What innovations will Google Fiber in Kansas City bring (Video)

Michael Gelphman, Founder of Kansas City IT Professionals, sits down with Enrique Salem, the CEO of Symantic, to discuss the ramifications of the Google Fiber build out in Kansas City.

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Data Centers: A look inside the factors companies consider for site selection

Data centers for Google Inc., Microsoft Corp. and IBM Corp. have already made their homes in Iowa’s low-cost market, and a recent study suggests the state could soon see more similar projects.

The Boyd Co. Inc., a corporate location consultant based in New Jersey, conducted a study to find highly secure, cost-effective sites on which to build data security centers to support the banking and finance industry — with several Midwestern cities landing in the top 10.

The Ames area was in the No. 3 spot, behind Sioux Falls, S.D., and Tulsa, Okla. Council Bluffs placed fourth, and Omaha took the No. 8 spot.

Based on operating costs alone, Des Moines ranked No. 9 out of 45 cities in the survey, while Ames ranked No. 6. (see chart below)

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LightEdge Solutions Sponsors Cloud Intelligence Conference in Kansas City

T. J. BangsKansas City, MO, March 21, 2012 – LightEdge Solutions is pleased to announce it will be a Gold Level Sponsor of the 2012 Kansas City Cloud Intelligence Conference to be held at the Overland Park Convention Center on April 12, 2012.  The conference will be hosted by Centriq Training, Kansas City’s premier I.T. training company, in conjunction with Microsoft.

This one-day conference will cover a variety of powerful network computing information management strategies for businesses of all levels. Some topics will include Public, Private and Hybrid Cloud Strategies, Cloud Security, Virtualization, Migration and Information Architecture.

LightEdge Vice President, T. J. Bangs, will be a featured speaker for the event.  Attendees will have the choice of four tracks, with 4 sessions each, in the 2012 Cloud Intelligence Conference including:

This event is ideal for IT professionals, business decision makers and executives from all types of technology backgrounds. Seating is limited. To learn more or register for this event, please visit www.centriq.com/CloudIntelligence .

Please contact Scott Riedel at sriedel@lightedge.com for more information or questions about the event!

About LightEdge Solutions

LightEdge Solutions is a customer-centric cloud computing and consulting company devoted to solving the IT issues of businesses nationwide. By utilizing our economies of scale, connections with world-class vendors and our own internal passion for engineering, LightEdge allows its customers to “plug in” to enterprise-grade IT solutions that maximize uptime and performance, yet fit into their budget. For more information, visit www.lightedge.com.


Simple Explanation of Storage/Backup Best Practices

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Enough Already! Cloud Computing Is Here to Stay

The following is a list of facts pulled from an IBM source.  It’s easy to see that vendors like IBM, Microsoft, Amazon an Cisco are putting massive efforts behind “the cloud”, but also that businesses are now pulling the trigger and implementing cloud solutions for some of their IT infrastructure.

  • According to AMD (1/12), 70 percent of businesses are either using or investigating cloud computing solutions.
  • According to an IBM survey (2011) of 2,000 midsize companies, two-thirds were planning or had already deployed cloud-based technologies, and 70 percent were actively pursuing cloud-based analytics for greater insight and efficiency.
  • 90 percent of Microsoft’s 2011 R&D budget was spent on cloud computing strategy and products.
  • In a 2011 Avanade-commissioned study of C-level executives from 18 countries to learn how cloud computing is being used in the enterprise, it found:
    • 60% reported cloud computing as their highest IT priority.
    • 74% are already using some form of cloud computing technology.
    • 64% are investing in training new and current employees on their cloud expertise.
  • Worldwide IT spending on cloud computing has increased more than 25 percent from 2008 to 2012.
  • 30% of small and mid-size businesses (SMBs) used cloud software in 2011.
  • A study by Mimecast in 2010 found that 70 pecent of companies that were using cloud computing services are willing to and will move new applications to the cloud.
  • 48 percent of U.S. government agencies moved at least one workflow to the cloud following the new requirement that federal agencies adopt a “cloud-first” policy.
  • 41 percent of senior executives say they are using or plan on using some kind of private cloud.
  • Cloud providers have increased personnel from nil in 2007 to over 550,000 in 2010.


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LightEdge Names Travis Thompson Chief Security Officer

Travis Thompson, Chief Security OfficerDes Moines, IA, March 14, 2012 – LightEdge is proud to announce that Travis Thompson has been promoted to the role of Chief Security Officer for the company. Holding a highly desirable Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert (CCIE) designation for 15 years, Travis brings a wealth of experience in real world network design, management and security architectures that is invaluable for a company providing cloud-based IT services for financial, healthcare and legal verticals.

With the growing number of internal and external threats, and the increasingly punitive nature of regulatory requirements, the risks can be steep if you do not have someone equipped with a detailed knowledge of corporate security.  Risk management and mitigation, combined with audit awareness and regulatory compliance efforts, make up a key strategic area for most companies.  In the past, these concerns were largely the domain of the Fortune 500 companies; however, with the increasing interdependency of multiple partners in an information ecosystem, many companies find themselves faced with the need to maintain enhanced security controls for their businesses.

“Travis is dedicated to maintaining the highest standards of security and regulatory compliance in order to ensure that all of our customers’ sensitive data is safe and secure.  His knowledge of systems architecture and expertise in network design has allowed LightEdge to create a sophisticated, fault-tolerant network and platform to satisfy today’s enterprise requirements. ,” said Jim Masterson, CEO of LightEdge Solutions, Inc.

Travis has been responsible for managing the data center operations for the past six years and has been the driving force behind LightEdge SAS-70 and SSAE 16 independent audit examinations.  His unique knowledgebase and skillset have placed him in high demand as a speaker for the topics of Network Security and Regulatory Compliance.

For additional details or to request to have Travis come speak at one of your engagements, please contact LightEdge Sales at 877-771-3343, e-mail info@lightedge.com or visit www.lightedge.com.

About LightEdge Solutions

LightEdge Solutions is a customer-centric cloud computing and consulting company devoted to solving the IT issues of businesses nationwide. By utilizing our economies of scale, connections with world-class vendors and our own internal passion for engineering, LightEdge allows its customers to “plug in” to enterprise-grade IT solutions that maximize uptime and performance, yet fit into their budget. For more information, visit www.lightedge.com.


You should get to know Travis Thompson

Travis Thompson, Chief Security OfficerJob description: During my time at LightEdge, I have ranged from building out the Altoona Edge BCC data center to managing the engineering team and now working on our compliance and security requirements. As more and more private information is consolidated in a public cloud setting, the security of that data becomes more and more important.

Background: I was born in Mason City but have lived most of my life in Des Moines. I have a bachelor’s degree from University of Northern Iowa. I previously worked in software development and for 10 years as a senior networking engineer for Baker Communications Inc.

Notable achievements: Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert/Routing and Switching in 1997; Eagle Scout in 1983; Scouter of the Year, Raccoon River Valley District in 2011; Citywide PTA Family of the Year in 2008.

Why I do what I do: Because I can’t imagine doing anything else. The pace of technology change and helping customers overcome their IT challenges creates a job environment that is constantly challenging and rewarding.

What I do to get away from work: Bike (the human powered kind), Boy Scouts, hockey (play or watch), tinker in my workshop, and basically get involved in my kids’ lives.

How I give back to the community: Previous board member American Red Cross, BlackHawk District; assistant scoutmaster of Boy Scouts Troop 43; retired Cub Master; volunteer for Food Bank of Iowa and service projects with Heartland Presbyterian.

Words to live by: I couldn’t pick a single quote to sum it up, but the following will be recognizable to my fellow scouters: “We never fail when we try to do our duty; we always fail when we neglect to do it. The most worth-while thing is to try to put happiness into the lives of others. Leave the world a little better than you found it.”

One thing I would change about the Des Moines area: On a personal level I’m thrilled with the communities’ commitments to increasing safe biking routes throughout the city, and I would love to see that effort expand even faster. On a business path, I think Des Moines is doing a great job of building on a great entrepreneurial spirit, and the key will be continuing to fuel the drive of locally owned and operated companies.

What Iowa can do to attract more people like me: Continue to provide an excellent place to raise a family. Focus on building schools with an advanced science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) curriculum to build for our future.

My leadership philosophy: The best leaders are those that lead without those being led realizing it is happening. The key to effective leaders is to clear out the obstacles your team is facing and let them go wild on solving the challenges presented to them.

What I would do if I could do something else: I’d be running a charter company on some island in the Caribbean.


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