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Make IT Simple Again: Guaranteed

Posted on: June 8th, 2018 by Daniella Lundsberg

The rapidly evolving digital economy has put many organizations in a tough spot. If you rely on traditional IT infrastructure, you may find it challenging to keep up with customer needs and quickly provision IT resources to quickly support new business initiatives. Ongoing IT operations are often manual and complex. If you have varying workload demands, you may find it hard to quickly ramp up or decommission IT resources to optimize workloads. You may even find capacity issues within your data center to support these fluctuations.

Many organizations are considering the cloud to supplement their on-premises infrastructure in order to simplify operations and keep costs under control. The hope is to achieve higher performance, faster provisioning, and lower costs. However, in many cases, this is not a feasible option, as most organizations tend to want to keep their core applications and sensitive data in-house.

Using hyperconvergence, IT can now cost-effectively deploy their business applications in a virtualized environment while achieving cloud-like performance and economics. Hyper converged solutions, such as

HPE SimpliVity, deliver a unique IT infrastructure that delivers lower cost, high-performance, superior data efficiency, and built-in data protection, all within an integrated modular package.

HPE SimpliVity: Purpose-Built for High-Performance, Scalability, and Operational Efficiency

No matter what industry you are in, the powerful, award winning[1] HPE SimpliVity solution gives you the lower-cost, easy-to-manage option you need to future-proof your data center, manage capacity, and build a flexible virtual infrastructure. This provides many benefits for virtual infrastructure initiatives:

  • Guaranteed[2] capacity efficiency, fast local backup or restoration, simple management, and availability.
  • Rapid service agility; deploy, clone, or restore VMs in just seconds.
  • Superior data protection; built-in backup and recovery significantly reduce RPOs and RTOs.
  • Lower cost of ownership through reduced storage requirements (data deduplication), and integrated virtualization solutions.
  • Scale easily and less expensively by adding additional HPE SimpliVity solutions—and manage through a single interface.
  • Lower power and cooling costs due to reduced rack space requirements.
  • Increased operational efficiency allows more time for strategic projects.

Creating fluid resource pools that any group can access breaks down resource silos and barriers across business. These are all steps in the process to transform IT into a strategic value creator and broker of resources whenever they are needed. Looking to simplify your IT operations? Think HPE SimpliVity.

Interested in learning more? Give us a call: 847-637-4300.

[1] CRN , “HPE SimpliVity 380 named CRN’s Hyperconverged Infrastructure Product of the Year!” Dec. 6, 2017. https://www.crn.com/slide-shows/data-center/300096131/crns-2017-products-of-the-year.htm/pgno/0/16

[2] Hewlett Packard Enterprise, “HPE SimpliVity HyperGuarantee,” Accessed May 14, 2018. https://www.hpe.com/us/en/integrated-systems/simplivity-guarantee.html

How to Overcome Budgetary Concerns When Upgrading your DataCenter

Posted on: June 8th, 2018 by Daniella Lundsberg

The accelerating pace of change due to the surge of the digital economy has left many organizations in a Catch-22: They need to speed up IT transformation, but their existing funding processes leave no flexibility to make more than incremental change. To drive innovation successfully, top leaders must rethink how they acquire and pay for IT. The traditional IT acquisition model generally means a capital outlay (most commonly with over-provisioning) along with depreciation. This can tie up infrastructure assets for 5 years or more and limit an organization’s ability to invest in digital transformation. We call this “legacy lock-in.”

Too many organizations suffer from a “legacy lock-in” problem that makes it all but impossible to transform their existing systems into the digital architecture they need to accelerate revenue growth, improve the customer experience, and deliver new products and services to the market. As legacy equipment ages, maintenance costs rise, as does depreciation. Together with software licensing costs, up to 70 percent or more of the IT budget can be consumed—not leaving much for innovative technology required to support crucial mobility, data analytics, and customer engagement projects that are crucial to compete in today’s modern economy.

IT leaders understand the business value of deploying modern digital technologies—citing increased agility, better utilization of assets, reduced costs, and growth in existing markets as the top impacts from implementing digital technology in their organization.1 Because innovative deployment of mobile and big data technologies can create a competitive edge, some funding may come from both the budgets of business lines that will benefit as well as IT. A well-thought-out funding strategy can help companies find ways to release the value of their existing equipment and systems through capital acquisition and leases.

A growing trend in financing IT infrastructure revolves around consumption-based financing and usage. This means cash outlays are spent as resources are used. This prevents large capital outlays and enables the business to more effectively manage their cash resources as well as optimize the usage of IT infrastructure.

Rethink the way you acquire, pay for, and use IT

As a leading provider of enterprise infrastructure solutions that enable digital transformation, Hewlett Packard Enterprise offers more than just technology. They provide a financing arm that offers a variety of innovative and flexible IT investment and funding models.

HPE Subscription: One predictable payment for all your IT needs—delivering a simpler, easier way to acquire and pay. Wrap up the payments of HPE servers, storage, networking, and hyper converged solutions as well as software and support services into one monthly payment.

HPE Adaptable Use Models—Flex Down: Deploy projects with a greater speed, flexibility, and efficient use of resources. Acquire the new servers you need for an affordable monthly payment and if you need to make an adjustment later, exercise the option to return unneeded servers, up to 10%, at 12 months.

HPE Adaptable Use Models—Extended Deployment: Acquire your forecasted compute and storage capacity in advance of the actual need, and align payments with deployment for added flexibility and budget efficiency.

HPE Accelerated Migration: Unlock the hidden value in your existing IT assets as you transition to new IT solutions. Shift existing, owned IT assets to a flexible usage payment model during the transition and free up cash for new IT investment

HPE GreenLake Flex Capacity: An infrastructure service that offers on-demand capacity, combining the agility and economics of public cloud with the security and performance of on-premises IT.

The question of transforming your IT infrastructure to support next-generation apps and services is not really a question of if, but more of when and how. As you think about modernizing your infrastructure with innovative technology, think about the complementing innovative financing options from HPE Financial Services.

Interested in learning more? Give us a call: 847-637-4300.

How Recent Tax Reform Allows Clients to Write Off 100% of CapEx

Posted on: June 8th, 2018 by Daniella Lundsberg

Many smaller organizations struggle with older technology that needs to be refreshed. The digital economy has rendered legacy infrastructure less effective and more expensive to own. Provisioning traditional infrastructure has become so complex and tedious, it actually hinders an organization’s competitiveness to pivot to rapidly changing market conditions. Due to the speed of business, IT needs to be more agile and proactive in supporting strategic business initiatives. IT operations needs to spend less time on maintaining older equipment and more time enabling future technologies and applications.

While it is generally accepted that technology can drive and enable an organization’s ability to rapidly capitalize on new opportunities and increase engagement with prospects and customers, it’s no secret that the bottom line of the business comes first and it can be expensive to implement new technology for a long-term gain. Many smaller companies forgo investments in technology for business reasons—for example, they can’t make the capital outlay.

However, with the proper tax incentives, capital expenditure on IT infrastructure can become more affordable and justifiable. Recent changes in the Federal Tax code—specifically Section 179—provides great benefits to small businesses.

Essentially, Section 179 of the IRS tax code allows businesses to deduct the full purchase price of qualifying equipment and/or software purchased or financed during the tax year. That means that if you buy (or lease) a piece of qualifying equipment, you can deduct the FULL PURCHASE PRICE from your gross income. It’s an incentive created by the U.S. government to encourage businesses to buy equipment and invest in themselves.

Specifically, the tax code was just updated for 2018[1]:

  • Section 179 depreciation is now $1,000,000—This deduction is good on new and used equipment, as well as off-the-shelf software. To take the deduction for tax year 2018, the equipment must be financed or purchased and put into service between January 1, 2018, and the end of the day on December 31, 2018.
  • Bonus depreciation is now 100 percent—This is the maximum amount that can be spent on equipment before the Section 179 Deduction available to your company begins to be reduced on a dollar for dollar basis. This spending cap makes Section 179 a true “small business tax incentive” (because larger businesses that spend more than $3.5 million on equipment won’t get the deduction.)
  • Equipment purchase limits have been increased to $2.5 million—Bonus Depreciation is generally taken after the Section 179 Spending Cap is reached. The Bonus Depreciation is available for both new and used equipment.

More Than Just a Technology Provider

Here at American Digital, we are constantly scanning the horizon to ensure we are staying on top of industry-related trends—whether it is technology, business, or tax related. We understand that as a business, the bottom line is important. The trick is finding a balancing point where you can invest in modern technology—either through capital investment, or by leasing, to meet both your business objectives and your bottom line. We not only offer technology solutions and professional services, but we also like to keep our customers informed on changes in tax laws that may positively impact their bottom line.

Interested in learning more? Give us a call: 847-637-4300.

American Digital Named to CRN’s 2018 Solution Provider 500 List

Posted on: June 4th, 2018 by american digital

Elk Grove Village, IL, June 4, 2018 – American Digital Corporation, a leading IT Solutions Provider announced today that CRN®, a brand of The Channel Company, has named American Digital to its 2018 Solution Provider 500 list. The Solution Provider 500 is CRN’s annual ranking of the largest technology integrators, solution providers and IT consultants in North America by revenue.

The Solution Provider 500 is CRN’s predominant channel partner award list, serving as the industry standard for recognition of the most successful solution provider companies in the channel since 1995. The complete list will be published on CRN.com, making it readily available to vendors seeking out top solution providers to partner with.  

CRN has also released its 2018 Solution Provider 500: Newcomers list, recognizing 26 companies making their debut in the Solution Provider 500 ranking this year.   

“We are thrilled to be recognized by CRN as a leading Solution Provider. For 30 years our clients have looked to us to be their trusted advisors in enterprise technology solutions that drive growth and productivity. We look forward to 2014 being another successful year for both our customers and American Digital,” Norbert Wojcik, Jr., President of American Digital Corporation.

“CRN’s Solution Provider 500 list spotlights the North American IT channel partner organizations that have earned the highest revenue over the past year, providing a valuable resource to vendors looking for top solution providers to partner with,” said Bob Skelley, CEO of The Channel Company. “The companies on this year’s list represent an incredible, combined revenue of $320 billion, a sum that attests to their success in staying ahead of rapidly changing market demands. We extend our sincerest congratulations to each of these top-performing solution providers and look forward to their future pursuits and successes.”

The complete 2018 Solution Provider 500 list will be available online at www.crn.com/sp500 and a sample from the list will be featured in the June issue of CRN Magazine.

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About American Digital

American Digital (www.americandigital.com) is a Chicago-based Enterprise IT solutions partner focused on datacenter transformation. American Digital is an HP Enterprise (HPE) Platinum Partner and an Aruba Partner, providing custom system integration and consulting services across HPE’s complete enterprise portfolio of server, storage, and networking products. Our national team of sales and service professionals support business-critical applications including SAP, VMware, RedHat, Microsoft, Veeam, Oracle, MEDITECH, Epic, and Ellucian.

For more than 30 years, American Digital has earned its reputation as the go-to partner for enterprise companies looking to deploy a forward-thinking IT strategy. During those years, we have evolved as leaders in the IT space, building a blossoming managed services practice built on successful deployments and unbreakable relationships with our clients.

About the Channel Company

The Channel Company enables breakthrough IT channel performance with our dominant media, engaging events, expert consulting and education, and innovative marketing services and platforms. As the channel catalyst, we connect and empower technology suppliers, solution providers and end users. Backed by more than 30 years of unequaled channel experience, we draw from our deep knowledge to envision innovative new solutions for ever-evolving challenges in the technology marketplace. www.thechannelco.com

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The Channel Company

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