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Iowa Data Center Employs SONET Ring
Infrastructure Technology Solutions (ITS), a leading provider of data center services in Eastern Iowa, recently enhanced its Internet access capabilities by adding a SONET service to one of its Internet circuits.
Company President, Joel Althoff, explains the need behind the fiber build out, “We were relying on two different carriers for Internet redundancy and were interested in increasing our bandwidth. The SONET ring allows us to increase redundancy and reliability while allowing us to pass on the cost-savings from our brokered price to our customers.”
The SONET ring was brokered by Kurtz Communications of Dubuque, Iowa. “Working with Kurtz Communications enabled us to realize incredible efficiencies as they were able to negotiate our contract and find the best deal for us across multiple carriers,” states Althoff.
Century Link is the provider of the SONET ring, which runs over OC 12 and can provide over 600Mbit/s connectivity.
“Current customers should notice better speed and bandwidth in general when moving data across their connections with our servers, and in the event of a fiber cut connections will fail over immediately with no noticeable downtime.”
One requirement of a SONET ring is that the fiber paths are never within 25 feet of each other, maintaining an unlikelihood of both lines involved in simultaneous cuts.
ITS also purchases Internet bandwidth from an additional carrier on different facilities and can provide layer 2 point to point connectivity between facilities via this medium.
Infrastructure Technology Solutions (ITS) is a full-service IT company located in Monticello, Iowa. They provide Managed Services, data recovery, network support, new computer sales, server hosting and web services to customers across Iowa and the United States from their state-of-the-art data center.
In April 2012, ITS is proud to announce a new green initiative to aimed at neutralizing our carbon footprint and supporting local tree planting organizations. When a new offsite backup account is created at ITS, $50 will be donated to local endeavors to beautify our little world in Jones County, Iowa.
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Infrastructure Technology Solutions (ITS), an Eastern Iowa Managed Services provider, was awarded the winning proposal for hardware and support related to Harmony Community School District’s 1:1 laptop initiative.
Harmony is currently a consulting and hardware client of ITS, and will now be tapping additional ITS resources for wireless infrastructure, storage solutions, firewall/content filtering and laptops for each 7-12 staff member and student.
Superintendent Dennis Phelps thanked the technology committee members and school board members for their dedication to the Harmony students, “The committee spent many hours discussing and reviewing the options that would give each 7-12 student an opportunity to increase his/her 21st century skills…this initiative displays a board that is thinking about what will give our students the best chances to learn and be productive as they graduate from Harmony.”
Harmony chose the HP ProBook 4530S for their device, and will begin rolling out to staff this spring and students in the fall. ITS Account Manager Jason Marshall, a former teacher and school technology director, will also continue to participate in Harmony’s Technology Planning Committee.
ITS, with two licensed teachers on staff, is also poised to deliver timely inservices to teachers, facilitate discussions regarding technology standards and benchmarks, and serve as a resource for technology integration needs.
Harmony Community School District serves the communities of Bonaparte, Farmington and Hillsboro in Van Buren County, Iowa.
ITS is a full-service IT company serving needs of educational institutions across Iowa. They provide managed services, data recovery, network support, new computer sales, server hosting and web services from their state-of-the-art data center located in Monticello, Iowa.
President Obama Has Breakfast with ITS President Joel Althoff
MONTICELLO, Iowa, August 29, 2011 — ITS President Joel Althoff and four other rural Iowa small business owners spent an hour having breakfast with President Barack Obama on August 16 to discuss economic growth in Rural America.
It was the second day of the President’s Iowa bus tour; breakfast with the five Iowa small business owners was held at Rausch’s Café in Guttenberg, Iowa. The breakfast was an opportunity for the President to hear directly from rural small business owners about their experiences and highlight the steps his administration has taken to assist them.
“It was exciting talking with the President one on one – a once in a lifetime event,” said Althoff. “He seemed genuinely interested in what we had to say.”
“The White House contacted me on Friday, Aug 12th, to see if I was interested. My name and business were brought to the attention of the White House through the Venture Award we received in 2008, thanks to the Iowa Area Development Group (IADG) and the USDA,” explained Althoff. “They asked about our business to determine whether our experiences could help stimulate conversation regarding growing the economy in rural America.”
The President, Althoff said, asked the small business owners how their businesses were doing and the biggest issues they were facing. Althoff shared his thoughts on broadband, entrepreneurial coursework in schools, initial startup credit and funding, and cloud computing.
Following breakfast, Althoff was also invited to participate in the economic forum held at NICC in Peosta, Iowa. In his welcoming remarks and in the small business breakout session, President Obama shared thoughts conveyed by Althoff and the other small business owners during their morning breakfast and conversation. President Obama and Small Business Administration (SBA) Administrator Karen Mills also announced an increase in financial support for rural businesses through the SBA and the creation of a series of Rural Private Equity and Venture Capital conferences to develop private funding sources for small, rural businesses.
ITS is an Eastern Iowa Managed Services company located in Monticello. We firmly believe in delivering solutions to our clients instead of simply selling them a product. Our satisfied clients will confirm that we stand behind our work and provide trusted, IT solutions in a timely and professional manner.