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.
Towards the end of the year, your IBM POWER7+ equipment is facing end of official support. What are your options?
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.
Transparency is key when transitioning your IBM Power applications to the cloud
Blue Chip Cloud specialises in the full IBM Power spectrum
The most significant storage announcement in almost five years was made last month by IBM. They will be eliminating two of its primary non-mainframe IT storage lines - Storwize and FlashSystem A9000 – to be replaced with a unified IBM FlashSystem family.
The answer to the above question is yes but let me take you through my 20 years’ experience.
IBM made Client Access end of life back on 30th April. The Client Access product has been around for many years but has not been refreshed beyond the V7R1 version.
It’s an industry-accepted fact that Blue Chip provides the best IBM Power hardware maintenance services that money can buy, a fact built on the reputation for delivering quality for over 30 years.
A new era will begin for administrators running IBM Power Systems and PureSystems as IBM i evolves into version 7.4 from June 2019. This operating system is designed for selected POWER8 and POWER9 server hardware.
If you were a fly on the wall in all the conversations I’ve had with our customers throughout the past year, you would hear first-hand the topic that’s on all their minds: Customer Experience.
As a long-established leader in the UK mainframe market, Blue Chip will be at the GSE UK Conference at Whittlebury Hall in Northamptonshire from next week.
If you’re running IBM POWER6 or POWER7 servers, you need to act very soon.
There's a huge black monolith facing me, setting a tone of mystery, and I'm locked in a huge room with a cameraman. I'm not on the set of ‘2001 – A Space Odyssey', but in a data centre located in Bedford, looking back at the past three decades of Blue Chip's history.
Managing IT security is a preoccupation for all of us. We employ all manner of techniques, software and monitoring to keep our companies’ IT infrastructure up and running, protecting business performance.
IBM says goodbye to it’s well known well loved storage platforms the DS8300 and DS8100 systems. Both systems will become end of service in March next year.
Since 1987 Blue Chip have dominated the UK IBM i (AS/400) marketplace with quality sustainable support.
On a recent trip to see a client in Malaysia and Singapore we reviewed the service Blue Chip are providing on IBM AIX systems and were told that our service was fantastic , with few infrastructure related issues compared to their Redhat Linux estate.
I have a customer in London with a rather large IBM tape library.
Recently we were discussing an upgrade to new TS1140 drives and it shocked me how much additional capacity they would achieve and just how much they would have in total.
Through a combination of certified IBM technical skills, investment in IBM technology and a commitment to working directly with IBM, Blue Chip have now been awarded Premier IBM Business Partner status.
It’s a bit like your house insurance – you would much rather be talking about your new Rain Forest Shower unit in your en-suite or your new granite surfaces in the kitchen, rather than the details of your insurance policy.
I met Dr Frank at last week’s 2 day NiSUG (IBM i user group) in Windsor, England, where I also met other IBM'ers Alison Butterill and her entourage from IBM headquarters in Armonk, USA.
IBM seem to have honed in on security with this release and also significant new functions in DB2 for i systems management.
With more and more talk about 'The Cloud', IaaS and virtualisation what is the future for actual physical hardware sitting in our computer rooms?
20 years ago I began my career as an engineer working on IBM technology.
This release, which was announced on April 10, 2007, has had a long life among the OS/400 family of operating systems.
With IBM withdrawing support on older releases of AIX, I have seen a flurry of customers reaching out to IBM and paying additional support fees to provide them with extended support.
So many businesses are affected with the data explosion modern IT infrastructure and practices can generate.
Ok, so we all know the bible story of the boy David who faced the giant warrior Goliath. Goliath was a battle hardened giant, well armoured and equipped with the best weapons. David was a small shepherd boy equipped only with a sling and the five stones he picked to take to battle. In the batt
Since the financial crash hit in 2007 and wiped trillions of pounds from the world’s economy, the term "doing more with less" seems to have become the mantra for IT departments around the world.
On the 4th of December HP announced their new 3PAR product set, effectively ending the era of the HP EVA.
Do you really need to buy more storage?
Traditional SAN storage is stuck in the past. Controversial? No I don’t think so, most storage vendors have not kept their technology up with the technical and budgetary needs for SAN storage users today –
With the demise of sales of IBM's most popular impact printer range, withdrawn by Ricoh recently, where can you buy IBM® impact printers?
Blue Chip of course!
One of the biggest headaches for technical people using large VM estates is the back end storage.
Here is why…
With VMware’s Thin Provisioning utility a techie is easily able to eliminate the need to dedicate full capacity of the hard disk of a VM upfront.