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Nov 30, 2015 at 16:25 UTC | ServerMonkey

Shout Out to ServerMonkey

Hi, I'm KJ and I just had a great (all be it long) purchase from ServerMonkey.  So I wanted to write up a nice shout out to ServerMonkey and Frank O. their rep who helped me all along the way.

I was put in charge of assembling a NDG NetLab+ system for my Tech College employer.  Those who don't know what a NetLab is, it is pretty much a nice remote access to VM's and (eventually) live routers and switches to help IT students configure those live components and work with pre-installed Labs to do everything from upgrade windows to check for security problems based on the Pod setup.  We are doing the VM route for the first year and try to incorporate the live hardware later.  With each student accessing anywhere from one to eight virtual machines at one time the servers these are going to be running on needed to be set up like a work horse, NDG recommended 256GB of ram and two quad-core 2.6GHz processors minimum.  People working big business might look at those specs and think that's not much, but equipping a Lab machine with these specs sounded a bit extreme.  So our first route was to upgrade four existing HP Proliant DL160 Gen8's to these specs, that meant new raid controller, more ram (a lot more), faster hard drives and a 4-port network card.  Well when all was added up the upgrades cost almost as much as refurbished servers with the same specs.  So I went on a mission to find the best price, everything from CDW to Great Lakes Computing and ServerMonkey ended up with the price that won.  But this is where the fun part began, these servers were being purchased with a federal grant and as such needed to be audited like crazy before the purchase could be finalized, a whole six or seven weeks of auditing, and still Frank at ServerMonkey stuck with me on my first huge purchase as an IT employee.  The results are four shiny refurbished HP DL360 Gen8's are sitting in our rack having a lot of VM's installed on them and they will be the meat and potatoes of out NetLab system.  Thanks again Frank and thanks ServerMonkey, I'm looking forward to seeing what these can do.

Consumer Tech: Diet Edition

Feb 26, 2015 at 16:00 UTC | ServerMonkey

The monkeys want to feature all consumer tech, not just . In this edition we take a look at consumer technology aimed to help your dietary intake and improve your health.

Vessylautomatically tracks what you're drinking. By tracking your liquids, you will remember to stay hydrated and regulate your caffeine intake. This can lead to curbing your sugar intake, losing weight, and improving your sleep quality. On the accompanying app, you have the option to track certain "lenses" like calories, caffeine, and sugar. Vessyl is equipped with Pryme, which monitors your real-time hydration needs. The durable design is made up of a spill proof lid and a nonstick interior. The Vessyl only takes an hour to charge with a battery life of 5-7 days. Vessyl is expected to ship early 2015 at a retail price of $199.

HAPIforkis designed to make you eat slowly and lose weight. Eating too quickly leads to poor digestion and poor weight control, causing you to gain weight. This is where HAPIfork steps in to help. It is an electronic fork designed to monitor and track your eating habits. It lights up and sends gentle vibrations to let you know you're eating too fast. The fork will measure how long it took you to eat your meal, the amount of 'fork servings' per minute, and the intervals between 'fork servings.' You are advised to chew each bite 10-20 times. The light will turn green when it is okay with you to take another bite. You can then track all your dietary information on youronline dashboard. It is powered by a lithium polymer battery and contains a micro USB connector. The fork head and handle are waterproof, but remember to remove the electronic key before putting your HAPIfork into the dishwasher. HAPIfork retails at $99.

Tellspec is a portable,hand heldfood scanner. It incorporates a near infrared spectrometer to beam a light into the food. The light reflects a sample that is collected to measure characteristics of the food. It can tell you the allergens, chemicals, nutrients, calories, and ingredients in your food. It is designed to contribute to the clean food revolution. The tellspecfood sensor is expected to begin shipping summer 2015 at a price of $349 with a yearly analysis subscription of $69.99.

Have you tried using technology to help with your diet? Let us know in the comments below!

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VIDEO: HP ProLiant DL160 G6 Review

Feb 10, 2015 at 16:00 UTC | ServerMonkey

TheHP ProLiant DL160 G6is a highperforming, ultra-dense, dual processor capable 1U rackmount server equipped with 5 USB ports (two on the front, one internal, two rear). This flexible and manageable server comes to you with options of a4 portor an8 port. The server is equipped to handle a memory capacity of up to 288GB without slowing down your network. It contains advanced memory protection, mirroring mode, and lockstep mode to ensure your information is locked away tightly. DDR3 is the maximum memory speed of each processor.

HP ProLiant DL160 G6 Review:

VIDEO SOURCE: ServerMonkey on YouTube

Power waste is decreased while performance and savings are increased! What more could you want?The HP ProLiant DL160 G6 allows for Web 2.0 and large memory footprint server deployments. Many of the processors can also support Intel Hyper-Threading Technology, which provides the server with great efficiency, allowing for multiple threads to run on each core and increases processor throughput. The HP ProLiant DL160 G6 can be upgraded to handle two processors.

You can upgrade or build your HP ProLiant DL160 G6 to the specifications you or your company need. Because we want you to receive exactly what you need, the Monkeys offer you the opportunity to build your perfect server.Customize your server online or call to speak with our experts to get started on your specific server today!

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Meet The Monkeys | Charlotte

Feb 2, 2015 at 15:27 UTC | ServerMonkey

We love getting to know our customers so we thought we would let our customers get to know us a little better too. Next up in our Meet The Monkeys series is our MarketingSupervisor:

Meet Charlotte!

Name -Charlotte
Title - Marketing Supervisor
How long have you been with ServerMonkey?A little over 2 years.
Where did you work before you started at ServerMonkey?Before ServerMonkey I worked at LACMA, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.
What was the last book you read or movie you watched?I just saw the animated short films nominated for the Oscars this weekend. They were all great!
What do you like to do in your spare time? In my spare time I like watching movies, going to museums, and eating out. I'm currently in the process of catching up on all 25 seasons of the Amazing Race with my fianc. We just finished season 6!
So far, what has been your favorite ServerMonkey lunch? It's got to be Chipotle.
Favorite thing about working at ServerMonkey? My favorite parts of working at ServerMonkey are the people I work with and that every day there is something new going on in Marketing. I get to spend a lot of time working on the "voice of the Monkey" which is also fun.

Thanks for sharing, Charlotte! You can see all of our Meet The Monkeys posts here.

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VIDEO: HP ProLiant DL380 G5 Review

Jan 27, 2015 at 16:00 UTC | ServerMonkey

To make your server research a little easier, were bringing you another HP server review. TheHP ProLiant DL380 G5is a 2U rackmount server that can hold up to 64GB of RAM. Memory features include memory mirroring, online spare memory, and fully buffered. This server includes the Integrative Lights Out port, an HP feature that provides out of band management facilities making it possible to perform from a remote location. The server also contains eight hot-swap bays for replacing components without interrupting the system.

HP ProLiant DL380 G5Review:

VIDEO SOURCE:ServerMonkey on YouTube

The HP ProLiant DL380 G5 comes with eight sockets for fully buffered DIMMs. For those of you who want the ultimate connect ability, it has five USB ports including two in the front, one internal, and two in the back. This server has the capacity for quad-core or dual-core processors for intense performance on up to two processors.

The HP ProLiant DL380 G5 is one of the best-selling servers. It can be configured to perform a wide assortment of applications. You can upgrade or build yourHP DL380 G5to the specifications you or your company need. Interested? Our experts are here to get started on your HP DL380 G5 today.Customize your server online or callto speak with our experts to get started on your specific servertoday!

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Going Bananas for New Employees

Jan 19, 2015 at 16:00 UTC | ServerMonkey

The best place to get a job in the tech field isnt in Silicon Valley- its right here in Houston! ServerMonkey is currently seeking new employees to join our energetic team! At ServerMonkey, we are a team of dynamic professionals that are thriving and growing rapidly. We offer employees a team oriented environmentthats filled with possibilities and room to grow.


Date Time School Location
Wednesday, February 4 12:00- 5:00 PM University of Texas at Austin McCombs School of Business Undergraduate Career Expo UT RecSports Center, 2nd Floor
Friday, February 27 12:00- 4:00 PM University of HoustonBauer College Career Fair UH Hilton
Wednesday, March 25 4:00-6:00 PM Baylor Center for Professional Selling CB 510
Tuesday, March 31 10:00 AM- 3:00 PM HACCC,Houston Baptist University Sharp and Glasscock Gyms
Thursday, April 2 3:00- 6:00 PM University of HoustonProgram for Excellence in SalesCareer Fair UH University Center

ServerMonkey is currently looking for:

Junior Software Developer

Asset Services Account Manager

Inventory Coordinator

Network Sales Engineer

Sales Intern

IT Intern- Asset Management

IT Intern- Web Developer

If you are unable to attend any of the career fairs, check out our careers page. Wed go bananas for you to become a Monkey!

About ServerMonkey- Located in Houston, TX, ServerMonkey (www.servermonkey.com) buys and sells new and refurbished servers and networking equipment. With a blend of low prices, high quality, and exceptional service, ServerMonkey offers a unique opportunity for corporate IT groups to economize without compromising.

ServerMonkey also partners with large enterprise to sustainably handle decommissioned IT equipment. Reusing or recycling equipment is the environmentally conscious choice, and should be an integral part of any company's green initiative. As an A+ rated Better Business Bureau accredited company, ServerMonkey provides end to end solutions for asset disposition.

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3 Quick Business Tips To Keep Your Business Happy and Growing

Jan 19, 2015 at 16:00 UTC | ServerMonkey

A few months ago we wrote a blogpost on how to become a successful small business. Today, we're giving you a few more business tips on how to keep your small business growing and happy - internally and externally.

Use Technology

Technology is ever growing. Software, hardware, apps - it's all useful. Data can tell you a lot, and technology has made it unbelievably easy to collect and analyze data for a small cost. Try out search engine optimization. This helps your website appear higher up in search engines. It may take some research but adding some high traffickedkey words that match your industrythroughout your site may help. Social networks can also be a great tool. Try reiterating what's found on your company's website on your social media sites. This will help gain traffic to your actual website. Encourage followers to comment and share the content with their followers. This is a simple way to gain immediate feedback. Find a couple of social networks that work best for your company - you don't need to create 80 different accounts to connect to your audience.

Boost Productivity

Let your employees have a little fun; they're more likely to focus on the tasks in front of them if you give them a little free time too. Encourage employees to get out there and gain new skills like HTML (it'll benefit the company too). Host monthly meetings to discuss everyone's highs and lows and how to improve from them. Build strategies together. Often more eyes on one prize helps. Utilize resources available to you. With the help of technology, employees can get more tasks done in a smaller amount of time. Download an instant messaging system for the office so employees don't have to wait on a slow email response. Try offering flexible schedules. Allow employees flexibility to come in and leave earlier or later than 9-5 if possible, allow them to log hours at home!

Promote Customer Service

The sales pitches on your website can only do so much. Customer server is one of the best ways to show your customers they chose the right company. Be polite to your customers- be positive and ask questions. Keep the conversation going and make sure they are getting the full attention they need, via email, over the phone, or face to face. Be sincere! It shows the customers youre actually listening instead of responding like an automated robot. When companies offer very similar services and prices, customer service can give a competitive advantage, and youre more likely to get repeat business! Another added bonus to great customer service: people with positive experiences are likely to share about it with others, leading you to gain even more customers.

Do you have any other business tips to share? Let us know in the comments below!

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RAID Calculator Release

Jan 19, 2015 at 13:00 UTC | ServerMonkey

Servermonkey.com now has a RAID calculator for your ease and convenience to assist in your planning. When you go to customize a server, you now have endless options right on the screen. Youve always had your choice of chassis and CPUs, and now you can even add additional RAIDs with various RAID levels, and more. For each additional change you make, the price of your configuration changes as well- the calculator will add or subtract the given amount to the final cost.

Heres the breakdown:

Step 1: Select your server.

Step 2: Select your CPU and memory options.

Step 3: Click on Open Raid Calculator.

Step 4: Click on the available RAID controller you would like to add and click next to proceed.

Step 5: Click on the RAID level you would like to select.

Step 6: Click on the available hard drive(s) you would like to add.

Step 7: Click Apply Configuration.

Remember with each change you make, the price of your server automatically updates, meaning the price you see in red is your current price as configured. Try out the calculator on the HP ProLiant DL160 G6 4-port today!

Look out for our Servers 101: Raids for N00bs eBook coming out soon!

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Wearable Technology: January Edition

Jan 15, 2015 at 16:00 UTC | ServerMonkey

This month, we look ahead to the wearable technology 2015 will be bringing us.

This little band seamlessly unlocks your devices and remembers your passwords using none other than your heartbeat. Nymi is equipped with patented HeartID, which confirms your unique heartbeat (ECG). Nymi is also equipped with encrypted hardware, an accelerometer, a gyroscope, and LEDs to notify you of battery life and other messages. Hidden inside the band is a circuit that will turn off if the band is cut or removed from your wrist. The band is currently being offered in red, white, or black- known as lava, frost, or carbon. You can reserve your band for $79 until December 31; shipping will begin in early 2015.

The Dash:
These discrete headphones deliver you a crisp and clear sound with no cables. These bad boys can also track your movements- pace, steps, and distance, while also monitoring your heart and oxygen levels. Better yet, the headphones also triple as a Bluetooth headset equipped with an ear bone microphone. The wearer can click a button to allow ambient sound to pass through, if he or she so wishes. You can even make The Dash waterproof for swimming! Available in two different colors and three different sizes, these headphones retail at $299 and are expected to ship in April 2015.

This little gadget helps you lose weight and improve eating habits by providing you with real-time coaching. By saying what you're eating out loud, BitBite begins documenting your own nutrition diary. It assesses the quality of chew and chewing rates and even learns your eating schedules and locations. All you have to do is download the app! The device can be worn in your ear, on a wristband, or even on a clip. Get the early bird price at $119! Regularly retailed at $159, BitBite is expected to ship in June 2015.

Honorable Mention


As an honorable mention, we look at the latest invention by two 14 and 15 year olds, the KipstR. If you are currently a Virgin Media TiVo user, you have a chance to be part of their latest trial. The KipstR is designed to monitor your pulse using a pulse-oximeter to sense if you are awake or sleeping. If the bracelet senses the user is sleeping, it will mimic your remote control to pause, record, or resume a show.

Which wearable is your favorite? Let us know in the comments below!

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Pigeon Carrier

Jan 15, 2015 at 00:00 UTC | ServerMonkey

Googles updated search algorithm, Pigeon, which was released in the US back in July, has now been released in the UK, Canada, and Australia. The new algorithm is designed to improve local search listings, though it appears Google is still playing with Pigeon updates. Has your business been affected by the flight of Pigeon?
While updates to algorithms are supposed to be perfect, they hardly are. Various local businesses have seen a reduction in their rankings- quite a concern to growing and thriving businesses alike. To improve your chances of popping up in the now smaller local listing pack, claim your business through Google by creating a Google+ Local Business page. By choosing the red balloon option, you will be found on local listings. Make sure your social media sites and your company website are up to date as well- list your location in all your meta descriptions!

Updates to the algorithm also include improved distance and location ranking parameters. When searching for a restaurant or business in a given area, conventional and informal neighborhood terms are now both considered in search results. Local results are being tied to standard web rankings as well.

Local listings are based off of domain authority, backlinks, and other SEO factors. Sites like Yelp, UrbanSpoon, and TripAdvisor are receiving higher visibility. Before, Google was ranking its own reviews and directories above such sites. Now, directories and directory listings are receiving greater weight thanks to the Pigeon update. Businesses want to make sure they are listed in each directory related to their field. Include your city and state as well as your area code phone number. Adding as many local details will ensure your business a spot in the new searches.

Let us know if you've noticed anything else about the new search update in the comments below!

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VIDEO: Dell Precision T3400 Review

Jan 13, 2015 at 16:00 UTC | ServerMonkey

The Dell Precision T3400 is equipped with the Intel SX38 Express chipset. It also contains one optical drive, one expansion slot, and two flex bays. This workstation provides users with advanced levels of performance. With up to 8GB of memory and support for PCIe x16 graphic cards, you have incredible performance capabilities. All graphic cards support dual monitor configurations.

Dell Precision T3400 Review:

VIDEO SOURCE: ServerMonkey on YouTube

With 11 USB ports, including 2 in the front, 6 in the back, and 3 internal, you can connect anything you could possibly want to this workstation! This workstation is built for a strong and simple ownership experience and a long lifecycle. The Dell Precision T3400 supports quad core IntelCore 2 Extreme processors and up to four hard drives for 1.8TB of storage. For optimal performance, remember to keep your drives up to date.

With theDell Precision T3400 you experience power, scalability, and reliability. With up to 8GB of memory and up to 1.8TB of internal storage, this workstation is great to help expand your digital needs. Customize your server online or call to speak with our experts to get started on your specific server today!

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An Overview of CES 2015

Jan 7, 2015 at 16:00 UTC | ServerMonkey

CES 2015 is in full swing. Starting January 6 and going through January 9 in Las Vegas, Nevada, the Consumer Electronics Show is a renowned electronics and technology show. The annual show sees visitors and exhibits from around the world showcasing the latest in the technologically innovated world we live in. That new smart watch youre wanting that can make you fly was first seen at CES- okay, not really, but you get the picture. You can expect anything from 3D printing to wearables to robots and drones and anything in between.

The Past

CES first started in 1967 in New York City. Most of your favorite products have been featured at CES over the years. Heres a table to show you:

Product Year
VCR 1970
CD Player 1981
DVD 1996
HDTV 1998
Microsoft Xbox 2001
3D HDTV 2009
Driverless Car Technology 2013
The Future

CES is the preview of products we hope to expect for the next year. Whether the products actually make it to the market is another question, but hey- theyre still cool to see. Weve seen some pretty out there ideas at CES 2015. These include Mercedes hydrogen-powered car, a luxurious and roomy take on an ecofriendly car. Weve also seen WattUP- a router bringing us truly wireless charging capabilities from up to 20 feet away. You can even plant your flower in a pot with a sensor that lets you know if its too hot or too cold with the Parrot Flower Power.

What has been your favorite featured product at CES? Let us know in the comments below!

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Remember, Remember the 5th of Intel

Jan 6, 2015 at 16:00 UTC | ServerMonkey

Intel has finally granted our wishes. The new processor from Intel, the Broadwell, has been much anticipated and is finally being released. The Broadwell promises power efficiency and mobility in a thinner and lighter body.

In fact, Intel is giving every segment in the company a fresh update. 14 new processors under Core i3, i5, and i7 are being added, in addition to Pentium and Celeron.

Upgrades to the new processor include battery life improvements. They say the new batteries should last 20-30% longer than those of the past. Broadwell is a 14 nanometer process- the die size shrank by 37%, but the capabilities have increased immensely. They can now fit 35% more transistors- a total of 1.3 billion. 3D graphics have improved by 22% and performance strength of video encoding has increased to 50%. The new Intel can even stream 4K video- a new favorite among consumers. The new chip is also allowing voice assistants to leave our phones and enter our desktops. While Intel has made this possible in select chips before, with Broadwell it will be available on all processors. The software for voice control will even be available in 10 languages, up from the previous 6.

Intel is telling consumers to look out for laptops, tablets, and 2-in-1s equipped with the Broadwell to hit the market very soon.

Will you go out and make a purchase for the new Intel Broadwell? Let us know in the comments below!

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Meet the Monkeys | Jamil

Jan 5, 2015 at 17:39 UTC | ServerMonkey

We love getting to know our customers so we thought we would let our customers get to know us a little better too. Next up in our Meet The Monkeys series is our QC Supervisor:

Meet Jamil!

Name - Jamil
Title - QC Supervisor
How long have you been with ServerMonkey? 3 and 1/2 years.
Where did you work before you started at ServerMonkey?I worked at HP for 16 years.
What was the last book you read or movie you watched? No movies, I only have time to watch sports - football and basketball are my favorites.
What do you like to do in your spare time? I like to listen to music in my spare time.
So far, what has been your favorite ServerMonkey lunch? The 4th of July lunch, I was in charge of the shrimp boil.
Favorite thing about working at ServerMonkey? Learning and encountering different products and different issues, problem solving and team work.

Thanks for sharing, Jamil! You can see all of our Meet The Monkeys posts here.

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ServerMonkey to Attend FETC

Dec 30, 2014 at 20:00 UTC | ServerMonkey

ServerMonkey, a leading provider of new and refurbished IT hardware, will be hosting Booth 250 at FETC in Orlando, Florida January 20-23, 2015. The event will be held at the Orange County Convention Center.FETC focuses on the future of education technology. The conference expects attendees to include superintendents, principals and vice principals, district leaders, and other various educators and staff members. The conference will focus on subjects such as implementing educational technology from pre-kindergarten to college.

FETC 2015 is getting a fresh update. Guests can expect new aspire sessions, which are 20 minute sessions to help teachers learn and share skills available for immediate use. Also new to FETC 2015 is the game-based learning arcade and the makers hub. These are designed to implement research and practice in game based learning as well as building and exploring with a hands-on learning approach.

Representatives from ServerMonkey include CEO Layla Wright, Sales Manager Bashar Hindi, Asset Services Account Managers Andrew Madrigal and Shehzad Ahmad, and Marketing Supervisor Charlotte Boman. They will be there to discuss IT hardware.

About ServerMonkey - Located in Houston, TX, ServerMonkey (www.servermonkey.com) buys and sells new and refurbished servers and networking equipment. With a blend of low prices, high quality, and exceptional service, ServerMonkey offers a unique opportunity for corporate IT groups to economize without compromising.

ServerMonkey also partners with large enterprise to sustainably handle decommissioned IT equipment. Reusing or recycling equipment is the environmentally conscious choice, and should be an integral part of any company's green initiative. As an A+ rated Better Business Bureau accredited company, ServerMonkey provides end to end solutions for asset disposition.

Charlotte Boman
Marketing Supervisor
+1 713.430.2182

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