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Put Yourself In The Driving Seat Of Your Datacentre - Brisbane

22 Dec 2014

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.

Project Management: The Santa Effect

25 Nov 2014

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.

Cisco Networking Products are up to date; Is your Network Infrastructure?

20 Nov 2014

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.

The NetApp E2700...

20 Nov 2014

The Challenge

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;

Did You Know

20 Nov 2014

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. 

IBM Enterprise Power 8 Systems Now Available

20 Nov 2014

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.

December Specials

19 Nov 2014
New Specials IBM 2072/24C IBM V3700 SFF Dual Control IBM 12x 600GB 10K 2.5" HDD IBM 6x 1.5m SAS Cables IBM 3 years 24x7 Hardware Maintenance $12,150 + GST (RRP $22,645.71 + GST) ...

Top 4 things to consider when choosing racks for your IT equipment

19 Nov 2014

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?

Watchguard - Unified Threat Management

19 Nov 2014

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.

Analytics - The code to unlocking the intelligence of your business

19 Nov 2014

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. 

Holiday Season

19 Nov 2014

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.

Managed Services - What are they? What is in it for me?

18 Nov 2014

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.

Are you beyond extended support? There's still help.

17 Nov 2014

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.

Holding onto unique: 5 ways you can deliver standout IT in a cloud world

10 Nov 2014

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 Manager's Spookiest Nightmares - Read it if you Dare!

28 Oct 2014

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...

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...

Introducing the new Oracle ZS3

3 Dec 2013
Oracle has just announced the latest version of what they once called the Oracle Sun ZFS Storage Appliance. The new name to replace that mouthful is “Oracle ZS3”. As the storage world...

The Benefit of Computer Merchants looking after your Maintenance Agreements

1 Dec 2013
For a lot of customers this is the time of year that maintenance agreements need to be reviewed…. along with all the other work that the new financial year brings. Existing maintenance...

Toshiba TCxWave - Giving Point-of-Sales a Sense of Pride

1 Dec 2013
TCxWave by Toshiba delivers a unique and engaging experience for associates and customers that puts it in a class of its own. Fully functional as a point-of-sale, kiosk, or self-service unit, the...

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...

New IBM PureFlex = Win, Win, Win

10 Sep 2013
One of our customers recently purchased an IBM PureFlex. Thanks to this purchase they now enjoy a number of benefits worth telling you about. The client had an ageing infrastructure and the lease...

Automated Backup Migration

6 Sep 2013
The ever increasing demands on data backup and recovery infrastructures are enormous. The hardware and software advances certainly make the infrastructure improvements necessary – but how do...

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon

3 Sep 2013
The ThinkPad is now 20 years old, over those years there have been continuous, reliable improvements with every model, while still keeping a minimalistic approach to design. However, it’s hard...

Infrastructure as a Service

2 Sep 2013
Recently, a customer of ours had a deadline that was coming toward them very quickly and he needed to find a solution. For years they had had been in a hosted IT environment and had decided to bring...

M is out, T is in; the new Oracle SPARC T5 Series

1 Sep 2013
Following the end of life of Oracle’s M3000 SPARC Enterprise M-Series server, the M4000 and M5000 have gone end of life and no longer available as of July 1 this year. This also includes...

IBM Storage, Then and Now

18 Jun 2013

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...

IBM Launches Power 7+

1 Dec 2012

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.

System Monitoring

1 Dec 2012

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.

IBM System i Operating System - V7R1 Highlights

30 Nov 2012

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.

Buy a new server or renew your maintenance?

1 Mar 2012
As your mid-range servers get older and maintenance renewal dates loom closer, you are faced with a decision. Should you renew the maintenance or should you replace or consolidate your servers? ...

Power7 and the 'No Brainer' TCO Comparison

1 Mar 2012

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.