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Team Member Profile - Kyle Vradenburg

Posted by Sharon Durant on 4/27/16 10:30 AM

We love to take any chance we can get to highlight one of our outstanding team members! This week we introduce you to our Staff Accountant, Kyle Vradenburg. Kyle has been with Digital West since last August and has taken on the role of both Accounts Payable and Receivable. There's no task that Kyle takes on that he doesn't knock out of the park! For this reason along with his excellent customer service, we see that Kyle embodies Digital West's core value of "Seeking Excellence."

Kyle enjoys the friendly atmosphere here and is pleasantly surprised with how much IT knowledge he has gained since being in his role for just 8 months.


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Topics: Digital West Staff

Non Profit Spotlight - Garden House Morro Bay

Posted by Sharon Durant on 4/14/16 11:00 AM

One of the core values that guide our business decisions at Digital West is "Give Generously." We maintain a deep commitment to our communities, giving of our time, talent and treasure. One of the ways we embody this value is by offering complimentary web hosting services to local non-profits.

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Why you should consider Virtualization

Posted by Digital West Networks Inc. on 4/7/16 11:00 AM

Before you start purchasing any new hardware, consider virtualizing your IT infrastructure. Virtualization means to abstract the software from the hardware. Basically, as processors have increased in power and memory capacity, one physical server can now act as five virtual servers. Unlike before, where every time you have a new application you have to provide a new server, virtual servers can now run multiple operating systems and applications. This equates to less cost, flexible software redeployment and effective backups. Does this sound appealing to you? However before you start virtualizing your business, here are some things to consider.

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Topics: Virtual Resources

Tech trends that help franchises be more profitable.

Posted by Meg McCall on 3/29/16 1:00 PM

Franchises have grown up since the days of the first McDonald’s in 1955 and single-shop owners who could be their own boss right out of the box. Today, franchises are run by multi-unit owners and often they are multi-brand franchisees. Accordingly to FranData, multi-unit franchisees currently own 53% of the 450,000 franchise units in the U.S. and own 5 locations on the average. Franchising has become a lucrative and competitive business investment, and certain key technologies have the potential to help franchises gain advantage over the competition.

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Topics: Remote Data Backup, Cloud Computing, Security

What are the latest technology trends in health care?

Posted by Meg McCall on 3/14/16 2:00 PM

Technology is driving rapid change in health care. The growing adoption of cloud-based Electronic Health Records (EHR) is just one example. These records are more agile for health care practitioners and provide a more complete medical history. For consumers, they mean greater access to and portability of their health information. The number of EHR providers, such as AthenaHealth, Epic, AllScrips and GE Healthcare, has skyrocketed, in part, because these cloud-based platforms can be updated seamlessly and integrate well with other business systems.

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Topics: Cloud Hosting, Security

Safe Harbor: What are the implications for data transfer between Europe and the US?

Posted by Meg McCall on 2/11/16 11:40 AM

Until October of last year, approximately 5,000 businesses self-certified that they would provide adequate protection of European citizens' data once it was in the US for processing, under the 15-year old Safe Harbor Agreement. That agreement has now been ruled invalid by Europe’s top court, leaving companies scrambling to figure out how to operate legal data transfers. Recent articles in the New York Times and Tech Crunch reported on the issue.

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Topics: Colocation

Company Mission and Core Values

Posted by Sharon Durant on 1/18/16 12:55 PM

We’re very excited to share our new mission statement and core values with you. With the excellent guidance of Collaboration Business Consulting, we’ve been able to articulate what’s important to us as an organization in serving our customers and the community. These principles have allowed us to deeply focus on what is most important, and our expectation is that this focus will have visible results in the coming year. We invite you to hold us accountable to these values if we fall short and celebrate with us when we do deliver. As always, community is at the heart of our Mission and Values. We enjoy solving problems, and we’re excited to help you discover technologies that will help you achieve your dreams! If you have any questions or would like to discuss opportunities for your company, click on the icon below!

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Topics: Digital West News

Digital West Expands Business Solutions Software Offerings with AdSmart Acquisition

Posted by Meg McCall on 12/30/15 11:30 AM

Digital West Networks, Inc., which provides commercial-grade Internet connectivity, colocation and cloud services to businesses, has successfully acquired AdSmart, Inc. AdSmart is a mobile advertising software platform for franchise companies that provides advertising solutions on mobile devices within a certain proximity of their local stores, shops or centers. 

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Topics: Digital West News, Services

Are You Backing Up Your Data According to the 3-2-1 Rule?

Posted by Meg McCall on 12/15/15 9:33 PM

Oh data, how can I lose thee? Let me count the ways: viruses, power surge, theft, failed hard drive, physical damage, data corruption, and let’s not forget - human error!

We all know that important data should be backed up, ensuring that our data will survive in the event of a catastrophe, big or small. In theory, backing up is a straightforward process: copy all of your files to some other device, keep the backup somewhere safe, and use it to restore the data in the event of a problem. But is one back up enough? How, when and where should data be backed up, and how can you really be sure you are fully protected in the event of a disaster or data loss scenario?

Remote Backup Webinar Registration One tried and true formula that can effectively address almost any failure scenario is called the 3-2-1 Backup Rule. The rule answers the questions above and provides further guidance for a establishing a comprehensive backup strategy.


  • At least three copies of your data
  • In two different formats
  • With one of those backups offsite

At Least Three Copies

Three different copies means your original data, plus two copies, stored in different places. (Different folders on the same hard drive or flash drive do not count.) Three copies of data ensure a much lower likelihood of failure. If the odds of failure on a single device is, say, 1 in 100, then the probability of failure

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Topics: Remote Data Backup, Cloud Computing

New Additions to the Operations Department

Posted by Sharon Durant on 11/11/15 11:00 AM

There have been a few exciting changes to the Digital West Operations Department. We are excited to announce that Ron Brown has been promoted to Vice President of Operations. 

Ron has been at Digital West for 3 years, serving as the Director of Operations. He came in as the company was in a time of transition and has been a key driver of success in organizational improvements, creating and maintaining client relationships, and constantly enhancing Digital West's robust Metro Fiber network and data center services.

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Topics: Digital West News, Digital West Staff

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