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Provider Forum on Data Centers & Cloud Services Infrastructure (East)

04/25/2017

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WebSite Source Expands into Open Data Centers Piscataway Facility

12/22/2016

As part of its continued expansion of the WebSite Source (“WSS”) business unit, 1stPoint Communications has begun migrating client hosting systems into Open Data Centers’ Piscataway, NJ data center. WebSite Source provides virtual private servers, cloud systems, domain name registration and ecommerce services to its hosting customers. It currently operates systems in a data center facility located in Dublin, OH. “By operating systems in more than one data center facility WSS will be able to offer fully redundant hosting solutions to its clients,” said Kristen Vasicek, Director of Marketing for 1stPoint Communications. Ms. Vasicek is jointly responsible for product development for the WSS business unit.

The Open Data Center’s Piscataway facility has a 2N electrical and mechanical design. More than half of the infrastructure of the facility can fail and the critical systems within the facility would be completely unaffected. This level of redundancy is ideal for the operations of the WSS business unit. As part of the migration WSS is deploying a new fleet of servers and network equipment, expanding its capacity by over one thousand percent. “Our strategic vision for the business unit necessitates the expansion of our network and our systems,” commented Erik Levitt, 1stPoint’s CEO. “We are committing capital and resources to enhance the underlying infrastructure and build a best-of-breed environment that will complement the new services we intend to offer to our clients.”

1stPoint acquired WebSite Source in June, 2016 and has since expanded its virtual private server and cloud offerings, advanced managed storage solutions and integration with a number of software providers for backup and recovery. “We are very excited about the deployment of new services that will integrate our advanced messaging products,” added Vasicek. “We anticipate the release of those services in the first quarter of 2017. They will continue to advance 1stPoint’s position as a leader in developing the new paradigm for infrastructure deployment throughout the next decade.”

About 1stPoint Communications

1stPoint Communications provides integrated messaging, voice, data and mobile service for small businesses, enterprises and carriers. 1stPoint is committed to delivering all of the services business need to interact with their customers, employees and suppliers, providing its clients a New Way to Work.

ODC CEO Erik Levitt to Speak at 5th Annual Mid-Atlantic Data Center Summit

08/04/2016

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Erik Levitt will present: "Key Concepts in Selecting Cloud Providers"

08/24/2015

Featuring: Erik Levitt, CEO OPEN DATA CENTERS

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Tech Trends & Drivers & ‘The Next Big Thing’ – The ‘Need-to-Know’ for Data Center, Colocation & Cloud Service Providers

05/29/2015

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Erik Levitt, CEO of Open Data Centers, talks to SYS-CON.tv at Cloud Expo New York

02/27/2015

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MSP: 1st Point Communications is Helping the Cloud Take Shape

08/28/2014

With the emergence of the cloud as the way that enterprises deploy their IT infrastructure, the role of the data center is changing quite a bit.

“The role of the data center as a service provider obviously is changing substantially,” noted Erik Levitt, co-founder of 1st Point Communications, during a recent interview with TMCnet atITEXPO (News - Alert) Las Vegas...

To read more: http://www.msptoday.com/topics/msp-today/articles/387754-1st-point-communications-helping-cloud-take-shape.htm

IceWEB, Inc. Enters into Consulting Agreement with Open Data Centers, LLC

01/30/2014

IceWEB, Inc.™ (IWEB), ("IceWEB") is pleased to announce that it has signed a consulting agreement along with a separate Joint Marketing and Sales Agreement with Open Data Centers, LLC, a New Jersey limited liability company ("ODC") and 1stPoint Communications, LLC, a New Jersey limited liability company (“FP”). ODC will provide operational and sales expertise to enhance the capabilities and operations of IceWEB’s Computers & Tele-com, Inc. and KCNAP, LLC subsidiaries (“collectively “CTC”) in Kansas City, Missouri. In addition, CTC, KCNAP, FP and ODC will jointly market and sell their services.

Open Data Centers named member of FISPA

12/03/2013

Open Data Centers, LLC, a carrier-neutral data center operator in New Jersey and New York City, announced the company's membership in www.FISPA.org, an association of Internet Service Providers (ISPs) and Competitive Local Exchange Carriers (CLECs).

ODC joins FISPA's extensive community of 190 members and focused industry of 480 Service Providers and 685 emerging CLECs including 1st Point Communications, AT&T, and Telx.

FISPA helps small and mid-sized CLECs and ISPs compete against and work with incumbent carriers and competing application providers to ensure a better business model and increase their probability for success.

The association provides a valuable resource to the Internet provider community, offering opportunities for education and networking, discussion and meeting forums (www.FISPALIVE.com), aggregate buying programs, and vendor participation programs to increase access solutions.

"FISPA provides a neutral forum for the facilitation of discussions, collaboration and sharing of industry insights amongst some of the industry's leading ISPs, CLECs, and MSPs," says Erik Levitt, CEO of Open Data Centers. "ODC's FISPA membership opens the door for partnership opportunities, offering greater exposure for our proven colocation services and connectivity solutions."

Open Data Centers Selected to Present at the Data Center Users’ Group 2013 Fall Conference in Dallas, TX

11/08/2013

Open Data Centers, LLC (ODC), a carrier-neutral data center operator in Piscataway, N.J., announces today that its CEO Erik Levitt has been selected to speak at the Data Center Users’ Group (DCUG) 2013 Fall Conference, taking place November 11-13, 2013 at the Hilton DFW Lakes Executive Conference Center in Dallas, TX.

Over 200 data center mangers, owners and operators from across the country as well as Latin America will converge at this Fall’s 20th DCUG conference. The event serves as a neutral forum and interactive technical exchange for industry experts and peers. Through educational sessions and networking opportunities, the program provides the latest insight on data center operational and infrastructure trends and best practices to help managers tackle today’s vast data center challenges, including optimizing complex infrastructures and running 24x7 mission-critical operations.

Mr. Levitt will kick-off the conference sessions on Tuesday, November 12th with his presentation, ‘Data Center Planning: The Good, The Bad and the Disastrous’, which will take place from 8:20 AM to 9:15 AM. This session will explore the common oversights associated with data center builds or expansions. Mr. Levitt will also provide executive insight and best practices for data center site selection, design, capacity planning, and construction, as well as power, cooling and overall TCO considerations - helping data center operators ensure their new build-outs meet future business goals.

Mr. Levitt is the CEO and founder of Open Data Centers as well as the CEO and CFO of EndStream Communications, a wholesale voice and data telecommunications carrier. Erik has held numerous consulting roles at Merrill Lynch Private Banking and Volvo Cars of North America, in addition to serving as Lead Engineer for the Funds Transfer Network at Citigroup. In 1995, he founded Core Technology Services, one of the first entrants into the Managed Services marketplace, and pioneered the Managed Services Methodology, a widely used technique for information technologies life cycle management. Following Core’s 2004 acquisition by AccessIT, a nationwide data center and colocation services provider, Mr. Levitt stayed on as the President & COO. He was responsible for a network of data centers, which included 11 facilities nationwide, as well as the acquisition and management of EZZI.NET, a regional dedicated server hosting company.

iAreaNet Selects Open Data Centers’ Piscataway Facility to Host its Cloud-Based Office Solutions

09/09/2013

Open Data Centers, LLC (‘ODC’), a carrier-neutral data center operator in New Jersey and New York City, announces today that its Piscataway, NJ data center has been selected by iAreaNet to host its high availability, cloud-based offices solutions for businesses.

iAreaNet provides businesses, VARs and agents with a solution that leverages the benefits of the cloud service delivery model to deliver an IT & communications portfolio that combines data, voice, collaboration and mobile connectivity. Through its iAreaOffice "office-in-the-cloud" suite, the company provides customers with everything they need to run their business on a per seat model. The iAreaOffice package includes, Phone Service, Integrated Unified communications, hosted exchange, conferencing and applications that include the latest version of Microsoft Office, and the ability to integrate other software to be delivered as a service, such as QuickBooks, Abacus Attorney. iAreaNet's programmers can also develop and deliver voice integrated CRM and custom applications, all hosted on iAreaNet's redundant servers.

“It is important for our infrastructure to be diverse, accessible and reliable in order for our customers to achieve the greatest uptime disaster prevention and shortest path to access the data hosted in our facilities,” comments James DeCrescenzo, iAreaNet founder. “ODC’s Piscataway data center facility is the ideal complement to our other facilities located in geographically dispersed regions - Georgia and California. It is this geographic reach and capability that ensures our customers the optimal level of service for their business applications.”

“Today’s businesses require more and more support for their business application needs, and iAreaNet provides managed solutions that enable growth dynamically and effectively,” adds Erik Levitt, CEO of Open Data Centers. “Our Piscataway data center is the ideal location for iAreaNet to host its Northeast cloud platform in that it is located in a highly accessible, inland area that is well above the flood zone and offers multiple diverse power feeds, generator and battery backup, as well as access to an abundance of networks with a simple, one-time cross connect fee.”

Open Data Centers offers approximately 8,500 square feet of scalable data center space, 24/7 monitoring and security, and N+1 redundant connectivity, as well as reliable power and maximum uptime capabilities – ideal for housing cloud solutions and carrier Points of Presence (PoPs), as well as the colocation of data-rich applications requiring high bandwidth and security. The data center also offers tenants direct connectivity to multiple dark fiber, Time Division Multiplexing (TDM), Ethernet over Copper (EoC), and metro Ethernet providers, as well as Internet Service Providers (ISPs).

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CEO of Open Data Centers Erik Levitt to Present at ITEXPO Las Vegas 2013

08/22/2013

Originally posted on telecomnewsroom.com

Open Data Centers, LLC is pleased to announce that its CEO Erik Levitt has been selected to present on an expert panel discussion at ITEXPO Las Vegas, the premier communications and technology trade show in the world, taking place August 26-29, 2013 at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, NV. Mr. Levitt will partake in a panel entitled “Do Your Customers Trust Your Cloud?” on Tuesday August 27th from 3:45 PM to 4:30 PM, moderated by Charlene O’Hanlon, Managing Editor of The VAR Guy and Talkin’ Cloud.

Presenting alongside industry experts from Server Farm Realty, Windstream, and EarthLink, Mr. Levitt will provide a unique perspective on the importance of being a trusted cloud partner and provider in a competitive market as rapid cloud adoption yields new concerns around trust and cloud security.

Open Data Centers has generated much popularity due to the company’s ability to continuously evolve its data center architecture and control processes in order to meet the ever-changing demands of cloud-based solution providers.Most recently, the company’s Piscataway, NJ data center was selected byiAreanet to host its high availability, cloud-based office solutions. The facility provides iAreanet and other cloud-based solution providers with 8,500 square feet of scalable data center space, a 24-hour on-site Network Operations Center (NOC), and N2 infrastructure, as well as the choice, flexibility and responsiveness of a more personalized data center.

NJTC Mobile Marketing Panel Asks: Is Mobile Marketing Intrusive or Worthwhile?

08/13/2013

Erik Levitt, Open Data Centers CEO, on Mobile Marketing Panel

Left to right:

Ilissa Miller, Moderator
CEO, iMiller Public Relations

Lubna Dajan
Executive Producer, pQubd, NYC

Atiq Hashmi
Founder, Inspirity, Inc.

Erik Levitt
CEO, Open Data Centers

CJ Millar
Senior Director, Client Services, Teknicks

Bill Lessard
President & Creative Director, PR with Brains

By ESTHER SURDEN

Originally posted on NJTechWeekly.com

A panel on mobile marketing at the New Jersey Technology Council (NJTC) Mobile Apps Forum and Competition June 20, 2013, concluded that this form of marketing is here to stay, but some of its aspects need to be reformed.

The discussion, which took place at the Fairleigh Dickinson University (Madison) Rothman Institute of Entrepreneurship, was moderated by Ilissa Miller, CEO of iMiller Public Relations(Mamaroneck, N.Y.). The panelists discussed a many topics that addressed the question of whether mobile marketing is obtrusive or beneficial.

They first tackled why companies should pay attention to mobile, citing plenty of statistics about the growing mobile industry and its importance to sales. CJ Millar, senior director of client services at search engine optimization agency Teknicks (Jackson), said people sitting at their computers sometimes choose to use a mobile app on their phone over a Web page because it is more convenient to do so.

Later in the discussion, Atiq Hashmi, founder ofInspirity (Newark), which helps brands build their own mobile sites, said there is no question that the mobile ecosystem is growing. He pointed to Target, which installed free in-store mobile last year. Which sites do most customers visit via their phones when they are at Target? To Target.com, information has indicated, and the retailer has seen an increase in mobile purchases since it enabled wireless.

Mobile marketing “isn’t black magic,” publicist William Lessard, president and creative director of PR with Brains (New York), told the group. “I think about it as a conversation and finding a way to add to the conversation in a meaningful way.”

Lessard added that the “land grab” for apps is over. When they first appeared, everyone wanted to design the next “Angry Birds” or another novelty app. “I think that people are now looking for more significant engagement with their mobile devices. They want their mobile devices … to be an extension of the desktop. They want to be more productive, … to be creative, … to be doing business no matter where they are,” he said.

On the subject of consumer targeting, the panelists seemed to agree that there is too much intrusive following going on. Lubna Dajan, executive producer of pQubd (New York), a mobile imagery conference, said there are many technology challenges to determining how often to retarget and whether the users opening an app in Facebook are the same ones who looked at a product on their mobile phones.

“Also, there is a fine line between targeting and stalking,” she said, noting that she herself had had the experience of looking online for a faucet, then seeing faucets everywhere, on every screen. In addition, advertisers have to determine the duration for which the ad targeting should last, she said. For example, customers looking at pizzerias in New York one week probably don’t want to see an ad for a New York pizzeria the following week, when they are in San Diego.

CJ Millar added that tracking has to become more sophisticated so advertisers know how often an ad is being shown on each device. “How many different devices do you show an ad on before you reach your limit?” she asked.

Another limitation of online advertising is a lack of some customer information. “We don’t know — if someone finds an app in the iTunes Store — if they first found the app on Facebook. We don’t know referral information,” Millar said.

Lessard said, “Ultimately … the only metric that really matters is sales.”

Ensuring your app loads quickly is a basic principle that app developers should follow, Erik Levitt, CEO of Open Data Centers (Piscataway), noted. It should also integrate with the desktop site, he said, adding that if companies are not going to have an app, they need a mobile-friendly site.

Said Millar, “The quality of an app matters. If people stop using an app because they are hard to use, it’s just a total waste of money for the company and the consumer.” Apps need to be an important part of a brand’s presence and identity. Companies have to remember that their apps are less an extension of the desktop and more an extension of” their company’s brand, she concluded.

Hindsight Is 20/20: Lessons Learned from Sandy

07/08/2013

Originally posted on sys-con.com

Among the most important factors in finding a home for Information Technology infrastructure is location. The hurricane, or ‘Super Storm Sandy,' as it is referred to in the New York metro market, created many calamitous events throughout the region, especially those areas close to the water or in-land surrounded by trees. While this natural disaster was not something we could have all planned extensively for, it certainly provided lessons that only a 100+year storm can teach us.

First, let's consider the location of your company's data communications infrastructure. This is the equipment that is the core of your business. If it goes down, then everyone is down. Regardless of each end-user's location, if they are unable to access the company's communications systems, they can't perform their jobs effectively. Finding the most suitable location could be challenging, particularly for those in regions with regular seismic activity, but there are other concerns in the New York metro market: rain, wind and flooding.

Second is connectivity. Assuring diverse and redundant connectivity to your data communications infrastructure is a key element to your ability to access it, even if other areas are under duress. Knowing the underlying providers and the paths of the cable systems, as well as assuring both private and public access to your equipment, can help your company stay connected.

Third, power supply. If your equipment is not plugged in to a reliable primary power source, then you most certainly want to be sure the back-up power source will not only kick in, but be sufficient to provide the power needed for more than just hours, potentially days. The facility that houses your communications infrastructure should be fortified with multiple power sources to ensure your equipment has the opportunity to function properly, even in a crisis situation.

Open Data Centers' facility at 15 Corporate Place South in Piscataway, NJ, 16 miles southwest from flood-prone downtown Manhattan, is outside of the zone affected by Hurricane Sandy. The facility is a comfortable distance from the shore - not in an underlying flood zone or valley location - and has proven to remain accessible, especially to diesel trucks bringing fuel to keep generators (if required) online. The location, just off of Route 287, is easy and convenient to get to. Diverse power grids and a wide selection of geographically relevant carriers and service providers feed the facility. The data center itself features true A/B power up to 120 watts per square foot, and fully redundant electrical and mechanical systems at all levels, including generators, UPS and HVAC systems with N+1 redundancy throughout the entire infrastructure.

Finally, there's service. Depending on the data center, service availability, choice and flexibility can vary greatly. The advantage of a smaller, more personal data center such as Open Data Centers' Piscataway facility is its ability to be flexible, nimble and responsive to its customers' needs - even if they don't fit a specific mold. The Piscataway facility has a 24-hour Network Operations Center staffed with qualified technical support, offering services traditionally not available from the larger providers. One-time only cross connect fees make is possible to interconnect with more carriers cost-effectively, reducing the reliance on any one telecommunications carrier. And, they are always open to new ideas and ways to personally serve their clients' unique business needs.

The upshot? Open Data Centers has space available now. All of the features and services required by the most discerning companies are possible.

Open Data Centers: A Power Source for the Cloud

03/26/2013

CEO of Open Data Centers (ODC) Erik Levitt was interviewed by Stephanie Mosca, Managing Editor of TMCnet, while attending ITEXPO Miami 2013. The interview focused on the importance of data centers in relation to the Cloud....

To read more:

https://telecomnewsroom.com/2013/03/26/open-data-centers-a-power-source-for-the-cloud/

Sunesys Extends its Dark Fiber Network to Open Data Centers’ Piscataway Colocation Facility

03/11/2013

Open Data Centers, LLC, a carrier-neutral data center operator in New Jersey and New York City, announces Sunesys, LLC, a dark fiber and lit services provider, is now available for both lit and dark fiber solutions from within its Piscataway, NJ data center facility. With simple, one-time only cross-connect fees, Open Data Centers carrier-neutral and friendly connectivity data center provides a network-rich environment for higher education, healthcare, enterprise and wholesale carrier verticals.

Piscataway, NJ serves as the location for carrier Points of Presence (POPs) in the New York metro market. With Sunesys’ highly reliable network now available from Open Data Centers’ facility, network connectivity serving the Southern NJ, Philadelphia, PA, Maryland, and Delaware markets is accessible.

“With solutions ranging from 1Gbps to 100Gbps, we are proud to offer Sunesys’ robust layer 2 network connectivity as dedicated fiber strands or lit solutions to customers seeking colocation and data center services from Open Data Centers,” comments Larry Coleman, President of Sunesys. “Open Data Centers’ simple provisioning and robust facility offers an ideal connection to the Sunesys Northeast network of over 5,400 miles in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Maryland, and Delaware.”

“Our objective in creating Open Data Centers was to create an ecosystem of carriers, service providers and end-users that benefit from a friendly, highly stable operating environment,” adds Erik Levitt, CEO of Open Data Centers. “By adding Sunesys to our data center, we have greatly enhanced our platform and are excited about the breadth of communications options that Sunesys provides.”

Piscataway is centrally located in New Jersey, far from the shoreline, making its elevated location disinclined to flooding. The facility is protected from natural disasters and has diverse power feeds along with battery and generator power to ensure maximum uptime. Open Data Centers provides access to a wide variety of network providers through its managed meet-me-room facilities. Without any monthly recurring cross-connect fees, customers gain access to providers whose network reach goes North, South, East, and West from each point surrounding the area.

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