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Sangfor Technologies | July 18, 2022
Fiber-optic internet service provider Surf Broadband Solutions has completed an extensive rebranding effort, reflecting the evolution of the company, as well as a renewal to its corporate mission and values. At the heart of this rebrand is a change of the company name to Surf InternetSM and an update to the corporate logo.
"This transformation reinforces Surf's commitment to elevate the customer experience as we illuminate communities throughout the Great Lakes region, Today's announcement is just the beginning of many more good things to come. Our team is excited to build on Surf's foundation of a customer-first mindset and comprehensive range of business and residential internet service offerings."
Chief Marketing Officer Lana Frank
Initial elements of Surf's brand evolution include:
New Name, Logo, and Brand Colors: Surf's new name clearly communicates the company's core service offerings. The logo's blue arch inserted above the "S" bends like light and is symbolic of connection and expansion. The color palette has been slightly updated to include hues of blue, orange, bright green, and purple, retaining familiarity while also lending a more contemporary, dynamic, and cutting-edge look.
Expanded Mission Statement: "We believe that high-speed, reliable internet service is the great equalizer. We're on a mission to transform the future of our region by building an unparalleled network and providing an unsurpassed customer experience for the communities where we live, work, and serve."
About Surf Internet
Surf Internet is an innovative fiber-optic internet company that serves as the essential gateway to connectivity across the Great Lakes region of Illinois, Indiana, and Michigan. The company is building a bridge to the wide-open future by delivering high-speed, reliable internet to homes and businesses in underserved, rural communities. Surf's 100-plus person team is local, giving them an edge when it comes to customer care and advocacy for the region. Headquartered in Elkhart, Ind., Surf also has offices in La Porte, Ind., Byron Center, Mich., and Coal City and Rock Falls, Ill.
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Nerdio | July 08, 2022
Nerdio, the premier solution for organizations of all sizes looking to deploy virtual desktops in Microsoft Azure, today announced significant changes, including new tier structures and benefits, to its Partnerd partner program to best support managed service providers (MSPs) and other IT organizations serving the SMB channel.
“We are investing heavily to make transitioning to Microsoft Azure the obvious choice for MSPs and their clients, With the advancements Microsoft is making around cloud technologies and programs, it is an invigorating time to be part of the Microsoft ecosystem. We believe the new Partnerd program provides unparalleled benefits that are not available anywhere else in the channel. It will propel a whole new class of MSPs to grow alongside Azure and Microsoft and achieve success as a cloud partner.”
Joseph Landes, Chief Revenue Officer and Co-founder, Nerdio
Partnerd program tiers are calculated based on a partner’s level of investment with Nerdio, with the benefits, product discounts, marketing development funds (MDF), and event experiences offered increasing as partners move up in tier. Tiers available include Bronze, Silver, Gold and Platinum and partners sign up for a specific tier.
As part of the new Partnerd program, enrolled MSP partners will receive:
Discounts on Nerdio Manager for MSP licenses associated with each tier, ranging from 25%-75%.
Dedicated Partner Success Managers to coordinate Azure Business Reviews, suggest Azure cost-optimization methods, and assist with quoting and sales.
Go-Live Engineer support for Nerdio deployments and world-class support.
New Partnerd Advantage advanced engineering support service at an extra monthly cost.
Exclusive access to calls with Microsoft executives.
Sales kickstart and accelerator packages which include travel vouchers for Nerdio events, and exclusive early access to event registration.
Event marketing development funds (MDF).
Expanded NerdioCon access with exclusive discounts for all Partnerds and VIP packages for Gold and Platinum tiers.
“We have been providing innovative virtual desktop cloud solutions for nearly 20 years and believe Nerdio is unrivaled when it comes to providing MSPs the resources necessary to create and manage compelling and competitive Azure offerings,” said Paul O’Brien, CTO and Founder, Lucidity, a New Zealand-based MSP. “The changes to the Partnerd program reflect not only Nerdio's continued strong commitment to the partner community they’ve carefully cultivated, but also their savvy grasp of what partners must do to set themselves up for success with Microsoft’s partner program.”
Partners can buy into a tier above their qualified tier by meeting the required spend limit to increase the amount of internal use licenses, license discounts, Go-Live Engineer deployments, and certifications. This allows partners to boost their investment with Nerdio to achieve greater ROI, sooner, while they are building and scaling their Azure practice.
Nerdio empowers Managed Service Providers (MSPs) and enterprises to build successful cloud practices in Microsoft Azure with Azure Virtual Desktop and Windows 365. Nerdio Manager for Enterprise is a packaged Azure application that runs in users’ own tenant without compromising security and compliance by allowing third-party vendors access into the IT environment. Nerdio Manager for MSP empowers MSPs to deploy, manage, and optimize virtual desktop environments in Microsoft Azure through easy multi-tenant management.
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Scale Computing | August 04, 2022
Scale Computing, a market leader in edge computing, virtualization, and hyperconverged solutions, today announced ongoing momentum with customers in the maritime industry sector. The company’s SC//Platform and SC//HyperCore edge computing solutions enable maritime providers to run their critical onboard IT applications with self-healing, automated infrastructure. Whether it’s an offshore rig operating deep in the North Sea or a container ship crossing the Pacific Ocean, Scale Computing empowers a broad range of maritime service providers to improve their efficiency and ensure high availability.
“Few industries showcase the challenges and promise of edge computing as does the global maritime industry where IT resiliency is an operational necessity and downtime is unacceptable, Scale Computing meets the complex and evolving infrastructure requirements of an industry that demands 24x7 availability, full redundancy, and is backed by human experts who understand the unique conditions that exist at the edge.”
Jeff Ready, CEO and co-founder of Scale Computing
Scale Computing brings the maritime industry into a new era of computing by revamping IT operations with a solution that simplifies management, reduces operating costs, and ensures resiliency and high availability in the face of unpredictable environmental conditions.
Northern Marine Group is a ship management and marine services provider that offers a full spectrum of ship and offshore management services. Operating a diverse fleet of technically managed vessels, including a wide range of tankers, ferries and offshore assets, the Northern Marine fleet is constantly on the move around the globe.
Northern Marine selected Scale Computing’s SC//Platform, which provides them with simplified, highly affordable IT infrastructure that offers unmatched resiliency in some of the world’s most extreme environments. Because internet connectivity is highly intermittent with no dedicated IT personnel stationed on their vessels, Northern Marine deployed SC//HyperCore clusters to keep their operations running smoothly, whether offshore or out at sea.
Scott Mungall, IT Technical Lead for Northern Marine, says, “We were looking for ways to evolve our onboard IT infrastructure across our fleet. In the last several years, requirements for key infrastructure systems on board have changed. Each vessel now has two or more operational critical applications on its server infrastructure, meaning we really can’t afford any downtime. We need to be able to sustain equipment failure and still continue to operate."
Headquartered in Dubai, Telford Offshore offers cost-effective construction and project management solutions to the oil & gas industry. The company supports multiple offshore activities, focusing on high-capacity accommodation, lifting, fabrication and installation services for projects that include laying pipelines and carrying out subsea construction.
With internet connectivity slow and costly at sea, relying on the cloud for critical operations was simply not an option. Telford Offshore recognized their on-board infrastructure would need to be local and on-premises. Following a comprehensive evaluation of edge solution providers, Telford Offshore selected Scale Computing’s SC//Platform as the only solution in its class to offer the unique combination of simplicity and performance demanded by their fleet.
Wouter Lustig, IT Manager at Telford Offshore, explained that, “We wanted the solution to be a long-term future-proof investment with the possibility of deploying it on our vessels at sea. The solution needed to be simple enough for the one or two electricians on board to install, deploy, and maintain. Scale Computing’s solution operates as its own data center in a box and can easily connect back to the deployment at the headquarters in Dubai. We are still amazed at how easy it is to install, deploy and manage – we don’t need to worry about the management of the day-to-day solution; it just takes care of itself.”
About Scale Computing
Scale Computing is a leader in edge computing, virtualization, and hyperconverged solutions. Scale Computing software eliminates the need for traditional virtualization software, disaster recovery software, servers, and shared storage, replacing these with a fully integrated, highly available system for running applications. Using patented HyperCore™ technology, the self-healing platform automatically identifies, mitigates, and corrects infrastructure problems in real-time, enabling applications to achieve maximum uptime. When ease-of-use, high availability, and TCO matter, Scale Computing is the ideal infrastructure platform.