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

On premise - Pay as you go
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. more...

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

IBM System x and Lenovo Planned Acquisition
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. more...

Which Option is best for my Business
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.
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How High Maintenance Are You?
They’re the words no IT professional wants to hear: the CEO calls to say she is trying to do a customer presentation but she can’t because the system is down; or the warehouse staff will have to work overtime because the dispatch system has problems – and you realise the problem lies with a hardware... more...

Four Things You’ll Gain From a Software Defined Datacentre – and One Thing You’ll Lose
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? more...

Missed IBM’s Big Gig Last Week? Get the Inside Scoop!
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) more...

Refresh, Virtualise, Upgrade and Replicate
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. more...

Cash or Credit for Hardware Purchases?
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 more...