Steadfast Blog

I did an interview several days ago with Ken Hess of The Frugal Tech Show to be featured in one of his Podcasts. I had a good time, though I started out a bit nervous. Hopefully I don't sound too stupid, it was my first public interview in awhile, the last being at HostingCon. Now, if anyone thinks I'd be a good interview subject, feel free to contact our sales department by emailing sales@steadfast.net and we can set something up.

To listen to my interview specifically you can go here: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/frugaltechshow/2010/10/29/karl-zimmerman-of-steadfast-networks

I am proud to announce that we're now launching Steadfast Financial Networks at SteadfastFN.com. As our financial/trading customer base has been growing we decided it was a good decision to acquire RadiusIT, who had become a consulting partner of ours over the years. RadiusIT brings decades of experience in the financial network consulting business, which we can combine with our proximity colocation facilities, 24/7 on-site staff, and nationwide network to offer an end-to-end IT solution to financial and trading firms. If you're interested in any of these financial network services, such as network consulting, market feed data, proximity colocation, or in-depth 24/7 monitoring please contact us.

We have been offering them for a bit now as customer orders, but they're now a standard product offering, the Xeon X5660 2.8Ghz six core processor in a dual processor configuration. These servers come with 12GB of RAM and 2x 500GB hard drives (using our current RAID special) for $599.95 a month. This can serve as a great option to those currently running their Xeon 5520's to the max or simply need some additional headroom as it'll get you ~25% more processing power per core and 50% more cores for a nearly 90% performance improvement, assuming what you're doing can take full advantage of the additional cores. With this offering, you can get nearly twice the processing power and twice the RAM for just a 50% higher cost for the base system.

These servers can be ordered via our usual dedicated server page: http://steadfast.net/services/dedicated.basic.php

Steadfast Networks is happy to announce our new line of Managed Network Security services. These services are all monitored 24/7/365 from a SAS70 Type II certified Security Operations Center (SOC) and allow you to easily become compliant with regulations such as PCI DSS, HIPAA, SOX, GLBA, and FISMA. Many people overlook various aspects of a complete security solution, such as keeping IDS/IPS rules up-to-date or daily monitoring of server and firewall logs. What good is a hardware firewall if you're not familiar with the rules that need to be in place and don't have the time to monitor it closely? A single item forgotten from a compliance checklist can easily equate to fines and lost business/reputation. Together with our security specialists we can assure that you're meeting all the compliance requirements and are operating as secure of a network as-is possible.

The new product offerings include a managed firewall, managed intrusion prevention and detection (IDS/IPS), managed VPN, vulnerability scanning, log monitoring/management, email security (spam and virus scanning), and general security and regulatory compliance consulting. The most affordable solution is our email security service, which is only $5 a month per domain, but you can also get a complete suite of managed firewall, IDS/IPS, and VPN for $650 a month. That bundled service is enough to meet the requirements for a vast majority of our customers and can cover an almost unlimited number of systems.

These managed security services can be added on to existing dedicated server and colocation packages, but you may need to make various network changes, including potential IP renumbering. If you're looking to start a new service, please make sure you contact our sales department with your security needs.

Chicago, IL Aug. 30, 2010 -- Steadfast Networks, a leading Chicago based data center and dedicated server hosting provider, announced today its #1359 ranking on the Inc. 5000 list, a list published by Inc. Magazine featuring America’s fastest-growing private companies. The Inc. 5000 list ranks private companies according to highest growth in terms of revenue over a three-year period, from 2006 – 2009. The list represents the most comprehensive look at the most important segment of the economy—America’s independent-minded entrepreneurs. Music website Pandora, convenience store chain 7-Eleven, Brooklyn Brewery, and Radio Flyer, maker of the iconic children’s red wagon, are among the other prominent brands featured on this year’s list.

“The leaders of the companies on this year’s Inc. 5000 have figured out how to grow their businesses during the longest recession since the Great Depression,” said Inc. president Bob LaPointe. “The 2010 Inc. 5000 showcases a particularly hardy group of entrepreneurs.”

"Since our inception in 1998, we have always focused on providing the best service possible for the price," said Karl Zimmerman, CEO of Steadfast Networks. "At Steadfast Networks, our focus has always been based on value; not providing the cheapest service, but providing a high quality dedicated server hosting service where customers can feel appreciated at a reasonable rate. This model has allowed us to keep up consistent growth even during this tough economic times"

Over the past three years, 2006-2009, Steadfast Networks has maintained 215% growth. This is the third year in a row that Steadfast Networks has been on the Inc. 5000 list, having been ranked 370 in 2008 and 630 in 2009. This continued growth has been sustained organically, with no outside investment, while continuing to improve the service offerings and level of service provided to their customers, which include major Chicago institutions such as the Chicago Reader, the Museum of Science and Industry, the Museum of Broadcast Communications, and the MacArthur Foundation.

"To continue our growth, we have expanded our services out of the New York metro area through our acquisition of The New York NOC, opened a brand new data center facility and office at 725 S Wells St. in downtown Chicago, and are now entering the financial networks market by offering market data services and consulting service to financial and trading firms" said Zimmerman. "To further enhance our hosting services, we have extended our network to San Jose, Ashburn, London, and Amsterdam to improve our international connectivity and peering relationships."

In addition to ranking #1359 in the Inc. 5000 list, Steadfast Networks has achieved the #51 ranking in the Chicago metro area. The company’s business model was developed specifically to help companies get a better handle on their IT needs by providing a reliable and complete solution that can easily scale when customers require more space and bandwidth. By allowing companies to outsource their IT load and data center needs, Steadfast Networks has been increasing the efficiency and responsiveness of their customer’s IT staff while reducing their overhead.

"At Steadfast Networks, we believe that when you choose a company that demonstrates consistent and steady growth since inception, you receive additional benefits knowing that your equipment and data is being hosted and maintained by a hosting provider that will be here today, tomorrow, and well into the future," said Zimmerman. "Additionally, a company like Steadfast Networks has proven that we can grow quickly and consistently while maintaining our high levels of support and personal service."

Steadfast Networks’ Inc. 5000 list profile including ranking and revenue growth information can be found at http://www.inc.com/inc5000/profile/steadfast-networks.

About Inc. Magazine
Founded in 1979 and acquired in 2005 by Mansueto Ventures LLC, Inc. (www.inc.com) is the only major business magazine dedicated exclusively to owners and managers of growing private companies that delivers real solutions for today’s innovative company builders. With a total paid circulation of 712,647, Inc. provides hands-on tools and market-tested strategies for managing people, finances, sales, marketing, and technology. Visit us online at www.inc.com.

About Steadfast Networks
Established in 1998, Chicago based hosting company Steadfast Networks, delivers high quality, powerful servers through reliable dedicated server hosting, colocation server hosting, virtual private servers, shared web hosting, and dedicated game server hosting. Steadfast's award-winning services and dedicated support staff help customers from all over the world 24/7/365. Customers can choose basic hosting or a customized, fully managed dedicated server hosting solution.
To learn more about Steadfast Networks, visit http://www.steadfast.net.

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