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August 2013: SSAE16 and FISMA Compliance for A5.com

A5.com is proud to announce the completion of our SSAE16 SOC2, Type2 audit for both of our data centers in Bloomington and Peoria, as well as the completion of our FISMA audit for both sites.

The SSAE16 and FISMA standards represent important industry validation by independent 3rd parties of A5′s facilities, processes and policies and illustrate the level of sophistication and enterprise-grade capabilities we provide our clients every day.

This means you can have complete confidence that your critical data and infrastructure are in facilities which employ stringent internal business processes and IT controls for the services provided leading to better security, up time and performance for your critical systems.
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July 2013: More Fiber Options in our Bloomington Data Center

As of July 2013, A5.com’s newest data center at 303 E. Washington in Bloomington has two more carriers deployed into the site expanding the number of carriers to five (5). The arrival of US Signal and CIRBN into the data center provides additional fiber paths, capacity and carrier diversity for clients at the A5/Bloomington facility.

The updated list of carriers includes Frontier Communications, Stratus Networks, CCG, US Signal and CIRBN. In addition to these carriers, a few more may be coming online in the coming months. Stay tuned! and if you have a particular carrier need, please let us know.
Thanks, the A5 Staff

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Public Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting June 18, 2013

building-with-blue-ribbon-for-web-300x164McLean County Chamber of Commerce will be conducting a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for A5.com’s newest Tier III data center in Bloomington, IL on June 18, 2013 at 11:00 am. Please join us at 303 E Washington St for our public Grand Opening.

Private tours will be given after the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony. Due to the nature of our business and security measures in place these tours will need to be set up ahead of time. Please contact Christine Bare at 309-691-3000 to set up your tour or for more information.

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A5.com Partners with Symantec for Hosted Security Services

A5.com announced today a new partnership with Symantec, a leader in security technology and services, to deploy new tools to further secure corporate networks and services for its clients. In addition to hosted email security scanning, A5 will deploy Symantec’s Endpoint Protection Services to their clients’ systems, as well as Web Security services, which provide scanning of malicious web content and code before it reaches its intended target system.

Eric Fisher, Director of Data Center Operations, described the new services and relationship, “Symantec brings a long track record in security services to the table and offers a number of options to help secure our clients’ networks. In addition to email virus and spam filtering services, we found their web content and malware filtering service to be very valuable for our clients. One of the most dangerous vectors for infection and compromise over the Internet today is malicious web content—where the end-user’s web browser gets exploited by a malicious web page and thereby compromises the computer. Very few firewalls are able to scan and catch those exploits, so it’s our recommendation to filter your web surfing through a service like Symantec Web Security to make sure your users and network assets aren’t at risk.”

A5 began the rollout of the Symantec Email Security suite earlier this month, displacing services they’ve used with Postini/Google. Users can expect to see email notices about the new email security service and configuration options in the coming weeks. For further information about this expanded set of services, please contact A5 at 309-999-2700, or sales@A5.com.

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A5.com Buzz Continues to Increase

data-center-4x6-300x201A5.com, Inc.’s newest technology project is creating a positive buzz around Central Illinois. The old Illinois HealthCare building in downtown Bloomington was deteriorating as it sat on the market for many years until Steve Hope, President/CEO of A5.com, bought the building to construct a state of the art Tier III data center in Central Illinois. Steve says, “It is my goal to put Central Illinois on the map as a technology leader; a concentric focal point for national organizations to turn to for the technology, personnel and infrastructure of demanding changes. Peoria and Bloomington are prime juxtapositional strategic locations situated within easy commute of Chicago, Indianapolis, and St Louis clients.”

The renovation of this old building will increase the revenue and attraction to the Bloomington downtown area dubbed a Historically Underutilized Business (HUB) zone. Steve (who also owns CIAN Center, OASYS, and A5 Power Solutions) has made a significant investment in the project. City officials and leaders are taking notice. Bloomington’s Economic Development Coordinator, Justine Robinson says the City supports the initiative: “The City of Bloomington is delighted to partner with A5.com on the improvement of their newest location at 303 East Washington Street, the former home of Illinois HealthCare, in Downtown Bloomington. Given A5’s robust investment in a highly visible and vacant site, especially the devotion of more than $2 million in capital towards the initial phase of the expansion, the City is pleased to leverage the resources found within the 50/50 program in order to maximize the property’s exterior enhancements; this includes the replacement of dilapidated sidewalk and parkway trees on the four sides immediately surrounding the building. As the City strives to maintain positive working relationships with local enterprises, partnerships such as this serve to make Bloomington a better place to do business. Congratulations and thank you to A5 for engaging in this incredible venture and investing in our great City!” To learn more about A5.com’s data centers please contact Eric Fisher, Director of Data Center Operations, at 309-999-2700.

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A5.com participates in 2013 Twin Cities Showcase

Twin-cities-showcase-300x200A5.com participated in the McLean County Chamber of Commerce “Twin Cities Showcase” on Friday, May 3, 2013. The showcase was held at the Marriott Hotel & Conference Center in Normal, IL. Over 75 local businesses, including tastings from a few local restaurants, showed off their products and services. A5.com’s Eric Fisher, Director of Data Center Operations, and Christine Bare, Business Development Coordinator, were able to showcase photos and details of the newest A5.com Tier III data center in Bloomington, IL and address questions on our service offerings. Ed Rust, Chairman and CEO of State Farm Insurance, was the speaker for the Keynote presentation. It was a great opportunity to support the McLean County Chamber of Commerce and other local businesses within the community.

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A5.com SSAE 16 audit

A5 has started our SSAE 16 SOC2 audit effective 3/4/13 for our data centers in Bloomington and Peoria Illinois. We’ve engaged a nationally-recognized firm to provide us this service and look forward to sharing the results with our clientele. The SSAE 16 audit process verifies and validates the process controls, policies and physical environment controls in place for service organizations like A5. This distinction is critical in many industries that handle sensitive data and is a valuable validation for our efforts in providing world-class capabilities.

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New Bloomington, IL Datacenter Goes Live!

After much hard work and dedication by all the team members, A5.com has gone live in our new Tier III datacenter facility in downtown Bloomington Illinois! We want to thank all the contractors and engineers for their help in making this vision happen and look forward to growing our business and helping our community from this new facility for years to come! We’d love to show you our new home and are available to provide details and options to solve your issues. Contact Eric Fisher or Christine Bare (sales@a5.com) to find out more.

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