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For many businesses, developing custom software solutions, building a Web site or company intranet, or designing a secure and stable network are jobs best left to outsourced companies with the time and know-how to manage essential technical infrastructure. For Chicago-based Net56, success means being able to offer clients a one-stop solution for all of these services. We recently spoke with company CEO Bruce Koch about the company and its recent five-year commitment to provide the Deerfield school district with everything from a network to a community Web site for online learning.

What does Net56 do?

Net56 Inc. and its parent company, Koch Technologies Inc. (KTI) have been providing clients with innovative technology solutions for nearly twenty years. At its inception in 1980, KTI functioned primarily as a software research, design, and development firm, creating systems that interfaced robotics with computerized manufacturing facilities. As the demand for both low-level and high-end software applications grew, KTI responded by developing turnkey applications for value-added resellers and large-scale corporate users. Developing device drivers for Microsoft Windows and other environments was the next step in KTI’s evolution. From 1986 to 1994, Koch developed interfaces and drivers for Fortune 500 companies and other peripheral manufacturers.

In 1995, KTI formed Net56, a company dedicated to the creation and implementation of intranets and Internet technology for home and business. Since then, Net56 has broadened its service offering to become a technology solutions provider offering network services, professional services, application development services, and customer services.

What would you say makes Net56 unique among technology service providers?

Net56 is truly a one-stop solution. Unlike other organizations, Net56 provides consulting expertise as well as the design and deployment of cutting-edge technology. Net56 is an expert in planning, building, deploying, and managing technology applications and infrastructure.

What is Net56 Thin Client technology?

Thin Client provides centralized management, optimized resource deployment, and network integration of Windows applications hosting and deployment. This provides more control and flexibility in delivering Windows applications over a network, and makes desktop management more efficient and less complex, allowing users to access their data and applications anytime, anywhere. Net56 Thin Client software improves performance, adds security and wide-area remote access and administration capabilities, and simplifies overall system management.

Net56 recently secured a 5-year contract with Deerfield School District 109. What services will Net56 bring to these schools?

Net56 will provide the school district with its Thin Client technology, Web development, Web hosting services, as well as consulting services. We will design the network and draft a network topology; provide high availability, scalability, and security by replacing and relocating all ten servers to the Net56 hardened data center in Palatine and bonding out to their network; finally, we’ll monitor, manage, and maintain the network from the local area network (LAN) and wireless area network (WAN) all the way to the desktop.

We also plan to offer the school district inventory, license, virus, and access control; a security policy; firewall management; and back-office management. All this will help us achieve a stable and redundant network infrastructure to ensure network performance and information integrity throughout the district. We’ll also be designing and launching a Web site to promote community involvement and online learning.

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