business continuity MSP

How we delivered Business Continuity, in unusual circumstances

Some Managed Service Providers (MSPs) are having difficulty in providing IT infrastructure to their customers as the nation remains under lockdown. This contrasts with Blue Chip. We own a Tier 4 by design data centre and many other facilities, which means we’re standing firm in these unusual times. “What we’re delivering is the same as...
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magnetic tape IBM i

Are you using pandemic-prone 1956 technology in your IBM i environment?

Heartbreak Hotel was released the same year as magnetic tape was first used to store data.
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working in COVID-19 era with our data centre

In complete control of our software-defined data centre

Every aspect of our lives has been affected by conditions of the COVID-19 pandemic. There are many key players in the business landscape, working hard to maintain essential services. Preserving critical supply chains has been a challenge for many Managed Service Providers (MSPs), yet for Blue Chip there’s no issue. We have a Software-Defined Data...
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disaster recovery plan

What are the benefits of a disaster recovery plan?

A Disaster Recovery (DR) plan documents the procedure to protect and recover a company’s critical IT infrastructure in an event of a disaster. That could be any unforeseen event which put an organisation’s operations at risk. These include, but are not limited to: Power outagesHardware failuresFireCyber attacksEarthquakesStorage failuresFloodingApplication crashesComputer viruses In the aftermath of a...
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third-party maintenance for IT hardware

What is third-party maintenance for IT hardware?

Third-party maintenance for IT hardware typically manages server, storage and network equipment, either in data centres or at an organisation’s premises. As ‘third party’ suggests, this type of maintenance is an alternative to the traditional Original Equipment Manufacturer’s (OEM) post-warranty support, which tends to be expensive. To understand the features of third-party maintenance, you need...
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working from home IT

How much pressure is home working having on your critical IT systems?

The UK Government has quite rightly recommended that those who can, should work from home during the continued fight against COVID-19. This of course means that there will be a huge amount of pressure on businesses technology to allow employees to perform their roles as close as possible to being at their permanent place of...
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IBM Power Cloud

What is the IBM Power Cloud?

The IBM Power Cloud is “the best of IBM Power and the best of IBM Cloud in one, convenient, economical, self-managed, pay-as-you-use environment.” According to 451 Research, 90% of companies are on the cloud, with experts stating 60% of workloads were running on a hosted cloud service in 2019. As more enterprises look to the...
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SAP HANA cloud

How does SAP HANA work on the cloud?

SAP HANA (High-performance Analytic Appliance) is an in-memory database that allows for rapid processing of large amounts of real-time data. Said to be approximately 3,600 times faster than traditional databases, SAP HANA delivers seamless integration with a wide range of external and internal sources. With advanced learning capabilities, SAP HANA can incorporate huge amounts of...
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Blue Chip Cloud standing out from the others

Ahead in the cloud

There’s no doubt that cloud services are the future of IT infrastructure. It’s been a dependable area of growth for MSPs over the past decade and it’s certainly true for Blue Chip. We’re a UK-based company which has seen strong demand for our IBM Power cloud, the largest of its kind in Europe. A mover...
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IBM FlashSystem

IBM’s biggest ever storage announcement and how it influences Blue Chip

Credit: Bob Graczyk, IBM Spectrum Storage Social Media Advocate The most significant storage announcement in almost five years was made last month by IBM. They will be eliminating two of its primary non-mainframe IT storage lines – Storwize and FlashSystem A9000 – to be replaced with a unified IBM FlashSystem family. Many storage vendors use...
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