How the right server can save real $$ on application licensing [IBM]

Are application memory hogs eating up server space and causing licensing costs to go through the roof? If you answered “hell ya!” to that question you aren’t alone.

Until recently, the problem organizations have traditionally run into when virtualizing their data center environment has been the inability to scale server memory high enough to allow high density of virtual machines per server.

Virtualization and database applications are memory hogs. Typically, the user runs out of memory way before running out of processor power, especially with today’s extremely powerful Intel processors. And, to make matters worse, in the past the only way to scale memory to the max has been to fully populate the processor sockets. This has led to low virtual machine density and less than optimal desktop virtualization capability because of memory scalability limitations. It also means extremely high licensing costs for database applications since those costs are based on either processor count or socket count. [Read more…]

Case Study: IBM Power7 [IBM]

The platform of choice for value with the right technology partner.

From reliability and virtualization features inspired by IBM’s unrivaled success in mainframe systems to unique energy savings capabilities—a Power solution can help you get the most from your IT assets so end users are enabled quickly through a cost-effective infrastructure with around-the-clock availability.


Businesses around the world are moving to Power Systems in order to:

  • Maximize return on investment: IBM designs and develops the core technologies in Power Systems and delivers them through a reliable roadmap for both hardware and systems software.
  • Reduce cost and increase flexibility: IBM’s unique 40-year history of virtualization leadership is delivered on Power Systems through PowerVM™ technologies that enable clients to dramatically reduce costs by “virtualizing everything” in the data center.
  • Get consistent and predictable performance: Power Systems delivers high performing processors and system scalability with leadership benchmarks achieved in a virtualized environment.

Softchoice is one of a select few North American organizations to earn IBM’s Dynamic Infrastructure Specialty Accreditation. What does this mean? IBM recognizes us as a top-skilled partner, with cross- brand, solution-oriented skills. Softchoice takes data center and network optimization strategies from concept to reality, helping clients reduce costs, risk and maximize efficiency across their enterprise.

Watch a video case study direct from IBM >> [Read more…]

Going from 1,600 cables to 28 in your Data Center [NetApp]

NetApp & Softchoice helped an Atlanta-based company virtualize

Like many growing companies, a Softchoice customer specializing in printing supplies was relying on a hosted data center to enable efficient operations. But when costs and power usage continued to mount, the company needed to do something different.

The Atlanta-based organization partnered with Softchoice to build a virtualized dynamic data center that would use far less power and space – dramatically reducing their costs.

Softchoice recommended NetApp due to its native support of Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) giving the customer an end-to-end solution that allowed them to: [Read more…]