MCSM for Lync 2013

Posted on June 20, 2014 | 0 Comments

Cerium Networks is pleased to announce a new certification of the highest level. Mark Vogl, Director of Microsoft Technology for Cerium, achieved his MCSM (Microsoft Certified Solutions Master) for Lync 2013 certification. He is one of only 22 global recipients of this honor, according to Microsoft’s “Meet The Masters” document (http://www.microsoft.com/learning/en-us/mcsm-certification.aspx), and one of only 12 in the United States. Cerium has a long history of validating their expertise in Unified Communications through ongoing employee accreditations and corporate ratings with industry partners. This ongoing curriculum validates their breadth of expertise in Microsoft technologies for which Cerium – and Cerium’s solutions architects and engineers – provide complex consultative services.

According to Microsoft, “the MCSM certification was created to validate an IT professional’s ability to design and build innovative solutions for complex on-premises, off-premises, and hybrid enterprise environments in specified technologies.” While Microsoft has retired the masters-level certification program, and is currently working on revised standards for industry experts, the current class of engineers remain at the pinnacle of professional distinction. The Microsoft masters-level certifications “validate the deepest level of product expertise, in addition to the ability to design and build the most innovative solutions for complex, on-premises and hybrid enterprise environments using Microsoft technologies.”

Prerequisites to the MCSM certification program include expert level certification for the associated technology, five or more years of hands-on experience with Exchange, SharePoint, Lync and SQL Server. Mr. Vogl holds the following validating Microsoft certifications:

  • MCITP (Microsoft Certified IT Professional)

  • MCSE+M (Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer with Messaging Specialization)

  • MCTS (Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist)

“The Master Certifications from Microsoft provides our customers the idea that our consultancy and business partnership brings a commitment to training and certification, and validates that we can do what we say we can do.  It brings an instant level of validation to our skillset,” says Mark Vogl. Mark shares his knowledge and experience with the rest of the staff by providing ongoing training “to make sure they know how to deploy product, to make sure they adhere to the standards for deployment and implementation of our products, Lync and Exchange, and Office 365.” Mark feels strongly that Cerium’s adherence to deployment standards and knowledge of best practices, and customer relationships brings the company its ongoing success.

Cerium Networks has a rich heritage of delivering communications solutions over the last 14 years. Much of Cerium’s growth is attributed to offering diversity in service and solutions, and continuous evolution in pace with industry technology and customer goals. “We’ve built our business on an unending commitment to customer satisfaction, conducting our business in such a way as to forge successful, long-term partner relationships. We have many customers with whom we’ve maintained support and service relationships for more than a dozen years,” says Roger Junkermier, President of Cerium Networks.

Mark goes on to say “there is a very active community [of Microsoft Masters] in which we do a lot of blogging, social media, publishing articles. This includes reviews on devices, how-to articles, publications about the products.” Look to Mark and Cerium’s marketing team to produce educational content going forward.

About Cerium

Cerium Networks is a leading integrator of advanced unified communications (UC) solutions, as well as an information security consultancy. Cerium has a rich heritage of delivering premises-based and, more recently, cloud-based UC solutions over the last 14 years. The company is headquartered in Spokane, Washington, and has offices in MT, OR, WA and ID. In addition, the Cerium Express office, which focuses on businesses with 150 employees or less, is located in Kent, Washington. Much of Cerium’s growth is attributed to the company’s strong customer relationships, diversity in service and solution offerings, and continuous evolution in pace with industry technology.

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F5 Networks’ UNITY Partner Program

Postedby Tracy Wessel on June 20, 2014 | 0 Comments

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F5 and Cerium Networks work together to enhance customer experience and drive satisfaction 

SPOKANE, JUNE 24, 2014—Cerium Networks, a leading integrator of advanced unified communications solutions, today announced that it has joined F5 Networks’ UNITY® Partner Program as a Silver Partner. By joining UNITY, Cerium Networks gains access to enhanced training and services designed to provide the highest level of service and support to customers. 

“Our core business is the design, implementation and support of unified communication solutions; IP telephony, unified messaging, contact center, wireless, network security, audio recording and video teleconferencing. Cerium Networks is recognized as a leading integrator of these advanced communication solutions, aligning with the leading manufacturers for the mid-size enterprise market,” said Rob Husted, Solutions Architectat Cerium Networks. “Our customers value our commitment to providing a wide range of solutions, so we view the addition of the F5 product line as a wise investment of our time and resources. F5’s UNITY Partner Program provides us with the information, tools, training, and resources we need to successfully recommend and implement F5 solutions.”

“The F5 solution set complements Cerium’s solution offerings with application delivery services (including load balancing) for Exchange, Lync, IIS, and SharePoint, as well as other applications. It also provides reverse proxy capabilities for Lync and Exchange, and for Office 365. It offers ADFS Proxy and Directory Sync for Single Sign-On,” says Husted. “Our customers deploy our UC applications across multiple data centers. F5’s solutions for High Availability and Business Continuity allow for applications to be deployed in an active/active architecture across geographically dispersed environments. This provides improved uptime for applications and therefore improved access to the communications tools that our customers need. With Microsoft TMG being discontinued, F5 serves as a superior replacement to this product for us in our Lync and Exchange projects.” 

“I have had the pleasure of working with the Cerium team in the past and know they have the capabilities and drive to be a strong addition to the F5 UNITY program,” said Keith McManigal, VP of Channel Sales, Americas, F5. “We select partners that are highly focused on enhancing the value of their investments for all types of customer IT deployments. UNITY is designed to ideally position customers and partners to leverage F5 and adjacent technologies, yielding optimum results and helping mutually expand relevant market opportunities.” 

F5 and BIG-IP are trademarks or service marks of F5 Networks, Inc., in the U.S. and other countries. All other product and company names herein may be trademarks of their respective owners. The use of the words “partner,” “partnership,” or “joint” does not imply a legal partnership relationship between F5 Networks and any other company.

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Cerium Winter 2014 Newsletter

Posted on December 30, 2013 | 1 Comments

This issue:

  • Automated Dairy Systems counts on Cerium Networks' expertise and commitment for Microsoft Lync migration
  • Street Cred for Cisco Security. Cisco adds teeth to its security portfolio
  • Prepare of Beware — 802.11AC/AD Wireless — The Next Wave

And more!

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