Friday 7 March 2008

For Intel product, and others, check out ASI Corp.

Recently, we have been building a series of 1U SBS and secondary servers for clients.

One of the problems we run into, at least here in Canada, with the big three suppliers is stock on Intel product.

Why that is, is not exactly clear. But we usually have to wait when it comes to system builds on more "exotic" components like 1U servers when it comes to Synnex, Tech Data, and Ingram Micro (if we need to use Ingram).

One of the features that the Intel Server Configurator Tool has is to "Check Availability":

Intel Server Configurator 1U Configuration Completed

The key symbol beside the availability link means that we need to log into the Intel Reseller Center to follow through on the request. If you are not a Partner, then a sign up process will be in order. It is well worth it BTW.

Once logged in, we are able to choose which suppliers we want to poll for stock availability on the selected Intel Server components.

One of the listed suppliers is ASI Corp. Until recently, the big three have been meeting our needs within a somewhat decent time frame.

But lately, our demand for server product has been higher and getting stock has been a lot more difficult with them.

So, when checking stock on a server build, we chose the ASI Corp. option and we saw that they may have stock on components we need. Or, if not, it would be a good idea to give them a call to check them out.

Intel Authorized Distributor Availability

We put in a call and ended up talking with Michael T. at ASI's Canadian office.

Right from the get-go we were impressed. We were able to talk about what we do and what we were looking for and receive a clear and understanding response from Michael.

He promptly sent off the ASI Account Application forms, for which there was no $250+ fee BTW, and let us know that they had availability on all of the Intel components we were looking for.

Since sending the forms back, we have received a number of post application form and subsequent post quote calls from Michael. It is pretty neat to see. Why? Because hand holding a new client, spending a lot of extra time with them at the beginning to establish a business relationship, leaves a huge impression.

And, indeed it has. As a result, it looks as though ASI has swung into our number one choice for Intel Product, along with some other exclusive lines they carry like Antec, OCZ Technology, and Thermaltake.

As far as the stock availability check feature, the supplier list for us is North American based. The stock check feature may be available to you in your geographical area. The only way to be sure, is to become an Intel Reseller, give your Partner Number to your area's authorized distributors, and give it a whirl! ;)

Philip Elder
Microsoft Small Business Specialists

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