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04/30/2002 - Starship Contineo Expands Empire

Contineo Technologies’ business core is a Class A data center, with state-of-the-art equipment and redundant everything. They have multiple OC-12 connections into their equipment room at Steam Plant Square. This optical fiber connects to high performance hardware and servers, and there is a massive back-up power source, fire suppression, and even back-up air conditioning. For physical security, the equipment room has more varieties of locks than a New York City apartment door. Contineo’s Network Observation Center resembles the command deck on Star Trek.

Using the data center as a hub, Contineo offers a plethora of products and services. As a Hosting Service Provider (HSP), they offer services from basic application hosting to mission critical applications. Because Contineo’s servers are so strongly protected from down time, they can host mission critical applications, host businesses that have a lot of traffic, and host applications that transmit huge files as a common practice. For example, any business that has multiple locations that frequently report back to a central facility would use an HSP. Contineo, as the HSP, manages the software, maintains the equipment, handles security, and takes care of all of the up-grades. “By freeing companies of the nuts and bolts of technology maintenance, Contineo frees business people to work on making money,” says Chuck Watkins, Contineo Vice President of Sales and Marketing.

A Class A data center requires an expert staff, and Contineo assembled a staff that consults, designs, builds, tests, deploys, and monitors Information Technology applications and services. This capability allows Contineo to offer a package of outsource services. Two of these services are CIO2GO and IT2GO. These services are aimed at small to mid-sized firms who need part-time or contract network engineers or other IT specialists. Contineo makes specialists available as needed.

For any company either just getting started or revamping their IT needs, Contineo will help with strategic planning, project management, design, due diligence, and coaching and training. They will send an engineer to evaluate hardware, software, and bandwidth assets. After taking inventory of all hardware, operating system, software, e-mail program, connectivity and bandwidth, and applications used; as well as antivirus, security, back up and storage, and application hosting, Contineo provides a complete technology assessment. The contracting company will be provided with a hardware and configuration report combined with appropriate suggestions for improvement. If requested, Contineo will help procure, deploy, and maintain the new system. Finally, they will teach the end users how to use the new system.

Bridging the gap between products and services, Contineo reaches out to application developers for either custom made applications, or for applications that Contineo hosts that will help a large number of clients. Clients can contract for use of an application without having to purchase expensive software that perhaps they can’t afford. In that way, Contineo helps market these applications for the developer, freeing the developer’s time and resources for further development.

Contineo has a number of other products and services --- network security and intrusion detection, e-Marketing, web development, network management, database design, and more. Their hope is to reduce business expenses of small to mid-size businesses, so that these businesses can increase revenue, productivity, and profit.

Contineo is growing and expanding. They have recently opened a second Class A data center in Wenatchee. Their plans are to expand into markets of about the same size as Spokane. Cities such as Boise and Billings are targeted. It’s a market size that is being underserved, according to Watkins. “Furthermore, smaller city facilities can take a lot of load from big city data centers,” says Watkins.

To learn more about Contineo, go to http://www.contineotech.com/default.asp.

Billie Moreland
 
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