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HPE2-CP04 Implementing and Modernizing Virtualization

Exam ID : HPE2-CP04
Exam type : Web based
Exam duration : 1 hour 10 minutes
Examlength : 60 questions
Passing score : 60%
Delivery languages : English

This test tests the candidates ability to explain and demonstrate relevant ISV and partner technologies used in implementing and modernizing HPE virtualization solutions. This test assesses the candidates knowledge of the design, implementation, and support of HPEs virtualization solution technologies.

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20% Identify and describe software defined infrastructure technologies and requirements.
Identify and describe the common virtualization solution building blocksincluding VMware, Microsoft HyperV, Redhat Linux.
Identify and describe the common management and automation solution building blocksincluding, Security, Monitoring, Image Repository, Config Mgmt and automation, DevOps Tools, etc.

30% Describe the businesscasesfor modernizing virtualization.
Given a scenario, counselcustomer on identifying use casesfor virtualization based on their existing environment and industry trends.
Describe appropriate HPE solution offerings and articulate the value proposition.
Given a customer scenario, recommend and describe appropriate solutionsto modernize virtual infrastructure.
Differentiate between HPE and competitive solutions.
Identify and describe key enhancementsthe HPE infrastructure or bundling add to the solution.

35% Architect solutionsfor virtualizing server, storage and networking infrastructure to modernize HPE virtualization environments.
Articulate featuresin Blade, Synergy and Gen10 servers.
Use available HPE Reference Architecturesto architect a customer solution, combining elementsfrommultiple RAs and customizing each asrequired.
Describe the sizing and configuration tools associated with these solutionsfromHPE and Relevant 3rd parties.
Describe the integration between HPE infrastructure and ISV solutions.

15% Implement solutions optimized for performance and availability on HPE infrastructure leveraging HPE integration elements.
Articulate key optimizationsfromsolution and RA documentation that differentiate the HPE solution.
Implement integration components between HPE infrastructure and ISV solutions.

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Killexams : HP is not ending sales of the Elite x3 until at least 2019

Earlier today, WindowsUnited reported that HP will discontinue sales of the Elite x3 this November. The report has been making the usual rounds on the internet, and frankly, the news wouldn't be surprising given the state of Windows 10 Mobile and the lack of hardware.

But fortunately for Windows phone fans, it's not true, as HP has confirmed to Neowin that it plans to sell the Elite x3 'through 2019'. A spokesperson for the company has offered the following statement:

HP is always responding to customer feedback to deliver the best product experiences. We remain committed to our mobility strategy and vision and will sell the Elite x3 through 2019 while continuing to enhance our portfolio delivering multi-OS devices, accessories and workflow transformation solutions. Mobility is an exciting and rapidly evolving area, and HP will continue to explore ways to address our customers’ mobile computing needs.

HP's Windows 10 Mobile solution is a unique one, using virtualization for Win32 support through its Workspace service, and a heavy focus on Continuum, which allows customers to use their phone like they would a desktop PC, or even a laptop. The bundle with the Desk Dock is still available from the Microsoft Store.

But for the foreseeable future, HP will continue to sell its '3-in-1 PC', along with a variety of other devices from the Elite lineup.

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Killexams : Apple’s Virtualization framework is a great, free way to test new macOS betas
Virtualizing macOS versions like the Ventura beta is a good way to experiment without blowing away your main OS install.
Enlarge / Virtualizing macOS versions like the Ventura beta is a good way to experiment without blowing away your main OS install.
Andrew Cunningham

One of the coolest power-user Mac features of the Apple Silicon era is Apple's Virtualization framework. Normally the purview of paid software like Parallels Desktop or VMWare Fusion, virtualization lets you run multiple operating systems on one Mac at the same time, which is useful for anyone who wants to run Linux on top of macOS, test an app they're developing in different versions of macOS, or take a look at the latest macOS Ventura beta without risking their main install.

Apple’s documentation and trial projects provide everything you need to get a simple VM up and running with no additional software required. Still, some independent developers have built simple, free apps on top of the Virtualization framework that provides a GUI for customizing settings and juggling multiple guest OSes.

Getting ready to virtualize

My favorite for running macOS on top of macOS is VirtualBuddy, which streamlines the process of downloading the files you need to get a Monterey or Ventura virtual machine up and running. This is the app we’ll be using to set up our trial VM in this guide.

Another app worth looking into is UTM, which uses the Virtualization framework to run ARM operating systems on top of the ARM version of macOS but which also provides an easy-to-use front end for the QEMU emulation software. QEMU can emulate other processor architectures, including but not limited to x86 and PowerPC. Like all emulation, this comes with a performance penalty. But it's an interesting way to run old operating systems on a shiny new Mac, and UTM's VM gallery includes trial VMs for lots of Linux distros, classic Mac OS, and Windows XP and Windows 7.

If you want to virtualize macOS Monterey on top of macOS Monterey, you won't have to download anything else. If you're looking to virtualize Ventura on top of Monterey, you'll want to install and run the beta version of Xcode 14 from Apple's developer site before you start. When I've tried this without Xcode installed, macOS has tried (and failed) to download extra software to make it work—sort of like how macOS needs to download additional software the first time you use Rosetta. With the Xcode beta installed, everything works as intended (but if you can find a way to get this working without installing a 33GB app that takes an hour-plus to install, I'd love to know about it).

You'll also want to pay attention to the hardware requirements for virtualization. VirtualBuddy and the Virtualization framework don't have hard-and-fast requirements aside from requiring an Apple Silicon chip for macOS-on-macOS virtualization. But you'll be running two entirely separate OSes on the same computer, and that comes with RAM and storage requirements. Personally, I wouldn't recommend trying to virtualize macOS on an Apple Silicon Mac with less than 16GB of RAM. And more is better, especially if you'll also be running heavy apps like Xcode alongside (or inside) your VM.

By default, VirtualBuddy keeps all of its files (including VM disk images) in a folder at ~/Library/Application Support/VirtualBuddy. Mac users with limited internal storage might want to change that to an external drive to save space, since the default disk size for new macOS VMs is 64GB. Any external SSD attached over a 5Gbps or 10Gbps USB connection or the Thunderbolt bus should feel fast enough for most things. I use a cheap NVMe SSD in a 10Gbps USB-C enclosure—not this exact one, but one like it.

Using VirtualBuddy

Especially compared to professional paid virtualization apps, VirtualBuddy's interface is dead simple. When you go to create a new virtual machine, you'll have three options: make one from an .ipsw file you've downloaded, let VirtualBuddy download one of a few different .ipsw files that it knows about, or make VirtualBuddy download an .ipsw file from a URL you've entered manually.

These .ipsw files are complete restore images for Apple Silicon Macs in recovery mode (ipsw stands for "ipod software," so Apple has been using it for quite a while). Officially, they should be downloaded from Apple's developer site, but the Mr. Macintosh site keeps a record of .ipsw download links for all kinds of current and past macOS versions if there's a specific version you need to test against.

Whether you're letting VirtualBuddy download your .ipsw file or supplying your own, once VirtualBuddy has it (and as long as you have the right Xcode version for Ventura installs), the app will create a new VM with the disk size you've specified and install macOS. After a few minutes, it will boot up to the same setup screen you see when you first set up a new Mac or a fresh macOS install.

Display scaling makes the initial setup wizard super tiny on Retina Macs or those with external 4K and 5K displays, but you can fix this later.
Enlarge / Display scaling makes the initial setup wizard super tiny on Retina Macs or those with external 4K and 5K displays, but you can fix this later.
Andrew Cunningham

A VirtualBuddy VM will use the same screen resolution as the Mac you've installed it on but in an unscaled "1x" display mode. The upshot is that on any Retina Mac screen, you'll need to put up with a super-tiny version of the setup assistant. Go into System Preferences or Settings and choose a scaled (or HiDPI) display mode, and everything will return to a legible size. Make the VirtualBuddy window full screen, and you'll almost think you were running macOS directly on the hardware instead of in a VM.

At this point, you might want to make a backup copy of your VM in case something goes wrong or you want to start from scratch without doing everything over again. VirtualBuddy doesn't do this itself, but because of the way APFS works, you can just go to your Library folder and duplicate any of your VMs without taking up additional disk space. This won't help you if you need multiple VMs for multiple macOS versions (12.4, 12.5, 13.0, and on), but it can save a lot of space if you want a bunch of VMs that use the same macOS version.

VirtualBuddy's VM selection interface. Duplicating VM files is the best way to take snapshots without sucking up a bunch of extra disk space.
Enlarge / VirtualBuddy's VM selection interface. Duplicating VM files is the best way to take snapshots without sucking up a bunch of extra disk space.
Andrew Cunningham

The current "release" version of VirtualBuddy (1.0.3 as of this writing) doesn't offer controls to adjust how much RAM or CPU resources a VM is allowed to use; on an M1 MacBook Air with 16GB of RAM, my macOS VMs used 8GB of RAM and four CPU cores. As Eclectic Light Company's Howard Oakley points out, VMs don't distinguish between the M1's performance and efficiency cores, and the host OS tends to allocate the VM's CPU usage to the P cores—an M1 Pro, Max, or Ultra chip with many P-cores will be a must if you want to run more than one VM simultaneously. Version 1.2 of VirtualBuddy will add hardware configuration options, or you could use the UTM app instead. Update: And now version 1.2 is live!

By default, all keyboard shortcuts (including those for screenshots, opening Spotlight, and so on) still go to the host version of macOS. If you want to send them to the guest OS instead, VirtualBuddy lets you change that setting before launching your VM.

Limits of the Virtualization framework

The Virtualization framework is fun to play around with, and it can be a powerful and useful tool, but it does have some limitations you should know about.

First, it provides no graphics acceleration for non-Mac guest operating systems. That means no games or 3D apps, and you may even notice tearing or stutters in the animation of regular two-dimensional desktop windows.

You do get graphics acceleration in macOS, but a bigger problem for people hoping to test new OS features is that you won't be able to sign in to an iCloud account; attempting to do so triggers an error message. Some features that require direct hardware access—AirDrop and any other Continuity features that rely on local Bluetooth and Wi-Fi to communicate, for example—also won't work in a VM. You also can't virtualize any version of macOS older than Monterey; Big Sur .ipsw files fail with an error message, and Catalina and older versions only support Intel Macs.

On the subject of Intel Macs, the Virtualization framework does support running Linux VMs on Intel Macs, but it explicitly requires an Apple Silicon Mac for running macOS on top of macOS. Paid software like Parallels Desktop is still probably the simplest way to run macOS VMs on an Intel Mac, and they at least have the benefit of being able to run Big Sur, Catalina, and a bunch of older versions of macOS.

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Killexams : HP Victus 15

It's been half a year since HP debuted its Victus brand of affordable gaming laptops, positioned below the Omen line and replacing its Pavilion Gaming series. First up was the 16.1-inch Victus 16, on the high end of the budget spectrum at $1,249.99. The 15.6-inch Victus 15 reviewed here is a true economy model with a list price of $799.99 at Best Buy, but the retailer frequently discounts it—it was on sale for just $549.99 at press time. Despite the low price, it offers a few perks, like Intel's latest 12th Generation Core i5 processors and a 144Hz screen refresh rate. It's a decent deal, but its three-year-old Nvidia GeForce GTX graphics keep it from challenging GeForce RTX rivals like the MSI Katana GF66 and Acer Nitro 5.

AMD and Intel CPU Options: Something for Everyone 

HP offers Victus 15 systems with both Intel and AMD silicon. Our $799.99 review unit combines Intel's new Core i5-12450H (four Performance cores, four Efficient cores, 12 threads) with a far-from-new GeForce GTX 1650 GPU, along with 8GB of memory, a 512GB NVMe solid-state drive, and a 144Hz full HD display with a dim 250 nits of brightness.

HP Victus 15 rear view

The company plans two step-up models with 16GB of RAM, one at with an AMD Ryzen 7 5800H chip and Radeon RX 6500M and one at Best Buy with a Core i7-12650H and GeForce RTX 3050 Ti. At this writing, however, HP had only Ryzen 5 systems for sale, though Best Buy did offer the Core i7 config for $1,099.99. 

Whatever the variant, the Victus 15 has a 15.6-inch non-touch screen with 1,920-by-1,080-pixel resolution. (A 300-nit low-blue-light panel is optional.) On our review unit, the screen's viewing angles are fairly wide; fine details are sharp; contrast is pretty good; and white backgrounds aren't too dingy. But colors are bland and lifeless rather than vivid, sorely lacking in brightness. If it didn't boast a 144Hz instead of generic 60Hz refresh rate, we'd call it a totally forgettable economy-class panel.

The Victus 15's plastic chassis—available in our dark grayish Mica Silver or $10 extra for Performance Blue or Ceramic White—measures 0.93 by 14.1 by 10 inches and weighs 5.06 pounds. That's trimmer than the Nitro 5 (1.06 by 14.1 by 10.7 inches, 5.51 pounds) and a match for the Katana GF66 (0.98 by 14.1 by 10.2 inches, 4.96 pounds).

HP Victus 15 right angle

HP claims an 82.2% screen-to-body ratio for the Victus 15, with skinny side bezels but larger ones at the top (holding a webcam with no privacy shutter) and bottom. There's a lot of flex if you grasp the display corners, though not much if you press the keyboard deck. As with many gaming laptops, you'll find neither a fingerprint reader nor face recognition webcam to speed Windows Hello logins.

HP Victus 15 left ports

You won't find a Thunderbolt 4 port, either, though we don't consider that a deal-breaker in an under-$1,000 laptop. The left edge holds a USB 3.2 Type-A port, an audio jack, an SD card slot, and the power connector. Another USB-A port joins a USB Type-C port, an Ethernet jack, and an HDMI video output on the right. Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth handle wireless communications.

HP Victus 15 right ports

A Puzzling Keyboard Layout, With No RGB

The keyboard has a comfortably responsive typing feel and—almost unheard-of for an HP laptop—cursor arrow keys arranged in the correct inverted T instead of a clumsy row. There are also top-row system controls and a numeric keypad. The buttonless touchpad is good-sized and glides and taps smoothly, though it has a somewhat stiff, dull click. 

On the minus side, while the keyboard is brightly backlit, it's in plain white with no multiple zones or per-key RGB color choices, so don't bother trying the supplied Omen Light Studio software. The Fn key doesn't team with the cursor arrows for Home, End, Page Up, and Page Down navigation, so you must perform those moves from the keypad, which is marred by the Num Lock key not having an indicator LED as the volume mute and touchpad toggle keys do.

HP Victus 15 keyboard

Believe us when we say we've seen plenty of laptops with cheap, low-res 720p webcams, but the Victus' is poor even by the usual standards—it captures blurred, blotchy images with some noise or static. A speaker grille above the keyboard pumps out flat, tinny sound. There's no bass, you can barely make out overlapping tracks, and I couldn't find any of the audio software we usually see to select music, movie, or gaming modes or tinker with an equalizer. 

HP Victus 15 front view

HP bolsters the Windows 11 Home system with the Omen Gaming Hub app, which combines status info with options to optimize network traffic and disable Windows services and processes to boost game performance. HP QuickDrop transfers files to or from your smartphone. You also get McAfee LiveSafe, Dropbox, ExpressVPN, and LastPass trials.

Performance Testing: Battle of the Gaming Bargains 

For our benchmark charts, we compared the Victus 15 to four other wallet-friendly gaming laptops, led by the MSI Katana GF66 and two Acers, the Nitro 5 and Predator Helios 300. The Dell G3 15 is the cheapest in the field.

Productivity Tests 

The main benchmark of UL's PCMark 10 simulates a variety of real-world productivity and content-creation workflows to measure overall performance for office-centric tasks such as word processing, spreadsheeting, web browsing, and videoconferencing. We also run PCMark 10's Full System Drive test to assess the load time and throughput of a laptop's storage. 

Three benchmarks focus on the CPU, using all available cores and threads, to rate a PC's suitability for processor-intensive workloads. Maxon's Cinebench R23 uses that company's Cinema 4D engine to render a complex scene, while Primate Labs' Geekbench 5.4 Pro simulates popular apps ranging from PDF rendering and speech recognition to machine learning. Finally, we use the open-source video transcoder HandBrake 1.4 to convert a 12-minute video clip from 4K to 1080p resolution (lower times are better). 

Our final productivity test is Puget Systems' PugetBench for Photoshop, which uses the Creative Cloud version 22 of Adobe's famous image editor to rate a PC's performance for content creation and multimedia applications. It's an automated extension that executes a variety of general and GPU-accelerated Photoshop tasks ranging from opening, rotating, resizing, and saving an image to applying masks, gradient fills, and filters.

We don't expect even a 12th Generation Core i5 to hang with Core i7 CPUs, and the Victus 15's Core i5 mostly doesn't (though the Nitro 5 and Katana are over- and underachievers respectively). So while it's not meant for workstation tasks such as video editing, the HP nevertheless performs nicely for a budget laptop, most importantly posting more than half again the 4,000 points in PCMark 10 that indicate excellent productivity for everyday apps like Microsoft Office. 

Graphics and Gaming Tests 

We test Windows PCs' graphics with two DirectX 12 gaming simulations from UL's 3DMark, Night Raid (more modest, suitable for laptops with integrated graphics) and Time Spy (more demanding, suitable for gaming rigs with discrete GPUs). 

We also run two tests from the cross-platform GPU benchmark GFXBench 5, which stresses both low-level routines like texturing and high-level, game-like image rendering. The 1440p Aztec Ruins and 1080p Car Chase tests, rendered offscreen to accommodate different display resolutions, exercise graphics and compute shaders using the OpenGL programming interface and hardware tessellation respectively. The more frames per second (fps), the better. 

Our next three tests involve real games—specifically, the built-in 1080p benchmarks from an AAA title (Assassin's Creed Valhalla), a fast-paced esports shooter (Rainbow Six Siege), and a sports racing sim (F1 2021). We run each benchmark twice, using different image quality presets for Valhalla and Rainbow and trying F1 with and without Nvidia's DLSS anti-aliasing technology, although in the Victus 15's case, the GTX 1650 is unable to run F1 with DLSS turned on.

Officially, the GeForce GTX 1650 is still Nvidia's entry-level mobile gaming GPU, but realistically its day has passed and we're living in a GeForce RTX 3050 or 3050 Ti world now. The Victus 15 delivers playable frame rates at low to medium image quality settings ("playable" defined as the minimal 30 frames per second rather than the 60fps that even budget gamers seek nowadays), and it justifies its 144Hz display in esports titles like Rainbow Six Siege. But it's in the bottom three or four of all gaming laptops in our benchmark database. 

Battery and Display Tests 

We test laptops' battery life by playing a locally stored 720p video file (the open-source Blender movie Tears of SteelTears of Steel) with display brightness at 50% and audio volume at 100%. We make sure the battery is fully charged before the test, with Wi-Fi and keyboard backlighting turned off. 

We also use a Datacolor SpyderX Elite monitor calibration sensor and software to measure a laptop screen's color saturation—what percentage of the sRGB, Adobe RGB, and DCI-P3 color gamuts or palettes the display can show—and its 50% and peak brightness in nits (candelas per square meter).

The HP's battery life is fine for a gaming notebook, and its color fidelity is adequate for an economy model, albeit far short of suitable for image editing or content creation. But its 250-nit brightness would be disappointing in even in a bare bones Chromebook—we expect 300 and hope for 400 nits from all but the cheapest laptop panels.

Verdict: Only for the Tightest Budgets

The base-model HP Victus 15 has a temptingly low price (especially if Best Buy keeps its discount), but to be blunt, there's no need to settle for GeForce GTX 1650 graphics when so many affordable gaming rigs today offer RTX 3050 or 3060 GPUs. Unless your budget just can't stretch beyond $600 or $650, look for a higher-end configuration of the Victus 15, or look elsewhere to better-equipped rivals like the MSI Katana GF66 or Acer Nitro 5.

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Killexams : ChromeOS Flex: What it is, and why you should use it No result found, try new keyword!While Linux for regular ChromeOS only recently exited beta, it remains marked as experimental on ChromeOS Flex, and some older computers lack the appropriate hardware to run Linux virtualization ... Mon, 11 Jul 2022 08:38:00 -0500 Killexams : VMware and HP Unveil Solution to Simplify Datacenter Management

HP Insight Control Is the First Integration with VMware vCenterTM Server to Provide a Single Solution for Managing Both Physical and Virtual Infrastructures

Today at VMworld 2009, VMware and HP announced a solution that will enable customers to manage both physical and virtual infrastructure through the VMware vCenterTM console. This solution will increase administrator efficiency. HP Insight Control for VMware vCenterTM Server, the first integration of its kind, was unveiled during HP's Super Session keynote at VMworld 2009. It is also being presented at demonstrations throughout the event and at the HP booth in the Solutions Exchange (Booth No. 2023).

Customers are demanding tighter integration between virtual and physical environments to simplify the user experience and provide greater infrastructure control in a simple, familiar interface. HP Insight Control for VMware vCenter Server will enable administrators to more efficiently and easily manage both the physical and virtual components of their virtualized infrastructure through the VMware vCenter console. Customers can streamline day-to-day monitoring and management tasks while freeing up IT staff to focus on more strategic projects that better align technology to business needs.

"VMware and HP have joined together to help customers maximize their return on investment in virtualization, continuing our longstanding relationship of deep technology collaboration," said Raghu Raghuram, vice president and general manager, Server Business Unit, VMware. "The new HP Insight Control for VMware vCenterTM Server combines two industry-leading management solutions to offer customers the best of both worlds through ‘single-pane-of-glass' infrastructure management. The solution will help customers manage virtualized environments more easily, with familiar tools that their IT staff has been trained on. At the same time, customers will be able to Improve operational efficiencies by spending less time on maintenance issues and more time building out solutions that will help increase revenue."

"Customers need both a technology infrastructure that accelerates their business and one that addresses the issue of rising management costs," said Mark Potter, senior vice president and general manager, Infrastructure Software and Blades, HP. "HP and VMware have a shared vision of providing the best environment to Improve administrator productivity, resource utilization and time-to-market for technology services to support business demand."

HP and VMware have delivered industry-leading solutions for more than seven years to solve customer problems around virtualizing their infrastructures and managing both physical and virtual environments.

HP Insight Control for VMware vCenter Server will empower customers to:

  • Automatically reduce server problems: IT staff can gain deep insight into their HP physical infrastructures through the VMware vCenter console. If HP tools detect a potential failure, an alarm is passed to the VMware vCenter console, placing the server in maintenance mode while VMware Distributed Resource Scheduler (DRS), a component of VMware vSphereTM 4, automatically relocates the virtualized workload to a different host. In addition to ensuring uptime for virtual environments, HP Insight Control is a powerful solution to help manage physical servers. Using HP Insight Control to help manage physical infrastructure can decrease server downtime by up to 77%.(1)
  • Increase IT staff efficiency: With HP Insight Control for VMware vCenter Server, administrators will have access to the information they need to quickly resolve problems. This eliminates the need to switch between consoles to identify hardware issues that may impact application availability. Customers who use HP Insight Control to manage their HP ProLiant and HP BladeSystem physical infrastructures have been able to increase server-to-administrator ratios by up to 98%.(1)
  • Manage infrastructure globally: Customers will be able to remotely manage and troubleshoot VMware virtualized HP ProLiant and BladeSystem servers using HP Integrated Lights Out Advanced capabilities directly from the VMware vCenter Server console, resulting in quicker resolution of system issues and increased server uptime.
  • Reduce energy costs: Intelligent power measurement and control through VMware Distributed Power Management (DPM) and HP Insight Control combined with energy-efficient HP hardware will help customers reduce power costs and their carbon footprint. With HP Insight Control, customers can triple the capacity of their datacenters without expanding their existing power envelopes.(2)

"We've already had huge success with VMware virtualization on HP ProLiant and BladeSystem hardware through our server consolidation project, and now our focus is on determining how we can optimize management of this environment," said Joel Fuller, technical architect at Kroll Ontrack, a technology-driven services, software and consulting company that helps legal, corporate and government entities and consumers recover, search, analyze, produce and present data efficiently and cost-effectively. "HP Insight Control for VMware vCenter Server will help my team respond more quickly to ever-increasing service-level demands while eliminating many of the mundane tasks that consume much of their time."

VMware and HP plan to continue to develop go-to-market programs that leverage both companies' direct and channel sales forces.

"Customers have been asking us for solutions that reduce management complexity and risk of downtime," said James Geis, director of solution development at Forsythe, a North American IT infrastructure integrator. "This new joint solution from HP and VMware will provide a strong server virtualization management solution that addresses those issues."

For more information on the HP Insight Control plug-in for VMware vCenter Server, please visit


HP Insight Control customers are entitled to the VMware vCenter integrations when they purchase an HP Insight Control license. Pricing starts at $349 per server. The software is expected to be available in the first quarter of 2010.

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Killexams : Time for a Reality Check to 5G Exuberance

The 5G connection numbers that came out of the latest Mobile World Congress 2018 (MWC 2018) in Barcelona are startling, but do they reflect reality? A panel at DesignCon 2018 showed that behind the hype there is a need for more education on what 5G actually comprises, as well as a lot more research on how to actually implement it effectively with respect to power and cost.

In its Mobile Economy report, published annually at MWC, the GSMA predicts that there will be 1.2 billion 5G connections by 2025. Of these connections, 70% of these, the report said, will be mostly in China, the United States, and Japan, with Europe also taking a piece.

The GSMA expects there to be 1.2 billion 5G connections by 2025, but there is much to be done between now and then. (Source: GSMA)

This number has software applications and service providers eagerly showing the potential of 5G at MWC, with high-speed video on mobile devices, autonomous vehicles, artificial intelligence (AI) driven backends, and of course Intel’s demo of the first 5G modem in a laptop. The latter was a collaboration between Intel, Microsoft, HP, Dell and Lenovo.

Interestingly, Minnie Ho, one of the lead designers of that 5G XMM 8000 series modem, joined a 5G panel at the latest DesignCon 2018 event in Santa Clara. There, she discussed the state of 5G standards and deployments, and showed the 5G modem, along with the first 5G basestation motherboard, and an experimental phased-array-antenna layout for >6-GHz handset applications. 

On the panel, “Working Toward 5G: What's New from Previous Generations,” and in front of approximately 60 hardened test, board, and interconnect engineers were:

Minnie Ho, senior principal engineer and core technical lead at Intel Corp.

  • Michael Thompson, RF solutions architect at Cadence.
  • Amal Ekbal, senior wireless platform architect at National Instruments
  • Antonio Ciccomancini Scogna, principal engineer, Samsung Electronics
  • Jose Moreira, senior staff engineer at Advantest
  • Will Sitch, director of industry and solutions marketing at Keysight

The panel moderator was Patrick Mannion, an independent writer and industry analyst who has been tracking developments wireless communications for over 20 years. 

While the expectation was that the expertise of the panel would be tapped to get into the details of 5G implementation and solving design issues, two things quickly became apparent: There was a fundamental lack of understanding of what 5G actually is, and that expectations for 5G deployment and capabilities need to be viewed with less hype. There are serious challenges to be overcome.

Intel’s Ho took a stab at describing what 5G is by referring to its enhancements: ultra-reliable, low-latency communications (URLLC), enhanced mobile broadband (eMBB), and massive machine-to-machine (M2M) connectivity. National Instruments’ Ekbal elaborated upon that by pointing out that it uses a flexible frame structure that’s scalable across different radio technologies, frequency bands and uses cases.

However, these descriptions didn’t quite capture the essence of 5G, which is that it’s a collection of technologies and design approaches that are being pulled together under the auspices of the 3GPP to develop a standard to meet the ITR-U’s “IMT-2020” vision of what a connected world should be capable of.

To that end, it has put out a number of minimum requirements, such as a downlink rate of 20 Gbits/s, uplink rates of 20 Gbits/s, user-plane latency of 1 ms, control-plane latency of 20 ms (10 ms “encouraged”), the ability to support up to 1 million devices/km2, 90% reduction in network energy usage, 99.999% network availability, among many others. The point is that 5G isn’t a “technology” per se, it’s a means of wringing the most out of available spectrum and be able to use that spectrum in a flexible, secure, reliable manner.

Under 5G, researchers, silicon providers, system designers, and test and measurement engineers are working to figure out how best to realize the IMT-2020 vision, which requires a rethink of everything, from the radio front end to the core network. To achieve it, they are bringing together a range of well-known techniques, including multi-user MIMO (MU-MIMO), beamforming, low-density parity checking (LDPC) coding, and core network function virtualization (NFV) and software-defined networking (SDN) techniques. They are also turning to new concepts and technologies such as polar modulation and network slicing. The former is a means of improving spectral usage, the latter relies upon a highly flexible – virtualized – core network to provide the right service to the right application, whether that be high speed, or low latency, or massive M2M support.

One of the key enabling aspects for 5G is the use of many bands across wide swath of spectrum, from 600 MHz to 71 GHz, accompanied by a wide range of modulation and encoding schemes. This has turned out to be a mixed bag of pros and cons, and led to a reality check in the lead up to the completion of Phase 1 of the 5G standard in December 2017. With so many options and so many frequencies to simulate before test equipment could be developed, the 3GPP group had to leave out some hoped-for features and spectrum.

Phase 1 of 3GPP Release 15 is a non-standalone (NSA) implementation of 5G that is focused on the radio front end and leverages the current LTE infrastructure to facilitate rapid rollout at lower cost.

In December of 2017, the 3GPP settled on Phase 1 of 5G standardization which defined a non-standalone radio front end that leverages currently installed LTE infrastructure to facilitate deployments. (Source: National Instruments)

Phase 2, which focuses on the core network and is standalone (SA), is scheduled to be defined by June of 2018, with the two merging by Q4 2018.

5G challenges

While the 3GPP is making progress, chips are starting to emerge and 5G tests are underway. However, as quickly became clear at the DesignCon 5G panel, it’s not going to be easy. For one thing, there’s the issue of power consumption that was brought up by one attendee. For sure, there is a path to low-power handset implementations when one or two antennas are being used, but with multiple antennas, extremely high data rates, and millimeter-wave operation at frequencies above 6 GHz, there are serious concerns about power consumption, as well as space, in the handset.

Ho showed a phased-array antenna array suited to a handset, but while co-panelist Sitch argued strongly in favor of >6-GHz possibilities, other panelists and the audience made it clear that for now, the propagation issues associated with millimeter-wave bands are why much of the current excitement and development remains in the <6-GHz bands. These are bands that operators are well acquainted with, and designers know how to accommodate. Higher bands may have more spectrum to enable higher data rates, but the problem is that in free space, signal strength decrease proportional to the square of the distance between transmitter and receiver, path losses quickly drain battery power.

While this is fundamentally true, the point of 5G, and of the IMT-2020 vision, was restated by National Instruments’ Ekbal. He pointed out, and Sitch agreed, that while there are limitations with using millimeter-wave bands, when properly implemented, 5G radios will be able to evaluate their own performance and look to ambient radio connections to see if they form a more efficient path, and then hop to that other radio, whether it be a closer 5G station, a 4G station, Wi-Fi, or another interface yet to be defined.

The potential capabilities of 5G networks and many announcements of partnerships, rollouts, and services at MWC 2018 stand in stark contrast to the issues designers face in getting 5G systems tested and deployed. Keysight’s Sitch supplied Design News with a quick graphic to show where many of the test issues still need to be sorted out.

These are the six key test challenges as defined by Keysight Technologies. (Source: Keysight Technologies)

For some, the challenges may seem overwhelming, but as the panelists at DesignCon pointed out, solving the design and test challenges provides an opportunity for innovation. the development of new technologies and techniques required to meet the challenges of 5G design and test will keep engi-preneurs prosperously busy for decades to come.

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Killexams : Springpath: Out Of Stealth Mode And Worth The Wait In Storage Software

Last week, Springpath came out of a two year stealth mode, introducing software that runs on standard servers on a subscription model which stores, manages and guards data across both enterprise and cloud scenarios. That is very different from not only the traditional storage players like EMC , Hewlett-Packard , IBM , and NetApp Inc., but also upstarts like Nutanix, Simplivity, and Nexenta. The principals are interesting, too, and harken from VMware ’s startup and VxLAN days. My company covers the SDDC marketplace, and after getting a deep understanding of Springpath for about a year now, I consider the company one of the most interesting software-defined datacenter plays I have seen in a while.

Let me provide some background. Today, most enterprise storage sits on closed storage systems from companies like EMC , Hewlett-Packard , IBM, and NetApp Inc. These storage systems are called SANs (storage area network) or NAS (network attached storage) and they store data for classic enterprise apps. On the opposite end of the spectrum, you have cloud giants who are increasingly using DAS (direct access storage) where inexpensive hard drives sit right in the server’s tray or rack right alongside the CPU and memory. In-between you have web apps and test-dev environments that share concepts from enterprise and cloud-giant storage systems. Therefore, in today’s world, if you want to service enterprise apps, web apps, test and dev and big data, you could have at least three different storage configurations.

Three different storage configurations may not sound like a lot, but consider a few things. To share enterprise data on the enterprise storage system with the Hadoop infrastructure, you actually need to move the data to the Hadoop environment. This takes time and is expensive on resources, which is an eternity from real-time when you really need it. Also, three different storage systems mean that you can’t share capacity or performance between the three when you need more resources. That means you will have unused storage in one silo and not available to the others. Also, the reality is that those three storage systems could be from three different vendors, two more than you probably want. Finally, as we all know, storage systems aren’t cheap as they don’t leverage a large ecosystem of resources like servers do.

This is where Springpath enters the scene. And where it gets interesting.

Springpath’s storage software encompasses all four environments I talked about: enterprise apps, web apps, test and dev, and Hadoop/BigData. They can accomplish this through their distributed file system which not only supports classic block and file access method, but new access methods that support object stores and Hadoop based applications as well. These supported access methods facilitate not only traditional server virtualization, but also emerging Docker-Containers as well as physical, non-virtualized environments. Others in the industry are specializing in one or two environments and writing management layers on top of file systems like ZFS and Swift/Ceph. In addition, these file systems either lack the enterprise grade features or when supported the special features (like compression) have to be turned off to achieve the stated performance. As you would expect, it’s very hard to comingle data across systems easily or quickly and by using industry driven building blocks, you wouldn’t expect it to be as fast.

Springpath runs on a broad range of industry standard servers from Cisco, Dell , HP and SuperMicro. This is, of course, dramatically different from a NAS or SAN. Also, this is unique from appliance-based approaches from Nutanix and Simplivity where there is potential hardware lock-in, albeit not as much as a SAN or NAS, but still lock-in possibility.

Finally, in what could be looked at as its biggest differentiator, Springpath can be procured on a subscription basis, really taking price off the table. At $4K per server, IT could pretty easily charge back departments based on usage and at that price, makes it a no-brainer.

I think Springpath is very differentiated in what is looking to be a very interesting SDDC world. Springpath, versus the SDDC alternatives, promises to do more in more storage environments, do it on industry standard servers you procure, and do it on a pain-free subscription model. Now it’s up to Springpath to flawlessly execute.

You can find Patrick Moorhead, President & Principal Analyst of Moor Insights & Strategy on the web, Twitter, LinkedIn and Google+.

Disclosure: My firm, Moor Insights & Strategy, like all research and analyst firms, provides/has provided research, analysis, advising, and/or consulting to many high-tech companies in the datacenter ecosystem, including Springpath, EMC, Dell, IBM, Cisco and Hewlett-Packard, all cited in this article. No employees at the firm hold any equity positions with any companies cited in this column

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Killexams : HP ScanJet Pro 3600 f1

A medium-volume document scanner that's a combination of a sheetfed and a flatbed, HP's $599 ScanJet Pro 3600 f1 replaces the model 3500 f1 that we reviewed way back in early 2016. Scanning hardware and software have both matured a lot since then, and the new ScanJet Pro is faster, leaner, and more reliable, and it converts pages to editable text in a fraction of the time of its predecessor. The 3600 f1 also boasts an automatic document feeder (ADF) that holds almost twice as many pages as our current entry-level Editors' Choice winner, the Xerox Duplex Combo Scanner. We'd like it even more at a somewhat lower price, but the ScanJet Pro 3600 f1 is a more-than-capable document manager for busy small offices and workgroups, earning our Editors' Choice award honors for midrange combination sheetfed/flatbed document scanners.

A Merger of Two Types of Scanner

The 3600 f1 is one of four new HP scanners, led by the $1,499 ScanJet Enterprise Flow N6600 fnw1 and descending to the ScanJet Pro 2500 f1 scheduled for review soon. While they vary widely in speed, capacity, and volume ratings, the four machines look very much alike. They don't, however, look much like their predecessors, as the shot of the 3500 f1 and 3600 f1 below illustrates.

HP ScanJet Pro 3500 f1 and 3600 f1
Today's ScanJet Pro 3600 f1 (right) doesn't much resemble its six-year-old predecessor.

The ScanJet Pro 3600 f1 measures 5.2 by 19.4 by 12.8 inches (HWD) and weighs just under 12 pounds. Most of the latest competing sheetfed/flatbed combos are similarly sized; the Epson DS-1630 Flatbed Color Document Scanner is slightly smaller and lighter, and the Xerox Duplex Combo is close in size to today's HP but weighs about half as much.

Some higher-end combination scanners, including the HP N6600 and the Raven Pro Max, come with touch screens for setting up and initiating scans. (The Raven lets you edit scans and assign them multiple destinations directly from the control panel.) This ScanJet, by contrast, has a much more modest control panel with several buttons and status LEDs.

HP ScanJet Pro 3600 f1 control panel
The somewhat sparse but easy-to-use control panel lets you choose profiles based on file format or destination.

From left to right, your options are Cancel, Shortcut Select (for selecting workflow profiles), Scan to PDF, Scan to JPEG, Scan to Email, Scan to Cloud, Scan to USB, Simplex/Duplex Toggle (for one- or two-sided scanning), Scan (Start), and Power. While this control panel may be limited, the Epson DS-1630's and Xerox Duplex Combo's are even lesser-endowed.

The file formats and destinations correspond with profiles that you setup and manage via HP's Scan Pro software, which we'll get to in a minute. The 3600 f1 supports Windows versions 7 through 11 and Windows Server, macOS versions 10.14 Mojave and above, and Linux. You can scan from the ADF at resolutions of up to 600dpi and from the flatbed at up to 1,200dpi. Color bit depth is 24-bit external and 48-bit internal, and the maximum document size is 8.5 inches by just over 10 feet. There are USB and power cables in the box.

HP ScanJet Pro 3600 f1 ADF
The 60-page ADF flips upward (left), increasing the scanner's height slightly but not changing its footprint.

The ScanJet Pro 3600 f1's automatic document feeder holds up to 60 pages, and the unit's daily duty cycle is 3,000 scans. Those specs put this HP in the middle of the arena, below the higher-volume ScanJet N6600 and Raven Pro Max (100-page ADFs with 10,000 and 6,000 respective scans daily) and the entry-level Xerox and Epson (35- and 50-page ADFs respectively, each 1,500 scans daily).

Limited Connectivity, Excellent Software

The 3600 f1 has two USB ports, one for scanning to flash drives and one for connecting to a single computer. The scanner isn't networkable, so other PCs on your network can't access it, and excludes connections to most handheld mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets.

HP ScanJet Pro 3600 f1 rear ports
Rear interfaces include a USB port for scanning to storage devices; a USB 3.0 connection; and the AC adapter connector.

By plugging a thumb drive or other USB storage device into the back of the scanner, you can use the ScanJet autonomously without a computer. As mentioned, the scanner relies on the bundled HP Scan Pro software and a set of workflow profiles (HP calls them shortcuts) that contain all setup and configuration data such as scan resolution, file format, and destination. You can edit shortcuts or create your own in Scan Pro; it's all straightforward and simple to set up and use.

HP Scan Pro software
HP Scan Pro provides an easy-to-use interface for setting up and executing workflow profiles or shortcuts.

In addition to Scan Pro, you get industry-standard WIA, ISIS, and Twain drivers for connecting the ScanJet to the scores of applications (such as Adobe Acrobat, Corel Draw, and Microsoft Word and Excel) that support scanning into them directly.

Testing the ScanJet Pro 3600 f1: Snappy, Highly Accurate Scans

HP rates the ScanJet Pro 3600 f1 at 30 one-sided pages per minute (ppm) and 60 two-sided images per minute (ipm, where each page side is counted as an image). The Xerox and Epson scanners are both rated at 25ppm/50ipm, while most higher-end models including the Raven Pro Max (60ppm/120ipm) and Fujitsu fi-8270 (70ppm/140ipm) are at least twice as fast.

For real-world results, I tested the HP over a USB 3.0 connection from our Intel Core i5 testbed running Windows 10 and HP Scan Pro. The first test entailed clocking the 3600 f1 as it scanned our 25-page one-sided and two-sided (50 sides) Microsoft Word text documents and converted and saved them as image PDFs. The device scanned the single-sided document at 33.7ppm and the duplex pages at 63.8ipm, slightly exceeding its rated speeds. As mentioned, the more costly Raven, HP, and Fujitsu workhorses beat this midrange machine hands down, while the lower-end Epson and Xerox combos trailed by 5ppm to 9ppm.

Next, I timed the ScanJet and the HP Scan Pro software as it captured our two-sided 25-page text document and saved it to the more useful searchable PDF format. The stark difference between this scanner's text conversion time (48 seconds) and its 2016 predecessor's (5 minutes and 44 seconds) shows just how much optical character recognition (OCR) has matured over the past half-decade. The Epson DS-1630, reviewed in early 2017, took just under five minutes, while the more latest Xerox Combo did the job in 58 seconds. In the past three or four years, only a few portable scanners have taken more than a minute.

As for OCR accuracy, the 3600 f1 proved error-free down to 6-point type in both our sans-serif (Arial) and serif (Times New Roman) font tests. That's frankly about as good as it gets; converting text smaller than 6 points is, well, pointless, as it's counter-productive to create documents with text that tiny in the first place. For the record, the higher-end sheetfed/flatbed combos managed accuracy down to 5 points in Arial and to 6 points in Times New Roman, while the less expensive Epson and Xerox combos settled for 6 points in Arial and 8 points in Times New Roman.

Achieving scan accuracy at 8 points error-free isn't half bad, either; you won't run into many documents with text that small. To be fair, I should add that the Epson and Xerox were reviewed in 2017 and 2019 respectively; it's a good bet that their bundled OCR software has been updated several times since.

Test Scans: The Flatbed

Another area where scanners and scanning software have matured is in capturing colorful photos and multicolor documents. We don't typically run speed tests on flatbed scanners, but I put several photos of varying sizes as well as colorful drawings, business graphics, and full-color brochures on the glass to evaluate the HP's scanning accuracy and detail rather than speed. 

HP ScanJet Pro 3600 f1 flatbed scanner
The flatbed scans photos and book or magazine pages or delicate documents at up to 1,200dpi.

The flatbed's 1,200dpi resolution and 48-bit color depth reproduced nearly everything I threw at it with impressive detail and brilliant color accuracy. It's always nice when you don't have to make many color corrections or rescans. Between the HP's precise sensors and the exactitude of the interface software, I've no complaints about the flatbed's performance.

An Excellent, if Expensive, Document Churner

As we said, an MSRP of $599 feels a little high for this HP, though we wouldn't be surprised if a price cut or at least a sale happens soon. That said, the ScanJet Pro 3600 f1 is a superb midrange scanner with a wealth of features; an easy-to-use, robust interface; and decent document archiving. For its extra cost, it gives you an ADF with almost twice the capacity of the Editors' Choice-winning Xerox Duplex Combo's, along with higher scanning speeds and double the daily duty cycle. If your home-based or small office demands more than entry-level speed and volume, the ScanJet Pro 3600 f1 is our new favorite midrange combination sheetfed/flatbed scanner.

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