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  • third party IBM software maintenance
    Contrary to the title of this blog, it is not about the cost savings achieved from third party IBM software maintenance. We’ll be stressing the importance of choosing the right requirement with the right service and maximising your value for money in the process. You are probably already aware you pay an awful lot for software maintenance and rarely actually use it. For software maintenance on an operating system version...
third party IBM software maintenance
20
May

Cost savings through third party IBM software maintenance

Contrary to the title of this blog, it is not about the cost savings achieved from third party IBM software maintenance. We’ll be stressing the importance of choosing the right requirement with the right service and maximising your value for money in the process. You are probably already aware you pay an awful lot for software maintenance and rarely actually use it. For software maintenance on an operating system version...
17
May

Server maintenance strategy for banking and financial institutions

One of the frequent questions I get asked by my clients is what to do about the balance of on-premises and cloud or managed service compute. The answer varies of course with each client, but one area remains the constant throughout, what to do with legacy technology. The term itself refers to technology (both software and hardware) that is, to a large extent, frozen in time and includes the likes...
06
May

A guide to IT service providers

Managed IT services involve the outsourcing of infrastructure and/or software tasks to a third party to manage remotely. The Managed Services Provider (MSP) may provide the platform or the infrastructure but most importantly, they provide a fully managed service back to the customer. The responsibility that lies with the MSP is of the utmost importance and they work to ensure that you get the service levels that you expect and...
continuing IBM OS after end of support
29
Apr

Continuing IBM OS after end of support

Any business looking for end of support options for IBM’s AIX or IBM i can rely on us, the UK’s leaders in third party software maintenance. We’ve gained an outstanding reputation in supporting IBM Power Systems and we’ve helped many businesses continue using their infrastructure after their operating system (OS) has gone End Of Life (EOL). IBM offer two distinct OS platforms for IBM Power Systems. IBM i is often...
Server monitoring for Windows, Linux, AIX and IBM i
21
Apr

Effective server monitoring across IBM i, AIX, Linux and Windows environments

When it comes to choosing a server monitoring solution for your environment, it can be difficult to find a single tool which ticks all the boxes. This can be especially true for businesses with diverse environments, consisting of multiple platforms from Windows to IBM i, or even VMS. This usually leaves many businesses using multiple tools across their estate which can lead to increased spend, more time wasted managing multiple...
19
Apr

7 signs you need help with IT services

We’re the largest IBM Power Cloud provider in Europe. Customers, ISVs and business partners trust us because we do not rely on third parties to provide any of our IT services. From maintenance to logistics, it’s all under our control. To complement our IBM Power Cloud, we have a broad portfolio of managed services that can truly improve and grow your business. These are already performing wonders for hundreds of...
downtime of OEM server maintenance
16
Apr

Can you afford the downtime of OEM server maintenance?

Are you evaluating support from a third-party provider against that of the Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM)? A lot of businesses have faith in OEM server maintenance, which is understandable. The expectation is the OEM knows the equipment inside out and is therefore best placed to fix it should an issue arise. However, we’ve been providing third party server maintenance which not only beats the OEM on price, the speedy fixes...
IBM Power System software unsupported
06
Apr

Is your IBM Power System’s software unsupported?

Businesses around the globe continue to pay for IBM software maintenance. For those running POWER8 and POWER9 systems, this makes perfect sense, as these systems are compatible with the latest operating system (OS) versions (V7R4 on IBM i and V7R2 on AIX). This means that if those businesses are not currently running the latest OS level, then they could upgrade their OS to the latest version if they wished. However,...
reasons for backup and recovery
10
Mar

Everything you need to know for a successful backup and disaster recovery strategy

Many businesses across the UK do not test their backup and disaster recovery procedures. They assume that because they pay for it, it will work. Sadly, they are usually wrong. I will cover the reasons why backups are important, why failing to prepare means you are preparing to fail, and most importantly, why it is critical to act now, and move your back up to the cloud.  Everybody knows that...
Blue Chip and Service Express are multivendor leaders
09
Mar

Blue Chip & Service Express: Multi-vendor market leaders

Bringing joy to the UK There have been two big announcements recently that have brought joy to many people in the UK. The first of these announcements being the Prime Minister’s plan to emerge out of lockdown, which I am sure many would say is the best thing to come out of 2021. The days of beer gardens and get-togethers will soon be among us once more. However, this is...
FalconStor StorSafe
05
Mar

The data backup challenge is daunting – but the solution is clear

Businesses need to back up more, much more, data than they did in the past. They have to do it more quickly, at a lower cost and they have to keep it for far longer. And in the interests of sleeping at night, it’s best to know that using a proven backup and disaster recovery service ensures your  data is secure and can be restored safely. The pace of data...
IBM i 7.2 end of support
15
Feb

Continuing IBM i 7.2 after end of support

For those frantically looking for IBM i 7.2 end of support options before the official end date of 30th April 2021, this is the right place to find a solution. At Blue Chip, we’ve helped many businesses continue using their IBM Power System through our unrivalled cost-saving solutions. To clarify, IBM i 7.2 is sometimes referred to as OS/400 V7R2 and the platform is usually known as AS/400 or iSeries,...

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