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Providing IT & Data Storage solutions for 23 years
Providing IT & Data Storage solutions for 23 years


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Our Cloud Archive article covers everything you need to know about moving data from an on-premise system to the cloud. We cover numerous topics and is over 4,000 words in length. We examine how using a cloud archive could save your business money by being compliant for legislation, corporate governance, GDPR etc. This article could save you money in trying to find important information contained within documents, video's, PST's, mail and many other document formats.

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Last week we created a post on Flash Storage, the uses and where it fits. Performance figures including an update on NVMe which is 5x faster than SSD. What the difference type of flash drives using and how it affects performance over time.

If you would like to know more about the types of flash storage arrays we provide please visit our page.

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Lenovo Converged HX Series is a complete turnkey hyper-converged solution powered by Nutanix incorporating hypervisor, servers, storage and networking all managed from a single simple to use GUI.

As the Lenovo HX Series uses the Nutanix Hypervisor you no longer need to pay for VMware licenses and this alone could save thousands of pounds a year in licensing costs.

To find out more call us on 0207 193 5760

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The Lenovo Storage DX8200D powered by DataCore enables you to to increase existing storage performance 10x, consolidate storage arrays from disparate vendors, manage all storage from one place and provide continuous site to site replication and backup. Then the Lenovo Storage DX8200D might be the answer

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Published a post on the Lenovo Storage DX8200N powered by NexentaStor to provide unified file (NFS and SMB) and block (FC and iSCSI) storage services, supporting all-flash, hybrid, and all-disk scaling from tens of terabytes to petabyte configurations, and includes all data management functionality by default.

With best in class VMware integration, NexentaStor is designed with a multi-tenant VMware vCenter Plug-in and VMware Virtual Volume (VVOL) support. The VMware vCenter Web Client Plugin simplifies day-to-day operational tasks for VMware Administrators by allowing customers to incrementally scale storage by adding datastores from within the vCenter interface, identifying performance bottlenecks and reviewing capacity utilization trends.

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Read about the new Lenovo ThinkSystem DS6200 All Flash or Hybrid Storage Array designed to provide optimum performance with best-in-class pricing. Supporting up to 240 drives of 2.5" SFF drives and 3.5" LFF drives with support for FC, iSCSI, FCoE.

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Just wrote a post on the Lenovo Storage DX8200C powered by Cloudian, the world's first 100% Amazon S3 compatible appliance. Allows you to scale to 100's PB's of storage all protected via nodes and based on Object Storage.

If you would like to know more call us on 0207 193 5760.

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Yesterday we created a post on the new Lenovo ThinkStation P920 workstation designed for professionals supporting up to 3 NVIDIA P6000 graphics cards. If you would like more information please call us.

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Woeful BT Services

We have been dealing with BT for the past 6-7 years using BT VOIP which was fine. In September 2017 we were informed that this service was being terminated in December 2017 and will be replaced with BT Cloud Voice. Now herein lies the tale, we were under the impression for many years that we were dealing with BT when in fact we have been dealing with who to all intents and purposes masquerade as BT and are in fact BT partners and not only that BT share your information with these partners even though we pay BT directly.

We received a quote that was almost double what we are currently paying and when I questioned what services will be terminated they could not tell me. After many frustrated weeks in dealing with BT local business I called BT to cancel all our contracts and we were moving to Virgin Media.

When I was told that we cannot cancel BT services as we have renewed a service back in June for a further 3 years for “Featureline Compact”. I told them I did not as we were intending to move in the Summer. So, BT raised a “Mis-Selling case and gave me an IMP reference”, sounds like PPI all over again.

Since 30th October I have been trying to get this matter resolved. So, I looked up Featureline Compact and why they are charging £75.60 per quarter, to my horror I found out that this service should have been terminated 6-7 years ago when we switched to BT VOIP. So, BT now owes my business a substantial amount of money for a service we don’t use and should have been terminated when we switched to BT VOIP.

Today 22nd November I have called BT this week alone 4 times waiting for them to answer and speak to someone about my case totaling at least 2 hours. Every time they say someone will call you back, now today I have been told 2 days ago another IMP reference has been raised so that matter needs to be dealt with again.

So, all the other UK utilities you can switch Electricity, Gas, Water with Phones you cannot, and this is where the problem lies. BT has a complete monopoly of how they conduct business with customers and can do what they like when they like. Until this government acts and breaks up this monopoly our broadband services will remain in the slow lane. Why not spend the billions of HS2 money on a UK nationwide fibre rollout to every home so that the whole country benefits and it is managed by more than one company and not a monopoly?

So, my business is at the mercy of BT, when 5G arrives BT will need to re-think its business as the speed 100-150Mbs is way faster than what we currently receive. We will no longer have to pay for BT line standing charges and there are 4-5 mobile phone companies who will be able to offer it, so competition will play a part.

All those people reading this and using social media pass it on to colleagues to check what BT services you have and try to avoid the crappy situation we find ourselves in.


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So last week we wrote about SSD Drive Writes Per Day and explained how to choose the idle flash array or SSD drive for your application.
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