Portland, Maine – Early summer 2013, Oxford Networks hosted an educational seminar with partners IBM, Avnet, Zerto, StorServer and Maxava to discuss trends in Cloud Computing and more specifically Disaster Recovery Planning. Attendees discussed topics ranging from the evolution of the Cloud, to what is a Managed Service Provider (MSP), to the importance of planning for business continuity.
The event was kicked off by Craig Gunderson, Oxford Networks’ president and CEO. He provided an update on the recent evolution and growth of Oxford Networks, specifically the development of the Oxford Networks Data Center and the subsequent expansion of product and service offerings.
According to Gunderson, “Oxford Networks is now able to provide its customers with the breadth of network, data, and managed services that they have been asking us for. The development of the Oxford Networks Data Center offers businesses a set of world class technology solutions that enable them to safely and efficiently manage their IT needs right here in Maine.”
The morning keynote speaker was Al Wissinger, Business Development Manager – IBM Solutions, with Avnet. Wissinger laid the foundation for the day’s discussion by focusing on the changing nature of the Cloud and the emergence of Managed Service Providers.
According to Wissinger, the Cloud allows for “Constantly evolving technological advances that facilitate maximum Business Value (HW/SW/Applications/SVCs) through efficiencies, such as pervasive virtualization, and is seamlessly available anytime, anywhere on any device allowing for the most productive usage of assets focused on solving business needs.”
A managed service provider (MSP) is a third-party contractor that delivers network-based services, applications and equipment to enterprises, residences or other service providers. The trend to an MSP model, according to Wissinger, is being fueled by a number of factors: leaner IT staffs and budgets, the need for business responsiveness that quickly scales and is efficient, enterprises pressing need to implement advanced technologies to drive competitive advantage, staying on top of the latest / greatest infrastructure is capital intensive and fast changing – an area that MSP’s are better poised to handle.
The afternoon keynote speaker was Brian Peterson, IBM Senior Technical Staff member, in the IT Architecture Infrastructure group with IBM. Peterson’s presentation entitled: Success in the Cloud: Why Workload Matters, Observations from IBM’s Own Cloud Transformation focused on IBM’s own conversion to cloud based products.
According to Peterson, “Cloud value varies by workload and deployment model and is about creating efficiencies and increased flexibility. When applied to the right workloads, cloud computing can provide significant elements of value including lower costs.”
Throughout the day, Oxford Networks’ partners Zerto, StorServer and Maxava presented information regarding business continuity planning and the use of Disaster Recovery services. From Maxava’s High Availability software, to Zerto’s Virtual Replication offering and StorServer’s Backup Appliance Technology, every facet of data backup, replication and storage was examined. According to Richard Dolewski, Chief Business Continuity Officer for Maxava, it is important to know what your server is doing at all times and to illustrate the point he presented a very humorous video.
On a serious note, Dolewski stated that “Disaster recovery preparation is vital today because: the expectations of IT services are demanding, technology today is the enabler of the business, downtime penalties can be severe, the competitive landscape is more competitive, and businesses rely heavily on their enterprise applications.”
While taking time to recover from a business affecting event may at one time have seemed reasonable, in today’s global marketplace there is no time for downtime. Oxford Networks’ partners were able to share information that gives businesses and IT staff the tools they need to prepare for the worst and stay up and running.
Carol Daley serves as Senior Account Manager for Oxford Networks. With over 14 years of experience in the telecommunications industry, Carol previously worked at Lightship Telecom as an Account Manager, and Verizon and Verizon Business as a Corporate Account Manager I, II, III. She has been with Oxford Networks since 2006.
Carol’s area of focus is working with large accounts creating and coordinating technology solutions that are personalized to each client. Taking the time to understand a client’s needs and building the trust necessary to meet those needs are the keys to Carol’s success. Carol creates a partnership between the Oxford Networks’ team and the client’s team to craft a solution that meets the changing needs of the business today and tomorrow. She has a devoted client base and when you meet her it is easy to understand why.
Carol lives on the lake in Windham with her boyfriend, Steve and their two dogs Shaylee and Lexi, where they enjoy boating and entertaining. She has a 21 year old son, Evan and a 22 year old daughter Alyssa.
Oxford Networks’ Business Service Coordinator Donna Hinkley presents a check for $500.00 to Suzan Bell, Executive Director of the Bangor Humane Society, as 2-year-old Malamute mix Laura looks on. The donation was made as part of Oxford Networks’ monthly Wednesday Jeans Day effort. Wednesday Jeans Day is facilitated by the Oxford Networks’ employee donation committee and honors twelve different non-profits throughout the year.
Every month at Oxford Networks’ four locations, employees participate in what is known as “Jeans Day.” Employees at Oxford Networks are able to wear jeans every Wednesday if they donate money to a charity or non-profit organization. Continue reading
As an IBM Premier Business Partner, Oxford Networks recently attended the 2013 IBM PartnerWorld held in Las Vegas at Caesar’s Palace. The theme for the event was Leadership on a Smarter Planet and consisted of educational seminars, leadership exchanges and even a community outreach project coordinated by Three Square, Southern Nevada’s only food bank.
The goal of the conference was to collectively think about and discuss how we can work to provide the solutions and resources our customers need to meet their changing technology needs. IBM is leading the way with its Smarter Planet family of products, such as Smarter Analytics, Smarter Commerce, and Smarter Computing. Find out more about what this could mean for your business at www.ibm.com/smarterplanet
Joe Hodge serves as the Vice President of Data Center and IT Solutions for Oxford Networks. In this role, he manages IT solutions created for Oxford Networks customers, the technology deployment of the solutions, and the technical staff for the Oxford Networks Data Center.
Hodge has worked in the IT industry for over 33 years, previously with Norton Lamb & Company as VP of IT Solutions. At Oxford Networks, he is involved with all aspects of IT, from pre-sale customer meetings, to building customer IT solutions, to project implementation, to post-sales support. He has also been integral in coordinating the evolution of the Data Center in Brunswick with product and marketing efforts, sales, operations, network and engineering, and the creation of the Technical Support Center. Prior to Norton Lamb & Company Joe worked for G.H. Bass & Co., Phillips Van Heusen and Wright Express.
He resides in Windham with his wife and daughter and has twin boys who recently graduated from RIT in Rochester NY. He enjoys being with his family as much as possible, working around the house, gardening, camping and travel.
Dawna Hannan (far left) from Oxford Networks presents a check for $500 to the Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital accompanied by members of FrankFM and The Wolf, and her nephew Jameson (far right), who has been receiving care at the hospital since 2011. The money was raised by Oxford Networks’ employees monthly Jeans Day fundraiser, and thanks to “Power Hour” sponsors Rowe Westbrook and Rowe Auburn, it was doubled to a $1000 donation.