Five Basics for Disaster Preparation and Busin…

These days, it seems that unexpected business interruptions are coming all too frequently.  In this light, business continuity and disaster planning must be the foundation for any successful business. Disaster, in its many forms, can strike suddenly.…

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What is Third-Party Maintenance in the Data Ce…

Quality third-party maintenance (TPM) providers are outsourced hardware and systems support companies that will professionally manage a client’s server, data storage, and network equipment. In most instances, a TPM takes the role of a replacement for the…

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How to Prepare to Change ITAD Vendors…

Companies grow. Information needs expand, hardware becomes obsolete or less productive, and the renewal cycle for new electronics and computer equipment gets shorter. As new IT equipment comes onboard, management is continually challenged with finding ways to…

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What is IT Asset Disposition?…

All successful businesses, large or small, depend on IT to manage their enterprise. Computer-managed sales information, invoicing, accounting, internal operations, human resources and personnel support, data collection, real-time decision-supporting analysis, and more define the entire picture of…

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Why is third-party maintenance better for busi…

Why is third-party maintenance better for business? Survival in a competitive business environment demands that you utilize all available resources as efficiently as possible. Wasting or misapplying assets can result in a setback from which recovery may…

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How to pick a third-party maintenance provider…

At some point, any computer system will fail, often because of ineffective maintenance or malfunction. So, to minimize the impact of downtime, administrators must implement comprehensive support that ensures solutions are promptly available, proactive, and effective in…

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Why third-party maintenance and not OEM?…

Maintaining your systems to prevent interruption or malfunction is an essential part of your IT budget. In fact, sources estimate that between 55% and 70% of most organization IT budgets are explicitly directed toward maintenance and upkeep.…

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How much does third-party maintenance cost?…

An assessment of the comparative long-term costs of working with an OEM (original equipment manufacturer) instead of a proven and reliable third-party maintenance provider begins with an understanding of the financial motivation of each company. An OEM’s Mission…

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Giving Back: Jarvis Landry Sports Challenge…

    For more than 200,000 Americans, the struggle with Cystic Fibrosis is a daily battle. CF, an inherited genetic disorder, causes fluids produced within internal organs to be thick and viscous, interfering with vital functions such…

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Saturday Spotlight: Mason Woodrum…

Mason Woodrum is a versatile intern who helps with many necessary things needed to keep thomastech moving forward. Just to give an idea of how versatile he is, he assists with anything ranging from marketing to finance.…

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Back to Basics: Overview of Fibre Channel Prot…

Fibre Channel is one of the most popular protocols for SAN. In the simplest terms, Fibre Channel is a high-speed data transfer protocol. At all layers of the OSI stack, fibre channel is different than Ethernet and…

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Friday Feature: HPE 3PAR 8200…

Friday Feature: HPE StoreServ 8200 Do you work with IT enterprise hardware, specifically HPE? Great! In today’s Friday Feature, we will be exploring the HPE StoreServe 8200. This device is a great option for smaller storage requirements…

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Types of TPMs…

To state an old truth, not everything that looks similar is the same. If you are hungry for an apple, then you want an apple. It is not the same if you get a potato instead. They…

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Packaging: How We Do It…

The Basics: Nothing is worse than waiting for a hardware delivery only for it to arrive broken. Even worse is when the damage is not visible and the hardware is installed into the device. The resulting system…

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Saturday Spotlight: Jim Thompson…

Jim’s specialty is connecting needs with solutions. He is knowledgeable about enterprise hardware and is ready to apply that knowledge to help IT professionals find solutions in enterprise hardware from various OEMs. He assists with servers, storage,…

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Giving Back: Medina Athletic Booster…

A great way to give back to a community is to invest in its future. One of the ways thomastech does this is by sponsoring the Medina Athletic Booster. This is just one of the ways thomastech…

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Friday Feature: P9L83A…

Servers, storage, and networks make up a major part of the IT infrastructure within an organization. Inside data systems, drive storage is at the heart of what makes everything work. As we all know, there are two…

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Enterprise Hardware Buy Back…

Are you trying to part ways with your old or used hardware? Look no further! Here at thomastech we have our own buyback program. We purchase a variety of products that range from all major OEMs like…

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Saturday Spotlight: Greg Walker…

  Meet Greg Walker, one of the unsung heroes at thomastech! He keeps things moving and braves the summer’s hot temperatures to make sure that IT departments get their hardware. Chances are that when you purchase hardware,…

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Back to Basics: Cloud Storage…

What is Cloud Storage: Did you know cloud storage is not just cloud storage? It is a category title. Because cloud storage can include a few storage configurations, the most generic definition for cloud storage is a…

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Back to Basics: DAS…

Overview What is DAS? Well, you are working with it right now. DAS is an acronym for ‘Direct Attached Storage’ and was the first type of data storage solution. Unlike other forms of storage that connect over…

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Friday Feature: HPE 3PAR 8440…

We are happy to introduce the HPE 3PAR 8440. This device, offered by HPE, comes stacked with useful features and is versatile in any business structure. Many organizations today use this model of the HPE 8000 series…

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Giving Back: CF Foundation…

Cystic Fibrosis Foundation’s mission is to “cure cystic fibrosis and to provide all people with the disease the opportunity to lead full, productive lives by funding research and drug development, promoting individualized treatment, and ensuring access to…

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Back to Basics: Network Attached Storage…

What is Network Attached Storage? Network-attached storage (NAS) is a file-level storage architecture that allows many users to interact with a storage pool. Having data-sharing capabilities is vital in today’s organizations as it allows networked users to…

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Saturday Spotlight: Andrew Champlin…

Andrew is a tech at thomastech who works tech magic in the background, helping keep the wheels spinning. He is a friendly and versatile person with many skills and is often spotted in the halls with a…

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What is SAN and How can it Benefit Your Compan…

What Is A SAN? SAN (or Storage Area Network)  is a high-speed network with block-level access to data storage. It is the most common storage networking architecture and is used by enterprises for business-critical applications (click here…

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Product Feature: Hitachi G1500…

One of the “big guns” in the Hitachi line-up of data storage devices is the Hitachi G1500 model. There is so much to be said about this device which will have to be saved for another day.…

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Overview of Enterprise Storage Configurations…

Enterprise Storage Overview Data within the organization is compiled into an enterprise storage system, a centralized repository for information. Enterprise storage provides common data management, data protection, and data sharing capabilities within an organization. The enterprise storage systems should…

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Saturday Spotlight: Isaac Royalty…

In today’s Saturday Spotlight, we will be highlighting Isaac Royalty, a marketing graphics genius. He has been interning in the marketing department at thomastech where he puts his skills to work each week. To capture a little…

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What are Your Data Storage Needs?…

The problem: Organizations are gathering and generating data at unprecedented levels, which creates unimaginable headaches for overworked and underfunded IT managers. The reliance on emails, shared files, application data, digitized records, data-backups, and marketing collateral (like videos…

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How to Decide Which SLA is Right For You…

What is an SLA? SLAs (Service Level Agreements) are the governing force in the relationship between the consumer and an enterprise support provider. SLAs clearly define what is expected by both parties with measurable objectives. An example…

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The facts behind new vs. old enterprise IT mod…

Is the newest model the best choice? The answer would be yes, right? Unfortunately, the answer is not that simple. There are many factors that influence the answer. OEMs are constantly releasing new models. With each new…

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