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Intel Brings vPro to 14th Gen Desktop and Core Ultra Mobile Platforms for Enterprise

Author: AnandTech

As part of this week’s MWC 2024 conference, Intel is announcing that it is adding support for its vPro security technologies to select 14th Generation Core series processors (Raptor Lake-R) and their latest Meteor Lake-based Core Ultra-H and U series mobile processors. As we’ve seen from more launches than we care to count of Intel’s desktop and mobile platforms, they typically roll out their vPro platforms sometime after they’ve released their full stack of processors, including overclockable K series SKUs and lower-powered T series SKUs, and this year is no exception. Altogether, Intel is announcing vPro Essential and vPro Enterprise support for several 14th Gen Core series SKUs and Intel Core Ultra mobile SKUs.

While Intel’s vPro security features aren’t anything that we haven’t seen before – and on that note, there is nothing new to this generation of vPro technologies – it simply adds existing vPro support, both the total Enterprise securities and the cut-down Essentials vPro hardware-level security to select 14th Gen Core series processors, as well as their latest mobile-focused Meteor Lake processors with Arc graphics launched last year.

As we’ve seen over the last few years with a global shift towards remote work due to the Coronavirus pandemic, the need for up-to-date security in small and larger enterprises is just as critical as it has ever been. Remote and employees in offices alike must have access to the latest software and hardware frameworks to ensure the security of vital data, and that’s where Intel vPro comes in.

To quickly recap the current state of affairs, let’s take a look at the two levels of Intel vPro securities available,  vPro Essentials and vPro Enterprise, and how they differ.

Intel’s vPro Essentials was first launched back in 2022 and is a subset of Intel’s complete vPro package, which is now commonly known as vPro Enterprise. The Intel vPro Essentials security package is essentially (as per the name) tailored and designed for small businesses, providing a solid foundation in security without penalizing performance. It integrates hardware-enhanced security features, ensuring hardware-level protection against emerging threats from right from its installation. It also utilizes real-time intelligence for workload optimization and Intel’s Thread Detection Technology. It adds an additional layer below the operating system that uses AI-based threat detection to mitigate OS-level threats and attacks.

Pivoting to Intel vPro Enterprise security features, this is designed for SMEs to meet the high demands of large-scale business environments. It offers advanced security features and remote management capabilities, which are crucial for businesses operating with sensitive data and requiring high levels of cybersecurity. Additionally, the platform provides enhanced performance and reliability, making it suitable for intensive workloads and multitasking in a professional setting. Integrating these features from the vPro Enterprise platform ensures that large enterprises can maintain high productivity levels while ensuring data security and efficient IT management with the latest generations of processors, such as the Intel Core 14th Gen family.

Much like we saw when Intel announced their vPro for the 13th Gen Core series, it’s worth noting that both the 14th and 13th Gen Core series are based on the same Raptor Lake architecture and, as such, are identical in every aspect bar base and turbo core frequencies.

Intel 14th Gen Core with vPro for Desktop
(Raptor Lake-R)

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Cores
P+E/T
P-Core
Base/Turbo
(MHz)
E-Core
Base/Turbo
(MHz)
L3 Cache
(MB)
Base
W
Turbo
W
vPRO
Support
(Ent/Ess)
Price
($)

i9-14900K
8+16/32
3200 / 6000
2400 / 4400
36
125
253
Enterprise
$589

i9-14900
8+16/32
2000 / 5600
1500 / 4300
36
65
219
Both
$549

i9-14900T
8+16/32
1100 / 5500
800 / 4000
36
35
106
Both
$549

 

i7-14700K
8+12/28
3400 / 5600
2500 / 4300
33
125
253
Enterprise
$409

i7-14700
8+12/28
2100 / 5400
1500 / 4200
33
65
219
Both
$384

i7-14700T
8+12/28
1300 / 5000
900 / 3700
33
35
106
Both
$384

 

i5-14600K
6+8/20
3500 / 5300
2600 / 4000
24
125
181
Enterprise
$319

i5-14600
6+8/20
2700 / 5200
2000 / 3900
24
65
154
Both
$255

i5-14500
6+8/20
2600 / 5000
1900 / 3700
24
65
154
Both
$232

i5-14600T
6+8/20
1800 / 5100
1200 / 3600
24
35
92
Both
$255

i5-14500T
6+8/20
1700 / 4800
1200 / 3400
24
35
92
Both
$232

While Intel isn’t technically launching any new chip SKUs (either desktop or mobile) with vPro support, the vPro desktop platform features are enabled through the use of specific motherboard chipsets, with both Q670 and W680 chipsets offering sole support for vPro on 14th Gen. Unless users are using either a Q670 or W680 motherboard with the specific chips listed above. vPro Essentials or Enterprise will not be enabled or work with each processor unless installed into a motherboard from one of these chipsets.

As with the previous 13th Gen Core series family (Raptor Lake), the 14th Gen, which is a direct refresh of these, follows a similar pattern. Specific SKUs from the 14th Gen family include support only for the full-fledged vPro Enterprise, including the Core i5-14600K, the Core i7-14700K, and the flagship Core i9-14900K. Intel’s vPro Enterprise security features are supported on both Q670 and W680 motherboards, giving users more choice in which board they opt for.

The rest of the above Intel 14th Gen Core series stack, including the non-monikered chips, e.g., the Core i5-14600, as well as the T series, which are optimized for efficient workloads with a lower TDP than the rest of the stack, all support both vPro Enterprise and vPro Essentials. This includes two processors from the Core i9 family, including the Core i9-14900 and Core i9-14900T, two from the i7 series, the Core i7-14700 and Core i7-14700T, and four from the i5 series, the Core i5-14600, Core i5-14500, the Core i5-14600T and the COre i5-14500T.


The ASRock Industrial IMB-X1231 W680 mini-ITX motherboard supports vPro Enterprise and Essentials

For the processors mentioned above (non-K), different levels of vPro support are offered depending on the motherboard chipset. If a user wishes to use a Q670 motherboard, then users can specifically opt to use Intel’s cut-down vPro Essentials security features. Intel states that users with a Q670 or W680 can use the full vPro Enterprise security features, including the Core i9-14900K, the Core i7-14700K, and the Core i5-14600K. Outside of this, none of the 14th Gen SKUs with the KF (unlocked with no iGPU) and F (no iGPU) monikers are listed with support for vPro.

Intel Meteor Lake with vPro: Core Ultra H and U Series get Varied vPro Support

Further to the Intel 14th Gen Core series for desktops, Intel has also enabled vPro support for their latest Meteor Lake-based Core Ultra H and U series mobile processors. Unlike the desktop platform for vPro, things are a little different in the mobile space, as Intel offers vPro on their mobile SKUs, either with vPro Enterprise or vPro Essentials, not both.

Intel Core Ultra H and U-Series Processors with vPro
(Meteor Lake)

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Cores
(P+E+LP/T)
P-Core Turbo
Freq
E-Core Turbo
Freq
GPU
GPU Freq
L3 Cache
(MB)
vPro Support
(Ent/Ess)
Base TDP
Turbo TDP

Ultra 9
 

Core Ultra 9 185H
6+8+2/22
5100
3800
Arc Xe (8)
2350
24
Enterprise
45 W
115 W

Ultra 7
 

Core Ultra 7 165H
6+8+2/22
5000
3800
Arc Xe (8)
2300
24
Enterprise
28 W
64/115 W

Core Ultra 7 155H
6+8+2/22
4800
3800
Arc Xe (8)
2250
24
Essentials
28 W
64/115 W

Core Ultra 7 165U
2+8+2/14
4900
3800
Arc Xe (4)
2000
12
Enterprise
15 W
57 W

Core Ultra 7 164U
2+8+2/14
4800
3800
Arc Xe (4)
1800
12
Enterprise
9 W
30 W

Core Ultra 7 155U
2+8+2/14
4800
3800
Arc Xe (4)
1950
12
Essentials
15 W
57 W

Ultra 5
 

Core Ultra 5 135H
4+8+2/18
4600
3600
Arc Xe
(7)
2200
18
Enterprise
28 W
64/115 W

Core Ultra 5 125H
4+8+2/18
4500
3600
Arc Xe (7)
2200
18
Essentials
28 W
64/115 W

Core Ultra 5 135U
2+8+2/14
4400
3600
Arc Xe (4)
1900
12
Enterprise
15 W
57 W

Core Ultra 5 134U
2+8+2/14
4400
3800
Arc Xe (4)
1750
12
Enterprise
9 W
30 W

Core Ultra 5 125U
2+8+2/14
4300
3600
Arc Xe (4)
1850
12
Essentials
15 W
57 W

The above table highlights not just the specifications of each Core Ultra 9, 7, and 5 SKU but also denotes which model gets what level of vPro support. Starting with the Core Ultra 9 185H processor, the current mobile flagship chip on Meteor Lake, this chip supports vPro Enterprise. Along with the other top-tier SKU from each of the Core Ultra 9, 7, and 5 families, including the Core Ultra 7 165H and the Core Ultra 135H, other chips with vPro Enterprise support include the Core Ultra 7 165U and Core Ultra 7 164U, as well as the Core Ultra 5 135U and Core Ultra 5 134U.

Intel’s other Meteor Lake chips, including the Core Ultra 7 155H, the Core Ultra 7 155U, the Core Ultra 5 125H, and the Core Ultra 5 125U, only support Intel’s vPro Essentials security features. This presents a slight ‘dropping of the ball’ from Intel on this, which we highlighted in our Intel 13th Gen Core gets vPro piece last year.

Intel vPro Support Announcement With No New Hardware, Why Announce Later?

It is worth noting that Intel’s announcement of adding vPro support to their first launch of Meteor Lake Core Ultra SKUs isn’t entirely new; Intel did highlight that Meteor Lake would support vPro last year within their Series 1 Product Brief dated 12/20/2023. Intel’s formal announcement of vPro support for Meteor Lake is more about which SKU has which level of support, and we feel this could pose problems to users who have already purchased Core Ultra series notebooks for business and enterprise use. Multiple outlets, including Newegg and directly from HP, are alluding to mentioning vPro whatsoever.

This could mean that a user has purchased a notebook with, say, a Core Ultra 5 125H (vPro Essentials), which would be used within an SME or by said SME as a bulk purchase but wouldn’t be aware that the chip doesn’t have vPro Enterprise, from which they personally and from a business standpoint could benefit from the additional securities. We reached out to Intel, and they sent us the following statement.

Since we are launching vPro powered by Intel Core Ultra & Intel Core 14th Gen this week, prospective buyers will begin seeing the relevant system information on OEM and enterprise retail partner (eg. CDW) websites in the weeks ahead. This will include information on whether a system is equipped with vPro Enterprise or Essentials so that they can purchase the right system for their compute needs.

Gallery: Intel vPro Security Slide Deck

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HardwareSoftware

Rog Ally e Steam Deck sono già vecchie, Tecno Pocket Go è il futuro

Author: Tom’s Hardware

Tecno Mobile sta per introdurre il Pocket Go, un dispositivo di gioco AR portatile alimentato dall’APU AMD Ryzen 7 8840HS, rappresentando un nuovo capitolo nell’utilizzo di tecnologia all’avanguardia per il gaming in mobilità.

Il dispositivo è stato presentato al Mobile World Congress 2024, svelando una combinazione innovativa di hardware di alta qualità e funzionalità di realtà aumentata.

La caratteristica distintiva del Pocket Go è la sua struttura senza display incorporato. Invece, la visualizzazione avviene tramite occhiali AR dotati di due display Micro-OLED da 0,71 pollici.

Questi occhiali AR si connettono al dispositivo portatile attraverso un cavo USB Type-C standard, offrendo, inoltre, l’estrema flessibilità di collegarsi a una vasta gamma di dispositivi compatibili

Il cuore del Pocket Go è rappresentato dall’APU AMD Ryzen 7 8840HS, una potente unità con 8 core Zen 4, 16 thread, frequenza di base fino a 5,1 GHz e un TDP configurabile tra 20-30W, completato da 16 MB di cache L3.

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Per garantire un’esperienza di gioco di qualità, il chip integra la GPU AMD Radeon 780M basata su RDNA 3, con 12 unità di calcolo e clock a 2700 MHz.

Il controller del dispositivo, contenente l’APU, presenta il design tradizionale di un controller di gioco, dotato di pulsanti standard, leve analogiche e grilletti. Questa soluzione compatta consente una maggiore portabilità, rendendo il Pocket Go ideale per il gaming on-the-go.

Ulteriori caratteristiche includono 16 GB di memoria LPDDR5 e un’ampia capacità di archiviazione con un SSD PCIe 4.0 da 1 TB. La console portatile è alimentata da una batteria da 50 Wh integrata negli occhiali AR, i quali sono in grado di proiettare immagini fino a 215 gradi a una distanza di 6 metri.

Al momento, non sono ancora state divulgate informazioni riguardo al prezzo o alla data di lancio del Pocket Go. Tuttavia, la presentazione di questo dispositivo unico evidenzia il continuo impegno nel combinare le potenti prestazioni di AMD con l’innovazione nella realtà aumentata per offrire nuove esperienze di gioco portatile.

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Rainbow Six Siege: secondo il direttore creativo è l’FPS definitivo, non ha bisogno di un sequel

Author: GAMEmag

In occasione dei Siege Invitational in corso in Brasile, Alexander Karpazis ha parlato del futuro di Rainbow Six Siege. Il direttore creativo del gioco ha spiegato che l’FPS competitivo non ha bisogno di un sequel e rappresenta la migliore esperienza di live shooting attualmente disponibile sul mercato.

L’idea di cambiare motore con un qualcosa che sia pronto all’uso semplicemente non risponde alle esigenze di un gioco realmente competitivo ed esigente come Siege” ha spiegato Karpazis. “Non farò nomi, ma abbiamo visto giochi proporre sequel che hanno completamente disatteso le aspettative, perché hanno dovuto rifare da capo tutto ciò che era stato realizzato nel primo“.

Può essere decisamente frustrante, costoso e, alla fine, non ne trae alcun reale vantaggio” ha spiegato Karpazis parlando di un eventuale sequel del gioco. “Se hai un punto di partenza solido, e costruisci su quello, è lì che vedrai il successo. Ed è in questa direzione che intendiamo spingere Siege in futuro“.

Secondo Karpazis, infatti, Rainbow Six Siege gode del miglior motore di gioco attualmente disponibile quando si parla di FPS online PvP. Questo grazie a un engine dedicato che, ormai dal lancio del gioco, viene costantemente aggiornato e migliorato con cadenza mensile. Il cambio, quindi, impedirebbe di sfruttare l’ottimizzazione raggiunta in quasi 10 anni di esperienza.

Posso affermare con una certa sicurezza che abbiamo probabilmente uno dei migliori motori al mondo quando si tratta di sparatutto PvP live. Il team è incredibile e abbiamo una complessa pipeline di lavoro con un’enorme squadra impegnata sul motore che ogni singolo mese migliora in maniera incrementale il modo in cui possiamo fornire contenuti più rapidamente, più solidi, più stabili e, si spera, il più a lungo possibile“.

Insomma, con oltre 85 milioni di giocatori registrati e una scena eSport ancora piuttosto attiva, nonostante gli oltre 8 anni dal lancio, Rainbow Six Siege non riceverà un sequel, quantomeno non nel breve termine. Non ci sarebbe alcun piano per un nuovo titolo che, quindi, non è neanche in una fase di concept. In sintesi, chi spera di vedere un nuovo Rainbow Six dovrà attendere ancora molti anni.

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Energia

Aging drives? Modernize to optimize your industrial process and spending.

Author: Schneider Electric

This audio was created using Microsoft Azure Speech Services

In business, time is money, especially in the industrial sector. To get the most out of your facility and operations, you need an industrial process that’s efficient, robust, and up-to-date.  

Variable Speed Drives (VSDs) or Variable Frequency Drives (VFDs) are crucial components of an industrial process that are present and integral in many critical applications. Our mission is to be your digital partner for sustainability and efficiency. Consequently, aging drives are transitioning into obsolescence, making way for new, smarter, and more sustainable solutions.  

Today, Altivar 61 and Altivar 71 are coming to the end of commercialization, and by 2028, they will be obsolete. This will result in reduced maintenance and limited access to spare parts for businesses with these models installed, making unplanned downtime a huge risk. 

For Industrial Automation, downtime can cost up to €95K a minute or $50 Billion a year.1 These costs aren’t the sole concern either; downtime can often lead to equipment damage, incurring costs beyond just lost revenue along with damaging a brand’s reputation.  

This is where modernization through Schneider Electric’s EcoFit comes in. 

Benefit from a simple and effective approach to modernization 

Modernization refers to the process of optimizing existing industrial automation solutions and integrating the newest technology to make them safer, more reliable, more efficient, and run for longer. EcoFit is Schneider Electric’s approach to modernization for continuing business. 

EcoFit offers multiple modernization options, from extending the life of the current asset to total installation replacement.  

With EcoFit Replacement for drives, you get a comprehensive modernization package that includes all the tools needed and an in-depth demo that guides you step-by-step through the replacement process. This detailed walkthrough enables users to swiftly remove the older models and install their new drives in a matter of minutes, all with minimal disruption to ongoing operations.  

The software and embedded parameters in the new drives mirror those of the older Altivar models, enabling simpler integration without requiring prior experience of installation. 

As the installer, your maintenance team will be well-equipped with knowledge regarding the functionality of the new drives, eliminating the need to wait for or incur costs on specialist technicians. 

Embrace the newest technology for more efficient day-to-day operations

By modernizing your VSDs, you equip your business with high-performing, innovative solutions that can help extend the lifetime of your assets considerably, as well as reduce the risk of unplanned downtime.

Our new Altivar process range comes with native connectivity that allows you to reinvent the way you work by revolutionizing operational methods. With intelligent, energy-efficient control over not just the drives themselves but your entire industrial process, you can also benefit from predictive maintenance capabilities.  

Embedded digital sensors within these drives facilitate seamless integration with EcoStruxure Service Plan, a cyber-secure, cloud-based digital service that brings a proactive approach to asset management, combined with knowledge and action from our experts. 

See for yourself: A modernization success story 

Various global companies have utilized EcoFit’s modernization package, benefiting not just from an efficient replacement process but also from additional benefits ever since. 

A Chinese HVAC firm, utilizing approximately 75 AC drives in operation, decided to upgrade all their obsolete Altivar 61 and Altivar 71 models with the help of our EcoFit Replacement for Drives package. The company witnessed a seamless modernization process with minimal disruption to its systems and daily operations. In fact, many employees reported they were unaware that the modernization was taking place. 

Discover the possibilities 

Take your industrial process to the next level and avoid future downtime risk by purchasing our EcoFit modernization package to enable your VSD replacement.  

For alternative electrical components, explore our EcoFit page and discover a range of modernization solutions, tailored to meet your requirements. 

References 

1https://www.forbes.com/sites/forbestechcouncil/2022/02/22/unplanned-downtime-costs-more-than-you-think/ 

About the author

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Global Offer Manager, Industrial Automation Specialist

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Victor Gasulla is the Global Offer Manager in the Industrial Automation Services division of Schneider Electric. He has a comprehensive 24-year background in Motion, Drives, Automation, and Control within different commercial and technical roles. Victor is reshaping the landscape of industrial automation. Based in Spain, he excels in deploying unconventional strategies, leveraging digital tools, and offering a global perspective.

Victor’s expertise lies in navigating the complexities of industrial automation with a strategic mindset. As a leader in driving global growth, he crafts resilient and sustainable solutions that not only address current challenges but also pave the way for future industry advancements.

Tags: Altivar, altivar drives, Digital transformation, Drives, EcoFit, EcoStruxure Service Plan, modernization, Sustainability, Variable frequency drives, variable speed drive

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Apache Superset: analisi dati diventa semplice grazie all’open source

Author: IlSoftware

Apache Superset: analisi dati diventa semplice grazie all'open source

L’analisi dati è fondamentale per qualunque tipo di attività lavorativa. È il sale della cosiddetta business intelligence, espressione con cui ci riferiamo all’insieme dei processi aziendali che aiutano a raccogliere dati rilevanti e ad analizzare informazioni strategiche. Estrarre informazioni dai dati, infatti, è essenziale per qualunque realtà d’impresa e la presentazione in forma strutturata, magari attraverso grafici e rappresentazioni efficaci, risulta essenziale per prendere decisioni.

Cos’è Apache Superset e a cosa serve

Per tutti coloro che hanno la necessità di collegarsi con i database più disparati ed estrarre informazioni da proporre poi in forma grafica, un progetto open source come Apache Superset assume un’importanza a dir poco essenziale.

Apache Superset è una piattaforma di esplorazione e visualizzazione dati open source, progettata per adattarsi alle esigenze più evolute di analisi dati. Con la sua leggerezza, potenza e intuitività, Superset offre un’ampia gamma di opzioni, rendendo semplice per gli utenti – indipendentemente dal loro livello di esperienza – configurare visualizzazioni dei dati personalizzate. Da semplici grafici a linee fino all’utilizzo di mappe geospaziali altamente dettagliate.

Analisi dati, visualizzazioni disponibili Apache Superset

La struttura di Apache Superset

Superset mette a disposizione strumenti evoluti per creare facilmente dashboard interattive, utili per per esplorare i dati e individuare insight. Il Chart Builder è un costruttore di grafici e tabelle mentre SQL Lab permette di scrivere query SQL personalizzate, esplorare metadati del database e utilizzare templating Jinja. Quest’ultima caratteristica si riferisce alla possibilità di incorporare espressioni e variabili dinamiche all’interno dei componenti della piattaforma. Jinja è un motore di templating per il linguaggio di programmazione Python che consente di inserire dinamicamente valori o logica all’interno di stringhe e modelli.

Chart Builder, costruttore di grafici senza codice

Nell’immagine, il Chart Builder di Apache Superset permette di creare grafici senza usare codice di programmazione.

La piattaforma Superset consente infine di creare dataset fisici e virtuali: i primi si riferiscono a un insieme di dati effettivamente memorizzato in un database o in una sorgente dati. Un dataset virtuale è invece un’astrazione o una definizione logica di dati che potrebbe non essere effettivamente memorizzata, ma creata in modo dinamico (ad esempio derivata da diverse fonti di dati).

Gli utenti di Superset possono quindi esplorare e visualizzare dati da diverse fonti senza dover creare manualmente un nuovo dataset per ciascuna sorgente. Si tratta di un aspetto particolarmente utile quando si lavora con grandi volumi di dati provenienti da fonti eterogenee.

IDE SQL per l’analisi dati

Veloce, leggero e ricco di opzioni che lo rendono adatto a un’ampia varietà di possibili campi applicativi, Superset punta al raggiungimento dei traguardi prefissi da ciascun utente senza scrivere codice. Integra comunque un moderno ambiente IDE SQL per esplorare i dati: Superset è capace di collegarsi a qualunque database basato sul linguaggio SQL, compresi quelli moderni su “scala Petabyte”.

Editor SQL Apache Superset

In figura, il potente editor SQL di Apache Superset.

Grazie all’approccio leggero e scalabile, Superset sfrutta l’infrastruttura dati esistente senza richiedere un ulteriore livello di ingestion. Con il termine ingestion, ci si riferisce al processo di acquisizione, trasformazione e caricamento dei dati da una fonte all’altra.

In molte soluzioni di analisi dati, potrebbe essere necessario implementare un livello aggiuntivo per preparare i dati. Superset, di contro, spazza via questo requisito, consentendo agli utenti di esplorare e visualizzare i dati direttamente dalla fonte senza richiedere complessi processi aggiuntivi.

Tra i database supportati (o comunque “fonti di dati”) ci sono, ad esempio, PostgreSQL, MySQL, BigQuery, Snowflake, Amazon Redshift, Amazon Athena, Apache Druid, Databricks, Google Fogli, CSV, ClickHouse, Rockset, Dremio, Trino, Oracle, Apache Pinot, Presto, IBM Db2, SAP Hana, Microsoft SQL Server e Apache Doris.

Superset include oltre 40 tipi di visualizzazioni pre-installate, con un’architettura a plug-in che semplifica la creazione di “ricette” personalizzate.

Per maggiori informazioni, è possibile fare riferimento anche al repository GitHub del progetto Apache Superset.

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