Over the past 16 years Steadfast has grown from a small shared hosting company to a company with thousands of servers in three data centers. Much of that growth comes from customers referring other customers. To show our appreciation for customer referrals, we're re-launching our affiliate program to pay you for your time and effort while making referrals easier.
We already have some banners and text links in the system that you can put on your web site (there are various “Hosted by Steadfast” options), send in emails, or share via social media. When someone clicks a link and orders (within a year), you’ll be paid 35% of their first month’s monthly fee. Now I know we don’t need to pay you to tell people about Steadfast, but we figured it wouldn’t hurt!
If you have any questions, I’ll be managing the affiliate program so feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or give me a call at x222.
Affiliate Program Manager
I'm always a fan of the Renesys Baker's Dozen articles. It is a great review of the major global network carriers and how they've all been doing as far as growth, customer gains and losses, and any other major news. Their 2013 Edition is no different. It is an interesting read, but it is even more interesting because of the changes with the carriers we work with.
Overall, we connect to 5 of the 6 largest global networks, Level3, NTT, GTT, Tata, and Cogent. The only one we don't connect to is TeliaSonera (we had a connection to them in the past). This should show that we take great care in choosing our carriers, as many of these have made major strides in reach and growth over the past years, including GTT (formerly Tiscali and then Tinet) who went from #34 on the first list in 2006 to being #4 now.
That also hinted on the biggest news of the year, which was GTT purchasing the Tinet network from Inteliquent. GTT already owned the Mzima, PacketExchange, and nLayer networks, but now has the 4th largest network in the world, a quality Tier 1 network in Tinet (AS3257). We had decided to drop nLayer as it had become clear that GTT's focus had moved from building their network around nLayer to building it around the Tinet backbone. The longer term plan of GTT seems to be to integrate their other networks into Tinet's backbone and to rebrand that network as simply GTT.
One of our other carriers,Level3, has long been the number one network on the list, even before acquiring Global Crossing, but combined they are far and above the 2nd place network (NTT). In 2013, Level3 has finally been starting to make some moves to integrate the GLobal Crossing network into Level3. From talking with our own rep at Level3, we expect this to accelerate in 2014, which should give our customers even better access to the former Global Crossing users.
I hope this was informative as to how it affects Steadfast, but I do hope you all also read the full article.
Chicago, IL (PRWEB) - Steadfast (http://www.steadfast.net), a leading Managed Cloud and Infrastructure Services managed provider of cloud, dedicated, colocation and disaster recovery, today announced the expansion of its high-availability Microsoft services, including Microsoft SQL, Exchange, Sharepoint and Hyper-V.
“With the addition of these Microsoft services, businesses now can choose from a full suite of Microsoft solutions. Our Microsoft engineers can analyze, design, deploy and customize a full solution, while helping save costs,” states Karl Zimmerman, Owner/CEO of Steadfast. “Our services and products are backed by our 'Always there: approach,' which means our engineers will work with you every step of the way through implementation.”
The advantage of hosting Microsoft products with Steadfast, is businesses can host their servers in a fully redundant Tier III data center, with 100% power and network uptime SLA. In addition, when customers host their Microsoft products with us, they have the flexibility and control they need with a public, private or hybrid cloud. They can combine the scalability and deployment of the public cloud, with the security and performance of a dedicated private cloud
“We take all of the guess work and headache out of moving Microsoft products to Steadfast,” states Joe Bong, CRO of Steadfast. “Our implementation engineers will work with customers to help move their existing workloads, including license transfer assistance and migration of their Windows server setups, whether it is a single server or their entire infrastructure. This allows a company to focus on growing their business and peace of mind that their infrastructure is being taken care by qualified engineers.”ers host their Microsoft products with us, they have the flexibility and control they need with a public, private or hybrid cloud. They can combine the scalability and deployment of the public cloud, with the security and performance of a dedicated private cloud.
Introductory Offer: Host your Windows Solution with Steadfast and Save 25%
Founded in 1998, Steadfast is a Chicago-based IT infrastructure provider with fully redundant data centers in Chicago and New York that prides itself on its “Always there” philosophy, with comprehensive managed services and support. Steadfast’s managed services include dedicated servers, colocation, cloud hosting, and hybrid hosting and disaster recovery services. These services are all highly customizable and designed to give customers maximum flexibility. By combining services, enterprises can create unique infrastructures tailored to specific requirements. Steadfast’s customers include organizations of all sizes, from small and medium businesses with single cloud hosting accounts to larger companies with multi-gigabit setups.
For more information about Steadfast, visit http://www.steadfast.net.
Far too often businesses see the cloud as a space for data storage, cost savings, and data protection – and that’s it. Many business owners and their employees are unaware that the cloud offers companies an array of helpful options beyond the ‘norm’.
It’s time to be made aware. These benefits will help your business leverage the cloud for greater functionality and gain a competitive edge. These aren’t radical tools or new features, but straightforward initiatives that any company, large or small, can pursue:
1. Facilitate Increased Collaboration
While employees and teams are conducting day-to-day tasks, collaboration and communication often fall by the wayside. The cloud can lead to improved sharing amongst these teams by providing an easy outlet for the sharing to occur.
Enabling access to future plans, opening crucial data to a wider audience, and creating a virtual message board are just a few solutions that can create increased collaboration amongst teams and people through the cloud. These small steps can make big strides in a company’s productivity.
2. Permit Constant Access
With a cloud-based solution, you have constant access no matter where you or your employees go. Whether your marketing director is at a trade show in Chicago, your operations chief is at a factory in China, or your assistant is at home, they can all connect to their business files, department meeting notes, and private company data while they’re away from the office.
It’s important for companies to take advantage of this ability to keep the business moving from anywhere at anytime. The global landscape is unforgiving and a slow acting company will lose its upper hand. With the cloud, there’s no need to slow down operations and wait for people to return – all your info can be made accessible whenever you need it.
3. Enable Instantly Updated Software
The modern office is a maze of technology with employees accessing information from their smartphones, laptops, tablets and desktop computers. Multiply that gadgetry by the amount of employees in your company and it can be quite a monster.
Updating software, fixing bugs, and releasing new features for each device is a cumbersome process… unless you utilize the cloud. By syncing all these various devices to the company’s cloud-based system, software updates can be automated and conducted simultaneously. A single flick of the switch will also improve the protection of all connected devices.
4. Power Innovation
In their February 2012 report titled The Power of Cloud, IBM found that “some organizations are harnessing cloud to transform both product and service development and recast customer relationships”. The fact is the cloud is giving businesses the time and ability to disrupt old and stagnant business models and create new business strategies with better results.
Working with a managed cloud-hosting provider takes a huge task off a company’s plate. Instead of dwelling on data storage and protection, company IT professionals can focus their time on critical thinking and innovation. These latter tasks are the type that give companies a competitive edge in a fast-moving global marketplace. This type of thinking also creates a better working environment where employees are engaged in fewer redundant tasks and a greater amount of empowering thought-provoking projects.
These benefits make the cloud an attractive space for any company to manage its data and business. If you choose the right cloud-hosting partner, these benefits may be just the beginning.
Welcome to 2014. It’s the New Year and time to celebrate and reflect on the accomplishments from last year. It is also time to take stock of the opportunities that will pave our path for bigger and better things in the upcoming year.
2013 was an extraordinary year for Steadfast. It is amazing how quickly 12 months have passed. We would like to thank our customers, employees, partners and vendors for all of your help in making 2013 such a great year.
Reflections from 2013
Expansion of the Steadfast Team
Rebranding of Steadfast
Channel Partner Program
Increased Acquisition of Customers
Increased Office Space
New Microsoft Product Offerings
F5 BigIP Load Balancer and Firewall Services
Here's to a wonderful and prosperous 2014. Happy New Year.