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How time flies. SpireTech was officially founded on Feb 25, 1993. Since we turn 20 next month, we are working on something fitting to celebrate (stay tuned for details)! Many clients that started using SpireTech for IT support in the beginning are still with us today. We are thankful for all the support of our loyal clients these past 20 years, and look forward to many more years to come.
I have many fond memories of technologies that have come and gone (and some not-so-fond ones, too). We have many tales from the trenches, and I’ve kept a small technology “museum” of sorts to remind me how much things change. Over the years, we’ve seen things that were at one time a huge part of our lives and business become completely irrelevant – programming languages, hardware, software, and even our means of connecting. I’m writing this article on my iPad, when my first portable computer was the size of a very large lunchbox, cost $4000, sported a 386 processor, and an orange gas plasma screen. Read more...
SpireTech has released a new high speed internet service to businesses in the area. Times and technology move forward at haste every day and we’ve seen the need from clients for faster connections and more data transfer while remaining within a reasonable budget. Spiretech’s Metro Area Ethernet is delivered over fiber, and builds on our previous record of dependable internet, affordable service, and friendly support you’ve come to depend on. Be sure to contact us for more information.
We recently gave the Spire Tech service vehicle a face lift – it’s now emblazoned with our logo. Quite a few people have asked about the skyline and where we got it. The pencil drawing of the iconic Portland skyline was hand drawn by Architect and artist Geoff Parker. The design was the sum of artistic license of a few people here in the office, and applied by SignTek in Beaverton, OR. If you see us out on the road, say hi!
At SpireTech, we spend a lot of time evaluating new technology. For every product or service we offer, there are probably ten that don’t make the cut. We thought it would be a good idea to start sharing what we’ve learned – the good and the bad. Even though this information might be helpful to our competitors, it’s also helpful to the tech and business community at large – and especially helpful to our clients. So, taking a cue from Google labs, here we go…
First, we thought it might be helpful to share how we go about reviewing a new product: We start by reviewing the website of the manufacturer. Of course, the software has to solve a problem for us, or our clients. If pricing is published, we’ll make sure the offer is priced competitively at a price our customers will buy. If pricing isn’t published and we have to “talk to someone”, then sometimes the review will stop there – unless the solution is particularly compelling. Read more...
Spire Technologies’ offices got a spruce up over the last few weeks with new carpet, floor tiles, and a paint. After a lot of deliberation over color, and a stretch of chaos during the transition, Spire’s offices are looking brand spanking new (nothing in the datacenter was touched).
Over the span of a decade, wear and tear on a building will start to show. It only seemed fitting, as we update our equipment and services, that our office space was due an improvement. If you haven’t been in our offices in a while (or at all) we encourage you to stop in and say “Hi”. While you are here, be sure to check out the retro bathroom art!
We continue to grow. Spire Technologies now has hosting partnerships with two of the largest forces in the virtualization industry. Both VMware and Citrix have been innovators and leaders in the expanding market of virtualized computing and cloud based services; such as desktops, storage, and applications. This will allow us to offer our clients best-in-class services in for virtual servers and remote offices. XenServer (Citrix) and ESX (VMware) combine to equal 80% of all virtual environments in use in the world today. SpireTech will soon host solutions from both of these developers, providing affordable monthly licensing of hosted, enterprise-grade cloud and virtual solutions for our customers.