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Server Sales Increase 7% - VARs have unique skill set to support this market

Server Sales Increase 7% - VARs have unique skill set to support this market

Among the various computer segments within the technology industry, the server market offers one of the best opportunities for growth because VARs can emphasize their unique strengths which include the ability to completely customize the server solution, provide diverse levels of service that meet each client’s unique needs, and the ability to integrate the entire infrastructure from network, to hardware, and software all of which are highly desirable for this sector. According to IDC, ...
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SSD Performance – PCIe (NVMe) vs SATA Interface

SSD Performance – PCIe (NVMe) vs SATA Interface

Evolution in computer technology is a certainty, but perhaps the segment that has been evolving the most has been storage, and more specifically has been solid state drives. In fact, until the release of SSD, improvements in storage technologies were almost entirely based on increases in capacity with little to no advances in performance. This all changed with the introduction of solid state drives based on NAND memory rather than spinning disks. The first drives were put into a 2.5” form ...
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Wearables Market to Nearly Double by 2021 – Huawei Smart Watch 2

Wearables Market to Nearly Double by 2021 – Huawei Smart Watch 2

Wearable compute devices which are primarily made up of smart watches, wristbands, and ear wear, are expected to ship 125.5 million units in 2017, according to data from IDC Worldwide Quarterly Wearable Device Tracker. This would represent a 20.4% increase over the 104.3 million units shipped in 2016 and aligns with estimates showing the market will have an annual growth rate of 18.2% over the next five years. With such impressive growth and with over 56% of all wearable devices being smart w...
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NAND Shortage Continues through 2017

NAND Shortage Continues through 2017

Back in August 2016 we posted a Blog regarding the shortage on NAND memory and the impact it was having on SSD supply. In the blog we outlined the major contributors to the shortage and gave an industry perspective on when supply may recover. Today we are posting this update because the more things change the more they stay the same. Simply put, NAND memory continues to be constrained as demand outpaces volume and the shortage is now expected by some to continue through 2017 and may extend ...
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ASI Celebrates 30 Years

ASI Celebrates 30 Years

2017 is a significant year in ASI’s history as we celebrate our 30th Anniversary. Looking back over the years, we have witnessed many changes in technology, as well as seen how those technologies have revolutionized the entire computer industry.  From client PCs to server farms and beyond, ASI has been fortunate to have enjoyed a high level of support and dedication from our customers as well as our suppliers who all share a common commitment of providing the highest levels of service...
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Gaming Monitor Market Represents Opportunity for Growth - What Features Matter the Most and What Solutions are offered by ASI?

Gaming Monitor Market Represents Opportunity for Growth - What Features Matter the Most and What Solutions are offered by ASI?

As early technology advocates, gamers have long been a very important customer base for the channel, helping accelerate growth as they load their PCs with the fastest processor, best performing solid state drive and highest end graphics card. But over the past year as sales have doubled from 550,000 units to 1.2 million units worldwide, gaming monitors have become the new hot product for the PC Enthusiast. While overall sales of monitors remained relatively flat with over 7 million units ship...
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Intel Turnkey Servers – Fully Integrated, Validated, Tested, and Supported by Intel

Intel Turnkey Servers – Fully Integrated, Validated, Tested, and Supported by Intel

Now for most of us when we think about Intel products for the server market, we think of building block components like processors, server boards, cases, power supplies, solid state drives, high performance LAN,  and even some select rackmount bare bones, but now Intel is offering something completely new in the way of turnkey servers fully integrated with memory, storage, LAN and more. Whether you’re involved in Cloud Computing, Data Centers, or High Performance Computing, the ser...
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Video Surveillance – A Growing Market Ideal for the VAR

Video Surveillance – A Growing Market Ideal for the VAR

While most of the traditional markets in the computer sector have struggled to find growth, several verticals have proven to be extremely successful, maybe none more than the security surveillance market which continues to post an annual growth rate of 17%. In fact, the overall worldwide market is expected to grow to $42 billion by the year 2019 with the US continuing to be the world’s largest market accounting for 35% of all sales reaching over $17 billion in revenue. The Opportunity ...
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NAND Shortage - Will it impact SSD supply and price?

NAND Shortage - Will it impact SSD supply and price?

We’ve heard a lot recently about the rapid changes in NAND technology that have been driving down the cost per gigabyte and increasing the storage capacity of Solid State Drives, but these transitions are having an impact on NAND supply which has led to some shortages of popular size SSDs and some price increases on tier two brands. Typically when people hear mention of the words "shortage" and "NAND" they instinctively think back to the early days of solid state drives...
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3D NAND - Putting Another Nail in the Hard Drive Market?

3D NAND - Putting Another Nail in the Hard Drive Market?

SSDs have been making significant gains in market share at the expense of hard disk drives for the past several years. With recent advances in NAND design technology such as 3D NAND, the two key advantages that HDDs have held over SSDs, which were price per gigabyte and storage capacity, are narrowing if not disappearing completely.   Price Per Gigabyte – Lower in 2017 In terms of price, SSDs are about $.25 per gigabyte and HDDs are about $.09 per gigabyte, so the gap in terms of...
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