July 12, 2009

Upcoming Meeting Notice

The Association of Service and Computer Dealers International (ASCDI) is a 30 year old, worldwide non-profit organization made up of companies who provide technology solutions, technical support or value added services to the business community.

Members and non-members are invited to learn how to grow your business, find new business opportunities, hear from industry representatives and enjoy some fabulous networking events at our conferences:

FALL CONFERENCE: October 7 - 9, 2009
New York City

Click here for more information on ALL ASCDI MEETINGS, to view the agendas, lodging details, attendee lists and to REGISTER AT THE EARLY BIRD RATE.

ASCDI Inside
Meet the new members
Book review


ASCDI Inside

ASCDI elects new members
The following companies were voted in as new Members to the ASCDI in June 2009:

AK7-IT A/S  -  Knud Andreasen  -  Denmark
Delta Computer Group  -  John Kamen  -  USA
DMS (Discount Micro Sales) - Faisal Ismail - USA
GigabitsDirect.com -  Eric Litvin  -  USA
ISC Group LLC  - Steven Bucher – USA
McCollisters Transportation  -  Stan Aikman  -  USA
Masterworks Int’l  -  Alan Wheatley  - USA
Memory4Less – Faisal Ismail – USA
MicroMark Computers LLC – Robert Schoenlank – USA
Online Data Solutions Inc. – Jonathan Gifford – USA
Park Place Int’l – Ed Kenty – USA
ServicesRevenue – Sid Saleh – USA
Sotel Inc. – Jim Goebel – USA
TKO Electronics – Peter Kleinick – USA
UbiStor, Inc. – Dan Hill – USA
Unix Surplus – John Bodo – USA
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Meet the new members

Online Data Solutions, Inc.
Your #1 resource for Brocade, EMC, McData, Finisar, NetApp, QLogic, HP/CPQ, IBM and more. Specializing in lease return and upgraded product, we have the unique ability to offer quality equipment with a solid warranty at an impressively low cost. Established in 1996, ODS sought out a superior way to handle IT equipment. Owner Jonathan Gifford integrated his vision for personal and reliable transactions in order to gain long-standing business relationships. As our customer, you can find confidence in dealing with our experienced sales representatives who take pride in getting you the product you need at the best price possible, every time you call. ODS also offers component level board repair.
Visit www.odscorp.com.

Discount Micro Sales (DMS)
Discount Micro Sales (DMS) was established in 1986 by its current president and owner Faisal Ismail, initially with a specialty in computer memory upgrades. Today DMS has matured into an e-commerce center that supports a large and diverse computer hardware products database, including computer memory, hard drives, CPUs and other products and accessories for all major brands of servers, desktops, notebooks, laptops and routers. We have completed hundreds of thousands of successful upgrade-product sales in a wide range of industries such as healthcare, education, legal, financial services, manufacturing, defense, government and communications. To accomplish this, DMS maintains a vast supportive database. Until now, DMS has been viewed as the best kept secret in the industry.  The company has continued to grow substantially each year.
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Book review

Fiber Optic Systems for TelecommunicationsFiber-Optic Systems for Telecommunications
Reviewed by William A. Flanagan

Densely written, this volume evenly balances the theory with the practice. The first half gets deep into the technical details, from the physical construction of fibers and couplers to the light signaling formats and data frames that carry information. The second half looks at the practical aspects, with a thorough chapter on computing the power budget and optimal input power for an optical link.

Here you can find the features and functions of the different lasers, filters, couplers and amplifiers that carry light pulses over land and under sea. Freeman gets down to the way the light encodes 1's and 0's. Nice summaries explain the impairments that affect FO links, from connector loss to non-linear optical effects caused by high power density. SONET, still a workhorse of telecom transmission systems, gets a complete review, including the formats of containers, multiplexing, signaling channels and other header content. Past the midpoint, Freeman shifts to the practice of optical networking. Separate chapters focus on power budgets, planning and installation, availability, fiber selection and optical switching systems.

In the back there's a good list of acronyms and a long (22 pages) index.

Author: Roger L. Freeman
Hardbound: 390 + xviii pages
Publisher: Wiley-Interscience (2002)
ISBN: 0-471-41477-8
List Price: $127.50
Amazon Link: http://www.amazon.com/
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IBM offers financing for servers bundled with VMware vSphere 4
IBM is offering special financing for its System x family of servers that are bundled with VMware's vSphere 4 virtualization platform in a move that aims to make it easier for businesses to bring virtualization into their data centers. The financing plan, which essentially trades hefty up-front costs for more manageable monthly payments and can be used on purchases as small as $5,000, covers IBM's entire line of x86 systems, including rack and tower models as well as BladeCenter blade systems. It also includes the System x3950, which VMware used as its reference platform while developing vSphere 4's scalability capabilities. The goal of the financing package, which was announced June 30 and will run for the rest of 2009, is to offer businesses a way of adopting virtualization technology during these recessionary times, when money is tight, according to Alex Yost, vice president of IBM's Systems and Technology Group. IBM is planning to extend the financing plan to its iDataPlex servers later in 2009.
Visit www.ibm.com.
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HP expands server offerings to help telecoms reduce costs in telephony and IT networks
HP expanded its telecom hardware portfolio with powerful, carrier-grade versions of the company’s most advanced enterprise servers and storage products. The new offerings provide telecom companies the reliability set by NEBS requirements, as well as the lower cost and flexibility of industry-standard products. Targeted at service providers and network equipment suppliers, the products include the HP BladeSystem Carrier-Grade (CG) platform, the HP ProLiant carrier-grade rack-mount server and the HP carrier-grade storage array. The new products can be deployed in both telephony and IT networks, enabling customers to operate more efficiently as the two environments converge. The two HP carrier-grade platforms support a variety of operating environments, including Windows, Linux, HP-UX, OpenVMS and Solaris from Sun Microsystems. By joint agreement, HP will distribute and provide full software support for Sun Solaris 10 on HP ProLiant and HP BladeSystem platforms.
Visit www.hp.com.
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IBM issues Corporate Responsibility Report
IBM issued its Corporate Responsibility Report, detailing the company's social performance results and strategies in the areas of governance, supply chain, environment, community engagements, employment policies and practices, and public policy. The 40-page report features IBM's Corporate Service Corps on its cover, a program IBM characterizes as a corporate version of the Peace Corps, to develop a next wave of IBM leaders while addressing critical societal challenges in emerging markets in innovative ways. The report demonstrates how fully integrating business and social strategies can make significant and lasting impacts in communities. Another program described is IBM's work in the Sichuan province in China, the area stricken by a powerful earthquake last year where teams of IBMers engaged in the relief and recovery effort using their technology skills.
Visit www.ibm.com/responsibility/.
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Research and Markets reports on emerging enterprise applications vendors
Research and Markets has announced the addition of the "Emerging Enterprise Applications Vendors: Target Markets, Growth Strategies and SWOT Analyses" report to their offering. The report analyses the changing market dynamics of the enterprise applications market and the role emergent players will have in its ongoing development. It assesses the positioning, strengths and weaknesses and growth strategies of the strongest emerging players and provides a detailed overview of more than 10 smaller vendors. The report looks at how emerging players will change the competitive landscape of the enterprise applications market and where the focus of emergent vendor activity will be strongest.
Visit http://www.researchandmarkets.com/

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Emerson Network Power introduces Liebert XD Smart Modules
Emerson Network Power has enhanced its Liebert XD family of high heat density cooling solutions with the addition of Liebert XD Smart Modules – cooling modules upgraded with integrated control boards to enable higher efficiency performance. Liebert XD Smart Modules reduce energy consumption by controlling cooling fans based on the cooling load at each individual module. The Smart Modules are supported by the Liebert XDP pumping unit, which has been upgraded with the Liebert iCOM control system to improve system monitoring and control. Liebert XD Smart Modules are available on Liebert XDV rack-mount, Liebert XDH in-the-row, and Liebert XDO ceiling-mount cooling modules. These cooling modules use pumped refrigerant, which is ideal for use around electronic equipment. They work together to provide high heat density cooling at the source of the heat, and work well in hot aisle/cold aisle configurations with room-based precision cooling. With the addition of Liebert XD Smart Modules, the system achieves greater energy efficiencies through optimized cooling fan operation of multi-fan modules.
Visit www.liebert.com.
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Sun Microsystems unveils VirtualBox 3.0
Sun Microsystems, Inc. announced a significant new version of Sun VirtualBox, its high performance, cross-platform virtualization software. VirtualBox 3.0 is capable of creating and running multi-processor virtual machines that can handle heavyweight server-class workloads, and also delivers enhanced graphics support for desktop-class workloads, reinforcing VirtualBox's position as one of the world's most popular virtualization platforms. Many multi-threaded server-based workloads, such as database and Web applications, can benefit from Symmetric Multiple Processing (SMP) systems, which contain multiple CPUs. VirtualBox 3.0 can now support virtual SMP systems with up to 32 virtual CPUs (vCPUs) in a single virtual machine. With this major enhancement, VirtualBox software can be used to run not only desktop workloads on client or server systems, but also demanding server workloads.
Visit http://www.sun.com/software/products/virtualbox/get.jsp.

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ASCDI At Your Service


IBM's Third Party Practices & Sales team provides exclusive support for leasing companies, brokers, dealers, refurbishers and maintainers in the US.
Contact the Third Party Support Center (TPSC) in Toronto for normal order processing requests. Their number is 866-432-8274, or e-fax to 845-463-5014 (Attn: Erick Prat Ramos). For email, [email protected].
Requests for IBM service (except break/fix maintenance) and configuration reports must be directed to the Technical Support Management Office (TSMO) in Poughkeepsie, NY. Their number is 800-426-4955, option 1, or you may fax your request to 845-433-4664, or e-mail to [email protected].
Requests for break/fix IBM Maintenance Service can be made by contacting IBM at 888-426-4343, or [email protected].  If sending an email request, please include your IBM customer number (or customer name and address), customer contact name, phone number, machine type/model, and serial number.


Incent your IBM System i customers to talk to you this month. Help them get a valuable NGS query tool without paying a license fee. We’ll handle the software delivery and support. You’ll be a hero. Let us create a custom promotion for your company. (800) 824-1220 ext 254

Contact:  Bill Langston
Ph: 916 920-2200 ext 254
[email protected]


MVSS is a Third Party Maintenance service provider and owns MVSS Brokerage. MVSS specializes in UNIX and provides maintenance for Intel and storage equipment. We sell indirectly through channel partners exclusively and provide the necessary resources to win business. MVSS is offering ASCDI members access to Gold Pricing - for highly competitive maintenance pricing, call us today!

Undertaking maintenance agreements across the globe in Australia, NZ, Japan, Hong Kong, Europe and Middle East.

Contact:  Mal Fraser Clay
Ph: +61-2-9428-8777
[email protected]

Court Square Leasing Corporation

For over 10 years, Court Square Leasing has dedicated itself to providing superior service, products and expertise in the commercial leasing arena. Make Court Square your partner by calling: (888) 477-8273.

DecisionOne - www.decisionone.com

DecisionOne announces ASCDI program launch
DecisionOne provides cost effective, local, reliable technology support services including remote, onsite and logistics services. We offer break/fix services nationwide for Sun, IBM, and HP used and refurbished equipment. Call now for pricing and check out our new website at www.decisionone.com.
Contact: Susan Warnke
Phone: 612-253-4218
[email protected]


Trident is a third party cross platform hardware maintenance provider for Sun, HP and Dell.  Trident services new and used equipment and can help equipment resellers and vendors increase their footprint with customers.  “End of Life” is a specialty. 
Contact:  Steve Studley
Phone:  202-558-5527
[email protected]



Bulletproof your support and expand your maintenance budget. Independent Multi-vendor Enterprise Support from Olympic Support offers big discounts on manufacturers listed support costs and provides better coverage and fix times compared to vendor & OEM packages. Find out how you can profit from our success.
Contact: Roger Taylor
[email protected]


Reduce Your Data Center Support Costs 25% – 40%
Akibia is a 20-year old global provider of multivendor systems maintenance services, including support for Sun, HP and Dell systems. Our customized SLAs and unique approach results in 25-40 percent cost savings compared to other maintenance providers.
Call 1-866-4-AKIBIA x 4907 for more information.

Micro Memory Bank offers on-line division
MemoryStore.com now offers consumers even more choices. Memory upgrades for Dell, IBM, Apple, DEC, HP, Sun and hundreds of others are all available for purchase online or by calling 877-ADD-RAM9.

What separates MemoryStore.com from the competition is the Memory Wizard tool; a proprietary feature that enables the site visitor to find their exact memory type with the click of a button.

Contact: Bob Kanoff
Phone: 215-643-6020



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