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New in AI: Smarter Searches, More Languages Learned

Search engines are getting smarter. This week, Microsoft open-sourced the Space Partition Tree And Graph (SPTAG) algorithm through GitHub (the code sharing and publishing service it owns). This algorithm, which is used in Bing Search, deploys deep learning models to search across complex files and through billions of pieces of information in milliseconds; the result is an improved ability to search by concept rather than keyword. Says Microsoft : Essentially a numerical representation of a word, image pixel or other data point, a vector helps capture what a piece of data actually means. Thanks to advances in a branch of AI called deep learning, Microsoft said it can begin to understand and represent search intent using these vectors. Once the numerical point has been assigned to a piece of data, vectors can be arranged, or mapped, with close numbers placed in proximity to one another to represent similarity. These proximal results get...

Migrating Office 365 in an M&A World

Date: Thursday, June 13, 2019 Time: 02:00 PM Eastern Daylight Time Duration: 1 hour With 1 in 5 organizations today using some or all of Office 365, businesses experiencing mergers or acquisitions now need to likely include the consolidation of Office 365 tenants as part of the plan. But with this consolidation involving directories, messaging, files, storage, and collaboration data, planning a migration that maintains security and productivity can be a challenge. So, what’s the right way to plan and execute tenant-to-tenant migrations of Office 365? In this interactive webcast, join Microsoft Cloud & Data Center MVP Nick Cavalancia, and Ron Robbins from Quest, as they discuss: How Mergers and Acquisitions affect Office 365 Why a migration is more than just moving data Best practices to building and executing a detailed migration plan Register Now! If you have already registered, click here to access Speakers:  Nick Cavalancia Contributing Editor  for IT...

Video: Internet of Things World 2019

https://www.itprotoday.com/sites/all/themes/penton_subtheme_itprotoday/images/logos/footer.png The Internet of Things World conference ran this week, bringing together 12,500+ leaders and innovators from across the IoT community for three days in Santa Clara. Highlights of the week included the first-ever IoT World Awards , which honored exemplary IoT projects, products and people across 11 different categories. This series of three videos looks at the highlights from the 2019 conference. (Disclosure: IoT World is owned by the same parent company as ITPro Today.) Read more about the honorees:  https://www.iotworldtoday.com/2019/05/16/iot-world-awards-winners-announced/ Read more about IoT World and find out more about next year's conference:  https://www.iotworldtoday.com/2019/05/16/iot-world-awards-winners-announced/ Day 1 video:   Day 2 video:    Day 3 video:   Related Original link Original author: SQL Server Pro

Announcing the preview of Windows Server containers support in Azure Kubernetes Service

Taylor Brown Principal PM Manager, Container Platform Kubernetes is taking the app development world by storm. Earlier this month, we shared that the Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS) was the fastest growing compute service in Azure’s history. Customers like Siemens Healthineers , Finastra , Maersk , and Hafslund are realizing the benefits of using AKS to easily deploy, manage and scale applications without getting into the toil of maintaining infrastructures.  As the community and adoption grows, Kubernetes itself is evolving, adding more enterprise-friendly features and extending to more scenarios.  The release of production-level support for Windows Server containers is a true testament to the evolution. Today, we’re excited to announce the preview of Windows Server containers in Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS) for the latest versions, 1.13.5 and 1.14.0.  With this, Windows Server containers can now be deployed and orchestrated in AKS enabling new paths to migrate and modernize Windows Server applications in Azure. Our...

What’s New in Windows Server 2019?

Date: Tuesday, June 11, 2019 Time: 12:00 PM Eastern Daylight Time Duration: 1 hour Windows Server provides the foundation for most businesses IT infrastructure. The new release of Windows Server 2019 raises important questions for IT pros around the world: How do I prepare now for leveraging Windows Server 2019? What are the key must-have features? What do I need to know before upgrading? What is the safest way to upgrade? Join Michael Otey, Senior Contributing Editor for IT Pro Today and Veeam Sr. Director Product Strategy, Rick Vanover as they answer these questions. They will dive into what’s new in Windows Server 2019 and discuss why it’s important as well as explaining your upgrade options and the best practices for upgrading to Windows Server 2019. Topics covered will include: Choosing between Standard and Datacenter editions Using the new Storage Migration Services Understanding Windows Server 2019  support for HCI Using System...

Turning Storage into Action: Uncover Business Value in Backup Data

Date: Tuesday, June 25, 2019 Time: 12:00 PM Eastern Daylight Time Duration: 1 hour What’s the value of backup? Many IT pros – especially those who have restored backup data to thwart ransomware – know the right backup strategy can make or break an organization. But can organizations make use of backup data when it’s not needed for restore? Today, savvy IT pros are leveraging their near-real-time backups in new ways, enabling other business units to utilize enterprise data in new and powerful ways and create new business value. Attend this webinar sponsored by Veeam and presented by ITPro Today to learn how organizations like yours can use backups to: Perform security testing Run DevOps and analytics workloads without impacting operations Create on-demand sandboxes for Dev, Test, and analysis Leverage application-consistent snapshots to perform ANY task outside the production environment How will your backups become a business accelerator? Attend this webinar...

Understand the end customer value of a Cohesity – Cisco technology partnership

Date: Tuesday, June 25, 2019 Time: 02:00 PM Eastern Daylight Time Duration: 1 hour Brought to you by The cloud era has shaped many industries and is set to shape more, by setting higher than ever expectations and a demand for greater agility and availability without compromise. The value of technology partnerships has been considered as helping the technology vendors access new and adjacent markets. However, while it is true technology partnerships can be about vendor value some technology partnerships act as catalysts for driving customer value through ‘opening’ up access to the best solutions for the new business challenges. Register Now! If you have already registered, click here to access Speakers: Roy Illsley, Distinguished Analyst, Infrastructure Solutions, Ovum Roy Illsley is a distinguished analyst at Ovum with more than 35 years’ IT experience. He is also the lead analyst for virtualization and cloud computing. Roy’s key areas of research include:...

HPE Agrees to Buy Supercomputer Maker Cray for $1.4 Billion

(Bloomberg) -- Hewlett Packard Enterprise Co. has agreed to buy U.S. supercomputer maker Cray Inc. in a deal valued at about $1.4 billion as the firm works to become more competitive in high-end computing. Cray investors will get $35 a share in cash, the companies said in a statement on Friday, confirming an earlier Bloomberg report. That represents a premium of about 17% above Thursday’s closing price. The deal values Cray at $1.3 billion net of cash, the firms said in the statement. Cray jumped 17% to $34.89 at 9:49 a.m. in New York trading after earlier touching $34.96, the biggest intraday gain in a year. Palo Alto-based HP Enterprise gained about 2% to $14.82. The deal will help HP Enterprise strengthen its position against International Business Machines Corp. It could also become HP Enterprise’s biggest since it started trading in 2015, surpassing its acquisition of Nimble Storage Inc. for about $1...

Optimize price-performance with compute auto-scaling in Azure SQL Database serverless

Morgan Oslake Principal Program Manager, Azure SQL Database Optimizing compute resource allocation to achieve performance goals while controlling costs can be a challenging balance to strike especially for database workloads with complex usage patterns. To help address these challenges, we are pleased to announce the preview of Azure SQL Database serverless. SQL Database serverless (preview) is a new compute tier that optimizes price-performance and simplifies performance management for databases with intermittent and unpredictable usage. Line-of-business applications, dev/test databases, content management and e-commerce systems are just some examples across a range of applications that often fit the usage pattern ideal for SQL Database serverless. SQL Database serverless is also well-suited for new applications with compute sizing uncertainty or workloads requiring frequent rescaling in order to reduce costs. The serverless compute tier enjoys all the fully managed, built-in intelligence benefits of SQL Database and helps accelerate application development, minimize operational...

Red Hat's Jim Whitehurst on the IBM Merger, SUSE and Ubuntu

At last week's Red Hat Summit, the elephant at the conference was the $34 billion Red Hat and IBM merger. As always, Red Hat had major product announcements to make at its annual conference, including the first major release in five years of its flagship operating system, Red Hat Enterprise Linux, as well as an upcoming release of OpenShift, its container platform. The story behind the stories, however, always involved the upcoming marriage between the largest open source software company on the planet to an aging company whose name was once synonymous with the word "computer." Red Hat understood this going in. In the opening night keynote address, CEO Jim Whitehurst welcomed Big Blue's CEO Ginni Rometty on stage as his first guest. Her mission was to reassure Red Hat customers and supporters that nothing has changed since the IBM merger was first announced in October. Red Hat will retain it's...