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ServerCentral Selects Ciena DCI Platform to Deliver Critical Business and Cloud Applications

To satisfy growing customer demands for cloud migration and high-performance applications, ServerCentral is deploying Ciena’s® (NYSE: CIEN) Waveserver stackable data center interconnect (DCI) platform. This upgrade allows ServerCentral to quickly scale bandwidth and support customer needs for high-speed data transfer, virtual machine migration and disaster recovery/backup between data centers. Additionally, with the extremely compact design of the Waveserver platform, ServerCentral can make more efficient use out of its data center footprints.

Key Facts:

  • ServerCentral is a managed IT services provider delivering infrastructure for startups and Fortune 500s worldwide. ServerCentral delivers comprehensive infrastructure services including private clouds, dedicated infrastructure, connectivity to third-party cloud providers, infrastructure links and more across multiple diverse fiber paths from the company’s global data centers.
  • This upgrade allows ServerCentral to provide highly reliable data connectivity at levels of 10, 40 and 100 GbE, which means its customers can confidently deploy bandwidth-intensive, web-scale applications. Additionally, with Waveserver, ServerCentral can offer new levels of flexibility by providing different connectivity speeds on short notice.
  • With Ciena’s Emulation CloudTM, an open application development environment, ServerCentral can create, test and fine-tune customized web-scale applications tailored to its specific customer needs. ServerCentral can also use Ciena’s Essentials App to manage Waveserver manually or remotely and quickly establish a connection, order, install or provision a service via any smart device.

Executive Comments:

Today’s organizations are faced with increasingly complex, cloud-based architectures. In order to help our customers architect, deploy, manage and scale the optimal solutions for their business, we need to continue to evolve our scalable, flexible and redundant network. Ciena’s Waveserver helps us ensure we have the optimal foundation for our customer’s business and applications.
Bill Lowry, Vice President, Products, ServerCentral

ServerCentral’s forward-looking vision and deployment of new technologies not only ensure that it meets present-day requirements, but can also adjust to changing customer needs. With our Waveserver platform, ServerCentral can provide a highly dynamic, scalable and low-latency interconnectivity experience to its customers.
Jason Phipps, Vice President & General Manager, North America, Ciena

About ServerCentral
ServerCentral is an IT infrastructure solutions provider. Since 2000, leading technology, finance, health care and e-commerce firms have put their trust in ServerCentral to design and manage their mission-critical infrastructure. With data centers in North America, Europe and Asia, ServerCentral works with customers to develop the right solution for their business. Whether it is colocation, managed services, Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) or cloud, ServerCentral designs the optimal solution for each client. Learn more at https://www.servercentral.com.

About Ciena
Ciena (NYSE: CIEN) is a network strategy and technology company. We translate best-in-class technology into value through a high-touch, consultative business model – with a relentless drive to create exceptional experiences measured by outcomes. For updates on Ciena, follow us on Twitter @Ciena, LinkedIn, the Ciena Insights blog, or visit www.ciena.com.

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ServerCentral Recognized for Excellence in Managed IT Services

CHICAGO, Illinois (Thursday, February 25, 2016) -- CRN®, a brand of The Channel Company, has named ServerCentral to its 2016 Managed Service Provider (MSP) 500 list in the Hosting Service Provider 100 category. 

This annual list recognizes North American solution providers with managed service offerings that help companies navigate the complex IT landscape, improve operational efficiencies, and maximize return on IT investments. CRN’s MSP 500 list shines a light on the most forward-thinking and innovative of these key organizations. 

“MSPs meet a critical need in the IT market, providing customized, turnkey services that allow for predictable operational expenses, effective control of expenditures, precise allocation of limited resources and convenient access to on-demand and pay-as-you-go technology,” said Robert Faletra, CEO, The Channel Company.

We congratulate the service providers of the MSP 500, who continually reinvent themselves to successfully meet their customers’ changing needs.

The MSP 500 list will be featured in the February 2016 issue of CRN and online at www.CRN.com/msp500

About the Channel Company
The Channel Company enables breakthrough IT channel performance with our dominant media, engaging events, expert consulting and education, and innovative marketing services and platforms. As the channel catalyst, we connect and empower technology suppliers, solution providers and end users. Backed by more than 30 years of unequaled channel experience, we draw from our deep knowledge to envision innovative new solutions for ever-evolving challenges in the technology marketplace. 

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ServerCentral Makes Inc. 5000 List for Sixth Consecutive Year

ServerCentral ranks no. 4026 on the 2015 Inc. 5000 with a three-year sales growth of 72% 

CHICAGO, October 22, 2015 -- Inc. magazine ranked ServerCentral no. 4026 on its 34th annual list of the fastest-growing private companies in America for the sixth year in a row. Started in 1982, this prestigious list of the nation's most successful private companies has become the hallmark of entrepreneurial success.

The list represents a comprehensive look at America’s independent entrepreneurs, including Yelp, Pandora, Timberland, Dell, Domino’s Pizza, LinkedIn, and Zillow.

"The story of this year’s Inc. 5000 is the story of great leadership. In an incredibly competitive business landscape, it takes something extraordinary to take your company to the top,” says Inc. President and Editor-in-Chief Eric Schurenberg. “You have to remember that the average company on the Inc. 5000 grew nearly six-fold since 2012. Business owners don’t achieve that kind of success by accident."

ServerCentral’s Inc. 5000 profile can be found at http://www.inc.com/profile/servercentral.

The 2015 Inc. 5000 is ranked according to percentage revenue growth when comparing 2011 to 2014. To qualify, companies must have been founded and generating revenue by March 31, 2011. They had to be U.S.-based, privately held, for profit, and independent--not subsidiaries or divisions of other companies--as of December 31, 2014. (Since then, a number of companies on the list have gone public or been acquired.) The minimum revenue required for 2011 is $100,000; the minimum for 2014 is $2 million. Complete results of all Inc. 5000 companies can be found at www.inc.com/inc5000.

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ServerCentral Expands Cloud Portfolio with Multi-Tenant, Managed VMware Solution

Enterprise Cloud provides straightforward, high-availability configurations that scale at your pace

(March 17, 2015 - Chicago, IL) -- ServerCentral's high-availability Enterprise Cloud delivers a completely managed solution with pre-defined resource pools that allow customers to quickly and cost effectively build the right-sized cloud for their business requirements.

“We've been architecting and managing private VMware deployments for years. We used our experience to develop a multi-tenant cloud that provides customers all of the benefits of VMware in a fully managed and cost-effective manner,” said Jordan Lowe, ServerCentral President/CEO.

ServerCentral’s Enterprise Cloud is designed to be simple and transparent for customers both now and as they scale. Customers select the number of resource pools they need and they’re off and running. A resource pool is a preconfigured set of compute, memory, storage and bandwidth resources designed with simplicity in mind. Experts are also available every step of the way from design, migration and deployment through to OS management.

“We’ve elected to offer our Enterprise Cloud in a resource pool model as building blocks that easily scale. This is how our customers have asked to use the cloud - in a straightforward and transparent fashion,” said Tom Kiblin, ServerCentral VP of Managed Services. “We built the Enterprise Cloud to benefit our customers, not ServerCentral.”

Other key features that make ServerCentral’s Enterprise Cloud unique in the market include:

  • High Availability. ServerCentral’s Enterprise Cloud is powered by VMware vCloud Air and delivered one way: in true high-availability configurations. Customers don’t have to buy two of everything to achieve HA.
  • Migration-Supported. Physical-to-virtual and virtual- to-virtual migrations will be managed by cloud experts and occur with minimal downtime and full transaction integrity.
  • Fully Managed. Everything from the physical infrastructure through VMware is managed by ServerCentral so customers can focus on their applications.
  • Fully Supported. Expert cloud support is available 24x7x365 no matter what size deployment, so customers can reach a system administrator anytime by phone or email.
  • Architecture Design. ServerCentral will help all customers architect their Enterprise Cloud whether its a single resource pool or solution that spans across multiple availability zones.

ServerCentral’s Enterprise Cloud configurations begin at $399 per month with additional resource pools available for $133 per month.

ServerCentral’s cloud portfolio is one segment in its complete infrastructure offering that spans from traditional colocation to custom private clouds.

“The cloud is a powerful tool, but is by no means the right and only solution for every customer,” said Kiblin. “We assess each customer’s applications and business requirements to build the right infrastructure solution for them. This is a core value for ServerCentral and it will never go away.”

To learn more about ServerCentral’s Enterprise Cloud, please visit www.servercentral.com/products/enterprise-cloud or contact us via phone at +1 (312) 829-1111 or email at sales@servercentral.com.

Media Contact:
Carli Coleman
+1 312.268.9205

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Nexenta Implements Software-Defined Storage (SDS) Platform for Leading Cloud Infrastructure Provider

ServerCentral Deploys NexentaStor for SDS Service

SANTA CLARA, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nexenta (@Nexenta), the global leader in Software-Defined Storage (SDS) (#softwaredefinedstorage), today announced the deployment and case study for ServerCentral. Recognized by Inc. Magazine as one of the fastest-growing companies in America for five consecutive years, Chicago-based ServerCentral is an established provider of IT infrastructure solutions.

“Growing demand for elastic, highly scalable storage is the perfect opportunity for us to add Nexenta’s SDS platform to our managed service offerings,” said George Nelson, Managed Services Manager at ServerCentral.

Working with a number of other storage solutions, ServerCentral has a great deal of experience in this area. The growing demand for elastic, highly scalable storage presented the perfect opportunity for ServerCentral to add SDS to their toolkit.

Having a scalable solution in place to handle dynamic storage demands was one of the main benefits to deploying NexentaStor.

“Given the nature of our business, we have to think three to five years out,” said Nelson. “Growing demand for elastic, highly scalable storage is the perfect opportunity for us to add Nexenta’s SDS platform to our managed service offerings.”

NexentaStor is now available across multiple locations, with petabytes of data under management.

“ServerCentral has built a successful and growing business helping meet the high availability needs for an impressive roster of customers," said Craig Cagle, VP/GM Americas, Nexenta. “We are very pleased to be able to work with ServerCentral and help provide a solution that is both scalable and economical.”

Please refer to the case study for more implementation details.

About Nexenta
Nexenta is the global leader in Software-Defined Storage, delivering easy-to-use, secure and ultra-low cost storage software solutions. Nexenta solutions are hardware-, protocol-, and app-agnostic, providing innovation freedom and speed for organizations to realize the "true" benefits of Software-Defined Infrastructure-centric Cloud Computing. Nexenta enables workloads from rich media-driven Social Living to Mobility; from the Internet of Things to Big Data; from OpenStack and CloudStack to Do-It-Yourself Cloud deployments. Founded around an "open source” platform and industry-disruptive vision, Nexenta delivers its award- and patent-winning software-only unified storage management solutions with a global partner network. For more information visit www.nexenta.com, Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and YouTube. Also, download the newly published Nexenta Special Edition Software Defined Data Centers (SDDC) for Dummies eBook.

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ServerCentral Named as Inc. 500|5000 Honoree for Fifth Consecutive Year

For the fifth straight year, ServerCentral earned a place on the Inc. 500|5000 list, which features the nation’s fastest-growing private companies. The company secured its spot based on 87-percent growth and the addition of 28 jobs over a 3-year period.

Inc. magazine named ServerCentral to its list of the fastest-growing private companies in America for the fifth year in a row, earning ServerCentral a spot on the Inc. 5000 Honor Roll. The Chicago-based company had an 87-percent increase in revenue and added 28 jobs from 2011 to 2013.

This achievement marks a significant accomplishment for ServerCentral, which has shown strong growth since its inception in 1999. The company took on more than 10,000 accounts in its first year alone, and over the next decade, expanded its server operations into Tokyo, Amsterdam, and both coasts of the U.S.

ServerCentral made the Inc. 500|5000 alongside various nationally recognized companies, such as GoPro, Under Armour, Microsoft, Timberland, and Oracle.

The Inc. 500|5000 isn’t the only honor that ServerCentral received in 2014. The company was recognized as one of the top 100 digital companies on the 2014 Built in Chicago list, which distinguishes companies critical to Chicago’s technology workforce. ServerCentral also earned a spot on CRN’s Fast Growth 150, which recognizes IT solution providers with the fastest growth over a two-year timeframe.

View the ranking on Inc.com.

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ServerCentral Introduces DDoS Mitigation

Expanded services, developed in partnership with Radware, provide always-on network, server, and application protection against DDoS attacks

May 15, 2014 -- (Chicago, IL) -- ServerCentral, an IT infrastructure solutions provider, today introduced the next generation of its Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) Mitigation Solutions. Developed in partnership with Radware® (NASDAQ: RDWR), a leading provider of application delivery and application security solutions, ServerCentral’s DDoS Mitigation Solutions provide always-on, inline coverage against network, server and application level attacks.

ServerCentral’s DDoS Mitigation Solutions utilize multiple processes and technologies to provide complete protection for:

  • Network Attacks - Large-volume network flood and intrusion attacks
  • Server Attacks - SYN flood and sockstress attacks
  • Application Attacks - Application vulnerability and malware, web attacks including SQL injection
  • Secure Socket Layer (SSL) Attacks - Attacks that directly target SSL handshake transactions are decrypted for real-time traffic inspection

24x7x365 Immediate Coverage

ServerCentral’s DDoS Mitigation Solutions combine best-in-class technology with the company’s unparalleled support. ServerCentral customers who have selected the DDoS Mitigation Service will already have the solutions inline and experts ready to provide immediate support in the event of an attack. Additionally, throughout an attack, traffic is never routed off of the customer’s network - keeping all data onsite.

“We’re pleased to announce our partnership with Radware in support of our network protection services. Adding the Radware portfolio to our existing toolset allows us to bring unparalleled protection and mitigation solutions to our customers, including real-time mitigation and advanced protection against application-layer threats,” said Ron Winward, Director of Network Engineering for ServerCentral. “We have thoroughly evaluated the market and have been working with Radware for the past nine months to integrate their industry leading technology into our existing solutions. We are excited to be collaborating with such a talented organization.”

"ServerCentral has a reputation of integrity and quality in the industry," says Bill Lowry, Radware Director of Cloud Services. "Their technical acumen and attention to detail in researching, testing, and architecting these new offerings is evidence of the hard work and dedication they put into providing a quality solution. ServerCentral’s DDoS Mitigation service will offer an exceptional combination of technology, protection, and support for their customers.”

ServerCentral’s DDoS Mitigation Solutions can be configured to support multiple levels of attack traffic.

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ServerCentral Releases IaaS And Cloud-Enabled Colocation

New offerings provide turnkey solutions for common IT Infrastructure architectures

ServerCentral, an IT infrastructure solutions provider, will introduce its new Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) and Cloud-Enabled Colocation solutions at this week’s Channel Partners Conference & Expo in Las Vegas, NV.

For the past 14 years, ServerCentral has helped industry-leading companies solve mission-critical IT infrastructure challenges. These new solutions are designed to share this experience and help companies quickly and cost-effectively manage core IT infrastructure requirements.

“Our customers’ needs and business problems have always driven our offerings,” said Jordan Lowe, ServerCentral President/CEO. “Infrastructure solutions are unique, so what is best for each customer depends on their business processes, applications, data and stage of development. These new solutions represent common starting points we’ve identified and are a way to help each customer quickly find the right solution for them.”

ServerCentral’s IaaS offering is a turnkey solution that includes every aspect of infrastructure that a company needs to run their business. ServerCentral IaaS solutions provide scalability and 100% uptime with flexible hardware, storage, bandwidth, and networking options. Hardware is owned and managed by ServerCentral’s team of experts and includes firewalls, load balancers, switches, servers, and storage.

“Having ServerCentral manage our infrastructure allows us to focus on what we know best, and rely on ServerCentral for everything else,” said Chris Nagele, Wildbit CEO. “We’ve seen a huge increase in hardware performance and have saved money at the same time.”

ServerCentral is also introducing a Cloud-Enabled Colocation solution. In addition to ServerCentral’s standard colocation features, access to the company’s Enterprise Cloud is now included for all colocation customers.

“It’s not an either-or proposition. Rather, hybrid infrastructures are proving to be the right solution for many of our customers,” said Peter Berg, Senior Vice President Sales & Marketing. “Our Cloud-Enabled Colocation gives our customers space and power now, with linkages into our cloud and IaaS offerings as their business needs evolve.”

ServerCentral provides flexibility by offering a complete product continuum including colocation, managed services, IaaS, and public and private clouds. This flexibility is architected into the company and its solutions because technology and business needs change rapidly. ServerCentral customers can easily add managed services or dedicated hardware, increase power or bandwidth, or spin up clouds as needed to meet their requirements.

“ServerCentral is highly responsive to all of Pursway’s needs and requirements,” said Gabi Kazav, Pursway Infrastructure and Big Data Team Leader. “They are a strategic partner and provide us best in class facility management and uptime.”

ServerCentral’s solutions are available through its direct sales team and master agents.

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