downtime of OEM server maintenance

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...
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IBM Power System software unsupported

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...
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reasons for backup and recovery

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...
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Blue Chip and Service Express are multivendor leaders

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...
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FalconStor StorSafe

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...
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IBM i 7.2 end of support

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...
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Blue Chip and Service Express

Blue Chip agrees to be acquired by US-based Service Express

Transformative deal creates global leader in managed IT services and third-party data centre maintenance Blue Chip, the UK’s leading third-party maintenance (TPM) and managed services company today announces that it has been acquired by Service Express, a leader in providing third-party, post-warranty data centre maintenance services, to expand its global platform. The acquisition is the...
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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
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Save money with IBM storage

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.”...
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Placing IBM Power Systems in the cloud

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...
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