Winxnet Recognized as a Top Managed Services
Media Names Winxnet to MSPmentor 501 Global
PORTLAND, Maine - March 24, 2014
Winxnet, a Portland, Maine based IT
outsourcing and consulting firm that meets
the complete technology needs of private and
public sector organizations, today announced
that it has been recognized by Nine Lives
Media as one of the world's top managed
services providers. Winxnet ranked number
133 in the seventh-annual MSPmentor 501
"We're honored to be recognized as one of
the world's top managed service providers,"
said Chris Claudio, CEO of Winxnet. "We
continue to see strong demand for our IT
Outsourcing and Managed Services offerings,
as more and more organizations recognize the
cost savings and efficiency improvements
that result from engaging an expert like
The MSPmentor 501 report is
based on data from MSPmentor's global online
survey, conducted October-December 2013. The
MSPmentor 501 report recognizes top managed
service providers based on a range of
metrics, including annual managed services
revenue growth, revenue per employee,
managed services offered and customer
congratulates Winxnet on this unique honor,"
said Amy Katz, president of Nine Lives
Media, a Penton business. "Qualifying for
our MSPmentor 501 Global Edition puts
Winxnet in rare company."
4 Ways to Safeguard and Protect Your Small
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Are you doing enough to safeguard and
protect your small business data?
Small businesses are widely adopting data
back-up practices to ensure data is
retrievable should a disaster occur, but
gaps remain. According to a study by
accounting software company Sage, the bulk
of small businesses are backing up key data
such as financial information, but most
businesses back up that data on-site only.
Furthermore, the study found that only 38
percent of surveyed small businesses have a
formal emergency or disaster preparedness
Given the brutal impact of
Superstorm Sandy and other disasters that
affect small businesses on a regular basis,
these are worrying statistics.
"Backing up on-site may not be sufficient to
protect small businesses from natural
disasters - particularly if the business is
located in an area prone to earthquakes,
hurricanes, fires or flooding - or more
common crises, such as theft or hardware
malfunction," said Connie Certusi, executive
vice president and general manager of Sage
Small Business Solutions, in a company press
"The development of a
preparedness plan that includes solutions
for protecting critical information, such us
backing up off-site, could be the difference
between getting a business on its way to
recovery and worrying about its survival."
So what's the best way to make sure your
small business data is secure and available
at all times? Here are four tips:
of the most popular and longest lived Microsoft
operating systems that we all know and love,
Windows XP, has almost run its course. The clock
is ticking... And on April 8, 2014, Windows XP
will officially be "dead", with no more extended
support, and -- more importantly -- no more security
patches. Hopefully, this news does not come as a
surprise, as Microsoft has foretold the fate of
XP since its release back in 2001.
Microsoft will no longer support Windows XP and
Small Business Server 2003 so it's time to make
the change to ensure you remain on supported
versions of Windows and Office.
What does this mean for you?
It means you need to take action. After April 8, 2014, there
will be no new security updates, no security hotfixes, no
free or paid assisted support options or online technical
content updates, and most retail outlets (Best Buy, for
example) will likely discontinue support for XP as well.
Running Windows XP and Office 2003 in your environment after
their end of support date may expose your company to
potential risks, such as:
Security and Compliance Risks - Unsupported and
unpatched environments are vulnerable to security risks. This may
result in an officially recognized control failure by an internal or
external audit body, leading to suspension of certifications, and/or
public notification of the organization's inability to maintain its
systems and customer information.
Non-Profit Organizations Can Get Microsoft
Donations through TechSoup
by Lisa Buss, EZMicro Solutions
TechSoup is an organization best known for
distributing donated and discounted software and
technology products to eligible nonprofit
organizations. They help fellow nonprofits and
charities get technology products and resources
they need to operate at their full potential.
Is your staff spread across several locations?
Do you have a limited budget for IT support like
installations and upgrades? Are your staff and
volunteers requesting to work from personal
devices, such as their smartphones or tablets?
As you may already know, 501 ( c )(3)
receive Microsoft donations as well as Office
365 from TechSoup. From operating systems to
office productivity suites to graphic software,
TechSoup is available to help!
TechSoup makes it easy to sign up and to see if you are eligible…It's
as easy as:
Liz Riley Liz Riley joins Winxnet as a Marketing Analyst.
Liz spent the last seven years
with the Portland Sea Dogs,
ending her tenure with the team
as the Assistant General
Manager/Director of Sales,
Marketing and Promotions.
Samantha Linnell Samantha Linnell joins Winxnet as a Project
Samantha worked as an IT Project
Coordinator at Daystar Computer
Services, where she
supported the development of
project management processes &
Scott Despres Scott Despres joins Winxnet as a Network
Engineer. Scott has nearly
20 years of experience as a
network technician. He comes
from Somerset Career & Technical
Center, where he taught
Networking and Cisco courses.
Todd Marquis Todd Marquis joins Winxnet as a Help Desk
Technician. Most recently, Todd
was an Internal Help Desk
Support Technician at IDEXX,
where he helped troubleshoot and
resolve technical issues for end
Jessey Allen Jessey Allen joins Winxnet as a Technical Support
Specialist. Jessey comes to
Winxnet from Staples, where he
was a Technician providing both
onsite and remote support.
Providing innovative IT solutions since 1999, Winxnet
is a leader in IT outsourcing and consulting, software
development, and strategic technical advisory services
to the private and public sectors. With multiple
offices in New England and the Southeast, Winxnet
provides a broad reach with local expertise.