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SUCCESS STORY: NetShape Technologies Partners with ABS for Data Center Migration and SAN Consolidation

When NetShape Technologies (http://www.netshapetech.com/), a global manufacturer and metal components supplier with sites located in North America, Asia and Europe, needed to move their data center, they came to ABS for help. The complex project involved relocating their hardware from Louisville to Chicago as well as implementing and configuring a new Storage Area Network (SAN)—and a smooth transition was crucial to NetShape’s operations.

“These are the kinds of high-level coordination and integration projects that many ABS clients aren’t aware we provide,” said Jeff Hall, ABS’s Sales Director. “But as evidenced here, not only do we offer these services, we excel at them.”

Roy Hayes, Systems Administrator for NetShape, would agree. “The help that ABS provided has been incredible,” he said. “We had planned to be down for three days and there was doubt if it could actually be done on a three-day holiday weekend. But the ABS team was able to make it happen in one day. We really appreciate the time they put into this project to make it a success.”

Patty Burkland, CFO at NetShape, added, “Many hours went into planning this move to ensure it would go smoothly and the results speak for themselves. The ABS team provided invaluable assistance and we truly appreciate the partnership.”

The NetShape project is a prime example of ABS’s ability to deliver on time and on budget, no matter the expectations. It’s also proof positive of our commitment to accomplishing each project’s technical goals while also helping our clients achieve their larger business goals by ensuring they receive the full benefit of our wide-ranging expertise and knowledge.

Whatever the project, whenever the deadline—even on holidays—ABS has IT covered.

Maryhurst Journey of Hope Luncheon

ABS Attends Maryhurst Journey of Hope Luncheon 2017

The Maryhurst Journey of Hope Luncheon held at The Louisville Marriott Downtown on Friday, May 12, was a great opportunity for guests to become, “the hope our children need.” This annual fundraiser has shaped into a tremendous opportunity for Maryhurst to honor their outstanding alumni and benevolent supporters. At the 2017 luncheon, Maryhurst presented numerous scholarships and honored their Alumna of the Year, Tammy Smith. But, most importantly, the Journey of Hope Luncheon focused on Maryhurst’s vision to imagine communities free of abuse and filled with hope for every child and family.

A few Advanced Business Solutions employees were fortunate enough to attend the Journey of Hope Luncheon. Elizabeth Dallenbach, Beth Mamrak and Meghan Logue felt honored to spend their afternoon learning about and celebrating the accomplishments of Maryhurst. It was especially notable that the women had the opportunity to listen to guest speaker Sadiqa Reynolds, who is the first woman in ninety-five years to hold the position as President and CEO of the Louisville Urban League.

As always, the Journey of Hope Luncheon was an incredible and touching event. It reminded us that it is truly important to take time out of our busy schedules to appreciate the wonderful work that organizations like Maryhurst are doing for our community. We are already looking forward to the event in 2018!

For more information on Maryhurst and the Journey of Hope Luncheon, visit: https://www.maryhurst.org/journey-hope- luncheon-2017/

Google Fiber

What Google Fiber Means for Louisville

You may have heard the recent news that Louisville, KY has been selected as the latest market for the rollout of Google Fiber, a high-speed internet provider to rival Spectrum/Time Warner Cable and AT&T as the big players in the local area. But, what does Google Fiber mean for Louisville? A few things…

First of all, Google is without a doubt a huge name in the internet space, but with its new ties to Louisville, local internet providers now have a level of competition they’ve not faced in our city. Lucky for us, competiton from other players in the industry should result in both lower pricing and better quality service overall. Why? Options. No longer will a customer be faced with feeling as if they need to stay with their current provider even after a poor experience. With nowhere to turn, many customers may have felt “stuck” with their provider, but now that can change. Broadband companies in the area will now feel the pressure of providing high quality service and products or watch their customer base decline as they jump ship to a competitor in the space. Although Google Fiber is being installed in Louisville, greater Louisville and even Lexington may benefit from competition driving prices and quality lower.

Being in the business, we know how much the services and products these companies charge actually cost to implement and service. A lot of what we come to expect from our local internet providers comes from a lack of challenge or significant threat to their business model.

Google Fiber should certainly be seen as a threat. Their business model is completely different than most internet providers. Why? Because the Google model hasn’t been perverted yet in this space. It’s fresh. It’s different, and for all the right reasons.

Google understands that their stake in this is to drive as many people on the internet using their services as possible, so in turn they will do this as cheaply as they can because they make their money on ads, when people search Google, etc. Their main interest is connecting as many people as they can so that their advertising is worth more money. It’s mutually beneficial, because while a user surfing the web may or may not care about the ads side of things, they are still benefitting from being on the internet using a good quality service.

This is only the beginning. Many believe that the internet is the foundation, the backend, the infrastructure for which everything will be built on moving forward. We’re already seeing that the way people are consuming data and entertainment is moving more and more toward phones, computers, and televisions connected to the internet rather than televisions connected to a cable box.

If Google can position ‘Fiber’ as the physical infrastructure for the future of data and entertainment consumption, using best-in-class technology to provide great service for its customers, it is sure to be a huge success, locally and beyond.

In summary, with Google Fiber coming to Louisville, you can expect more transparency from your provider, faster speeds, higher quality service (even if you choose to stick with your current provider) all because Google has set the bar so high in the competitive space.