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- Wednesday, September 27th – Deepak Jain, the founder and CEO of AiNET, accepted an award at the Downtown Partnership of Baltimore’s Annual Meeting. This award was “much-deserved” recognition of the contributions AiNET has made to the Downtown Baltimore Community – specifically, AiNET’s partnership with The Contemporary on their recent exhibit, The Ground. The exhibit enriched new life into downtown Baltimore’s historic Hutzler Building, enlightening nostalgia in many Baltimoreans. In a letter to Deepak Jain, Kirby Fowler, President of the Downtown Partnership touched on AiNET’s vital work in rehabilitating and modernizing the area around One Market Center, AiNET’s Baltimore data center, as well as the attached Hutzler Building. Fowler wrote, “…your professional and personal commitments are critical to the continued growth and success of Downtown Baltimore, and we sincerely appreciate your dedication.” The Downtown Partnership’s Annual Meeting was held at the Center Plaza, located at 110 W. Fayette Street, attracting over…Read more
- In recognition of his technological and community initiatives, Deepak Jain has been nominated for an innovation award by Technical.ly Baltimore BALTIMORE, Sept. 14, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Awards and patents line the walls of AiNET's Maryland corporate headquarters. Deepak Jain, the founder and CEO of AiNET, has been the recipient of dozens of awards and patents over the years. He has been awarded patents in dozens of countries for his innovations in the data center and internet technology industries. Although, this nomination for Technologist of the Year, by the tech media company Technical.ly Baltimore, "feels different," says Jain. "AiNET is a company with tremendously deep roots in the Baltimore region," says Jain. "The company was founded in 1993 in my home in Columbia, Maryland. We employ dozens of Baltimore residents, operate Baltimore's largest data center, support dozens of Baltimore companies, and are proudly putting our weight behind free Wi-Fi initiatives in…Read more
- Baltimore Business Journal recognizes global IT services company. BALTIMORE, MD – 08/25/2017 - AiNET has been awarded “Top Minority Owned Business” by the Baltimore Business Journal for 2017 in recognition as one of the largest MBEs in the region. The announcement is published in the 2017 Baltimore Business Journal Book of Lists. “Baltimore has a rich history of supporting minority-owned businesses, and it is exciting to be recognized as both a member and driving force in that community,” says Deepak Jain, CEO and founder of AiNET. “It is a reflection of both our commitment to diversity and equal opportunity, and a testament to our success as a global firm based in the area.” AiNET’s One Market Center, located next to Baltimore’s historic Lexington Market, is Baltimore’s largest data center with over 200,000 square feet of data center floor space. It supports iconic Baltimore organizations such as Exelon and the University…Read more
- July 2017 – Washington, DC- AiNET has been awarded a contract by Prince George’s County to run dark fiber to the County Public Safety Communications radio system, including improved connections to critical transit locations. Prince George's County Public Safety Communications operates a digital radio network comprised of many above ground tower sites, as well as three WMATA (Metro) sites that service Prince George’s County portions of the underground sections of the Metrorail system at Largo Town Center, Suitland and College Park stations. AiNET will provide redundancy to the existing microwave radio connections to these sites, allowing Prince George’s County Public Safety Communications to build a fault tolerant solution to the Metro sites, as part of a larger initiative to implement an MPLS solution across the county’s entire LMR (Land Mobile Radio) system. “We have been a technology partner of the County for many years. They know AiNET can build, connect…Read more
- The Howard Street corridor’s main technology hub is getting a facelift, and high-tech Baltimore businesses will benefit BALTIMORE, MD – May 1st, 2017 – High tech Maryland company, AiNET is investing in Baltimore’s future. Historically, one of the secrets to Baltimore’s success in the past was the industrial infrastructure that supported its world class manufacturing economy. Rail lines, port facilities and other forms of infrastructure made possible the city’s manufacturing base. Though the factories are mostly shuttered these days, the city has begun to pivot towards the digital economy, with new companies, new jobs and new industries popping up. The city has lacked the digital infrastructure to support its burgeoning tech sector, until now. AiNET is set to invest $5 million in capital improvements into One Market Center (at 300 West Lexington Street), transforming the city’s major telecommunications hub into Baltimore’s largest commercial data center. The 220,000 square foot campus…Read more
- 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