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12/31/2006 - Interlink Advantage Expands

Venerable Spokane Internet service provider, Interlink Advantage, has expanded into stylish new quarters and has added new services. Interlink, still at 418 East Pacific, has taken over the first floor of the building. The expanded space was needed because of Interlink’s continued growth and development. Now each department has its own suite, so coders aren’t constantly running into the network “guys”, and the designers can work quietly in their own space while the hardware unit repairs a client’s workstation in theirs. The new headquarters are very attractive – from the reception area to the hardware “shop”, the premises combine the best of new design with the charming attributes of a vintage building.

Interlink’s connectivity includes a fiber line which is an OC-12 configured double entry cable on a SONET ring. To insure uninterrupted service for their customers, Interlink has both backup batteries and a natural gas fired generator in case of power failure. The generator can be switched to propane if the natural gas fails. Because they are on a SONET ring, if a cable is dug up in the street, they have a second entry. For even more redundancy, Interlink has a wireless T-1 connection, and a copper T-1 line.

Interlink has added a new service. Starting on January 1, they will offer the Sun Secure Global Desktop. The Sun system basically provides businesses with a way to give all employees a way to get access to their familiar desktop business’ systems from anywhere in the world. It is especially beneficial for small to medium sized businesses in a growth period, which are geographically separated. The client system runs on a Solaris Web server, but the back end can be anything the client wants. The system can appear to be anything from Macintosh to Linux to Microsoft XP. All that is needed is a Web browser that runs Java. The cross-platform provides for easy access.

To use the Sun system, the business would subscribe, and the system server at Interlink would be configured for the number of associates needed and for as many Terabytes of space projected. All data is stored in the data center, is backed up daily, and taken off site weekly. The subscribing business would use the same office applications currently being used, so there is no learning curve, and no need to purchase additional licenses. At the same time, the subscribing business saves money because Interlink does the network administration, carries out the updates, and keeps the whole thing running. Need for an expensive point-to-point network is eliminated according to Chris Little, network engineer. The subscriber could also save money by using less expensive, solid-state terminals that wouldn’t need frequent replacement. All this helps increase profitability.

The Sun system is secure, and the company COO can monitor the whole show from the console. The buy in is relatively inexpensive with a $95 per workstation set-up cost. “We’re really excited about it,” says Little, “this allows businesses to take back control of their networks.”

For more information about Interlink Advantage, visit www.interlinkadvantage.com. For more information about Sun Secure Global Desktop, call Tom Bloom, director of marketing and new business development at (509) 465-1234, or e-mail tom@ilinkadv.com. To learn about Sun Secure Global Desktop technical specifications, visit Sun www.sun.com/software/products/sgd/index.jsp.

Billie Moreland
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