Server memory FAQ: What to know before you upgrade

Upgrading server memory is a balancing act. Between what you need now and what you’ll need in a year. Between the need for speed and the cost of those extra GBs. Get too much memory and you can, paradoxically, pay for it in cost and performance. Get too little and your users are slogging through gummy applications.

We’ve helped many organizations figure out what worked best for their server architecture, workload, and apps. During those conversations, we hear a lot of the same questions. Here are five of the big ones organizations ask when considering a server memory upgrade. Continue Reading…

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Rethinking your server storage

Between the creation of the earth and 2003, humans produced five extabytes of data, total. By 2013, we were creating five extabytes each day.

Unfortunately, many companies continue to store their data as if it were still being produced at the same rate it was 10 years ago, when it was just a fraction of what it is now. That poses a problem.

At this point, a lot of companies still use three-tier hardware, which separates out the compute, network, and storage so that they can be managed in pieces. This approach is comfortable, and has been the norm for decades. But now there are potentially better storage options available.

As the explosion of data continues, it might be time to shift the focus off of three-tiered hardware, and explore some of the newer options that could better fit your needs. Continue Reading…

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2017 IT Preview: What to expect from our top partners in the new year

We’re only a couple of weeks into 2017, but we’ve already got a lot of technology to look forward to. From the launch of new products to updates of old ones, here’s a glimpse into what we can expect from the biggest names in tech this year. Continue Reading…

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The IT superhero that saves money, energy, and time: Here’s hyperconverged infrastructure

Lenovo hyperconverged infrastructureWhy is your morning commute frustrating? Rubbernecking, erratic drivers, and faulty stop lights might contribute to your irritation, but the real reason morning commutes drive us mad is volume – there are a lot of cars on the road at the same time.

Something similar happened when organizations first adopted virtualization. When IT departments moved their computing into virtualized environments, they also moved data into shared storage. All the applications connected to the same storage array at the same time, slowing data retrieval, creating bottlenecks, and missing the target of increased efficiency.

Solving those bottlenecks isn’t always easy – it can be costly to upgrade to the newest technology and the underlying problem of too many applications accessing the same storage arrays doesn’t change. So what can IT do to eliminate these bottlenecks?

The answer might be hyperconverged infrastructure. Though many still see it as a buzzword, hyperconverged infrastructure is helping organizations, including many state and local governments, reduce costs, free up IT resources, and boost employee productivity. There are many advantages to hyperconverged infrastructures, which are significantly simpler to operate, use less energy and space, and offer a quick return on investment. Continue Reading…

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2016 IT preview: What we’re expecting from the biggest players in tech

coming soonWill 2016 be the year we see the next industry-changing technology? Even if the next big thing doesn’t come, plenty of new products, improvements, and a few discontinuations are scheduled for the year.

Here’s a sneak peek into what we can expect from the biggest names in tech over the next 12 months. Continue Reading…

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How the IBM-Lenovo deal affects you

IBM x86 serverLenovo’s recent acquisition of IBM’s x86 server business, completed on Oct. 1, makes it one of the largest suppliers of x86 servers in the world. As far back as January, when news of a deal first emerged, organizations of all sizes have been anticipating the change while also wondering what implications the deal would have on their IT purchasing.

How will this deal impact product support? How will the x86 acquisition affect the cost of these systems? How will procurement change?

For months, our customers have asked these questions and more about what this purchase means for them. Now that the ink on the contracts is dry, here’s how the Lenovo-IBM deal will impact organizations of all sizes.

It’s business as usual for you. The IBM and Lenovo sales programs will remain in place for now, and Lenovo will transition IBM’s x86 server segment into its core business over the next six months. The only change for current customers is what they call it. Moving forward, Lenovo will refer to the x86 server line as System X. Other than nomenclature, organizations will experience no differences when working with SHI for their x86 server needs.

The deal will streamline x86 procurement. Lenovo has more distribution channels for hardware than IBM, making it easier for companies to acquire new equipment. Organizations that need to expand their server capabilities can do so more quickly.

Organizations have more options. The x86 server is popular in large organizations, and by adding the x86 to its portfolio, Lenovo will emerge as a serious contender in the enterprise space, going head to head against HP, Cisco, and Dell. And Lenovo’s addition of the x86 server business also means customers will finally get the blade server options some have been clamoring for, without having to strike a separate deal with another manufacturer or abandon Lenovo completely for a vendor with a more comprehensive portfolio. Overall, Lenovo customers will have more options when purchasing server hardware.

Lenovo now offers pocket to cloud solutions. Lenovo is known for its PC business, but recent acquisitions have expanded its scope in the tech marketplace. Lenovo entered the smartphone business when it announced plans to acquire Motorola, a deal that should be finalized by the end of 2014, and the x86 acquisition adds enterprise-class server options, giving customers a single source option for their entire ecosystem.

Businesses big and small can now benefit. Traditionally, Lenovo’s portfolio served small and medium-sized businesses, while IBM focused on enterprise clients. Because Lenovo’s x86 server acquisition broadens its product line, companies of all sizes can partner with Lenovo to acquire complete hardware solutions.

Over the past six months, many customers told us they were hesitant about buying additional server capability because of uncertainties surrounding this acquisition. If you were holding back on purchasing new servers, there’s no reason to fear — with the bulk of changes coming to the supply and partnership channels, you won’t miss a beat over the next six months. For customers, the deal amounts to faster procurement channels and additional Lenovo hardware options to complete their IT ecosystems.

If you have any other questions about the Lenovo x86 acquisition, contact your SHI account team today.

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