ISG Joins Forces with Veeam Cloud Connect Program

ISG Technology, a leading cloud hosting partner and technology reseller, has joined the Veeam Cloud Connect Program. Veeam Cloud Connect enables Veeam clients to send backups offsite to the ISG Technology Cloud through a secure SSL connection. Clients can extend the existing investments in IT and pay only for the storage they use. Clients only need to have Veeam version 8 or higher to participate.

By utilizing Veeam Cloud Connect, ISG Technology protects clients’ data from catastrophic loss without the need to own, maintain and support capital intensive infrastructure. With the Veeam console, client can easily access and recover data from cloud backup repositories. Veeam includes Backup Copy jobs with WAN-Acceleration, Deduplication, incremental forever backups and encryption in flight and at rest.

“We are excited and proud to be a member of the Veeam Cloud Connect program,” said Ben Foster, President and CEO of ISG Technology. “Veeam is a strong strategic partner with ISG Technology, and Cloud Connect was a natural addition to our robust cloud offerings. ISG Technology can now provide clients with a fully hosted Veeam solution, a Cloud backup repository through Cloud Connect or assist clients with Veeam at their premises. We feel that is a lineup of services that few can match.”

Resources: https://www.veeam.com/cloud-connect.html 

ISG Launches Technology Cloud in Wichita, KS

ISG Technology, a leading cloud hosting partner and technology reseller, has launched the ISG Technology Cloud in Wichita, Kansas. The ISG cloud platform – available in Missouri and now through one of ISG Technology’s data centers in Kansas – delivers enterprise class virtual infrastructure in combination with a robust set of managed services and storage solutions.

“The launch of our Cloud platform in Wichita further enhances our position as a leader in providing true Hybrid IT for our clients in the Midwest,” said Matt Brickey, VP of Cloud Services for ISG Technology. “We continue to see strong demand for both our cloud solutions and our managed services portfolio, and will continue to invest in providing those services to more regions. With a deep product portfolio across infrastructure, hosting, services and geographies, ISG Technology optimizes our clients’ investments in technology.”

ISG’s operations date back more than 30 years ago, and the company launched its first virtualized service in 2007.  Since that time, ISG has grown to more than 300 cloud clients accounting for over 2,600 virtual servers.

ISG on CRN's Elite 150 of the MSP 500 List

ISG Technology has been named to CRN’s 2015 list of the Elite 150 of the Managed Service Provider (MSP) 500. This annual list recognizes IT solution providers with high technical expertise and unparalleled certifications. These companies represent an elite group of the top technology providers and consultants whose cutting-edge approach to managed services puts end-user clients in the best position to cut costs, speed time to market for their own products and services and improve efficiencies.

CRN’s MSP500 list is divided into three groups: MSP Elite 150, who are large data center-focused solution providers with both on premises professional services and off-premises services; the MSP Pioneer 250, who have a business model heavily weighted toward managed services focused on the small- and midsize-business market; and the MSP Hosting 100, who own and operate their own data centers, providing a wide array of subscription-based outsourced services.

In the fast changing IT sector, ISG Technology stays ahead of the curve by leveraging ongoing engineer training and certifications. Using a consultative partnership sales approach, ISG engineers create highly customized solutions to help clients manage, access, transport, store and secure data through hybrid deployments of both IT infrastructure and cloud services

“The allure of Everything-as-a-Service to organizations is largely rooted in the appeal of predictable operational expenses, cost-cutting, resource allocation and access to on-demand/pay-as-you-go technology. Therein lies a great need for the expertise of managed service providers,” said Robert Faletra, CEO, The Channel Company. “We congratulate the managed service providers who have engineered, or re-engineered, their businesses to deliver the services their clients rely on for future growth and ongoing success.”

“Winning an award like the CRN Elite 150 proves that we’re making the right decisions to fully support our client’s business needs for the long-term,” said Ben Foster, President and CEO of ISG Technology. “IT infrastructure and data center services are both critical components of our continued success. Because of our full spectrum approach, our engineers can deliver the right technology solution to solve client challenges in a highly responsive manner.”

ISG Emerging Tech Tour Informs Elected Officials

ISG Technology, a full spectrum Data Center and IT Infrastructure partner and leader in Cloud services played host to business leaders and elected officials for its first-ever ISG Technology Tour on Friday, October 17 at the Sprint Accelerator in Kansas City, MO.  The event featured a full day of presentations by technology innovators and was designed to pair attendees with leading-edge technology experts for a hands-on learning experience that would ultimately benefit the business community as a whole.

“Bringing together a diverse team of government officials, K-12 and higher education technology leaders, startup incubators, and industry experts to discuss new frontiers of technology sparks ideas and enables connections,” said Bob Etzel, Vice President of Strategic Partnerships for ISG Technology. “ISG Technology sponsoring this event makes a lot of sense. We bring together on-premises IT infrastructure solutions, along with Cloud, IT services and the robust bandwidth needed to tie it all together.”

Presentations were given throughout the day on a variety of cutting-edge technology topics including the role of the Sprint Accelerator in Kansas Economic Development, the mobility application revolution, the role of the KC Start Up Village in bringing entrepreneurs to the Kansas City area, the use of drones in Kansas agriculture and industry, the impact of the Cloud as a data storage solution, an overview of big data analytics and 3D printing and the rapid growth of biotechnology in the Kansas Corridor.

Presenters included Doug Dresslaer of the Sprint Accelerator, Darrin Clawson of Engage Mobile, Adam Arrendondo, Matthew Marcus and Melissa Roberts of the Kansas City Start Up Village (KCSV), Eric Tabor of ISG Technology, Terry Pallotto of Tukuh Technologies, Laurie Kistler of Laurie Kistler Consulting and Mark Hoffman of UMKC.

Technology is fueling the Kansas City entrepreneurial scene.  During the event, common themes included how to bring tech talent to Kansas City and provide proof of business concepts using technology.  Discussions were held around involving students as participants for high growth projects, increasing awareness and encouraging participation.

“Find someone who likes to play in the space and engage,” said Laurie Kistler of Laurie Kistler Consulting.

Those elected officials in attendance included Senator Julia Lynn of Olathe, Representative Barbara Bollier of Fairway, Representative Tom Sloan of Lawrence, Representative Jon Wilson of Lawrence and Lenexa City Councilman Andy Huckaba.

Another highlight of the event was a lunchtime presentation by Stan Herd, the internationally acclaimed sculptor of huge earthwork projects or crop art as it’s known.  Herd spoke about the important role that connecting with others in the business community has had not only on his artwork but on his ability to positively impact communities where he completes his projects.

“It’s not so much about the work—it’s about building a community and engaging in the dance to build a startup, or a monumental crop artwork,” said artist Stan Herd. “We get everyone—the local population, technology people, universities, kids—involved.”

  • Artist Stan Herd discusses the importance of building a community to accomplish huge earthworks.
  • Technology experts Miles Franz from ISG Technology, and Vince Miller from Johnson County Community College.
  • Steve Kearney from Kearney and Associates discusses the implications of technology with Representative Barbara Bollier.
  • Senator Julia Lynn meets with Adam Arredondo and Melissa Roberts of the Kansas City Start Up Village.

KanREN Directly Connected to ISG's DataCenters

ISG Technology is pleased to announce that KanREN, Inc. (Kansas Research and Education Network) will now be directly connected to the ISG regional network of Data Centers. This all-fiber route gives member institutions fast, reliable and secure access to advanced cloud and voice, data and security services without additional broadband connection fees.

KanREN, Inc. is a non-profit consortium of colleges, universities, school districts and other organizations in Kansas, organized for the purpose of facilitating communication among them, and providing themselves with connectivity to the Internet via a statewide network.

The new connection was made with help from Kansas Representative Tom Sloan of Lawrence. “ISG Technology presented at the Vision 2020 committee meeting on the topic of how broadband and cloud services advance Kansas economic development and improve educational services in our schools,” said Representative Sloan. “The committee toured the ISG Data Center in Topeka, and knew it made a lot of sense for these two Kansas entities to work together.”

“Connecting the KanREN network to ISG’s Data Centers is a big leap forward in capability,” said Cort Buffington, Executive Director of KanREN. “It’s great to work with a Kansas company that is committed to our state. ISG has a great reputation and it’s important for many of our members to know that ISG’s operation, including help desk, is right here in Kansas.”

“Information and communication services are rapidly migrating to the cloud and ISG Data Centers provide an in-state source for these new services,” said Ben Foster, the President and CEO of ISG Technology.  “It’s exciting to know that no matter where they are located in our state, every KanREN member institution now has direct access to the most advanced IT services available.”

KanREN is a non-profit consortium of colleges, universities, school districts and other organizations in Kansas, organized for the purpose of facilitating communication among them, and providing them with connectivity to the Internet via a statewide network. KanREN members include the University of Kansas, KU Medical Center, Kansas State University and the other Kansas Board of Regents universities. Ten community colleges, 32 unified school districts, many libraries and municipalities including the City of Lawrence and Johnson County are members of KanREN.

ISG Employee Wins Citrix System Engineer Award 2014

ISG Technology is pleased to announce that Richard Faulkner has been selected as the Citrix® Central Region Channel Systems Engineer award recipient.  Citrix is a leader in virtualization, networking and cloud infrastructure to enable new ways for people to work better. As a Gold Citrix Solution Advisor, ISG helps clients achieve multiple business benefits through virtualization, networking and cloud infrastructure.

Each year, Citrix Channel Managers nominate Partner Systems Engineers to the Channel Operations team with a written proposal on why the individual should be considered. Faulkner has been a member of Citrix’s Partner Technical Expert Council for 7 years, and has received three additional awards from Citrix for contribution to content development and exams. As the Solutions Delivery Manager for ISG in Oklahoma City, Faulkner architects Citrix solutions and leads a deployment team. This award recognizes his expertise and influence out of all the Citrix VAR’s in the Central US.

“I nominated Rich due to his overall attitude of excellence in execution,” said Doug Darby, Senior Channel Manager Central US for Citrix. “We have recently significantly raised the requirements to be a Gold Solution advisor, and ISG easily met these new requirements. Rich is a leader within ISG, as well as with Citrix teams.”

“ISG uses Citrix solutions to improve user experience and processes, while delivering support savings and increased data security,” said Miles Franz, Vice President of Professional Services for ISG. “In addition, the total cost of ownership is dramatically decreased—with clients doubling the lifespan of hardware at less than half the replacement costs of traditional PCs.”

Congratulations, Rich!

ISG Technology Announces New Data Center in Topeka

ISG Technology announced today a new Data Center facility being constructed in Topeka, KS.  The new 17,000 square foot building will house both a 10,000 square foot Data Center as well as ISGs local Topeka operations.  The Data Center will be the fourth in ISGs network of Data Centers and is scheduled to be online in early 2013.

The Data Center will offer businesses the ability to co-locate production systems, have off-site disaster recovery or the option of running their business systems in ISGs Cloud.  For those companies that require additional security, the new Data Center will be able to offer private cages and suites.  This provides an added layer of protection to business critical data.

Midwest businesses understand the importance of having an off-site solution for critical business data, states John Gunn, President of ISG Technology.  Whether it’s a fire, power outage or even a server failure, businesses can’t afford to be down. The addition of this Data Center will give businesses access to another state-of-the-art facility for their disaster recovery needs.

In addition to co-location and disaster recovery, the new Data Center in Topeka will be connected to ISG’s Cloud Services Data Center using high bandwidth connections.  With Cloud Services, a business can run specific applications or their entire business system on ISGs virtual server infrastructure.

This is one of the biggest shifts in the IT industry as businesses look to move away from managing and upgrading their own IT equipment so they can focus on running their business, states Gunn. ISG is a proven and trusted Data Center Services partner. While there are many companies announcing their intentions to provide Cloud Services, the Topeka Data Center is a continuance of ISGs nearly decade long commitment to the cloud. We’ve been managing our clients off-site business data for more than 10 years.

ISGs full suite of Data Center Services includes infrastructure as a service to host and manage a businesses complete IT environment, web and email hosting, data backup services, disaster recovery, collocation services and more.

ISGs new Data Center in Topeka will be an addition to their existing network of Data Center facilities.  Currently, ISG operates an underground Data Center in Columbia, Missouri, a Data Center in Wichita, Kansas and offers Data Center services at 1102 Grand in Kansas City.  The Data Centers will be connected by fiber, allowing for communication and DR capabilities between all facilities.

The Topeka data center represents our first major infrastructure investment in ISG that leverages ISGs existing expertise in cloud computing and managed services, added Ben Foster, Chief Executive Officer of ISG Technology & Twin Valley Communications.  ISGs ability to offer small & medium businesses the full spectrum of solutions ranging from complete off-site computing to premise-based solutions has been enhanced by our strategic relationship with Kansas Fiber Network and its partners.  For the first time, clients will be able to deal with one IT vendor for their bandwidth and equipment solutions.  As our clients continue to recognize the potential of the cloud on their business, we will continue to invest in the technology infrastructure that will give them an advantage in their markets.

ISG TECHNOLOGY is an industry leading information technology firm delivering business solutions to organizations of all types.  ISG specializes in all areas of communication and IP technology, including Virtualization and Storage, Unified Communications, Managed Services, Physical Security, Networking and Cloud and Data Center offerings.

Founded in 1982, ISG serves businesses throughout the Midwest, with nine locations in Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma and more than 160 employees company-wide.  For more information about ISG visit www.isgtech.com or call (877) 334-4ISG (4474).

Twin Valley and ISG Technology Announce Acquisition

Company will Deliver Cloud, IT, Advanced Data Networking and Telecom Solutions

SALINA, KS — November 1 – Twin Valley, an industry leading provider of voice, data, advanced telecom networking, and entertainment services, and ISG Technology, Inc., a nationally recognized cloud, IT solutions and technology integrator, today announced Twin Valley is acquiring a majority ownership stake in ISG. Co-founder and current ISG CEO, John Gunn, will retain a minority ownership stake in the company. Combining Twin Valley’s advanced telecom and data networking expertise along with ISG’s expertise in integrating advanced technology solutions the company will deliver a one-stop shop for businesses of all sizes with fully integrated communication and technology solutions.

Benefits from the acquisition include:

  • Consolidated delivery of a meaningful client experience helping businesses gain efficiency and profitability, hallmark of both companies
  • Integrated bundles of high-growth cloud, IT, and advanced data networking and telecom solutions
  • Launch of new wholesale and private label reseller channels allowing other telcos and technology integrators access to the high-growth sector of cloud and IT solutions
  • Cross-selling and up-selling opportunities across the combined client base
  • Expansion of geographic footprint

A strong business product portfolio is a key element to a successful growth strategy for both companies, said Ben Foster, Chairman and CEO of the newly formed company. Twin Valley has had great success deploying our cloud based voice service through our Hosted IP PBX platform. We had a choice of continuing to drive product innovation and revenue growth organically or by seeking a partner. Having previously worked together, the companies quickly recognized the synergies between our strategies. It’s both comforting and exciting to know that we’re stepping to the plate with an all-star team in ISG and their employees. The value that John and ISG provide their clients is an unparalleled differentiator compared to larger corporate competitors.

Both companies will remain headquartered in their current locations, Salina, KS and Miltonvale, KS for ISG and Twin Valley respectively. All current locations will remain fully intact and operational, with plans of expanding those locations along with the long-term growth of the company and its services.

I am very excited to have Twin Valley as a partner, they are a fourth generation company who buys and holds, said John Gunn, President and COO of the newly formed company. With ISG’s push into cloud computing it is a natural marriage between our companies. The Twin Valley family has the same core values as ISG, and this will provide long term stability for our employees and clients. Whether a client simply needs dial tone or a more advanced large scale IT solution, we now have the ability to meet all of those needs.

Ben Foster will remain President and COO of Twin Valley and serve as Chairman and CEO of ISG. John Gunn will serve as President and COO of ISG. Mike Foster will remain Chairman and CEO of Twin Valley and serve as Executive Vice President of ISG. Gary Abbott will remain CFO of ISG.

Awarded CISCO Client Satisfaction Gold Star

LENEXA, KS; MAY 5, 2009: Cisco Systems Inc announced today that ISG TECHNOLOGY INC has achieved Cisco Channel Client Satisfaction Excellence.

Client Satisfaction Excellence is the highest distinction a partner can receive within the Cisco Channel Partner Program. Cisco will display a special Client Satisfaction Excellence Gold Star indicator on the Cisco Partner web site. ISG Technology will be identified as having achieved outstanding client satisfaction as part of Cisco’s worldwide assessment process.

Cisco’s Channel Client Satisfaction Excellence is based upon client satisfaction results captured from Cisco’s online survey tool. Each quarter, Cisco acknowledges partners that have the highest client satisfaction within a geographic region.

ISG TECHNOLOGY INC, with headquarters in Salina, Kansas, specializes in business solutions for all areas of communication and technology, including data and voice network integration, security, storage, virtualization and telephony solutions. The company has over 25 years experience serving businesses in the Midwest and operates nine facilities throughout Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma.