Splashwire Inc. — Information Technology Support & Solutions

Splashwire Welcomes Travis Landis as Data Center Manager

Travis Landis
Travis Landis

HARRISBURG, Pa. — Splashwire, a Harrisburg-based technology consulting and solutions company, today named Travis Landis as data center manager. Landis brings 13 years of experience in the information technology field.

“Adding Travis to the Splashwire team enables us to expand our hosted solutions offerings and further improve how our customers consume and experience data center technology,” said Splashwire President and CEO Josh Hinkle. “Local, hosted solutions are a growing demand by businesses in every industry. We are committed to providing solutions to the Mid-Atlantic region with the highest possible level of expertise and support.”

Landis began his career in the U.S. Army, where he served seven years and obtained the rank of sergeant. He has since worked as a network administrator, systems analyst and network engineer in sectors including healthcare, education and insurance.

Landis has extensive knowledge and expertise in a wide variety of IT specialties including networking, server and storage solutions, security and software.

Splashwire is organized around six core services areas: IT support (help desk support, system monitoring, system maintenance), IT consulting (system integration, migrations and implementation), IT solutions (converged architecture, visualization, networking, locally hosted solutions), IT security (Security as a Service, compliance, monitoring, incident response), Cloud services (disaster recovery, Infrastructure as a Service, Firewall as a Service) and communication (business-class Internet and telecommunications solutions).

The company also places an emphasis on C-suite services including Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) services, an option for organizations that need top-tier IT security expertise and guidance on an ongoing basis; and business intelligence services, which turn raw business data into meaningful and actionable insights.

Splashwire serves clients nationally from a 15,500-square foot headquarters and solutions center in Lemoyne, Pa. The company is a partner of leading technology and information security brands including Aerohive Networks, Barracuda, Cisco, Datto, Dell EMC, Microsoft, Mimecast Quest, SonicWall, Veeam and WMware.

Splashwire Expands to Meet Growing Demand for IT Services

David Barley

David Barley

Scott McDowell

Scott McDowell

Nate Laird

Nate Laird

LEMOYNE, Pa. — Splashwire, an information technology consulting and solutions company, today announced three new hires to meet a growing demand for its technology services.

David Barley has joined Splashwire as a systems engineer. Nate Laird and Scott McDowell have joined the company as support specialists. With a combined 33 years of experience, the new team members increase the company’s total number of employees to 15.

“Demand for Splashwire’s technology services is increasing, and we are excited to expand our company to meet it,” said Splashwire President and CEO Josh Hinkle. “David, Nate and Scott add a wealth of talent and experience to our team. As more businesses turn to us for technology support, particularly in the high-growth areas of locally hosted solutions and IT security services, we anticipate continued expansion in the months and years ahead.”

Barley has more than 14 years of experience in information technology, primarily within the financial and insurance industries. Among Barley’s areas of expertise is IT compliance as it relates to Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) and Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) requirements. He earned his bachelor’s degree in networking communications management from DeVry University.

Laird started his 14-year career at York County 911, where he installed, maintained and supported in-vehicle computers for all police agencies in the county. He also previously was an IT consultant with Aspire Ventures in Lancaster. His expertise includes IT consulting; support services; and project planning, management and execution. Nate earned his associate’s degree in specialized business as a computer systems specialist from York Technical Institute.

McDowell previously spent more than five years as a systems technician for Fulton Financial Corporation. He holds certifications in A+ and Network +. He also has completed the Cisco Networking Academy and two VMware ICM (Install, Configure, Manage) courses through Stanley Community College. McDowell earned his associate’s degree in specialized business as a computer systems specialist from York Technical Institute.

Splashwire is organized around five core services areas: consulting (system integration, migrations, implementation and operational support); solutions (converged architecture, visualization, networking, wireless and locally hosted solutions); support (helpdesk support, system monitoring and maintenance, and software upgrades); security (Security as a Service, compliance, monitoring, incident response and disaster recovery); and communication (business-class Internet and telecommunications solutions).

Mixing Business with Technology: How Splashwire Helped Local Company Grow

Mixing Business with Technology: How Splashwire Helped Local Company Grow

Several years ago, Ace Distributing needed an analysis of their network infrastructure. The beverage wholesaler based in Wrightsville, Pa. was quickly growing and needed to ensure they had the IT solutions to support their mid-sized company.

Splashwire was up to the task. After a thorough review of Ace Distributing’s network and IT solutions, Splashwire identified opportunities for improvement.

“With Splashwire’s recommendations, we replaced our network infrastructure and implemented enhanced products and solutions,” said Adam Reeder, vice president of strategic initiatives for Ace. “With these new tools, we acquired what we needed to support our services, operations and growth. And we became more efficient.”

Today, Splashwire and Ace Distributing continue to work together to keep Ace’s IT infrastructure where it needs to be. “We have comfort knowing we have higher reliability with Splashwire’s monitoring systems and IT support from their team of experts,” Reeder said.

In conjunction with its ongoing growth, Ace Distributing is experiencing changes operationally, logistically and strategically. That’s why they also now depend on Splashwire’s C-suite services to guide them in how to leverage technology to reach their business goals.

Through its Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) Services, Splashwire brings to the table strategic-level knowledge, education and experience. CISO services provide senior-level expertise to assist companies in establishing, improving and managing their technology.

“Our Splashwire CISO has dedicated the time to learn more about our industry, our company, and how we operate to share best practices,” Reeder said, “He understands our business goals and makes strategic recommendations for IT solutions and investments to get us where we need to go, all while keeping up with the latest technology and security advancements.”

Reeder most appreciates the partnership and relationship Ace Distributing has built with Splashwire, “Splashwire is willing to listen and work with us to fulfill our business objectives. They are a valued partner that contributes to our overall growth and success.”

Contact Splashwire today to learn how they can support your business’s technology and IT support needs!

2019 IT Resolutions Your Company Needs

2019 IT Resolutions Your Company Needs

For many, a new year is a time to reflect and look forward to what’s to come. It’s a great time to set goals for yourself and your business to strive for in the coming 365 days. Have you given any time to consider what should be on your business’s IT resolutions list?

Establishing technology goals is the first step to making them a reality. To help you get started, here are top IT resolutions for 2019.

Create a Disaster Recovery Plan

The time to put a recovery plan in place isn’t during a disaster; it’s well before.

A disaster recovery plan should be created in conjunction with your business continuity plan. Devising a viable strategy takes considerable effort and advance planning. It involves bringing a team of key stakeholders in your organization together to work through possible disaster scenarios and identify solutions. Keep in mind that disasters can be natural (such as a flooded data center) or human-induced (like a cyber-attack or IT bugs).

Not sure where to start? Read our blog “Is Your Business Prepared for a Disaster?”

Get Setup in the Cloud

Is your company still relying solely on on-site systems? Businesses are now making the move to collocating systems off-site or in the cloud. (Still not sure what “the cloud” is? Read “What is the Cloud [and how can it help your business]?”)

The cloud is not only a great disaster recovery option; it also can save your company money. Instead of spending capital on expensive equipment that requires upkeep and maintenance, businesses can sign up for Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) through the cloud. You can rent data center rack space for everyday operations as well as backups and disaster recovery. Splashwire’s data center provides a secure, off-site location while still having access to in-person support and a local relationship.

Complete Security Assessments

Security is important for businesses of all sizes and industries. A security assessment is a periodic exercise to test your organization’s security preparedness including checks for vulnerabilities in IT systems and business processes. Once the assessment is complete, documentation is provided outlining any found security gaps and potential remedies to the situation.

Businesses bound by Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) or the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) must incorporate regular security reviews into their business plans and processes to avoid potential fines and lawsuits. IT security is a constantly changing landscape and businesses within these industries are held to very high expectations.

For small businesses, working with a technology partner like Splashwire makes security assessments viable even if you don’t have a team of IT professionals with expertise in this area.

Countdown to Success

The New Year is here and Splashwire has the technology solutions to help your business reach your tech goals this year. Contact us to learn how we can support your needs.

Is Your Business Prepared for a Disaster?

Is Your Business Prepared for a Disaster?

Take a moment to scan around the office. Computers, phones, wireless devices as far as the eye can see, right? All storing and carrying data that your organization and employees depend on every minute of the workday — and likely after business hours, too. But what happens if that technology fails due to a natural or human-caused disaster?

Business and technology are more integrated than ever before, making it even more critical to have an disaster recovery plan in place. Studies show 43% of companies that experience a major loss of business data never reopen and 29% close within two years.

There are definitive preventive steps you can take to ensure that your business is in a position to quickly recover from the technology impacts of a disaster.

Plan Before You Need It

The time to put a recovery plan in place isn’t during a disaster, it’s well before.

A disaster recovery plan should be created in conjunction with your business continuity plan. Devising a viable strategy takes considerable effort and advance planning. It involves bringing a team of key stakeholders in your organization together to work through possible disaster scenarios and identify solutions. Keep in mind the disasters can be natural (such as a flooded data center) or human-induced (like a cyber attack or IT bugs).

Disaster Recovery Infographic

Ask Questions

“What’s the backup to the backup?” It’s the winning question when creating a disaster recovery strategy. Your business’s initial backup plan may work for a period of time, but it may not be a long-term solution that can keep your business running until things are completely back to normal.

How long will your backup generators run? Can they handle keeping your air conditioning units working in your data center? What do you do if the backup generator goes down? Working through these lines of questioning can help your business identify areas to address and plan redundancies to keep your doors open.

Preventative Maintenance

A disaster recovery plan isn’t a “set it and forget it” endeavor. It requires routine preventative maintenance. This includes regular system updates, system testing and assessments to ensure the plan keeps up with changes in your technology environment.

Staff Training

A recovery plan is of no use if employees don’t know their role during an emergency.

Annual disaster recovery and business continuity training is critical to make sure employees are ready to jump into action. Identify and train team leads who will relay information to their employees in the event of a disaster. Training for new employees should be incorporated into their orientation program.

Additionally, tabletop exercises provide an opportunity to test disaster recovery and business continuity plans without a full scale drill. This involves engaging your organization in a mock disaster, gathering subject matter experts (SMEs) to talk through the scenario and documenting how your business would react. These exercises are an important tool to uncover interdependencies and gaps, and identify areas of concern and ways to address them.

Splashwire Disaster Recovery Services

Splashwire, a technology consulting and solutions company, can help your business establish a scalable disaster recovery solution, backed by 24/7/365 local support.

Our solutions include back-up and protection for operating systems, applications, configurations and data for physical and virtual environments.

Contact us to us to learn more.