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Networking Unplugged

Perspectives on cloud networking and software-defined WANs

Posted February 20, 2014
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Finding Practical, Cost-effective Network Solutions in the Cloud

Networking challenges can test even the most seasoned of IT pros, even when they have plenty of money at their disposal. So when business owners without an IT background need new networking solutions, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed.

This was the case for Park Schutz, the founder and CEO of a staffing and consulting company called Veracord. To meet his business goals, Park has three big priorities: promote business growth, hire candidates who tend to be excluded from the traditional labor market, and facilitate a reasonable work-life balance for his workers. Every one of these objectives demands a flexible, affordable networking solution that lets employees work from home. Park isn't an IT expert, but without a dedicated IT manager, it's his responsibility.

Originally, Veracord started as a brick-and-mortar office that held an internal server and five in-house employees. The company's other 17 staffers all worked remotely through a patchwork of services that connected them to critical office-based files and a proprietary application running on the in-house server.

In search of a better solution, Park tried Dropbox, but coordinating file transfers brought delays and Park quickly became frustrated with the tool's inefficiencies. He was also concerned with Dropbox's security limitations, but without the budget or know-how for complex hardware-based VPN, he felt stuck.

Enter Pertino's cloud-based VPN, an easy-to-deploy, secure, affordable networking platform that didn’t require any hardware or configuration to deploy. Using the cloud management dashboard, Park set up his network in minutes and invited users in just a few clicks.

Now a 100% virtual enterprise, Veracord is a smooth-running machine that operates well under budget. According to Park, Pertino has enabled him to save over $30,000 a year on office space and about $600 per month on gas. Because Pertino lets him access all his files, applications, and computers from home, he can spend more time with his wife and three kids. From Park's point of view, Pertino didn't just provide value for his company and the people that work for him, it brought personal value for him and his employees.

 

Larry Stein

Larry Stein

Director, Marketing

This is Larry’s fifth startup over the past 15 years, during which he navigated two IPOs and two acquisitions. Before Pertino, Larry served tours of service with Ameritech and data communications training.

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