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We often talk about how we do business differently. I would like to take a moment to share what really makes us who we are; the ease with which our customers can talk to our engineers and support team is a differentiator in an industry full of endless phone trees, emails, and dead ends.

 "Always There" has been our slogan for quite some time; we've crystalized what that means to us. From the moment a potential customer reaches out to us, we work hard to understand their needs, the problems they want to solve, and how we can help. Our sales team works closely with our implementation team, creating an optimal solution. In our new offices, sales and engineering teams are all together, working toward optimal customer solutions. Our support team is on site at our three data locations, answering the phones, and working through tickets. We are Always There, from a consultative quote through implementation and support. Your hosting solution is important to you, and even more important to us. 

We'd love to hear from you. Current customers, potential customers, friends in the industry. What does "Always There" mean to you? Feel free to email me, or open a chat with one of our sales team.


Jamie Madison
Marketing Manager
jamie.madison@steadfast.net 
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Cross-posted from our friends at the ITA, our CEO Karl Zimmerman takes a look at Private Cloud, and breaks down the buzzword. Should you join the cloud? Take a look!

It seems everyone is considering a move to the cloud, but two things are holding a lot of people back:

1) Security, and 
2) Loss of control.

Private cloud environments can deliver the scalability, flexibility, and availability you get with a general public cloud product (Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, Dropbox, etc.), but directly addresses those two important hurdles—while also offering other advantages.

What is a Private Cloud?

A private cloud uses the same technology as a public cloud platform: virtualization via hypervisors (like VMWare, Hyper-V, Xen, or KVM), and distributed or centralized common storage systems. These core technologies give cloud services their primary benefits of scalability, flexibility, and availability; they can be used in a dedicated environment, for the use of a single company, division, or person. This environment is not shared with other users, giving one party complete control and insight into the entire solution. A private cloud environment can be housed in your own office or data center, but there are also service providers that can design, engineer, implement, manage, and host these solutions for you.

What are the Advantages of a Private Cloud?

The number one concern of people moving to the cloud is security, which is one of the primary reasons to utilize a private cloud. With a private cloud, you know exactly where your data is, and where it is flowing, at all times. You’re not dealing with a “black box” of hardware, but with a dedicated, known solution. A private cloud solution can also utilize all of the security tools you’re familiar with; firewalls, intrusion detection and prevention systems (IDS/IPS), web applications firewalls (WAF), virtual private networks (VPN), and others. You don’t need to re-invent your security practices to move to a private cloud as you would with the public cloud.

Beyond security, private clouds offer numerous other advantages, because you still have control. When building a private cloud, you can adjust every component, setup your own requirements, and build a solution that fits your specifics needs. Whatever your performance (computing, IO, throughput, etc.), availability, and compliance needs, there is a private cloud option.

Essentially, anything is possible: you can tie into existing systems, utilize wide arrays of hardware and software (including the same software you’re already using), and more. You aren’t limited to what a specific public cloud provider can offer.

However, there is so much flexibility that it can often become its own problem, unless you find the right partner to walk you through.

What are the Negatives of a Private Cloud?

Since all resources are dedicated to you, there are some limits to the scalability of the system. In comparison, Amazon has tens of thousands of servers available on their public cloud that are usable in an instant; the private cloud doesn’t deliver instantaneously. But, the truth is, most companies don’t need that level of scalability. If you know what your resource needs are, and simply need to scale at a reasonable pace, then a private cloud can still be a fit for you.

In addition, a private cloud has a higher entry cost. While you can get a single public cloud VM or cloud storage solution for just a couple dollars a month, you should plan to spend at least several hundred dollars a month for a hosted cloud solution, or several thousand dollars for an in-house solution. If you’re already spending (or looking to spend) that much on a public cloud solution, you should consider private cloud instead.

How do I get a Private Cloud?

To get you started, Steadfast would be extremely happy to give you some free consulting time and talk through your options. Whether you want an in-house or hosted private cloud, we’re happy to help you figure out what works best for you.

 

Steadfast Modular Data Center

We are proud to announce the opening of a new data center space in Edison, New Jersey! The new data center offers tier 3 redundancy and reliability, and will allow us to expand our footprint in the northeast.

Steadfast had previously acquired hosting provider The New York NOC, but our expansion plans lead to a search for a new space. Colocation hosting services have been available out of the New York metro area since Q3 2009; dedicated server, colocation, and cloud hosting services have been available since Q1 2010. Current New York-based clients have successfully migrated to the New Jersey location.

The data center facility can support Tier 3 redundancy and reliability. The move to New Jersey offers the best in security and customizable space, at an optimal cost. The building is more than 830,000 square feet, and is the largest commercially available modular data center.

“Our data center in northern New Jersey is a state-of-the-art location – the modular facility will allow us to the flexibility to quickly grow and expand,” said Karl Zimmerman, CEO. “Data centers in the New York area are, by and large, moving to northern New Jersey, and we are excited to expand our footprint in the northeast.”

“We are ready to truly introduce Steadfast’s services to the northeast – from Pennsylvania to New York City,” said Joe Bong, COO and EVP of Sales. “We offer great service to our Midwest clients, and look forward to expanding, and offering superior data redundancy. Our clients from New York have already moved with us, and we look forward to working with more businesses in the area.”

Join us in New Jersey! 

Karl Zimmerman takes on roles of Chairman and CEO; Joe Bong promoted to COO and EVP of Sales

[PRESS RELEASE] Steadfast, a leading provider of managed cloud hosting, dedicated servers, colocation, hybrid hosting, and disaster recovery, announced Karl Zimmerman, will transition to the roles of Chairman and CEO. Joe Bong, former Chief Revenue Officer (CRO), has been promoted to Chief Operating Officer (COO) and Executive Vice President of Sales.

Zimmerman’s new roles will allow him to focus on the overall direction and future of the company and its products, building long term relationships, and creating benefits for customers and employees. Bong will take lead on the day-to-day management.

“Promoting Joe Bong to COO of Steadfast will allow him to utilize his over 25 years of experience in industry,” Zimmerman said. “The company has grown as a result of his focus as the CRO, and this move will allow him to bring that drive and energy to everyday operations; he’ll unify our mission across all departments including sales, implementation and support.”

Additionally, Steadfast has hired Jamie Madison as marketing manager. Madison comes to Steadfast with marketing, communications and events experience from startup organizations, large nonprofits and Fortune 500 companies; she is an alumnus of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.

“We have a great product, and Jamie will use her skills in social media, marketing and events to connect with our clients, and further spread the word about Steadfast,” said Bong. “We’re taking our message to the next level, and will hit the market with both specials and important industry information, including thought leadership from our subject matter experts.”

Steadfast has also hired data center technicians Ricardo Camilo, Yamil Moyeno and Mohammad Hasan for the new data center in Edison, NJ; they have been preparing the data center to be fully up and running in late May. The new facility will serve the New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania regions.

About a month ago, Steadfast was a sponsor of the 2014 Badger State Science & Engineering Fair. While we donated money, I feel it was much more important that we donated our time. Personally, I served as a judge for both the Math/Computers award, as Presented by Steadfast, as well as the Best of Fair awards, and found it to be an extremely rewarding experience. It was astounding to see the amount of time and level of attention these high school students gave to their projects. If I could just play a small part in helping these students pursue their interests in mathematics, science, and engineering, it was easily worth my time. I would encourage anyone to take the time to help students build these projects, be their mentors, give them access to your business or lab, or be a judge at a competition.
 
Due to the high quality of so many of the projects, judging was very difficult; there was certainly some heated debate between judges. But, I am very happy with the way the results came out. The winners of the awards for Math/Computer Science as Presented by Steadfast were:
 
1st Place - Karen Chen for her project on Autocatalytic Networks

2nd Place - Bertrand Stone for his project on the Characterization of the Line Complexity of Cellular Automata Generated by Polynomial Transition Rules


Karen Chen Receiving the 1st Place Award in Math/Computers as Presented by Steadfast
Presenting Karen Chen with the 1st Place Award in Math/Computers as Presented by Steadfast


The Best of Fair Winners were:

1st Place - Karina Schmidt for her project on Induced Pluripotent Stem Cell-Derived Cardiomyocytes as a Model for Ischemia Reperfusion Injury

2nd Place - Amara McCune for her project on Optimizing the Accuracy and Precision of Asteroid Orbital Determination

All winners (you can see a full list here) received scholarships to Marian University in Fond du Lac, WI. The two Best of Fair winners were also sent to the  Intel International Science and Engineering Fair to be held in Los Angeles, California from May 11-16, 2014. We wish Karina and Amara the best on their trip to Los Angeles!

Karl Zimmerman
Chairman & CEO
 

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