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Consultancy – Mobility

Enable your remote workforce by giving them access to internal company systems while away from the office. The employee who can gain access to his/her information, applications and data (while remote) will be more productive.
bluechip IT has the experience to deliver mobility solutions which are secure, reliable, resilient, cost-effective and (most of all) sensible. Wherever your workforce is, be it working from home, an Internet café or a customer site, anywhere in the world.
bluechip IT mobility solutions:
* Build a mobile work environment where the barriers of time and distance are eliminated and access to information is based on need, not location.
* Ensure the protection of any sensitive business-critical data contained on your network from external threats.
* Extend the reach of your network without compromising network integrity, effectively removing the risk that external devices pose to your network.
* Reduce business-operating costs by creating a cost-effective platform that is capable of supporting current and future technologies.
* Accelerate decision making, encourage collaboration and streamline tasks by ensuring that all your employees have access to the same resources.



Consultancy – Productivity
Productivity at the bottom line affects a company's profit. IT systems and infrastructure are often seen as a cost.

If not controlled and optimised correctly can be just that.

If managed and optimised, an inefficient system can be turned around quickly to deliver impressive business gains.
bluechip IT productivity solutions:
* Server Configuration - A server configured correctly and securely can make all the difference to its performance and productivity, directly impacting your employees and business.
* PC Configuration - If a single PC or the whole network of PC's are configured to the highest standards then they impact the business positively, through increased performance and longevity with decreased support and outages.
* Network Configuration - Your network is the backbone of your systems. Many variables can either increase or decrease the performance on the wired or wireless network, from mis-configured switches and routers, through to the actual cabling and network card configuration on PCs and servers.
* Employee Internet Access - The Internet-browsing and general Internet-access habits of your workforce can be a major productivity drain. This can be from employees browsing for non-work-related Web sites, during work hours, to chatting to friends on messenger systems, such as MSN, Skype or Yahoo messengers.
* Remote-Access Methods - A correctly planned and managed remote-access system or mobility policy can deliver real and measurable value to organisations and their daily business. It allows the workforce to remain productive, while on the road, at a customer's site, in a hotel or anywhere in the world with Internet access.
* System Support Procedures and Process - The processes and procedures used in an organisation, in relation to its IT systems, can dramatically affect a company’s operation. An expert audit and analysis can make a significant impact.
* Security Risks - A security breach, be it internal, external, viruses, worms etc, will have an unacceptable negative impact on business operations. bluechip IT can implement the necessary control and systems to eliminate risks.



Consultancy – Virtualisation
What is Virtualisation?
Virtualisation is essentially a set of software products; the workstation version installs this onto Windows and allows you to run numerous Intel-based operating systems on top of it.

There is also a server line of products, aimed at allowing people to run large numbers of operating systems on a single physical machine, one version of which provides its own base operating system. Essentially, this allows you to run multiple Intel-based operating systems on a single physical machine.
bluechip IT virtualisation solutions:
* Partitioning - Multiple applications and operating systems can be supported in a single physical system. Servers can be consolidated into virtual machines on either a scale-up or scale-out architecture. Computing resources are treated as a uniform pool, to be allocated to virtual machines in a controlled manner.
* Isolation - Virtual machines are completely isolated from both the host machine and other virtual machines. If a virtual machine crashes, others are unaffected. Data does not leak across virtual machines, and applications can communicate over configured network connections only.
* Encapsulation - Complete virtual machine environment is saved as a single file; easy to back up, move and copy; standardised virtualised hardware is presented to the application - guaranteeing compatibility.



Consultancy – Disaster Recovery
Disaster recovery (DR) and business continuity planning (BCP) are massive areas which mean stress and worry too many organisations. How do you keep your systems and company running in or after a disaster situation?
bluechip IT disaster recovery facts:
* 90% of businesses which lose data from a disaster are forced to shut within two years of the disaster.
* 80% of businesses without a well-structured recovery plan are forced to shut within 12 months of a flood or fire.
* 43% of companies experiencing disasters never recover.
* 50% of companies experiencing a computer outage will be forced to shut.
The companies which deliver DR and BCP plans and services often do not deliver the infrastructure or build the IT systems which are resilient or operational, quickly or immediately, in a disaster situation. bluechip IT fills that gap. We can design, build and manage (if required) your IT systems, so that, in a disaster, the backbone of your operations is covered – from an IT standpoint.

bluechip IT disaster recovery solutions:
* IT system recovery plans.
* Backup strategies.
* Off-site replication.
* Hosted critical services.



Consultancy – System Migrations
Today, businesses struggle with the problem of maintaining the investment made in their legacy systems, while (at the same time) attempting to take advantage of the performance and reduced ownership costs of newer systems. Many legacy systems have been customised to meet the specific requirements of their business and are, in many cases, mission-critical systems. The move over to new systems is generally a minefield: a simple configuration missed can put a system or business out of actions for hours, if not days.
bluechip IT will remove the headache for you, through experience, detailed project management, implementing the right resources, managing third-parties and ensuring that disruption is kept to a minimum.
bluechip IT system migration solutions:
* Active Directory
* Server and Workstation to new OS
* Server and Workstation to new hardware
* Network
* Office moves



Consultancy – Server
bluechip IT designs, builds, manages and maintains enterprise-class server systems which are secure, reliable and resilient, with an eye to the future. Whatever your requirement, bluechip IT will deliver a server-based system which is fit for the purpose. Whether it's a simple small business server in a branch office or a Microsoft Exchange deployment through to a global Active Directory roll-out, with complex design implications, bluechip IT has the in-house skills and experience to deliver.
bluechip IT can take care of the whole process, from initial design through to the project management, testing, implementation and support, if required.
bluechip IT server solutions:
* Active Directory
* Backup Solutions
* Clustering
* Exchange
* Failover/Load-balanced solutions
* Small Business Server
* Storage Solutions
* Virtualised Infrastructure
* Windows 2000/2003


Whatever your IT requirements, bluechip IT Consultancy Services can deliver.