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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

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Rental vs Purchase: What’s the deal?

October 17, 2016

There are a number of reasons why rental is ideal over purchase:

  • When IT or AV equipment is needed for a short term projects like training, migration, testing or a sudden peak in workload and you just can’t justify purchasing.
  •  With the speed technology progresses you can often find yourself in the position of buying a brand new top spec piece of equipment only to find within a few months something newer, faster, slicker and just better has been released and your once top of the range unit is fast becoming out of date.
  • Sourcing new IT or AV equipment can be a lengthy process and you can see yourself working to tight budgets which may mean you need to compromise on spec and power and occasionally sacrifice large chunks of your budget on hardware support and the possibility that the chosen solution is just not quite right for the job in hand – all to be repeated when the hardware goes end of life, leaving you back at the start of the project.

What are the advantages of IT Rental?

Availability: A vast range of fleet items means you can have access quickly and efficiently to a number of solutions, and just sometimes only an older end of life piece of equipment can do the job – we work with a wide range of suppliers to find the products you need. Which helps companies maintain their competitive advantage.

Flexibility: Flexible rental contracts put you in control and ensures you have the equipment you need when and where you need it and allows you to return the equipment early, extend the hire or even purchase the solution. All whilst safe in the knowledge that you can expand or reduce the solution to fit within your project constraints.

Upgrade / Refresh: A new and higher spec model has just been released but your budget just won’t stretch – rental gives you the option to upgrade or refresh part way through your contract

Support: Hamilton Rentals team of qualified engineers test and configure the equipment prior to shipping and provide support for the duration of the rental and are on hand to help with any hardware queries or issues.

Avoid Budget constraints: Capital may not always be available to buy the equipment you need. Unlike purchase, rental can be Operating Expenditure with flexible payment terms.

Why might you consider renting?

Customers use AV and IT hire for a huge variety of reasons including:

  • Evaluations, benchmarking & testing
  • Try before you buy
  • Short Term Projects
  • Software development & testing
  • Server consolidation & migration
  • Exhibitions or trade shows
  • Festivals
  • Sporting events
  • Government elections
  • Product launches
  • Presentations
  • Using OPEX not CAPEX – Conserves cash flow
  • Relocations, data Moves & site Moves,
  • Swing Kit
  • Extra capacity for peak workloads
  • Training courses
  • Seminars and Conferences
  • Resilience (During Maintenance/ upgrades)
  • Solutions to long delivery lead-times
  • To avoid adverse weather conditions
  • For film premiers
  • For AGMs
  • To save on fuel costs avoid driving to meetings
  • Reduce pollution and meet to ISO14001 accreditation
  • Disaster recovery, disease, theft, fire & flood
  • Opportunity to rent and then buy (Try before you Buy)
  • For Support which is included as standard
  • To source hard to find or end of life products

If you are sure that purchase is the best option for you, we can still help you through a variety of ways:

Rent To Own: Our rent to own programme mixes rental and purchase to allow you to spread the cost of IT projects over a fixed period of time. You simply rent the equipment and software for 3 or 6 months (typically) and on payment of the final rental invoice title of ownership transfers to you. More info on the programme and the benefits are available on our website: http://www.hamilton.co.uk/services.cfm?p=1200

Try Before You Buy: Hamilton Rentals will take the risk that your solution is going to be right for you. We will supply a brand new system to the agreed specification, on a pre-agreed rental contract of up to 3 months. If you decide to buy the system, we will count your rental premiums as part payment and will simply invoice for the balance of the purchase price. If you decide not to buy the system, then you can return it at the end of the agreed rental term, and you will have nothing extra to pay. More info on the programme and the benefits are available on our website: http://www.hamilton.co.uk/services.cfm?p=500

Proof of Concept: Try it, run your application in a live environment within your infrastructure, with your users and with your workloads. Tuning and incrementing can be carried out without disruption to your other projects. If the concept works, you can purchase a system with confidence – if it doesn’t, you can simply return it and end the rental contract. You can even buy the equipment you are renting, it’s already in-situ, you know it does the job, it is fully supported and a cost effective option. We can even provide the skills to help you with your proof of concept using our industry accredited engineers and consultants experienced in the technology you require.  More info on the programme and the benefits are available on our website: http://www.hamilton.co.uk/services.cfm?p=300

Ex-Rental Sales: Hamilton Rentals supply an excellent selection of new, refurbished and used IT & AV equipment and buying from us gives you peace of mind that you’re buying from experts: we are the loan pool and rental partner to many major Vendors in the UK and have a wide variety of UK sourced ex-demo products in stock. Add to this, fast next day delivery, additional installation and support packages to enhance the service, full testing & refurbishment process on all items to ensure reliability prior to delivery, transfer of the remainder of the manufacturer’s warranty and a 30 day warranty from us. More info on the Ex-Rental Sales service and products available can be found on our website: http://www.hamilton.co.uk/sales.cfm

Laptop Rental News: HP Next in Line to Compete with MacBook Air

July 14, 2011

Of all of Apple’s products, the one laptop generating the most rumors  spawn from the MacBook Air.  The slim, highly functional laptop has few others that can really compare—but other manufacturers are trying to jump on board.

The most recent challenger to the MacBook Air will allegedly come from HP’s latest “UltraBook” – hinted to be coming soon from HP’s chief executive, Leo Apotheker at last month’s D9 conference.

The term “UltraBook” refers to thin laptops like the MacBook Air, and was coined by Intel, who describes it as a laptop with tablet-like features in a thin, light and elegant design.

An UltraBook will only get as thick as 20 mm—with most designs even slimmer.

Other competing models include the Asus UX21, expected to be released in the fall; and the Samsung Series 9, already available, is largely considered an UltraBook as well.

Other features found in UltraBooks include a solid-state drive, instant-resume, and battery-life extending power management, according to CNET.

The alleged HP laptops will reportedly operate on Intel’s Core i7 Sandy Bridge processor, and will be manufactured by Foxconn Electronics (who made news recently with a factory explosion, and is known as a producer of Apple’s iPad).

If Apple fans can hold tight, they can experience the MacBook Air with Intel’s Sandy Bridge as well as their PC counter parts, as the newest releases are expected to operate on the power-efficient processor.

Has your business considered investing in a fleet of MacBook Air laptops, or do you have a short-term need for the skinny units?  Our laptop rental fleet carries both HP and MacBook models (although if you’re looking for a thin notebook like the Air, you’ll have to stick with Apple for now).  Contact us to learn more.

Leading European Web Host Rolling in HP Proliant Servers

June 17, 2011

One of Europe’s largest Internet hosting service providers has shown some pretty strong brand loyalty to Hewlett-Packard.

HP announced earlier this week that LeaseWeb has deployed 5,700 HP ProLiant servers, adding to its 15,000 already deployed HP Proliant models. The latest additions will live in its data centers in the Netherlands, Germany and Belgium, in addition to its most recent center in the U.S. (Virginia).

The preferred models of the latest deployment were the HP ProLiant DL 120 G6 and the HP Proliant DL180 G6 to “meet its burgeoning global workloads.”

LeaseWeb has made the implementation in hopes of extending its IT environments for hosting, while also improving its customer response time and overall satisfaction levels. HP Proliant servers can deliver high density for a variety of rack deployments and applications with high-capacity and storage optimization at a low cost.

“As our business expands, so does our need to keep pace with user demands, as well as offer new services, while providing a fast, powerful and secure hosting environment,” said Con Zwinkels, managing director, LeaseWeb Netherlands in a press release. “HP ProLiant servers have increased our application performance and enabled faster time to solution to meet our business challenges while delivering improved operational efficiency.”

If your business is preparing to make a storage or server investment for an enterprise database or a move to virtualization, play it safe and contact Hamilton Rentals.  Our server rental fleet carries top brands like HP Proliant, in addition to IBM and Oracle, allowing you to try out your investment before you make the final commitment of a purchase.

HP and Oracle Clash over Intel Itanium

June 16, 2011

Once friends, now foes—Hewlett Packard and Oracle have ended their alliance over a chip dispute.

Yesterday, HP filed a lawsuit with a “formal legal demand” letter to force Oracle (the No. 3 software maker) to reverse its decision to discontinue software development on Intel Itanium microprocessor, according to Reuters.

Referring to the response letter, HP’s chief spokesman Bill Wohl said, “The silence from Oracle is deafening. We are very disappointed it has to come to this.”
Oracle’s only response came through a statement denying allegations that the company breached an agreement to maintain Itanium, calling HP’s lawsuit “utterly malicious and meritless.”

The roots of this latest development came to fruition when Oracle made the decision last March to discontinue its support for Intel’s heavy-duty computing microprocessor, Itanium.  The company said it was moving in a different direction after Intel made it clear the chip was nearing the end of its life and turning its focus to its x86 microprocessor. 

However, HP has deemed this as “anti-customer” behavior.

The companies have had an ongoing partnership for the last 30 years and share about 140,000 customers.  The tension began when Oracle acquired Sun Microsystems to leverage its position in the server market, where the company had formally collaborated with HP.

Preceding the lawsuit, there was some friction when a former HP exec was hired by Oracle, leading to a conflict over trade secrets that also landed in court, but was soon settled. Other drama over hiring-politics had ensued before when a former SAP executive was hired by HP, over which Oracle threw choice words of an alleged “industrial espionage scheme” by the executive while still at SAP.

The latest lawsuit, centered on Intel’s Itanium microprocessor, said, “In a mere eight months, Oracle has gone from arm-in-arm partnership with Hewlett-Packard to bitter antagonist.”

Over those 140,000 customers shared by the two companies, Hamilton Rentals is one of them.  Contact us to learn more about their products in our server rental line.