Oracle Licensing & Audits – Getting Through The Ugly to Get to the Good

In blaring red font – a $1 million dollar invoice from Oracle. Maybe you’ve been in a similar situation yourself, or maybe you have a little anxiety knowing you’re not as up to date on managing your Oracle licensing agreement as you’d like to be. You’re not alone. We’ve had a few customers in this situation.

In the world of IT, auditing activity is expected to increase year over year. To provide some advice on better managing your Oracle licensing, we reached out to Eric Guyer, Managing Partner at Rational IT Consulting and former Oracle Architect. Eric is a consultant who works closely with Softchoice on our Oracle TechCheck Assessments. Here are the key take-aways from of our interview:

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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…]