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Brisbane's technology movers and shakers came out in force last month to join us at the impressive Ferrari pop-up showroom. It was a pleasure to host the group and to welcome both our loyal long-term clients and new faces. Thank you for putting aside the time to be there.
One of the most frustrating reasons IT departments cite for major cost blowouts is not a matter of technology but of logistics. Having datacentre space paid for, infrastructure delivered and consultant time booked, it is discovered that one small but essential component has been overlooked or is missing in transit.
At the end of June 2014 Cisco was recognised by technology insight and research analyst, Gartner, as a leader in their Magic Quadrant for Wired and Wireless LAN Access Infrastructure. This is the third year in a row that Cisco has been recognised.
Today the challenge for small businesses and remote and branch offices is to manage growing data requirements with minimal cost and maintenance. Consistent performance delivery is expected;
Computer Merchants are a leading IBM Business Partner and together we can tailor a multi-vendor maintenance support solution for your business. Be it Hardware or Software, IBM is a leading maintenance provider in Australia over many platforms.
Since IBM has now sold off its System x division to Lenovo, it has left more room to focus on the POWER and Mainframe brand of servers. IBM can target the Intel X86 Market with their Scale out Power Systems and continue to build market share over Oracle Sparc and HP Unix Systems.
Where are you going to place the rack? To make the best decision for both today’s needs and future growth, the following tips can help ensure you choose the right solution for your environment.
A dedicated IT room? Or a mixed-use space, like a conference room?
When it comes to Unified Threat Management (UTM), there is no single vendor who can offer the best of every single security product. This is why Watchguard has chosen to partner with all the best of breed security products and bundle them within one device.
There are some buzz words floating around lately, like ‘Big Data’ and ‘Analytics’, and some 63% of organisations say that these concepts help to create a competitive advantage.
However, do you know what they actually mean or could do? All good businesses collect information, whether on their profitability, productivity or performance. Great businesses go further; they analyse what they’ve collected in real-time.
Summer and the festive season are here again, with warm days, sunny beaches, cold ales and Santa. At Computer Merchants we know that our customers don't necessarily shut down, and things can be quite hectic during this period! So that our team can get away and have a break we will be closed on the Public Holidays with a skeleton staff over the weeks of Christmas and New Year’s.
Essentially managed services let you offload IT operations to a service provider like Computer Merchants, allowing you to focus your efforts on those things that will increase your revenue and improve your core business profitability.
If you are still running V5R3 on your IBM iSeries (and we know there’s some of you out there!), please be aware that extended support is not available from IBM. Some of you may be in the position where you still need your iSeries server for a while longer but for whatever reason, you’re not in a position to upgrade your OS beyond V5R3. If you find yourself in this position but would still like support for your OS… we can help.
For almost as long as we can remember (and we’ve been doing IT for, well, a long time), IT managers have been told their organisation can reach the holy grail of competitive advantage, if only...
It’s the scariest night of the year, and this Halloween, people around the world are dressing up as fearful creatures: witches, ghosts, zombies and vampires. For IT managers, though, there are...
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.
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
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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
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
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
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)
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
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
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...
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.
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
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 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.
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.
Paving The Way One of the most notable advances in technology is seen by everybody around the world every day, yet given it can be sourced so cheap and easily, one rarely stops to think about the...
On October the 3rd IBM announced the 7+ generation of its POWER processors. Like previously the rollout was not across the entire existing Power 7 range but only at the top end, minus the Power 795 which IBM say that customers have not asked for more power on. For most of us, who run the systems with not so much grunt, IBM has said that they will continue the new processor rollout across the range in 2013.
IBM Power Systems are usually running mission critical applications. While IBM Power Systems are a very reliable platform it pays to have preventative measures in place and system monitoring is one such measure. When you do the sums on the cost of an outage to your business on a per hour basis you will find that system monitoring can very quickly pay for itself.
We understand that most businesses want end-to-end IT solutions that solve a business need. A complete solution may include new hardware, installation and set-up, migration, software loads, systems development and much more. Computer Merchants services team can provide this complete solution; there is rarely a job too specialised or a location too remote where we cannot help you.
One of our more ‘experienced’ managers was regaling us with a time when AS400 servers were a million dollars each and required a wall removed from the customer’s computer room just to deliver them. These days the stories are a little more believable with IBM Power boxes filling only 4U of rack space and as you can see below, available for a much more palatable price.