MTA Commends Governor Bullock’s recognition of broadband benefits in the Main Street Montana Project
June 26, 2014
The Montana Telecommunications Association commends Governor Bullock’s appointing today two of Montana’s most-talented telecommunications industry leaders to co-chair the Broadband Communications Steering Committee that will help implement the objectives outlined in his Main Street Montana Project economic development plan. The Governor named steering committee co-chairs Bill Squires, CEO of Blackfoot Telecommunications Group in Missoula, and Rob Ferris, CEO of Vision Net in Great Falls. In tapping Squires and Ferris, Governor Bullock recognizes two Montana-grown, nationally known success stories in broadband communications technology.
Blackfoot Telecommunications, celebrating its 60th anniversary this year, employs almost 170 Montanans and delivers advanced telecommunications services throughout Montana and Eastern Idaho. The Missoula-headquartered company provides access to high-speed Internet connectivity to nearly 100 percent of its customers and continues to invest more than $10 million every year in broadband network enhancements.
Vision Net, with offices in Great Falls, Billings, Helena and Missoula, delivers a wide range of advanced telecommunications network services tailored to meet the needs of business consumers in Montana and across the United States. Vision Net’s services include broadband network transport, cloud solutions, backbone Internet access, 24/7 network operations management and technical support, and statewide video conference facilities used extensively by schools and other institutions. Since its inception in 1995, Vision Net has grown to 135 employees.
“I’m honored to be selected by Governor Bullock to co-chair the broadband committee,” said Blackfoot CEO Bill Squires, “and I’m excited to start working with stakeholders on developing an economic development plan that builds on Montana’s broadband telecommunications assets to deliver the benefits of broadband technology to all the citizens of Montana.”
“I too want to thank Governor Bullock for naming me as co-chair of the committee and for recognizing the accomplishments of Vision Net in delivering broadband solutions to Montana’s business community,” said Vision Net CEO Rob Ferris. “I’m looking forward to working with members of this Key Industry Network steering committee to help implement a successful broadband economic development plan that benefits all Montanans.”
MTA General Manager, Geoff Feiss applauded Governor Bullock’s appointments. “Broadband deployment and adoption are central to nearly every economic activity in Montana and the nation,” he said. “Governor Bullock has chosen two nationally regarded telecom industry leaders to co-chair the committee. MTA looks forward to working with Governor Bullock and the steering committee to identify ways we can maximize the benefits of broadband technologies for Montana’s business, government and residential consumers to fully realize Montana’s economic potential.”
The Montana Telecommunications Association represents rural telecommunications providers delivering advanced telecommunications services to Montana’s business and residential consumers.
Vision Net to Partner with ScienceLogic to Deliver a More Seamless Customer Service Experience
November 19, 2013
Montana’s Largest Service Provider Raises the Bar in IT System Monitoring
Vision Net, a Montana-based communications technology solutions provider, announced today that it will begin offering ScienceLogic’s next generation IT monitoring software to its service provider customers, offering them end-to-end network monitoring and management. With IT systems exerting a greater impact on a company’s bottom line, the ability to monitor and manage each of its parts is ever more critical.
The ScienceLogic deployment means that in the event of an IT issue, an IT technician will be able to quickly scan applications, servers, network elements, or an IT service as a whole, from one user-friendly dashboard. The end result is quicker identification of the root cause of the problem, before end users are impacted. Return on investment is high as it accelerates response times and reduces man-hours moving from one monitor or system to another.
Vision Net engineering manager Gary Evans said the transition to ScienceLogic is the right move for his company. “ScienceLogic delivers an extremely efficient monitoring system that offers a deeper view into each part of the IT system,” he said. “It enables service providers such as ourselves and our customers to respond quickly and efficiently to problems as they arise, sometimes before they arise. The result is enhanced service and greater customer satisfaction.”
Other ScienceLogic benefits include:
Vision Net CEO Rob Ferris said that his company ran a highly competitive search process before selecting ScienceLogic. “As Montana’s largest service provider, we’re committed to providing our customers with the most cutting-edge products and services available on the market today,” he said. “The ScienceLogic solution certainly fits the bill.”
For ScienceLogic, the move into the Big Sky state is welcome. “We are thrilled to bring our next generation IT monitoring software platform to Vision Net and its many customers, both in Montana and across the country,” said Dave Link, co-founder and CEO at ScienceLogic. “This is a wonderful opportunity for us to showcase that our solutions are versatile and flexible enough for all levels and sizes of service providers.”
ScienceLogic’s software integrates the core IT monitoring functions needed to run today’s complex, distributed computing infrastructures – including systems, performance, network, service, event, and asset management capabilities, as well as multi-tenancy, run book automation, and service desk – all in one product with one unified code base, user interface and centralized data repository.
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Cloud Summit on April 9
March 22, 2013
The Billings Chamber of Commerce/Convention and Visitors Bureau in partnership with Big Sky Economic Development to Host Cloud Summit on April 9
– Montana Tech Leader Vision Net to Present Expertise –
Great Falls, Montana – Vision Net, a Montana-based communications technology solutions provider, announced today its participation in the Billings Cloud Summit on Tuesday, April 9, at the Crowne Plaza in Billings, Mont. The Billings Chamber of Commerce/Convention and Visitors Bureau in partnership with Big Sky Economic Development will host the event. Participants may register at 245-4111 or http://www.billingschamber.com/events/.
The Cloud Summit presents a rare opportunity for Montana businesses to hear directly from global leaders in the cloud industry. Topics to be addressed include
In other words, participants will learn the answer to this question: "Is cloud computing relevant for my type of business?" Additionally, businesses from around Montana will provide testimonies on how the cloud is benefitting them.
Vision Net CEO Rob Ferris says his company is thrilled to participate in the Summit. “There is definitely a growing interest in cloud technology,” he says. “Along with that interest, there are many, many questions. The hope is that we’ll be able to address these while providing compelling examples of when, why and how a cloud could prove beneficial.”
Vision Net possesses significant knowledge and experience in cloud technology. Its cloud-computing system provides an integrated solution for small to medium-sized businesses requiring robust and reliable hosted servers or virtual desktops.
Ferris adds that while the Summit is being held in Billings, it’s a fantastic opportunity for businesses statewide to learn more about this cutting-edge and timely topic. “The event hosts have lined up an impressive array of experts to help demystify and explain the world of cloud computing. I would encourage businesses statewide to consider attending.”
Vision Net offers a full range of data, voice and video networking applications: broadband network transport via SONET, MPLS, IP and Ethernet; worldwide videoconferencing; direct Internet access and customized wide-area network management. Vision Net also manages a 24/7 network operations call center that provides end-user Internet support and network monitoring nationwide. www.vision.net
Vision Net and Axiros Bring Remote Device Manager Service to Tier-3 Markets
December 14, 2012
Vision Net and Axiros bring Remote Device Manager (RDM) services to Tier-3 operators, among the first of such offerings in the rural telecom market. The new managed service enables and supports voice, video and data service while providing real-time, remote monitoring.
Vision Net and the Great Falls Symphony Team up to Broadcast Youth Matinee to Students
November 16, 2012
On Tuesday, November 20, Vision Net, via its statewide videoconferencing network, will broadcast in real-time the Great Falls Symphony’s Youth Matinee concert to more than 500 students statewide. This marks the first time the Symphony’s Youth Matinee performance will be available to students outside of the concert hall. The students joining the concert by video feed will join another 800 students from the region who will be attending “live” at the Mansfield Theater.
Vision Net Brings Cutting-edge Cloud Technology to Northwest Region
June 13, 2012
Vision Net, a Montana-based communications technology solutions provider, announced today that it will begin offering customers Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) based on Cisco’s CloudVerse®cloud delivery framework. The move places Vision Net at the forefront of cloud computing service providers in the Northwest region.