Strategic Partner: Flexible Infrastructure with a Personal Touch

by | Oct 11, 2012 | jahlberg

I’m continuing my series on Waident strategic partners — first I talked about what makes a great partner, then last month I introduced Woodmark Technology, Inc.  If Woodmark helps make a company’s data smarter, this next partner stores the data and applications in a smarter way.  Meet XNet Information Systems, Inc., a boutique data center located in the western suburbs of Chicago.

Back in the day when I was CIO, we housed our data on servers located in a noisy, locked closet in our office.  There are some companies who still are well served by this type of set up, but increasingly my clients are taking advantage of cloud storage (learn more about how to decide what’s right for you).

For those clients who don’t want to deal with the behind-the-scenes hardware so they can focus on their core business, XNet is the provider I recommend.  Here’s why XNet is a trusted Waident partner.  First, XNet doesn’t provide a cookie-cutter solution, instead they act as a true partner, helping companies create a flexible infrastructure that is customized to their needs.  Second, XNet delivers personal service.  How personal?  Where else do you get the cell phone of the organization’s president?  As I’ve written elsewhere, sh*it happens.  Look at Amazon, a juggernaut in the cloud storage space.  Recently they had significant outages.  Try reaching a live person at Amazon!  Yes, sh*t happens, but sh*tty service doesn’t have to!

I have a third reason for liking XNet; this is a company run by a man whose focus goes beyond just making money.  XNet President Arthur Zards will tell you a little sheepishly that XNet helps finance his love of smart people.  Not just smart employees, mind you, but smart people in general.  As the curator for TEDx Naperville, Arthur is committed to helping great ideas to travel.  If you haven’t discovered TED yet, I encourage you to check it out.

If you’re interested in learning more about XNet, I’m happy to make the introduction.  Or email Arthur directly, and tell him John sent you.





John Ahlberg
CEO, Waident

CIO in the corporate world and now for Waident clients. John injects order and technology into business process to keep employees productive, enterprises running, and data safe.


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