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Get To Know an MSP: Breakthrough Technology Group (BTG)

July 15, 2015 Comments off

Breakthrough Technology Group, Inc.Breakthrough Technology Group, Inc. – BTG
Managed Telecom and IT Services
Morganville, NJ.
(732) 978-4443
sales@btgroupinc.com

CEO – Jeff Kaplan

May 27, 2015 was a red-letter day for Breakthrough Technology Group, Inc. (BTG) in that it had two major announcements for its new partner programs: BTG Partner and BTG Private Cloud Partner. I spoke with CEO Jeff Kaplan about the new partner programs and BTG’s cloud offerings.

Podcast Info: Length: 26:15 minutes. Format: MP3. Rating: G (All audiences).

BTG Partner Program

The new BTG Partner Program opened to consultants, systems integrators, vendors and agents to offer cloud computing and services to enterprise, and midmarket and smaller businesses.

“When you look at the consulting community, there’s a ton of partners out there who don’t have a recurring-revenue stream and who are looking for the right partner, and the right reliability for their customers,” Kaplan said. “Those are relationships we’re looking to build.”

This program really focuses on the consultant community in an attempt to broaden BTG’s reach into smaller companies and to bring recurring revenue to consultants. BTG is also trying to help those consultants and VARs extend their reach and transform their businesses into a more sustainable format by enabling these new partners to leverage cloud services for their customers.

The program includes three levels for participation:

  • Adviser, which qualifies a customer, and initiates a discussion between BTG and the customer;
  • Reseller Billing Only, which becomes BTG’s client on behalf of the customer in terms of billing; and
  • Reseller White Label, in which everything, from the support portal to answering of phones, will be branded as the partner.

For consultants and vendors who want to use BTG’s infrastructure and cloud services as their own infrastructure, BTG offers a so-called “White Label” partnership where BTG becomes an extension of the partner for customer support. This partnership enables small consultancies the opportunity to offer a wider range of services and technologies to their customers with extended support from BTG.

BTG Private Cloud Partner Program

Systems integrators, VARs, and agents are now able to deliver secure cloud solutions, offer Tier-1 data center, applications and services without capital investment. This partnership program lowers the barriers to cloud solutions business for its partners, which otherwise would be unreachable due to the costs associated with infrastructure, networking, and support personnel.

“Analysts and industry experts worldwide agree that private cloud offers a tremendous opportunity for solutions providers to mitigate risk and deliver a secure, efficient computing experience,” said Kaplan. “Our Private Cloud Partner Program will open new doors for businesses of all sizes and markets by creating supplemental revenue streams, taking their companies to unprecedented heights.”

As a managed services provider, BTG puts itself in the background as the support system for its partners.

BTG’s Cloud-based Offerings

A major pain point for companies is how to manage desktop computing. To that end, BTG offers its AppsAnyplace solution that includes fully managed, hosted, custom virtual desktops and applications. The pain points of desktop computing are support costs, patch management, remote user support, consistent desktop environments, standardized applications, malware problems, and data security.

The standard Desktop-as-a-Service takes care of these issues by hosting virtual desktops in a private cloud environment and taking care of all support, security, and maintenance in the background.

BTG’s Private Cloud services leverage a highly redundant and virtualized security, networking, and SAN storage.

Private Cloud features include:

  • 24×7×365 infrastructure and private cloud management
  • Optional management and monitoring through the OS/Application layers
  • Cloud environment to host client applications
  • Optional replication of data and applications
  • 24x7x365 Help Desk
  • Support for dedicated virtual Linux and Windows servers
  • Application and data security
  • Consumption-based pricing

For SaaSAnyplace, BTG supports dedicated hosted Exchange Server, hosted SharePoint, hosted Lync Server, and hosted archiving & eDiscovery. For its DataAnyplace service, BTG uses Citrix ShareFile to enable users to use data on any device and for easy collaboration.

Founded in 2007, Breakthrough Technology Group (BTG) is a managed services provider that supports mid-market enterprise customers, through the use of advanced technology and telecommunications.

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ESG Validates Transporter as a Private-Cloud File Sync and Share Appliance that Delivers the Privacy, IT Control and Data Protection Business Users Demand

April 1, 2015 Comments off

Transporter 15SANTA CLARA, Calif. – April 1, 2015Connected DataTM, the creator of Transporter, today announced findings from an ESG Lab Test Drive report that validates the company’s Transporter private cloud storage appliance as an excellent business solution for file sync and share. The lab report, “Transporter from Connected Data,” explores the key features of Transporter and outlines how Connected Data makes distributed private clouds affordable for any organization, while delivering the enterprise-class features they need.

ESG identifies that file sharing for collaboration and improved productivity has become an expected part of the user experience in today’s corporate environments. It also outlines that organizations are struggling to maintain control of sensitive corporate data in an age of BYOD and widespread proliferation of cloud services. These are the challenges directly addressed by Transporter, the world’s first private cloud appliance. Designed for business, Transporter appliances allow corporate IT to leverage their existing infrastructure to build cloud services that maintain complete control over where data is stored and how it is shared, while providing Dropbox like simplicity for its users.

 “ESG Lab validated typical sync and share functionality along with simultaneous user editing, creation of links for sharing with external users, and mobile device access,” said Kerry Dolan, Lab Analyst and Vinny Choinski, Sr. Lab Analyst in the ESG report. “The Lab also validated administrative features, including integration with Active Directory for access control, integration with existing backup infrastructure, configuration of network ports and a Factory Reset option to remotely wipe data stored on a Transporter. These features demonstrated the business-class focus of Transporter, for both users and administrators.”

The ESG Lab Test Drive was performed by testing a Transporter 75 device. It took a deep, hands-on look at Transporter from both an end user and administrator perspective. Key features tested include:

  • Sharing and accessing files located in Transporter folders
  • Accessing remote files located in the Transporter Library
  • Versioning and undelete capability including restoring previously modified and deleted files
  • Sharing files via both standard and direct (private) links
  • Folder and user level read-only access controls for both desktop and mobile
  • Active Directory integration for users and groups

“Today’s business users are concerned about the compliance and security challenges presented by cloud-based file sharing, yet users continue to demand easier access to business content, especially when using mobile devices and when working remotely,” said Geoff Barrall, CEO, Connected Data. “Connected Data has the solution. With our innovative line of Transporter private cloud appliances, we deliver the efficiency and simplicity of the cloud with the privacy, security and control required in a managed data center. We are pleased that ESG Lab has validated our approach based on helping our customers to create their own sync and share service using their existing infrastructure.”

To access the complete ESG Lab Test Drive report, please visit:http://info.filetransporter.com/esg-lab-report.html

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About Connected Data
Connected DataTM, the creator of Transporter private cloud storage appliances is focused on changing the way consumers and businesses manage their files. Transporter appliances allow customers to privately sync, access, share and protect data at a fraction of the cost of fee-based cloud services. The fast-growing Transporter network includes over 35,000 users managing more than 20 Petabytes of storage all over the world. Connected Data is privately funded and based in Santa Clara, Calif. For more information, visit www.connecteddata.com.

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Connected Data and Transporter are trademarks or registered trademarks of Connected Data, Inc. All other trademarks used are the property of the respective trademark owners.

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