I would never describe myself as overly technical. More imaginative, idealistic and forward thinking.
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 a
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.
It’s no surprise to IBM POWER users that costs are considerably lower compared to using an x86-b
We are living through an extraordinary era of humanity.
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.