Pantek’s name is changing to Metisentry

We’re changing our name!

As you may know, back on the first of January, Pantek merged with the Akron, OH based company Metisentry LLC.  We merged our staff, management, and infrastructure, but kept the administration, marketing, helpdesks, websites, etc., separate.  The time has now come to fully merge the two companies!

You can find out more about the Pantek/Metisentry merge here:

Pantek will now be known as Metisentry.  Since 1995, Pantek has provided global IT consulting, support, hosting, and software development services, while Metisentry has been providing integrated business software, IT security and cloud services for the last 10 years.  Both companies have deep expertise in IT Security and with Linux/Open Source platforms.  We’ve leveraged thecapabilities between the two companies and it has been a fantastic fit.

 The name Metisentry has significant meaning. Metis was the Titan goddess of wise counsel and craftiness. A sentry is one who keeps guard. This lends well to the direction we see the company moving.  We see the combined Metisentry, as a company that offers Secure Solutions on Linux and Open Source.

What does this mean to you?

Over time, you will see more references to Metisentry and less to Pantek.  This will start with the customer portal, email addresses and billing statements.  You may see some items labeled as Pantek and some as Metisentry, as we make updates.

But that is it!  We’re otherwise still the same company:
  • Same great service and pricing
  • Same great staff and management teams
  • Same cloud, consulting and software development services
  • No interruptions to any service
The Pantek website will ultimately be merged into the Metisentry site.  Over the coming weeks, you may notice some changes to the Pantek site as we go through these updates.
We’re excited to be integrating Metisentry and Pantek, and we look forward to serving you into the future.

Pantek and Metisentry Merge

It is with great pleasure and excitement that we announce, Pantek has merged with Akron, Ohio-based Metisentry.

As a leading force in full IT stack offerings, Metisentry has been providing integrated business software and datacenter systems for the last 10 years.

Pantek and Metisentry merge to create a Linux and Open Source based hosting, consulting & development powerhouse. Bringing these teams together allows for the expansion of full stack knowledge creating an even more robust offering for clients. Not only do these two teams provide similar services but, perhaps even more importantly, we share the same dedication to customer service.

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Pantek Inc. Acquires Pencilneck Software


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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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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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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CybrHost is changing our name to Pantek

We’re changing our name!

CybrHost will now be known as Pantek. Since 1995, Pantek has been providing global Consulting, Support, Hosting, and Software Development services. CybrHost has been an independent brand of Pantek since 2006, but will now be fully merged.  We’ve already leveraged our capabilities between the two companies, and it’s been a fantastic fit.

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PHP Software Developer

Position Summary

In response to enhanced interest in PHP development from our clients, Pantek has recently created a new Software Development department and is now recruiting for talented, passionate PHP developers. Pantek is a fast-paced, growing company focused to providing industry-leading Linux and Open Source Software and Services.

Position Responsibilities

  • Develop PHP and LAMP-based applications and modules for Clients
  • Develop PHP and LAMP-based applications and modules for internal projects
  • Implement improvements to existing Client and Pantek applications
  • Provide consulting and support for software architecture and design
  • Stay current with Open Source development software and methods

Position Qualifications

This challenging position requires excellent problem solving skills and the ability to design and develop unique, innovative applications. Also:

  • Strong PHP and LAMP-based development experience is required.
  • Strong MySQL and/or PostgreSQL experience is required.
  • Perl experience is a major plus.
  • Magento experience is a major plus.
  • Working knowledge of several of these technologies is required: CSS, Drupal, Git, HTML, JavaScript, JQuery, Joomla, or Python.
  • Experience with Ruby, Java, C++, or other modern languages is a plus.
  • Understanding of agile software development frameworks incl. Scrum & Kanban is a plus.

This position is in our Independence, Ohio office, with phone and video discussions directly with clients and other staff members around the world. As such, confidence and excellence telephone skills are essential. Also, the selected candidate must be team oriented, with time tracking, documentation, planning, and strong communication skills.

A bachelor’s degree is preferred, but not required if equivalent experience is demonstrated. A minimum of four years of relevant experience is required.

Benefits & Compensation

  • Salary commensurate with experience & qualifications
  • Benefits include health/dental/vision insurance, 401K, paid vacation, sick and personal days

If interested, please submit your resume and cover letter to

New Pantek Service Offerings

As part of our continuing mission to offer the best Linux and Open Source Services on the planet, Pantek is pleased to announce three new professional service offerings:

Recurring Technical Support Services –  you can now order our Expert Technical Support Services on an automatic recurring term – monthly, quarterly, or annually — for a reduced rate. This new, optional feature is helpful for clients who require an active support contract at all times.

While Pantek has offered a range of Expert Linux Security Services since 1999 as part of our Hourly Tech Support Services, we are now offering two Fixed Price security products:

  • Server Security Audits: a comprehensive Linux Server Security Audit performed by our Expert Engineers for a fixed price of $1599. Includes a detailed report & recommendations.

  • Server Security Hardening: recommended for all Linux Servers, our Expert Engineers harden your server against a wide variety of potential security vulnerabilities for $499.

More information on these new offerings can be found at the links above, and you can be order through either the Pantek Store or the Pantek Client Portal.

  Our passion, focus, and experience has always been providing consulting, support, and security services for Linux and Open Source Software. These new offerings expand the range of options for our clients. Please don’t hesitate to contact us at any time.