If you paid for Intel vPro technology, you should be using it.

Get more value from your vPro-enabled devices.

As one of the country’s largest solution providers, Zones deploys thousands of mobile devices and PCs powered by high-performance Intel® Core™ processors with vPro™ technology to businesses around the world.

Intel’s vPro technology describes a range of features that enhance the security, manageability, and performance of computers built around high-end Intel Core processors.

But too often, the hardware-enhanced remote manageability and security capabilities that vPro was designed to deliver don’t get activated by IT, leaving a lot of value on the table.

We can help you identify vPro-equipped machines in your fleet and get all the benefits of the features you’ve already paid for. Continue reading

The future of print technology is here

HP PageWide is reinventing office printing in more ways than one

It used to be a given in the print industry that if you wanted speed, you sacrificed quality – and vice versa. But HP stepped in and decided to disrupt conventional thinking and implement forward-looking investments in print technology.

It all began with the introduction of HP Scalable Print Technology (SPT), which included research and development in printhead technologies, advanced inks, materials, design rules, and precision production methodology.

And from there, SPT evolved into HP PageWide Technology; the latest HP printing innovation that outpaces the competition in numerous ways, and on practically every level. Continue reading

The standard in hyper-converged infrastructure

Dell EMC VxRail appliance

VxRail is the only fully integrated, preconfigured, and tested HCI appliance powered by VMware vSAN, and is the easiest and fastest way to extend a VMware environment. VxRail provides a simple, cost effective hyper-converged solution that solves a wide range of your challenges and supports most applications and workloads. Dell EMC VxRail features purpose-built platforms that deliver data services, resiliency, and QoS, enabling faster, better, and simpler delivery of virtual desktops, business-critical applications, and remote office infrastructure, so IT can focus on more important things: Continue reading

UC systems are connecting the increasingly disconnected workforce

8-12-16_UC-Blog-graphic_800pxFor more than a decade, unified communications (UC) technologies from industry leaders like Cisco and Avaya have been helping businesses collaborate remotely while reducing telecom and infrastructure costs by merging voice and data into a single network.

Today’s on-premises and cloud-based UC platforms take savings and efficiency to a higher level, going beyond voice, email, web chat and instant messaging to include multimedia collaboration capabilities as well. Best of all, the cost of endpoint technology is coming down, enabling small and medium size businesses to deploy sophisticated UC systems more affordably than ever. Continue reading

Planning for unplanned outages

It takes vigilance to keep the data center up and running

5-23-16_UPS_hero_325x429The Ponemon Institute’s 2016 Cost of Data Center Outages study shows that the cost of unplanned data center outages is rising fast. Sponsored by Emerson Network Power, the report finds that the average cost of a data center outage has increased from $505,502 in 2010 to $740,367 today. That’s a 38 percent rise in just five years!

Other key findings include:

  • Downtime costs for the most data center-dependent businesses are rising faster than average.
  • Maximum downtime costs for 2016 are $2,409,991.
  • Maximum downtime costs increased 32 percent since 2013 and 81 percent since 2010.
  • UPS system failure continues to be the number one cause of unplanned data center outages, accounting for one-quarter of all such events.

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Enable safe, secure mobility for your workforce

apple-ecosystem-blogThe Zones Apple Ecosystem

For 30 years, Zones has been the business user’s go-to resource for Apple® innovations.

Today, we’re leveraging our Apple expertise to enable corporations, healthcare facilities, retailers and other businesses to reap the benefits of a new generation of Apple products and become truly mobile organizations.

An Apple business is a connected business. Why? Because easy integration between Apple devices is designed into the Mac OS® and iOS operating systems. People can move easily and intuitively between the Mac Pro® or iMac® on their desktops and their MacBook Pro®, iPad®, and iPhone® without skipping a beat. Continue reading

Combine design and power for a whole new workflow

p40_product_HEROLenovo ThinkPad P40 Yoga

For years, designers have been forced to purchase two systems to turn their ideas into finished products – a drawing tablet to deliver a premium sketching experience and a workstation to run the powerful applications capable of rendering their designs.

In January 2016, the Lenovo ThinkPad P40 Yoga will bring together new innovations in sketching accuracy and pen technology with workstation-class performance to give digital artists and designers an all-in-one convertible that delivers on all fronts. The ThinkPad P40 Yoga builds on Lenovo’s legacy of workplace reliability and performance, and enables creative professionals to sketch and render designs on the same machine. Continue reading

A true enterprise-ready 2-in-1

HP Elite x2HP Elite x2

In many ways, the story of personal computing in 2015 was the story of 2-in-1s. New advances in processing power finally made it possible for nearly every major manufacturer to develop thin, light devices with had the ability to handle everyday tasks quickly and pleasingly. The result: beautiful devices that users love for their flexibility and capability.

But for all the attention paid to the latest wave of 2-in-1s and tablets in 2015, the HP Elite x2 might just have all the rest beat – especially in the enterprise. Continue reading

Durability designed in from the ground up

Dell Latitude 12 RuggedDell Latitude 12 Rugged Tablet

Many companies and workers in vital industries have been left out in the cold by the tablet computing wave, given how consumer-friendly designs emphasize thinness and lightness above all else. Despite welcome advances in the components and quality of premium devices, consumer-friendly tablets are often too fragile for the gritty and grimy world of field work.

Recognizing that the benefits of tablets – portability, intuitive touch navigation, easy sharing, and even the ability to use while standing – are just as (if not more) applicable in the field as they are at home or in the office, Dell has introduced the Latitude 12 Rugged Tablet. Continue reading

Grow as your business requires, without fear of technology limitations

Dell StorageDell Compellent Storage

For years, storage architectures have coupled data to hardware in complex and costly arrangements. These legacy systems required overprovisioning of capacity to meet future storage needs, straining budgets and offering limited ability to fully address modern virtualization needs.

Given this, it’s no surprise that today’s storage hurdles demand a new approach.

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