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Simplifying Support: How Much Could Consolidation Save You?

Everyone has the same two concerns when facing an unexpected need for maintenance or support:

  1. How complex or difficult will it be to get this fixed?
  2. Will it be expensive?

answered is often confusing, exhausting, and stressful—especially if you aren’t sure which vendor or service you need to contact for support. In today’s complex business environment, even simply tracking down the right vendor to contact for support can be a challenge. Read more

Are Your Paper Files Too Expensive?

Paper files are cheap, right? Only a few cents for paper and printing?

Actually, the full cost of keeping important records on paper is higher than you might think. There are a few hidden expenses involved when your documents are stored physically (instead of digitally). Read More

Mobilizing business systems without reinventing the wheel

Will your core business software run on your phone?

If your organization has used the same enterprise software for a number of years, the answer is probably “no.” Older systems are not usually compatible with your mobile device—even if they could be run, they are not built to work well on a small screen.

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Veeam Endpoint can save time with your backups. (and its free)

User workstations (also known as endpoints) are an important part of any business. They are used to create and store company data on a daily basis. Does your organization have a strategy to protect endpoints from downtime and/or data loss?

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Active Directory – What is it and what can it do for your business?

Microsoft Windows computers that are joined to a centralized network are members of an Active Directory Domain. Active Directory is a component of the Microsoft Server operating system and is primarily used to manage Windows user logons and network access.

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How you can leverage VmWare to protect your business.

The theme for this years VmWorld was a resonating “Ready For Any” providing VmWare customers the ability to run a hybrid cloud infrastructure that can run any application on any device.  Four areas of focus on this theme were run, build, deliver and secure.

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Does AIX lie about memory usage?

OK class, does AIX lie about memory usage?  The answer is… Of course not!  Well, unless there is a bug somewhere…  Which there isn’t.  Come on man, it’s AIX – one of the most stable and dependable operating systems humanity has ever created.  (Did I over sell it?  Nah, my blog, I’m sticking with it.)

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Performance Monitoring Using PowerVP

In recent months IBM has announced a visual performance monitor that leverages the performance data gathering ability of the HMC into a graphical real time tool. The Power Virtualization Performance (PowerVP) for Power Systems is a licensed program product that provides a performance view into the PowerVM virtualized environment.  It allows technical support professionals and IT architects a visual way to understand resource distribution among the virtual workloads on the Power platform.

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Software Defined What?  Software Defined Storage!

That’s right! “Software Defined Storage” – the newest industry buzzword! According to everyone’s favorite reference, Wikipedia:

Software-defined storage (SDS) is an evolving concept for computer datastorage software to manage policy-based provisioning and management of data storage independent of hardware.

Ahh, clear as mud. I propose thinking of Software Defined Storage as the industry’s newest consumption model for enterprise storage. The way I see it, you as the customer will have three compelling options when procuring your storage

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IBM iAccess Client Solutions

Have you ever been frustrated with Client Access? Tired of waiting for iSeries Navigator to load? Or what about those annoying plug-ins you have to install? If you answered yes to any of those questions maybe you should take a look at IBM i Access Client Solutions.
IBM i Access Client Solutions is the newest member of the IBM i Access family.  Read more here

Microsoft Server 2003 end of life

Are you still using Microsoft Windows Server 2003 in your datacenter? As you may or may not know, Microsoft Windows Server 2003 will be end of life as of July 14th 2015.

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