8 Key Takeaways from IDS Fast Forward

By | Cloud Computing, Events, IDS, IDS Fast Forward, Infrastructure, Security | No Comments

Just one word is needed to sum up the theme of the inaugural IDS Fast Forward event: DISRUPTION!
On July 13, IT leaders gathered in Chicago to hear from a dynamic and diverse lineup of presenters, to learn about cutting-edge technologies from top solution providers, and to network with their peers. During the event, it became clear: in order to deliver the outcomes demanded by businesses, today’s technologists need to both think and act differently.  Not only do they need to embrace disruption, they need to cause it. Read More

Baseball glove and ball

Breaking the Curse with Data Analytics

By | Analytics, Data Center, IDS | No Comments

Growing up a diehard Red Sox fan through the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s was tough. The Yankees always had our number, handing the Red Sox some spectacular playoff losses, including the Bucky Dent homer in 1978 and the Aaron Boone homerun off of Tim Wakefield in 2003. The old adage in New England was that “the Red Sox and lawn furniture would fold up and end up in the cellar after Labor Day.” Read More

Welcome Aboard

Meet Randy Pyle, Director of Sales at IDS

By | Employee News, IDS | No Comments

Empowering IDS customers by transforming the way IT is delivered

As IDS’ new Director of Sales, Randy Pyle is drawing on a vast career in technology—from both the OEM/vendor side and the reseller side—to help drive aggressive growth plans. He’s focused on moving IT forward through solutions that provide improved efficiency, flexibility, performance and a competitive advantage. Read More

IDS placed to Inc 5000 for fifth time

IDS Celebrates Fifth Year on Inc. 5000 List

By | Cloud Computing, Data Center, IDS | No Comments

We are excited to announce our inclusion in the 34th annual Inc. 5000 list, honoring the nation’s fastest-growing private companies. This year IDS ranked No. 167 in the Chicago market and No. 3912 overall, and marks the fifth time we have been recognized.

We credit this recognition and impressive growth to our strategic initiatives and a passion for putting customers first. Matt Massick, IDS CEO, explains that this year has been about tightening processes, expanding solutions and revolutionizing the customer experience. He said, “Our Inc. 5000 placement can be attributed to a significantly expanded solutions portfolio which includes a distinguished IT consulting practice, IDS Cloud offerings, and most recently, the IDS Asset Management Portal and the IDS Integration Center.” He added, “Each addition and development for our business is carefully calculated with our customers in mind. The positive response to our improvements has already caused a highly accelerated growth rate in 2015, and we can’t wait to see where the next few years take us.” Read More

IDS announces three new hires to expand engineering team

New IDS Hires Announcement: Welcome to the team!

By | Employee News, IDS, Networking, Security | No Comments

We’re incredibly excited to announce the addition of three new hires at IDS who will be instrumental in growing our business around transformational technologies. The strategic expansion will further fuel the growth of the IDS consulting practice by increasing focus surrounding big data, analytics, security and software-defined networking. We have experienced incredible success over the last few years, and this latest addition is one of many that will continue to contribute to the ongoing IDS transformation. Read More

IDS Announces Brand Refresh and New Website

Announcing the New IDS Look

By | IDS | No Comments

We are excited to officially introduce you to our refreshed brand, new website and IDS Cloud services branding!

IDS has grown exponentially over the past few years. As we took a step back and evaluated our company, we realized our branding and web presence had fallen behind the level of excellence achieved by the services we deliver to our customers. We also realized that because IDS has naturally expanded to include cloud services and IT consulting in addition to our data center integration solutions, we needed branding that would encompass our entire company as we continue to evolve. Because of this, we’ve been working around the clock to update our branding and web presence. Read More

IDS Partners with Ronald McDonald House Charities in Holiday Toy Drive

IDS Hosts Holiday Toy Drive in Support of Ronald McDonald House Charities

By | Events, IDS | No Comments

Each year we like to take the time to celebrate our customers and partners with an annual IDS Holiday Party. It’s a time for us to spend some quality time together, and say thanks for a great year. As the year goes by it can be incredibly easy to forget how fortunate we all are, so this year we chose to do something a little different.

This year IDS is partnering with Ronald McDonald House Charities to host a toy drive in support of sick children and their families. There’s nothing more important than spending time with family, and that time becomes even more important when a family member is ill. Ronald McDonald House Charities allows families to stay close to their children while they are seeking medical treatment, providing unequivocal emotional support for the child. We decided that if we get to spend time celebrating with our customers, we want to support a charity that allows families to spend time with the people who are important to them as well.

We’ve been collecting toys at the IDS office throughout the months of November and December, and the pile is growing. We have also called upon our guests and asked that each party attendee bring a new, unwrapped toy to support this great cause. Guests who prefer to make a monetary donation instead of bringing a toy can easily do so on our IDS fundraiser page.

We thank everyone in our network for not only being part of the IDS family, but for helping us to support such an amazing cause. As we see continued success in our business, we wish to raise the bar in our charitable contributions, giving back whenever we can. We hope 2015 will be our best giving year yet.

About Ronald McDonald House Charities

Ronald McDonald House Charities is an independent non-for-profit organization providing a ‘home away from home’ for families supporting their children with complex medical needs. Ronald McDonald House helps 140 families every single night and has saved over $7 million in hotel costs. Various locations in the Chicagoland area allow families to at a minimum, feel comforted by having each other together.

IDS Cloud Update: Exploring Zerto Technologies

IDS Cloud Update: Zerto Technology Review

By | Cloud Computing, Disaster Recovery, IDS | No Comments

At IDS we are continuously evaluating the effectiveness of new products and partners to protect the integrity of our IDS Cloud Services. We built the IDS Cloud to deliver public, private and hybrid Cloud Solutions that facilitate increased efficiency within IT operations. As we evaluate the continually changing technology landscape, we always have our customers in mind. In this edition of the Monthly IDS Cloud Update, we’d like to highlight our experiences with Zerto, a partner we utilize to deliver a flexible and efficient Cloud Disaster Recovery Service offering to our customers.

Zerto uses an innovative Virtual Replication technology specifically built for virtual environments, which delivers disaster recovery functionality with industry-leading automation for testing and failover.

Zerto makes Cloud DR Services efficient and easy to use for customers, a value that shouldn’t be overlooked in the IT industry.

While there are many benefits to Zerto’s technology offerings, today we’d like to breakdown exactly why we chose Zerto to power our IDS Cloud DR services.

Benefits of IDS Cloud DR Services Powered by Zerto

  • Easy setup. The Zerto Cloud DR service installs remotely within hours, with no complicated services required.
  • Customer control. By using Zerto to power the IDS Cloud DR Services, customers have the flexibility to choose which applications to protect, regardless of the storage they live on.
  • Control failover. Zerto enables automated data recovery, failover and failback and lets you select any VM in VMWare’s vCenter. There is no agent required and this process is automated through a vCenter plug-in.
  • Simplified conversions from HyperV to VMware. Zerto Virtual Replication is the first technology with the capacity to automatically convert HyperV to VMWare for seamless migrations between hypervisors.
  • Secure Multi-tenancy. Zerto’s secure multi-tenancy architecture delivers a secure platform for replication to the Cloud, while providing the security required for companies with strict compliance requirements.
  • Flexible control of replication schedule. Zerto compresses changes in the range of 50%+ in order to maintain a consistently low Recovery Point Objective (RPO), and allows for a bandwidth threshold to be assigned for replication as to not impact other services utilizing WAN links.
  • Storage array agnostic. Zerto has the capability to replicate from any storage to any other storage, allowing customers to completely migrate data from one array, vendor or site to another efficiently.
  • Insightful reporting for customer. Zerto’s dashboard gives customers easy access to SLA information, providing great insight for the customer into their Disaster Recovery environment.

Zerto powers a comprehensive IDS Cloud DR Service that eradicates concerns about performance, availability and security while facilitating savings on resource costs.

Stay tuned for more information about the IDS Cloud by following the Monthly IDS Cloud Update.

Happy Thanksgiving from IDS

Happy Thanksgiving from IDS

By | IDS | No Comments

The Thanksgiving holiday is upon us once again. We all lead busy lives with many responsibilities and interactions occurring on a daily, hourly and even minute by minute basis, and Thanksgiving is the one day where it’s customary to give thanks to all those in our lives who we are thankful for. It seems ironic to me that one day is enough to allow all of us to be thankful for the previous 365 days, but I’m grateful to have at least one day as a reminder.

We often think of Thanksgiving as a time to be thankful for our family, extended family and friends, but today I would like to take the time to thank those who I will be unable to ever properly thank for so many things this year.

First, the reason we are able to have the great company we have, our clients. We are incredibly privileged to have the clients we do today. We understand and cherish our role as a strategic advocate and advisor to them, and I’m incredibly thankful for that privilege. I know each member of our IDS team shares in these sentiments, so to each and every one of our clients irrespective of size or length of partnership, thank you.

Second, I would like to thank the many business partners who support our organization. There are so many we are all thankful for, including but not limited to our manufacturer relationships, our banking and financing relationships, our legal and accounting relationships and more. Without our partners we would never be able to support our clients at the level we do today. They help us not only meet customer expectations, but exceed them. I would like to thank each of our partners for the long hours receiving and acting on our constant requests, and always being there for IDS when we need them.

Lastly, I would like to thank all of the IDS family. I have the opportunity to work with an amazing group of caring, passionate and focused people. A family of individuals that I spend more time with on a weekly basis than my own. I could never thank this group of people enough for all that they do to propel our fast growing organization, the encouragement they provide each other, and ultimately the support and inspiration that they provide me on a daily basis. Words simply cannot express what the IDS family means to me.

On this holiday my hope is for everyone to find a network as rewarding as ours. Happy Thanksgiving, and thanks for making all 365 days of our year so satisfying.

Matt Massick

IDS Hires new Director of Pre-Sales Engineering

Welcome to New Director of Pre-Sales Engineering, Ajay Patel

By | IDS, Strategy | No Comments

IDS is excited to announce the addition of a new Director of Pre-Sales Engineering, Ajay Patel, to our team. As a leading Data Center Technology Integrator and Cloud Services Provider we are careful to hire only the most impressive engineering and IT professionals. Right from the start we knew Ajay, who has over 20 years of experience in the field, would be a perfect complement to our skill set and culture.

A New Approach to Technology Solutions

Ajay brings a thoughtful approach to the technology industry. He explains that having the correct mindset is crucial for success.

“In my experience I’ve found it’s possible to orchestrate transformative business strategy using thoughtful data-driven decisions. We can revolutionize organizational growth, performance and profitability simply by leveraging technology in a strategic way,” says Patel.

Enthusiastic about the new hire, Chief Technology Officer, Justin Mescher, explained that Ajay’s hire is a crucial pivot point for IDS. He said that IDS has already seen great success from their Data Center and Cloud offerings, and with Ajay they will be able to dedicate even more focus to expanding and developing customer-facing resources and other initiatives.

“IDS has already grown exponentially due to our unique methodology and expert engineering talent. There is no question that the combination of Ajay’s extensive background and thought leadership will continue to propel IDS further than we ever knew it could go,” says Mescher.

Ajay is looking forward to providing integral expertise and a unique mindset to support IDS in their continued path of exponential growth, but he’s even more enthusiastic about the culture. He explained that he’s excited to be a part of IDS because it represents an impressive level of skill and dedication to customers, something he hasn’t found within many other organizations.

We are thrilled to officially welcome Ajay to the IDS team and look forward to seeing how we will continue to grow with his support.