Oct 302013

October 25, 2013 –  Serdar Yegulalp – InfoWorld

When was the last time we loved HP for making a piece of hardware that wasn’t just a notebook? Too long, it seems.

The company that once made the best laser printers (and calculators and scientific equipment) may have found something new to sink its teeth into: 3D printing.

As originally reported by The Register, HP CEO Meg Whitman spoke in Bangkok at the Canalys Channels Forum about how the company wanted to enter the 3D printing market in 2014 and “lead this business.”

Her comments hinted at how 3D printing could be made far less time-consuming: “To print a bottle can take eight to 10 hours. That’s all very interesting, but it is like watching ice melt.”

Given the venue, many of her comments were clearly aimed at businesses rather than individuals. But having a company the size of HP sink its teeth into a technology problem like 3D printing is a way to all but guarantee it’ll become a commodity technology.

HP produced a 3D printer back in 2010 under the Designjet brand, a label HP normally uses for their wide-format printers and plotters. But with its $17,000 price tag, it was clearly aimed at the corporate and high-end industrial market. It didn’t stand to make much of a splash with the same crowd that could pick up a MakerBot Replicator 2 for $2,199.

But $2,199 is still a lot of money. A big part of what could further drive down the cost of 3D printing wouldn’t just be cheaper printers, but a larger net of support for them. Color printing has gone from a costly luxury to casual availability for the end-user, in big part thanks to a whole subindustry that provides the inks.

HP could follow a similar route and supply not just the printers, but create a whole ecosystem to support them and further drive down costs. That would include the raw materials, the designs (especially those that require licensing), and so on. It’s not a feat HP could accomplish casually, but it would show a commitment to driving down prices across the ecosystem.

There’s little question HP is entering a market that may already be dominated from the bottom up, though. The sheer number of 3D printing devices that are crowdfunded is proof of that: the QU-BD One Up, the Helix, and the Asterid. But there’s always room for competition: MakerBot, one of the few household names in the space, was recently purchased by another 3D printer maker, Stratasys, for some $403 million in stock.

Jul 122013

July 4, 2013 – Dave Ohara – www.greenm3.com

Here is a question. Who are you focused on if you want to achieve long term customer satisfaction of a Data Center build or lease?

Most would focus on the decision makers of the initial project. But, too many times the people who start the project are not the ones who live with the decision made. And worse case the team making the initial data center choices are optimizing for their budget and internal visibility vs. the long term cost, operations, and availability of the data center. Any problems in operations can easily be diverted by saying that the operations team is at fault, and the design was perfect.

I always watch out for those who make it seem like their designs are perfect and don’t have issues. Any good design has trade-offs. And, some of those trade-offs may not be the ones you may make. A high availability data center will have higher costs to build and operate. An energy efficient design may have higher inlet temperatures which makes it hard for legacy systems to be accommodated. There is no perfect car. Especially for everyone. There are no perfect data centers. People are most proud of their acquisition within the first months and they talk about how it is the best data center as if they are Donald Trump showing his latest building. After a year the novelty wears off.

Except… There are a set of people that will show off their data center years after it was commissioned.

Who? The operations team who take pride in their work. Those who had an active role during construction and have a loud voice in operations are way more likely to be proud of their data centers. These are the people who will tell their peers about the vendors used, procedures, best practices, and the issues they have run into.

If people spend more time focusing on the data center operations team then there is a good chance you’ll increase customer satisfaction.

In the data center industry the big are getting bigger. The small are folding their operations into the cloud. The middle is silent as they get squeezed in markets, margin, and find it hard to compete. In this shift, the role of data center operations will grow.

Oct 242012

HP has announced the discontinuation and end of life for their G7 servers and options, as has IBM for their M3 servers and options.

Supply in traditional distribution has already started to become scarce as the manufacturers are incentivizing the distributors to move customers to new Gen 8 or M4 product. As in the past, there will be a period of time where many of your customers will have a demand for the previous generation product. Reasons for this include working with existing certifications, a preference for a price point they’ve standardized on, and compatibility with their existing infrastructure.

Arbitech has taken a large stocking position on the G7/M3 equipment to support those customers looking for lifecycle enhancement. These products have the same warranty and are in retail condition. Because of our independent status, we can focus on carrying the product you and your customers want rather than what the manufacturers dictates to sell.

Please contact your Arbitech representative if your customers have requirements where the previous generation is the preferred option.

Aug 092012

In the new era of information technology, it is possible to store and access data from wherever you are. Remote machines control the network of computers necessary to make accessing and storing data from anywhere possible. This is cloud technology, created to introduce a revolution in the IT department.

With the introduction of the cloud computing technology, there is a considerable change in the workload. The personal computers do not have to manage all the heavy workload needed to run the required applications. Instead, the network of computers, which constitutes the server of cloud computing, handles all the workload. You don’t need loads of hardware and software to be able to take advantage of cloud computing. All you need is the interface software to access the cloud computing server, which can be anything such as a Web browser. Once you have accessed the interface software, the cloud computing server will do the rest of the job.

Anyone who has used Internet must have used a kind of cloud computing technology. The most famous kind of cloud computing technology is an email service provider such as Gmail. You don’t run an email program on your personal computer, and neither do you store your email on your personal computer. Instead, you have to use the Internet to access your email remotely. With cloud technology becoming more and more popular nowadays, everyone wants to know what cloud technology will be like in the future?

Before discussing the future of cloud technology, let’s discuss its drawbacks. The main reason most people and businesses are not using cloud technology is its security. Security of the cloud technology is not up to the standards of what an individual or a company would require. However, the fact that cloud technology is still in its initial stages should not be ignored. Engineers are still doing work on making cloud technology perfect, and this issue may be resolved soon.

Now, let’s discuss the possible applications of cloud technology. Many technological experts think that cloud technology will change the whole world in the future. Currently, people can use cloud technology only as a storage device, but it is expected that in the future, cloud technology will become so involved in our lives that the line between the real and virtual world will become blurred. Cloud technology will definitely change our lives, hopefully for the better.

Jul 112012

“The Cloud” has quietly become one of the new paradigms in business — adaptation has been widespread, and many companies are even questioning whether they need a traditional software solution at all. Recent developments in the consumer space could give us an idea of how businesses will soon be working: A recent report by the Gartner Group shows that more and more, software vendors are giving away cloud storage for free. By 2016, consumers will store 1/3 of their data in the cloud — and most of that will be stored by applications that live in the cloud.

Obviously, this trend has huge ramifications for business behemoths like Microsoft, Google, and other companies that make most of their revenues on software and advertising, not hosting.

What is your company’s “cloud strategy”?