The End of the Technological Glass Ceiling for Small Business

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The world's first self-repairing server gives small businesses a fighting chance.

You depend on your server to keep the business running, but it would have taken an IT guy watching over it to make it actually dependable. With Nitix, though, we've been running it for about three years without a hitch. It's practically bulletproof.

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Technology has given small businesses an unprecedented ability to compete with their larger rivals. But when it comes to the office server, that critical piece that brings business technology together, small businesses have been treading on shaky ground. Security was iffy, backup was cumbersome, downtime was common and professional maintenance could put you in the red. Those days may be over. For a rapidly increasing number of small businesses, an innovative self-repairing server system called Nitix is putting them on stable ground.

"We were in a bind," said Chris Maskill, Principal of Builders Capital Mortgage. "You depend on your server to keep the business running, but it would have taken an IT guy watching over it to make it actually dependable. With Nitix, though, we've been running it for about three years without a hitch. It's practically bulletproof."

The stability of the Nitix platform is one of its most distinguishing features. In fact, PC Magazine recommended Nitix for small businesses which lack "highly qualified IT staff for maintenance and management."* And, according to a 2004 study based on Microsoft's own testing methodology, in the category of Installation of the Operating System and Core IT services, Nitix was found to be almost 17 times better than Microsoft's Small Business Server.**

And that's good news for business owners, most of which are one server failure away from disaster. According to the IT Association of America, only 20% of small to medium sized businesses have adequate backup. And recent META Group study, for the average small or medium sized business just one day of lost data costs about $8000.

"If you ask me, Microsoft really dropped the ball when it comes to small businesses," said Kevin Selkowitz, Nitix specialist and owner of Bellevue's Selkowitz Computer Services. "Their servers include too much complexity small businesses don't need, yet don't provide the core functionality small businesses actually need. The Nitix servers, though, are incredibly reliable, easy to use and come fully-integrated and tested right out of the box."

From the ground up, Nitix was designed to be used in the small business environment. Not only is the interface simpler and more intuitive, it is also designed to diagnose, repair and optimize itself. As the first truly autonomic server system, Nitix uses artificial intelligence to perform a wide array of critical tasks that previously required onsite support.

Net Integration Technologies Inc. (NITI) is a software developer that delivers autonomic, Linux-based server operating system (OS) solutions to the SMB market. The company's revolutionary Nitix server OS sets new standards in stability, security, affordability and ease-of-use for small to mid-sized businesses. Nitix-powered servers have earned the company numerous awards and rave reviews from notable publications like PC Magazine, CRN, eWeek and InfoWorld. Established in 1997, the company has built a worldwide Approved Partnership Program with over 2,300 reselling partners. NITI is headquartered in Markham, Canada with its Research and Development Center located in Montreal, Canada. See http://www.nitix.com for more information.

Selkowitz Computer Services is a technology consulting firm specializing in small and midsized businesses. Our goal is to give SMBs the products, expertise and dedicated service that the big boys have, but scaled to the needs of the SMB. To keep our clients running at peak capacity, we scout the market for the technology that truly works and only sell or recommend the products we fully and completely trust. In operation since 2003, the Bellevue-based company serves clients throughout the Puget Sound region. See http://www.selkowitz.com for more information.

  • Small Business OS: Microsoft Windows Small Business Server 2003; PC Magazine; February 3, 2004; http://301url.com/5e6

** Nitix 3.76 SB vs. Microsoft® Windows® SBS 2003 Core IT services deployment; June 2004; http://www.sorrybill.com/PDFS/NitiTest.pdf

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