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4Feb/130

Paessler Network Monitoring Bundle Eases Bandwidth Tracking for Redland Brick

Portland, Ore (PRWEB) July 21, 2006

Paessler today announced that Redland Brick is using Paessler IP Check and Paessler PRTG to implement a robust bandwidth-tracking function without the expense and complexity of a larger solution.

Redland, a Maryland based brick maker, used CA's Unicenter for several years to meet some of its needs in IT, but ultimately found that the network-management application Unicenter provided was too complex and specialized for its day-to-day network management needs. Unicenter is a comprehensive enterprise solution that required a significant financial commitment from Redland.

We spent two days working with CAs professional services implementing the solution and then three days training on it, said Mr. Neil Shanholtzer, Redland's IT manager. Then we had to go to class to learn how to use it -- all at costs above the expense of the software. If we were General Motors, that might make sense, but it didnt for us.

Mr. Shanholtzer added that as it was purchased, the Unicenter network-management application didnt offer Redland the one element of functionality it needed most: bandwidth monitoring. In order to achieve that, an additional Unicenter module would have been required.

Redland's IT department operates the network infrastructure -- including security, safety and performance -- for Redland Brick and its parent company, The Belden Brick Company. The department has 11 servers, which are housed at Redland and include an ERP solution running SQL. Redland also keeps its anti-virus and other mission-critical software in house.

Mr. Shanholtzer also added that the department was constantly looking to automate the monitoring of its various servers. The department's staff generally works from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. and wanted the convenience of being notified at home or by pager on weekends for network-related issues.

Mr. Shanholtzer and his colleagues selected Paessler's Monitoring Bundle consisting of IPCheck Server Monitor for the availability monitoring and PRTG Traffic Grapher for bandwidth monitoring after their analysis of several shareware and freeware enterprise network-monitoring applications.

The team followed a few easy steps to set up IPCheck and PRTG as their new network-monitoring solution. It was also easy, Mr. Shanholtzer said, to add the SNMP community string and hand-pick the service that he wanted to monitor.

Im a 40-something IT guy, and I dont care to read the manual, Mr. Shanholtzer said. The software was very easy to setup, but before buying IPCheck and PRTG, I had some questions. I emailed Paessler support and got prompt responses. That experience sold me on the product.

The Redland IT department can now use IPCheck and PRTG to efficiently monitor its network, servers and various applications, as well as receive timely alerts when there are problems within Redland's network infrastructure.

Mr. Shanholtzer and his colleagues are in the process of upgrading their ERP package and used both monitoring products to strategically plan the changeover. Specifically, Redland's IT department used IPCheck to analyze the company's CPU and memory usage as well as the number of users on its network. The team also set up sensors with IPCheck and ran reports to help them plan for network upgrades. The reports were then passed on to their ERP vendor who used them to easily and quickly size the proper servers for their upgrade.

I dont write code, Mr. Shanholtzer said. IPCheck gives me 99.9 percent of what I want, and I dont have the need for a customized solution.

Redland now uses IPCheck to gain insight into bandwidth usage, which allows them to evaluate trends and help the company's brick-manufacturing operation run efficiently.

The longer I do this, the more I prefer dealing with smaller companies versus buying from a big corporation, Shanholtzer said. Just because they are big doesnt mean they make the best product.

Redland Brick operates four U.S.-based plants and incorporates more than 130 years of experience and the latest brick-making technologies. The Williamsport, Md.-based company creates high-quality bricks in every price range and in a range of colors, textures and shapes to meet virtually any building need. Redland Brick is a wholly owned subsidiary of The Belden Brick Company.

Founded in 1997 and headquartered in Fuerth, Germany, Paessler AG builds cost-effective German-engineered software that is both powerful and easy to use. Its products cover network monitoring as well as testing and are used by more than 100,000 network administrators, web site operators, Internet service providers and other IT professionals worldwide. Freeware and free trial versions of all products can be downloaded from http://www.paessler.com.

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29Jun/110

Printpower.com Eases the Pains of Printing

Printpower.com Eases the Pains of Printing











Phoenix, Ariz. (PRWEB) February 1, 2007

Prisma Graphic Corporation (Phoenix, Ariz.), one of the Southwest's leading privately owned commercial printing firms, announced the launch of its new initiative printpower.com.

The new online printing solution, dubbed printpower.com, was created to provide small and home-based businesses with affordable printed marketing materials that are as professional, visually striking and effective as that produced for large companies with bigger budgets.

"At printpower.com, we believe in print's ability to drive business - whether it's a great response rate on a direct mail campaign or just a compliment on an impressive business card. The Internet seems to get all the attention today, but we believe people will always want something they can touch. Nothing can match the shine of an aqueous coating or the feel of a thick card stock. We want to provide these at an affordable price so everyone can benefit from great print," says Robert Anderson, president of Prisma Graphic.

Printpower.com prints business cards, brochures, letterhead, envelopes, newsletters, postcards, catalogs, rack cards, greeting cards, CD and DVD inserts, calendars, note cards, sales sheets, file folders, posters, statement stuffers and door hangers.

The company says it achieves high quality, two-day turnarounds on most products and competitive price points by providing an efficient workflow from concept to final printed product, streamlined online ordering process, digital printing options, gang printing on Heidelberg presses and effective self-help tools.

Believing that online ordering does not have to mean impersonal ordering, printpower.com has put customer service at the core of its operation. Their Web site reminds and encourages customers to call in for any help they need. Those calls go directly to an experienced print professional inside the Arizona plant. Each job is assigned a personal customer support representative who follows an order through the plant and makes sure the details are executed correctly. The site provides paper suggestions, step-by-step instructions in creating print-ready art files in all the popular design software programs (no matter what version is being used) and other useful links.

"We recognize the complexities of print can be intimidating to people already too busy running their own businesses, so as well as real people to talk to, we've provided an extensive, easy-to-follow online printing guide and streamlined ordering process," says Chase Granberry, printpower.com's e-business development manager.

About Prisma Graphic

Prisma Graphic is a commercial printing company that provides full-color printing and design services, as well as full bindery and fulfillment services. Prisma Graphic also offers digital printing and marketing solutions via an array of technologies including their proprietary DokShop.com digital commerce solution. Prisma Graphic Corporation, 2937 East Broadway Road, Phoenix, AZ 85040. For more information about Prisma Graphic, please visit http://www.prismagraphic.com or call 602-243-5777 (Toll-free: 800-379-5777). For information specific to printpower.com please call 866-544-5777.

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11Feb/110

Short-term Computer Rental from Vernon Computer Source Eases Year End Crunch, Offers Flexibility



Stamford, CT (PRWEB) October 11, 2006 –

As trade shows and corporate events stack up during the coming holiday months, enlisting a short-term computer rental service like Vernon Computer Source can ease the burden of supplying and managing necessary technical equipment. Vernon Computer Source, a leading computer technology sourcing company, offers short-term computer rental for companies especially at this hectic time.

Vernon Computer Source’s short-term computer rental program provides ideal options for businesses making final-push efforts during the busy year end. Companies may need added technical systems and support for conducting internal special projects, employee training, extra board meetings or extensive travel. Industry-wide trade shows also present the need for technical support in order to achieve easy registration, perfect presentations, engaging forums, interactive exhibits and overall attractive and innovative booth design.

“It doesn’t make sense to buy computers when you only need them for a few weeks or months,” said Anthony Randazzo, Vice President of Sales & Marketing for Vernon Computer Source. “But since business needs are changing all the time, it makes a lot of sense to rent them from Vernon and keep your future options flexible. Our customers find enormous value and peace of mind in Vernon’s Switch-At-Any-Time programs, knowing we’re partners for all their technology sourcing.”

If a short-term need turns into a long-term need, Vernon Computer Source can switch contracts easily at any time through its flexible “4 Ways to Go” program. This includes options for short-term rental, long-term rental, computer rent-to-own and purchase. Because Vernon Computer Source furnishes a broad range of computer and peripheral equipment including new and used computers, notebooks/laptops rental, desktops, monitors, projectors, printers, servers and other equipment they can supply the necessary tools for any amount of time at the discretion of the client.

All equipment sourced by Vernon Computer Source is brand name, Tier One level and arrives onsite fully configured, including custom software loads. Technical staff members will deliver, install and remain onsite if requested. Computer technicians are also available over the phone 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Beyond computer rental and purchasing options at Vernon Computer Source, they also offer unique end-of-life solutions for computer equipment. If computers become insufficient for company needs, Vernon Computer Source will purchase used equipment at a mutually agreed fair market price. If the equipment is too outdated Vernon Computer Source removes it and safely disposes the obsolete hardware. Yet, if equipment is still in good condition and company employees wish to purchase it for individual use, Vernon Computer Source acts as the middleman and sells the used equipment online at a discount.

For more information about computer rental or purchase, call 800-827-0352 or visit www.vernoncomputersource.com.

About Vernon Computer Source

As a recognized leader in computer technology sourcing, Vernon Computer Source is committed to offering the broadest range of brand name computer and peripheral equipment under the most flexible terms in the industry. Vernon Computer Source constantly strives to serve each client with comprehensive, personalized service, providing a full range of integration and technical support services, including installation, full configuration of computers, and round-the-clock technical support. Whether serving a corporate client with long-term, project-oriented needs or providing event-oriented sourcing solutions for a trade show or corporate event, Vernon Computer Source has the products, the experience, and the unsurpassed expertise required to ensure success.

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