About Us:


Since 1997, EDI has been a value-added provider of high quality computer components, systems, servers, and computing solutions. Headquartered in Norcross, Georgia, EDI maintains a presence throughout the eastern United States and many European markets.

At EDI, we recognize that business policies and practices that serve the technology community provide an important business advantage, both for us and our customers. As a prominent distributor of computer components and white-box systems, we affect the communities where we do business. As such, we build quality relationships with clients and develop strong vendor alliances. For us, there are multiple benefits – better financial returns, increased opportunities, more efficient operations, higher employee motivation, and improved goodwill between us, our vendors, and our customers. For our customers, there is a triple bottom line – more efficient service, increased selection, and smart savings.

Leveraging our strengths (accelerated delivery time, affordable pricing, assorted purchase options, and exceptional customer service), we plan to improve product accessibility and affordability, provide innovative solutions, and continuously improve our service and products. To achieve this goal, EDI pursues an individual relationship with each customer and tailors services to meet each customer’s specific needs. By contributing to the success of our customers, we hope to stimulate the use of technology throughout a variety of industry sectors, including schools, government institutions, and corporations.

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Season's Greetings

Just a reminder that we will be closed Tuesday, December 24th and Wednesday, December 25th in observance of Christmas and will also be closed on Wednesday, January 1st, 2014 in observance of New Years Day. All of us at Eastern Data would like to wish you a very Merry Christmas and look forward to working with you towards a very happy and prosperous 2014!

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

IMPORTANT: Changes to Windows 7, 8, Server 2008R2 and 2012 - New SKU's and Info

Current Windows 7 SKU's are going away at the end of January.

They are being replaced by new part numbers that are slightly different in the media packaging. In addition, there will be new media-less SKUs for both Windows 7 and Windows 8. These new SKUs will start showing in distribution parts lists December 1st. The new SKUs are listed at the bottom to make it easier for you to prepare for the changes. 

Again the SKUs you currently order through distribution for Windows 7 will be going end of life at the end of January so you MUST transition to the new skus. 

Server 2008 R2 is changing as well and a media-less option is being added to Server 2012 R2.  (see below)


Important Packaging Changes and New Options for W7, W 8.1, WS 2008 R2 and WS 2012 Effective December 1, 2013

Overview:

To mitigate potential increase in the Cost of Goods Sold (COGS) by Authorized Replicators (AR) resulting from the decline in volume of physical components over the past year, Microsoft is introducing packaging changes and adding a without media option for the ODR channel. The changes include:
1.      Implementation of Low Cost Packaging for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2.
2.      A new without media option for Windows 7, Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2008 R2, and Windows Server 2012 products.


Details:
1)      Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 Simplified Packaging
Change of Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 product packaging to the simplified product packaging used for Windows 8, and Windows Server 2012.

The simplified packaging was introduced with the launch of Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012 and continues with Windows 8.1 and Server 2012 R2 providing significant savings for OEM Distributors in terms of fewer components, simplified production, and freight/shipping cost reduction.

Microsoft is implementing the same simplified packaging configuration for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2. These SKUs will be listed on the December Royalty List (RL).

 
Implementation details are as follows:

·         New Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 simplified packaging and without media SKU’s will be added to the ODR Royalty List effective December 1, 2013.
·         The corresponding current Windows 7 and Windows 2008 R2 SKUs will be removed from the Royalty List effective December 1, 2013
·         OEM Distributors are not required to return any product and can continue to sell through their existing Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 inventories.

2)      Additional without media option.

An additional without media option is being made available for Windows 7, Window 8.1, Windows Server 2008 R2, and Windows 2012 products.  In the without media package, the media disc and media sleeve have been removed from the product packaging and new COA card has been added. 

The without media option pack will support both 32 bit and 64 bit installations.  

These without media SKUs will be added to the ODR Royalty List effective December 1, 2013.  The existing SKUs containing media will remain on the Royalty List.  NOTE:  “Without media” option will not be available in German language.

                                                         


Media fulfillment/Recovery for the without media SKUs
If an end user prefers physical recovery media, partners should order the with media package and ship media with the customer system.   The System Builder/Reseller should be careful to order the correct version of the package based upon their customer needs.

If an end customer receives their customer system without media and later needs media they should contact their System Builder, who can obtain the media using the replacement media process stated in the OEM Partner Center (OPC) website at http://www.microsoft.com/oem/en/salesmarketing/pages/media-replacement.aspx#fbid=VrF931mtcvx

 NEW SKUs:


System Builder Channel


MSPart Number
ProductDescription

GFC-02726
Win Home Prem 7 SP1 32-bit English 1pk DSP OEI DVD LCP


GFC-02733
Win Home Prem 7 SP1 64-bit English 1pk DSP OEI DVD LCP

FQC-08279
Win Pro 7 SP1 32-bit English 1pk DSP OEI DVD LCP

FQC-08289
Win Pro 7 SP1 64-bit English 1pk DSP OEI DVD LCP

GLC-02377
Win Ult 7 SP1 32-bit English 1pk DSP OEI DVD LCP

GLC-02389
Win Ult 7 SP1 64-bit English 1pk DSP OEI DVD LCP

GFC-02688
Win Home Prem 7 SP1 32/64-bit English 1pk DSP OEI Medialess

FQC-08250
Win Pro 7 SP1 32/64-bit English 1pk DSP OEI Medialess

GLC-02353
Win Ult 7 SP1 32/64-bit English 1pk DSP OEI Medialess

WN7-01144
Win 8.1 32/64Bit English 1pk DSP OEI Medialess

FQC-08115
Win Pro 8.1 32/64Bit English 1pk DSP OEI Medialess

4HR-00379
Win SL 8.1 32/64Bit English 1pk DSP OEI Region-EM Medialess

P71-07947 
Win Svr Datacntr 2008 R2 w/SP1 x64 ENG 1pk DSP OEI DVD 2 CPU LCP 

P71-07955 
Win Svr Datacntr 2008 R2 w/SP1 x64 ENG 1pk DSP OEI DVD 4 CPU LCP 

P73-06451 
Win Svr Std 2008 R2 w/SP1 x64 ENG 1pk DSP OEI DVD 1-4CPU 5Clt LCP 

P71-07948 
Win Svr Datacntr 2008 R2 w/SP1 x64 ENG 1pk DSP OEI Medialess 2 CPU 

P71-07956 
Win Svr Datacntr 2008 R2 w/SP1 x64 ENG 1pk DSP OEI Medialess 4 CPU 

P73-06452 
Win Svr Std 2008 R2 w/SP1 x64 ENG 1pk DSP OEI Medialess 1-4CPU 5Clt 

P71-07984 
Win Svr Datacntr 2012 64Bit ENG 1pk DSP OEI Medialess 2 CPU 

P73-06492 
Win Svr Std 2012 64Bit ENG 1pk DSP OEI Medialess 2CPU/2VM 

Microsoft Incentive Program for December, 2013


Thursday, October 17, 2013

Save $$$ With Office 2013!

Save $$$ on Office 2013 when you purchase with a full PC -Software and System must be on same invoice - Ask your Account Executive for more information.


Lenovo System Deals, Updated October 15th

Ask your Account Exec for more information! Click on the images to expand -


Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Windows 8.1 Enterprise Preview Now Available for download!

Windows 8.1 Enterprise Preview now available for download. Remember, if you choose to test this out you will need to install it on a test machine or virtual machine as there is no upgrade path after it expires.

Here is whats new in Windows 8.1 (copied from Technet)

What's New in Windows 8.1

We built Windows 8 to bring a modern computing experience to businesses and to help professionals stay connected to their colleagues and clients from anywhere, anytime. Windows 8.1 advances this vision and introduces new manageability, mobility, security, user experience and networking capabilities that will be available later this year – with the goal of offering customers the best business tablets and versatile modern business PCs driven by the most powerful operating system designed for today’s modern businesses.

Below is a list of some of the new and updated features that we invite to you test out when the Windows 8.1 experience becomes available later this month.

Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) Enhancements

Workplace Join
A Windows 8 PC was either domain joined or not.  If it was a member of the domain, the user could access corporate resources (if permissioned) and IT could control the PC through group policy and other mechanisms.  This feature allows a middle ground between all or nothing access, allowing a user to work on the device of their choice and still have access to corporate resources With Workplace Join, IT administrators now have the ability to offer finer-grained control to corporate resources.  If a user registers their device, IT can grant some access while still enforcing some governance parameters on the device.
Work Folders
Work Folders allows a user to sync data to their device from their user folder located in the corporation’s data center. Files created locally will sync back to the file server in the corporate environment. This syncing is natively integrated into the file system.  Note, this all happens outside the firewall client sync support. Previously, Windows 8 devices needed to be domain joined (or required domain credentials) for access to file shares.  Syncing could be done with third-party folder replication apps. With Work Folders, Users can keep local copies of their work files on their devices, with automatic synchronization to your data center, and for access from other devices. IT can enforce Dynamic Access Control policies on the Work Folder Sync Share (including automated Rights Management) and require Workplace Join to be in place.
Open MDM
While many organizations have investments with System Center and will continue to leverage these investments we also know that many organizations want to manage certain classes of devices, like tablets and BYOD devices, as mobile devices. With Windows 8.1, you can use an OMA-DM API agent to allow management of Windows 8.1 devices with mobile device management products, like Mobile Iron or Air Watch.
Mobile Device Management
When a user enrolls their device, they are joining the device to the Windows Intune management service.  They get access to the Company Portal which provides a consistent experience for access to their applications, data and to manage their own devices.  This allows a deeper management experience with existing tools like Windows Intune. IT administrators now have deeper policy management for Windows RT devices, and can manage Windows 8.1 PCs as mobile devices without having deploy a full management client.
Web Application Proxy
The Web Application Proxy is a new role service in the Windows Server Remote Access role. It provides the ability to publish access to corporate resources, and enforce multi-factor authentication as well as apply conditional access policies to verify both the user’s identity and the device they are using resources, and enforce multi-factor authentication as well as verify the device being used before access is granted.
RDS Enhancements
Enhanced Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) in Windows Server 2012 R2 with improvements in management, value, and user experience. Session Shadowing allows administrators to view and remotely control active user sessions in an RDSH server. Disk dedupe and storage tiering allow for lower cost storage options. User experience for RemoteApps, network connectivity and multiple displays has been improved. Administrators can now easily support users with session desktops to provide helpdesk style support. Administrators now have even more flexible storage options to support a VDI environment without expensive SAN investments. End users will find RemoteApp behavior is more like local apps, and the experience in low-bandwidth is better, with faster reconnects and improved compression, and support for multiple monitors.
NFC Tap-to-pair Printing
Tap your Windows 8.1 device against an enterprise NFC-enabled printer and you’re all set to print. No more hunting on your network for the correct printer and no need to buy a special printer to take advantage of this functionality. Simply attach an NFC tag to your existing printers to enable this functionality.
Wi-Fi Direct Printing
Connect to Wi-Fi Direct printers without adding additional drivers or software on your Windows 8.1 device, forming a peer-to-peer network between your device and the printer.
Native Miracast Wireless Display
Present your work wirelessly with no connection cords needed; just pair with a Miracast-enabled projector via NFC and Miracast will use Wi-Fi to let you project wire-free.

Mobility Enhancements

VPN
We have added support for a wider range of VPN clients in both Windows and Windows RT devices. We have also added the ability to have an app automatically trigger VPN connections.
Mobile Broadband
At Windows 8 launch, the devices had embedded radios that were separate components within the devices.  Windows 8.1 supports embedded wireless radio, which gives you increased power savings, longer battery life, also enables thinner form factors and lower cost devices.
Windows To Go
With Windows To Go in Windows 8.1, the Windows Store is enabled by default. Windows To Go users may roam to any number of machines and access the Windows Store and use Windows Store apps.
Broadband Tethering
Turn your Windows 8.1 mobile broadband-enabled PC or tablet into a personal Wi-Fi hotspot, allowing other devices to connect and access the internet.
Auto-triggered VPN
When you select an app or resource that needs access through the inbox VPN – like a company’s intranet site – Windows 8.1 will automatically prompt you to sign in with one click. This feature will be available with Microsoft and third-party inbox VPN clients.

Security Enhancements

Remote Business Data Removal
Corporations now have more control over corporate content which can be marked as corporate, encrypted, and then be wiped when the relationship between the corporation and user has ended. Corporate data can now be identified as corporate vs. user, encrypted, and wiped on command using EAS or EAS + OMA-DM protocol. This capability is requires implementation in the client application and in the server application (Mail + Exchange Server). The client application determines if the wipe simply makes the data inaccessible or actually deletes it.
Improved Biometrics
All SKUs will include end to end biometric capabilities that enable authenticating with your biometric identity anywhere in Windows (Windows sign-in, remote access, User Account Control, etc.). Windows 8.1 will also be optimized for fingerprint based biometrics and will include a common fingerprint enrollment experience that will work with a variety of readers (touch, swipe). Modern readers are touch based rather than swipe and include liveliness detection that prevents spoofing (e.g.: silicon emulated fingerprints). Access to Windows Store Apps, functions within them, and certificate release can be gated based on verification of a user’s biometric identity.
Pervasive Device Encryption
Device encryption previously found on Windows RT and Windows Phone 8 is now available in all editions of Windows. It is enabled out of the box and can be configured with additional BitLocker protection and management capability on the Pro and Enterprise SKUs. Consumer devices are automatically encrypted and protected when using a Microsoft account. Data on any Windows connected standby device is automatically protected (encrypted) with device encryption. Organizations that need to manage encryption can easily take add additional BitLocker protection options and manageability to these devices. 
Improved Internet Explorer
Internet Explorer 11 improvements include faster page load times, side-by-side browsing of your sites, enhanced pinned site notifications, and app settings like favorites, tabs and settings sync across all your Windows 8.1 PCs. Internet Explorer 11 now includes capability that enables an antimalware solution to scan the input for a binary extension before it’s passed onto the extension for execution
Malware Resistance
Windows Defender, Microsoft’s free antivirus solution in Windows 8, will include network behavior monitoring to help detect and stop the execution of known and unknown malware. Internet Explorer will scan binary extensions (e.g. ActiveX) using the antimalware solution before potentially harmful code is executed.
Device Lockdown
With Assigned Access, a new feature offered in Windows 8.1 RT, Windows 8.1 Pro, and Windows 8.1 Enterprise, you can enable a single Windows Store application experience on the device. This can be things like a learning application for kids in an educational setting or a customer service application at a boutique, Assigned Access can ensure the device is delivering the intended experience. In our Windows Embedded 8.1 industry product, we deliver additional lockdown capabilities to meet the needs of industry devices like point of sale systems, ATMs, and digital signs.

Modern UI Experience

Variable, Continuous Size of Snap Views
You have more ways to see multiple apps on the screen at once. You can resize apps to nearly infinite sized windows, share the screen between two apps, or have up to three apps on each monitor.
Boot to Desktop
We have made configuration options available which will allow you to boot directly to the desktop in Windows 8.1.
Desktop and Start Screen
Improvements have been made to better support users who prefer a mouse and keyboard experience to access applications.

These are just some of the key features available in Windows 8.1 We encourage you to test out and try these features when you evaluate Windows 8.1 for use both in your work environment as well as at home in your personal life. Please note that Windows Server 2012 R2 may be required in order for some of these features to be available.

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Information on Windows 8.1

There have been questions about what is coming in the update to Microsoft's newest Operating System - Today Antoine Leblond at Microsoft gave us a blog post with some previews of what is to come. Click the link below for more information -

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Friday, January 25, 2013

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Report - Intel to exit motherboard business after Haswell, focus on Next Unit of Computing

After the 4th Generation Intel Core Chipset is released (Haswell) Intel will no longer be producing Motherboards - Please see the entire article at Extreme Tech for more info.

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Information on Office 2013

Whats new with Office 2013? - Remember, through April 30 you can buy Office 2010 and get 2013 free!http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/offer/ Ask your Account Exec for more information and current stock of Office 2010!

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Eastern Data and Lenovo...

We are pleased to announce that we are now an authorized Lenovo Repair center for all Think Product lines!