IBM storage

Data storage made easy with Blue Chip and IBM storage

We live in a data-driven world, yet transparency in today’s storage collateral is often lacking. Some vendors struggle to accommodate escalating user demand and exponential data growth. Often vendors can have multiple competing product families within their own portfolio that can make choosing the right solution even more complex. This is exactly why IBM has...
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end of life IBM POWER7

The end of your IBM POWER7+, what should you do?

Towards the end of the year, your IBM POWER7+ equipment is facing end of official support. What are your options? Following the end-of-life date for IBM POWER7 systems last September, we now see the same for the later-released POWER7+ systems. IBM will stop standard maintenance support in December 2020 on model types E4D, MMD and...
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Why IBM storage

Five surefire reasons to choose IBM storage

If you were considering investing in IBM storage but couldn’t make your mind up, their most recent announcement might make the decision easier for you. Earlier this year IBM announced the streamlining of its storage offering by replacing its two non-mainframe IT storage lines with a unified IBM FlashSystem family. What difference does this make...
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IBM cloud application

Transitioning your IBM application

Transparency is key when transitioning your IBM Power applications to the cloud We all know the benefits that come with moving to the cloud. It can be a more flexible, accessible and secure way of managing your system, allowing you to scale at short notice and operate remotely. Yet it can also be a daunting...
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IBM Power Systems

Leading IBM Power experts – delivering whole life support

Blue Chip Cloud specialises in the full IBM Power spectrum When it comes to IBM Power, we know every system – both new and legacy – inside out. In fact, our in-house team of experts have been selling, maintaining and running IBM systems since 1987, around the time IBM received the Nobel Prize for physics for their...
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logistics transport cloud

Why logistics and transport companies need secure cloud operations

More and more industries are employing the services of cloud computing vendors and for good reason! In fact, an IDG study underlines that 77% of businesses are using at least one application that’s only accessible through the cloud. Perks like data security, reducing costs, and scalability are a few benefits that make the case for migrating to...
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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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