5 11, 2019

The Forgotten Edge Checklist

November 5th, 2019|FGT Blog|

If your on-premise environment were to have an outage, how long could you cope before significant damage was done to your business? Recent emphasis on the cloud has created the emergence of “the forgotten edge”. A bit like relatives who you’ve been meaning to catch up with; your edge needs a bit of love too. With less equipment on-premise, these environments are becoming “out of sight – out of mind” and arguably get less attention from IT Managers today. However, we’re making a big call here and saying that those on-premise environments are even just as or even more important [...]

3 09, 2019

How to quickly analyse Disk IO in Live Optics

September 3rd, 2019|FGT Blog|

or How I learned to like The Workload Concentration Bubble  As an avid user of live optics to analyse environments for sizing, I was recently discussing the outputs with a peer, I realised there was a lot more to this particular graph than at first appears. For those that don’t know, Live Optics is a free online tool by Dell to collect and analyse data about your IT workloads and environment - www.liveoptics.com . It allows you to create some really great graphs of your workloads in Windows, VMware, Linux, UNIX. You can run it on non-Dell environments as well. [...]

8 04, 2019

9 things to consider when performing an IT Relocation

April 8th, 2019|FGT Blog|

You have had the phone call, you are moving office and you are responsible for the IT relocation – as well as doing you day to day job. Any change has risks associated with it and a relocation of IT equipment would have to be one of the riskiest of all. Lots of moving parts, different vendors in the mix, interdependencies built up over many years. Now the CEO wants you to move it over a weekend to the new office with no issues? But with a bit of planning and work, your IT relocation can be successful. Here are [...]

10 04, 2018

UPS Lithium Ion Batteries – what you need to know

April 10th, 2018|FGT Blog|

Most mainstream UPS (Uninterruptible power supply) vendors will be releasing Lithium Ion (Li-Ion) batteries in their products in the coming months (This article dated April 2018). What are the features and differences of Lithium Ion (Li-Ion) over traditional Sealed Lead-Acid (SLA) battery currently used in UPS systems? This FAQ will help you to understand the new technology and where it may help you. Why Li-Ion batteries in UPS now? Rechargeable Li-Ion are already available with cell phones, computers, power packs and power tools for a number of years, but only recently have had the right balance of price, energy density, [...]

21 02, 2018

Case Study – Design and Build a New Server Room

February 21st, 2018|FGT Blog|

For Medline Industries Inc (Australia) Established in 1910, Medline Industries Inc has grown from a small manufacturer of aprons, surgical gowns and uniforms to a thriving $8 billion global enterprise.  Currently, Medline manufactures and distributes a vast range of medical and surgical products to healthcare institutions and retail markets around the globe with offices in 20 different countries, Australia being one of these. The Challenge Nicholas Refalo, System Administrator and Zefeel Ali, Network Engineer for the Australia and New Zealand division had a challenge on his hands. Their office currently located in Kings Park was relocating to a new site [...]

1 11, 2017

Focus Group Technologies is an approved supplier to NSW Government

November 1st, 2017|FGT Blog|

Focus Group Technologies is proud to announce that we are an approved supplier to NSW Government under scheme number SCM0020. As a Government supplier, we can offer you: Consolidated Supply and Shipment Services (Vendor agnostic) Credit limit by arrangement Email or phone ordering service Government pricing and discounts on selected product lines For more information see: https://www.procurepoint.nsw.gov.au/scm0020 Contact us today on 02 8861 1800 or sales@fgetch.com.au  

9 08, 2017

Can your UPS handle a Blackout?

August 9th, 2017|FGT Blog|

Did you know that there were over 250 power outages across Australia last year (2016) within an average outage of 64 minutes? Are you able to protect your self for this amount of outage? From the yearly report from Eaton, the below infographic summaries the power outages in Australia.   For the complete report,

25 04, 2017

Case Study – Data Centre Relocation

April 25th, 2017|FGT Blog|

For Phonographic Performance Company of Australia (PPCA) The Challenge Stephen Conway, Manager of Business Technologies for the Phonographic Performance Company of Australia (PPCA), had a major challenge on his hands. The organisation was relocating to a refitted warehouse location in Surrey Hills, Sydney, with a move-in date of July 7th. Conway needed data-centre to be designed and built at the new premises, and a short time to make it all happen. A Planned Approach When PPCA made the decision to move into new premises, Conway invited Phil Jones, Principal Consultant at Focus Group Technologies, to recommend a solution. Phil Jones [...]

12 04, 2016

Precision CRAC versus Comfort Cooling

April 12th, 2016|FGT Blog|

Choosing a Cooling System to Support Business-Critical IT Environments The Challenge Many IT managers end up trying to use comfort cooling or domestic solutions to satisfy their environmental control needs, as these systems can mean simplified and economical deployment up front. However, because they are not designed to meet the unique needs of critical IT equipment, reliance on comfort cooling systems can result in an increased risk for premature system failures as well as grossly inflated operating costs. In contrast, precision cooling systems are designed specifically to meet the needs of dense electrical heat loads. Advantages of Precision vs. Comfort [...]

12 03, 2016

Selecting the right UPS

March 12th, 2016|FGT Blog|

Choosing an Uninterruptable Power Supply to meet your business requirements The Challenge Use this solution brief to help you choose the type of UPS to protect your sensitive equipment. Standby UPS Standby UPS, also known as off-line or line-preferred UPS, offers only the most basic features, providing surge protection and battery backup. The protected equipment is normally connected directly to incoming utility power then mechanically switches the connected equipment on to its battery output when required. This type of UPS system provides a high degree of efficiency, small size, and relatively low costs, making it suitable for personal computing. Line [...]