Author: Kevin Maynard

Smarter Partners

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At Cartika, we’re always looking at how we can make cloud infrastructure more effective. To this end, we’ve been adding a number of new partners who extend our – and your – capabilities. Andrew, our boss, has always said that he wants to work with people that are specialized, and smarter in their field than he is. We hope that means us! This same philosophy has permeated Cartika’s strategic partnering.

When we look at potential partners, we’re not only looking for experts in their field, but we’re also looking for how we can each be better – and provide more seamless service to you. If, for example, we can optimize infrastructure to accelerate results with their platform, that’s a great reason to partner.

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Superb Crew Interviews Cartika CEO Andrew Rouchotas

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This article first appeared on Superb Crew’s site

SuperbCrew interviews Andrew Rouchotas
Cartika began in 1999 as an application hosting and support firm. In 2000, the company purchased its first server and this was the beginning of our evolution to platform and infrastructure hosting. They added a colocation facility in Dallas and expanded to Toronto – Silicon Valley North. Today, the company has Network Operations Centers in both cities, with development offices in Russia and the Ukraine. Those locations are where solutions such as Cartika’s IaaS cloud platform and Bacula4 backup system were conceived of and created. Below is our interview with Andrew Rouchotas, CEO of Cartika:

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Meeting the Challenges of Scalability and Agility

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Scalability and Agility

IaaS meets Scalability and Agility challenges

Wouldn’t it be lovely if the flow of business was entirely predictable? Of course it isn’t, so the hallmark of a well-run business is that it has plans on how to augment and adapt to market shifts. Seasonal businesses have long faced the issue of troughs and peaks, but most early phase businesses only plan for continual growth. When that stutters, bi-directional scalability becomes a major issue. Harvard Business Review identified confusion between growth and scaling – vastly preferring the latter, and listing “building capacity to scale” as a key business success factor.

A subset of scalability is agility – the ability to quickly adapt. This frequently means being able to take advantage of emerging technology and trends. Adaptation requires resources – both to plan and implement the change. This is an area where mega-lithic corporations have traditionally fallen on their faces. They see the iceberg, but can’t turn quickly enough to avoid it. Forbes called agility “the new currency of growth”, equating it with innovation in importance.

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Cartika’s Exciting and Innovative new Program for Partners

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Cartika Reseller Program

We have recently announced the launch of our new reseller model called the Premium Partner Program. The goal of this innovative new approach is to give our reselling partners complete control over the environments they manage for their clients while Cartika takes care of the day-to-day infrastructure management tasks and support. Also, our partners have access to a wide range of add-on solutions that can be seamlessly added to the platform, giving them a broad portfolio of on-demand IT services to help grow revenues.

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Cloud Email Just Got Flexible! Single Domain Exchange and POP/IMAP

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Cartika Cloud EmailThe way email is being hosted and managed has changed at Cartika, and we’re really excited about it! For a long time now we have been trying to solve a problem with how email accounts are allocated between shared users on a single domain. Most business-class email users typically need the full functionality of Microsoft Exchange™. But, there are many instances when a group of corporate users is best-served with the simplicity and cost-effectiveness of POP/IMAP accounts. Until now, a service allowing both Exchange and POP/IMAP accounts on a single domain didn’t exist. Our engineering team has risen to the challenge.

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Augmenting Internal IT with Managed Services – A Winning Combination!

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Augmenting Internal IT CartikaIs fear of losing control holding you back from realizing the many benefits of an external Managed Services Provider (MSP)? Some IT managers oppose outside help fearing it will somehow weaken their position. But in practice, augmenting internal IT teams with missing skills and resources has the opposite effect, providing better results and increasing the value of the IT function to the organization. Particularly when it comes to infrastructure and supporting non-standard applications.

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Using APIs to Better Manage Infrastructure-as-a-Service

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Using APIs for IaaSApplication Programming Interfaces (APIs) have played a silent, but critical role in the success of cloud computing. Vendors have been using APIs for years as a cornerstone in building today’s complex IaaS, PaaS, and SaaS applications. As a result, APIs continue to work tirelessly behind the scenes connecting systems around the world, making our lives that much easier.

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6 Things Resellers Must Know Before Choosing a Managed Services Partner

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managed services partnerIt’s very common in the IT space to resell the services of others. We won’t go into all the reasons why, but in general, reselling helps broaden and complement existing services, provides a revenue opportunity, and has a strategic benefit. Although we are focusing on the process of selecting a managed services partner in this article, many of the concepts apply to working with any partner.

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Email Management Should be Top Productivity and Security Priorities

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Outsourcing IT and Managed ServicesJunk email, or SPAM, is a source of irritation for anyone with a clogged inbox. Even worse, user-level email management kills employee productivity, and poorly tended mailboxes are a popular vector for security threats. If you crunch the numbers, businesses can squander tens of thousands of dollars annually to lost productivity, while malware lurks in unfiltered junk mail.

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7 Situations When Outsourcing IT Managed Services is Most Compelling

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Outsourcing IT and Managed ServicesKeeping up with the complexities and costs of information technology is no easy task and especially true for SMBs. To solve this challenge, many now leverage the cloud for their infrastructure needs. But, as valuable as the cloud can be, IT environments must still be deployed, optimized, monitored, managed, and secured. This is why outsourcing IT managed services in addition to infrastructure has become increasingly attractive.

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