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System Status: Operational
December 26th, 2010, 4:39am
Category: System Status
Status System Notes
Normal vCenter vCenter is operating normally.
Normal Virtual Machines All VMs are operating normally.
Normal VMware Hosts All vmware hosts are operating normally.
Normal VMware Clusters All clusters operating normally
Normal SAN All SAN components operating normally.
Normal L3 Switches All switches operating normally
Normal Firewall Clusters All firewalls operating normally
Normal Internet Connectivity Internet connectivity is normal.

Notes: We have completed the maintenance interval.

                 
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System Status: Maintenance Interval
December 26th, 2010, 1:47am
Category: System Status
Status System Notes
Normal vCenter vCenter is operating normally.
Maintenance Virtual Machines We are powering on all VMs.
Normal VMware Hosts All vmware hosts are operating normally.
Normal VMware Clusters All clusters operating normally.
Normal SAN All storage components are operating normally
Normal L3 Switches Switch infrastructure is operating normally.
Normal Firewall Clusters All firewall clusters operating normally.
Normal Internet Connectivity Internet connectivity is normal.

Notes: We are performing our scheduled maintenance.

                 
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System Status: Maintenance Interval
December 26th, 2010, 12:57am
Category: System Status
Status System Notes
Normal vCenter vCenter is operating normally.
Maintenance Virtual Machines All VMs are down for maintenance.
Normal VMware Hosts All vmware hosts are operating normally.
Normal VMware Clusters All clusters operating normally.
Normal SAN All storage components are operating normally
Normal L3 Switches Switch infrastructure is operating normally.
Normal Firewall Clusters All firewall clusters operating normally.
Normal Internet Connectivity Internet connectivity is normal.

Notes: We are performing our scheduled maintenance.

                 
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System Status: Maintenance Interval
December 25th, 2010, 10:02pm
Category: System Status
Status System Notes
Normal vCenter vCenter is operating normally.
Maintenance Virtual Machines All VMs are down for maintenance.
Normal VMware Hosts All vmware hosts are operating normally.
Normal VMware Clusters All clusters operating normally
Maintenance SAN Storage01/02 is being upgraded.
Maintenance L3 Switches l3switch01 is being upgraded.
Maintenance Firewall Clusters Firewall03/04 cluster is being upgraded
Normal Internet Connectivity Internet connectivity is normal.

Notes: We are performing our scheduled maintenance.

                 
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Choosing the Right SharePoint Hosting Solution
December 21st, 2010, 10:28pm
Category: Newsletters

SharePoint 2010 is the latest version of Microsoft’s collaboration and document management tool. Companies can use SharePoint to build and deploy web sites, collaboration workspaces, and document repositories, thereby allowing their employees to share information and access essential data. As a web-based system, SharePoint allows employees to connect, work together, and increase productivity, whether they are in different corners of the same building or on different parts of the planet.

Companies can take advantage of the following SharePoint features:
• integration with other Microsoft products such as Office and Exchange Server.
• hosting capabilities for the company intranet, extranet, and Internet sites.
• collaboration tools to connect project teams.
• content management system tools to manage documents from start to finish and share them with the appropriate personnel.

Three Options for Implementation
After deciding that SharePoint is a necessary business tool, the question of implementation remains. Companies have three options: self hosting, shared hosting, or virtual dedicated hosting.

Self Hosting
Companies could develop an in-house solution for hosting and maintaining SharePoint. The benefit of this option is that the company maintains complete control of the infrastructure. The IT department would purchase the hardware, setup the server room, and integrate the new SharePoint solution with the office’s existing systems and applications.

The downside to self hosting is enormous cost. Companies would need to invest a lot of capital in staffing, hardware, and licensing. For example, an average setup would include at least one dedicated server for SharePoint and possibly a second to run SQL. Each machine would typically need 8-core processors and 8GB of RAM. New equipment means a need for additional space, including room for power and cooling systems. In addition, the typical business Internet connection is not likely to be fast enough to handle all outside users to properly benefit from SharePoint’s offerings, so an upgrade is often necessary. In terms of software, SQL Standard Edition requires licensing for each individual user. And don’t forget about backup costs. Even for a small implementation, the average customer is looking at $5,000 for the proper hardware and software to avoid data loss. If the company lacks on-site IT support staff, the cost could double due to installation fees. All things considered, a company could find itself waiting weeks or months before SharePoint is fully operational.

Even after everything is installed, there is often no built-in protection from hardware failure and no clustering to guarantee servers stay online, meaning that the company may be faced with additional expenditures to quickly fix or replace equipment and avoid disruption of day-to-day operations.

Shared Hosting
Another option is for companies to purchase a shared SharePoint hosting solution from a third-party provider. The benefit of this option is that the company does not have to spend valuable resources and staff time to develop its own solution. There is little capital investment, no need to worry about licensing software, managing a backup strategy, or upgrading or replacing hardware (although the hosting provider may or may not cluster servers or provide guaranteed server uptime). A clear strength of hosting providers is that they offer good Internet connectivity. Since the infrastructure already exists, companies can be up and running in a few days or weeks. Typically, the hosting firm will also provide backup services and technical support, which is a definite plus.

The drawback to this option is that the hosting firm often uses a shared system with an existing database. This configuration can intermingle data from multiple clients on the same server. There are often negative impacts on performance that each company is powerless to resolve. If the company wants to migrate data to a new provider, the process is difficult and error-prone, which means portability is, for all intents and purposes, nonexistent. If the company wants to integrate into their own Exchange environment, they must host it in the same place, meaning that users must have accounts in their Active Directory and on one, distinct system. This restriction limits the company’s access to Active Directory management tools and hinders its ability to install any third-party applications that leverage SharePoint’s powerful capabilities.

Virtual Dedicated Hosting
Many companies find that the best solution is to implement a virtual dedicated SharePoint hosting solution. This option combines the benefits of self-hosting or shared-hosting solutions while eliminating the drawbacks of each. Each client connects to a virtual dedicated server with SQL and SharePoint, with access to Active Directory management tools and ability to integrate their local Active Directory and Exchange using a Virtual Private Network connection. Alternatively, the company can integrate an Exchange solution at the hosting company.

In essence, the look and feel is similar to a company hosting its own SharePoint solution, providing the desired functionality and flexibility while reducing cost and complexity. Benefits include:
• No large capital investment
• Simple subscription-based business model with ability to stop service at any time
• Reduced licensing costs
• Ability to install any 3rd party software
• Option to apply SQL server to other business uses
• Simple data migration if you want to move operations in-house or to another provider
• Protection from hardware failures or data loss
• Ability to adjust resources to improve performance
• Reduced in-house IT staff burdens and costs
• 100% uptime (when clustered using VMware)
• Excellent Internet connectivity (100Mbps or better)

Learn More
To learn more about setting up a dedicated SharePoint solution without the drawbacks of in-house costs, equipment purchasing, and licensing, contact Infinitely Virtual by phone at (866) 257-8455 or visit www.InfinitelyVirtual.com. Infinitely Virtual offers three different plans designed to meet the needs of any company.

                 
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Infinitely Virtual Announces New Diamond and Diamond+ Linux Plans
December 20th, 2010, 9:17am
Category: Press

LOS ANGELES–December 20, 2010—Infinitely Virtual, a rapidly expanding provider of virtual server and cloud computing technology, is pleased to announce the availability of two new plans– the Diamond and Diamond+ for Linux Virtual Dedicated Server Hosting.

With a Linux Virtual Dedicated Server plan, Debian and CentOS are installed on virtual hardware, giving access to the root login which allows users to modify the installation of Linux, install any software, and manage the server on their own. The exclusive InfinitePanel is the most powerful hosting control panel available, and allows for the management of multiple servers from one control panel and the instant addition of applications like WordPress and Drupal.

Every server has between 1 and 8 2.53 GHz virtual Cpus, shared on hosts operating, on average, below 30% CPU utilization. Infinitely Virtual ensures that every server is backed by 100% of the RAM included in each respective plan, up to 16 GB. Other server features include: Virtual KVM, Virtual CD/DVD & Floppy, Virtual Power Buttons, and Performance Charts.

With Infinitely Virtual’s Virtual Dedicated server, the client is always protected. Infinitely Virtual’s revolutionary Enterprise Virtualization Environment (E.V.E.), includes features such as clustered NetApp SAN with RAID-DP, VMware HA clustering, and clustered enterprise firewalls, and a 100% uptime guarantee.

Diamond Plan Features
• 6 CPU Cores (Max: 8 Cores)
• 6 GB RAM (Max: 16 GB)
• 60 GB of Storage (Max: 2 TB)
• Unlimited Bandwidth
• Monthly price of $179.99

Diamond+ Plan Features
• 8 CPU Cores (Max: 8 Cores)
• 8 GB RAM (Max: 16 GB)
• 70 GB of Storage (Max: 2TB)
• Unlimited Bandwidth
• Monthly price of $209.99

“Our new Diamond and Diamond+ Linux plans are the most powerful virtual server plans from any vendor. When combined with E.V.E., these plans leave very little room for dedicated server hosting,” says Adam Stern, President and CEO of Infinitely Virtual.

Infinitely Virtual’s new Diamond and Diamond+ Plans for Linux Virtual Dedicated Server Hosting takes the company further in its commitment to deliver the highest quality virtual products and services to clients at the industry’s lowest prices. Visit the new website, and learn more about Infinitely Virtual at http://www.infinitelyvirtual.com

About Infinitely Virtual

Infinitely Virtual is a leading provider of high quality and affordable virtual terminal server technology, capable of delivering services to any type of business, including cloud computing and hosting, virtual private hosting, virtual dedicated server, Exchange Email and Exchange Hosting. As a virtual company, Infinitely Virtual is managed using Software as a Service or SaaS tools–an affordable way for businesses to use software as it’s needed, rather than licensing all devices with all applications. The company was established as a subsidiary of Altay Corporation, and through this partnership Infinitely Virtual provides customers with expert 24×7 Technical Support. With an innovative approach to virtualization, Infinitely Virtual provides aggressively priced options that competitors simply cannot meet. More information about Infinitely Virtual can be found at: http://www.infinitelyvirtual.com or call 866-257-8455.

About Altay Corporation

Altay is an IT professional services company that designs, implements, and supports single- and multi-vendor data solutions. Altay’s pledge is to provide products and services that meet the highest standards of quality, designed for a client’s specific needs, and delivered economically—with the ultimate goal of helping customers reach their potential. Altay’s team is specialized in voice, video and data solutions, and it has a proven track record of providing excellent service to its customers. More information about Altay Corporation can be found at http://www.altayusa.com or call 866-54-Altay.

                 
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Infinitely Virtual Announces New Diamond and Diamond+ Plans for Windows VDS
December 8th, 2010, 8:57pm
Category: Press

LOS ANGELES–December 9, 2010—Infinitely Virtual, a rapidly expanding provider of virtual server and cloud computing technology, is pleased to announce the availability of two new plans– the Diamond and Diamond+ for Windows Virtual Dedicated Server Hosting.

Infinitely Virtual’s premium Virtual Dedicated Server plans include all the benefits of a dedicated server without the cost of physical hardware. Customers are given the highest performance available with up to 16 GB dedicated virtual RAM, up to 8 virtual CPUs, and virtual disk drives backed by 15k fibre-channel drives. The Virtual Dedicated Server plans provide Virtual KVM, Virtual CD/DVD & Floppy, and Virtual Power Buttons. A VDS also comes with the choice of Windows 2003 or Windows 2008, preinstalled.

With Infinitely Virtual’s Virtual Dedicated server, the client is always protected. Infinitely Virtual’s revolutionary Enterprise Virtualization Environment (E.V.E.), includes features such as clustered NetApp SAN with RAID-DP, VMware HA clustering, and clustered enterprise firewalls, and a 100% uptime guarantee.

Diamond Plan Features
• 6 CPU Cores (Max: 8 Cores)
• 6 GB RAM (Max: 16 GB)
• 60 GB of Storage (Max: 2 TB)
• Unlimited Bandwidth (Max: 4 TB)
• Monthly price of $199.99

Diamond+ Plan Features
• 8 CPU Cores (Max: 8 Cores)
• 8 GB RAM (Max: 16 GB)
• 70 GB of Storage (Max: 2TB)
• Unlimited Bandwidth (Max: 4 TB)
• Monthly price of $249.99

“We understand that businesses are constantly growing and changing. We’ve developed the new Windows virtual dedicated server Diamond and Diamond+ plans to provide customers with more power and storage to support their business as it grows,” says Adam Stern, President and CEO of Infinitely Virtual

Infinitely Virtual’s new Diamond and Diamond+ Plans for Windows Virtual Dedicated Server Hosting takes the company further in its commitment to deliver the highest quality virtual products and services to clients at the industry’s lowest prices. Visit the new website, and learn more about Infinitely Virtual at http://www.infinitelyvirtual.com
About Infinitely Virtual

Infinitely Virtual is a leading provider of high quality and affordable virtual terminal server technology, capable of delivering services to any type of business, including cloud computing and hosting, virtual private hosting, virtual dedicated server, Exchange Email and Exchange Hosting. As a virtual company, Infinitely Virtual is managed using Software as a Service or SaaS tools–an affordable way for businesses to use software as it’s needed, rather than licensing all devices with all applications. The company was established as a subsidiary of Altay Corporation, and through this partnership Infinitely Virtual provides customers with expert 24×7 Technical Support. With an innovative approach to virtualization, Infinitely Virtual provides aggressively priced options that competitors simply cannot meet. More information about Infinitely Virtual can be found at: http://www.infinitelyvirtual.com or call 866-257-8455.

About Altay Corporation

Altay is an IT professional services company that designs, implements, and supports single- and multi-vendor data solutions. Altay’s pledge is to provide products and services that meet the highest standards of quality, designed for a client’s specific needs, and delivered economically—with the ultimate goal of helping customers reach their potential. Altay’s team is specialized in voice, video and data solutions, and it has a proven track record of providing excellent service to its customers. More information about Altay Corporation can be found at http://www.altayusa.com or call 866-54-Altay.

                 
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Cloud Computing: Take Your Business to the Next Level
December 8th, 2010, 8:49am
Category: Newsletters

Today, cloud computing has become part of the business mainstream, yet many small businesses are still unclear what cloud computing is and, more importantly, how it can benefit their business. Cloud computing, or software as a service, is when IT software and services are delivered over the web and through a browser. This transfers the responsibility for IT maintenance, software upgrades, and any system issues onto the service provider, allowing enterprises to focus on their core business instead of their infrastructure. IT professionals have put together the following 10 things to consider when getting started in the cloud:
1. Moving to the cloud is easy: The transfer of business information into the cloud is very straightforward. There is no need to install new hardware or software as everything is run by the cloud provider.
2. Cost savings could be higher than you anticipate: Businesses that move to the cloud can save on many different levels – IT hardware and software expenditure is cut dramatically and fewer staff or support resources are needed for IT maintenance.
3. Improved productivity: One of the key benefits of cloud computing is that employees can access documents and emails from anywhere. If your business demands mobility and flexibility or you have staff working remotely, the cloud could be an easy and affordable way of addressing these needs.
4. Greater level of security: Cloud computing can be more secure than traditional IT. Many established cloud suppliers employ leading security experts, invest vast amounts of money into securing their applications and develop technology beyond the means of any small business. In addition, the risk of losing confidential data on a laptop or a USB stick is also diminished, as everything is stored in the cloud and not on your devices.
5. Manage the cultural adjustment: Today’s employees expect to have the same technology at work that they enjoy at home. Google designs its applications with users in mind and many staff will already be familiar with Google Mail and Google Docs. However, internal communication about the change of service and in-house training sessions will help staff to feel more comfortable using the new technology.
6. A more collaborative way of working: Using cloud computing applications, people can access and work in the same documents in real time – without the need for hundreds of emails with attachments. Improved knowledge sharing and communication encourages creativity and productivity amongst your employees.
7. Flexibility to scale up or scale down your business: Cloud based “pay as you go” style services allow you to easily increase your use of cloud services as your business grows, or decrease your spending if you need to temporarily scale down.
8. Employees of tomorrow: Social media sites like Facebook or MySpace are all cloud environments. Most employees are now accustomed to collaborating online and accessing their data from any mobile device at hand, at any time.
9. Your business resiliency can be improved: Cloud computing providers offer increased resiliency and redundancy afforded by multiple data centers to ensure your information is always available. You experience less downtime than when managing IT in-house, and any problems can be solved far quicker by being fixed centrally.
10. More choice: In contrast to traditional IT models which can involve expensive software licenses and long lock-in contracts, the cloud model offers far more flexibility. You can switch providers easily and regularly in order to get the best experience and value for your money. However, it is important to check with your cloud provider as to how you retrieve data from their cloud should you choose to switch in the future.

For more information on what cloud computing can do for your business, contact Infinitely Virtual by phone (866) 257-8455 or visit www.Infinitelyvirtual.com

                 
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Infinitely Virtual Announces Three New SharePoint Hosting Plans
December 6th, 2010, 8:12pm
Category: Press

LOS ANGELES–December 7, 2010—Infinitely Virtual, a rapidly expanding provider of virtual server and cloud computing technology, is pleased to announce the availability of dedicated Microsoft SharePoint 2010 hosting through their Virtual SharePoint Hosting plans.

Every SharePoint Hosting plan, from Basic to Premium, includes a dedicated Virtual Dedicated SharePoint server pre-loaded with Windows 2008, SQL Server 2008, and SharePoint 2010. The Basic plan is a single server with SharePoint Foundation 2010. It comes with the option of SQL Server 2008, Express, Web or Standard Edition, and is protected by Infinitely Virtual’s clustered Juniper firewalls.

The Standard and Premium Plans include redundant Active Directory Controllers and a Virtual Dedicated Server running SharePoint 2010 Standard or Enterprise Edition. All  servers are placed in a private VLAN, and are protected by Infinitely Virtual’s Juniper firewalls.

With Infinitely Virtual’s Virtual Dedicated server, the client is always protected. Infinitely Virtual’s revolutionary Enterprise Virtualization Environment (E.V.E.) includes features such as clustered NetApp SAN with RAID-DP, VMware HA clustering, and clustered enterprise firewalls, and a 100% uptime guarantee.

Additional SharePoint Hosting Benefits

  • Servers have between 1 and 8 2.53 GHz virtual CPUs
  • Every server is backed by 100% of RAM included in plan, up to 16 GB
  • Virtual KVM
  • Virtual CD/ DVD & Floppy
  • Virtual Power Buttons

“At Infinitely Virtual, we know that SharePoint 2010 is an important tool in keeping your business organized.  We are happy to offer our new SharePoint Hosting plans that let customers manage their business with the ease and flexibility of SharePoint 2010,” says Adam Stern, President and CEO of Infinitely Virtual.

Infinitely Virtual’s SharePoint Hosting takes the company further in its commitment to deliver the highest quality virtual products and services to clients at the industry’s lowest prices. Visit the new website and learn more about Infinitely Virtual at http://www.infinitelyvirtual.com

About Infinitely Virtual

Infinitely Virtual is a leading provider of high quality and affordable virtual terminal server technology, capable of delivering services to any type of business, including cloud computing and hosting, virtual private hosting, virtual dedicated server, Exchange Email and Exchange Hosting. As a virtual company, Infinitely Virtual is managed using Software as a Service or SaaS tools–an affordable way for businesses to use software as it’s needed, rather than licensing all devices with all applications. The company was established as a subsidiary of Altay Corporation, and through this partnership Infinitely Virtual provides customers with expert 24×7 Technical Support. With an innovative approach to virtualization, Infinitely Virtual provides aggressively priced options that competitors simply cannot meet. More information about Infinitely Virtual can be found at: http://www.infinitelyvirtual.com or call 866-257-8455.

About Altay Corporation

Altay is an IT professional services company that designs, implements, and supports single- and multi-vendor data solutions. Altay’s pledge is to provide products and services that meet the highest standards of quality, designed for a client’s specific needs, and delivered economically—with the ultimate goal of helping customers reach their potential. Altay’s team is specialized in voice, video and data solutions, and it has a proven track record of providing excellent service to its customers. More information about Altay Corporation can be found at http://www.altayusa.com or call 866-54-Altay.

                 
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Maximize Your Productivity: Run Microsoft Office 2010 on a Virtual Terminal Server
December 2nd, 2010, 8:37am
Category: Newsletters

Microsoft Office remains the favorite productivity suite of today’s companies. Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, OneNote and Outlook are industry standards for business users. The software powerhouse has worked diligently to continually develop tools that help employees work efficiently and effectively. Microsoft has released 14 versions of its Office suite since October 1990. Office 2010 includes many new features and enhancements, such as:

  • Enhanced design tools for managing visual content.
  • New collaboration options such as simultaneous authoring.
  • Built-in connections to social and business networking applications.
  • Improved visualization capabilities to augment data analysis.
  • Expanded libraries of templates and effects for customized videos and presentations.
  • Email tools reducing time to complete common tasks and review long threads.
  • Enriched interface allowing users to customize menu options, tabs, and commands to best-suit their workflows.

Adjusting to the Virtual Workplace

Companies are increasingly seeking mobile solutions for their IT needs, with many turning to virtual and cloud computing to support employees and reduce costs. Your company can maximize the power of Microsoft Office through the use of virtual terminal servers. You can utilize virtual email exchange, application, and web servers to allow employees to access applications and data at the office, their homes, or essentially anywhere they have access to the web. A virtual terminal server provides your company with the advantages of centrally deploying applications without the expense of building dedicated physical servers.

Foster Remote Collaboration in Word

Combine Word 2010’s advanced collaboration tools with the power, flexibility, and scalability of a virtual terminal server to allow employees in different locations to work on the same document concurrently.

Consolidate Multimedia Assets for PowerPoint

Use a virtual server to store video and graphic assets in a central location. Traveling employees can easily access important company materials to make last-minute revisions to business proposals and presentations, all from any web-enabled device.

Aggregate Excel Workbooks

Use a virtual private server to store company data and spreadsheets. Host all of your proposal budgets and company financials in one location. Provide targeted access to finance employees and consultants.

Centralize OneNote Resources

Use OneNote with virtual server hosting to promote online storage of informal meeting notes, useful for retrospectives, and brainstorming sessions. Use OneNote’s content management features to quickly organize and access relevant emails, notes, pictures, and text for upcoming planning meetings.

Access Email without a Hiccup

Connect to your Exchange server while at home or away on business without the need for additional VPN clients, multi-step logon processes, or less-than-appealing webmail alternatives. Enjoy the benefits of top-of-the-line Exchange Email Hosting without the cost to install, maintain, or manage your own Exchange Email server.

Reduce In-House IT Costs

  • Lower Equipment Costs. With Terminal Server Hosting, you no longer need to purchase expensive, beefed-up computers with additional memory and disk space. With terminal server hosting, the costs associated with purchasing, installing, and updating hardware and software decrease significantly.
  • Worry-Free Software Updates. Updates are installed automatically and in minutes rather than hours.
  • Enjoy Flexibility and Scalability. Customize the configuration of your virtual terminal server as needed. Add additional Microsoft Office users and licenses in hours, not days, and at a fraction of the normal cost.
  • Recycle the Savings. Reallocate space and human resources to other areas of your business, or use the savings to train employees to benefit most from the software you use.

Learn More

To learn more about running Microsoft Office on a Virtual Terminal Server, call Infinitely Virtual at 1-866-257-8455 or visit www.InfinitelyVirtual.com

                 
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