Kak Varley

Sentinel Technologies CloudSelect - Your Cloud Solutions In One Place

Offering Best-in-Class Cloud and Hosted Solutions

Sentinel’s cloud, hosted, and advisory services span multiple solution sets and deliver a customizable experience for your IT service needs. Sentinel has more than 30 years of experience bringing intelligent ideas into integrated technology solutions - regardless of location, management and consumption model for IT. 

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DaaS- Desktop as a Service

Sentinel’s CloudSelect Desktop-as-a-Service provides a scalable and reliable service to your employees:

•Any Device
•Anywhere
•Any Time
•Central location
•Standardization

WiFiaaS- WiFi as a Service

Sentinel has made technology advancements with a new way to deliver wireless connectivity.

•No more controllers
•Lightweight AP’s
•Clean Air Technology
•Reduce Management
•Keep up with growth 

IaaS- Infrastructure as a Service

Sentinel provides you peace of mind knowing your critical applications are hosted on our robust CloudSelect infrastructure as Software as a Service:

•VoIP
•Exchange
•Sharepoint
•NMS
•Big Data
•CRM
•100% Availability
•On demand
•Always on
•24x7 Monitoring
•Performance
•Fast Provisioning
•Online Portal (powered by OpenStack)

BUaaS- Backup as a Service

Loss of information can have devastating consequences. Sentinel can help you plan for the inevitable with their secure and

•UC Backups
•Data Backup and Storage
•Eliminate legacy backup solutions
•Guaranteed security

DRaaS- Disaster Recovery as a Service

Sentinel Disaster Recovery solutions provide next generation data protection and availability.

•SLA’s for strictest RTO/RPO objectives
•Rapid Recovery
•Stable & Predictable
•Compliance 

CaaS- Collaboration as a Service

Sentinel’s CloudSelect™ Cisco Collaboration (C3) is a hosted voice solution running from the Sentinel CloudSelect™ Enterprise infrastructure. 

•Upgrade your UC licensing while taking advantage of numerous cloud features.
•Circuits available  with  C3
•Advanced CDR, Call Recording,  and numerous other options.
•Priority 1 e-rate availability
•Includes award-winning managed services
•All UC applications supported:
•Ideal solution for hybrid cloud model
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For more information, contact Kak Varley at 480-897-5984 or mvarley@sentinel.com.

Monitoring and Managed Services Offerings

Monitoring and Managed Services Offerings

Sentinel offers a variety of monitoring and managed services levels designed to meet specific customer needs.

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Sentinel Proactive Care

Sentinel’s 24 x 7 x 365 NOC will monitor the health of your network to ensure devices, circuits, bandwidth, servers, and applications are performing optimally. Receiving proactive alerts when any outage or performance issues is affected will help isolate issues and keep your network up and stable!

  • Sentinel Proactive Care – Network Monitoring
  • Sentinel Proactive Care – Server & Application Monitoring
  • Sentinel Proactive Care – VoIP Monitoring (includes SIP utilization!!)

Sentinel Total System Care

In addition to proactive remote monitoring, Sentinel offers Total System Care which provides support services to your environment. A dedicated engineer will provide remote support remediation, preventative maintenance, review meetings and software upgrades. Focus on business objectives and driving productivity while Sentinel monitors and assists in supporting your infrastructure.

Sentinel Proactive Care plus:

  • 24X7X365 Access to Technicians
  • On-site Engineering Remediation
  • Complete System Restoration
  • Remote Diagnosis and Repair
  • ITIL based process for incident and change
  • Incident Reporting
  • Primary & Secondary Dedicated Engineers
  • Self Service Web for Incident and Change Ticket Creation
  • Preventative Maintenance
  • Quarterly review meeting for Trending Service
  • Weekly scheduled on-site visits
  • Quarterly patching of application servers (OS Only - servers must be under contract)
  • Quarterly software updates to network devices
  • Moves, Add, Changes (remote device administration)

For more information, contact Kak Varley at 480-897-5984 or mvarley@sentinel.com.

Sentinel Technologies in Phoenix Provides Business Continuity To Casino

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With Sentinel Technologies across the table of a conference room, this Arizona Casino had a challenging business question- ‘How could we keep our application dependent business running even if our data center were to crash?’

The Casino had one data center with a single backup method- archiving data to a small business caliber back up target. In this past state, the data itself could be recovered eventually, but a severe data center crash would make the business inoperable until they could fix existing hardware or buy and build new hardware. This theoretically meant it could take multiple days to get the Casino up and running again, but each day being down meant a loss of hundreds of thousands of dollars in revenues to the business.

Through almost a year’s worth of discussion and budgeting, it was agreed that the Casino would need to design both a business continuity and disaster recovery focused plan. That plan included an architecture consisting of two identical data centers built on compute, virtualization, networking and SAN storage. The data centers would then replicate to each other in real time. Sentinel provided the infrastructure design, integration of the solution, implementation at both locations and the replication configuration between the locations. 

This project gave the Casino the stability they were striving for, with site to site fail over for business continuity. Now the Casino can be at ease knowing that their clients can play happily without interruption, providing a better customer experience while providing the business steady cash flow.

Now that’s a Winner!!!

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Kak Varley is a Field Account Manager for Sentinel Technologies in Phoenix, AZ. Kak covers the territories of Arizona and New Mexico, and can be contacted at any of these websites:

LinkedIn   |   Google   |   Twitter   |   Facebook

Sentinel Technologies In Phoenix Consults For International Mining Company

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An international mining company with a location in Arizona reached out to Sentinel Technologies to assist with technical direction around their data center and network performance challenges.

This mining company had an environment that was made up of cross-breed technologies, resulting in a hard-to-manage ecosystem that was becoming tapped of its resources. This turned into a major data retention and security issue for the mine’s owners - a publicly traded company with compliance objectives. The business was unsure of the directions that needed to be taken in order to get to an acceptable resolution, and asked Sentinel for guidance.

Thus, it was agreed by all parties that a consulting engagement was the best path for their business needs. Sentinel and the mining IT staff, with the inclusion of the mine’s owners, convened to discuss business goals, business requirements in terms of compliance, and began the process of performing both data center and networking assessments. Sentinel brought forth extensive reports that laid out their current infrastructure deficiencies, step-by-step paths to correction, and a set of ‘good, better, best’ proposals to bring the ecosystem up to an easy-to-manage, secure and compliant end state.

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Kak Varley is a Field Account Manager for Sentinel Technologies in Phoenix, AZ. Kak covers the territories of Arizona and New Mexico, and can be contacted at any of these websites:

LinkedIn   |   Google   |   Twitter

Sentinel Technologies Delivers Secure Indoor Wireless for SaaS Company

Sentinel Technologies, located in Phoenix AZ, designs and implements indoor wireless for an up and coming SaaS company.

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This Scottsdale based Software as a Service company began as a start up, and much like many bootstrapping start ups, their needs in the beginning were purposely minimal in order to get their business off the ground. In one year, the company saw a growth of 200% in internal headcount, driving the need for a more secure, yet accessible wireless that could handle the bandwidth of a young BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) environment.

Sentinel was able to perform an onsite assessment and design a solution that allowed the client to keep much of their existing Cisco wireless infrastructure, by only adding new hardware for the purposes of coverage and bandwidth. Additionally, Sentinel helped craft a more scalable security policy that better protected the company’s data, while still allowing easy access to employees.

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Kak Varley is a Field Account Manager for Sentinel Technologies in Phoenix, AZ. Kak covers the territories of Arizona and New Mexico, and can be contacted at any of these websites:

LinkedIn   |   Google   |   Twitter

Sentinel Technologies & Citrix In Phoenix Illuminate The Night With Zoo Event

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On December 5th, 2013, Sentinel Technologies along with their technology partners, Citrix, Cisco and Nimble Storage, hosted a popular annual event for all local Phoenix area information technology professionals. 

The event was held at the Phoenix Zoo grounds for the well-known ZooLights- a seasonal, park-wide light show (this year’s show accompanied by the music of the Trans-Siberian Orchestra). Local I.T. folks were invited to experience this holiday tradition of lights, rides and activities, as they took their families on a leisurely night stroll through the park. Fully catered lakeside, under a big top tent and heaters, the Phoenix Zoo delivered full gala experience that was enjoyed by children and adults alike.

For technology professionals that like family events like these, this is definitely the one you need to look out for next year.

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Sentinel Technologies In Phoenix Wins Exchange Migration Project

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A large City in the Phoenix area was on a deadline to upgrade their Microsoft Exchange environment, and reached out to Sentinel Technologies to help them design, upgrade and migrate their Exchange and Active Directory.

The driving factor for this project was that the City was on Exchange 2003, which had a an End-Of-Support date of April 2013. Additionally, they had accumulated multiple Exchange organizations (2003, 2007, 2010) over the years, creating an inefficiency in interoperability. The latter issue presented an opportunity for Sentinel to move their physical Exchange server environment to virtual servers (P2V) with VMWare, effectively cleaning up their environment through the consolidation of their users to a single Exchange organization.

Sentinel Technologies first delivered a comprehensive design of what their environment should look like once the entire environment was migrated to Exchange 2010. Once the City approved the design, the project was scheduled via Sentinel’s Project Management. The implementation process began with the preparation of the virtual environment, upgrading the Exchange, migrating the data of their 2000 mailboxes; continuing through to the connection and configuration of the supporting equipment (backup software, email filtering appliance, Citrix Netscaler load balancing appliance, SAN storage), the testing and verification of performance, and the decommissioning of the old Exchange environment.

The result was an email environment that was more efficient, easier to manage and came with the availability of new features, such as Multi Mailbox Search and the Exchange Control Panel.

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Sentinel Technologies is a technical services company located in Arizona, servicing the Flagstaff, Prescott, Show Low, Phoenix and Tucson areas, that can assess, design, implement and support Information Technology environments across commercial and public sector businesses. 

Sentinel CloudSelect™ - Cloud Solutions in Phoenix, AZ

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Sentinel, based in Phoenix, AZ, is pleased to introduce a suite of integrated cloud technologies and services – Sentinel CloudSelect™. The CloudSelect™ offering focuses around designing IT solutions that cater to your unique requirements and business needs. The concept is to provide choices for how workloads should be distributed amongst the three primary cloud delivery models - Private, Public and Hybrid Cloud. Sentinel will work with you to not only provide the right design within each of these models, but we also offer to guide you through the process.

Offering Best-in-Class Cloud and Hosted Solutions

Sentinel’s cloud, hosted, and advisory services span multiple solution sets and deliver a customizable experience for your IT service needs. Sentinel has more than 30 years of experience bringing intelligent ideas into integrated technology solutions - regardless of location, management and consumption model for IT. 

 Sentinel CloudSelect™        

Advisory Services        Backup        Disaster Recovery        Collocation Hosting        Virtual Desktop        Voice and Collaboration        Wireless

Click here to read more about the Sentinel CloudSelect™ Solutions.

Click here to read more about Sentinel CloudSelect™ C3.

Fun Night at Phoenix Zoo with Sentinel, Cisco and Citrix
FUN NIGHT AT PHOENIX ZOO:
Lights, Tigers and Bear, Oh My!
ZooLights with Sentinel Technologies, Cisco, Citrix and Nimble Storage  
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You’re invited to the Family Holiday Event of the Season! Don’t miss an evening of dazzling light show, animal viewing, networking, food and fun! No hard sell, it’s truly an evening of celebration with your family, friends, and peers!

Register nowthis fun and exciting event has limited tickets. Dinner and zoo tickets will be provided.

Feel free to forward this invitation to your technical peers.
 
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Register Now for Your Tickets to the Zoo!
 
Date:
Thurs, Dec. 5th, 2013
 
 
Time:
5:30 PM - 8:30 PM
 

 

Our Difference at Sentinel? Local Talent With Real World Experience

A Look At Why Technical Certifications Alone Are Not Enough

by Michael Kak Varley, Account Manager at Sentinel Technologies

Here at Sentinel Technologies, we believe that the locality of talented and experienced personnel is just as important as leveraging the national footprint of a company’s certifications. 

I have been asked many times, “How many CCIE’s (Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert) do you have on staff?” Most corporations will typically respond with percentages that make them look like they’re the greatest company since sliced bread. I prefer to provide real numbers, like the fact that we have 21 CCIE’s on staff, but that still doesn’t mean much to a client. Why? Because the real question is,”How does that help me?” In other words, how does a certification translate to a client’s business?

The answer is that a certification can’t translate to a client’s business solely on its own merit.

Being a certified technician or solutions architect is certainly not to be taken lightly, but any company can spend mounds of money on technical academics. Unfortunately, that doesn’t guarantee results. However, combine those academics with local tenured experience, and you’ve got yourself a recipe for increased success in delivery and excellent customer satisfaction

Why is real world experience important?

Academics can only get you to a certain point, but from that point is where comprehensive experience must take over. Having tenure in the field is incredibly important to be able to consult, mitigate failures and deliver in an efficient manner. To have the ability to assess an entire infrastructure, from all the components of a data center (compute, storage and backup), to networking (WAN/LAN, wireless, security, telephony, video) is crucial and irreplaceable all at the same time.

Why is local experience important?

In addition to what was aforementioned, having local experience means that a service provider can’t runaway from a problem. Local business is reputation-based, and negative reviews get around faster than positive reviews, unfortunately. That being said, a local company has to support what they propose at all costs. 

To conclude, many companies talk about all the resources and education they provide their employees, but let’s not forget that clients don’t always see the value of that, particularly if the knowledge doesn’t translate to the actual hands-on service.

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Sentinel Technologies is a technical services company located in Arizona, servicing the Flagstaff, Prescott, Show Low, Phoenix and Tucson areas, that can assess, design, implement and support Information Technology environments across commercial and public sector businesses.