Harnessing AI for Good

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AI, ethics and humanity

SAS’s UK head of data science Dr Iain Brown talks about some of the biggest AI for good use cases he’s seeing emerge across the industry and with his own customers. He also delves into SAS’ FATE AI framework , explaining the need for Fairness, Accountability, Transparency, Explainability in AI to ensure the technology is being used for the good of society.

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Collaboration is Key in Edge Computing

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Elisabetta Romano, CTO, Telecom Italia

Edge Computing, ecosystems and collaboration are the key to success for Service Providers in the 5G era, says Telecom Italia CTO Elisabetta Romano. Filmed at the Global Edge Forum 2019 at Mobile World Congress.

Sponsored by EDGE GRAVITY by Ericsson

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What is Intelligent Storage?

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Omer Asad at HPE explains why storage solutions are transforming to become more automated and intelligent. He is then joined by Dante Orsini at iland, who explains how they’re leveraging HPE storage hardware.

Filmed onsite at VeeamON 2019

Hewlett Packard Enterprise and Veeam have partnered to deliver unique capabilities for Intelligent Data Management. Veeam’s Availability Platform for virtual, physical and cloud-enabled deployments offers an end-to-end data protection solution that changes the way you manage data to make it smarter, self-governing and always available.

Sponsored by HPE

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Privacy, Identity, & Autonomy in the age of Big Data and AI

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As AI becomes more ubiquitous, we face big questions as a global society

We’re now used to big data algorithms building patterns about our behaviours, interests and opinions as consumers and social media users. But are we aware of how much these practices can intrude on our privacy?

We recently met University of Oxford’s Professor Sandra Wachter at the Strata Data Conference in London to ask whether the convenience today’s disruptive technologies offer is worth surrendering our information for.

Part 2

We risk replicating bad decision making if we don’t act now on data privacy says Professor Sandra Wachter, senior research fellow at University of Oxford.



 Part 3

Professor Sandra Wachter, senior research fellow at the University of Oxford explores whether convenience is a fair trade for our privacy.




Sandra Wachter is a lawyer and research fellow (assistant professor) in data ethics, AI, robotics, and internet regulation/cybersecurity at the Oxford Internet Institute at the University of Oxford, where she also teaches internet technologies and regulation. Sandra is also a fellow at the Alan Turing Institute in London; a fellow of the World Economic Forum’s Global Futures Council on Values, Ethics, and Innovation; an academic affiliate at the Bonavero Institute of Human Rights at Oxford’s Law Faculty; and a member of the Law Committee of the IEEE.
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What is Azure Stack?

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What is Azure Stack?

Microsoft’s Christophe Le Roux talks about some of the benefits available for companies embracing hybrid cloud with Azure Stack.

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Intelligent Cloud + Intelligent Edge

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What is the intelligent cloud and how does it fit with the intelligent edge?

Microsoft’s Christophe Le Roux talks about their  commitment to delivering consistency between the edge and Azure.

Filmed at HPE TSS 2109

Sponsored by HPE


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From Edge to Core with SAP Data Hub

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HPE’s Peter Koslowski and SAP’s Michael Eacrett present a talk on creating an AI and analytics pipeline with HPE and SAP Data Hub.

Accelerate your success from Edge to Cloud with HPE and SAP

Learn how they are redefining experiences and driving smarter, hyper-efficient operations for your customers and joint solutions that deliver simple, agile solutions that can propel your organisation further, faster.

Filmed at SAPPHIRE NOW and ASUG Annual Conference between 7-9 May 2019.

Sponsored by HPE

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Hyperconvergence Delivers Unexpected Results for VDI Users


The self-help industry is steadily growing due to a basic human desire for improvement

Consumers can find a plethora of books, podcasts, and seminars, not to mention products and services that promise positive change.

IT organizations that want to experience similar improvements can find them by implementing some less than urgent technology makeovers. The results often deliver unexpected and far-reaching benefits. Client virtualization environments stand to benefit more than most because even small improvements in system performance are multiplied across hundreds of desktops.

Technology pilot delivers unexpected performance results

System slowdowns, boot storm delays, and backups or batch jobs that run late into the evening are standard fare in virtual desktop environments. While the situation is not ideal, organizations will often postpone modernization of an aging virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) as long as it remains functional. This can be a costly mistake. As one IT administrator discovered, a switch to hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) can lower costs and deliver improvements to end user experience that ripple through the entire company.

In the outdated VDI environment at Maryland Auto Insurance, end users were accustomed to working around performance issues and system limitations, but the systems manager was not satisfied. When it was time for a server refresh, he took a step back and looked at the whole infrastructure. HCI could provide the required reliability and application compatibility, while consolidating the IT footprint in the datacenter. Intrigued, he set up an HCI pilot.

The new system delivered a much higher than expected return. As he put it, his organization didn’t know how slow their system was until they saw what was possible. “We do everything with virtual desktops around here, and the change was remarkable. Outlook and Microsoft Office loaded instantaneously, as did our underwriting and imaging applications. Multitasking was no longer a chore.” The IT team witnessed a growing level of frustration with the existing system. “People would look over their shoulders and see their co-workers in the pilot doing everything faster, and they wanted in.”

Proven Benefits of HCI for VDI

This might seem like an isolated case, but benchmark tests in the industry show similar performance results. Hyperconvergence is a popular choice for VDI because it is modular, efficient, and cost-effective. By converging multiple IT functions into a single server building block, hyperconvergence makes it easy to deploy, manage, and scale infrastructure that supports virtual desktops.

In a recent report, HPE SimpliVity hyperconverged infrastructure powered by Intel® demonstrated high performance in VDI environments. The Login VSI validated study showed consistent, very low latency performance at scale, and plenty of compute and storage resources available to host up to 1,000 knowledge workers. Even during node failure, HPE SimpliVity provided continuity of service with no impact on the end user experience. This kind of speed and resiliency can have a powerful effect on VDI end users and on business operations.

Maryland Auto Insurance reduced their infrastructure from seven racks to just half a rack with HPE SimpliVity, which helped them cut energy consumption nearly in half. They also took advantage of built-in backup, dedupe, and compression features. But the big surprise came in performance benefits, multiplied many times over in the VDI environment. Workloads across their enterprise now are balanced with just a few clicks. Every end user benefits from reduced time to launch applications. And because backups and batch jobs run two to three times faster, the system manager and his team get their evenings back.

If your data center could use improvement, consider HCI. For more information, check out The Gorilla Guide to Hyperconverged Infrastructure Strategy, which includes a chapter focused on VDI.

About the Author

Hyperconvergence Delivers Unexpected Results for VDI Users TechNativeThomas Goepel is the Director Product Management, Hyperconverged Solutions for Hewlett Packard Enterprise. In this role, he is responsible for driving the strategy of HPE’s Hyperconverged products and solutions spanning from the Infrastructure Components to the Management Software. Thomas has over 26 years of experience working in the electronics industry, the last 25 of which at Hewlett Packard Enterprise, where he has held various engineering, marketing and consulting positions in R&D, sales and services. Read more articles by Thomas at HPE Shifting to Software-Defined blog.

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Windows Server 2008 End of Support Series


On January 14, 2020, Microsoft will end all support for Windows Server 2008

In the series of videos below, Kyle Todd reminds us of a variety of reasons to upgrade to a newer version before support ends. Sponsored by HPE

In the second clip to highlight the end of support for Windows Server 2008, Kyle Todd explains why enhanced security is one of the biggest reasons to upgrade.

Upgrading to the latest version of Windows Server offers you the chance to capture significant IT efficiency gains, as Kyle Todd explains.

Upgrading to the latest version of Windows Server offers you the chance to leverage the flexibility and deployment strategy that offers the highest value for your applications.

For more information around upgrading, visit the dedicated HPE website.

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