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Cloud Storage has Advantages, But Offsite Not For Everyone

Technology makes it easier than ever to accumulate data and harder to decide how to preserve it all.  Do-it-yourself storage means investing in hardware and choosing a physical location for it. Farming out the job means trusting a third party to take care of it and make it easily available.

Businesses are turning to cloud computing at a fast rate, but it might not be the top choice for everybody. The cloud basically means relying on someone else’s servers for some combination of data storage, operating systems and applications. Research analyst International Data Corp. measured revenue from public information technology cloud services at $72.9 billion by 2015.

The advantage for small and medium-size businesses is being able to buy the capacity only as needed. With cloud computing, a business like that “can dial up a 20-lane highway of network capacity for its two busiest hours of the day, and scale back to two lanes of capacity for the other 22 hours,” said Steven Ostrowski, spokesman for the Computing Technology industry Association in Downers Grove, Ill. “The pay-as-you-go cloud model eliminates the startup costs associated with purchasing, maintaining and upgrading new IT hardware and software.”

Self-reliance

Not every business as its head in the cloud. If you lose your internet connection, you are dead in the water: Contracts should spell out how much downtime is acceptable, and what happens if the provider exceeds it.

Then there’s the question of moving data back and forth. If the data changes a lot from day to day, it can take a lot of time to update files stored off-site. Robb Moore, CEO of IoSafe Inc. in Auburn, suggest asking a third-party provider whether it will even accept a terabyte.

Depending on the connection, “It could take three to six months to push it up to the cloud, and it would take about the same amount of time to pull it back,” he said.

Let’s go to the Tape

Data storage can still involve old fashion media such as magnetic tape stored on a shelf. Some tapes can hold 500 GB’s, said Rob Rets, vice president of DataSafe. Putting a tape in a warehouse is much cheaper than storing it online, he said. For data that won’t change often and doesn’t need to be reviewed frequently, it might be the most practical storage option.

Data storage still also involves a good amount of old fashioned paper (Remember paper?) “A lot pager storage is for original documents, especially in the legal field,” Reis said. The amount in storage hasn’t changed much in recent years, though customers retrieve it less often now, most likely because they have electronic copies somewhere else, he said.

Data storage should never be a single solution, said IoSafe’s Moore. His company encourages customers to take a 3-2-1 approach: Keep at least three copies of data, on a least two different devices, one of which is either disaster proof or off-site. Moore keeps five copies of his own data.

The idea is that if the primary data storage fails, a company will have at least one backup. And if the backup fails, the company should still have the primary source.

“The one day you forget to take it off site will be the day you have the fire” Moore said. “It’s just Murphy’s Law coming into play.”

This story is brought to you by ACS who can supply all your hardware data center needs. Want a data center in a box? Or just need a deal on Sun/Oracle upgrade. We have solutions ranging from brand new Sun, HP or IBM servers to the latest storage from EMC, Hitachi Data Systems, HP or Dell.  Call Steve Harshbarger at 408-288-7300 and find out if the cloud is the right solution for you.

Asset Conversion Services is a leading computer peripheral suppliers. Asset Conversion Services is offering wide array of Sun Memory like Sun Fire Memory, Sun Enterprise M4000, Sun Enterprise M5000, Sun Blade Memory, Sun Enterprise Memory, Sun SPARC Enterprise Memory, Sun Fire Memory and many more. Asset Conversion Services also buy and sell sun memory, Sun Computers, Sun/Oracle. If you have any question regarding this article you can reach Steve Harshbarger at Asset Conversion Services steve@assetcs.com or call him directly– 408-288-7300

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CCSR – Collaborative Corporate Social Responsibility

http://datastore.rediff.com/h5000-w5000/thumb/524F4A504E56575164575B5C5A53602526365E655A63672A606D6C/set8ald2ki0nqklo.D.0.assetquotes.jpgAsset Conversion Services (ACS) in collaboration with Oracle and HP has joined together so they can bring more value, save time and support their customers in a more meaningful economic and environmentally conscious manner. ACS has invested in turning out high quality fully specs legacy Sun and HP servers that can fill the need for these server by today’s IT data center technicians.  This is a single example of one way that collaboration can fulfill business and social needs, using the data center as a case in point.

In 2007, Fleishman-Hillard and the National Consumers League conducted a survey to examine the American public opinion of corporate social responsibility (CSR).Their results showed that “companies’ charitable and philanthropic giving is no longer enough to impress consumers. Perhaps it is now viewed as a standard expectation that consumers have – a bare minimum requirement – to even be considered as a socially responsible company.”

These days they have to do more than make donations to build a good reputation among consumers, especially in the age of the Internet, where everyone can know everything about any company in an instant.

Therefore, a growing number of companies are developing and publicizing new responsible programs. But, as FastCompany.com said last week, they’re finding it difficult to share their story without disclosing their secrets to their competitors.

“That’s why Nike has partnered with nine organizations, including Yahoo, Best Buy, Creative Commons, IDEO, Mountain Equipment Co-Op, nGenera, Outdoor Industry Association, salesforce.com and 2degrees to form the GreenXchange (GX).”

According to the Web site, the GX “is an innovative revolutionary partnership that brings together companies, people and ideas to create sustainable change that affects us all.

“Transformational change will happen when individuals are willing to share ideas, work together and seek solutions that create more efficient, more profitable and more meaningful business opportunities/models.”

Hmm. Sounds like people working together to develop and implement new ideas that create value. In this case, of course, the valuable results are more sustainable ways of working. With GX, and other similar crowd sourcing sites, like Eco-Patent Commons and Sustainability Consortium, the corporate world is taking collective responsibility for its role in saving the planet, at a time when many of our global heads of state seem less inclined to do so collaboratively.

As Sustainable Strategist for Mohawk Group Lewis Perkins recently said in a Forbes.com interview with my colleague Renee Hopkins of Innosight, “what I’m seeing as the biggest mistake for established companies is trying to reinvent the wheel. Now is a tremendous time for partnerships because budgets are limited, venture capital is limited and executive leadership is focusing more and more on immediate returns.”

According to NYTimes.com, “the program will include both patented technologies and forums for continuing exchange of innovations such as Best Buy’s system for rating the sustainability of a supply chain. Companies that contribute patents to the GX will have the option of charging users a fixed annual licensing fee and can also restrict any licensing by rivals for competitive use. In addition, even if no annual fee is charged, patent users must register so there is a record of who is using what technology.”

TreeHugger.com said these licensing options “might mean that more companies will take part and that, in the end, more green patents will be more wildly used.”

For years entrepreneurs in the United States have been calling for more lenient intellectual property laws. “In some remarkable ways, large enterprises like Walmart, Tesco and others can be as powerful as public officials and regulators in establishing policy and criteria that the supply chain and the rest of the business community needs to meet. Walmart can act a whole lot faster than the EPA, and their edicts and mandates can’t be challenged under provisions for being overbroad or burdensome,” CEO of strategy consulting firm GreenOrder, Andrew Shapiro, said in the Forbes.com interview.

In other words, GX gives patent owners the opportunity to choose whether they want to share their patents with others for the greater good. So the optional licensing fee allows companies to continue to make money of their inventions.

Imagine the possibilities of bringing together the best minds from the best organizations for the purpose of accomplishing common goals.

“Corporations are finally realizing that sustainability is the key to thriving in the coming decades,”FastCompany.com said. “And they will fail or succeed together.”

I look forward to following the results.

This week’s article is brought to you by Asset Conversion Services and the makers of Sun/Oracle Memory and Servers. ACS was first on the scene with the new Sun T4 series servers and memory. This week they are going to be active on two front’s solidification of Sun Memory for the M5000 and M4000 64 GB memory kit and also the complete line of Sun T4 memory, which includes the following:

8GB   (2 slots occupied)
Oracle Sun Product Number: 7101696
(2 x 4GB DIMMs)
DDR3-1333, PC3-10600, Registered, ECC, 1.35V, 240-pin, 2 Ranks

16GB   (2 slots occupied)
Oracle Sun Product Number: 7101697
(2 x 8GB DIMMs)
DDR3-1333, PC3-10600, Registered, ECC, 1.35V, 240-pin, 2 Ranks

32GB   (2 slots occupied)
Oracle Sun Product Number: 7101698
(2 x 16GB DIMMs)
DDR3-1066, PC3-8500, Registered, ECC, 1.35V, 240-pin, 4 Ranks

Contact ACS at www.assetcs.com or call 408-288-7300

Asset Conversion Services is a leading supplier of Sun memory. Asset Conversion Services is offering wide array of Sun Memory like Sun T4 memory, Sun Enterprise M4000, Sun Enterprise M5000, Sun Blade Memory, Sun Enterprise Memory, Sun SPARC Enterprise Memory, Sun Fire Memory and many more. Asset Conversion Services also buy and sell sun memory, Sun Computers, Sun/Oracle. If you have any question regarding this article you can reach Steve Harshbarger at Asset Conversion Services steve@assetcs.com or call him directly– 408-288-7300

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Where does your used Sun equipment come from?

Asset Conversion Services equipment comes from Sun and reaches us via indirect channels. Many manufacturers engage in “dumping” product to meet periodic financial targets, and these products oftentimes find their way onto the open market. In addition, the economic forces and virtualization technologies have caused many businesses to shrink their data center footprint, and if they can’t get a fair price from the OEM, they sell it on the open market, sometimes to us. Some products come off of lease and find their way into the open market as well.
Our global network of companies and contacts, combined with our experienced broker personnel, enable us to provide customers with great prices on Sun hardware and Sun memory. We also have an expansive warehouse for storing equipment, and we can de-manufacture systems for parts and upgrades for customers, and sometimes we assemble them into fully-configured systems.
Sun Workstations are globally known to be the high-end workstations of the industry (especially with the new T4 servers and T4 memory line). We offer new T4 Sun/Oracle servers and the complete T4 Sun memory line. In addition we have used Sun workstations that include warrantees to ensure you of long-term service and peak performance, at unexpectedly low price points. Choose from the popular Sun Ultra, Sun Blades, Sun Ray, Sun Java configurations and the new T4-1, T4-2 and the T4-4. OEM upgrades options and replacement parts are also available, including the M4000 M5000 64 GB memory kit with the memory board expansion riser.
Asset Conversion Service (ACS) system builders assemble custom Sun workstations configurations to meet your specification for UNIX and Linux operation systems. ACS is a fast turn-around company that gives you shipping option designed to get you up and running as soon as possible. We have everything in one place; there is no need to deal with multiple suppliers when you can just let ACS handle all your Sun server and Sun Memory needs.
You get DOA protection on used and refurbished Sun servers and Sun Memory parts. Workstations are hot-tested before packing and carry our standard or extended warranties. New systems include the full manufacturer’s warranty and carful packing and crating insures your Sun, HP, IBM and Dell servers will arrive damage free.
ACS is also proud to announce its “Data Center decommission program”. It’s not uncommon for companies that have been in business for a while to have hundreds of legacy applications that deliver limited value–but still involve significant operational and maintenance costs.

Many of those organizations are now asking some key questions: Why continue to waste money maintaining applications that no longer add value to the business? Why not redirect that money to where it will benefit the organization?

But retiring legacy applications can be tricky. Some are reusable. Some need to be retired. How do you tell which is which? Do you retire all the data or just the data required for business needs and regulatory compliance? How do you preserve the business context of the data? How do you secure it? How do you access it after it’s been retired?

Call ACS for decommission quotes and also quotes for new, used or refurbished Sun equipment, call ACS at 408-288-7200 or email steve@assetcs.com.

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Asset Conversion Services Support of the Cloud

To offer true customer value in the cloud. Asset Conversion
Services hardware offerings to the cloud must be broad, complete, and able to
fully integrate with other environments. For more than 7 years Asset Conversion
Services has provided complete end-to end hardware solutions across the entire
operations lifetime. That includes keeping up with new T4 Sun Memory as well as
HP, Dell and IBM memory to go along with Sun, HP, IBM and Dell, add storage and
networking infrastructure and you have a complete hardware package to draw
upon.

The right cloud hardware solution can offer CFOs in-depth
technical expertise, lower IT cost, faster business returns, and peace of mind.
But how does a CFO choose the right supplier? Executives should look for a vendor
that has spent considerable energy and resources in making its hardware cloud
solutions enterprise-worthy.

More customers are looking to support their businesses as a
whole, including their manufacturing; customer and financial systems are now in
the cloud. They choose Asset Conversion Services because the company’s hardware
cloud offerings are enterprise-ready, scalable, highly reliable, available and
interoperable with the rest of the IT infrastructure.

Expanding
Data

Asset Conversion Services offers big data solutions to its
customers for a reason. According to IDG, humans created 150 exabytes of data
in 2005 and that number grew eight times to 1,200 exabytes by 2010. Researchers
estimate that enterprise data grows nearly 60 percent per year (90 percent of
that being unstructured) and the average amount of data stored per company is
200 terabytes.

Asset Conversion Services has invested large amounts of
money in data and memory research they continue to offer both a large variety
of Sun memory solutions as well as Hybrid data using both hard drives and flash
memory to store data in a more economical and functional package. The reason
they took this on is that four trends are driving the need for more memory and
storage; detailed data more frequently across every customer interaction; the
prevalent use of multimedia; the widespread adaption of social media; and the
rollout of intelligent sensors embedded in physical devices that can sense,
create and communicate data. For instance, a four engine jumbo jet can create
640 terabytes of data in just one crossing of the Atlantic Ocean. If you
multiply that by 25,000-plus flights a day, you get a sense of the amount of
data that is involved in insuring flight safety alone.

Asset Conversion Services is looking at a myriad of storage
hardware solutions that could impact data delivery in their cloud offerings of
the future. One solution would be to deploy the Oracle
Big Data Appliance, which was
outlined in October at OpenWorld
, is an engineered system much like
Exadata, but at a lower price point. How low? The big data appliance will run
$450,000 with 12 percent hardware and software maintenance, which works out to
be $54,000. Analysts had been expecting the Oracle’s big data system to fall in
the $750,000 range. In October, Cowen analyst Peter Goldmacher estimated that
the big data appliance will run about $750,000, significantly less than the $8
million a fully loaded Exadata box would run. More news of this will be coming
in May 2012. For more information about this article email Steve Harshbarger at
steve@assetcs.com or call 408-288-7300.

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Sun Memory Travels to in-hospitable places

Sun Modular Datacenter (Sun MD, known in the prototype phase as Project
Blackbox ) is a portable data center built into a standard 20-foot intermodal
container (shipping container) manufactured and marketed by Sun Microsystems
(which is now owned by Oracle Corporation ). An external chiller and power are
required for the operation of a Sun MD. A data center of up to 280 servers can
be rapidly deployed by shipping the container in a regular way to locations
that might not be suitable for a building or another structure, and connecting
it to the required infrastructure. [1] Sun Microsystems states that the system
can made operational for 1% of the cost of building a traditional data center.
[2]

Asset Conversion Services updates and replaces Sun Blackbox memory
modules upon request. We have service contracts in place for BlackBox memory in
Dubai, Israel, Arizona, Utah, Ireland, UK and Egypt. Sun deploys a combination
of T6320/T6340 Sunblade servers, as well as the MK3, Mk4 and M5000 Sun servers.
These MK4 and M5000 servers use the 8 x 8GB DIMM’s. Since Sun no longer lists
this memory configuration on their website, Asset Conversion Services bought a
good supply of the modules so they could service Sun customers at home and also
in remote regions around the world.

Asset Conversion Services (ACS) has also located and acquired T6320 and
T6340 Sun Blade servers. These servers are not currently in stock at Sun and
ACS is one of the few sources in the world that has stock on these machines.
These servers are quite good at fully utilizing their memory:

• The Sun Blade T6340, which can support two of Sun’s UltraSPARC T2
Plus processors, which offer clock speeds of 1.2GHz or 1.4GHz, eight processing
cores, along with 64 instructional threads with each chip. This blade also
support 32 DIMM (dual in-line memory modules) and up to 256GB of main system
memory.

• The Sun Blade X6240, which supports two quad-core AMD Opteron 2300
processors and can be refitted to support AMD’s 45-nanometer chip called
“Shanghai.” This blade also supports up to 16 DIMM slots and can be outfitted
to support 32GB or 64GB of main system memory

Asset Conversion Services (ACS) started to tackle Sun Memory back in
1987. At that time there was no alternative to paying $5,000 dollars for a 512MB
Sun memory modules. What ACS did was work with local engineers to come up a
third party solution to Sun original memory, so other companies could afford to
have the best computing systems (Sun Microsystems) in the world at that time.
ACS helped level the playing field and soon after companies like Dataram and
Kingston Technologies followed suit.

The first challenge to using Sun third party memory is that Sun Service
people would flag any machines using it as not being in compliance. Some buyers
of Sun third party memory gave in, but a good majority turned to other service
organization as an alternative to combat paying inflated memory prices from
Sun.

Today ACS offers customers a choice between Sun original memory or third
party alternatives. The good news is that Sun/Oracle realizing that they were
not in-line with current memory pricing, have adjusted their prices
accordingly. For more information about Sun Memory contact ACS at 408-288-7300.

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Cloud Computing with Sun/Oracle

One of the main advantages
that the Sun/Oracle cloud computing invironment offers is a integration of
componets from the ground up. This solid approach incorporates standard
components that are easier to deploy and manage, coupled with better perforance
and greater security, reliability, and lower cost of ownershop. Oracle/Sun
propostion have the following advantages from a cleaner stack built from the
ground up.

1.Application

2.Middleware

3.Database

4.Hardware

Sun/Oracles over all Cloud
strategy ensures that cloud computing is fully enterprise grade that supports
both public and priviate cloud computing. On top if this infrastructure
invironment, includes the base model private cloud evolution starting with the Silo approach (Physical, Dedicated,
Static and Heterogenous), the Grid (Virtual,
Shared services, Dynamic, Standardized appliances) Private Cloud (Self-service, Policy based resource management,
Changeback and Capacity planning) and finally Hybrid (Federation with public clouds, Ineroperability and Cloud
bursting). One of the value-ads that Oracle brings is that Oracle offers all of
their applications as a service.

With Sun, Oracle has a
complete suite of storage, processing and networking hardware or a ‘Cloud in a
Box’ when you bring in the very rich and capbably Oracle software
(firmware,operating software, and virtualization optimization). This is a true ‘cloud
in a box’ that no other cloud company can offers today.

Oracle had a distiinct
advantage when they bought Sun. Sun Microsytems had a head start with cloud
computing before Oracle bought them. Sun had bought a company called Q-layer
that allowed them to build a virtual data center, Oracle liked that
collobaortion between Q-layer and Sun and added it direclty to their self
service provsioning portal.

What can cloud computing do
for your business?

With cloud computing, organizations like yours need to understand where and how
technology services can benefit from cloud solutions. You can combine cloud
computing with your traditional IT Infrastructure to create an IT model that is
best for you. You can deliver IT services from a public cloud, private cloud or
a flexible hybrid delivery model as you become an Instant-On Enterprise.

Asset Conversion Services supports
both Sun/Oracle as well as Rackspace cloud offerings. Where Sun/Oracle offers a
more robust and enterprise worthy cloud invironoment, Rackspace offers a wider
range of lower cost hybrid cloud computing.

Obviously each company
looking into going to the cloud has to do their research and to see what is the
best fit for their invirnoment. Asset Conversion Services has relationships
with Sun/Oracle that go back 20 years as well as relationships with companies
like RackSpace, Amazon, Raging Wire, Hosting.com and EWS. If you are going to
move into the cloud and need assistance in making a decision we can help. If it
is a matter of upgrading or selling off your current computing invironment to
move to RackSpace or Sun/Oracle we not only are partners, but we can broker you
a deal that will insure you get your money’s worth. 
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The start of the CLOUD revolution began with Sun Microsystems

Sun Microsystems was one of three
companies that were on the forefront of Cloud technology. Back in 2000 Sun was
using its (a head of its time) technology and infrastructure to create
computing farms. Deni Conor wrote the following article back in 6/9/2000 and in
it he writes:

Server compute farms are making their way into large
manufacturing environments for electronic design automation and to more quickly
process and complete tasks. A server farm accomplishes this by harnessing
computing power from multiple machines and combining that power.

The idea
of teaming the processors of server systems into a single network entity and
extracting the computation resources from them has long been popular in
research and academic institutions. Now it’s gaining favor in commercial
enterprises.

Load-sharing
software is the crux of any compute farm. It tracks demands for processing
power from different machines, prioritizes the tasks, and schedules and
reschedules them. When demand decreases, low priority jobs run; when demand is
high, only the most important tasks run.

Users
submit jobs to the load-sharing software, rather than to individual systems,
and indicate the priority of the job. The software matches the job to the
servers or workstations most capable of handling it and schedules the job for
execution. Server farms are able to run 24 hours a day, 7 days a week,
utilizing processing power that would otherwise sit idle.

Several
vendors are involved in commercial computer farm development. Among them are
Blackstone Technology Group, Compaq and Sun Microsystems. Among the consumer
projects using compute farms is SETI@home, which uses the computation resources
of individuals’ workstations to search for extraterrestrial intelligence.

 

One
compute farm within Sun Microsystems, for example, contains 600 multiprocessor
UltraSPARC systems, 2,000 UltraSPARC CPUs, 500 gigabytes of RAM and 11
terabytes of disk space. In a single week, the server farm will execute over a
billion cycles for 15 to 20 different tasks”.

 

I know
that the Sun specs look weak in comparison to what is done today in a robust
Cloud environment, but back in 2000, those were very impressive numbers. At the
time, the members of Asset Conversion Services were supplying Sun Microsystems
work stations and servers to Cisco, Phillips,  Quantum, National Semiconductor, Cadence,
Symantec and a host of fortune 500 companies. ACS knew that we would have to
watch this new development very carefully as we did not want to get left in the
dust because we failed to acknowledge the changing technology landscape. So our
feelers were up at ACS and we were watching this trend with real interest.
Luckily for Asset Conversion Services we did not see a drop off of our business
as it seemed that even though Sun was an early adapter, the industry as a whole
were not jumping ship to embrace this new way of computing, however the writing
was on the wall.

 

During
this time another technology was emerging…. ‘SAN’ technology and companies like
EMC were exploiting this new way of harnessing information.  This new technology was so transformational, I
think it actually took some attention away from server farms and allowed Asset
Conversion Services some breathing space to take advantage of confusion.

 

ACS got
on the bandwagon went on a 14 city tour teaching early adapters how to build a
Storage Area Network using a real SAN (which had never been done). We did this
for two reasons, first we wanted to build relationships with companies we have
not done business with before and secondly we wanted to be on the forefront of
a game changer like SAN, since the technology was clearly superior to NAS and
still is to this day.

 

As all
this was going on computer farms and companies like Sun Microsystems   were
starting to get some traction with the technology.  As more and more companies started to move
their compute intensive jobs to the computer farms Asset Conversion Services
decided it was time to accommodate this new computing paradigm.

 

Stay
tuned for Chapter 2…Up in the Clouds

 

This
article was brought to you buy Asset Conversion Services, where your computing
needs are taken care of.  Asset
Conversion Services specializes in upgrades for new and used Sun, HP and IBM
servers.  Currently ACS has had the
opportunity to address both the past with the present in its ability to upgrade
Sun M4000 and Sun M5000 with the 64 GB memory option.

 

Sun no longer has the
64 GB memory option available for the M4000/M5000, part number:
(SELX2D1P (8 x 8GB
DIMMs 371-4476) and the SELX2D1Z (8 x 8GB DIMMs and the Memory Board
541-0545). The M4000/M5000 is a currently manufactured hardware server from
Sun/Oracle. The fact that Asset Conversion Services is capable of supplying a
Sun Original memory option for a current Sun Microsystems server says a lot
about the resourcefulness of Asset Conversion Services.

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Web 2.0 (really?)

When I first started hearing about Web 2.0 back in 2004, I
think I like other seasoned high tech professionals, I thought it was just a
gimmick to get people to show up at a tradeshow. Recently I read an article by
Paul Graham that confirmed that suspicion. In fact the term Web 2.0 came about
because of a brain storming session between Tim O’Reilly (Tim O’Reilly
is founder and CEO of O’Reilly Media) and
Medialive International (producer of tech tradeshows). So looking in my rear view
mirror, it was a couple of marketing wiz guys running amuck with an intriguing
slogan. Their gem managed to draw VC’s and CEO’s to the early Web 2.0 tradeshow
because they were the only ones who could afford the $2800 cost of admission.

I don’t
think anybody really believed that Web 2.0 was some spanking new technology
that was going to cause another boom in the valley; it was viewed more as a
place holder for things to come. It seems I did not hear anything about Web 2.0
for a couple of years and then only occasionally in passing and figured it
would die a slow death, but they started pushing the web as a platform and then
the term web democracy was added. Being a hardware guy, I was thinking…..who-cares,
but was interested to see what the next slogan was going to be so I could make
fun of it (business was slow….what are you going to do).

Web 2.0
did not die, it just kind oozed along like a gulf oil spill…. Paul Graham
pointed out an oddity in Ryan Singel’s
 article that the conference in Wired News spoke of “throngs of
geeks” attending a Web 2.0 conference. When a friend of his asked Ryan
about this, it was news to him. He said he’d originally written something like
“throngs of VCs and biz dev guys” but had later shortened it just to
“throngs,” and that this must have in turn been expanded by the
editors into “throngs of geeks.” After all, a Web 2.0 conference
would presumably be full of geeks, right? In reality throngs of geeks meant 7
geeks went to the second Web 2.0 conference. The article should have read “a
thong of geeks”, but that might have been a little too risqué.

The idea
that there could be a Web 2.0 did manage to get more people to attend the next
Web 2.0 conference on the off-chance that there might be something to the name.
Who could take a chance not to be in on the next big deal, everyone was looking
for an edge as business was not exactly booming in the tech industry, with the
exception of mobile technology.

Paul
Graham goes on to say “
I wouldn’t quite call it “Bubble 2.0″ just because
VCs are eager to invest again. The Internet is a genuinely big deal. The bust
was as much an
 overreaction as the boom. It’s to be
expected that once we started to pull out of the bust, there would be a lot of
growth in this area, just as there was in the industries that spiked the
sharpest before the Depression.

The reason this won’t turn into a second Bubble is
that the IPO market is gone.
 Venture
investors are driven by exit strategies.
The reason they were funding all those laughable startups during the late 90s
was that they hoped to sell them to gullible retail investors; they hoped to be
laughing all the way to the bank. Now that route is closed. Now the default
exit strategy is to get bought, and acquirers are less prone to irrational
exuberance than IPO investors. The closest you’ll get to Bubble valuations is
Rupert Murdoch paying $580 million for Myspace. That’s only off by a factor of
10 or so”.

Wikimedia
defines
the term Web 2.0 as web applications that facilitate
participatory information sharing, interoperability, user-centered design,[1]
and collaboration on the World Wide Web. A Web 2.0 site allows users to
interact and collaborate with each other in a social media dialogue as creators
(prosumers) of user-generated content in a virtual community, in contrast to
websites where users (consumers) are limited to the passive viewing of content
that was created for them. Examples of Web 2.0 include social networking sites,
blogs, wikis, video sharing sites, hosted services, web applications, mashups
and folksonomies.

I still think Web 2.0 is just a more advanced Web 1.0, but
it is all just semantics really. It would be nice if it was something easier to
define and more distinctive. Web 2.0 in my mind will have to use nano
technology and do something really cool like wash your car or create your
perfect date….am I asking for too much……?  Oh and I am still waiting for those flying
cars to become cheap and available.

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This story is brought to you buy Asset Conversion Services,
the people who know how to upgrade Web 2.0 servers. ACS has been an integral
partner with companies like RackSpace, Sun/Oracle, HP and IBM. ACS knows the
true value of your server hardware and IT infrastructure. To get the most out
of your hardware investments consider all your upgrade options. If the
manufacturer no longer has an upgrade option for your particular server call
ACS and let them solve the problem. Need to trade-in your older Sun Microsystems/Oracle
server? Or upgrade with more memory and a faster CPU…. call Asset Conversion
Services for a fast quote on new or used upgrades for Sun, HP and IBM servers.

ACS also will also buy your used servers and IT networking gear like Cisco, Nortel, Brocade or
Juniper Networks.  Let us give you a
quote before you decide to trade-in your used hardware you might just be
surprised.

This week Asset Conversion Services is looking for the
following used IBM servers:

IBM Power 750 Express server
IBM Power 740 Express server
IBM Power 730 Express server
IBM Power 720 Express server
IBM Power 710 Express server
IBM Power Blade Servers
IBM Power 770 Server
IBM Power 780 Server
IBM Power 795 Server

 

We are also looking for The RS6000 series IBM servers:



  • RS6000 7025-F50
  • RS6000 7026-H50
  • RS6000 7026-H70
  • RS6000 7025-F80
  • RS6000 7044-170
  • RS6000 7044-270
  • RS6000 7026-M80

IBM RS6000 legacy
servers offer hot swappable disks, deskside as well as rack mount systems and
multi-processor configurations. Depending on the model, RS6000 solutions are
available in 1-way, 2-way, 4-way and 6-way processor configurations. We
currently have stock on IBM, but need to replenish it do to recent demands.
Please get in touch with us at
http://www.assetcs.com or call us directly at 408-288-7300 if you
have some IBM servers you would like
to sell or upgrade.

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Auction Maniacs

Mike and Steve are high tech pickers who have built a whole
business around their ability to look at used Sun Microsystems products and
give a quick and fair estimate of the used products value and conduct a
business transaction in a timely and efficient manner. We understand that your
used Sun Microsystems products have value and that we want you to become a long
time customer with Asset Conversion Services.

It only makes business sense to treat our customers with the
long term picture in view. We want your used Sun Microsystems servers and IT
gear including the M4000 and Sun M5000 used servers. We also want any Sun Microsystems
used components you might have, such as Sun Microsystems memory modules, Sun
CPU’s, disk drives and Sun Storage Products. As long as you’re used Sun
Microsystems/Oracle servers are less than five years of age we can arrange an
optimum fair market payout.

It is important to us to keep our Sun Microsystems used
products coming in to our building, because that is our bread and butter
product. We do however have interest in Cisco products as well, especially:

 Cisco Catalyst 4000 Series
Cisco Catalyst 6000 Series
Cisco 7200 Series Routers
Cisco 12000 Series
Cisco Port Adapters
Cisco Router Network Modules

We are always looking for leads that lead us to Cisco and
well as Sun/Oracle servers. If you can direct us to any of these products and
it leads to a sale, we have a cash-out referral program that is one of the best
in the industry. In addition, if you know of a high tech auction in your area
that is taking place we are prepared to let you share profit on any sales that
result from our buying product that matches our buying needs

We will do the same for good quality late model IBM servers
and components, HP servers and components and to a lesser degree Dell and Super
Micro. I would be remiss if I did not mention that we can also upgrade Sun
Microsystems/Oracle servers with CPU, memory and hard drives. We also have
access to new IBM, HP and Dell servers as well as their add-ons.

Please use Asset Conversion Services as a resource for all
your Sun/Oracle server needs and remember we want you for a customer now and in
the future.

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Sun Lives On

The acquisition of Sun Microsystems, along with dozens of other acquired companies,
brought a wide array of technologies to Oracle’s portfolio. Oracle executives
recognized that in Sun Microsystems Laboratories, Sun brought the combined
company the benefits of an independent research organization – now renamed
Oracle Labs.

Oracle was smart when it brought Sun. They knew they could mine Sun’s vast database of
customers, and that more than any other reason is why Oracle bought Sun
Microsystems. However, in all fairness to Oracle, they have invested in Sun and
Sun has freshened up its product line. So, when everyone was calling SUN
Sunset, they may have pre-mature in their judgment.

Asset
Conversion Services is quite happy that Sun has revitalized itself, they not
only have a great server line, but they have a file server (ZFS) that is far
superior in all ways to NetAap’s. It beats out NetApp in cost, performance,
security and ease of use. That is pretty good considering that NetApp had quite
a head start. Looks like Sun learned some lesson from the early 90’s when IBM
and HP were putting out hardware that was faster and cheaper than Suns.

So, Asset Conversion Services will continue to buy used Sun servers as well as
upgrade new Sun Servers with memory and CPU’s. We also will be looking at ways
to bring ZFS into our market place as a NetApp alternative. ACS has always
praised the Mantra …..lets give our customers real bang for the buck……seems
like it is working as we have been in business since the 90’s and looking to
have one of our better years despite the economy.

We
are a diverse company that does not breathe just Sun air. We also have a very
good relationship with our IBM customers who allow us to buy their used servers
as well as help them upgrade their current server inventory. We have also had an
on-going relationship with Cisco since 1998 have supplied Cisco with upgraded
servers, raids and storage products. In addition we buy HP and late model Dell servers as well.

If
you have access to new or used IT gear we want to talk to you. There many ways
to join our partner program and we would like the opportunity to expand both
your organizations influence as well as our own. Used IT gear does not come
from just the tech sector, but from all sectors. We do business with private,
non-profit, defense industry and Government agencies. If you have computers or
servers we may have something in common to talk about.

Yes
Sun Microsystems has been a large part of our success story, but it does not
stop there. If you need to upgrade your server, sell your used server, contact
us. If you are in the tech sector and have a server line that is going to be
discontinued and still have left over stock, contact us. If you have Network
gear like Cisco, Nortel, Brocade, Juniper et, contact us. We look forward to
sharing our used computer expertise with your company as well as providing the
opportunity for your company to enjoy having more capitol to spend at the end
of the day.

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