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Founded in 1993, AiNET is a leader in the design, construction, operation, and support of Internet data centers, fiber optic networks, big data analytics, and secure public/hybrid cloud and enterprise clouds.
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- The iconic Howard Street landmark will start being shown to potential tenants in early May Baltimore, MD – April 19th, 2017 – Ever since the Hutzler Brothers Palace building closed for business 1984, the historic site – listed on the National Register of Historic Places – has stood mostly vacant in the intervening decades. Not anymore. AiNET, a Maryland-based data center and telecommunications firm, purchased the building, as well as the telecommunications hub (One Market Center) next door, in 2014. Having invested over $6 million in One Market Center, AiNET has set its sights on renovating the historic building. “We are committed to preserving the iconic architecture of the Hutzler’s Palace, both inside and out,” says Pamela Sweeney, Sr. Vice President of Capital Projects at AiNET. “I know how important this building is to so many in the city, and it is our goal to do everything we can to…Read more
- New York based cybersecurity firm relocates security operations center to Maryland’s largest Tier IV data center provider April 6th, 2017- Beltsville, MD – In 2016, cyber security stories made global headlines, and not in a good way. As the number of organizations targeted by malicious outside entities continues to grow, the market is recognizing that cyber security has become a universal challenge, comprising both proactive human monitoring, defensive firewalls, advanced machine learning and high security infrastructure. From small businesses to transnational corporations to politicians, many organizations are finding their most critical data isn’t as secure as they had thought. Cybersafe Solutions (CS) understood the evolving challenge many organizations were facing, and had a solution. Their leadership noted that the threat targets had increased from just targeting large enterprises, to now include small businesses and organizations. To meet this changing threat To secure again and adapt to these threats, CS developed…Read more
- “Everyone’s got a plan until they get punched in the mouth.” I often think of that quote, from the boxer Mike Tyson (who ought to know), whenever I consider the current state of disaster-recovery planning in U.S. enterprises. Sure, most large organizations have disaster recovery plans in place. But many of these plans have a way of failing when an actual disaster strikes – when they get that punch in the mouth. So how do you make sure a disaster plan is meaningful and that it will work when needed? The answer is simple: disaster plans must be tested. Unfortunately, that’s something too many businesses fail to do until they’re flat on their backs with the ref standing above them, counting them out. Practice Makes Perfect Best practice calls for testing and adjusting disaster recovery plans at least once a year. Some organizations do it twice a year and a…Read more
- Business continuity is a simple concept best understood as "a formal discipline of planning and preparation designed to ensure that an organization remains able to conduct business in the event of a serious outage, incident, or disaster." The goals of business continuity planning is to ensure that your organization returns to an operational state within an acceptable period of time following the event. While the definition and goal are straightforward enough, there’s still a lot of work involved in the planning and preparation of business continuity. Getting it right will involve executives, managers, and other key stakeholders throughout the organization. Business continuity also requires testing to ensure that what is supposed to work in theory actually does work in practice. Planning, Prep, and Execution in the Cloud A typical business continuity plan requires the efforts of a two- or three-person team consisting of individuals with working knowledge of the business,…Read more
- The Maryland-based data center firm partners with innovative Baltimore organizations to discuss how cooperation, collaboration and technology can stimulate opportunity in the city BALTIMORE, MD – 3/14/2017 – Since the doors of the historic Hutzler Brothers Palace building reopened for the first time in over 30 years back in February, thousands of people walked through and were greeted by a massive art installation on the old department store floor. Through a partnership between the The Contemporary, a Baltimore art gallery that commissions location-specific exhibits, and AiNET, a Maryland-based data center company, the visitors were able to experience the iconic downtown building in a unique and resonant way. “I am always fascinated by the way unexpected partners can create the most meaningful outcomes,” says Brian Checco, AiNET’s Director of Marketing. “Collaboration has a way of sparking creativity that working alone just can’t.” It is these collaborative partnerships that have inspired AiNET’s forum, “Future…Read more
- On Wednesday, March 15th join influencers in Baltimore spanning the fields of education, manufacturing, urban development, technology and the arts as they come together to discuss the ways that collaboration can drive the future of Baltimore. The panelists will discuss synergies between their fields that can put Baltimore on the path to become a model for other 21st century cities to emulate, and address challenges and opportunities for the city as it moves boldly forward into the future. The event will be held in the reception area of the newly reopened historic Hutzler Brother's Palace building, in the space where an innovative and thought-provoking art exhibit hosted by the Contemporary resides. RSVP today to guarantee yourself a spot. After the initial presentation, the discussion will be open to questions from the public. Featuring: Anita Kassof, Executive Director, Baltimore Museum of Industry Deana Haggag, Executive Director, The Contemporary Kirby Fowler, President,…Read more
- Baltimore, MD – AiNET has been recognized as a 2017 Managed Security 100 award winner by CRN Magazine -- recognition of the company’s innovative approach to securing its clients’ data. AiNET was ranked first on the list. This award recognizes 100 North American companies “whose approach to delivering managed service is one innovative step ahead.” AiNET is also ranked on the 2017 Managed Services Provider 500 List. “We appreciate the ranking from CRN,” says Michael Fox, Regional Vice President of Business Development. “We’ve been at the forefront of the IT services world for 25 years, blending highly secure colocation and data center services with unique security-oriented managed services, so to be recognized in this way is great. We’re looking forward to bringing our proven approach to a wider audience.” “Security is becoming a daily critical issue for business,” says Deepak Jain, founder and CEO of AiNET. “2016 was a record-breaking year…Read more
- If your organization handles sensitive or confidential data, it’s vital to ensure you’re meeting all relevant compliance requirements. That’s indisputable wisdom, not only because it means staying on the right side of the law and regulations, but also because it vastly increases the likelihood of avoiding fines and other direct and indirect costs imposed when security breaches occur. According to the 2016 Ponemon Cost of Data Breach Study, the average cost of a data breach is $4 million. The study also reports that the average cost incurred for each lost or stolen record containing sensitive and confidential information was $158. Although regulations and potential civil liabilities vary by country, state, and industry, in general, breaches of any kind of data that personally identify individuals (known as PII for “personally identifiable information”), or that is legally or contractually recognized as sensitive, private, or confidential, can lead to fines and penalties. Consider…Read more
- WASHINGTON DC – AiNET has been recognized as a Future 50 award winner by SmartCEO Magazine, in recognition of the company’s lightning fast growth. The Future 50 Awards recognizes 50 of the Washington DC region’s fastest growing, mid-sized companies. At the awards ceremony at the Hyatt Regency in Reston on February 9th, 2017, the SmartCEO decision committee presented Deepak Jain, CEO & founder of AiNET, the award, recognizing him for his vision and leadership over his 24 year tenure at AiNET. “Receiving this award is really meaningful to me and our whole team at AiNET,” says Jain. “It’s recognition of the hard work we put in for our clients to help them overcome their challenges. We couldn’t have achieved the kind of exceptional growth this award recognizes, without putting our clients and their success before everything else.” Under Jain’s leadership the company has received awards in 2016 including a GovStar…Read more
- When companies tally up their assets, they’ll typically account for everything from their office furniture to employee laptops to their servers and other IT infrastructure. And while that might make sense from a financial reporting standpoint, the truth is that viewing technology infrastructure as an asset is more of a losing proposition today than ever. Let me explain. We quoted Nicolas Carr in a previous post about the total cost of infrastructure ownership, but the argument holds here as well: if owning technology, specifically infrastructure, provides no competitive advantage, than continuing to "invest" in that technology makes no sense. Today, except for rare cases like high-frequency trading where nano seconds matter, companies gain no competitive advantage from owning infrastructure. It is simply plumbing. Would any sane company invest in building an electric plant to power its operations today? Of course not. And yet most companies today still find themselves in…Read more
- No longer a nice-to-have, today's businesses require a well-tuned, always-on IT infrastructure just to survive. But any organization can fall prey to disaster – be it from natural causes like fire, flood or hurricane, man-made problems like a denial of service or malware attack, or an accident such as a mass file deletion. You might think that most businesses would be prepared – especially given the increasing number of high-profile cyber-attacks, major weather events, and other business disruptions that have made the news lately. But you’d be mistaken. In fact, though many organizations have some kind of business continuity plan, only 27 percent of companies surveyed by the Disaster Recovery Preparedness Council scored a passing grade when it comes to disaster readiness. That means nearly three out of four businesses are not ready. And because the costs of system downtime can be extreme, the effectiveness of your response can determine…Read more
- It’s the rare IT professional who rates a security audit as among his or her favorite tasks. But while conducting an audit is nobody’s idea of a great time, best practices dictate that they be carried out at least annually. It’s necessary to take stock of security as it pertains to assets, risks, and information, especially in context of the implementation of current security policy. In fact, a good security audit is an exhaustive inspection and analysis of how security is actually implemented compared to stated policy. That’s why establishing and maintaining a formal security policy is the first and most important tip to conducting an accurate and effective audit. Your security policy is a set of guidelines and principles for how security is to be applied in practice. It spells out everything from acceptable use policies to penalties and consequences for failures to observe or maintain security, to rules…Read more
- AiNET Announces Platinum Sponsorship of ShmooCon 2017, the Premier Cybersecurity Professional’s ConferenceExtended Platinum Sponsorship of the leading organization of independent information security (INFOSEC) professionals highlights AiNET’s thought leadership in cybersecurity and in its highly secure cloud service offerings and physical security in its data centers. Washington, D.C. - January 12, 2017 – AiNET®, a leader in highly-secure cloud and data center solutions, today announced that for the 11th straight year it is a platinum sponsor of ShmooCon 2017, the annual conference hosted by The Shmoo Group to be held January 13-15 in Washington, DC. “We love to be part of the conversation taking place around cybersecurity here in Washington, D.C.” says Perry Fisher, Senior Vice-President at AiNET. “2016 was a record-breaking year for cyberattacks; we participate in events like Shmoo to keep our fingers on the pulse of the industry, to learn and to share our own experiences. The end goal is a world that is safer for everyone, and particularly one…Read more
- Businesses at 600 14th Street Northwest now have access to Washington's most flexible dark fiber services WASHINGTON, DC- January 06, 2017 - AiNET® has expanded its dark fiber network into Hamilton Square at 600 14th Street NW, allowing the commercial occupants the ability to upgrade to the fastest and most secure online connection in Washington, D.C. With the connection to AiNET's dark fiber network comes the flexibility to build custom networks designed around the client's specific needs. AiNET has greatly expanded their fiber optic network -- both dark fiber and lit -- in the downtown area in the last twelve months. Hundreds of miles of new network connect dozens of clients and locations in the downtown region of the city, extending the flexibility of network choice to the hundreds of businesses and organizations that call downtown home. Enterprise and business internet packages are available. D.C. businesses, non-profits, and government agencies…Read more
- From Keyboard to Cloud: How one client increased efficiency and reduced costs by leveraging a full-stack strategy with AiNETThe Problem: When the client first reached out to AiNET, their problem was a familiar one: their IT department wasn’t supporting their mission. This is a common story. This IT department was built like so many others: Hundreds of employees from different contracts, a patchwork of best-in-class technology “solutions” provided by multiple vendors, supplied along different delivery timelines, made the IT department anything but efficient and effective. This impacted the mission and led to dissatisfaction for employees, customers and stakeholders. The symptoms of these problems: Chronic downtime of critical systems. Huge delays implementing new systems Cost Overruns Senior leadership distraction with IT problems This lead to impacts business-wide: Technologies that the business required were delayed by years. Employees couldn’t rely on IT for completion of their critical projects. Executives were not able to focus on their core business and core objectives. The IT problem was further compounded by scale. The…Read more