing employees with important benefits such as paid time off. We believe now is the time to work with our suppliers to take a next important step.

What we’re doing
Over the next 12 months we will work with our U.S. suppliers to implement this new paid parental leave policy. It will require that suppliers offer their employees a minimum of 12 weeks paid parental leave, up to $1,000 per week. This change applies to all parents employed by our suppliers who take time off for the birth or adoption of a child. The new policy applies to suppliers with more than 50 employees and covers supplier employees who perform substantial work for Microsoft.  This minimum threshold applies to all of our suppliers across the U.S. and is not intended to supplant a state law that is more generous. Many of our suppliers already offer strong benefits packages to their employees, and suppliers are of course welcome to offer more expansive leave benefits to their employees.

Our new supplier parental leave requirement is informed by important work on paid parental leave done in states, including Washington. In 2017, Washington state passed family leave legislation, including paid parental leave. This new law will take effect in 2020. As we looked at this legislation, however, we realized that while it will benefit the employees of our suppliers in Washington state, it will leave thousands of valued contributors outside of Washington behind. So, we made a decision to apply Washington’s parental leave requirement more broadly, and not to wait until 2020 to begin implementation.

Microsoft will work with our suppliers to understand the impacts of this change, and we will make these changes in a thoughtful way. We appreciate that this may ultimately result in increased costs for Microsoft, and we’ll put a process in place for addressing these issues with our suppliers. Our first step will be reaching out to our suppliers to discuss the impact of this policy change.

The case for paid parental leave
We recognize today’s announcement comes during an ongoing national dialogue about the importance of paid parental leave. The case for paid parental leave is clear. Studies show that paid parental leave enriches the lives of families.  Women who take paid maternity leave are more likely to be in the workforce a year later and earn more than mothers who do not receive paid time off.  Employers who offer paid time off for new mothers experience improved productivity, higher morale and lower turnover rates. And, paid parental leave is not solely a benefit for women.  Data from California’s paid family leave program shows that men take paternity leave at twice the rate and for longer periods of time when the leave is paid. This increased bonding and time spent caring for young children is correlated with positive outcomes such as higher test scores for these children. Further, when men and women have the opportunity to take paid leave, it can help counteract gender caregiving stereotypes, neutralize stigmas and promote equity in the home and office.

Despite these clear benefits, just 13 percent of private sector workers in the U.S. have access to paid parental leave. And the lack of access to parental leave cuts broadly across professions – according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 22 percent of professional positions and 7 to 8 percent of workers in service and maintenance jobs have access to paid parental leave.

Like many large employers, we welcome the opportunity to engage in the important national conversation about how all U.S. workers, regardless of where they work, can access paid parental leave.  In the meantime, we will continue to focus our resources on doing business with companies that share our commitment to increase workforce inclusion and support employees and their families.  As we gain experience with this new approach, we’ll share what we learn with others.  And as always, we’ll look forward to learning more ourselves.

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Wanted – Decent spec laptop

I have a ASUS N56V laptop in great condition. No warranty as its a few years old but I have been using it daily and it has never once skipped a beat. A nice and zippy laptop given the SSD.

240GB SSD
Windows 10 Pro
8GB RAM
2GB dedicated graphics
Quad Core i7 Processor
Blu-ray Drive
Bluetooth
15.6″ 1080p screen
4 x USB3 ports
SD card reader
Bang & Olufsen speakers
Quick Charge USB port

Comes with the charger and (I’ll have to check if I still have it) the original box. Only looking to sell as I’m finally getting round to getting myself an iMac and moving away from Windows. Can sort pictures when I get home from work if you’re interested.

Was £900 brand new when originally purchased and would be looking for around £250 plus postage of your choosing.

Wanted – Decent spec laptop

I have a ASUS N56V laptop in great condition. No warranty as its a few years old but I have been using it daily and it has never once skipped a beat. A nice and zippy laptop given the SSD.

240GB SSD
Windows 10 Pro
8GB RAM
2GB dedicated graphics
Quad Core i7 Processor
Blu-ray Drive
Bluetooth
15.6″ 1080p screen
4 x USB3 ports
SD card reader
Bang & Olufsen speakers
Quick Charge USB port

Comes with the charger and (I’ll have to check if I still have it) the original box. Only looking to sell as I’m finally getting round to getting myself an iMac and moving away from Windows. Can sort pictures when I get home from work if you’re interested.

Was £900 brand new when originally purchased and would be looking for around £250 plus postage of your choosing.

Wanted – Decent spec laptop

I have a ASUS N56VM laptop in great condition. No warranty as its a few years old but I have been using it daily and it has never once skipped a beat. A nice and zippy laptop given the SSD.

240GB SSD
Windows 10 Pro
8GB RAM
2GB dedicated graphics
Quad Core i7 Processor
Blu-ray Drive
Bluetooth
15.6″ 1080p screen
4 x USB3 ports
SD card reader
Bang & Olufsen speakers
Quick Charge USB port

Comes with the charger and (I’ll have to check if I still have it) the original box. Only looking to sell as I’m finally getting round to getting myself an iMac and moving away from Windows. Can sort pictures when I get home from work if you’re interested.

Was £900 brand new when originally purchased and would be looking for around £250 plus postage of your choosing.

For Sale – Apple clearout, Magic Mouse, Apple Wireless Keyboard etc. Wanted Apple Airport Express

Ok so over the years I have bought new stuff but somehow forgot to sell the stuff that was replaced

1. Boxed Mobee Magic Inductive charger for Apple Magic Mouse £30.00 REDUCED TO £20
2. Boxed Apple Magic Mouse MB8292/A Version 1 £30.00 SOLD
3. Boxed Apple Trackpad MC3802/A Version 1 £40.00. SOLD
4. Boxed Apple Wireless Keyboard 2 Battery. MC1848/A grubby but works fine £35.00 SOLD
5. Boxed Apple iPhone 6s+ Red Leather case, used £20.00 REDUCED TO £12.50
6. Boxed Apple iPhone 6s+ Brown Leather case, used £20.00 REDUCED TO £12.50
7. Dell LCD W1900 TV/Monitor spec here
Dell W1900 Specs with remote £50.00 REDUCED TO £35.00
8. Boxed and as new Reflexion XPC Shuttle PC, Intel P4 2.8, 2gb Ram 186gb HD, this comes boxed with new shoulder bag for transportation, USB2 Card Reader, DVD writer and wireless, I have a wireless keyboard with trackpad and a Dell Monitor with sound bar that I will throw in with it, it comes with Windows 7, and has not been updated in years, have a look here for details, I believe it is the 3rd unit down.
Shuttle * Products * XPC * SB61G2/V3 * Download * for SB61G2
Spec:
Shuttle FB61RS0C
Intel Pentium 4 2.8Gig CPU
200Gig Hard Drive (Samsung SpinPoint P120 SP2004C)
Pioneer DVR 110 DVD
2 x 1GB memory
ATI Radeon X800 Pro
USB2 Card Reader

Not sure what this may be worth, so will offer at £65.00 REDUCED TO £50.00
9. Boxed Henge Dock S HD01VA13MBP for 13″ Mac Book Pro. £35.00. SOLD
10. Boxed Apple TV 2 with remote, Jailbroken on very old OS. £50.00 This can be updated to current OS as far as I know without detriment to unit. REDUCED TO £40.00

As stated all items have been used but looked after, if you require pics please let me know, I would prefer collection, but will consider posting (except monitor & PC & Monitor)) and will add postage to the prices above. Please see my other adds for more items.

Price and currency: £20, 25, 35, 40
Delivery: Goods must be exchanged in person
Payment method: Cash
Location: West Molesey, Surrey
Advertised elsewhere?: Advertised elsewhere
Prefer goods collected?: I prefer the goods to be collected

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For Sale – Apple clearout, Magic Mouse, Apple Wireless Keyboard etc. Wanted Apple Airport Express

Ok so over the years I have bought new stuff but somehow forgot to sell the stuff that was replaced

1. Boxed Mobee Magic Inductive charger for Apple Magic Mouse £30.00 REDUCED TO £20
2. Boxed Apple Magic Mouse MB8292/A Version 1 £30.00 SOLD
3. Boxed Apple Trackpad MC3802/A Version 1 £40.00. SOLD
4. Boxed Apple Wireless Keyboard 2 Battery. MC1848/A grubby but works fine £35.00 SOLD
5. Boxed Apple iPhone 6s+ Red Leather case, used £20.00 REDUCED TO £12.50
6. Boxed Apple iPhone 6s+ Brown Leather case, used £20.00 REDUCED TO £12.50
7. Dell LCD W1900 TV/Monitor spec here
Dell W1900 Specs with remote £50.00 REDUCED TO £35.00
8. Boxed and as new Reflexion XPC Shuttle PC, Intel P4 2.8, 2gb Ram 186gb HD, this comes boxed with new shoulder bag for transportation, USB2 Card Reader, DVD writer and wireless, I have a wireless keyboard with trackpad and a Dell Monitor with sound bar that I will throw in with it, it comes with Windows 7, and has not been updated in years, have a look here for details, I believe it is the 3rd unit down.
Shuttle * Products * XPC * SB61G2/V3 * Download * for SB61G2
Spec:
Shuttle FB61RS0C
Intel Pentium 4 2.8Gig CPU
200Gig Hard Drive (Samsung SpinPoint P120 SP2004C)
Pioneer DVR 110 DVD
2 x 1GB memory
ATI Radeon X800 Pro
USB2 Card Reader

Not sure what this may be worth, so will offer at £65.00 REDUCED TO £50.00
9. Boxed Henge Dock S HD01VA13MBP for 13″ Mac Book Pro. £35.00. SOLD
10. Boxed Apple TV 2 with remote, Jailbroken on very old OS. £50.00 This can be updated to current OS as far as I know without detriment to unit. REDUCED TO £40.00

As stated all items have been used but looked after, if you require pics please let me know, I would prefer collection, but will consider posting (except monitor & PC & Monitor)) and will add postage to the prices above. Please see my other adds for more items.

Price and currency: £20, 25, 35, 40
Delivery: Goods must be exchanged in person
Payment method: Cash
Location: West Molesey, Surrey
Advertised elsewhere?: 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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