Posts Tagged ‘cloud’

Hamilton Rentals are now part of Bell Integration

April 4, 2017
Hamilton Rentals are now part of Bell Integration

Hamilton Rentals are now part of Bell Integration

Founded in 1972, Hamilton Rentals have long been recognised in the industry as a leading provider of short term IT & AV rental services and is a partner of choice of leading vendors including IBM, Lenovo, HP, Samsung and Oracle. Hamilton Rentals give customers quick and efficient access to a number of flexible solutions, and work with a range of suppliers to find the products customers need, from the latest datacentre servers and storage, PC’s and laptops, to audio visual equipment for full event solutions.

Founded in 1996, Bell Integration is a fast growing IT services and consulting company at the forefront of helping companies drive costs from their operations and improve their ability to engage with customers.

Bell’s acquisition of Hamilton’s completed in mid-February and both companies are of the shared belief that combining forces will enable further growth.

Our Customers, Partners and Suppliers will see no immediate change in the way our business is transacted; the acquisition means we will be able to offer a much wider variety of services and solutions to better support business needs from a single trusted supplier.

Services and solutions will include:

  • IT Rental – Servers, storage, laptops, desktops, tablets & mobile devices, networking
  • AV Rental – Professional displays & TV’s including: Smart, 3D, 4K, Curved & touch, video Walls, Projectors, voting solutions, kiosks, and interactive white boards
  • Vendor evaluation programmes
  • Full event management
  • Ex-rental & refurbished web shop
  • Outright purchase
  • Managed services
  • Workload migration
  • Dynamic workload placement – vClarus
  • Workplace Optimisation
  • Cloud Services
  • Asset disposal & recycling

For more information on the acquisition or to hear more about the services and solutions, please contact us: info@hamilton.co.uk or call us on 01344 456600

Server Rental News: Get your Head out of the Cloud and Prepare for Outages

June 28, 2011

While cloud migration continues to grow and companies turn to virtualisation as a convenient, or perhaps a cost-effective storage method, we are reminded of the risks that come with cloud outages as they are often very public, and embarrassing.

JR Raphael from InfoWorld listed 10 of the worst cloud outages that you’ll likely remember as a frustrated user, or as someone who’s keeping up with industry news.  What we can learn from these outages, reminds Raphael, is that that the cloud isn’t always the “end all, be all” data storage solution but rather a “mixed bag” of sorts.

“What you gain in avoiding upkeep, you lose in control.  And the security concerns are considerable.  But nowhere is the nightmare as vivid as it is when your cloud service goes down,” he wrote.

In short, the top five of Raphael’s list of worst cloud outages are the following (to the full list in more detail, check out his article):

AMAZON
The most notable, recent event at the top of the list occurred when Amazon’s Northern Virginia data center suffered a glitch during a network upgrade. Chaos ensued for businesses that had signed up for the company’s new cloud services and were unprepared for such a mishap.

SIDEKICK
In 2009, Sidekick (owned by Microsoft) suffered a week-long service outage that left users without access to email and other personal data stored on their phones, after which the company completely lost the cloud-stored data forever.

GMAIL
When Gmail suffered its outage, 150,000 users were left with no email, folders, or any of the settings on their personal accounts.  It took some users up to four days to recover their lost files.

HOTMAIL
While on email service providers, let’s not forget Hotmail who at the end of 2010, mistakenly deleted 17,000 of its users’ accounts when running a script meant to target those faux or “dummy” accounts.

INTUIT
Intuit suffered not just one, but two back-to-back outages, infuriating its users in an over 36-hour span.  When the first outage occurred, affecting platforms like TurboTax, Quicken and QuickBooks, the primary and the backup systems were completely shut down or “off the grid.”  The second outage followed only a few weeks later.

To summarize, here’s a few clichés based on the advice of industry experts everywhere: don’t put all of your eggs in one basket.  Get your head out of the clouds. Be prepared and have a backup ready—assume the system is going to fail.

At Hamilton Rentals, we have a huge selection of storage options available that you can peruse on our server rental page.  Contact us for more information.