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  • Like many other businesses, we are working hard to address the challenges brought about by the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Blue Chip is continuing to provide services to all of its customers and we are monitoring developments on a daily basis. Our board of directors has prepared a statement, which outlines our current position. View/download statement
07
Jan

Covid-19 Business Continuity

Like many other businesses, we are working hard to address the challenges brought about by the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Blue Chip is continuing to provide services to all of its customers and we are monitoring developments on a daily basis. Our board of directors has prepared a statement, which outlines our current position. View/download statement
Save money with IBM storage
20
Dec

Save money storing your data utilising IBM storage

At Blue Chip, we’re seeing an increase in organisations looking for IBM storage infrastructure that will enable them to be more efficient and integrative, with room to scale. “The cost is key,” says Lee McEvoy, Storage Sales Specialist at IBM, “but it’s not the only driver anymore. Storage has moved on to accommodate changing needs.” “However, investment protection is still absolutely critical.” Lee explains that his customers want to be...
Placing IBM Power Systems in the cloud
18
Dec

One customer’s IBM Power Systems journey to the cloud

Blue Chip currently supports critical infrastructure for approximately 800 organisations operating across various verticals. About 150 of these are customers of managed services, which includes cloud services. The average amount of time a customer stays with Blue Chip is around ten and a half years. Well before the revolution of cloud computing, Blue Chip’s has supplied hardware maintenance support to companies since 1987. The longevity of Blue Chip’s customer relationships...
Creating the AS/400 cloud
15
Dec

Transitioning from AS/400 to Blue Chip Cloud

A world-leading specialist technical manufacturer has successfully transitioned from their 1997 AS/400 environment to IBM i within Blue Chip Cloud. They’ve been a Blue Chip hardware and maintenance customer since 2003. Here is how we put them on the path to an AS/400 cloud. Until 2017, Blue Chip had provided this manufacturer with IBM AS/400 hardware maintenance on its legacy 9406-310 model. Blue Chip’s Client Director, Claire Gallagher, would facilitate...
Move your AS/400 or iSeries into the cloud without upgrading your application
14
Dec

Move your AS/400 or iSeries into the cloud without upgrading your application

Our expertise in IBM Power Systems cloud transition work means we can easily create an AS/400 cloud based on your legacy hardware and handle the upgrade concerns at our end. First off, we begin with a question. When was the last time IT delivered something that enhanced your business? If this question leaves you searching for a response, your IT is probably holding your business back in some way or...
ProtecTIER end of life support
09
Dec

Where to look for ProtecTIER end of life support?

Yet another headache in the wonderful world of IT. For several years, major corporates – at least 500 to our knowledge – have been trusting their virtual back-up and restore methodologies on IBM’s ProtecTIER family of products. It did a fantastic job. As we come to the close of 2020, we’ve hit the ‘end of life’ phase for this product.  Where does a lack of official support for ProtecTIER leave you?  For those companies fortunate to have maintained...
30
Nov

How to eliminate scheduled downtime for IBM i and maximise your applications’ availability

In a recent Blue Chip webinar, Sales and Marketing Director Chris Smith caught up with Stuart Milligan from Midrange Dynamics, a company that provides affordable, feature-packed change management solutions for IBM i development teams worldwide. Blue Chip partners with Midrange Dynamics to ensure maximum uptime for its own customers. By taking a more DevOps-based approach to delivering code on IBM i deployment, application downtime is reduced to a matter of...
financial services cloud
27
Nov

What makes Blue Chip Cloud number one for financial services?

COVID-19 and financial services I don’t need to say it. 2020 has been incredibly difficult for every sector. Arguably none more so than the financial sector. As stocks plummeted & interest rates hit an all-time low, we still don’t know the full impact of the pandemic on the economy. With unemployment rising and businesses going struggling, loan and mortgage payments are on a knife edge. In April, Alistair Darling (Chancellor...
disaster recovery
26
Nov

Do your backup and DR facilities fit your needs?

Back up and Disaster Recovery (DR). Some very simple concepts that businesses have always needed and always will need. However, the ‘how’ is changing rapidly as technology surges forward in an uptrend pointing up at the clouds; pun intended. Can you answer these backup and DR questions comfortably? How long could your business go if your critical systems/data was unusable or unavailable?How much would each hour of downtime cost your...
24
Nov

Senior Technician (UNIX)

Department: Technical ServicesLocation: Blue Chip Offices BedfordJob Family: UnixReporting to: Unix Technical LeadResponsible for: NA Job summaryTo provide 2nd and 3rd level support to customers and client personnel as part of the services covered by managed services and software support contracts; provide assistance in the use of UNIX and virtualisation technology throughout the organisation; contribute to automation of repetitive routines, and ongoing support for the Sales and Services teams in...
19
Nov

Intel Senior Technician

Department: Intel SolutionsLocation: BedfordReporting to: Intel Solutions Technical Lead Job summaryTo be responsible for the project implementation, support of Blue Chip and customer systems based on the x86 platform, including Disaster Recovery. Providing support to customers and services staff as part of contracted support delivery. Supporting Sales and Client Services teams.Dimensions• Own and manage Intel 2rd and 3rd level technical support through to successful completion using LANDesk, work with colleagues...
multivendor maintenance contract
18
Nov

How to reduce Opex, save time and receive a better service with a single multivendor maintenance contract

When it comes to running a business’s IT infrastructure, it’s almost always better to consolidate. Handling lots of moving parts can be unnecessarily time-consuming, not to mention more expensive in the long run. In this article, Blue Chip’s Board and Maintenance Director, Lee Bailey, explains how a single multivendor maintenance contract can help organisations reduce costs and gain access to an enhanced level of customer service. What is multivendor maintenance?...

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