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Moving data centre? Have you considered these key questions?

moving data centre

Whilst a data centre move is not a simple or, perhaps, desirable, task, businesses can find themselves in a position where moving their data centre makes the best commercial sense. This may be due to colocation fees or simply outgrowing the space available. If you are planning a DC move, here’s a few key point to consider. Do you know how your systems are set up? Without proper documentation detailing exactly how your systems are set up, your data centre move will, unfortunately, be set to fail. Which cables connect to which ports? How is your equipment laid out in your racks?…

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Does your server room need a spring clean?

As with all rooms, unless we regularly clean and tidy them, they will, over time, become a bit of a mess. Unfortunately, much like that old storage cupboard at home that you never quite seem to get around to clearing out, a company’s server room or wiring closet can often become a bit of a neglected mess of cables. Users move desks or leave the company, new users come in, cables are ripped out and added on and unfortunately much of this movement is never documented and cables and ports are never labelled. Even those teams who have the best… Read More

As with all rooms, unless we regularly clean and tidy them, they will, over time, become a bit of a mess. Unfortunately, much like that old storage cupboard at home that you never quite seem to get around to clearing out, a company’s server room or wiring closet can often become a bit of a neglected mess of cables. Users move desks or leave the company, new users come in, cables are ripped out and added on and unfortunately much of this movement is never documented and cables and ports are never labelled. Even those teams who have the best…

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6 data centre management mistakes you might be making and how to solve them

Data centre management mistakes

Building and maintaining a successful data centre environment to house your organisation’s vital infrastructure is no easy task, but by avoiding these common data centre management mistakes, you can help to ensure things continue to run smoothly and deliver the desired performance for your business. Mistake #1: Cardboard Cardboard and data centres don’t mix. Full stop. Not only does cardboard present a significant fire hazard, it also sheds particles which can cause significant damage to fans, blocking vital airflows that work to keep equipment cool. At best, these blockages lead to greater energy usage, at worst, they can cause complete equipment failure. “But…

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14 noteworthy reasons to make pre-staging part of your deployment process

pre-staging

Pre-staging essentially means building a planned deployment within a completely safe and isolated environment prior to roll-out. We recommend pre-staging as a vital step in any new deployment and here’s 14 notable reasons why: Mitigate risk – Pre-staging eliminates surprises and provides an opportunity to resolve unexpected issues, eliminating the risk of problems once systems are deployed onto the live network. Save time – Although an extra step in the process, pre-staging can actually save time by ensuring everything is ready and the deployment runs smoothly with no unexpected problems. Save money – Pre-staging reduces the chance of problems which require lengthy, and…

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Are you a network leasing company? We can help you recover thousands

Network leasing

Network leasing can turn expensive equipment into an affordable investment for the customer. However, network leasing companies stand to lose thousands on un-returned kit if they can’t provide an effective solution for retrieving this equipment. The customers in question could be located anywhere across the world and often don’t have the facility or knowledge to ship goods back to their provider. Elliott Horton, Business Operations Manager at HardwareServices talks us through the service they can provide to help businesses in such a position: “HardwareServices runs an extensive operations centre alongside a highly efficient global logistics operation. We have expertise in shipping worldwide and…

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HardwareServices Receives Juniper Networks 2015 EMEA Services Partner Of The Year

HardwareServices receives Juniper Networks 2015 EMEA Services Partner of the Year for its expertise in delivering Juniper Partner Advantage (JPA) Services and having received both Partner Support Services Specialisation (PSS) and Partner Professional Services Specialisations (PPS).
Juniper Support Services Partners provide comprehensive technical resources, with the expertise and dedication to drive excellence for all Customer networking solutions. Support Services Partners are required to make a significant investment in service infrastructure, people, process, tools, certifications, and education. Juniper Professional Services Partners must pass a rigorous annual audit and typically provide a wide array of network planning, design and implementation services; supported, enhanced, and… Read More

HardwareServices receives Juniper Networks 2015 EMEA Services Partner of the Year for its expertise in delivering Juniper Partner Advantage (JPA) Services and having received both Partner Support Services Specialisation (PSS) and Partner Professional Services Specialisations (PPS). Juniper Support Services Partners provide comprehensive technical resources, with the expertise and dedication to drive excellence for all Customer networking solutions. Support Services Partners are required to make a significant investment in service infrastructure, people, process, tools, certifications, and education. Juniper Professional Services Partners must pass a rigorous annual audit and typically provide a wide array of network planning, design and implementation services; supported, enhanced, and…

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6 ways third party logistics aids inventory management

Virtual warehousing and third party logistics

Inventory management can be a costly and, often demanding, task. Ensuring the right kit is in stock, in the right quantities and at the right time, with the ability to transport it to the location it’s needed, all within short timeframes, is no small feat. Using a third party logistics provider can remove the challenge and pressure from this process by delivering a fully managed, SLA-driven service to improve operational efficiency and performance. Based on a fixed monthly cost, this ‘virtual warehousing’ service delivers a responsive, opex alternative to the large capex overheads of running an in-house warehousing facility. This flexible opex model…

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An introduction to remote network monitoring and management

Remote network monitoring

Downtime due to equipment failures or system faults can cost businesses thousands. Time from problem occurrence to resolution is a key metric as each minute of productivity lost equates to loss of earnings for a business. Yet this time can be frustratingly long and challenging as businesses try to extract the relevant information, working with a support provider to investigate and solve the problem. Sometimes a fault may occur on a weekend when no one is around to identify it and in some cases, if logs aren’t recorded straight away, the information disappears meaning a business has to wait for the…

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Juniper Partner Support Services Partner of the Year

At the Juniper UK&I Partner Summit in London on December 4th 2015, Hardware Group received the award for Partner Support Services Partner of the year 2015. This follows a string of the accolades and certifications from Juniper Networks throughout 2015, including being accredited with Partner Professional Services Specialisation (PPS) in addition to its existing Partner Support Specialist Specialisation (PSS).
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At the Juniper UK&I Partner Summit in London on December 4th 2015, Hardware Group received the award for Partner Support Services Partner of the year 2015. This follows a string of the accolades and certifications from Juniper Networks throughout 2015, including being accredited with Partner Professional Services Specialisation (PPS) in addition to its existing Partner Support Specialist Specialisation (PSS). …

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Who’s responsible for your remote network management?

Colocation can offer many benefits to businesses. Dedicated racks often come with a standard package of power and connectivity while cages come fully-equipped with security measures and ensure optimum cooling. Tenants thereby avoid the cost and challenge of implementing these measures in house.
Colocation also provides a solution to housing equipment for remote offices across the globe. However, whilst the sites are manned and secure, responsibility for the actual infrastructure and installation remains with the customer.
This in itself can be a hindrance for organisations who do not have the resource to manage equipment in these locations. The initial equipment move and… Read More

Colocation can offer many benefits to businesses. Dedicated racks often come with a standard package of power and connectivity while cages come fully-equipped with security measures and ensure optimum cooling. Tenants thereby avoid the cost and challenge of implementing these measures in house. Colocation also provides a solution to housing equipment for remote offices across the globe. However, whilst the sites are manned and secure, responsibility for the actual infrastructure and installation remains with the customer. This in itself can be a hindrance for organisations who do not have the resource to manage equipment in these locations. The initial equipment move and…

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