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Two Factor Authentication, Mi-Token

15 Oct 2014

A customer recently came to us with a need to provide secure remote access for their staff and contract vendors. They were looking for a solution that was highly secure and easy to manage. It also needed to be robust and simple to implement.

The key drivers for technology refresh are

15 Oct 2014

There are a number of reasons that drive technology refreshes. We’ve summarised some of the key ones as follows… Out-of-support technology As organisations continue to use dated technology, they often land in situations where

A New Lease of IT

10 Oct 2014

Unless you have a magic wand (in which case, we’d like to know where you bought it), chances are that knowing what technology your business needs is only part of the battle. With a mass of competing requests, finding the large up-front funding for infrastructure can be as big a challenge as planning its installation. Of course, there are some

Virtualisation - It's Not Just For Servers Anymore

8 Oct 2014

Virtualisation is a tried and true, mature technology used in almost all server environments today, giving substantial benefits in terms of increasing server utilisation, improving workload flexibility, and saving money –on rack space, power, cooling, and the server equipment itself. However, a virtualised datacentre is only as strong as its weakest link. While the computing components of the infrastructure are now easily optimised for virtualisation, it simply cannot be leveraged well if the network infrastructure is stuck in a legacy model of operation.

Defining Availability for the Modern Data Centre

8 Oct 2014

New Veeam Availability Suite v8 - In today’s interconnected and global business environment, customers, partners, suppliers and employees expect access to information and applications at any time and from any device, with no tolerance for downtime or data loss. IT organisations must therefore make data and applications available to all stakeholders every minute of every day.

Security - Internal and External Vulnerability Assessment Testing

26 Sep 2014

Recently a long standing valued customer of approached us seeking assistance with addressing the requirements of a security audit. Specifically this client was looking to be able to provide a report to their board regarding their network security and potential vulnerabilities. The customer’s immediate need was to identify and address any potential external vulnerabilities of their organisation.

LenovoEMC Network Attached Storage

25 Sep 2014

Powered by enterprise-class LenovoEMC technology, these compact desktop and rack mounted ultra-fast, server-class storage solutions are built for advanced data protection and cloud convenient content sharing.

IBM's V7000 Generation 2 has the ability to cluster into Petabyte range, yes Petabyte!

22 Sep 2014

By increasing performance and connectivity, integrated compression acceleration, and additional scalability IBM has further extended the Storwize V7000 range. Compared with the first generation of IBM Storwize V7000 models, the new generation is much more powerful and scalable.

The 5 things in IT that never change (nor should they)

16 Sep 2014

Since Computer Merchants was established in 1979 (the year of the Walkman and VisiCalc, the first computer spreadsheet), our experts have come to grips with the ever-accelerating rate of change in our customers’ data centres. While we may be very glad that today’s storage devices don’t occupy entire rooms and our smartphones weigh less than a brick, there are a few things that remain reassuringly constant.

On premise - Pay as you go

15 Sep 2014

One of the enticing benefits of a cloud solution is that it is usually a pay as you go offering. For businesses this means no upfront capital expenditure and a known fixed expense that they can easily budget for. The downside is that to enjoy these financial benefits businesses must be prepared to remove their data from within their own premises and put it in the care of a third party, the cloud provider.

Five Easy Ways to Green Your IT (And They Won't Hurt Your Budget)

12 Sep 2014

It doesn’t seem long since environmental issues were very much a niche affair, with individuals involved perceived to be, shall we say, eccentric. We like to think the reality is a little different: Computer Merchants has been promoting some very environmentally sound practices for decades – no tree hugging required.

IBM System x and Lenovo Planned Acquisition

8 Sep 2014

You’ve probably heard that IBM® and Lenovo have entered into a definitive agreement where Lenovo plans to acquire the IBM System x® server business. Both IBM and Lenovo are dedicated to a larger vision for x86 systems.

Which Option is best for my Business

26 Aug 2014

If you are not familiar with Microsoft Licensing then this can be quite confusing. There are a number of options available, but how do you work out what the best option is for your business. This can be narrowed down by asking some simple questions to work out which is the better fit for you.

Four Things You'll Gain From a Software Defined Datacentre – and One Thing You'll Lose

12 Jun 2014

Unless you’ve been living in a cave, you’ve probably heard the words software defined data centre (SDDC) bandied around by technology vendors recently. Judging by discussions we’ve had, this trend is set to build momentum thanks to some seriously attractive outcomes for those seeking more bang for their IT buck. And after all, who isn’t?

Ageing, Unsupported and Slow

1 Jun 2014

A customer we have been working closely with over the last few years realised they had some challenges that needed to be addressed and asked Computer Merchants for help. Apart from ageing servers, they also had software

Find OPEX savings by updating server infrastructure

1 Jun 2014

Are you struggling to create a compelling business case to upgrade server infrastructure? Many of us have servers and blades aged three years or more. Existing three year warranties are expiring but the cost of ongoing maintenance and support

IBM Launches Power 8

1 Jun 2014

At the end of April, IBM formally announced its new processor architecture, Power8. Along with this announcement a range of ‘scale out’ or ‘S-Class’ servers system were also released to market. These new

Missed IBM's Big Gig Last Week? Get the Inside Scoop!

24 May 2014

Sometimes life’s successes are all about being in the right place at the right time. Fortunately this is not one of them. IBM’s BusinessConnect and SolutionsConnect events in Sydney offered all you need to know about cloud, storage, consolidation, optimisation… and a bit more besides. If you missed it, fear not: the Frequently Asked (Cloud)

The IBM Mainframe – Making the Extraordinary Possible

1 Apr 2014

April 7th 2014 will mark the 50th anniversary of the release of the IBM Mainframe Computer. When IBM unveiled the System/360 line of Mainframe computers, it was one of the most transformational products 

Cash or Credit for Hardware Purchases?

31 Mar 2014

This is the question Aussie business owners should be asking when thinking about their next IT purchase Interest rates in Australia are at a historical low and are looking to stay that way for the next 12 months as the RBA continues to exert downward pressure on the AUD against all other currencies. (RBA Cash

The Growth of Mobility & IBM’s Worklight on System z

31 Mar 2014

Mobility Growth Over the last 5 years Mobile technology has transformed the way we work, shop and socialize. This trend is only growing. In fact, it has been said that Mobile is now the first point of contact between both individuals and organizations. Mobile users on average check their devices 30 times per hour and...

Refresh, Virtualise, Upgrade and Replicate

31 Mar 2014

The problem One of our long term customers (of 20+ years) came to us with a requirement to replace their IBM BladeCenter and IBM storage which was hosted at a third party data centre. They also had aging branch servers and were running Microsoft Windows 2003 licensing and a small amount of virtualisation with ESXi.

Firmware Update Tips to Reduce your Need for Service Calls

31 Mar 2014

Did you know that not having the latest firmware is one of the most common causes of calls needing to be logged with IBM! 60% of all service calls are closed by RTS (Remote Technical Services) remotely and a large portion of these are resolved quickly by firmware updates. Avoid experiencing these “problems” by ensuring

IBM Asset Recovery Solutions

5 Mar 2014

Disposing of obsolete IT assets can be a real challenge for many organisations. Every time you upgrade IT equipment, you want to minimise cost, maximise value recovery and ensure that disposal methods comply with relevant environmental

Cisco Catalyst 3650 Series Switches

5 Mar 2014

Cisco have recently released a new series in the 3xxx range; the Catalyst 3650. These switches, like the 3560’s are enterprise-class, stackable and also provide the foundation for wired and wireless convergence on a single platform.

Technology Refresh - A new way to drive efficiency and cost savings

1 Mar 2014

CIOs and IT managers are being challenged to increase the business value of their company's existing investment in IT. One of the most effective ways to assist in addressing these challenges is to optimise the IT hardware refresh policy. A well-designed IT hardware refresh policy delivers a wide range of operational and financial benefits.

IBM System Storage: Flash Systems

5 Dec 2013
Are your business critical applications still in need of improved response times but your company is already running more than sufficient systems in terms of processing power and memory? If...

VMware vSphere 5.5 is available

4 Dec 2013
Did you know that VMware have recently released vSphere 5.5 into the wild? VMware vSphere is the flagship virtualisation platform for the x86 platform. vSphere 5.5 introduces new features and...

A Cloudy Future for IBM i Disaster Recovery

1 Dec 2013
How Computer Merchants and Maxava can save your business A few weeks back, I had a major disaster with my iPhone. I had been out cycling with the phone in my pocket. When I got home, I forgot it was...

Want an IBM Pureflex without having to buy one?

1 Dec 2013
Here at Computer Merchants we have always been committed to using the technologies we sell because it means we have firsthand experience in dealing with the issues our customers face. The latest...