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Pantek Inc. Acquires Pencilneck Software

THE MOVE COMBINES PANTEK’S EXPERT LINUX & OPEN SOURCE PROFESSIONAL SERVICES WITH PENCILNECK’S HIGH-END DIGITAL STRATEGY AND SOFTWARE DEVELOPMENT SERVICES

FRISCO, TX – Pantek of Independence, Ohio has acquired Pencilneck Software in an effort to expand its portfolio and offer expert-level web software development, user experience (UX) strategy and design services.

Pantek has long been known as a resource for medium to large scale companies who need high-level consulting for open source technologies from senior level engineers. Bringing Pencilneck onboard allows Pantek to diversify its already strong portfolio, offering not only open source software consulting and support but also a full menu of top-level web development services. Pencilneck Software has been able to create custom web-based software platforms for dozens of high-end clients.

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Critical Linux Vulnerability Alert: glibc

A critical security vulnerability has been announced in the GNU glibc library.

This vulnerability affects virtually all Linux servers. The glibc library contains a buffer overflow vulnerability in the DNS resolver, which may allow a remote attacker to execute arbitrary code and remotely take control of your server.

Fixing this vulnerability requires updating “glibc” packages and restarting the service.

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Optimizing Magento on VMware vSphere

Magento is a high performance, scalable eCommerce solution used by more than 240,000 merchants worldwide.

Website speed and performance is critical with all eCommerce websites, however Magento’s flexibility can sometimes yield slow page speeds when not optimized. This technical blog contains several suggestions for optimizing Magento’s performance when running on Linux with VMware vSphere ESXi hosts. The intended audience for this blog is for advanced Linux and VMware administrators.

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Pantek Toolkit Server

Pantek Launches Toolkit Server Program

As part of our continuing mission to provide the best Linux and Open Source Software support in the industry, Pantek is pleased to formally announce the launch of the Pantek Toolkit Server Program.

The Pantek Toolkit Server is an innovative approach to enhancing the professional IT support process. It is a fully functional Cloud Dedicated Server, instantly provisioned when support starts, and pre-configured with useful diagnostic tools which enable our support team to provide the fastest and most effective response to most support issues.

The Pantek Toolkit Server is FREE with all purchases of Expert Technical Support Services for 10 days.

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Pantek Hosting is optimized for Magento

While Pantek has been hosting and supporting Magento based eCommerce sites for many years, we are pleased to announce that all our Hosting plans are now optimized for Magento by default.

Magento is a high performance, scalable eCommerce solution used by more than 240,000 merchants worldwide. Similar in many ways to Miva Merchant, it empowers online businesses to attract more prospects, sell more products, and make more money.

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Optimizing a Dell EqualLogic SAN for ESXi

Dell EqualLogic SAN’s provide a robust storage platform for small businesses, and are especially ideal for use with VMware vSphere. This blog contains several suggestions for optimizing the PS Series SAN Environment for use with vSphere. This is intended for advanced VMware and SAN administrators.

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Critical Linux Vulnerability Alert: BIND9

A critical security vulnerability has been announced in the BIND9 DNS server.

This vulnerability affects all implementations of the Domain Name System (DNS) server Bind. It potentially allows any remote attacker to disable your Bind DNS server which could cause an interruption in your Web, Email, and other services.

Fixing this vulnerability requires updating “bind” packages and restarting the service.

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Pantek Owners

An Important Message from Barry Zack

Dear All,

Recently, my wife – Linda – and I decided to consider my retirement options. I have had an amazing career including stops at Computer Sciences Corporation and Progressive Insurance. Being a consultant allowed me to travel the world and to solve the most complex IT issues of the day. However, in the back of my mind I was yearning to be closer to my family. And in 2007, we decided to acquire Pantek, which allowed me to work with my wife and my son – Richard – on a daily basis.

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Miva ReadyThemes Support

Miva recently released exciting, new ReadyThemes for Miva Merchant 9.0003!

ReadyThemes are designed to enhance your online store, with countless built-in capabilities and tools for you to create a modern website with seamless functionality. The feature we like the most:  ReadyThemes are 100% responsive right out of the box — they work seamlessly on all devices such as mobile phones, tablets, and browsers.

As a proud Miva partner since 1999, Pantek fully supports all ReadyThemes as well as all versions of Miva. Our engineers and developers are standing by to assist you with the planning and implementation of these exciting new designs and features.

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Critical Linux Vulnerability Alert: Ghost

A major security exploit has recently been identified and announced by security experts, nicknamed the “Ghost”. It is especially severe because it potentially allows remote users to gain complete root control over Linux servers.

Ghost affects most Linux distributions. Resolving the vulnerability requires updating the glibc package AND rebooting your server.

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