Tuesday, July 31, 2007

DSW Adds Talent and Expands

Woodland Hills, CA. - August 5, 2007. Data Systems Worldwide ("DSW") announced today, that it has acquired a new team of talented IT consultants with expertise in unified communications, video surveillance (CCTV), structured cabling and wireless. Together this team, which is headed by Ryan Peterson, will form DSW's Intelligent Facility practice.

Mr. Peterson’s background in IT consulting dates back to 1992 with experience at a number of prestigious companies, such as Nestle, Arco, BP, Compaq, Northrop Grumman, and Amgen Pharmaceuticals. Leveraging his degree in business management, Ryan founded Canyon IS in 2000, a successful integration firm providing voice, video surveillance, and infrastructure cabling solution. Mr. Peterson has an intimate working knowledge of networks and systems, and is accredited with a collection of the industry’s top certifications (CCVP, MCSE & MCT).

Mr. Peterson said, “DSW provides extraordinary network services to its customers in the Layers 2 and 3 market; with the new talent on board, that service is expanded to all layers. The A-team put together will bring 25 years of Telecommunications and Structured Cabling experience, certified talent in the Cisco Voice area, Video Surveillance, WiFi, Building Automation, and more. We look forward to providing our customers with complete solutions that add business value to their operations.”

The goal of the Intelligent Facility practice is to provide clients with exceptional value by matching traditional proprietary facility system applications such as phones, video systems and building automation with modern networking transport and open system integration to rich applications. Together these systems will combine synergistically to increase revenue and save cost for our clients by leveraging a single, information-rich, open-system integrated environment. Revenue can be increased by modifying system behavior to accommodate client specific needs; while cost can be reduced by leveraging a single Ethernet backbone versus multiple cabling systems, lowering energy consumption, and leveraging a single IT department and tools.

DSW is also announcing the launch of our Las Vegas operations. DSW believes that this market will be an exceptional area of growth for DSW given our array of Intelligent IT Solutions, the fast growing Vegas market and the limited number of full service solution providers to service it.
Finally, DSW is announcing two new certifications it has attained as a result of the addition of the new individuals including; Advanced Unified Communications Specialization from Cisco® and Microsoft Gold certification. The Cisco AUC specialization recognizes DSW for its knowledge and expertise in selling, designing, installing and supporting a comprehensive Cisco Unified Communications solution while the Microsoft Gold status; recognizes DSW at the premiere level of partners for the largest software organization in the world.

DSW’s CEO, Phil Mogavero said, “Today is a great example of what synergy can accomplish – taking what DSW does best, providing medium and large scale secure and stable network and infrastructure and marrying it to a successful business practice which has expertise in facility applications such as voice, video, wireless to form one single organization with exceptional capability and tremendous people. Together, we look forward to providing our customers with exceptional solutions to increase the value received from DSW supplied information solutions.”

About DSW

Founded in 1971 and headquartered in Woodland Hills, California; DSW has been recognized as “One of the Fastest Growing Companies in Southern California,” a “Smart 100 Technology Company,” and a “VAR 500” company. In 2005, DSW’s founder Frank Mogavero was inducted into the exclusive Computer Industry Hall of Fame.

DSW offers an innovative approach in helping clients throughout the Technology Investment Lifecycle to improve application uptime and security, while decreasing operational cost. DSW invests heavily in researching and testing the industry’s cutting-edge technology in their Secure Network Application Platform (SNAP) lab, where they train personnel to provide exceptional support, and tailor their Business-2-net (B2n) Portal to monitor and manage this technology. As a founding member of 1NService, Inc., DSW’s client support extends throughout North America, and leverages a network of nearly 2000 IT professionals.

Hundreds of organizations have chosen DSW as their "Total Solutions Partner," because DSW is a leader in Intelligent IT Solutions for your network, security, applications, datacenter and facilities. With our unique right-sourcing model, we can provide you with the right amount of expertise to complement your internal IT department and help you meet your business objectives more efficiently.

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Critical Pieces of the Disaster Recovery Puzzle

If your like most of our clients, you get so busy doing what really matters like getting keeping your network optimized, managing your critical servers, keeping mail flowing, phones working, and all of the other day to day complications of today's Information Technology infrastructure. Despite the potentially severe impact lost data can have on a business, keeping proper backups and building a disaster recovery is often neglected.

Recently, new emerging products have been coming out to deal with Storage and backup requirements, and if you haven’t had a chance to think about it, here’s the jist: Equallogic has a SAN that is everything a customer is looking for when it comes to data storage and more importantly backups.

The device has a built-in software set that allows for set-it and forget-it deployments of offsite backups. Basically, it automatically creates a second set of every bit of data across the network. The eSATA and iSCSI offerings allow for high speed availability.Equallogic is trailblazing the SAN world and we are fortunate to have them in DSW’s repertoire.

Despite its importance, often the costs involved in setting up a DR solution cannot be justified. Things to think about are the cost of the SAN, the cost of the WAN connection, space availability, rack space rental and bandwidth in a collocation facility.

For this reason, Cisco introduced WAAS (Wide Area Application Services) which in a very basic description zips a file on one end of the WAN and unzips it on the other side saving the pipe a significant amount of congestion and allowing for the data to move on a smaller amount of bandwidth. Coupled with a proper SAN solution, WAAS is a great fit in data mirroring.

The software involved is Wide Area File Services Software (WAFS). Users at branch offices can take advantage of a LAN-like experience when accessing files over the WAN and you can consolidate all branch-office data into central file servers in your data center.

More information on these cutting edge DR technologies can be seen at http://www.equallogic.com/ and www.cisco.com/go/waas