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Coretek Services Named Microsoft Global Managed Partner

2017-07-27T00:00:58+00:00 December 9th, 2016|Azure, Microsoft, Micrsoft Cloud Solution Provider, News|

Farmington Hills, MI – December 9th, 2016 – Coretek Services, a global leader in managed hybrid IT solutions, has been named a Global Managed Partner by Microsoft Corporation. The prestigious distinction encompasses 20 companies worldwide, 6 of which are in the United States.

Coretek Services Managed Cloud for Azure utilizes the cloud platform and Coretek’s extensive suite of managed services, tools and experience to get customers up and running in their Azure environments quickly, securely, with less overhead and more predictability. Coretek’s managed cloud offering is one of the first of its kind to provide customers a single platform for infrastructure services on the Azure Platform.

“We are extending the value we deliver to our clients through our Managed Cloud for Azure,” said Ron Lisch, CEO of Coretek Services. “Through our services, we enable our clients to more effectively plan, build and run enterprise applications on Azure. Our collaboration with Microsoft further strengthens our leadership in offering the choice and control of managed cloud IT solutions.”

 

About Coretek Services

Coretek Services is a Systems Integration and IT Consulting Company that delivers high value and innovative solutions.  Coretek works with your team to custom-design an IT architecture based on each clients’ unique requirements; the solution encompasses server and desktop virtualization, optimization of a virtual desktop environment, cloud desktop, mobile device management, infrastructure consulting and project management.  Our goal is to help our clients achieve Project Success. No exceptions. For more information, visit coretekservices.com.

Let’s slash through the hype and keep I.T. real

2017-07-27T00:00:58+00:00 December 9th, 2016|Announcements, blog|

New Video Series

Hello TekTopics readers!  I am excited to announce we are launching a vlog: “Keeping I.T. Real”

In this new video series, we will slash through the hype and share critical and essential technologies, tools, and tips.  We will bring you only those which are real, worthy of your trust, and upon which you can build and grow your company.  As a trusted and reputable virtualization and cloud company with customers across the globe, Coretek has worked with all kinds of old and new technologies – some good, some bad, some ahead of their time, and some that need to be retired.  Be a part of the discussion of new ideas, trends, and technologies.

Your host, Mitch Howell, will be your guide through each topic.  Mitch will be introducing you to the key players, including guests within Coretek Services and our most valuable partners.  Be sure to stayed tuned… and keep I.T. real!

Get to know the Host

Mitch Howell is a Client Executive with Coretek Services.  Mitch Howell came to Coretek Services in February of 2016, after spending 7+ years in Technical Sales, Sales Management & Solution Architecture within the Data Center Infrastructure industry.  Once Mitch identified the trends towards a Software Defined World, he naturally made the decision to join the growing Coretek Team.  Coretek began as a nationally recognized Virtualization Solutions Integrator, but has evolved into an organization that is transforming the way we leverage Cloud technology today.

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Coretek Services opens a downtown office in Chattanooga to bring a new level of Cloud expertise to the Mid-South

2016-11-07T13:05:29+00:00 November 7th, 2016|News|

Chattanooga, TN – November 7, 2016 – Coretek Services is an IT Consulting Company that delivers high value and innovative solutions to customers across the nation.  Coretek belongs to an elite group of cloud providers, including being one of only 4 providers in the US that has the “Microsoft Azure Cloud Global Managed Provider” status.  Coretek employs some of the most forward thinking minds in the cloud space including Jason Cornellier, who heads the Coretek cloud practice. Jason is a cloud veteran, previously from Microsoft as CTO of the Azure Cloud group where he migrated some of Microsoft’s largest customers to the cloud.

Earlier this year in discussions with one of Coretek’s key partners, Microsoft, it became obvious that there was a need for a Partner that had the expertise to educate, advise, consult and deploy cloud solutions in the Mid-South. “We were hearing this over and over from many of our customers,” Ron Lisch, CEO of Coretek said. While local integrators were doing a great job at selling classic solutions to local customers, there was a real gap in knowledge and experience when it came to cloud solutions. This is the hottest segment of the current IT market and customers needed a partner with a high level of expertise to be successful.

Rick Kessler, who has resided in Chattanooga, TN for 15 years, will be managing the cloud office. Rick has held various roles throughout his 20-year IT career in both sales and management, most recently as Area Vice President for RES Software. Ron Lisch, CEO of Coretek Services said, “we have known Rick for many years. When we decided to expand our presence into the Mid-south, Rick was the natural choice. He has the local connections and deep understanding on how to assist customers in choosing and deploying complex solutions that bring impactful value to the business. Most importantly, he embodies our culture of: Project Success, No Exceptions.”

Rick Kessler commented that “Coretek already has many great customers in the Mid-south,” including a current project to move one of the nation’s largest non-profits to Microsoft Azure Cloud. “The opening of this office with local sales and consulting expertise is going to allow customers to see far greater success and faster time to value as they adopt these newer technologies.”

Coretek was founded in Detroit, MI in 2005 with the mission: Project Success, No Exceptions.

Community Service Project with Rebuilding Together

2017-07-27T00:00:58+00:00 October 20th, 2016|blog, Community Project, Giving Back|

Coretek Services and Rebuilding Together Community Service Project 2016Keeping with the annual charitable tradition of our Community Service project for 2016, Coretek jumped in with our hearts and hands to renovate and rejuvenate the home of some local neighbors who do not have the financial resources or manpower to do it themselves.  Partnering with Rebuilding Together again for the second year in a row, Coretek visited the home of a veteran and his wife whose established home was in need of some major landscaping and yard work, along with some indoor repairs and organization.

The day’s weather loomed overcast and rainy, but that did not dissuade nearly 30 Coretek employees and their families from waking up early on a Saturday morning and driving from various parts of metro Detroit to put in their all.  It was a messy and muddy day — full of tree branches, carpentry, and unexpected project delays.  But these are the challenges that bring out the best in all of us!  And in the end, it was nothing but sunshine beaming from the happy home.

The homeowners were grateful and pleased with the work the Coretek team did, and we all were thankful to have the opportunity to give back to this deserving couple.

And we also want to thank the folks at Rebuilding Together for everything they bring to our Community Service projects!  To find out more about who they are, click here to learn more about Rebuilding Together and see if you or your organization can get involved.

IGEL Names Coretek Services a Platinum Partner

2017-07-27T00:00:58+00:00 October 19th, 2016|News|

Coretek Services Elevated to Top Level of the New IGEL Partner Program

FARMINGTON HILLS, MI and SAN FRANCISCO, CA–(Marketwired – Oct 19, 2016) – Coretek Services, a Systems Integration and IT Consulting Company, and IGEL Technology, a world leader in the delivery of powerful workspace management software, IGEL OS™-powered thin clients, zero clients and all-in-one thin client solutions, today announced that Coretek Services has been named a Platinum member of the new IGEL Partner Program. The new distinction coincides with the release of IGEL’s new Partner Program which has been designed to help channel partners capitalize on the thin client and workspace management software market to create new opportunities to grow their business more quickly and profitably.

“We are pleased to recognize Coretek Services as a Platinum member of the IGEL partner ecosystem,” said Jed Ayres, President and CEO, IGEL North America. “With an innovative approach to endpoint management, Coretek Services is a trusted advisor for organizations in the United States that want to optimize their endpoint infrastructure. Together we will help customers reduce power, hardware and administrative costs while simplifying endpoint security and control.”

“We really value the relationship we have with IGEL,” said Ray Jaksic, Chief Technology Officer at Coretek Services. “We are thrilled to be a Platinum Partner; their products provide a high value in our solutions. We are looking forward to continued success in our partnership with IGEL.”

The newly enhanced IGEL Partner Program gives program members exclusive access to the resources that drive both hardware and software business, create new opportunities, fuel revenue growth and close deals faster. The new program’s Platinum level gives members exclusive inclusion in the IGEL Platinum Partner Council, “first look” previews of IGEL NDA roadmaps, back end rebates, deal registration and protection and preferential disbursement of leads. Members also receive IGEL-delivered technical and sales enablement training, joint marketing support, and direct access to customer care, inside sales and support for technical inquiries. Program members additionally have access to beta programs for customers, and receive demo equipment and deep discounts for NFR equipment and licenses as well as the ability to increase margins based on tier partner levels and participation in deal registration.

The new IGEL Partner Program is effective October 1, 2016. For more information on how to join, please visit:https://www.igel.com/us/resellers/become-an-authorized-partner.html.

About Coretek Services
Coretek Services is a Systems Integration and IT Consulting Company that delivers high value and innovative solutions. Coretek works with your team to custom-design an IT architecture based on each clients’ unique requirements; the solution encompasses server and desktop virtualization, optimization of a virtual desktop environment, cloud desktop, mobile device management, infrastructure consulting and project management. Our goal is to help our clients achieve Project Success. No Exceptions. For more information, visit coretekservices.com.

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About IGEL
IGEL delivers powerful endpoint management software that is revolutionary in its simplicity and purpose-built for the enterprise. The company’s world-leading products, including the IGEL Universal Management Suite, IGEL OS™-powered thin and zero clients, and all-in-one thin client solutions, deliver a smart and secure endpoint management experience that shifts granular control of thin and zero client devices from the end user to IT. This enables enterprises to remotely control all thin client devices from a single dashboard interface. With IGEL, IT teams can do more with less, lower their total cost of ownership and operation, and future-proof their organization. IGEL has 10 offices worldwide and is represented by partners in over 50 countries. For more information on IGEL, visit www.igel.com/us.

CORETEK SERVICES RECOGNIZED AS ONE OF THE METROPOLITAN DETROIT’S 2016 101 BEST AND BRIGHTEST COMPANIES TO WORK FOR

2017-07-27T00:00:58+00:00 September 9th, 2016|News|

Farmington Hills, MI – September 1, 2016 — Coretek Services, a leading information technology consulting firm, announced it has been honored as a 2016 Metropolitan Detroit’s Best and Brightest Companies to Work For Winner by the National Association for Business Resources (NABR).  The company has won this award for eight consecutive years and was recognized as a National Best and Brightest Companies to Work For Winner for four consecutive years, 2012-2015.

“To recognized as a Best and Brightest Winner is a great honor and a testament to the dedication and hard work by our employees. To be recognized for eight consecutive years is astounding. We will continue to provide a culture where great people come together to do great things for our customers, our community and for each other.

The Best and Brightest Companies to Work For competition identifies and honors organizations that display a commitment to excellence in their human resource practices and employee enrichment. Organizations are assessed based on categories such as communication, work-life balance, employee education, diversity, recognition, retention and more.

About Coretek Services

Coretek Services is a Systems Integration and IT Consulting Company that delivers high value and innovative solutions.  Coretek works with your team to custom-design an IT architecture based on each clients’ unique requirements; the solution encompasses server and desktop virtualization, optimization of a virtual desktop environment, cloud desktop, mobile device management, infrastructure consulting and project management.  Our goal is to help our clients achieve Project Success. No exceptions. For more information, visit coretekservices.com.

Coretek Services Picnic 2016

2017-07-27T00:00:58+00:00 August 24th, 2016|blog, Summer|

August 22, 2016 – Last weekend, Coretek Services hosted our annual Coretek Services Summer Picnic.  The event is always a fun opportunity for the Coretek family to enjoy the great summer weather before kids go back to school.

The event was more than just a picnic with great food; it was a time for co-workers and families to have fun.  Attendees were able to compete in a variety of summer games, including water balloon toss, three-legged race, egg and spoon race, corn hole, and gaga pit.  There were also bouncy houses, paddle boats, put-put golf, and LIVE MUSIC from Coretek employees!

Thanks for everyone for attended and helped make the event happen – we look forward to the event next year!  It’s great to be part of the Coretek family.

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Nutanix .NEXT Conference 2016 Recap

2017-07-27T00:00:58+00:00 July 8th, 2016|blog, Hyperconverged Infrastructure, Nutanix|

One of our strategic partners, Nutanix recently successfully completely their annual .NEXT Conference boasting over 2500 attendees from 50 countries. There were 67 breakout sessions and 120 speakers, and many exciting announcements were made, including but not limited to the following:

  • Acropolis Block Services: Expose Nutanix to bare metal with important features like migrating SQL from bare metal to VM with zero down time.
  • 5th Generation Hardware: The G5 series will now provide the option to choose all flash configurations across the board.
  • Predictive Analysis / What-If Scenarios: Answering such questions like, “What would we need if we bought a new company?” and “How would new hardware help my environment?”
  • Microsoft CPS: Nutanix will now have an option to ship with the “Azure in a Box” experience, pre-installed with SCVMM SCOM and Azure pack.
  • ESXi Management through Prism: This is now truly a single plan of glass for managing compute, storage and virtualization under one umbrella.  No need to jump back and forth between management tools.
  • Network Visualization: See how VMs are connected to the host, switches and other VMs.  This works not only as a great troubleshooting tool but also as an excellent tool for documenting the current state of network connections.
NTCs Behind the Scenes (literally)

NTCs Behind the Scenes (literally)

Coretek’s Datacenter Practice Manager, Todd Geib was honored to be a part of the conference.  Nutanix asked Todd to help kick off the .NEXT keynote session along with other members of the Nutanix Technology Champion (NTC) program.  In 2015 Todd was nominated into the NTC program.  The NTC Program recognizes Nutanix and web-scale experts for their ongoing and consistent contributions to the community and industry. The program provides its champions with opportunities to further expand their knowledge, amplify their brand, and help shape the future of web-scale IT. Todd and the NTCs started with a little fun, spelling out “WELCOME TO #.NEXTCONF 2016” on their shirts. Watch the Keynote here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rV0LDLO4uPw

David Blaine at .NEXT Conference

David Blaine at .NEXT Conference

 

And what would a trip to Las Vegas be without a magic show? Magician and illusionist David Blaine made an appearance at .NEXT, testing his ability to hold his breath underwater against the time it took to install Nutanix Community Edition. It was installed in a little over 7 minutes – plenty of time for David to relax in the water tank, whose breath-holding record is 17 minutes.

 

 

 

For more highlights, announcements and information on the .NEXT Conference, visit the Nutanix page:

http://www.nutanix.com/2016/06/21/nutanix-next-2016-announcements-innovation-is-just-a-click-away/

 

The future with Nutanix looks bright and we’re looking forward to .NEXT 2017 in Washington D.C.!

CORETEK SERVICES ANNOUNCES NEW SALES DIRECTOR CYNDI MEINKE

2017-07-27T00:00:58+00:00 July 8th, 2016|News|

Farmington Hills, Mich., July 5, 2016 – Coretek Services, one of the leading IT consulting and systems integrators, is pleased to announce the promotion of Cyndi Meinke to her new role as the Director of Sales and Marketing. In her new role, Cyndi will oversee a sales team of seven account executives, as well as sales support and marketing.

Prior to working at Coretek Services, Cyndi held a variety of job titles including Account Executive, Manager of Client Services and IT Director. Since 2014, she is also a Certified Associate in Healthcare Information and Management Systems (CAHIMS) by the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS). Along with this vast experience, Cyndi brings a driven work ethic, a positive can-do attitude, and creative spark to the role.

 

About Coretek Services

Coretek Services is a Systems Integration and IT Consulting Company that delivers high value and innovative solutions. Coretek works with your team to custom-design an IT architecture based on each clients’ unique requirements; the solution encompasses server and desktop virtualization, optimization of a virtual desktop environment, cloud desktop, mobile device management, infrastructure consulting and project management. Our goal is to help our clients achieve Project Success. No exceptions! For more information, visit coretekservices.com.

CORETEK SERVICES RELEASES VIRTUAL DESKTOP ENHANCEMENT SUITE (VDES) VERSION 1.4

2017-07-27T00:00:58+00:00 April 28th, 2016|Citrix, News, Virtual Desktop Enhancement Suite, VMware|

April 28, 2016 Farmington Hills, MI – Coretek Services, an industry-leading IT professional services consulting company, has released version 1.4 of their Virtual Desktop Enhancement Suite (VDES) software.  The VDES tool set is Coretek Intellectual Property that enhances the end user experience and support of Virtual Desktop Environments.  With the release of VDES version 1.4, Coretek has added support for VMware Horizon View to the VDES XenAppNow Module.  This will allow organizations delivering Citrix-Presented Applications to VMware Horizon View VDI Desktops to reduce the time it takes to reconnect to their Citrix applications by 4 to 8 seconds each time they reconnect to their VDI desktop.

 

NEW FEATURES

The following new features have been added to VDES version 1.4 release:

  • Support for VMware View VDI
  • Ability to run commands prior to reboot and just after reboot
  • Ability during install to set the account the services run under

PRODUCT FIXES

The following product fixes have been incorporated into the release:

  • Fixed installing Battery Monitor on XenApp 7.6. Install could not detect certain Citrix DLLs and would give the error “Battery Monitor can only be installed on either Citrix Server or XenDesktop”.
  • Reboot drain commands updated for XenApp 7.6 plus script for post-reboot is provided on install.

To learn more about the Coretek VDES tool set visit:  coretekservices.com/virtual-desktop-enhancement-suite-vdes/

VDES 1.4 is now available to all current partners using previous versions of VDES.

 

About Coretek Services
Coretek Services is a Systems Integration and IT Consulting Company that delivers high value and innovative solutions.  Coretek works with your team to custom-design an IT architecture based on each clients’ unique requirements; the solution encompasses server and desktop virtualization, optimization of a virtual desktop environment, cloud desktop, mobile device management, infrastructure consulting and project management.  Our goal is to help our clients achieve Project Success. No exceptions. For more information, visit coretekservices.com.

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