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  • A world of support

    A world of support

    Life IT specialises in support and consultancy for our customers' entire IT environments, no matter what the platform, applications and business objectives - providing a unified solution to tackle complex system requirements.

    Our flexible support contracts offer far more than the standard insurance provided through legacy maintenance agreements. Life IT customers are assured of the highest levels of availability for any eventuality, with our proactive approach to maximising system uptime.

    This unified solution saves our customers a significant amount of time and budget, with just one contract providing them with a whole world of support.

  • Support

    Support

    Life IT specialises in support for IBM POWER, IBM Lotus Domino and Microsoft environments. We provide any combination of application, operational and technical support, no matter how current your environment is and no matter how long support is projected for. We tackle complex systems where a combination of requirements would normally mean that more than one party is required.

  • Domino

    Domino

    Life IT provides a full range of Lotus Notes and Domino services, from administration and implementation through to application development and support.

    IBM Domino products provide a multi-platform foundation for collaboration and e-business, driving solutions from mail and instant messaging through to CRM and web based transactions.

  • System i

    System i

    IBM System i (formerly iSeries & AS/400) is one of the most flexible servers on the market today.

    As an IBM Premier Business Partner, Life IT have a powerful range of solutions and services, which enhance this flexibility to ensure your systems security and ensure high availability.

  • Development

    Development

    If, like many of our clients, you operate in a dynamic environment then you need a business partner who can update and modify your applications to meet your changing needs. We recognise that few organisations have a single development toolset. We offer our clients the widest range of skills and support including IBM, Microsoft and Java technologies.

    Whatever technologies you use we can get disparate systems talking to each other, better connect you with your customers and suppliers, reduce administration overheads and streamline processes.

Monthly Archives: November 2013

25 
Nov

Think You Can Get By Without Professional Microsoft SQL Server Support? Think Again…

Microsoft SQL Server is a powerful, flexible database platform designed to make it easy to store and access huge amounts of data. It’s trusted by businesses worldwide, and with its impressive functionality and customisability, it’s easy to see why.

But with great power comes great responsibility. If you want to harness the full potential of Microsoft SQL Server, you’ll need a robust support system in place to keep things up and running – and to help put things right should you encounter any issues.

While your own database admin team are probably more than capable of handling day-to-day support tasks, unless they’re SQL experts there will inevitably be times they feel out of their depth. At such times, you’ll need the services of professional Microsoft SQL Server support providers, such as Life IT (www.lifeit.co.uk).

Life IT have years of experience of providing expert support services for a wide range of platforms and infrastructures, including Microsoft SQL Server. Here are five reasons why you can trust Life IT to keep your Microsoft SQL Server database in great shape…

1. Life IT are members of the Microsoft Partner network

You can rest assured your Microsoft SQL Server environment is in safe hands with Life IT. They’re accredited members of the Microsoft Partner network, with strong credentials proving they really know their stuff when it comes to Microsoft products.

2. Life IT provide Microsoft SQL Server support UK-wide

No matter where in the country you’re based, Life IT can provide Microsoft SQL Server support services remotely – or, if you prefer, they can visit on-site to check and maintain your SQL installation.

3. Their experts spot potential issues before they become serious problems

With Life IT’s Microsoft SQL Server support service, you’ll can have regular health checks carried out on your database structure and data integrity. Their professional support providers will spot anything that looks potentially harmful, and fix it before any damage is done. And they can monitor your Microsoft SQL Server 24/7 – so no matter when things start to go awry, they’ll pick it up.

4. Ensure your Microsoft SQL Server is operating to its full potential

In addition to spotting issues and fixing problems, Life IT also offer performance tuning as part of their Microsoft SQL Server support services. They’ll ensure your database is operating at its full potential, making sure you’re using Microsoft SQL Server in the best possible ways.

5. They can help upgrade and migrate your Microsoft SQL Server installation

Whether you’re migrating to new hardware of upgrading to the latest Microsoft SQL Server software, Life IT’s support team will make the process a smooth, painless transition.

Find out more about Life IT’s UK-wide Microsoft SQL Server support services at www.lifeit.co.uk/infrastructure/microsoft/microsoft-sql-server-support.

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Published Date: 25th November 2013
Category: IBM, Microsoft, SQL Support


 

15 
Nov

IBM Power Systems and AS400 Support: A Quick Guide

There are several reasons why the IBM Power System i server is still one of the most popular range of servers in the world. It’s powerful, reliable, flexible, and has a distinguished lineage tracing back to the renowned AS400 range.

Life IT (www.lifeit.co.uk) are expert providers of a wide range of IT services, including IBM Power Systems support. Here’s their quick overview of IBM Power Systems and their professional support services…

What are IBM Power Systems?

Power Systems is the name of IBM’s line of Power Architecture servers. These days, the types available are based on the previous System i and System p models, but they’re still commonly referred to using their previous names: AS400, iSeries, RS/6000 & pSeries.

How do I choose the right IBM Power Systems server?

If you’re not sure which IBM Power Systems server is right for you, speak to an expert such as Life IT. Based on your requirements they’ll size and configure an environment that’s tailored to suit your business.

If I choose IBM Power Systems servers, how do I ensure they run smoothly?

First of all, ensure your server is installed by knowledgeable experts such as Life IT. And once you’re up and running, ensure you have a robust support plan in place.

Do I only need support when things go wrong?

Not necessarily. Of course, you’ll want to have access to knowledgeable technicians should something go awry, but it’s also recommended to run regular health checks on your server and to apply the latest PTF’s regularly. This way, you may be able to spot potential issues before they develop into real problems and take full advantage of new functionality.

I have a heavily complex, customised set-up. Who can I trust to provide AS400 support for it?

As IBM Premier Business Partners, Life IT are genuine experts when it comes to AS400 support. They know the hardware and software inside out, so no matter how complex your installation is they’ll be able to find, diagnose and repair any issues.

I am running an older AS400 and OS that’s no longer officially supported by IBM. Can I still get support for it?

You can with Life IT. They’re happy to provide their AS400 support services on legacy hardware and un supported versions of the operating system for as long as you need it. And once you decide it’s finally time to upgrade to the latest IBM Power Systems hardware and software, they can help with that too…

Find out more about Life IT’s wide range of AS400 support services – and their bespoke application development solutions for AS400 – at www.lifeit.co.uk/support.

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Published Date: 15th November 2013
Category: General
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