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It’s been a while. Since we’ve last written, Diablo 3 was finally released in all of its demon-slaying glory, Apple taught smart phone addicts to dream a little bigger with the New iPad, and Hollywood BA Michael Fassbender signed on to star in the Assassin’s Creed movie. Oh right, and in the enterprise technology world, new generations of servers have been released from Dell, HP and IBM. Now that we’re caught up from the last 2 years or so, let me give you a thorough introduction to two of the rockstars from the new generational server releases, the 12th generation Dell PowerEdge R720 and Dell PowerEdge R720xd 2U rack servers.

With technological innovations like Intel’s Xeon E5-2600 processors and the new iDRAC7, Dell R720 and R720xd servers are pretty freaking sweet if you’re into the latest-technologies-on-the-market kind of thing. And the buzz doesn’t stop there, PowerEdge R720 and R720xd rack servers also feature new Broadcom and Intel-based NIC daughtercards, 10GbE ports with FCoE offload, and a new PERC H710P mini card. Yet when it comes to a showdown between the two of them, the R720xd server emerges victorious as king of the datacenter with 26 hard disk drives in a 2U server for a whopping 36TB of internal storage capacity (for real). But you definitely can’t go wrong with either server, available from Vista Computer in recertified and refurbished options.


IBM’s Roadmap Calls for the End of x3650 M2


In a recent, internal document, IBM marked the end of the x3650 M2 line as being December of 2010.  Some IBM users will remember when the manufacturer ended the production of their x3650s in 2009.  By ending a popular product so early, they essentially create a demand on their new, more expensive and more restricted products.  That’s typically when most people will go to market with their needs.

What IBM doesn’t realize is that not everyone needs the latest product immediately after it’s announcement.  In fact, companies that specialize in end of life hardware really have a chance to show their value in these situations.


Dell Blade Users Spend $15,000 Less Per Year


A press release by Dell shows that a recent study between Dell, HP and IBM blades, shows that Dell’s M610 blade servers will consume up to 20% less power per blade over their competitors’ blades. I’ve listed a few highlights of the article (Click here for full article) below:

  • If a customer were to deploy 160 PowerEdge M610 blades in 10 fully populated Dell M1000e chassis versus a 160 blade server solution from HP and 140 blade servers from IBM, over the course of five years they could expect to save up to $60,902.80 when compared with a similar solution from HP and up to $20,391.40 when compared with a similar solution from IBM.
  • The energy saving only on one fully populated Dell M1000e chassis is enough to power a home for one year.
  • Both fully populated, the Dell M1000e used up to 24 percent less power at idle and up to 13 percent less power at 100 percent CPU utilization than an HP C7000

For more information on Dell blades and to start saving money by adding Dell blades to your business (shameless plug!) contact your Vista Computer Sales rep – which is me, Justin Bush.


Why Buy New ProCurve?


Trying to decide whether to spend the money for a brand new HP ProCurve switch?
What many people don’t know is that HP’s Lifetime Warranty on their ProCurve hardware is valid regardless of the where the unit was purchased from.  What this means for you can purchase refurbished HP ProCurve from Vista Computer at a fraction of the price and still have the lifetime warranty intact.  So is the cardboard box it comes in really worth the additional money?  We think not…


Custom Designed Dells


Vista Computer Group is breaking into Dell’s popular PowerEdge servers with great deals on pre-configured and custom built systems. With Tower, Rackmount, and Blade servers; each customer is sure to find the right system at the right price. Our new online configurator is a great way for customers to plan out exactly what their requirements are and how they’d like to meet them.

For customers who are looking to upgrade an existing Dell Server, Vista Computer has refurbished components in stock. Every component is tested to make sure it works like new and for the month of August, we will be offering a free 8GB stick of memory with the purchase of 3 sticks – it’s a great way to get the most out of a server, without spending an entire budget.

Whether it’s a customized server, an extra hard drive, or a few more DIMMs of memory; all Dell products come with Vista’s 3 year warranty. If you’re interested in learning more about our warranty or the Dell product line we offer, please contact your Vista Computer Group Representative.


IBM x3650 M2 On its Way Out?


With some of IBM’s popular x3650 M2 models discontinued and more expected to come to an end soon; their cost and availability is sure to go up in the near future.  Much as we’ve seen with previous generations, IBM will slowly turn off the faucet, creating longer lead times and higher prices for their loyal customers.  Before long, the manufacturer will only offer the new, “bleeding edge” servers that cost twice as much and only offer a portion of the usability your organization has come to rely on in the previous months.

By stocking up on these systems while they’re still available in the market, we’re able to support your datacenter long after the manufacturer has deemed it “obsolete.”  Combine that with a 3 year warranty that covers every piece of hardware we sell, regardless of make or model, and it’s easy to see how we’ve become a reliable technology source for thousands of happy customers all over the world!

If you’re interested in more information on getting more out of your hardware long after its end of life date, please contact a Vista Computer Group Representative.  We’re firm believers in the theory that an educated customer is a happy customer!


Some Assembly Required?!


Is your vendor charging you an “integration charge?”  Why? Since when is making sure your equipment is working before it ships considered a billable service? The next time you make a purchase, why not have everything configured and tested prior to shipping without any additional fees… Now there’s a concept!