Archive for July 16, 2019

HP Announces Z6 Workstations

Posted in Commentary with tags on July 16, 2019 by itnerd

Building on their continued innovation across the Z by HP workstation portfolio, HP today delivers new highly configurable options for Z6 G4 workstations featuring Intel® Xeon® W CPUs. Ideal for demanding creative workloads like 3D animation and rendering, or any workflows that need higher core counts but don’t require the need for a dual processor system at higher prices.

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The need for technology that can speed up the creative process—all within budget—has become a very real challenge today. With support for up to 364GB of memory on the new single socket Xeon® W-3000 series processors, creators can now take advantage of the HP Z6 higher memory capacity, compared to the Z4. The Z6 is also highly expandable with six PCIe slots for future needs as workflow demands increase. Harnessing the massive expandability of Z workstations  allows creators to take on the next generation of workflows beyond 8K productions without having to worry about system constraints. Furthermore, every Z workstation comes with a 3-year warranty, industry leading software certifications, and amazing reliability with HP Sure Start featuring self-healing BIOS.

Beyond the advancements in the Z6, the entire Z workstations portfolio is designed to scale across creators’ budgets and performance needs, including:

  • The Z8 G4, is designed for the most demanding workflows, like visual effects and finishing work on high res (including 8K and beyond) content. The industry leading 1450W (100V) or 1700W (200V) power supply options enables the Z8 to harness the power of fully maxed out configurations, including dual Xeon® scalable processors, up to four graphics cards, and up to 68TB of storage capacity. The Z8 also has 7 PCIe slots and supports up to 8 Z Turbo drives, offering the greatest expandability in the Z workstation  line up.


  • The Z4 G4, HP’s best-selling performance workstation, supports up to two NVIDIA Quadro RTX 8000 GPUs, which supports 8K Redcode RAW decoding and debayering for real-time playback, editing and color grading without the need to purchase extra video decoding hardware.
  • The Z4 is a great value solution for the video editor with support for two full sized graphics cards, five PCIe slots, and up to 256GB of system memory for fast application responsiveness when working with large content files.


And because creators also need a display with color accuracy to match the highest standards, HP offers the HP DreamColor Z31x Studio Display, the world’s most advanced color-critical display. It boasts cinema 4K resolution, always-accurate colors, user calibration, and a host of workflow tools to give you powerful, consistent performance. The Z31x Display has unique features such as integrated remote manageability, automatic or scheduled calibration, and an integrated KVM switch. For creators in media and entertainment , you can also access built-in markers and masks, video levels, split picture-in-picture, and user presets.

Onepoint Delivers Digital Transformation Reliability With Real-Time Analytics From Martello

Posted in Commentary with tags on July 16, 2019 by itnerd

Martello Technologies Group Inc. today announced that onepoint, a global IT service integrator delivering digital transformation solutions, has purchased a three year subscription to Martello’s  Savision iQ IT Ops analytics software. Onepoint chose Martello because its Savision iQ solution consolidates performance data from multiple systems into a single management view that is updated in real-time. This helps onepoint deliver continuous service assurance to their customers.

Digital transformation allows onepoint’s customers around the world to work efficiently from anywhere but requires that cloud-hosted applications and services are always functioning and reliable. The company has service level agreements (SLA) with customers in which they are expected to meet uptime and performance targets. Onepoint, which employs more than 2,500 people globally, uses several tools to meet these targets, including PRTG, Microsoft System Center Operations Manager (SCOM), TOPdesk and VMWare. Martello consolidates the critical data from each of these systems and presents it in a single view with data that is updated in real-time.

Martello’s solutions have been widely acclaimed in the industry. In September 2018, Martello received a Frost & Sullivan Leadership Award for NPM (Network Performance Management) and ranked as Ottawa’s Fastest Growing Company, at No. 28 on the Growth 500 list of Canada’s Fastest Growing Companies. In June 2019, Martello was recognized for the second consecutive year on the widely respected Branham300 listing of Canada’s top ICT (Information and Communications Technology) companies. The Company has expanded its solution portfolio with several acquisitions, and recently provided a business update on its market and channel expansion, product innovation, acquisitions and capital market activities.


Apple Takes Action Again To Remove More Zoom Related Vulnerabilities From Macs Everywhere

Posted in Commentary with tags on July 16, 2019 by itnerd

According to The Verge, Apple has  pushed a second silent security update to Macs via their XProtect functionality to address further vulnerabilities related to the Zoom video conferencing app for macOS which I reported on last week.

Much like the last silent security update that I covered, Apple removed software that was installed by RingCentral and Zhumu, two video conferencing apps that relied on technology from Zoom and were also found to have the same vulnerabilities that Zoom has. You might recall that I only mentioned one of them previously. So the existence of another white labeled version of the Zoom software is not surprising, but it is troubling as I have to wonder how many variants of this are out there. Thus it’s also not surprising that Apple told The Verge that it plans to fix the vulnerability for all of Zoom’s partner apps. Which means that you can expect more of these XProtect updates to come.


Could Huawei Be Allowed To Conduct Business With US Companies Again?

Posted in Commentary with tags on July 16, 2019 by itnerd

This seems strange, but perhaps not surprising given how US President Donald Trump folded up like a cheap suit to the Chinese during the G20 Summit. A report from Reuters says the following:

The U.S. may approve licenses for companies to re-start new sales to Huawei in as little as two weeks, according to a senior U.S. official, in a sign President Donald Trump’s recent effort to ease restrictions on the Chinese company could move forward quickly.

Well, that’s great if you’re Huawei and you should be happy about that…. Or perhaps not:

A Huawei spokesman said “the Entity list restrictions should be removed altogether, rather than have temporary licenses applied for US vendors. Huawei has been found guilty of no relevant wrongdoing and represents no cybersecurity risk to any country so the restrictions are unmerited.”

So to be honest, I don’t know how to read this. Is this a good thing or a bad thing? Boy is this situation weird.

Windows 10 Version 1903 Update Is Disabling GPUs On Some Surface Book Devices… Among Other Issues

Posted in Commentary with tags on July 16, 2019 by itnerd

Remember when I said that you should likely wait for a bit before installing the latest Windows 10 feature update? Here’s an example why I put out that advice. Microsoft has had to admit on a list that has all the known issues with Windows 10 version 1903 that this update can make the dGPU on Surface Book devices to disappear which forces the Surface Book to run with the slower and less capable integrated graphics.

Now the list that I linked to above is pretty long, which is not at all encouraging if you were thinking of upgrading. Which based on that list alone, is a hell no. Combine that with Microsoft’s recent reputation for putting out feature updates that break your system, and the conclusion is clear. Avoid this update for as long as you can.