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Alberta SuperNet

Alentus enables Alberta SuperNet users the ability to share information, deliver a variety of Internet services and communicate more effectively with colleagues and customers.

With a world class data center located in downtown Edmonton, Alentus is one the largest private bandwidth consumers in the province and we provide a range of web hosting and Internet services to thousands of customers on the Alberta SuperNet, within the province of Alberta, and around the world.

Alentus - Your Alberta SuperNet Business Partner

Alentus offers a wide range of Internet services that can be used by Alberta SuperNet users to host websites, databases, email services, business application servers, video streaming applications, specialized website portals, data backup services, Windows SharePoint sites, ecommerce applications, live meetings, customer service applications and more.

Choosing Alentus as your SuperNet Business Partner gives you a trusted, proven and reliable company you can work with, count on, and easily contact and visit. We are happy to offer tours of our data center hosting facilities and are always willing to sit down and discuss your specific SuperNet business objectives. Call us any time in Edmonton at 429-9903 or province wide at 1-877-922-9903.

From our state-of-the-art data center in downtown Edmonton, Alentus has been hosting websites, Internet applications and dedicated Internet servers for Alberta businesses and organizations since 1997.

We have grown to become the largest provider of hosting services in the province and are proud to be serving such customers as the University of Alberta, PCL Construction, Calgary Health Trust, Banff Lake Louise Tourism, IABC Calgary, Edmonton Police Service, Upside Software, Isotechnika, CFRN TV, Access Media, Parkland County, City of Fort Saskatchewan, Town of Fort MacLeod, Edmonton Opera, Edmontonians Magazine, Alberta First, Kasian Architects, Alberta Venture, the Government of Alberta and many others.

Windows and ASP.NET Website Hosting Windows SharePoint Hosting Services Dedicated Servers and Managed Hosting Services

Total Support from the Pros in Windows ASP.NET Hosting. Serving thousands of customers in more than 100 countries, our Windows ASP.NET web hosting platform has long been the standard in reliability, security and ease of use. No other company gives you better support for ASP, ASP.NET, SQL Server, mySQL, VisualStudio.NET, FrontPage, and Visual Web Developer and SharePoint.

Turnkey Business Portals for Information Sharing. Windows SharePoint plans include a complete out-of-the-box solution that allows your members to get to work immediately, without the fuss of building and managing a new website. With full integration with Microsoft Office 2003, SharePoint sites make it easy for teams and groups to work together and share documents, tasks, contacts, events, and other information.

Managed Web, Database, Email and Application Servers for Industry and Government. Our combination of high-grade Dell servers, secure Windows 2003 installations and guaranteed network uptime make us the industry's most trusted partner for ASP.NET and SQL Server dedicated hosting. Our ServManage® Program is a comprehensive 10 Component Program of managed hosting procedures, software and services unique from Alentus that combine to give your dedicated Windows Server the highest levels of security, reliability and performance.

Gain the Alentus SuperNet Advantage:

  • Proven and Reliable. From small Alberta companies to some of the world's largest organizations, we are relied upon day in and day out to provide millions of users with servers that work, email that gets delivered, and network connectivity that never fails. We offer Alberta SuperNet users a complete and proven suite of Internet services including:
  • Customer Support. With a solid 8-year track record, our web hosting services have set the industry standard in reliability, customer satisfaction and award-winning technical support. We offer are able to offer Alberta SuperNet users 24 x 7 x 365 network and server support and toll-free telephone support from anywhere in Alberta. Our Technical Staff can be reached by telephone during any business day and via email, Alentus SupportCenter, pager, Live Chat, cell phone or Priority Technical Support telephone numbers at all other times.
  • Unparalled Network Connectivity. With a state-of-the-art data center located in downtown Edmonton, Alentus is able to offer Alberta SuperNet uers high-availablity server hosting, superior performance and network uptime guarantees. Unlike many web hosts and ISPs, we do not rely on a single backbone carrier. Our network is engineered for redundancy with multiple 100Mbps and 45Mbps circuits with four major carriers, including Telus, MCI, Bell/GT and Allstream. We utilize a high-availability CISCO BGP4 multi-homed routing architecture and our peering arrangements with our upstream carriers ensure that no connection is over utilized and we can increase circuit capacities in very short order.
  • Network Monitoring and Alert Notification. We maintain an aggressive monitoring and alert notification system that tells us immediately of any trouble with our connections and/or the servers connected to the Alberta SuperNet and other networks. We also run traffic monitoring systems to give us on-going statistics of all network activity.
  • Security Features. Our highly secure infrastructure includes multiple firewalls, video surveillance, motion detectors, reinforced door locks, building security guard and other physical security features.
  • Power Management, HVAC and Backup. Our servers will not shut down upon power failure due to our sophisticated power management system that includes UPSs, Diesel Generator, and automatic transfer switch. We have the ability to operate indefinitely during a power failure and maintain a one week supply of fuel on-site. Our Data Center air conditioning units are also powered by our backup power system and we employ a Power Engineer to help ensure the reliability of our power management, HVAC and backup systems.

Opportunities on the Alberta SuperNet

The Alberta SuperNet is a high-speed, high-capacity broadband network linking government offices, schools, health-care facilities and libraries, including approximately 4,200 connections in 429 communities. It is a pathway that lets government, educators and health care workers share and deliver information and services province-wide, and faster than ever before.

E-Business: High-Speed Opportunities. Alberta SuperNet will establish an exciting environment for telecommunication and high-speed application business opportunities throughout the province.

At the same time, access to the high-speed, broadband capabilities of Alberta SuperNet will provide many rural Alberta businesses with the opportunity to expand their marketing, service and production horizons. Capitalizing on e-business opportunities will mean that businesses located hundreds of kilometres from the nearest large city will be competing directly and fairly with their big-city counterparts, benefitting from improved abilities to market products and services, research and communicate efficiently with suppliers and clients.

Building a Web Presence. Building a web presence (not just a web site) is becoming essential to business success, regardless of the size of business. In fact, small- and medium-size businesses often stand to benefit the most from strengthening their e-commerce efforts.

This means more than just having a web site for your business. It means using the power of the Internet to reach new customers, suppliers and employees you couldn't otherwise reach. High-speed applications - such as videoconferencing, VPNs (Virtual Private Networks) and data services, including backup services, distributed databases, office and financial applications – will help businesses function more efficiently and profitably, from anywhere in the province.

Web Services. A developing area of e-business is Web services, an emerging set of technologies that let computer programs talk to one another over the Internet, bridging incompatibilities between hardware platforms, software languages and operating systems. Web services will make it easier and cheaper for businesses to create on-line links with partners, suppliers and customers. While making existing e-business applications more useful, thousands of applications for Web services are under development.

Urban Business Benefits. Although SuperNet is primarily a rural Alberta community initiative, urban-based Alberta businesses will also benefit. With Alberta SuperNet bringing high-speed access to hundreds of rural Alberta communities, urban businesses can now market their products and services online to new rural markets.

Alberta SuperNet Milestones

More than 98 per cent of Alberta's communities are ready to handle Internet service provider traffic through Alberta SuperNet. This milestone will benefit rural communities in particular, and local businesses and residents within these communities. Local service providers can now buy bandwidth on the Alberta SuperNet and offer high-speed commercial services, including Internet access, to rural retail customers.

Construction of the remaining eight Extended Area Network communities is ongoing, with each specific construction need being addressed jointly with the community to ensure that service is available as quickly as possible.

The milestone is the first of three announced in a new completion plan in February 2005. The next steps are connecting the majority of the schools, libraries, and health and government facilities by the end of June, and completion of the network by the end of September, in time for Alberta's centennial.

About the SuperNet

The Alberta Supernet is a high speed backbone connecting several hubs in the Canadian province of Alberta. Government institutions such as schools, libraries, and hospitals are supposed to get free access however private companies can set up services to provide access to the backbone to the general public.

The most popular method of doing this is wireless high speed Internet which provides acsess over a large area without the need to trench cables. Two companies were contracted to to build this network: Bell West built the southern half and Axia Supernet built the northern half. Alberta Supernet was first proposed to the public as part of Ralph Klein PC Party's 2000 election compain. Source: Wikipedia.

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