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Continuing our Ask an Engineer series, Marc Schulz, our Managing Implementation Engineer, addressed some of the most frequently asked questions about Linux/Unix-based private clouds. Marc specializes in Linux and Networking deployments for Steadfast's midwest region.

Hear from Marc after the break!

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Cloud is a popular buzzword. Everyone is talking about moving to the cloud - but it seems as discussion increases, confusion and misinformation grows. There are so many things to consider when you're deciding to move to the cloud. Security, space, accessibility - it's daunting.

We want to help clear the confusion around Cloud. We are holding our very first open Cloud Consulting Day on Wednesday, October 8th. Appointments will be available from 9 am CST through 9 PM CST. Those interested should sign up for a time slot here: Cloud Consulting Day

This is about personalized education. A steadily increasing number of organizations are moving their data to the cloud, but there are several things to consider beforehand. Our CEO Karl Zimmerman, and Implementation Engineers Marc Schulz and Patrick Murray, will hold 30 minute meetings to discuss how you can migrate your business to the cloud, answer security questions, and serve as a resource to educate the business community about the cloud.

Meetings will take place at Steadfast – 800 S Wells St., Suite 190, Chicago IL 60607. Meetings will also be available via GoToMeeting (or other Web Conference solutions), and over the phone.

In order to guide a meaningful, personalized discussion, answers to the following questions will help: 

  • How does your existing IT infrastructure run your business?
  • Do you require any sort of security compliance?
  • How much downtime do you experience on a regular basis? What impact does downtime have on your business?
  • Do you have any issues managing your infrastructure? If so, what are they? Is your staff 24/7?
  • How many servers comprise your existing infrastructure? What are their specs? (Including: Processors, Memory, Storage)
  • Do you have any dedicated storage devices in your environment? (SAN, NAS, etc.)
  • Are you currently using virtualization in your existing environment? If so, what hypervisor platform are you utilizing?
  • What operating systems are running on your servers? If Linux, what do they run? (LAMP, etc.) If Windows, what do they run? (SQL, Active Directory, Exchange, etc.)
  • What are your current backup and disaster recovery plans?
  • Do you have currently have any limitations caused by your IT infrastructure (inability to upgrade software, process orders, etc.)? What amount of work/labor does it takes to maintain that infrastructure? What is your IT team like?

If you have any questions about our questions, we're also happy to talk through it. Interested? Sign up for a meeting here: Cloud Consulting Day

Our engineers work hard to help customers understand the changing technology that will be a big part of their workplace. 

Patrick Murray is our Microsoft Implementation Engineer, with an extensive Windows system administration background. His professional passion lies primarily with Microsoft products and he has planned, installed, configured, administered, and provided support for nearly every major Microsoft product since 2003.

Patrick compiled our client's most frequently asked questions about Microsoft and the Private Cloud. Check them out after the break!

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Summer is coming to a close, and we have a number of exciting Fall updates to share. Feel free to contact Jamie with any questions, and we hope to see you soon!

We will be hosting the SBAC Happy Hour in our new offices. If you haven't had a chance to check out our space, come join us for drinks overlooking the boat slips on the river!

Date: September 25th
Time: 5:30 - 7:30 PM 
Location: 800 S Wells, Chicago IL 60607
Cost: FREE for SBAC members; $10 for non-members. 

RSVP information is available here
; simply email Blanca at SBAC.
We recently opened for business in a new data center in Edison, NJ; so, we will be attending Techweek New York! We hope you can visit our booth. Karl will also be leading a panel about security in the Private Cloud. Stay tuned for more details!

Date: October 2-3rd
Location:  82 Mercer St, New York NY
Register for Techweek Here 
Web Hosting Secret Revealed (WHSR) interviewed our CEO Karl about the secrets to Steadfast's success. You can check out the full interview here. Excerpt below:

WHSR: Steadfast offers a wide range of IT services – cloud hosting, disaster recovery, network management, and so on. Can you give us an overview on Steadfast business?

Karl: Our real focus is in providing expertise and experience, not just hardware or facilities. Anyone can provide basic colocation or a server, that isn’t complicated. What people really need is a true partner, someone that can help them figure out what they really need; and they need someone to rely on, keeping their services up 24/7. They don’t want to worry about their infrastructure, they want someone they can depend upon to be there for them, to take care of things and help when it is needed.

In order to give this sort of comfort, we also need to have flexibility in our service offerings so we can give the customer exactly what they need – a perfect fit – instead of forcing them into one solution. We’re not just a public cloud company, so we’re not saying the public cloud is the answer to everything, because it isn’t. We will work with our customers to find the right answer, whether it is public cloud, private cloud, managed dedicated servers, colocation, managed network services, disaster recovery/business continuity or any combination of those things. That is where I feel we really shine, with complex solutions that combine multiple product segments.

When I started at Steadfast, I was eager to learn about what sets the company apart. The Partner program has been a fantastic way to experience what Steadfast brings to the table, and what members of our industry can accomplish when they pool their resources and work together.

Partner agreements at Steadfast vary, but all offer high quality IT and business solutions, and endorse Steadfast's many products to their customers. We feel confident referring our customers to these reputable businesses when they need a service outside of our scope. Steadfast strives to offer real value to customers while networking within our ever-growing community.

We recently put out a press release heralding the many new partnerships at Steadfast, available here

Joe Bong, Steadfast COO, recently said, "The Partner Program empowers Steadfast and Partners to reach a larger audience with a well-vetted, transparent solution for many IT scenarios. Relevant partners are encouraged to reach out and join this growing program."

Please check out our release and learn more about our great partnerships with: Access One, Aqueity, Equilibrium, Giglinx, Trade Futures 4 Less, Two Rivers Conferencing, ManageServe, and Prime Telecommunications.


Nick Gongorek
Senior Account and Channel Manager
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