The data center utilizes High Availability (HA) and redundancy in its servers to ensure up-time and redundant fiber connections to ensure bandwidth availability to create an optimal environment to host the Elements SBM Hybrid Web application. "Our customers rely on Elements to run their businesses, and they need Elements running 24x7, 365 days a year," says Ntractive Co-Founder and CTO Justin Bartak. "They can not afford any downtime. The high availability through redundant systems is crucial to Elements and any cloud computing service running on the Internet."
Ntractive has also implemented redundant air handling for cooling, redundant power sources and fire suppression through Sapphire to protect its data center and the integrity and availability of its customers' data. Jason Keller, Network Architect at Ntractive points out, "managing our data center's environment helps ensure high availability as well. Servers produce a lot of heat, making air cooling extremely important. Plus, the redundant power supply keeps everything online and running smoothly should the building ever lose power. Our customers wouldn't even know anything happened - and that's our goal."
Marc Haug, Sales Representative from SimplexGrinnell, describes Sapphire, the fire suppression system Ntractive has installed as, "a breakthrough fire protection fluid which is stored as a liquid but released as a vapor to extinguish fire by absorbing heat." Haug goes on, "most important for a company like Ntractive is that any fire suppression material discharged must be a non-corrosive, non-conductive, non-residual, non-stick material, leaving almost no clean up or downtime for their data center in the event of a fire."
Ntractive chose to build its data center at the Ina Mae Rude Entrepreneur Center, a tech business incubator located in Grand Forks on the University of North Dakota campus. Bruce Gjovig, CEO and Entrepreneur Coach, has fostered over 400 businesses through the Ina Mae Rude Entrepreneur Center since 1984. The business incubator is currently home to 20 other ventures. Says Gjovig, "The Center for Innovation is pleased to support Ntractive's growth in the tech incubator. Vital IT infrastructure like dedicated server rooms and data centers are essential to tech ventures like Ntractive, and the Ina Mae Rude Entreprener Center is one of the few facilities where that is available in North Dakota."
SimplexGrinnell (simplexgrinnell.com), a Tyco International company, provides a comprehensive array of fire alarm, fire sprinkler, fire suppression, integrated security, communications and nurse call systems and services. With one million customers, 150 local offices, and over 200 years of history in the fire business, SimplexGrinnell is the leader in fire and life safety. For additional information or to locate the nearest SimplexGrinnell district office.
About Ntractive, LLC
Ntractive (ntractive.com) is a software development company that has, over the past four years, developed a new and unique method of application development that was referred to by a senior executive at Apple Inc. as “the future of software development.” Ntractive'’s new development environment/platform, the Hybrid Web Application, combines the best features of a desktop application with those of a web application, for unprecedented ease of use, expanded functionality, and power in an Internet-based application. Its first product, Elements SBM™, is a software-as-a-service offering that is designed to automate, organize, and improve business processes for small to midsized companies. Based in Grand Forks, North Dakota, Ntractive is currently pre-revenue, in late-stage development, and recently closed its Series A round of financing through angel investors and RAIN Source Capital, St. Paul, Minnesota. Ntractive has been beta testing Elements SBM since March, 2008.
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