A major initiative in 2012 for Steadfast is a focus on local tech and the burgeoning Chicagoland technology scene. It started with the idea that Chicago and really the entire Midwest is fast emerging as a hotbed for developing startups. The term "digital prairie" has gotten bandied about along with the Chicago government's efforts toward growing the South Loop area into a Silicon Alley of sorts. It's attention like this and more that is quickly changing the face of tech startup incubation across the country. No longer are startups heading West to the sunnier patches of California, but instead are occupying lofts in Wicker Park and Bucktown, collaborating locally with other startups in shared spaces and meeting at cafes to discuss their progress and vision. Chicago is the hotspot in the country for startup tech and the everyone is starting to take notice. Just today the Wall Street Journal published this article with undeniable proof that Chicago fosters an amazing atmosphere for startups.
It's with that in mind that we're proud to announce our partnership with Built In Chicago, a fantastic local resource for technology enthusiasts, venture capitalists and startup entrepreneurs. At BuiltInChicago.org hundreds of companies are gathering to talk tech and reinforce what everyone suspects: there is power in numbers and we are more stronger as a whole than we could ever be as separate forces. Tremendous resources for growth have emerged over the past few years. From companies like Excelerate Labs where the startups of tomorrow are taught how to succeed to shared workspaces such as TechNexus and 1871 where companies collaborate and grow together, this city is fostering an atmosphere of cooperation and collaboration that is crucial to so many fledgeling tech companies.
Steadfast Networks is proud to host BuiltInChicago.org and is working to partner with several other Chicagoland tech companies to assist in any way we can and help solidify Chicago's place in the national technology landscape. We truly can accomplish magnificent things by working together toward one common goal.
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STEADFAST NETWORKS PARTNERS WITH SUPPLIES FOR DREAMS TO HELP CHICAGO STUDENTS
With their combined efforts more Chicago Public School students will receive help.
Chicago, IL (PRESS RELEASE) March 1, 2012 – Steadfast Networks, a provider of Chicago dedicated server hosting, colocation hosting, and cloud hosting service provider is teaming up with Supplies For Dreams, a local nonprofit organization dedicated to enhancing the educational experience for Chicago Public Schools students. Through both financial and material support, Steadfast Networks will be working to mentor, equip and empower hundreds of students in Supplies for Dreams' programs.
"Our web-based platforms are extremely important in connecting with our donors, our partner communities, and advocates of education reform. Without these platforms, we would face considerable fundraising and marketing challenges. We are grateful for Steadfast's support of our organization and endeavors," said Executive Director for Supplies for Dreams Hiro Kawashima.
The Chicago Public Schools (CPS) is the 3rd largest public school system in the country and caters to more than 400,000 students in 675 schools. 21,320 teachers serve students from all racial backgrounds including 45% African-American, 41% Latino, 9% White, and 3.6% Asian or Pacific Islander. Leveraging their already existing clients such as The Museum of Science and Industry, the Museum of Broadcast Communications, WBEZ, and Chicago Public Radio Steadfast Networks will be able to expose Chicago Public School students to industries, career options and resources that may have previously been unattainable or unknown.
45% of all CPS students will fail to graduate from high school. That means that 45% of students will drop out and fail to earn a diploma. CPS has been unable to provide most of its students with a realistic path to securing a college education. Currently, 94 out of every 100 students who enroll in CPS will never graduate from a 2-year or 4-year college by the time they are 25. Supplies for Dreams, with the help of Steadfast Networks works to battle these odds and provide hope and real-world experiences for kids to give them opportunities to better their lives.
"Supplies For Dreams represents one step in our ongoing focus on the local Chicagoland tech community. Empowering youth is a great way to ensure Chicago's foothold in the national technology landscape," said Karl Zimmerman, CEO of Steadfast Networks, "we're very excited to help in any way we can and look forward to seeing the good that can come of this and many programs like it."
More about Steadfast Networks: Founded in 1998, Steadfast Networks is a provider of Chicago dedicated server hosting, colocation hosting, and cloud hosting service provider that focus on security, reliability, and flexibility. Find Steadfast Networks online at http://www.steadfast.net.
More about Supplies For Dreams: Supplies for Dreams is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that provides Chicago Public Schools students with critical resources and extra-curricular opportunities ranging from basic school supplies to field trips and one-on-one mentoring. Supplies For Dreams can be found at http://www.suppliesfordreams.org.
Today, January 18th is a Day of Action to oppose SOPA, the Stop Online Piracy Act and PIPA, the Protect IP Act. These noble intentioned but terribly misguided pieces of legislation will cripple our online rights to free speech and due process. We've posted many times about this, now the Day of Action has arrived and we offer the following recommendations on how you can stand up and fight against these Orwellian bills.
1. Write your representation! With both SOPA in the Senate and PIPA in the House of Representatives it's our obligation to contact the fine people we elected to represent us and tell them how they can oppose this legislation and do what's right. You can find who your elected representative are at whoismyrepresentative.com. We have a sample letter, which we have sent to Illinois Senator Richard Durbin, available for download here.
2. Show our unity! By banding together and sending a clear, concise message that misguided legislation such as SOPA and PIPA cannot and will not be tolerated we can be heard much farther than any one voice could ever be heard. Sites such as SopaStrike.com can show you how to add your name to the list of sites that are standing in protest, some blocking content, others completely denying access as an example of what can happen if draconian laws like SOPA and PIPA are enacted.
3. Spread the word! Tweet, blog, email, write, speak up and tell everyone that will listen why this legislation is dangerous and to take action themselves! It's only through education and action that we can show our government that there are basic rights we are all granted and free speech without fear of censorship and the suspension of due process is standing at the forefront today.
Stop SOPA. Stop PIPA. Start talking. Start acting.
Contact: Matt Wolff
STEADFAST NETWORKS RELEASES IOS APP "CLOUD CONTROLLER"
Gives customers unprecedented control over their servers from anywhere.
Chicago, IL (PRESS RELEASE) December 28, 2011 – Steadfast Networks, a provider of Chicago dedicated server hosting, colocation hosting, and cloud hosting service provider has released a mobile application that allows clients to control their cloud hosted servers. Cloud Controller, available for the iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad, gives users access to a wide array of information about their servers as well as the ability to provision new servers within their cloud environment.
As a leading edge Chicago dedicated server company, Steadfast Networks saw the need for giving clients unparalleled mobile access and teamed up with OnApp to develop their Cloud Controller iOS App."This is a tremendous asset for our clients," says Karl Zimmerman, CEO of Steadfast Networks, "We wanted to give our clients mobile access to pertinent information and control over their servers while maintaining the high level of quality they've come to expect from Steadfast Networks and our Cloud Controller app does exactly that."
As businesses worldwide become increasingly mobile the significance of mobile applications that provide a comparable level of control as sitting at a desk becomes glaringly obvious. A recent study published by market research firm Gartner states mobile application marketplaces are forecasted to reach 17.7 billion downloads this year. The figure is a 117 percent increase over the estimated 8.2 billion downloads Gartner counted for 2010.
The Steadfast Networks Cloud Controller app is available for the iPhone, iPod Touch and an HD version is available for the iPad. Cloud Controller can be found in Apple's iTunes Store and is free of charge to download, install and use.
Customers interested in learning more about Steadfast Networks, the Steadfast Cloud Platform or Steadfast Chicago dedicated servers are encouraged to visit http://www.steadfast.net.
More about Steadfast Networks: Founded in 1998, Steadfast Networks is a provider of Chicago dedicated server hosting, colocation hosting, and cloud hosting service provider that focus on security, reliability, and flexibility. Find Steadfast Networks online at http://www.steadfast.net
More about OnApp: OnApp is a leading provider of software for the hosting industry. Founded in July 2010, OnApp software is now used by hundreds of hosts around the world. OnApp products include OnApp Cloud, the leading cloud management software for hosting providers, and OnApp CDN, the instant global content delivery network platform for hosts. OnApp can be found at http://www.onapp.com
We're excited to announce the first in a line of upcoming changes to our website!
Thanks in part to feedback from clients and staff, we're endeavoring to make Steadfast.net more user friendly and accessible. We've assembled a laundry list of improvements and requests and are implementing, starting with easier to use navigation and homepage design. The drop down menu should help you find what you're looking for faster and easier than ever!
We're open to your feedback and comments - what do you think?