IBM i 7.2 OS Upgrades

IBM_i_OS_UpgradeIf an upgrade to your current IBM i (OS/400 or i5/OS) operating system is something you’ve been putting off for quite some time, then the time has certainly come.

With IBM’s latest release of IBM i version 7.2, this release is packed with some really cool things. How long can you afford to keep waiting?  First, let me say that we have been a beta site for IBM i 7.2 over the last 3 to 4 months, and this release has been rock solid.  Very impressive when you see on announcement day the really cool features that IBM has added to this release.

Upgrades, updates, PTFs, enhancements are nothing new to the IBM i community.  IBM has heavily invested in what was OS/400 up to what we now call IBM i during the last 26 years. While they have certainly changed the methodology of delivering new features and functions in 7.1 with Technology Refreshes, the new enhancements were what we needed.

Technology Refreshes have been coming out every 6 months over the last 4 years for 7.1, and you should have been taken advantage of these to quickly and easily get the new enhancements.  Of course, if you weren’t on 7.1 you couldn’t take advantage of these as 6.1 didn’t have them, and V5R4 is ancient.

IBM i 7.2 is overflowing with enhancements.

Some of the changes are major and provide some DB2 security functionality that has quite honestly been missing is now here.  One of the few short comings of IBM i has been in order to give security to another user, you had to have rights to the object you were giving security on.

A great example is the System Administrator who has to have all rights to the payroll master file in order to give the payroll users access to this file.  This has been enhanced with 7.2, so that the System Administrator doesn’t need to have access to give access, and you can prevent someone with *ALLOBJ authority from viewing the contents of a file.  One of the many cool new features and functions of IBM i 7.2.

If you are still on V5R4 you need to get serious about upgrading. 

The features of V5R4 when compared to 7.2, is like the features of 1972 Ford Pinto, compared to a fully loaded 2014 Lamborghini.  Once you have upgraded past V5R4 to either 6.1 or 7.1, then the upgrade to 7.2 is rather easy.  Like any upgrade, there are changes that you must be aware of in the new release, there are PTFs that must be installed on the current release for a smooth upgrade, and there are pre-requisites that must be checked before the upgrade.

If you want to take advantage of the new Power8 machines, IBM has already stated these machines will only run 7.1 or 7.2.  I think that is certainly fair, as IBM i 7.1 has been released now for over 4 years, and it is an extremely mature and stable operating system.

Each month our iTech Solutions newsletters have tips and techniques about new features and functions that have been incorporated into either a Technology Refresh or a new release of IBM i.  You can be assured that we will be uncovering more and more 7.2 goodies over the next few months. Click here to sign-up for our newsletter.  

The new Power8 machines, while they are only on the low end will provide amazing performance for many customers. 

While IBM has yet to roll out the entire line, or discuss external card draws, what they have announced will run circles around most system in the market place.  I really like this new S814 machine, as it has amazing power, great amount of disk space internally in the CEC, and a machine that can truly perform lots of I/O Operations per second with the beefy disk controllers.

I will be presenting a how to successfully perform upgrades to IBM I 7.2 at COMMON next week, but a few items that you might want to start reviewing.

  • If you are still on V5R4 then upgrading directly to 7.1 is the way to go, as you won’t be able to upgrade directly to 7.2 from V5R4.
  • Missing out on the next generation of hardware, as IBM has already stated that Power8 will require 7.1 or 7.2 of IBM i, so time to start the process.
  • Your load source drive needs to be 70GB before upgrading to IBM i 7.2.
  • If the IBM i partition is using disks with 512-byte sectors, for example a partition hosted by IBM i or IBM i on storage that is attached by Virtual SCSI, the storage that is allocated for the load source needs to be approximately 80 GB to allow the IBM i partition to see the required 70 GB.
  • Before upgrading your system to IBM i 7.2, additional space needs to be allocated on your load source for the licensed internal code.
  • If you are using Java, Java 1.4.2 (option 13) and Java 5.0 (option 8 and 9) are no longer supported, you will need to upgrade your applications beforehand.
  • If you are running WebSphere Application Server, then before upgrading to IBM i 7.2, make sure you are at the minimum required level: for V8.0 need to be on 8.0.0.8 and for V8.5 need to  be at 8.5.5.2
  • If you are running Power5 generation hardware, then you won’t be able to upgrade to 7.2.  Contact iTech Solutions to help with your hardware upgrade as well.

The good news is that both 6.1 and 7.1 upgrades are primed and ready.

IBM is certainly nudging IBM i users in that direction with their latest Technology Refresh. In addition, 7.2 has been an extremely stable release during beta testing, and we will be recommending to our customers to upgrade and take advantage of all the cool new things that it has to offer.

More good news: iTech Solutions can handle your system upgrade without putting a major dent in your budget or workflow.

Our plan will enable you to upgrade to 6.1, 7.1, or 7.2 seamlessly, affordably, and painlessly. Moreover, we can handle the entire upgrade process—from investigation, planning, and implementation—within the six month timeframe. In addition, if you would like to run your applications on another machine at 6.1, 7.1, or 7.2 to further test before your actual upgrade, we can provide you with a machine in the cloud or a loaner machine.

IBM i 7.2 is ready for Production, now it’s your turn to get your OS upgraded. Schedule a complimentary Technology Assessment with one of our experts. 

How to Eliminate Downtime and Keep Business Flowing

According to a study done by Emerson Network Power, 71% of senior-level managers believe that their datacenter is crucial to their company’s success. CEO’s and IT Directors can agree that downtime is a major detriment to business performance, as well as a drain on company budgets. In the same study, Emerson predicted that companies lose an average of $505,500.00 per every 90 minutes of downtime, and sometimes as much as $5,600.00 per minute.

Downtime negatively affects almost every aspect of a business, but for many IT Departments, especially those lacking the needed resources and expert knowledge, maintaining stable system performance can sometimes feel like an uphill battle.

There is a way, however, that IT Departments can essentially eliminate downtime all together, and that’s by implementing high availability and disaster recovery (HADR) solutions. With the ability to keep the essential parts of an infrastructure functioning, such as servers, business-critical applications, and storage systems, businesses can now reap the rewards of uninterrupted business service.

Beyond seamless service capabilities, HADR solutions also offer companies flexible growth and system-wide scalability. Unlike older server environments and disaster recovery systems, HADR supports heavy application workloads while simultaneously maintaining critical data, thus ensuring a company’s sustained productivity.

Paired with cloud and virtual servers, HADR solutions can also help companies recover faster from downtime by having a replicated system already in place.  When a system or server fails, for instance, pre-defined procedures can be laid out and executed to role-swap to servers in the cloud – servers that already have your data fully replicated.

Overall, as companies rely more and more on their IT infrastructures to drive performance, as well as business-wide growth, additional plans and technologies need to be put into place to guarantee the long-term operation and productivity of the entire organization. HADR solutions answer this need with flying colors and a great option for companies looking to alleviate costly downtime.

If you’re interested in discovering how HADR solutions can drive the performance and productivity of your company, reach out to our iTech Solutions experts for a complimentary DRHA assessment!

A New Era of IBM i Starts Now

the new era of IBM iIBM i and its predecessor the AS/400 have always been known for reliability, integration, dependability, ease of use, and of course full functionality. To this end, most of the systems even today are sold with internal storage.  It’s just another piece of the IBM i integration puzzle.  From the setup, to the administration, to the day to day use of the storage is so easy with internal disk.  Yet, the industry is changing.  External storage and specifically Storage Area Networks (SANs) are one of the hottest topics in IT today.  Why, I believe part of it has to do with virtualization, and the other part is cost.

If every server (Power, Windows, Linux, etc.) or partition has its own independent storage, then I have to manage all the storage independently.  This increases our administrative costs, as well as the skills required to manage our storage. In addition, if one system is using 20% of its storage, and another system is using 98% of its storage, it is usually not possible to move the storage from one server to the other.   This is where virtualization plays a key part to drive down our administrative costs and acquisition costs, but can increase the skills required to manage the new virtualization.  On the IBM Power platform, we have VIO Server (You might hear this called VIOS or Virtual I/O Server) to help with storage virtualization.  VIO Server is extremely powerful when it comes to virtualizing storage and networking, but it does require some additional skills that most IBM i shops don’t have, since VIO Server is a subset of IBM’s AIX operating system.  VIO Server can connect to almost any external storage.  This is probably its biggest virtualization benefit.  So, you may be wondering why IBM i can’t connect to everything.  IBM i uses 520 byte sectors for disk, and the industry uses 512 byte disk sectors.  Most SANs use 512 byte sectors, which provides difficulty for IBM i to connect to.  Although, you can connect VIO Server to the storage, and then let VIO Server virtualize the storage to IBM i.  This works great, but again you have to have VIO Server skills.

Wouldn’t it be great if there was an IBM i like Storage Area Network. One that was easy to use, easy to administer, competitively priced, had a great GUI front end, and connected to IBM i directly.  Well, up until last week I would have said that the IBM Storwize V7000 was all that, except you had to have VIO Server host the storage to IBM i.  As of today, the IBM i can directly attach to the IBM Storwize V7000 and its lower priced brother the Storwize V3700, and this is great news for IBM i.  It’s the best of two worlds coming together.

The V7000 is enterprise class storage at an affordable price that is ease to use and manage.  It has a remarkably easy to use GUI interface that is intuitive and almost self-guiding.  Each time I have used the GUI I am just amazed at the graphics.  The V7000 uses the same code that you will find in many of the IBM SANs, such as the SAN Volume Controller (SVC), and includes so many enterprise class options enabled.  By the way, if you have ever looked at PureFlex system, it also comes with an integrated V7000 for storage.  Some of the features includes with the Storwize V7000 are:

  • Thin Provisioning – storage is not allocated until data is written
  • Full Copy of volumes and space efficient snapshot offloads CPU resources from Hypervisor hosts
  • Easy Tier™ – automated tiering between SSD and HDD storage
  • Real-Time Compression – Automatically compress data with no performance impact.
  • Remote Mirroring – with Global and Metro Mirror.
  • Non-Disruptive data migration within and between internal and external storage

The Storwize V7000 Unified allows you to use this storage for both your block (IBM i & AIX) and file (Windows) capabilities. It has support for NFS/CIFS/FTP/HTTPS/SCP file protocols in addition to existing block protocols (iSCSI and FCP). There is file replication and snapshots for business continuity and disaster recovery in addition to existing block functions.

I believe we will see a new era starting right now in midrange disk with the ability of IBM i to directly attach to the IBM Storwize V7000 & V3700.  IBM i will be able to connect via a Fibre Channel Adapter over Fabric (via a Fibre Switch) or directly using a Fibre card. I see many new Power Systems running IBM i having a V7000 or V3700 to handle the needs of its storage, and the storage for the rest of the enterprise. I know this is what many of iTech Solutions customers will be requiring over the next few years as we work together to drive down their costs of storage acquisition, and allow for easier storage management all from a single interface.

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IBM i OS System Upgrades

RelaxAn upgrade to your current IBM i (OS/400 or i5/OS) operating system is something you’ve been putting off for quite some time. Can you afford to keep waiting? IBM already made the answer pretty clear by announcing that it will discontinue its support for V5R4 in six months. As we mentioned in our February newsletter after September 30, 2013, if you are running on V5R4 you will have no support from IBM, as you will be on an unsupported operating system.

Six months is all that stands between either having the latest IBM features or being locked into a costly system that will become obsolete.

What’s holding you back? For a large number of organizations, they are simply not ready for the time and financial commitment required for such an endeavor. Back in 2010, when IBM was contemplating pulling the plug on V5R4, the main issue businesses confronted was the recession. Budgets were leaner and tighter than ever. Today, the economy is on a slight uptick, but clearly, budget constraints are still a source of contention.

In an article that iProDeveloper published, they also highlighted other areas of concern:

  • Migrating directly from V5R4 to 7.1 (before 6.1) when 7.1 hasn’t reached maturity
  • Having extended support for older systems yet prolonging the move to 6.1
  • Missing out on the benefits of a newer kit around performance cost of ownership

The good news is that both 6.1 and 7.1 upgrades are primed and ready. IBM is certainly nudging IBM i users in that direction with their February Technology Refresh 6 release.

More good news: iTech Solutions can handle your system upgrade without putting a major dent in your budget or workflow. Our plan will enable you to upgrade to 6.1 or 7.1 seamlessly, affordably, and painlessly. Moreover, we can handle the entire upgrade process—from investigation, planning, and implementation—within the six month timeframe you are starring at. In addition, if you would like to run your applications on another machine at 6.1 or 7.1 to further test before your actual upgrade, we can provide you with a longer machine.

So there you have it. Beginning the upgrade process today will help you steer clear of added costs in the long run. iTech Solutions can help you take the first step. Contact us today to learn more!

Build your IBM i Strategic Roadmap from the Ground Up

RoadmapTrust is a hard thing to come by in any walk of life, especially when business is on the line. You wouldn’t trust just anyone with the responsibility of managing your critical IT systems, would you? A large number of organizations are faced with that very prospect. It’s either a case of handling everything on their own or reluctantly passing the keys over to someone else.

At iTech Solutions, we like to think of ourselves as a happy medium. We are fully capable of providing hands-on management support for all of your IT needs—with IBM i (AS/400, iSeries) support being front and center. We can design and configure specific IBM i upgrades, installations, and cloud migration projects. We can also take a step back and help you develop a long-term, IBM i strategic roadmap.

iTech Solutions understands  that you might desire your own in-house team to handle these odds and ends. However, when money, time, and resources are limited, we can fill the gaps. Why struggle for weeks on end with an upgrade project when we can take care of it in just two or three days?

No matter what, trust isn’t something you’ll have to worry about with iTech Solutions. We strive to be your partner throughout the process. Our goal is your goal, and vice versa. Ultimately, we want to help you gain the best i experience possible.

When it comes to IBM i, there really is no shortage of skills and devotion that we bring to the table. IBM i is in our DNA. We have an entire staff that has been trained and certified in IBM i best practices. Moreover, we want to pass our knowledge on to you through further training and technical support.

It’s all up to you. Whatever you need—from implementation and beyond—we can make it happen.  For more information about how we can deliver the IBM i support you need to boost your business, contact our team today!

Remote System Monitoring: The Smarter Way to Prevent Downtime

We’re going to go out on a limb here and guess that of all the activities that keep your IT staff busy, putting out fires is at the top of the list.

After all, when business systems go down, so does the business. In fact, even a relatively brief server outage can mean missed connections and lost opportunities – both of which translate to lower revenue.

When CA Technologies ran a study to measure the impact of downtime, they found that this dreaded problem costs North American businesses $26.5 billion per year. And according to the research, small businesses suffer more than any other market segment in terms of lost sales.remote-system-monitoring-connecticut

As CA Technologies found, businesses that experience major downtime struggle to maintain productivity as they scramble to recover lost data and repair the damage. The typical approach is to throw as much IT staff as possible at the problem and hope that customers, suppliers, and partners are understanding about the inevitable delays and miscommunications.

Wouldn’t it be easier just to prevent these incidents in the first place?

Why You Should Consider Remote System Monitoring

There’s a reliable way to prevent the most common IT problems. The best IT support partners now offer remote system monitoring services.

With remote system monitoring, you have a team of experts that are on your system and on your team, with the experience to prevent problems before they happen.

As your business users work, your IT partner can see where problems may be brewing behind the scenes. They can then take steps to intervene and correct issues before they result in system downtime.

With remote system monitoring, you can:

  • Get more value out of your IT investments. Let’s face it: your hardware and software are worthless when they’re not working. More uptime means greater payback on your capital expenditures.
  • Make life easier for your IT team. As they watch your system, your IT partner will be able to intervene in many situations without even needing to notify your IT staff.
  • Focus on strategic IT. Your in-house IT experts deliver the most value when they’re coming up with new ways to increase the productivity of your entire workforce. The more you have to pull them off these projects to get your system back up and running, the longer it will be before the truly strategic projects benefit your company.
  • Enhance your IT budgeting. System downtime is costly not only in terms of lost revenue, but also in terms of funding data recovery and other “cleanup” activities. Preventing downtime means avoiding these unexpected IT expenses. That means you can devote more budget to the areas that really matter.

Your Healthier Infrastructure Can Start Today
Getting up and running with remote system monitoring is surprisingly quick and easy. It’s also one of the best decisions you can make for the long-term health of your IT infrastructure. To learn how iTech Solutions’ remote monitoring services can help you get more from your network, call us today at (203) 744-7854. Or email us at info@itechsol.com

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Expand Your IT Talent Without Adding IT Headcount

IBM System i Support Strategies

When you stop and think about it, adding more IT talent to your staff is easy.

You post ads on all the major IT job websites. You get the word out in your social networks that you’re hiring in IT.

You collect, review, and categorize the hundreds of resumes that come in. You hold several rounds of interviews and hire the most qualified people. And then you set them up in your payroll system, give them network credentials, and let them loose on your IT infrastructure.system-i-support-ct

It’s that simple – as long as you have unlimited financial resources.

But we’re assuming you don’t. So we’re suggesting an alternative approach.

The Value of a Good IT Partner
If money were no object, you would build an in-house IT staff that could handle any issue. You’d find the most experienced professionals for each type of technology in your server room and make it worth their while to stay with your company for as long as you needed them. You’d create a team of experts, with knowledge, experience, and know-how.

But this approach isn’t realistic for small and midsized businesses (and let’s face it – even many Fortune 500 companies are tightening their belts these days).

What if you could get access to a high level of IT expertise without having to commit to paying annual salaries and providing benefits packages? You can if you find the right IT tech support partner.

The best IT consulting firms are totally focused on supporting their clients’ implementations of today’s leading technologies, such as IBM i (System i, AS/400, iSeries) servers. They retain a staff of industry veterans who have worked with the same technology for at least 15 to 20 years. And they’re willing to hire out these professionals to you on an hourly or per-project basis.

That means you can get the technical savvy, project-planning insight, and hands-on experience you need, when you need it. You’ll pay only for the resources you use. And you won’t have to make a long-term financial commitment in the process.

Four More Benefits of Your Partnership
The advantages of working with a reliable technical support partner are many. Your partner can help you:

  • Get access to a higher level of IT expertise. Ever wondered where all the good IT help has gone? Many of the most skilled professionals are working for technology consulting firms. These experts would be too expensive to add to your full-time staff – but if you only need them for a few hours per month, they’re actually quite affordable.
  • Ramp up your IT staff during peak periods. Ever been in a situation where you expect your IT workload to double over the next two months? Asking your IT consulting partner to send you a few experienced technicians on a two-month contract can be a cost-effective way to meet the demand.
  • Fill IT skill gaps. Some IT teams have put together a strong group of database gurus or RPG programmers, but they’re a little weak in system administration. By working with an IT partner, you can bring in experienced system admins as needed.
  • Educate your junior IT staff. There’s something to be said for sending your IT staff to training – but there’s also much they can learn by working alongside the credentialed and certified IT professionals provided by your technical support partner. You can’t put a price on the kind of skills transfer that will occur during every day of even a short project.

Don’t go it alone in IT. Your business systems are too important not to have the “best of the best” working to improve your IBM i infrastructure. To find out more, email iTech Solutions at info@itechsol.com, call us at (203) 744-7854, or take the first step with our IBM i Health Check. For all of your System i support needs in Connecticut contact iTech Solutions.

 

Cloud-Based Backups: Ideal Replacement for Tapes?

It’s amazing – and a little scary – how often we see it happen:

A CIO of a small or midsized company puts a well-designed backup strategy in place. He or she assigns one of the IT staff to spearhead backups from now on. And then the CIO assumes the backups are happening on schedule, and basically forgets about the tape backupwhole issue. Little does the CIO know that the data-filled backup tapes are just stacking up in the computer room, rather than being moved offsite regularly.

This goes on for 10 years – during which time the system and what needs to be backed up is changing.

The problem, of course, is that data backups generally require human involvement. People forget things, neglect important tasks, and make mistakes. Those factors can combine to introduce a wide range of potential problems.

Common Problems with Tape Backups

The typical data backup process is fraught with issues such as:

  • Poorly stored tapes. Companies that store their own backup tapes often find them left on top of the tape drive. Stacked on top of computers. Or shoved in rickety file cabinets. How safe will these tapes be in the event of a disaster? And isn’t there a good chance they’ll be misplaced or accidentally discarded?
  • Unencrypted data. The vast majority of companies don’t encrypt the data they’re writing to their storage tapes. They probably figure there’s no need to do so because the tapes won’t be leaving their facilities. But all of that changes when a tape is stolen or lost. Suddenly, vast amounts of customer credit card data, client medical data, or employee personal data will be available for the criminal’s illicit purposes.
  • Incomplete backups. More often than not, companies take a “set it and forget it” policy with their backups. But as the months and years roll by, a company’s backup needs will change as it acquires competitors, grows its staff, fleshes out its product line, or even adds new locations. Eventually, a backup that was configured three or five years ago will become so outdated, it doesn’t even contain enough data to help the company resume operations after a natural disaster or major technology problem.

Avoiding the Pitfalls of Data Backups

Now, how can you make sure your company isn’t susceptible to these pitfalls?

It’s easy enough to see if you’re storing backup tapes properly, and to ask IT whether they’re encrypting your data or just writing it onto your tapes. But there’s only one way to test the completeness and functionality of your backups: you need to try to restore your operations from your backed-up data.

Of course, if you try to restore your backups onto your live systems, you’ll end up overwriting your current data and probably losing a significant amount of work. Most IT professionals know this – and that’s probably why they hesitate to test their backups as thoroughly, or as often, as they should.

That’s also why they should consider working with an IT consulting partner that has a deep understanding of how to implement, execute, and test data backups. In other words, a partner like iTech Solutions.

We have extensive experience with all aspects of tape and virtual tape backups. When it’s time to test the effectiveness of your backups, we can bring in the hardware you need to perform a “practice” restore without disrupting your normal business operations. Or, you can send us your backup tapes and we can perform the verification at our own facilities.

Move Beyond Tapes for Greater Ease and Security

In addition to helping you get the most out of tape backups, we can also help you get even greater benefits by moving beyond tape backups. iTech Solutions can recommend and implement specialized storage appliances that give you cost-effective, highly secure backups right in your offices – without the hassle of dealing with fragile tapes. Or, for about the same cost as having your tapes transported to a secure facility, you can enroll in our cloud-based backup service. This service provides powerful encryption of all your backed-up data and replicates your data across two secure data centers at opposite ends of the U.S.

Think of the peace of mind this would give you during the next natural disaster. While your competitors are struggling to find lost tapes, your business can be back up and running within hours. For a free backup consultation, call iTech Solutions today at (203) 744-7854. Or email us at info@itechsol.com.

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IBM AS/400 and iSeries Users: Make Your Business Case for a Server Upgrade

Server UpgradeIf you’re making IT decisions for a smaller company that still uses IBM AS/400 servers, then it has probably crossed your mind that you could benefit from an upgrade to the newer IBM System i or IBM Power Systems servers.

Easier said than done, of course. In a tight global economy, it’s often tough to pry loose the budget you need for a major hardware upgrade. If you’re going to ask for servers that cost around $30,000 a piece, you’d better have a convincing business case that hits on a wide range of benefits.

With that in mind, we’d like to share a few thoughts.

Four Ways to Save with IBM System i

As you prepare your business case for a server upgrade, keep in mind that after you go live on new IBM servers, you can easily recoup tens of thousands of dollars in savings. How? In the form of power savings, greater processing speed, reduced hardware maintenance, and eliminated downtime.

Let’s explore each of these areas:

  • Power savings. This one is simple: newer servers are specifically designed to consume less electricity while delivering more processing power. They also generate less heat, which means lower air conditioning costs in your server room or data center. These costs are fairly easy to quantify.
  • Processing speed. It’s not easy to put a dollar figure on the benefit of having new servers that run faster. But think of it this way: when you’re getting 5 to 10 times the processing speed from all your servers, the productivity effects will trickle down throughout your organization. Newer servers offer much greater commercial processing workload (CPW) per dollar. When user queries are completed in one-tenth the usual time and reports end up in stakeholders’ hands sooner, they can make decisions more quickly, reducing the time for the month-end close so that everyone in the company has the numbers earlier. Everyone from accountants to manufacturing managers to distribution coordinators will be able to access information more quickly and run reports faster. These benefits will pay out all day, every day.
  • Hardware maintenance. Think of old servers like old cars. Your 1982 Subaru may still start every time you turn the key, in spite of the 300,000 miles you’ve put on it. But when you bring it in for repairs, you’re not looking at little tweaks – you’re looking at complicated and expensive overhauls that probably involve hard-to-find parts installed by specialized, highly experienced mechanics. Servers are the same way. The older they are, the harder (and more expensive) they can be to fix.
  • Downtime. Old servers often have a shorter mean time to failure, which can lead to lost productivity for your workforce. Because aging servers can’t run the newest version of each operating system, they won’t be able to deliver the latest features and functions your business users crave. And don’t forget that older machines also require more scheduled downtime for repairs, which further disturbs business processes.

Request Your Free Server Upgrade Consultation

Even after you’ve received the budget approval you wanted, you won’t be out of the woods. Many companies – especially on the smaller end of the spectrum – lack the time and specialized skills to pull off an upgrade.

At iTech Solutions, our team of IT experts deals with the unique challenges of upgrades and migrations every day. Before we start each project, we’ll take the time to consult with you and build a deep understanding of your account. And at the end of each project, we thoroughly test every aspect of your installation, providing whatever test hardware you need to make sure machines are talking to each other and data backups are working as planned. We can even upgrade your operating systems as part of the process. (And did I mention that we can also offer you project financing through IBM?)

What does this mean for your organization? A smoother experience for your end users, and more peace of mind for your IT staff. To request your free upgrade consultation, please call us at (203) 744-7854. Or email us at info@itechsol.com.

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