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 steaming cup. To learn more about Andrew, we asked him a few questions. Here are his answers.

What’s your typical day at thomastech like?

Coffee and spreadsheets in the morning, and tea and everything technical in the afternoon!

What’s one thing on your bucket list?

Drive the Pacific coast from north to south in a convertible!

How would you solve problems if you were from Mars?

With a lot less oxygen than I do now.

What is your favorite hobby?

Traveling, photography, hiking, writing… wait, I have to pick just one?

In 5 Words or less what advice would you give to someone in your profession?

Never stop learning!

What do you like to do when you are not in the office?

It’s a 50/50 chance that you’d either find me searching for new trails to hike or new coffee shops to try.

Fill the blank: I once met…

Jeff Tweedy of the band Wilco. I was the monitor engineer at a show he was playing. Chill guy, interesting music, pretty great guitar player.

If you could switch jobs with someone else at thomastech, who would it be, and why?

Probably Zack Meinke, because he has crazy programming superpowers.

If you could have any superpower, what would it be?

See answer to question 8.

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. The G1500 is a storage device specially designed for enterprise-class data centers. In this feature, we will only cover a few details about this storage system.

Operating Systems:

Running this storage device is the Hitachi Global Storage Virtualization operating system, or SVOS for short. Storage operating systems supported by the G1500 include IBM® mainframe operating systems (OS) and open-system OSs. According to Hitachi, the open-system OSs supported are “VMware®, Windows®, Solaris®, AIX®, Linux®, HP-UX™, XenServer®, and OpenVMS™.”

Key Features:

The G1500 provides high performance, availability, and reliability of data and storage. To protect data, the G1500 utilizes an industry trend setting local and remote data protection suite that has true active-active metro-clustering.

Scalability, Networking, Configuring:

Another plus to the G1500 is its scalability and SAN (Storage Area Network) capabilities. With its ability to scale, the G1500 is a perfect answer to organizations that are growing with ever-expanding data storage needs. The G1500 can connect to mainframe hosts using FICON front-end directors and when connecting to open servers it uses iSCSI, Fibre Channel, and Fibre Channel over Ethernet front-end directors. All of the before mentioned front-end directors in different combinations can be used to configure the G1500 to support mainframe hosts and open servers at the same time.

The back-end scalability of a G1500 is quite flexible. It can control up to a maximum of 65,250 logical volumes and 2,304 disk drives. In total, it can contain an approximate capacity of 11,278 TB of space when using 10 TB disk drives.

Savings:

If you want to stretch your IT budget and do more with the allotted IT dollars, you can with thomastech. At thomastech, we have a large inventory of enterprise hardware, systems, and devices, including the Hitachi G1500 model. We have both new and refurbished hardware available. All the refurbished hardware is engineer inspected and covered by a 90-day warranty. In addition to providing reliable hardware, thomastech offers enterprise maintenance and support to help IT departments keep data moving. Do more with your IT dollars! Visit www.thomastechllc.com to learn more or call (330) 225-3117 and ask about the Hitachi G1500.

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Not all maintenance providers are created equal. thomastech provides flexible solutions to fit your growing needs. Hover over (or tap) the boxes to learn how thomastech compares to other third party maintenance providers (TPM). Would you like to receive service centered around you and save money at the same time? If yes, read on or request your free consultation now.

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Many TPMs outsource most, if not all, their level three engineering support, ticketing, triage, and hardware procurement leading to inefficiencies and slower resolutions.

thomastech's In-House Capabilities

With thomastech, you have direct access to our level three engineers, internal hardware inventory, and streamlined ticketing and triage processes. This ensures our partners faster resolutions, lower costs, and reduced downtime.

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Many TPMs have strict preset SLAs that often fail to meet your specific requirements. You know what you need, are you being heard?

thomastech's SLAs and Services

At thomastech, we listen to your needs. SLA's are customized to adapt to your unique IT environment. 

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Often IT departments settle for sub-par support and service, making everyday operations confusing and stressful. Do you have full confidence in your system and support?

thomastech's Support

Here at thomastech, we are a trusted partner for IT managers around the globe providing them 24/7 support. Having won multiple Inc. 5000 awards, thomastech helps partners achieve success and confidence in their systems.

Up Time Matters, Why Choose thomastech?

System failure can happen at any moment, are you prepared? Are you tired of managing multiple costly OEM contracts and End-of-Life restrictions? You are not alone, and there is a solution! Many IT professionals around the globe are turning to thomastech for cost saving solutions (up to 70%). With thomastech’s support, you have direct access to top-tier engineers with a vast inventory of enterprise hardware. You are given the choice to decide when to retire your own equipment or extend its life. thomastech offers multi-vendor support under one contract, with SLA options to fit every need and budget. As a result, CIO’s and IT professionals can reduce risks and costs associated with downtime and unnecessary data migration. View the chart to see how thomastech compares to the OEMs.

thomastech’s Reputation:

Within the TPM industry, thomastech is well established and recognized as a global TPM partner with over a decade of experience. For two years in a row, thomastech has received multiple Inc. 5000 awards. Why not switch? Click below to  start.

 

The Main Features

These six “S”s only capture a few features you can have when you partner with thomastech.

Significant Cost Savings vs. OEM

Speedy Shipping and Delivery

Simple Support Contracts

Sizable Hardware Inventory

Service Onsite Usually in 4 Hours

Specialized Support Available 24/7

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Third Party Support

What if you knew of a way to reduce support costs by up to 70% and extend the useful life of your current systems? As you probably know, each system has its own lifecycle. Regardless of where it is in its lifecycle, third-party support is a cost-saving alternative for an attractive price. Third party support from thomastech is quite simple. It is an alternative to expensive OEM based support. OEM support often causes problems for IT personnel with high costs, multiple support contracts, planned obsolescence, and more. By choosing thomastech’s support, life becomes simpler and risks are reduced. Click the button below to see how you can save up to 70%.

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Hardware

Consider thomastech as your global IT distribution partner. Our extensive inventory of enterprise hardware allows us to service, upgrade, and mirror your critical systems in most environments. We deliver the hardware and services that you require in order to Keep Data Moving. Main Features: – Out of the box servers, storage, and networking systems – Rapid Part Deployment for replacement parts and upgrades – Rental and leasing options for short and long-term periods – Data migration assistance and swing boxes – Flexible solutions based on your organization’s needs.

Jeff Parker
Jeff ParkerDirector of IT at Carriage Services
I recently completed a project of redesigning my entire server room infrastructure to leverage virtual computing power and had the pleasure of working with ThomasTech to get my storage and physicals where they needed to be. They were very responsive and worked diligently to get me what I needed. Working with thomastech allowed me to enjoy significant savings without sacrificing quality and all of the equipment that I purchased from them was able to be fully warrantied and supported by the manufacturer. thomastech will be my first choice for future storage and server needs.
Russ Coxe
Russ CoxeChief Technical Officer at DesignDATA
thomastech is a great business partner. They have supplied several HP 3PAR systems for our data center at a reasonable cost along with support and maintenance after the initial sale. We will continue to look to thomastech for our storage needs.
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