Monthly Archives: March 2017

  • We’re looking for ‘Heroes in Hardware’ – join our ranks as an official Partner

    Updated 16/03/2017

    We’re delighted to announce that our brand new Partner Programme, Heroes in Hardware, is coming soon. The Programme is a framework that allows us to reward the loyalty and dedication of the companies reselling our products, and celebrate the spirit of partnership by making a wide range of benefits available. We truly value our existing partner community, but are also looking to grow this with a host of new opportunities for mutual gain.

    G2 Partners, Assemble

    Our 4-level approach identifies the degree of investment customers have made in G2’s products and accordingly defines your partner level. Every G2 partner will initially on-board at the ‘Partner’ level, however there is plenty of opportunity for quick progression to gain even greater commercial benefits through an increasing spend and level of commitment.

    Benefits fit for a Hero

    Heroes in Hardware provides considerable advantages both for our partners and their customers, with increasing rewards throughout each partner level.

    1. Discounts increase on a 4-level scale, helping partners to boot margins.
    2. Raise your profile as a G2 product reseller by having your company appear on the ‘Where to Buy’ section of our soon-to-arrive revamped website.
    3. Our exceptional warranty and extended support options will also be available for our partners to offer to their customers.
    4. As we’re ‘Made in the UK’, manufacturing and shipment costs are kept to a minimum, allowing companies to reap the benefits of sourcing locally.

    We make the process of becoming a G2 partner simple. If you would like to learn more about how to become a Hero in Hardware, please get in touch to request a joining pack.

    Posted by: Geoff Undrell
    Posted in: News

  • Intel Xeon v5 processors

    Xeon v5 Processors now supported in our new ‘Industrial’ and ‘Server’ systems

    Updated 10/03/2017

    The hype surrounding Intel’s influx of innovation over the past couple of months came to a head at CES 2017 when their new 7th generation line-up took centre stage. However, the excitement still hasn’t ebbed due to the anticipated arrival of their Skylake Xeon v5 processors, which are beginning to gradually become available as part of the new updates.

    But how do they differ from v4, and why should you be holding out for the benefits of v5?

    Core, blimey!

    All we can say is that the number of cores speak for themselves. Where the topmost E7 v4 processor variant (E7-8890) only saw at its top end a 24 core chip, Intel has confirmed a 28 core E7 v5 processor with 165W Thermal Design Power (TDP). This is a considerable step up, with a lot more compute power promised as a result. But that’s not all – there is even a possibility that a flagship E5-2699 v5 processor could arrive on the scene with 32 cores and a gigantic 64 threads! That’s really something to look forward to.

    Here’s what we know of the Xeon v5 processors so far:

    • 14nm process node
    • LGA 3647 socket
    • E5 range for 2S/4S chips = up to 26 cores
    • E7 range for 4S/8S chips = up to 32 cores
    • 6-channel DDR4 support
    • Up to 38.5 MB L3 cache (E7)
    • At least 20% faster than v4

    The increase in performance of the v5 will naturally come with a price, but it is understood that they won’t be overwhelmingly more expensive than their predecessor.

    We’re thrilled to announce that our new ‘Industrial’ and ‘Server’ series variants of our 1U PC and 1U Nano products are now able to support Intel’s Xeon E3 and E5 v5 processors, our S325 and S345 models already integrating and using the next-gen CPUs.

    Kaby Lake v6 also on the cards

    We don’t mean to jump the gun, but specs are also now emerging with details surrounding the upcoming Kaby Lake E3 v6 processors due to a premature list release. What we can reveal is that the TDP for the v6 will be lower than the v5 by around 7-8W, depending on graphics, and each E3 processor will have 8MB of L3 cache. We can already see these will be faster again than their v5 siblings.

    There is still a lot on the horizon for Intel, and indeed for our products, with the Xeon v5 processors now available in a selected range of our server models. If you think the new Xeon processors could benefit you or you would like to talk more about their advantages, just get in touch.

    Posted by: Geoff Undrell
    Posted in: News, Products

  • Micro C16B

    No-frills machine strikes perfect balance between budget and customisation

    Updated 03/03/2017

    Our Micro C16B is the ideal machine for ground-up customisation. Delivered as a really simple package – we’ll simply supply you with a G2 Micro PC case, motherboard, embedded processor and power supply unit (PSU), and that’s all.  Powerful enough for a host of high definition applications, it’s the perfect foundation to then add your own choice of RAM, HDD, operating system (OS) and WLAN, giving you complete control over which components would most benefit your requirements.

    The Micro C16B is a modest unit – small, agile and unobtrusive, but still boasts a range of great attributes:

    • Fanless, Solid State Design
    • mSATA SSDs
    • 5” HDD or SSD Drive Bay
    • 1x Front USB 2.0 and 4x rear USB ports
    • 60W AC/DC power brick
    • Ultra-low power, A-rated energy consumption

    Developed with sound and space-sensitive environments in mind, its compact design and low-noise operation make it perfect for digital signage implementations and shop front displays.  It can also be easily wall-mounted or else rack-mounted in a 1U rack for your convenience. We’ve even considered your comms cabinet – allowing you to now rack-mount two Micros alongside each other in a tidy 1U space.

    Of course, the other welcomed benefit of this no-frills machine is the cost. For those working to a budget, the Micro C16B offers exceptional value for money, not least because you’ll only pay for what you need, whilst also giving you the opportunity to shop around for the precise components you want to add or even re-purpose those you may already have.

    How you choose to build out your Micro C16B is up to you, but if you’d like some guidance to work out a spec, then get in touch. We’ve experience of a host of project builds that can align this machine to deliver on all sorts of application needs. Alternatively, just speak to one of the team for some more advice.

    To learn more about the Micro C16B click here.

    Posted by: Geoff Undrell
    Posted in: News