When it comes to cloud migration, there are a handful of Managed Service Providers (MSPs) to choose from. However, nobody understands IBM Power Systems quite like Blue Chip.
It’s understandable why companies will go with Official Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) support over a third-party provider. The overwhelming impression is that the vendor knows the hardware inside out, why risk handing maintenance to anyone else?
More and more industries are employing the services of cloud computing vendors and for good reason!
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.
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.”
SAP HANA (High-performance Analytic Appliance) is an in-memory database that allows for rapid processing of large amounts of real-time data.
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.
The adoption rate of cloud technology shows no signs of slowing down.
The Blue Chip Cloud is a unique hybrid cloud solution. But we would say that, wouldn’t we? In this article, we’ll explain exactly what makes the Blue Chip Cloud so beneficial for businesses looking to achieve flexibility while ensuring enterprise levels of security.
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.
Evolving business models and buying behaviours are changing the way retail businesses operate.
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.
When it comes to digital technology, hybrid cloud infrastructure provides businesses with flexibility, scalability and security.
Every week, an increasing number of companies are using cloud technology to facilitate flexibility and faster innovation and to accommodate economies of scale.
Keeping your systems healthy and running at optimal performance is a top priority.
A hybrid multicloud system integrates traditional IT infrastructure with a mix of public, private or managed cloud services. Essentially, it is a virtual computing environment that effectively manages these disparate entities as if they were a single, unified service.
Private cloud is changing to fit a multicloud or hybrid landscape. We recently attended a SAP user group event and it’s no exaggeration to say the sponsorship was dominated by public cloud providers. This has been true for other applications and enterprise IT markets for some time.
I’ve been involved in IT for a lot longer than I like to admit - over 30 years!
If you could save money, reduce stress, and extend the life of your servers, wouldn’t you want to do that?
Cloud computing is becoming more common each year with more business adopting a cloud solution of some kind.
Everyone has heard of cloud technology but how many people really know the ins and outs of it? For instance, there are several types of cloud technology available to organisations: public cloud; private cloud; multi-cloud; hybrid multi-cloud and hybrid cloud.
You wouldn’t store your toothbrush, bleach and shower gel in the same place, would you?
Even ignoring the obvious health risks of doing so, it’s simply not the done thing.
Lightning strike on National Grid transmission circuit at Eaton Socon-Wymondley Main, 16:52 09/08/2019. This results in two power sources reducing their energy supplies to the grid.
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.
With Michael Gove’s recent statement that the Government is preparing for a no-deal Brexit it seems the die is cast and the United Kingdom will be leaving the European Union on the 31st October 2019, probably without a deal.
As a company, we are focused on delivering the best service to our clients that money can buy. Blue Chip always aims to be the best, and our actions support that…
The answer? Sustainability.
Vblock is an odd little word that belies its power which lies under the cover.
Dell has designed robust and agile servers with a combination of powerful processors, large memory and fast storage so it’s no wonder that they are becoming more and more prolific in data centres up and down the country.
“Sorry Mr Customer, your server is at the end of service and we don’t stock parts for those anymore, please upgrade!”
It’s been great news for ice-cream sellers, but not so good for the IT industry as the UK faced its second-hottest day on record.
More than just IBM
Yes, Blue Chip is offering mainframe data centre hosting free of charge, if your company switches maintenance to us.
Is there a catch? How does this work?
As the country’s leader in green IT, we’re looking to buy old IBM mainframes and IBM Power systems in the UK, to recycle parts ready for IBM and other third-party maintenance providers around the world.
Blue Chip has a strong reputation in providing quality refurbished data centre hardware, along with unparalleled technical expertise in supporting such equipment.
Google outage! A leader in its field encounters serious downtime due to a configuration issue in their data centre, affecting millions of internet users just last week.
Those of us that have bought IBM storage love the reliability. We know and trust IBM to build robust, scalable storage products that are designed to last and easy to work with, a dependable foundation for business growth.
During my twenty-five years working with IBM mainframes and defining data centre lifecycle management strategies, I’ve seen them go from decline to growth and to who knows where today?
Lenovo’s recent Accelerate event was an eye-opening showcase for the Chinese technology company. When they acquired IBM’s x86 business in 2014, people didn’t see them as a serious player, yet they have defied the naysayers.
From the day your business case was approved, the necessary IT assets in the solution have been costing you money, time and resources while delivering benefit to the bottom line of your business.
At Blue Chip, we have been providing unrivalled service to our clients for well over 30 years.
Did you know, that if your server/system is five years old, there is a 13% chance you will have a failure?
The current situation
We are merely the custodians of this planet we inhabit; by ‘we’, I mean every person that is alive today. As individuals, our tenancy agreement with this wonderful piece of real estate is a short one, as the one thing none of us can avoid is that we die at our allotted time.
As businesses grow, so does the demand on their critical IT hardware. In many cases, this leads to companies adding to their hardware estate to cope with the demand of more users, more customers and ultimately more data, to process or store off the back of this growth.
This was our first year exhibiting at Cloud Expo and I must say it was a great success.
I would never describe myself as overly technical. More imaginative, idealistic and forward thinking. In my first six weeks at Blue Chip, when I started my journey into the IT industry with Blue Chip, I knew less than Jon Snow.
As the old saying goes, the only things certain in life are death and taxes... and the fact that at some point you’ll run out of storage!
In 2018, I was interviewed at IP Expo and when I mentioned how long I had been with Blue Chip it was pointed out that as a ‘millennial’ I would be expected to change jobs many times within that period.
When you go on holiday for a week, what’s the first thing that comes into your mind as you step onto the aeroplane? “Did I lock the back door?!”
After over a decade building an innovative IT business, which then became part of a much larger organisation, I felt like its expertise was being diluted.
The central tenet is that with fewer servers and cores, your hardware costs are much lower. This does not mean making a sacrifice in performance.
We are living through an extraordinary era of humanity. There's a 5p charge for plastic bags, we have the technology telling us the exact energy used to boil a kettle. But what are we really doing to save the planet?
I will put my hands up and admit to being a technical geek.
Remember, remember, the 23rd of November. The end of the year usually means big consumer spending, although Black Friday has created another frenzy of retail activity just before December.
Article originally published in Digital Transformation, a Raconteur special report distributed with The Times on 26th September 2018.
We're honoured to be shortlisted for this year’s UK Managed Services Awards, which takes place at the UK Managed Services & Hosting Summit in central London next week.
Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks are increasing in frequency and severity – 24% of businesses have experienced a DDoS attack in the past year alone, so every business that offers an online service should have a plan in place in case they are the next target for cybercriminals.
Choosing a data centre for managed services or co-location is a big decision. When you’re handing your mission critical IT infrastructure to an external data centre provider, you need to know that they will be able to meet your individual business requirements.
For your business to reach its goals and outperform the competition, you need storage that can keep up with a fast-paced working environment.
Every business has a unique set of goals, challenges and requirements, and at Blue Chip, we’ve found that providing IT solutions that are tailored to the individual business is the best way to ensure success.
Black Friday has become the crucial focus for many retailers – and unsurprisingly.
Merret Cloud customers received an early Christmas present with a 4 day 100% processing boost covering Black Friday weekend and Cyber Monday.
International private banking and wealth management software specialist ERI has sold another banking licence in the UK with the support of IBM Cloud & Security IT specialist Blue Chip.
If you have ever taken out a personal bank loan, mortgage or applied for a credit card you will be familiar and accept that you were subject to some financial due diligence before accepted.
CIO's in businesses across the UK and further afield are having new business challenges thrown at them from all sides every day.
During the second quarter of 2015 it has been declared that Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) activity has hit an all-time high, growing in volume by 132% over the last year and 7% since the previous quarter.
Today I met with an ISV partner, between us we support a number of mutual customers and beyond that they have thousands of users of their application. They have for some time now been working on a modernisation tool for the core of their application based on IBM i.
From small businesses to large corporates, compliance with PCI DSS is essential to all companies who process payment card transactions, either on or offline.
What does a pharmaceutical giant and a mammoth musical company with turnovers of £26 billion and €22 billion Euros respectively have in common? Both of these multinational titans IBM iSeries systems are managed by Blue Chip; one remotely, the other in our Tier 4 Design Data Centre.
The beauty of an IBM i Cloud is the ability to right size compute power in line with business.
Having done a fair bit of work with ISVs over the past couple of years. My most recent outing saw me working with an ISV in the financial services industry, whose applications sit upon IBM Power systems running AIX.
The all in one place Cloud is where efforts have been focused recently and where I believe we can unlock real value to business’s heading into the cloud. So what is it?
As the fall out of Snowden continues, it’s now the US IT industry which is going through widespread surveillance, which may stop businesses around the World from working with American companies.
Businesses that handle payment card data have to become compliant with the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI-DSS) V3.0 by December 31, 2014.
If you handle card data, are you prepared for the challenge?
Over the years of selling AS/400 / iSeries / Power i, I have become impervious to the constant rumours and scare stories regarding the demise of the AS/400.
Just like the many Cloud based off-premise solutions for Linux and Windows, IBM AIX shops are now rapidly turning to the Cloud in increasing numbers to gain competitive advantage for their businesses.
The latest challenge we set our Technical Team was to come up with something special, something fast, something supersonic.
If you have read recent IBM press you will know Blue Chip have the largest IBM Power Cloud on the planet running on top of an IBM Power 7+ chip set.
The race has been on for a while with UK based IBM support specialist Blue Chip leading the way with the World’s largest IBM Power System cloud.
I recently spent the day on an IBM run sales training course in London. At the start of the session the trainer went around the room and each delegate was asked to explain what success looks like within their business, where does it come from, plus how do they intend to capture it.
When we select a Cloud Provider we are effectively relinquishing ownership and control of the infrastructure over to that cloud provider. So how much control do they actually have?
This Year Santa added another 500,000CPW processing capacity onto my IBM POWER cloud, taking the total capacity to well over 1.5M CPW for IBM i / iSeries applications.
The PCI Security Standards Council offers robust and comprehensive standards and supporting materials to enhance data security.
More and more IT infrastructure teams within both large and medium size enterprises are failing to provide what their LOB (Line of Business) Managers require in order to achieve the business objectives.
LOB Managers are now saying, “this is what I want, make it happen”
There are a wide variety of ISV’s across the world who have written core applications which sit and work upon IBM POWER servers, AIX (pSeries) or IBM OS400 (IBM i / iSeries).
I have been thinking about this for a while and whilst the below is by no means an exhaustive list I believe it covers all the angles I have seen over the last couple of years.
Simple, you place them into the Blue Chip Cloud!
Many companies around the world generally accept that IBM server technology is top quality, however companies still don’t buy IBM technology. Why is this?
So a few weeks ago I had to take my precious Daughter off for her first day at school. My other half was clearly more emotional than myself; however on the car journey into work, it hit.
Why would I place my IBM iSeries or pSeries in a UK based cloud I hear you ask? Good question and I have listed some reasons below.
For the last year or two I have been blogging about iSeries in the cloud and what that looks like.
As client director for some of Blue Chip’s global clients using our IBM power cloud and x86 cloud, I like to keep my knowledge up to date on what is happening in the wider world of Cloud and IaaS.
I’ve been in the IT industry for over 20 Years. Having started as a YTS trainee engineer, the first system that I worked on was an old (and it was old in ’94) IBM system 38.
The answer to this question is easy – call Blue Chip! So I guess the real question is how do we do this for you?
Many companies would think if they wanted to run IBM AIX (IBM pSeries or even RS/6000 to many) applications in the cloud, it would be natural to get on the telephone to their IBM account manager and get them to send their proposal in for consideration.
In the last few years Cloud Computing has been seen by organisations as the way forward for IT, however recent studies from TechTarget has raised questions.
It’s fair to say that the term ‘Cloud’ has been around for some time now and that the IT industry is starting to get the right idea about what it means.
Cheviot Asset Management, one of the UK’s largest independent investment organisations, has chosen Blue Chip to provide dedicated support for FIGARO, their STP (straight through processing) solution from JHC.
In my experience as the Senior Solutions Architect at Blue Chip, there are many different approaches taken by customers when looking for hosting facilities outside their own company premises.
When reading Computer Weekly this week (Aug 28 - Sep 3 edition), I came across an interesting survey. The survey was being carried out to ascertain why businesses outsource their IT and asked the question to over 200 IT professionals.
As a Client Director, it is obvious to me that our clients are always looking for flexibility, scalability, competitiveness and service in the solutions they seek, in order to compliment the support of their IT infrastructures.
Working within an organisation that offers solutions to support a companies IT cloud infrastructure, I read with interest an article highlighting the benefits of moving to the cloud, not only from a cost basis but also from a productivity basis.
A recent report by Information Week supports the changes that we have been experiencing in the UK:-
What is IaaS? It’s a straight forward question which should have a straightforward answer.
I saw a LinkedIn article that drew my interest talking about whether the use of cloud technology has impacted on business costs. The article highlighted results about the motivations behind businesses move to cloud computing systems.
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I read with interest an article talking about the term ‘the cloud’ and how it is used. Whilst for some people in companies the terminology is relevant, for the majority of people the term cloud computing is an irrelevant terminology.
I have jokingly said on many occasions that I have banned myself from using the C word (Cloud just in case that was unclear from the title).
Web based attacks on organisations are undoubtedly growing; hackers flooding MasterCard’s website through a Denial of Service attack, cloning of independent media websites in Belarus, the list is endless. One attack stands out from the rest though, an attack named the Stuxnet Virus.
Blue Chip’s newly built Energy Efficient Data Centre, encompassing both resilience and energy efficiency at the forefront of its design, opened in October 2010. The 5 acre freehold site in Bedford will house up to 600 racks supported by the highest levels of resilience and security.