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Storage Maintenance
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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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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IT server parts across Europe and the UK

Border closures’ impact on server parts availability

It has always been said that IT and technology go in cycles, we rarely see new things, just reinventions of previous ideas – centralisation/decentralisation, cloud, edge, outsourcing, etc. The situation we now find ourselves in is unprecedented, no-one in our lifetime has experienced anything like this. As a business, as a country, we know we...
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hardware maintenance

The three pillars of a hardware maintenance service

Hardware maintenance: it’s not sexy, and It’s certainly not a head turner. However, it is essential to any business running IT infrastructure. Often, it is ignored and even undervalued. But when your critical IT is down, hardware maintenance is your last defence against disaster. If you’ve ever been in this position, then you’ll know how...
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Teradata end of support

Is your Teradata end of support date coming soon?

Teradata has confirmed a series of ‘end of support’ dates, which could leave many companies with no support on their business-critical Data Warehousing Appliance. Of course, many companies will be weighing up the migration options available into cloud-based solutions, with Snowflake or Teradata Cloud being solid contenders. For those companies preferring an on-premise solution, the...
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multivendor maintenance provider

Why should you choose a multivendor maintenance provider over a manufacturer’s service?

Every business wants to be the absolute pinnacle of its industry, and most would welcome that in a heartbeat. However, rapid success means dealing with a greatly expanded customer base, and, consequently, more data. Business growth leads to new challenges, one of them being the strain on your critical IT infrastructure, which must manage and...
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Teradata support

Beating the clock on Teradata’s end-of-support date

It was in early September last year when we were contacted by a client with a major problem. The systems they were using for their critical management information and decision making were going end of support on 3rd January. In most cases this would not be the end of the world, however, the systems they...
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IT server warranty

What should you do when your IT warranty comes to an end?

You may already know all too well that organisations are asking for more from IT professionals, with less resource, in a bid to cut costs and save money. IT infrastructure, unfortunately, isn’t free from these financial constraints. When an organisation buys new infrastructure they get a standard warranty from the equipment manufacturer included in the...
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multivendor maintenance covering data centre hardware

The benefits of multivendor server maintenance

If you could save money, reduce stress, and extend the life of your servers, wouldn’t you want to do that? Manufacturers are known to hike the price of extended warranty just to force you into having the choice of two evils, expensive support or buying brand new hardware. Most of the time you know that...
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hardware maintenance

Why consolidate from multiple OEMs’ data centre maintenance agreements?

I regularly talk to companies from a diverse range of sectors and verticals, all of which have dealt with multiple OEM infrastructure hardware maintenance contracts. What comes up time and time again, are these areas where they feel the OEM has let them down… ReassuranceCost savingsFlexibilityReliability We provide solutions in all these areas, so it’s...
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