Windows Server 2016 – Checkout the major Additions

The most recent version of the Windows Server will soon be released, although it looks like a technical preview has already been revealed. Now you can see what major additions have been included, so make sure to take advantage as this can greatly improve your business.


The Windows Servers 2016 technical preview is on its 3rd release and includes full access to Windows' server containers as well as access to the Visual Studio and Nano Server operating systems.

The last version of Windows Server was the 2012 release, which was very well-received at the time. The 2016 version, which will be fully operational next year, is built on the old system only it features the most recent trends. Several of the most important are containers and microservice architectures.

Windows Home Server

Microsoft’s Nano Server

The Nano Server is an operating system meant to run cloud-based apps as well as act as a main platform for containers. It comes with fewer components and thus provides enhanced security.

Basically, it is an altered version of the Windows Server. The size of its VHD is somewhere at 93%, which means it is smaller and it comes with fewer reboots too. This is because of the new security patches, but also because the server doesn't support apps that are 32 bit. Apparently, the new Nano server only supports apps that are 64 bit.

In case you haven't noticed yet, the graphic user interface doesn't exist anymore. It can only be handled remotely via PowerShell or WMI. The software centers on:
  • Apps in-cloud - the server handles numerous programming languages, whether on containers or running
  • Cloud-based infrastructure - which provides a full support package for storage and complete clutters
Docker

Containers and Docker

Docker is an open-source project which collaborated with Microsoft last year. Basically, the partnership was a confirmation Docker is interested in Microsoft’s container technology.

A container is a perfect alternative to a system that is virtual based. That's because it permits apps to be moved and packed from one server to another as needed. Containers have been included in Google and Microsoft's cloud operations for quite some time now; apparently, many businesses can access a container and use it for personal or business purposes.

The brand new server permits Microsoft Hyper V containers to operate straight on the Windows operating system using Docker containers; these must use Linux kernel on the Hyper V machine.

Hyper-V

Hyper V is a visualization platform that now comes with rolling upgrades. It permits Hyper V clusters to easily and quickly move to the 2016 version of the Windows Server. Apparently, it is possible to include additional memory and virtual network adaptors to any virtualization system.

Linux operators will most likely be very happy to observe a safe boot option on any type of guest OS; furthermore, with the new Windows Server 2016 there will be nested virtualization support.

Software Defined Data Centre

With the most recent version of Windows Server, Microsoft is attempting to cut on the general price for running private clouds. A lot of small start-ups must use cloud management software to make sure they can gain access to their own private data from anywhere safely and securely. But this doesn’t come cheap.

Thankfully, Microsoft is moving into data centre that is software defined, thus bringing improvements to Azure, its storage platform. The creation of a special place within the system's server allows start-ups to gain full access to information from literally anywhere.

The method is similar to VMWare's vSAN. According to Microsoft, the new sever will additionally provide storage replica services. Users will be able to replicate data in a block, as well as synchronize it in real time.

Windows Server Preview
The rolling upgrades programs will probably be the most important because they will guarantee that storage clusters can easily be updated without having to shut down all the servers. Furthermore, this means better customer service as well as less trouble to the business.

Some other features included are meant for RDS, IIS and AS including:
  1. Conditional access control
  2. Support for app authentication with OAuth and OpenID Connect – which eases the build-up of mobile enterprise apps
  3. Complete OpenGL support with VDI scenarios and RDS
  4. Server side support for HTTP2, which included connection multiplexing and server push

By Fredrick Cameron and Conosco.com

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What Businesses should consider before migrating to Windows 10

No one was surprised when Microsoft announced a new version of Windows in September 2014. There was a lot of on-going speculation about its launch and the fact that it was coined as Windows 10 indicates the significant advancement the version will have from its predecessor Windows 8.

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The operating system launch on July 29, 2015, has recieved very positive reviews from users. So, the question most businesses are probably asking is should we migrate to Windows 10?


With Windows 10, Microsoft looks to bring in a ‘new generation’ of end-user computing, offering an unmatched unified experience across multiple platforms – from as little as a 5-inch smartphones (or even smaller) to an 80-inch display.

With its enhanced enterprise management and security features and the return of the Start button, the operating system has been receiving a favourable response from the tech gizmos. But the question remains if that is enough to convince a majority of organizations to upgrade their PCs especially after the failure of Windows 8.

Cost and Time

The most important aspect in this regard is the cost of migration – be it in the form of system/ hardware overhaul or updates. This cost is likely to be much higher than the OS license.

Microsoft offers free Windows 10 upgrade for Windows 8.1, Windows 8, and Windows 7 machines. So, if you run these machines in your business the licensing cost is not an issue. For older versions of Windows you need to consider licensing costs and if the hardware is dated you may need new PCs.

Additional investments would also be required for training. But the fact remains that January 2020 is the deadline for Windows 7 support.

So organizations have to decide fast as it can be a long process migrating to a new operating system for medium to large businesses - often taking 6 to 18 months, so the cut-off point is much closer than it appears to be.

However, another consideration is that although support for Windows 7 ends in the first month of 2020, free upgrade to Windows 10 will end July 29, 2016. So, upgrading before that day will save businesses a lot of cost.

The largest concern pertains to the legacy infrastructure, which can cause critical compatibility problems. So, businesses should take the next few months of testing.

Other Computing Options

Additionally, unlike the situation a decade back when Windows was the only option, there are also a few exciting alternatives in the market. Google’s Chromebook, with its cost-effective tweaks and integration to cloud services has gained a strong footing in recent times, especially in the education and healthcare sectors.

However, Microsoft is fighting back with Acer Cloudbooks, which seems to be targeting a similar market as the Chromebook.

Meanwhile, Apple continues to gain a strong foothold among the niche clients. However, Windows is still the most versatile solution for businesses especially when you consider legacy support.

Now or Later?

Despite the high level testing of Windows 10 with over 5 million users involved in testing a few bugs still went through; so organizations would rather wait for Microsoft to sort out the bugs before an upgrade.

However, Microsoft have been very fast in handling bugs and reviews of Windows 10 has been very positive. In fact, most of the persistant bugs have more to do with the slow pace of OEMs in upgrading drivers than with Windows 10.

With Windows 10, Microsoft hopes to address issues of enterprise management and security and make it an indispensable OS for the work environment. Experts agree that this time around, Microsoft is in the right track and end users can be optimistic about the future of Windows 10.

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LG G Pad II 10.1 Tablet Specs & Price

The new LG G Pad II is a massive tablet that is set to be introduced by its maker at IFA 2015 in Berlin. Aimed at lovers of rich multimedia experience, the 10-incher comes with some improvements over its predecessor, unlike the 8-inch G Pad II unveiled weeks earlier.

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Design and Display

Showing off an elegant design, the G Pad II 10.1 is thinner than the first-generation tablet at a thickness of just 7.8 millimetres. It is equally around 34 grams lighter than its predecessor. Its chassis has a nice-looking metallic finish.

The slate crams in a 10.1-inch diagonal display with very thin bezels. The display now boasts an improved WUXGA resolution – that is, 1920 x 1200 pixels – to offer you an immersive multimedia experience.

Camera and Storage

LG G Pad II is fitted with a 5-megapixel camera and a 2-megapixel front-facing camera – hardly convincing, but decent enough since a device of this size is not one you want to depend on for your photography stunts.

You get 16 GB of onboard storage for your photos and other files. There is a microSD card slot for storage expansion and you also get free 100GB storage allocation on OneDrive for two years.

Hardware and Software

The new G Pad II tablet is armed with a sturdier Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor clocked at 2.26GHz to offer you speedy and responsive performance when browsing, playing games, or watching movies. With support provided by RAM of 2GB capacity, the quad-core processor should deliver impressive multitasking.

LG G Pad II will run on Android 5.1.1 Lollipop operating system.

Other Features

The G Pad II is equipped with a heavy-duty battery of 7400mAh capacity – smaller than the one on the original 10-inch G Pad, actually. It boasts 4G LTE connectivity to let you enjoy the best of mobile data speeds. Connectivity features include USB 2.0, 3G and Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac.

LG G Pad II 10.1 has a Reader Mode that helps ensure comfortable e-book reading by reducing fatigue and blurred vision-inducing blue light in the display backlight. There is also a Dual Window feature that divides the screen to enable you run two different applications at the same time.

Pricing and availability

LG G Pad II 10.1 is not yet available in Nigeria. We currently have no data on pricing and availability. When available, LG G Pad II 10.1 Price in Nigeria is expected to range between N90,000 to N150,000, depending on your location.

LG G Pad II 10.1 Specs

Here are a few specs of the LG G Pad II 10.1 Tablet:

General Features

  • Platform: Android 5.1.1 (Lollipop)
  • Processor: 2.26GHz quad-core Processor (Snapdragon 800)
  • GPU: Adreno 330
  • Memory: 2 GB RAM
  • Colours: Bronze
  • Dimension: 254.3 x 161.1 x 7.8 mm
  • Weight: 489 g
  • SIM Type: Yes
  • SIM Count: Not Confirmed

Display

  • Display: 10.1-inch IPS Touchscreen, 1920 x 1200 pixels (224ppi)
  • Display Protection: -

Camera

  • Rear Camera: 5 MP Camera, 1080p HD Video
  • Rear Camera Features: Autofocus, Face Detection, Geo-tagging
  • Front Camera: 2 MP Camera

Storage

  • Built-in Storage: 16GB Storage
  • Memory Card Support: Yes
  • Bundled Cloud Storage: -

Network Support

  • 2G GSM: Yes
  • 2G CDMA 1X: No
  • 3G WCDMA: Yes
  • 3G CDMA EVDO: No
  • 4G LTE: Yes

Internet & Connectivity

  • GPRS: Yes
  • EDGE: Yes
  • 3G/WCDMA/HSPA: Yes
  • HSPA+: Yes
  • CDMA EVDO: No
  • 4G LTE: Yes
  • WLAN: Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA
  • Wi-Fi Hotspot: Yes
  • Bluetooth: Yes
  • NFC: -
  • Infrared Blaster: Yes
  • USB Port: Yes, microUSB 2.0

Messaging

  • SMS/MMS: -
  • Instant Messaging: Yes
  • Push Emails: Yes
  • Email Protocol:

Entertainment

  • Music Player: Yes, mp3, WAV, FLAC, eACC+
  • Video Player: Yes, MPEG4, H.263, H.264, XviD
  • FM Radio: No
  • Loudspeaker: Yes
  • 3.5mm Jack: Yes

Navigation

  • Navigation: Yes, GPS with A-GPS
  • Maps: Yes, Google Maps

Sensors & Control

  • Digital Compass: Yes
  • Accelerometer: Yes
  • Proximity Sensor: Yes
  • Light Sensor: Yes
  • Barometer: No
  • Pedometer: No
  • Gyroscope: -
  • Fingerprint Scanner: No
  • Iris Scanner: No
  • Intelligent Digital Assistant: Yes
  • Motion Sensing / Gesture Control: -
  • Voice Control: Yes

Other Features

  • Video Streaming: Yes
  • Traditional Voice Calls: -
  • Wireless Charging: No
  • Digital TV: No
  • Water Resistant: No
  • Dust Resistant: No
  • Image Editor: Yes
  • Video Editor: Yes
  • Document Viewer: Yes
  • Document Editor: No (download at store)

Battery

  • Battery: 7400 mAh Li-ion Battery (non-removable)
  • Internet Use Time: -
  • Music Playback: -
  • Video Playback: -

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ZTE Nubia Z9 Max Specs & Price

ZTE Nubia Z9 Max is one of those beasts from Asia offering eye-catching design and spectacular specifications for your money. A third-generation device in its maker’s Nubia range, the handset exhibits a slim body and comes with a massive IPS display, octa-core processor and features that cater to lovers of quality sound.

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ZTE Nubia Z9 Max

Build and Screen

Parading an attractive unibody design, ZTE Nubia Z9 Max boasts strong and durable construction being fashioned out of aviation-grade aluminium alloy and glass. It is rimmed with metal and covered on both its front and rear with tough Corning Gorilla Glass 3.

The handset flaunts a somewhat slim body with a thickness of 7.9 millimetres. It crams in a huge 5.5-inch display with a Full-HD resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels for a pixel density of 401 ppi, making for enjoyable viewing experience. You should get nice wide viewing angles on this one since this is an IPS panel.

The Camera

The camera combo on ZTE Nubia Z9 Max is one of its claims to fame. On the back is a 16-megapixel Sony IMX234 Exmor RS sensor with 6-element, F2.0 lens, LED flash, autofocus, touch focus, continuous shooting and HDR, amongst other features.

The camera can shoot Full HD (1080p) videos at 30 frames per second. ZTE also offers an impressive 8-megapixel front-facing camera, also by Sony, to allow you take superb selfies.

Power and Performance

ZTE Nubia Z9 Max’s heavy lifting is taken care of by a robust Qualcomm Snapdragon octa-core processor, which gives you speeds of up to 2 GHz. The 64-bit processor is assisted by an ample 3 GB of LPDDR4 RAM and a Qualcomm Adreno 430 GPU.

The Nubia Z9 Max phablet runs on Android 5.0 Lollipop operating system, with ZTE’s Nubia 2.8 user interface laid over it. Power is supplied by a 2900mAh Li-Polymer battery.

Other Features

Inbuilt storage is 16 GB, expandable using a microSD card. The Nubia Z9 Max is designed to pump out rich sound with its dedicated AKM4375 Hi-Fi audio chip, AW8736 amplifier and MHL 3.0 support.

ZTE Nubia Z9 Max has 4G LTE capability to allow you enjoy incredible download speeds of up to 150 Mbps. Connectivity features on the dual-SIM phablet include Bluetooth 4.1, NFC and Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n.

Pricing & Availability

ZTE Nubia Z9 Max is not available in Nigeria. When available, you can buy it at leading online stores in Nigeria. ZTE Nubia Z9 Max price in Nigeria is expected to range from N80,500 to N130,000 depending on your location in the country.

ZTE Nubia Z9 Max Specs

Here are a few specs of the ZTE Nubia Z9 Max:

General Features

  • Platform: Android 5.0.2 (Lollipop)
  • Processor: Octa-core Processor, 1.5GHz & 2GHz Quad Core (Qualcomm MSM8994 Snapdragon 810)
  • GPU: Adreno 430
  • Memory: 3GB RAM
  • Colours: Black, White
  • Dimension: 154.8 x 76.6 x 7.9 mm
  • Weight: 165 g
  • SIM Type: Nano SIM
  • SIM Count: Dual SIM, dual stand-by

Display

  • Display: 5.5-inch Capacitive Touch Display, 1080 x 1920 pixels (401 ppi)
  • Display Protection: -

Camera

  • Rear Camera: 16MP Camera, 2160p HD Video
  • Rear Camera Features: Autofocus, LED Flash, Geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection, panorama, HDR
  • Front Camera: 8MP Camera, 1080p HD Video

Storage

  • Built-in Storage: 16GB
  • Memory Card Support: up to 128GB
  • Bundled Cloud Storage: -

Network Support

  • 2G GSM: Yes
  • 2G CDMA 1X: Yes
  • 3G WCDMA: Yes
  • 3G CDMA EVDO: No
  • 4G LTE: Yes

Internet & Connectivity

  • GPRS: Yes
  • EDGE: Yes
  • 3G/WCDMA/HSPA: Yes
  • HSPA+: Yes
  • CDMA EVDO: No
  • 4G LTE: Yes
  • WLAN: Yes, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA
  • Wi-Fi Hotspot: Yes
  • Bluetooth: Yes Bluetooth 4.1, A2DP
  • NFC: Yes
  • Infrared Blaster: No
  • USB Port: Yes USB 2.0, USB Host

Messaging

  • SMS/MMS: Yes
  • Instant Messaging: Yes
  • Push Emails: Yes
  • Email Protocol: -

Entertainment

  • Music Player: MP3/WAV/FLAC/eAAC+ player
  • Video Player: MP4/H.264 player
  • FM Radio: To be Confirmed
  • Loudspeaker: Yes
  • 3.5mm Jack: Yes

Navigation

  • Navigation: Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS
  • Maps: -

Sensors & Control

  • Digital Compass: Yes
  • Accelerometer: Yes
  • Proximity Sensor: Yes
  • Light Sensor: No
  • Barometer: No
  • SpO2: No
  • Pedometer: No
  • Heart Rate Monitor: No
  • Gyroscope: Yes
  • Fingerprint Scanner: No
  • Iris Scanner: No
  • Intelligent Digital Assistant: -
  • Motion Sensing / Gesture Control: No
  • Voice Control: No

Other Features

  • Video Streaming: Yes
  • Active Noise Cancellation: Yes
  • Wireless Charging: No
  • Built-in Mobile Payment: No
  • Water Resistant: No
  • Dust Resistant: No
  • Image Editor: Yes
  • Video Editor: Yes
  • Document Viewer: Yes
  • Document Editor: No

Battery

  • Battery: 2900 mah Li-ion Battery
  • Talktime: up to 40 hours (3G)
  • Standby Time: up to 666 hours (3G)

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ZTE Nubia Z9 Specs & Price

Sporting a large Full-HD display with vanishing bezels, ZTE Nubia Z9 is an amazing smartphone that delivers great value for money. The device is equipped with a hard-wearing octa-core processor, strong pair of cameras and a large battery, while also offering LTE connectivity. It comes in classic and exclusive editions.

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ZTE Nubia Z9

Design and Display

The Nubia Z9 boasts a stunning design featuring metal and glass. It has 2.5D glass on its front and back as well as a metal frame. The premium design is further accentuated by a 5.2-inch IPS display that has a resolution of 1080 x 1920 pixels.

The touchscreen boasts a bezel-less design, thanks to Arc Refractive Conduction (ARC) – an optical technology – which makes the bezel appear non-existent. Frame Interactive Technology (FiT) allows you perform gestures touching the screen and is designed to overlook accidental touches. You are in for great user experience on ZTE Nubia Z9 considering this display.

Camera and Storage

A main camera of 16 megapixels is provided on the rear of the ZTE Nubia Z9. The F2.0-aperture Sony shooter with LED flash, autofocus and optical image stabilisation not only offers you ability to capture awesome images, but also to record 4K (2160p) videos.

There is also an amazing 8-megapixel selfie camera with an 80-degree, wide-angle lens and Full-HD (1080p) video recording capability. Standard storage memory is 32 GB, which doubles to 64 GB on the exclusive edition. Sadly, there is no microSD slot.

Performance and OS

ZTE Nubia Z9 is powered by an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor with Cortex-A57 and Cortex-A53 cores. The 64-bit chip, clocked at 2 GHz, is paired with ample 3 GB of RAM – 4GB is provided on the more-expensive exclusive edition.

An Adreno 430 GPU chomps graphics on the amazing smartphone. Operating platform used is Android 5.0 Lollipop with ZTE’s Nubia 3.0 user interface running on top.

Other Features

Power is provided by a non-removable 2900mAh battery rated to deliver up to three days of standby time. ZTE Nubia Z9 offers 4G LTE connectivity to enable users enjoy blazing fast browsing and downloading speeds.

The exclusive version boasts a unique Three in One (TiO) fingerprint technology that enables the phone read your fingerprint by pressing the Power, Volume Up or Volume Down button.

Pricing & Availability

ZTE Nubia Z9 is not available in Nigeria. When available, you can buy it at leading online stores in Nigeria. ZTE Nubia Z9 price in Nigeria is expected to range from N70,500 to N90,000 depending on your location in the country.

ZTE Nubia Z9 Specs

Here are a few specs of the ZTE Nubia Z9:

General Features

  • Platform: Android 5.0.2 (Lollipop)
  • Processor: 1.5GHz & 2GHz Quad Core Processor (Qualcomm MSM8994 Snapdragon 810)
  • GPU: Adreno 430
  • Memory: 4GB RAM (Exclusive & Elite Edition), 3GB RAM (Classic Edition)
  • Colours: Black, White, Gold
  • Dimension: 147.4 x 68.3 x 8.9 mm
  • Weight: 192 g
  • SIM Type: Nano SIM
  • SIM Count: Dual SIM, dual stand-by

Display

  • Display: 5.2-inch IPS LCD Touch Display, 1080 x 1920 pixels, (424 ppi)
  • Display Protection: -

Camera

  • Rear Camera: 16MP Camera, HD Video
  • Rear Camera Features: Autofocus, optical image stabilization, LED flash, Geo-tagging, Face detection, Panorama, HDR
  • Front Camera: 8MP Camera, 1080p HD Video

Storage

  • Built-in Storage: 64GB (Exclusive & Elite Edition), 32GB (Classic Edition)
  • Memory Card Support: No
  • Bundled Cloud Storage: -

Network Support

  • 2G GSM: Yes
  • 2G CDMA 1X: Yes
  • 3G WCDMA: -Yes
  • 3G CDMA EVDO: No
  • 4G LTE: Yes

Internet & Connectivity

  • GPRS: Yes
  • EDGE: Yes
  • 3G/WCDMA/HSPA: Yes
  • HSPA+: Yes
  • CDMA EVDO: No
  • 4G LTE: Yes
  • WLAN: Yes, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA
  • Wi-Fi Hotspot: Yes
  • Bluetooth: Yes Bluetooth 4.1, A2DP
  • NFC: Yes
  • Infrared Blaster: Yes
  • USB Port: Yes USB 2.0, USB Host

Messaging

  • SMS/MMS: Yes
  • Instant Messaging: Yes
  • Push Emails: Yes
  • Email Protocol: -

Entertainment

  • Music Player: MP3/WAV/FLAC/eAAC+ player
  • Video Player: MP4/H.264 player
  • FM Radio: No
  • Loudspeaker: Yes
  • 3.5mm Jack: Yes

Navigation

  • Navigation: Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS
  • Maps: -

Sensors & Control

  • Digital Compass: Yes
  • Accelerometer: Yes
  • Proximity Sensor: Yes
  • Light Sensor: No
  • Barometer: No
  • SpO2: No
  • Pedometer: No
  • Heart Rate Monitor: No
  • Gyroscope: Yes
  • Fingerprint Scanner: No
  • Iris Scanner: No
  • Intelligent Digital Assistant: -
  • Motion Sensing / Gesture Control: No
  • Voice Control: No

Other Features

  • Video Streaming: Yes
  • Active Noise Cancellation: Yes
  • Wireless Charging: No
  • Built-in Mobile Payment: No
  • Water Resistant: No
  • Dust Resistant: No
  • Image Editor: Yes
  • Video Editor: Yes
  • Document Viewer: Yes
  • Document Editor: No

Battery

  • Battery: 2900 mAh Li-ion Battery (Non-removable)
  • Talktime: -
  • Standby Time: -

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