ZeRO & DeepSpeed: Enabling models with over 100 Billion Parametrs.

An open source library released by Microsoft; called DeepSpeed, greatly advances model training for very large models consisting of more than 100 Billion Parameters. Deep Speed improves four aspects: Scale: up to 10x bigger Speed: Up to 5x faster Cost: 5x reduction in cost Usability: Low code impact. Please follow the link at the Microsoft Research Blog.

Windows Server 2008 and 2008 R2 End of Support Announcement.

On January 14, 2020, the servers reached End of Support. No more security updates will be available, putting any still running server installations at risk. One of the available options is to migrate to Azure, including porting your existing licenses. Please see the full announcement and available options at Microsoft Windows Server Blog.

Implementing a Microsoft 365 Secure environment. Whitepaper for Business Decision Makers (BDMs)

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Microsoft has recently published on its 365 Security Site a series of very practical guidelines focused on Business Decision Makers. The guide was written by Kozeta Beam – Microsoft Cloud Security Architect, and Thiagara Sundararaja – Microsoft Senior Consultant. These guidelines urge the customer to “take responsibility to secure your own identities, data and devices used to access cloud services” … Read More

Avoiding focused Spear-Phishing campaigns.

Microsoft’s Security Blog recently published an excellent article covering a growing trend in security attacks. Written by Diana Kelley Cybersecurity Field CTO and Seema Kathuria Senior Manager, Cybersecurity Solutions Group, it cleverly describes spear-phishing campaigns that are highly focused, and successful. These attacks do not target large or broad email lists, but rather a person within an organization. Experienced tech executives and … Read More