3 Keys to Ensuring a Successful UPS Modernization Project

As part of your annual UPS maintenance routine you may find a number of UPSs that could do with some updating, whether that means a firmware upgrade, replacing certain components or swapping them out for new models. In this post, we’ll offer up some keys to ensuring a successful UPS modernization project.

Perform a UPS needs assessment
The first order of business is to assess your current and future UPS needs. In general, you want to size your UPSs appropriately, to provide adequate run time for the loads they need to protect. In many cases, companies install UPSs and leave lots of room for growth. Should that growth never materialize, you’ve now got a UPS that is inefficient. Older UPSs become very energy inefficient when they are lightly loaded. This inefficiency is a waste of money. Newer UPSs maintain high efficiency at lower loads. This is something to consider when evaluating whether to buy new or not.

Consider, too, how your needs have changed, or will change. As companies virtualize more servers, move IT loads to cloud providers, and migrate to highly converged infrastructure, they may well dramatically reduce the amount of IT infrastructure they need to protect.

It’s entirely possible that you may be able to replace your existing UPSs with smaller units, meaning the switch won’t cost as much as you think and you’ll save on ongoing operating costs.

Replace or revitalize
It’s also possible that instead of replacing UPSs, you’ll be able to revitalize or modernize them.

In some cases, the decision will effectively be made for you. If OEM support has ended or spare parts are unavailable, you’ve really got little choice but to replace the unit. In other cases, a UPS may need so much maintenance that it just no longer makes sense to keep pouring money into it. Or perhaps the UPS may no longer be able to meet its performance requirements, meaning it can’t support the IT loads that it needs to.

On the other hand, in many cases you can revitalize a UPS by replacing certain components that wear out over time, to bring it back to a high level of performance. Various components that can be replaced, at least in relatively modern UPSs of the last 10 years or so. The most common elements are:

Batteries, which should generally be replaced every 3 to 5 years under normal operating conditions, or sooner in environments that are excessively hot, cold, humid or dirty
DC capacitors – a visual inspection and/or thermal scanning can detect any issues
Fans, especially in UPSs that employ double conversion technology, which requires the fan to run more frequently; look for high temperatures or changes in sound that indicate the fan is not running.

Find a good partner
It’s entirely possible that the sorts of evaluations described above are beyond the scope of your IT organization. Or maybe you just don’t have the time given all the competing demands you need to meet.

In either case, or perhaps just for peace of mind, you may want to find a partner to work with. Ideally you’ll want one who can thoroughly assess your entire electrical installation and give advice on the various issues noted above.

Contact us and guide you to success.

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Dell Vostro 3458

Get more style with the Vostro 14 series featuring the latest Intel® processors and essential business features in an elegant and portable design.

Performance that drives productivity

Powerful and efficient: Work fast and comfortably all day long with the latest Intel® Core ™ processor. This ultra low voltage processor, with high speed RAM options up to 16 GB3, power and efficient offer performance.

A boost for multitasking: up to 2 GB3 of discrete graphics increase the performance of graphics-rich applications and everything is seen more clearly, from Excel spreadsheets to video editing.
Space to grow: save and access presentations, documents and media without worrying about the limitations of space, thanks to a disk drive up to 1 TB3.
Anti-glare screen for optimal viewing: The 14 “anti-glare screen with HD resolution delivers the clarity you want, so you can work comfortably in any environment.

Features for success

Designed to deliver portable productivity: from 1.94 kilograms, the Vostro 14 demonstration is easy to carry throughout the day.
Practical and sophisticated design: The textured microphone cover is less prone to scratches and easier to hold, so your laptop maintains a sleek and professional look.
Easy connectivity: simplify connections to external projectors and monitors with a VGA output. Connect to the media via three USB ports and an SD card reader, or download files with an integrated optical drive and Gigabit Ethernet.
Videoconferencing facility: Hold your meetings over the Internet with an HD webcam and the impressive sound clarity of Waves MaxxAudio®.

If you want to know more about this or any other product do not hesitate to contact us.

Argentinean Oil Must Embrace New Technologies

Shandd as Cisco Registered Partner find an opportunity to develop this business.
Although often perceived as a sunset industry by outsiders, the truth is the oil & gas industry is very high tech. Over the past 20 years the industry has transformed itself by developing technologies that have unleashed vast new reserves, previously uneconomic to develop.

The Situation Today: Layered Systems, No Integration

During this renaissance in oil and gas industry new companies emerged, creating new and special technologies that would allow development of our previously untapped resources like oil-sands and shale gas. These reserves have been known since the earliest oil and gas development, but conventional extraction technologies could not release the hydrocarbons. As conventional resources began to decline, the industry began to develop technologies to produce this vast, unconventional resource.

To support these technologies Operational Technology (OT) has historically deployed very proprietary solutions meant to solve specific problems but, unfortunately, these systems requires significant support and cost to maintain.

In the mean while, traditional or corporate IT has standardized, commoditized, consolidated and integrated solutions to support all applications on a shared infrastructure. This has resulted in dramatic economies of scale for the corporate side of the business.

Now is the time for IT to bring economies of scale to the field.

New Opportunities To Transform

Beyond the opportunity to drive down operational IT costs and leverage one architecture for many solutions, horizontal architectures are becoming the backbone of the future technical innovation within oil and gas development. Companies are embracing IP-based architectures for their solutions and are embedding Cisco technologies directly into their systems. New trends like the Internet of Everything, M2M and sensor technologies will dramatically change how we manage digital oil fields of the future in Argentina.
These technologies are predominantly IP-based and will require infrastructure not currently mainstream in Argentina oilfields. New digital pipelines will transform how we manage and monitor pipelines while bringing the opportunity to connect remote communities. All within a single, IP-based fibre architecture.

In order for this transformation to become a reality, OT will need to embrace horizontal architectures and IT will need to get in the field to a much greater degree.

We partner AcquaFold as unique Argentina reseller

Shandd Argentina announces the agreement reached with California based AquaFold Inc that makes Shandd become its first official reseller in Argentina.

Bringing to the región all the power of world class AquaFold tools for database developers, as the flagship product  Aqua Data Studio.

More than 300,000 users from over 98 different countries use AquaFold’s products to design, develop and administer their relational databases.

Aqua Data Studio is a complete Integrated Development Environment (IDE) for database developers. It provides four major areas of functionality:

– Database query and administration tools;

– a suite of compare tools for databases, source control and file systems;

– a complete and integrated source control client for Subversion (SVN) and CVS; and

– a database modeler as powerful as the best standalone database diagramming tools.


Shandd advanced to EMC Velocity Solution Provider

EMC Corporation has announced that Shandd is now officially member of this select group of partners

This certification proves that Shandd is dedicated to providing and delivering best in class solutions to meet the depth and breadth of customers IT challenges.

Shandd, now as a Velocity Solution Provider Program, is officially recognized to posse the technical knowledge as well as market share to empower its customers with access to EMC’s world-class portfolio of products and services as well as access to a wide range of  tools, training, and certification that will translate into fortified technical skills, enhanced intellectual capital, and increased value to our customers.

EMC is a global leader in enabling businesses and service providers to transform their operations and deliver information technology as a service (ITaaS). Fundamental to this transformation is cloud computing. Through innovative products and services, EMC accelerates the journey to cloud computing, helping IT departments to store, manage, protect and analyze their most valuable asset—information—in a more agile, trusted and cost-efficient way.

EMC is a registered trademark of EMC Corporation in the United States and other countries. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

We joined as Official Resellers for McCabe Software Inc

Organizations like Citigroup, Lockheed Martin, JPMorgan Chase use McCabe technology, to selectively migrate change across the enterprise, saving time, resources, and money.

We proudly announces the agreement reached with McCabe Software Inc and become its first official reseller in Argentina,
bringing to the región all the power of the world class McCabe tools, as the flagship product McCabe CM – TRUEchange, the only Software Change and Configuration Management solution to utilize ‘Integrated Difference’ technology.

At this event David Belhumeur, CEO of both McCabe Software and Agitar Technologies highlight that the companies have been enjoying a season of success. McCabe’s recent SD Times 100 Award in the ‘Software QA and Security’ category.

“We are very happy with the recognition that our organizations continue to receive,” says David Belhumeur. “We are especially pleased that McCabe won an award in the vitally important ‘QA and Security’ category. The two disciplines of ‘Software Quality Assurance’ and ‘Software Security’ are now readily recognized as inextricably intertwined. Forward-thinking development organizations with a clear focus on these critical areas will come out on top, and we will be right alongside them as we have been for over three decades.”

Contact us and let’s guide you too through a successful McCabe solutions implementation.

About McCabe Software, Inc.
McCabe Software, the Software Path Analysis Company, provides Software Quality Management and Software Configuration Management solutions worldwide. “McCabe IQ” is used to analyze and visualize the security, quality, and testing of mission, life, and business critical applications. McCabe Software has offices in the United States and distribution worldwide.

3 Secrets from APC to protect you of power failures

How to keep your key equipment running even during frequent brownouts and power outages, and conserve battery power for when you need it most.

The high demand for electricity caused numerous cuts across the country, but especially in the Capital and its suburbs, so from Shandd, as Schneider Electric APC Premier channel in infrastructure and energy solutions we unveiled these tips for you:

– When you install a new UPS, before putting it to work with the load, leave about 12 hours connected to the battery to charge the maximum.
It is recommended not to connect to a UPS items such as laser printers, copiers and other items that may have high and variable consumption.

– In the case of having to decide between installing a large UPS for multiple devices or multiple UPS to recommend putting several UPS, because increasing the segmentation increase the fail-safe, apart from not having to modify the electrical system with new lines.

– If the UPS needs to be involved in crashes or we have to replace the battery, we recommend a service technician.

We highlight these product lines in the corporate sphere extensively tested and robust solutions,

Back-UPS ® RS

It is the ideal choice to protect key file servers (Intel or UNIX based), minicomputers, network hubs and switches, outlets, operations domestic banks and retail shops or ATMs.
This support of high performance batteries for maximum protection for desktops includes a flexible design. The Back-UPS RS series of full APC can be located in the floor under a monitor or on a shelf. Six outlets for battery backup with Automatic Voltage Regulation (AVR) (stabilizer) let work even during the most frequent brownouts and downs, because they retain 90/110 minutes of battery power for when you need it most. Two additional outlets provide surge protection for printers and other devices that do not store or process information. Both the overvoltage protection of the data line telephone and Ethernet 10/100BaseT provide surge protection for incoming connections network. PowerChute Personal Edition software provides a secure closure system easy to use with sophisticated power management.

Smart-UPS ® RT

APC is a family of UPS functional high-density voice and data networks, medical labs and light industrial applications. Smart-UPS RT, including the topology of double conversion online, protect your data by providing a reliable supply and quality for networks. Can incorporated battery packs unlimited uniform design address the demanding needs of autonomy of the key systems that operate without interruption. Models with designs optimized for rack mounting are the ideal choice for space constrained environments. With a maximum capacity of 10kVA in a format suitable for 6U rack, users can accommodate blade servers, which are experiencing very high consumption or heavily loaded equipment racks. The Customers who require extreme precision in the regulation of voltage and frequency, internal bypass, and power factor correction at the entrance, you will find it in the Smart-UPS RT.

Be sure to contact us to know the best way to protect your computers.

ArtfulBits announced that it has joined forces with us in LA

Expanding the regional network of authorized reselleres in Latin America for the leading Ukrainian software company

As official reseller we proudly started to enable our Latin America customers with the powerful ArtfulBits portfolio.

ArtfulBits provides a wide range of IT services with a strong background in developing software solutions in different segments of business.

It has also gained a tremendous success as a product maker. ArtfulBits expertise covers the following technologies: Mobile (Android, iOS, BlackBerry, Windows Mobile), Microsoft SharePoint, Microsoft .Net Framework, DotNetNuke, AJAX, ASP.NET

– SharePoint Web Parts and Components for business analytics, data visualization, document management, security management and communication.

– Mobile components for Android, iOS, BlackBerry and Windows Mobile

Custom controls and components’ libraries

ArtfulBits has a significant expertise in Windows Forms/Web controls and components development. It includes design, development and maintenance of visual controls as well as component libraries. Acquired experience gives us solid knowledge of platform’s core and understanding of its internals.
ASP.NET sites and web services

Since Web is essential part of today’s applications, ArtfulBits helps its clients to gain from web-oriented client interfaces and service-based distributed applications.
Cross-platform solutions

Providing solutions for Mobile Devices and other environments using Java and Microsoft .NET Compact Framework is also one of the services the company offers for its clients.

Enabling Visa achieve organizational agility instantly.

Visa needed to organize its entire workforce and optimize data from its HR systems. Using OrgPlus HumanConcepts solution made the difference.

The team had previously used a commercial diagramming program (CDP) to manually create and manage org charts, which produced several challenges:

– Twice a year the HR team was expected to provide corporate headquarters with an up-to-date org chart. With only a CDP, the process was slow and complex.
– HR lacked the tools to create professional looking charts to show the entire workforce.
– Several employees from the HR Department spent full days to complete the chart, wasting time, money and resources.
– Reductions, hires or moved positions had to be manually entered into the corporate database systems and then drawn with the CDP .

To meet Visa headquarters’ strict deadlines and facilitate efficiencies, Visa needed a solution to not only create organizational charts easily, but also to help with organizational change management and provide valuable metrics and analytics.

The Solution
In an effort to reduce the time and cost associated with updating company organizational charts, the HR department set out to find a more effective charting solution. Shandd helped Visa HR team to selected the right version of OrgPlus after a thorough evaluation of criteria including ease of use, corporate ERP compatibility and cost.

Business Results
The key business results include:

– HR professionals can now quickly access accurate workforce information within OrgPlus that is automatically refreshed from the corporate ERP database.
– Visa can now visualize the entire workforce and corresponding metrics, such as headcount and span of control, in a centralized location.
– HR can generate accurate and professional looking org charts within minutes, meeting the requests for org charts from Visa executives with less time and effort – saving several people days per year.
– Direct, automatic and secure data import occurs automatically through the ERP HR Organizational Charting without the purchase of additional software or plug-ins, giving Visa HR access to always up-to-date data.
– Conditional formatting provides insight into the organization, which is useful when identifying full-time, part-time or contracted employees.

“With OrgPlus, we now have access to up-to-date organizational charts in seconds. Automatic data refresh is scheduled every month, so we can quickly respond and prepare for monthly org chart submissions to Visa. We are able to provide a real headcount number at any point in time, without manually counting employee records.” HR Team and Administration


Contact us and guide you to success in your HR solution.

About Insperity, up to 1000 employees
Insperity, a trusted advisor to America’s best businesses for more than 25 years, provides an array of human resources and business solutions designed to help improve business performance. Insperity OrgPlus allows you to view, model and analyze your workforce with the world’s #1 org chart and visualization software. OrgPlus blends at-a-glance insight with powerful planning tools, equipping business owners, executives, and HR professionals to understand, visualize, and manage the organization efficiently and aid in change management.

Shandd to sell SSH Security Solutions in Argentina

SSH Communications Security, the market maker in information real-time security solutions, appointed us to sell its information security solutions in Argentina.

Shandd Argentina provides IT services and solutions to a wide range of companies, many of which are among the largest and most influential companies in the region and worldwide. Some of its customers include Roche S.A. e I, Biersdorf S.A, Citibank, The Walt Disney Company ARG S.A, Proctor & Gamble, Accenture, Johnson & Johnson and GE.

The agreement authorizes Shandd to distribute SSH Communications Security solutions for secure data-in-transit, governance and regulatory compliance as part of its professional technology offering. Shandd Argentina provides added value to corporations with a focus on advisory, consultancy, supply and implementation services for computer science solutions.

“We believe that a number of our customers will benefit greatly from SSH security solutions,” said Shandd Argentina “It is of utmost importance that new solutions and services help us improve the specialized services we offer our customers. We are confident that our partnership with SSH Communications Security will help us provide added value for our customers,” emphasized.

Check this case to know more about it.

“We are excited to have Shandd as a SSH Communications Security Solutions Partner,” said Matthew McKenna, Tectia’s Senior VP for Global Sales and Channel Development. “Shandd has a long and solid track record of providing relevant business solutions to the leading companies in the region. We are pleased that they see SSH Communications Security solutions as an enhancement to their range of solutions and services,” he added.

Contact us and let’s guide you too through a successful SSH Communications Security implementation.

About SSH Communications Security: Inventors of the SSH protocol, has been developing and supporting commercial SSH security products for over 15 years. With thousands of customers, including many of the world’s largest enterprises, SSH Communications Security is a proven and trusted partner.

We enable and enhance business for thousands of customers in multiple industries in the private and public sectors around the world. We operate in the Americas, Europe, and APAC regions, with headquarters located in Helsinki, Finland. The company was established in 1995, and holds 14 patents. Its shares are quoted on the NASDAQ OMX Helsinki.

More information is available at www.ssh.com