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!
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.
"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.
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.