Quodd Financial CEO Dishes on Financial Services IT Trends

It is 3 am on a summer Monday in northern Ohio. Dennis Cassidy is just getting up to catch his weekly commuter flight to Manhattan where he is chairman and CEO of Quodd Financial, a provider of information services to Wall Street traders, hedge-fund managers and professional retail brokers. During winters, he commutes from his Florida home. In total, he has been making the aerial commutes for the past eight years. Continue reading

TierPoint’s Managed Services Heritage and Future

By Scott Fuhriman, TierPoint VP of Sales and Product Development

Editor’s Note: This feature is part of a continuing series of snapshots chronicling TierPoint’s evolving corporate story. Fuhriman is based in TierPoint’s data center in Spokane, Washington. Click on the follow button on the bottom right to receive these stories in your inbox weekly.

Cloud computing adoption and rising security threats are fueling demand for managed services. One study found that in North America alone, cloud and managed service providers (MSPs) generated $154 billion in revenue in 2014. It isn’t tough to do a Google search and find projections substantially more than that for the current year. Continue reading

FAQ Friday: PCI DSS Compliance and SMBs

By Steve Sims, CISSP, TierPoint Sales Engineer

Customers frequently ask many questions about compliance in the cloud. In particular, SMBs often ask us how they can be compliant with the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) even if they are not required to be. Every day, we share compliance advice and educate customers about selecting the right type of infrastructure solution (e.g. private or public cloud) for compliance and at what cost.

Recently, we teamed up with Fortinet, one of our technology partners, to host a forum in Seattle and Spokane addressing several security issues: Here are some highlights from our discussion: Continue reading

It’s a Myth that Data is Inherently More Safe Outside of the Cloud

By Christian Lappin, Senior Sales Engineer, TierPoint

Earlier this week, TierPoint in Marlborough, MA hosted a cloud and security event with CAI Managed IT, one of our business partners. I gave a talk about cloud security myths and Frank Motta of CAI provided tips for managing security inside your organization.

I echo Larry Port, of Law Technology Today, who wrote this month that arguably “we’re at the point where cloud providers have the upper hand when it comes to providing secure storage for your critical information.” Continue reading

FAQ Friday: Top Security Questions from TierPoint Clients

By Brian Schwartz, TierPoint Content & Social Media Marketing Manager

John Stoker, CISSP, leads a team of security specialists and systems engineers at TierPoint’s Liberty Lake data center located near Spokane, WA. In addition to providing cloud and colocation services, they offer a suite of managed security services performed at client locations including perimeter security, traffic analysis and Web filtering.

For this week’s FAQ Friday, I asked him about the FAQs and issues he hears about from customers regularly. Continue reading

Automating Business Operations with Private Cloud Technology

By Christian Lappin, TierPoint Sr. Sales Engineer

When it comes to business and technology, the main objective has long been automate, automate and automate some more. We’ve seen the advent of VMware and Microsoft Hyper V systems drastically alter the landscape of local network management for the better, replacing cumbersome physical machine maintenance with streamlined, software-defined workflows handled virtually. Continue reading

FAQ Friday: Top Questions We Get Asked about TierPoint

By John Holland, TierPoint SVP of Sales

Yesterday, TierPoint hosted a partner event where we discussed cloud opportunities and how to better inform customers about their cloud choices. Because there are so many different definitions of both cloud and hybrid cloud, there is a lot of market confusion, so we are working diligently with our partners to bring more clarity to the cloud adoption process.

For today’s FAQ Friday, I’d like to address two questions that are often asked of us. The first one is about the types of clouds we offer. Continue reading