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New member update
The following companies are new ASCDI members, voted in at the Miami Conference:
SMS Systems Maintenance Services, Inc.
For over 25 years SMS has provided business critical maintenance services to users of HP/Compaq/DEC, Sun, Dell and IBM RS series equipment. Nationwide support is provided via our twenty-three facilities manned with SMS employed engineers, not subcontractors. We employ an industry unique "Hot Spares" support strategy to ensure maximum customer uptime. SMS services over 900 clients and is looking to partner with ASCDI members for spares provisioning, service and installation work.
Joseph S. Scordino
p - 404-321-5801
Network IT Inc.
Network IT Inc. was established in 2001 to provide the highest quality used and refurbished networking equipment to end users, resellers, brokers and service and repair companies worldwide. We pride ourselves in providing quality tested products on time with a 90 day warranty. We are members of the Better Business Bureau and follow the highest principles of business ethics. We have our head office in Toronto Ontario Canada as well as an office in Montreal. Most of the products we sell are Cisco but we have sold Extreme, 3Com, Nortel and Foundry in the past. We look to expand our product line to include Servers and Storage in the near future. You can visit us at www.netnit.com for additional information.
infinit Technology Solutions
Established in December 2005 by Phil Taurisano and Anthony Cerrone, infinit specializes in the strategic supply of telecom/network/server hardware, training, services and financing. Staffed with industry leaders in sales, network engineering and warehousing, infinit creates seamless hardware, training, service and finance solutions, allowing customers to remain current with new technology while maximizing their budgets. infinit’s product disciplines include new and authorized used Avaya, Harris, Cisco, Nortel, 3Com, IBM, HP and Juniper. Value adds include financing and CISCO Authorized Training.
infinit Technology Solutions
Ph: (877)-825-8340 x229
proclaims ‘ASCDI End User Bill of Rights’
Jeff Klein, an ASCDI Director, presented the ASCDI ‘End-User Bill of Rights’ at the annual Equipment Management Conference held in Tampa, FL. Klein’s message was targeted at helping industry professionals understand how OEM policies can potentially undermine the value of well maintained technology assets. Klein’s address was also the first speech made by an ASCDI leader in front of another industry group as part of a larger effort to garner support for ASCDI’s vision of improved rights for enterprise technology owners. The ASCDI adopted the End-User Bill of Rights in September 2004.
Klein is President of KCI, Inc. a company specializing in leasing, selling and maintaining used mainframe and peripheral equipment.
ASCDI European Conference
We hope you are planning to attend the ASCDI European
Conference in Budapest on 8 - 10 June 2006. We have a great agenda in
place, with informative sessions and fun events! The Conference hotel is the
Corinthia Grand Hotel Royal - a five star hotel in the centre of Budapest. If
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3Com and IBM announced a partnership to port 3Com's IP telephony server onto IBM's System i server platform, the re-branded, multiplatform version of the old AS/400 series. The System i IP Telephony Suite will enable IT to reduce the cost and complexity of mid-market offices by deploying a single server housing all of their core applications -- ERP and CRM, Websphere, DB-2 and now their IP telephony server, 3Com's VCX. Up to 2,000 users will be supported on a single System i5 520 or 550. While the IBM System i IP Telephony solution may be the first server to integrate an IP PBX, it's hardly the first integrated device. Cisco claims to have shipped 750,00 of its Integrated Service Routers (ISRs) that combine switching, routing, network security. So successful has Cisco been with the ISR, that Adtran has since released its own ISR-killer. The NetVanta 7100 IP PBX was introduced at the VoiceCon show and includes a router, Ethernet switch, firewall, VPN, CSU/DSU and an IP PBX. However, the IBM and 3Com deal will be unique in that they target the regional office, not the small branch. What's more, by running on i5/0S the VCX will inherit the availability and scalability features inherent in the platform. Since 3Com's VCX is pure SIP, IBM intends to use VCX as a platform for integrating convergence capabilities into other applications.
Maturing digital camera market expected to show growth in new worldwide regions
According to a new study from InfoTrends, the worldwide digital camera market continues to demonstrate a strong year-over-year unit growth rate. 2006 sales are expected to reach nearly 89 million units, representing a 15% increase over 2005. Even though worldwide unit and revenue figures are on the rise, shipments are expected to peak soon in North America and Western Europe. Growth in the Asia-Pacific region, Eastern Europe, and Latin America will offset these declines and continue to drive growth through 2010. In fact, the Asia-Pacific region is expected to become the leading region for digital cameras by the end of the forecast period. The maturation of the Japanese, North American, and Western European digital camera markets will likely set off a chain reaction of other trends, such as an industry vendor shakeout, an increased number of repeat buyers and the practice of designing and marketing digital cameras for late adopters. Lower camera profit margins will prompt many digital camera vendors to seek monetary opportunities after the point of capture, sparking additional interest in viewing, editing, sharing, preservation and printing.
IBM takes collaboration
on iSeries education to deepest level yet
HP and industry experts partner to reduce warranty costs for manufacturers
HP introduced an initiative designed to help reduce warranty costs by streamlining the entire warranty chain management process for discrete manufac-turers, those that produce distinct items such as automobiles, appliances or computers. Using its own experience as a guide, HP leveraged the warranty chain management expertise of four solution providers -- Microsoft, PolyVista, iTAC Software and 4CS -- to deliver a "closed loop" solution that spans manufacturing and parts traceability to warranty claims and customer satisfaction. The solution identifies early product reliability issues and provides information to manufacturing divisions to correct the problem. That information is then passed to design and engineering divisions to help correct the problem in future products. Finally, the information flows to vendors and suppliers to help improve long-term product reliability. From 2001 to 2003, HP saved hundreds of millions of dollars in warranty costs by streamlining its warranty chain; it also reduced the time it takes to detect problems in many product areas from 120 days to 24 hours.
PHP extended to IBM midrange line
Extending Web enablement to IBM's midrange systems, Zend Technologies and IBM are porting PHP (Hypertext Preprocessor) development offerings to IBM System i computers, formerly known as the iSeries and, prior to that, as the AS/400 line. Development products featured as part of an agreement between IBM and Zend include Zend Core for the i5/OS, which will be Zend's PHP implementation for System i; Zend Studio for i5/OS development tools; and Zend Platform for i5/OS, which features tools for operating Web sites. The goal of the effort is to enable development of Web applications for deployment on System i computers. PHP is a widely used scripting language for Web applica-tions. The Zend Core and Studio products are available now in an early release, with the general release set for June. An early release of the System i implementation of Zend Platform is due soon, with the general release product set to ship in the second half of 2006.
expands reach of iSeries Innovation program
Datalogic becomes Intermec RFID Rapid Start participant
Intermec system provides secure ID credentialing
Intermec Inc. of Everett, Wash. and Intelli-Check Inc. of Woodbury, New York have created one of the first identification and verification systems that meets the credentialing requirements of Federal Information Processing Standards 201 (FIPS 201), which requires identity verification of Federal employees and contractors. By June 27, 2006, all those affected by Federal credentialing require-ments must comply with the ID verification process. Additionally, by January 2008, the U.S. Government has mandated that all first responders to national emergencies, such as the National Guard, military and medical personnel, carry common identification cards encoded with vital information such as the carrier's certifications and security clearances. Intelli-Check software, combined with the Intermec 700, can read and verify the carrier identity of these and many other types of ID cards. Intelli-Check's patented soft-ware, used with Intermec 700 mobile computers, allows immediate, on-the-spot personnel identifi-cation across jurisdictional boundaries. The Intermec 700 rugged mobile verification handheld can read magnetic stripe, bar code and smart card technologies within one device. This allows responders to read and verify the data encoded on U.S. and Canadian driver licenses, state and provincial non-driver IDs and military IDs.
Intermec Inc. announced a positive resolution to a patent dispute with HP regarding patents owned by Intermec. Intermec's patents involve its smart battery management technology in which a portable computer incorporates a rechargeable battery that uses a processor chip to communicate data to the portable computer so that the computer can monitor and regulate battery use. Intermec Inc. develops, manufactures and integrates technologies that identify, track and manage supply chain assets.
Wanted: iSeries experts
Glenn Bandoly, IT manager at Atlanta-based PBD Worldwide Fulfillment Services, has been looking to fill an iSeries position for about four months now. The company manages inventory fulfillment for companies -- dealing with front-end Web storefronts to warehousing and accounting. Bandoly is looking for a fairly common skill set -- someone with experience on the AS/400 and a background in J.D. Edwards software. But he has run into problems. "We don't see the resumes we want to see, and the kinds of folks we want to see are all represented by a recruiter," Bandoly said. "The [cost] of the recruiter affects the hiring decision tremendously for a small company." A lot of people that Bandoly does know in AS/400 positions are happy on the job.
Search400.com has been reporting on the iSeries job market over the last few weeks and has found a disconnect between hiring managers and iSeries pros. There also seems to be a lack of entry-level iSeries workers -- but an overabundance of displaced mid-career professionals. But most indicators point to the economy ramping up and the job market improving. Bandoly attended a recent meeting of the Atlanta Software Process Improvement Network SPIN group, and at the end of the meeting when representatives from hiring companies stood up to mention open positions, he said companies were all looking for full-time employees. "If the economy was flat, they would have been looking for contract positions," Bandoly said.
GST, Inc. selects Bull
Escala for Unix server solutions
MGE offers easy UPS network connectivity
In its ongoing effort to provide customers with unsurpassed power protection solutions, MGE UPS SYSTEMS announced its new Network Management Proxy (NMP) plug-and-play software agent that allows any of its Uninterruptible Power Supplies (UPSs) to be interfaced with an Ethernet Network at no extra cost. The NMP is an economical solution for small UPS systems as it allows a UPS to be controlled over an existing network without adding a network management card and associated cost to the UPS. With the proxy software agent installed on a PC or server system that is connected to any MGE UPS via a USB or RS232 port, users can monitor and manage the UPS remotely using a standard browser or a network management console. The NMP agent provides both XML and Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP) protocols and can be operated in standard secure mode or in SSL secure mode (Secure Socket Layer).
Stonesoft introduces internal firewall/VPN solution for IBM eServer zSeries mainframes
Stonesoft Corp., an innovative provider of integrated network security and business continuity solutions, announced the availability of its StoneGate firewall and VPN with active-active cluster functionality for the IBM eServer zSeries. This new release extends Stonesoft's award-winning firewall load-balancing technology to StoneGate for zSeries mainframes by offering the industry's first fully clustered internal enterprise firewall and VPN solution with load-balancing capabilities. This latest enhancement of StoneGate for zSeries was developed in response to the demand in the marketplace for active-active firewall clustering and transparent connection fail over in these environments. StoneGate for zSeries fully utilizes z/VM 5.1 layer 2 functionality in order to provide active-active clustering. With StoneGate for zSeries, cluster nodes can even reside in separate mainframes and traffic can be load-balanced between them. This is useful when building hot disaster recovery sites. Additionally, this feature is of particular importance to companies that require always-on services and for whom disruptions in connectivity are not an option.
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Mycom Group and SkyView Partners, Inc. provide security software and services to iSeries customers
Mycom Group, Inc., a software sales and professional technology services company whose stock is traded on the over the counter market, announced the formation of a business partner alliance with SkyView Partners, Inc., the leading provider of OS/400 & i5/OS security assessment and compliance software & services for the IBM iSeries. Mycom will market SkyView's Risk Assessor and Policy Minder security assessment and compliance software to IBM iSeries customers throughout North America. Mycom's Chairman, CEO Rob Bransom stated, "We are pleased to move into this new technology market. With Risk Assessor we give our customers a product to allow them to see how their system stacks up versus security best practices. With SkyView's new Policy Minder our customers can manage and fix their security configuration automatically without spending hours on that task."
Wi-Fi driving location tracking applications
Wi-Fi is increasingly being utilized in location tracking applications, and Wi-Fi asset tags are expected to reach almost 2 million shipments in 2010, reports In-Stat. The Wi-Fi location tracking market is still nascent, and many highly changeable factors will decide how fast it grows over the next few years, the high-tech market research firm says. Wi-Fi tags are utilized in Wi-Fi Real-Time Location Systems (RTLS) that utilize Wi-Fi access points (APs) to locate devices with external Wi-Fi tags or devices with embedded Wi-Fi. The research, "Wi-Fi Finds Itself in the Real Time Location Systems Market,” covers the emerging trend of utilizing Wi-Fi within RTLS, where RTLS is a superset of the Active RFID market. It includes conservative and aggressive forecasts for Wi-Fi tag unit shipments and revenues, as well as for Wi-Fi enterprise access points, through 2010. It also includes extensive analysis of the technology and profiles of vendors.