On the Blog this Week: April 23rd

On the Riverstone Blog this Week: April 23rd

In this two-week wrap-up post, we summarize Riverstone’s blog content from April 12th to April 23rd. This includes a discussion of cloud vs on-prem AI deployment, how to avoid EOL-induced data center spending, an F5 Herculon EoTS announcement, a look at IT asset management best practices, and finally a comparison of RFQ vs RFP vs RFI documents. Happy reading!

Cloud vs On-Premise: Where to Deploy AI Applications?

As organizations of all sizes begin exploring AI applications, cloud vs. on-premise deployment is becoming a pivotal issue. Riverstone breaks down the differences between the two alternatives from the perspective of cost, scalability, security, and data gravity. To sum it up, cloud-based AI services are an ideal solution for organizations looking to “test the waters” of AI. Instead of building out a massive data center, they can use the infrastructure someone else built along with a pay-as-you-go payment plan. But in many cases the pre-trained models or storage requirements of the cloud can be cost-prohibitive; higher GPU counts get expensive fast and training large datasets on the public cloud can be too slow. On the other hand, if your organization determines that it wants to roll-out AI at scale, then it makes much more sense to invest in on-premise infrastructure instead of consuming cloud-based services. At the end of the day, deciding on the location of infrastructure for training and running a neural network for AI is a very big decision that should be made with a holistic view of requirements and economics. Be sure to read the full article here!

Avoid EOL-Induced Spending with Post-Warranty Support

Important financial decisions within your data center environment shouldn’t be based around End of Life deadlines. Because whether you decide to decommission your device, refresh the entire system, or migrate to the cloud come EOL, it’s not a decision to be made lightly. Fortunately, post-warranty support is here to provide some leeway as you carefully strategize next steps! Third party support providers like Riverstone believe in managing hardware throughout its entire useful life. And because we aren’t affiliated with the OEMs, we’re able to provide support, maintenance, and warranty services for years after EOL/EOSL declarations. Post-warranty support is especially useful for organizations’ whose IT budget was slashed in the wake of COVID-19, who need more time to strategize before making an EOL decision, or who are simply stressed by a fast-approaching EOL/EOSL deadline. Take the stress out of EOL and read the full article here

F5 Herculon & VIPRION Platforms Reaching EoTS: What’s Next?

Several platforms within the Herculon iSeries and VIPRION families are reaching their End of Technical Support (EoTS) on July 1st, 2021.  This marks the end of all maintenance services, software/OS updates, and support renewals from F5 for these platforms. But while EoTS may signify the end when it comes to F5, it’s only the beginning of your third party support journey! Herculon and VIPRION post-warranty support is available from Riverstone, and promises affordable, flexible service options aimed at extending the useful life of your F5 platform. Read the full article to discover how our extended support can work to save you money, postpone costly refreshes, and prolong equipments’ lifespan.

What is IT Asset Management? | ITAM Best Practices

IT Asset Management or ITAM is a set of business processes designed to manage the lifecycle and inventory of an organization’s IT assets. Not only are IT assets numerous, they’re expensive to acquire, configure, and maintain. Moreover, IT assets are frequently moved, rapidly depreciate, and require constant update and replacement. Thus the objective of IT asset management is to ensure that this large volume of constantly churning, costly assets are effectively managed from beginning to end to achieve the highest possible ROI. Current best practices include:

  1. ITAM is a process not a project – it should be ongoing.
  2. ITAM should be proactive, not reactive.
  3. Implement an ITAM team and have them receive feedback from other business units.
  4. Stick to the proven lifecycle-based approach.
  5. Automate as much as possible.
  6. Track continuously to avoid over-deployment. 

RFQs vs RFPs vs RFIs: Understanding RFx Documents

RFQs, RFPs, and RFIs are all documents one will likely come across at some point in the IT procurement process. The main difference between a Request for Quotation (RFQ), Request for Proposal (RFP), and Request for Information (RFI) is what information each provides. An RFQ quantifies ⁠— RFQ responses provide the cost of meeting a specific need. RFQs are useful for when you know exactly what you want and why, but need to explore all of the financial details. An RFP compares ⁠— RFP responses evaluate the merits of each vendor compared to others. RFPs are useful when you need to evaluate many factors before making a decision on a complex IT project. And lastly, an RFI educates ⁠— RFI responses explore how a vendor might solve a problem or fill a need. RFIs are useful towards the beginning of the procurement process when you’re looking for information, or when you’re just not sure what solution might solve your problem. For more information on the similarities, differences, value, and components of each of these RFx documents, refer to the full post here.

Stay Tuned Next Week!

Our team at Riverstone hopes you enjoyed the blog these past two weeks and were able to gain useful knowledge pertaining to your data center equipment, our company, or just third party maintenance in general. If you have questions feel free to contact us by phone at 877-819-6757, speak to one of our service representatives live on our website, request a non-obligatory quote, or simply reach out on LinkedIn. Then, stay tuned next week for more EOSL reminders, third party support benefits, and discussions of IT industry trends!