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Think Network Technologies Named One of 2017 Tech Elite Solution Providers by CRN®

March 29th, 2017 Posted by Awards, Best Practices, Cloud, Community, Data, Desktop, Hosted Services, Services, Staff 0 thoughts on “Think Network Technologies Named One of 2017 Tech Elite Solution Providers by CRN®”

Durango, CO, March 29, 2017 – Think Network Technologies announced today that CRN®, a brand of The Channel Company, has added Think to its 2017 Tech Elite 250 list. This annual list honors an exclusive group of North American IT solution providers that have earned the highest number of advanced technical certifications from leading technology vendors, scaled to their company size.

To compile the annual list, The Channel Company’s research group and CRN editors work together to identify the most customer-beneficial technical certifications in the North American IT channel. Solution providers that have obtained these elite designations—which enable them to deliver premium products, services and customer support—are then selected from a pool of online applicants.

Technology is evolving at lightning speed and to stay competitive, businesses and organizations require partners that are not just current, but cutting edge.  It is a top priority for Think to ensure staff maintain a strong command on the latest IT solutions. The company illustrates a dedication to training with a technical team rich in certifications from leading IT vendors.  The company encourages its technical team to follow an elite learning path that will continually enhance their skills and knowledge.

“This exclusive, ambitious group of solution providers boasts some of the most advanced IT certifications available from top technology suppliers,” said Robert Faletra, CEO, The Channel Company. “They have adapted impressively to major changes in the IT channel, especially the shift to a more services-driven market, by expanding their skill sets and sharpening both their technical and customer service expertise. Congratulations to our 2017 list, whose robust investment in their organizations has earned them yet another elite designation—the CRN Tech Elite 250.”

“We are grateful to be recognized by CRN and The Channel Company,” says Melissa Glick, CEO of Think Network Technologies. “Our growth and success over the years continues to be fueled by the talented team we have here and their commitment to their craft.  This award validates our promise to deliver the highest quality of service to our clients.  Our team’s deep level of expertise is a differentiator for Think, and we will continue to invest in training and education that enables our consultants to deliver leading edge solutions to our clients.”

Coverage of the Tech Elite 250 will be featured in the April issue of CRN, and online at

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About Think Network Technologies

Think Network Technologies is a provider of on-premises and cloud solutions for both the private and public sector.  Think excels at delivering technology solutions that optimize productivity, strengthen customer relationships, enhance data sharing and drive profitability.  Since 2002, the family-owned business has become the outsourced IT department and trusted advisor for hundreds of businesses.  With offices in Durango(CO), Denver(CO), Farmington(NM) and Scottsdale(AZ), Think is strategically aligned to better serve the greater Four Corners region.

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About The Channel Company

The Channel Company enables breakthrough IT channel performance with our dominant media, engaging events, expert consulting and education, and innovative marketing services and platforms. As the channel catalyst, we connect and empower technology suppliers, solution providers and end users. Backed by more than 30 years of unequaled channel experience, we draw from our deep knowledge to envision innovative new solutions for ever-evolving challenges in the technology marketplace.

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End of the Road for Windows Server 2003

June 12th, 2015 Posted by Best Practices, Networks, Services 0 thoughts on “End of the Road for Windows Server 2003”

By: Alicia Hernandez, Think Technical Writer

Ladies and Gentleman, this is the final curtain call for Windows Server 2003. Microsoft announced a long time ago that July 14, 2015 will be the end of the road for Windows Server 2003.

Granted, it isn’t like at 12:00 A.M. on 07/14/2015 your WS2003 box will shut down, never to boot up again. But it does mean that Microsoft will no longer support WS2003. Here’s what this end of life date really means for you and your business if you are still on Windows Server 2003.

What this means to your business

When Microsoft stops “supporting” a product, in this case WS2003, it means they will no longer release any more patches and fixes. This includes those important security patches that help keep your [very vulnerable] Microsoft infrastructure [relatively] safe from viruses and hackers. Maybe this doesn’t seem like that big of a deal to you and I, but unfortunately the Payment Card Industry does. If you are a merchant required to maintain PCI standards and compliance on this WS2003 box, you will officially be out of compliance on July 14, 2015, and “likely blocked by any partners or customers.”

If you haven’t started your migration planning, you really need to do so as soon as possible. Some tools have estimated an average of 200 days to migrate off of WS2003, mostly depending on the applications running on your server, where you want to migrate to (WS2008, WS2012, WS2016, etc.), and the problems that you will run into along the way. Common problems include 1) Kernel hooks, 2) 32-bit apps, 3) Obsolete/abandoned apps, and 4) 16-bit dependencies.

In the meantime, if there is absolutely no way you are able to migrate off of WS2003 before July 14, 2015, you should prepare for a costly extended maintenance plan. Microsoft might charge upwards of $600 per incident per server for updates/patches. And other third parties will be jumping on this money train to offer their own variety of extended support. So yes, you really need (and WANT) to get off of Windows Server 2003 ASAP!

For more answers to WS2003 end of life questions, ITworld put together this FAQ sheet for you.

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