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Why IBM for Flash Storage on October 21, 2013

In April of this year, IBM unveiled a strategic initiative to drive Flash technology further into the enterprise sector to help organizations better tackle the mounting challenges of Big Data.  How will that help your organization on TCO and management of the large business-critical workloads?   IBM FlashSystem products are fast and efficient.  Lower power consumption and fast, reliable operation helps increase revenue (return on investment, or ROI) and saves more money (TCO).  You can use IBM FlashSystem products to improve performance and efficiency without re-architecting applications or… Read More

Fish or Wish on October 21, 2013

Did your parents ever take you fishing when you were a child?  My step-father loved to go fishing and hunting as often as he could.  I could hardly sit still as a child so I hated going fishing because to me, it was boring.    I think that many people still feel like fishing is boring and is probably why license sales have decreased over the years.  The thing about fishing is that it teaches patience and discipline.  You have to wait patiently for the string to be… Read More

Proud Cloud on October 21, 2013

If you are like me or most people I know, then when you think of “The Cloud” you probably think of some ideological version of a physical cloud.  Most people have no clue what it really is or how it works.   I want to clarify some things about Cloud computing and how it can be beneficial to anyone.  Most people have a bank account that allows them to login and see their account balance from anywhere.  This is important because no matter where you are, you can… Read More

IBM PureFlex Equals Less Stress on October 21, 2013

IBM has been working on reducing the footprint in the datacenter for some time.  If you were in the IT business 10 years ago then you probably remember the introduction of the BladeCenter.  It was the first machine to condense servers to fit 10 in the same space that had previously only housed 5.   This not only reduces the amount of space used but also the amount of energy consumed.  Now datacenters can be even more efficient with more servers in less space.  IBM has continued this process by creating the… Read More

Working with Better Direct – By: Zack Garshasb on October 21, 2013

When I moved to Tempe 2 months ago, the biggest question mark on my daily life was where was I going to work?  Leaving my position at IBM Direct was essentially my symbolic statement that I was leaving Corporate America.  I wanted to find a small business IT Reseller that would not place so many restrictions and ceilings on my commission potential in the way IBM Direct did.  However, it was extremely challenging to find that special place where they embraced a small team/think big environment, and facing the pressures of unemployment, I was… Read More

October 16th, 2013 – By: Josh Breese on October 21, 2013

It’s Friday October 16, 2013 and the government is back up and running.  It’s nice to have things chugging along again for the beginning of the new Fiscal year.      Better Direct is humming right now, there is a nice energy going through the office, colleagues are driving for more success and ready to take on new challenges.  July of 2014 will mark my 4th year with the company; it’s been an interesting experience and a unique place to be a part of.  I look forward to… Read More

Lost or Cost. on October 21, 2013

Ever notice that when you hear a new song on the radio it stays with you longer than the songs you hear every day?  I think I listen to the lyrics more the first time I hear a song and maybe that is why they seem to be stuck in my head for so long.  I always try to think about what the song means and what the language used is intended to represent.   The other day I heard a song about letting go.  The song was… Read More

Up and Running on October 21, 2013

The last couple of weeks have been a reality check on how the Federal Government and our leaders impact how we in the IT community do business.  Our federal team has been in limbo, waiting for opportunities.  It is time for leaders to step up and establish the correct protocols that will make our country strong.    When faced with diversity and challenges we here at Better Direct realize how important our customers are and how we provide great solutions and create outstanding service.  Maybe the government needs… Read More

Flash Systems on October 7, 2013

Once again IBM is leading the transformation in data processing with flash – the tipping point in systems.  As your business demands increase, Flash is enabling you to keep up to speed.  What we are seeing is that flash is outperforming disks, but questions arise that it may too expensive.  It might be a little more expensive than disk if you are only considering the cost per GB of the hardware acquisition.  But if you factor in the cost of datacenter floor space, power and the cooling, then the cost of getting the same… Read More

Happin’ Captain on October 7, 2013

One thing about business that is always consistent is the need for good strong leaders.  Leaders are not always the best people to listen to though, because many leaders don’t know how to lead properly.  Many people feel that the best way to motivate people is to keep them afraid.  It seems that fear is a great way to keep people working hard enough not to get fired.  Is this the best approach?   Well my suggestion is to lead by example and motivate people with rewards.  Reward… Read More

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