5 IT choices that can immediately counter climate change

5 IT choices that can immediately counter climate change

5 IT choices that can immediately counter climate change

Building a green business is an important goal – but it doesn’t have to be purely altruistic. On average, environmentally-friendly businesses save more money, are more productive and have better overall reputations. In fact, 88% of consumers say they want businesses to be more environmental and ethical. It’s actually the basis for most of their purchasing decisions, too.

88% of consumers say they want businesses to be more environmental and ethical.

Whether you want to go all-in on creating a sustainable business or simply make a few eco-conscious changes around the office, these IT choices are a good entry point.

Engage in environmental purchasing

Going green at work starts with making informed purchases and spending in line with your environmental values. By doing business with sustainable companies and prioritising environmentally-focused IT equipment, individual companies can really move the needle on climate change.

The University of Queensland recommends this multi-step checklist when shoring up your purchasing options for sustainable electronics.

  1. Evaluate the sustainability of potential purchases through the EPEAT (Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool) system.
  2. Choose products that are ENERGY STAR designated.
  3. Check that equipment complies with the International Labour Organisation (ILO) core framework.
  4. Purchase from companies who use recycled materials in their electronics and packaging.
  5. Extend preference to sellers who offer end-of-life take backs.

Go digital

Leaning into digital tools and solutions is a green goal for many modern businesses.

For some, the easiest place to start is going paperless. Not only can it help your business save money and better safeguard your data, it also protects against dangerous deforestation.

The associated costs of using paper are estimated at 31 times the purchasing cost.

Considering that the associated costs of using paper are estimated at 31 times the purchasing cost, it also just makes good business sense. Looking to ease in? Start by signing up for ebills and investing in digital project management tools and document management systems. Nitro reports that 59% of organisations that do invest in paperless document management realise a complete ROI in less than a year.

Turning your brick and mortar business into an online store is another eco-conscious option. Not only does it reduce consumption of natural resources like water, electricity and natural gas, it also decreases vehicle emissions by lessening the number of drivers going back and forth to your storefront.

Embrace IoT

Before you know where to cut back on energy consumption, sometimes you need to know where you’re overusing. That’s where The Internet of Things (IoT) can help.

Using IoT sensors and devices can help businesses automate their green routine by continuously monitoring usage and flagging performance abnormalities, as well as alerting users about maintenance issues.

Choose green web hosting

Feel like you’re doing a good job of keeping things sustainable in-office? What about the energy drain your business might be unknowingly contributing to with its web presence?

Over a billion websites are hosted on servers worldwide. Many of these run on fossil fuels and waste unthinkable amounts of energy. No wonder, Sustainable Business Toolkit reports that the internet produces almost as much pollution as the airline industry.

Choosing a green web hosting company can help counteract this overconsumption. How it works: “Green web hosting companies purchase renewable energy credits to offset the energy used by your website, making your website carbon-neutral or even carbon negative!”

Recycle your old tech

We’ve hit a new global milestone: 53.6 million metric tonnes (Mt) of electronic waste generated worldwide in 2019. According to the UN’s Global E-waste Monitor 2020, that’s a 21% jump in just the last five years. By 2030, that tonnage is expected to double.

Businesses who want to do their part should work with a certified e-waste recycler. They ensure that as you phase out old equipment and invest in new technology, the usable components get repurposed for other machines or responsibly upcycled – and stay out of oceans and landfills.

Why not take it a step further and obtain an e-waste recycling certification from NSF International so you can do the recycling yourself?

These eco-strategies prove that greening your IT choices and products can lessen your business’ impact on the environment without increasing your operational costs. In fact, going green actually helps you save some green. Plus, being a good environmental steward is really the ultimate perk.

Power your data from edge to cloud

Power your data from edge to cloud

Shed the complexity and silos inherent in conventional hybrid cloud environments with category-defining cloud-native data infrastructure that delivers a cloud operating and consumption experience wherever data lives. Stop managing infrastructure and start simply accessing and utilising it, as a service and on demand.

Get the agility of cloud – everywhere

Forget maintaining, upgrading and tuning on-prem, edge and cloud storage in isolated, complex silos. HPE Alletra delivers a common experience across clouds – as a service and with limitless scale – through cloud-native management of your entire environment from a single, SaaS-based console.

Run any app – without compromise

Meet any SLA, from core mission-critical and business-critical apps to remote edge needs and test/dev and analytics in the cloud. HPE Alletra delivers workload-optimised systems that deliver flexibility without complexity. Enjoy predictable high performance and non-disruptive scale, all backed by 100% availability guarantees for your mission-critical workloads.

Free your data across hybrid cloud

Unleash the true potential of hybrid cloud with a unified data platform from edge to cloud that delivers consistent data services, unified management and seamless data mobility. Maximise your innovation with performance, flexibility and scale for every app and mobilise data, wherever it lives, with the best of every cloud.

Drive your most demanding workloads

Ideally suited to workloads with extreme latency and availability requirements, HPE Alletra 9000 delivers mission-critical reliability without sacrificing agility. Consolidate traditional and modern mission-critical apps with All-NVMe performance and ultra-low latency – backed by a 100% availability guarantee – and ensure business continuity with a complete suite of advanced DR solutions on-prem and in the cloud.

Harness maximum efficiency for your apps

For business-critical workloads with strict availability and performance SLAs, there’s HPE Alletra 6000, built on an ultra-efficient architecture for fast, consistent performance and industry-leading data efficiency. Ensure resiliency with 99.9999% availability guaranteed, scale as you need and easily extend to the cloud with consistent data services.

FREE YOURSELF FROM THE COMPLEXITY OF HYBRID CLOUD.

HPE Pointnext for Digital Transformation

HPE Pointnext for Digital Transformation

When businesses don’t adapt to new data sources, business models, and threats, they can’t compete. Digital transformation hinges on being flexible—always staying ahead of what’s next. With HPE’s heritage and strength in infrastructure/technology, partner ecosystems and the end-to-end lifecycle experience, HPE Pointnext Services provides powerful, scalable IT solutions for your business.

DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION IS THE NEW IT GOAL

Let the experts from HPE Pointnext Services tailor a digital transformation strategy that not only meets your business and IT needs, but accelerates your time to delivery.

Storage Data Migration Service

 ✅ Migrate to HPE Nimble Storage, HPE Primera or HPE 3PAR

 ✅ Local SP resources (except for Phone Support SKU)

– Remote service delivery using Local South Pacific resources

– On-site delivery will require custom Statement of Work

 ✅ Building block migration strategy

 ✅ Same migration SKUs to use for all HPE Storage equipment

 ✅ HPE will determine/ recommend the appropriate migration methodology to use

– HPE Peer Motion is used as the data migration method

– Except when an Appliance is needed.

SKU

Description

Up to # of Servers

Max # of Source Array/s

Up to # sites

HR2L6A1 HPE Data Migration 5 Server Base SVC

5

1

1

HR2L7A1 HPE Data Migration 10 Server Base SVC

10

1

1

HR2L8A1 HPE Data Migration 50 Server Base SVC

50

2

2

HR2L9A1 HPE Data Migration 100 Server Base SVC

100

2

2

HR2M0A1 HPE Data Migration 250 Server Base SVC

250

4

4

HL3P5A1 HPE Data Migration Addon 10 Server SVC

Addon 10 Servers

Pre-requisite Base SKUs: HR2L7A1 (10), HR2L8A1 (50), HR2L9A1 (100), HR2M0A1 (250) .
HL3P6A1 HPE Data Migration Addon 50 Server SVC

Addon 50 Servers

Pre-requisite Base SKUs: HR2L8A1 (50), HR2L9A1 (100), HR2M0A1 (250)..

SU

Description

Up to # of TBs (using an appliance)

HL3P7A1 HPE Data Migration Appliance 25TB SVC

25 TBs

Pre-requisite Base SKUs: HR2L7A1 (10), HR2L8A1 (50), HR2L9A1 (100), HR2M0A1 (250).
HL3P8A1 HPE Data Migration Appliance 100TB SVC

100 TBs

Pre-requisite Base SKUs: HR2L7A1 (10), HR2L8A1 (50), HR2L9A1 (100), HR2M0A1 (250).

With decades of experience helping organisations transform, support, and operate their IT, our expertise is at the sweet spot where business meets technology. And as the leader in as-a-service approach, we help organisations take advantage of cloud economics with agility and scalability and a pay-for-what-you-use model.

HPE StoreEasy 1460 and StoreEasy 1660 Storage

HPE StoreEasy 1460 and StoreEasy 1660 Storage

The Right NAS Storage can Help you Focus on your Business

HPE StoreEasy is tailored to make on-prem file storage straightforward for SMB customers with IT generalists on staff. Not only does it deliver a highly competitive value against other NAS vendors, HPE StoreEasy is significantly more affordable and efficient than public cloud file services and easier to manage than off-the-shelf general-purpose servers.

CURRENT SMB CHALLENGES

  • Without NAS/file server in place, likely running out of internal server capacity, or want to leverage external storage to improve server efficiency

  • Inability to keep pace with growing volume of data, sustain growth affordably

  • Limited IT staff/resources require solutions with low-touch management and enough reliability and resiliency for peace of mind

WHY STOREEASY 1460 AND STOREEASY 1660?

  • HPE StoreEasy Storage is a leading network-attached storage (NAS) platform under $19K AUD and provides SMBs and remote offices with low-cost storage for file and application data. The sixth-generation HPE StoreEasy 1000 products are built on HPE ProLiant Gen10 hardware with the Windows Storage Server 2016 OS (Standard Edition), and include the web-based HPE StoreEasy management console pre-installed, which dramatically simplifies file storage management for Windows-based NAS

HPE StoreEasy 1460 Storage

HPE StoreEasy 1660 Storage

  • 1U rack mount, ideal for small sites and remote offices where storage capacity requirements range from 2 TB to 18 TB usable
  • Built on HPE DL360 Gen10 servers (4 LFF) • Includes Windows Storage Server 2016 OS, HPE StoreEasy management console, HPE iLO Advanced license with 1 year support, 4 x 1GbE network ports, 8 GB RAM and Intel® Xeon® Bronze 3204 CPU with optional compute and networking upgrades
  • Low-cost enterprise-grade NAS that competes primarily against the enterprise offerings from home-office NAS vendors like Synology, QNAP
  • 2U rack mount, ideal for small to medium customers with moderate capacity and performance requirements and greater anticipated data growth over usable life of NAS (up to 224 TB usable)
  • Built on HPE DL380 Gen10 (12 LFF standard, options up to 16 LFF)
  • Includes Windows Storage Server 2016 OS on mirrored SSDs, HPE StoreEasy management console, HPE iLO Advanced license with 1 year support, 4 x 1GbE network ports, 16 GB RAM and Intel Xeon Bronze 3204 or Silver 4208 CPUs with optional internal compute, storage, and networking expansion or upgrades
  • Competes primarily against Dell EMC NX3340
Instant Asset Write-Off (IAWO)

Instant Asset Write-Off (IAWO)

How your business should be using the Instant Asset Write-Off

The government’s latest extension to the instant asset write-off (IAWO) tax concession continues the good news for small and medium businesses.

Details of the concession

In effect, there are now two overlapping asset write-off schemes in place – IAWO and ‘temporary full expensing’ – and small and medium businesses qualify for both. It means that the total cost of new assets can be written off as a tax deduction in the financial year in which they were first purchased and/or installed ready for use.

The details for the 2020-21 and 2021-22 tax years are:

IAWO – New assets costing up to $150,000 each, purchased between 1st July 2020 and 31st December 2020, can be fully written off in the current tax year if first used (or installed and ready to use) before 30th June 2021.

Temporary full expensing – New assets purchased from 7th October 2020 (i.e. after the federal budget announcement) can be fully written off in the financial year they were installed and ready to use. There is no upper limit on cost, and the concession applies until 30th June 2022.

The cost of improvements to existing assets can also be fully expensed – as well as second-hand assets if your annual turnover is under $50 million.

In simplified terms, small and medium businesses can rely on IAWO for assets purchased between 1st June and 6th October 2020, and temporary full expensing for assets purchased between 7th October 2020 and 30th June 2022.

The perfect opportunity to invest in your IT infrastructure

With new ways of working and dramatically shifting consumer behaviours, there is now a greater need than ever for businesses to overhaul their existing IT infrastructure and make sure it’s helping, not hindering, your business goals.

Keeping ageing IT infrastructure may seem like a low-cost option, however there are hidden costs which must be accounted for when doing the cost vs. benefit analysis on IT investments. Legacy IT can hamper your ability to deploy new applications, drain your IT resources time, increase the risk of downtime and loss of productivity and increase your risks of security vulnerabilities.

Studies have found as many as over 90 percent of people said that they would consider taking their business elsewhere when dealing with a company that uses outdated technology.

With the Government Incentives currently in place, there has never been a better time to upgrade. We can help you find the best solution to help you overcome your challenges and reach your business goals.

We can help with your IT refresh

There’s still time to take advantage of the Instant Asset Write Off Scheme, ending on June 30th. We can help with identifying your IT needs and aligning your business with the best fit solution. Contact us today to make sure your business takes full advantage of this limited time government incentive.

We’re here to help you navigate your next chapter, with an affordable modern IT environment that works for your business. Contact us now for an obligation free discussion.

A New Era of Entry-Level Storage Starts Now

A New Era of Entry-Level Storage Starts Now

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In today’s digital-first economy, technology spending is limited for most SMBs. With HPE MSA, SMBs can preserve cash with an updated entry storage solution that continues to get better with new data services and a modern architecture. HPE MSA also allows SMBs to ensure their most valuable data is secure and easily accessible by employees, no matter where they are working from. Through its new data services and a modernised architecture, HPE MSA enables customers who run on-demand businesses – like media streaming and online education – to manage their distributed applications and workloads more easily.

Harness the power and simplicity of HPE MSA GEN6

Get set for HPE MSA Gen6, the newest iteration of HPE’s #1 entry-level array for more than ten years. With extreme simplicity, speed and affordability, alongside enterprise class reliability and effortless cloud backup, HPE MSA Gen 6 is the right choice for small to medium-sized businesses everywhere.

Three New Models Make Simple Storage Simpler

A leading entry point solution for HPE ProLiant servers for over a decade, HPE MSA Storage now includes three new Gen6 models that deliver simple, high-performance, flash-ready storage for SMBs:

HPE MSA 1060

Affordable shared storage for smaller deployments: 2-port dual-controller arrays offer FC, iSCSI and SAS host connectivity at single controller prices.

HPE MSA 2062

HPE MSA 2060

Expand as your IT grows

With flexible, modular architecture that facilitates future growth, the HPE MSA portfolio supports both LFF and SFF expansion enclosures to expand your storage capacity as needed. Up to three expansion enclosures can be added to each HPE MSA 1060 array while as many as nine expansion enclosures can be added to the HPE MSA 2060/2062 array.

To learn more about HPE MSA GEN6