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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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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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

Paul Schneider, Notacon co-founder, Joins Pantek!

Pantek Incorporated has hired Paul Schneider as a Senior Systems Engineer. Paul brings with him over 20 years of technical expertise in computer and network systems, with a special emphasis on information security. He has developed his skills at institutions such as Case Western Reserve University, where he planned, organized, implemented, and supported numerous large projects, build-outs, and deployments, as well as mentoring students, staff, and faculty in various capabilities. Paul is an alumnus of Case Western, where he earned his bachelor’s degree in Computer Science.

Paul’s breadth of experience with a wide variety of Open Source applications, Linux operating systems and IT security will be a great addition to the Pantek team. His enthusiasm for success and interest in people and technology are highly valued traits at Pantek.

He enjoys conferences, and is a co-founder and lead organizer of Notacon. This annual conference in Cleveland, Ohio, encourages participants to think about technology in new and innovative ways. Currently in its tenth year, Notacon challenges attendees with an ethos of do-it-yourself, innovation and participation. Topics range from traditional information security to music, digital art and electronics.

Paul lives with his wife, Jodie, and two year old daughter, Alexa, in Cleveland. In his spare time, he enjoys producing music, travel, camping, and amateur radio.

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CybrHost Hires Regan as Associate Systems Administrator

CybrHost Corporation has hired Patrick Regan as an Associate Systems Administrator. He brings with him over 3 years of technical expertise in Systems Administration, Analysis and Development. Patrick has developed his skills at such companies as Quadax Inc.and Abison Inc. His experience with a wide variety of Open Source applications, Linux operating systems and open source development platforms will be a great addition to the CybrHost team.

Patrick is an alumnus of Loras College in Dubuque, Iowa, where he earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science. He has also attended graduate classes at Kent State University in Kent, Ohio. Patrick is an active member of the Cleveland Python Group (CLEPY), the Akron Linux Users Group (ALUG), and the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM).

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Pantek Incorporated Hires Holland as Project Engineer and Developer

Pantek Incorporated has hired Curtis Holland as a Project Engineer and PHP Developer.  Curtis brings with him over 7 years of technical expertise in Information Technology Administration, Web Development and Data Manipulation. He has developed his skills at such companies as Internet Payment Exchange and The Karcher Group, Inc.

Curtis’ experience with a wide variety of Open Source applications, Linux operating systems and open source development platforms will be a great addition to the Pantek team. His enthusiasm for success is a highly valued trait at Pantek.

Curtis is an alumnus of the University of Toledo where he earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Engineering. He has studied American Sign Language, studied abroad in London, England and holds a number of Red Cross certifications. Curtis plans to start work on a Masters of Information Science degree in the Spring of 2011.

Pantek Incorporated Hires Doherty as I.T. Manager

Pantek Incorporated has hired Cindy Doherty as Manager of Information Technology. Cindy brings with her 21 years of technical experience in database administration, data architecture, UNIX and server administration, hardware and software installations and upgrades. She has honed her skills at such companies as Westfield Group, FedEx Custom Critical and J.M. Smucker Company.

Cindy’s strength is her uncompromising focus on quality, stability and efficiency. Her expertise in software development lifecycles, change management, and the design and development of corporate business continuity plans will all contribute to the success of the Pantek staff.

She is an alumnus of Baldwin-Wallace College in Berea, Ohio where she earned her Bachelor of Science degree. Cindy also enjoys teaching Sunday school and volunteering at Marian’s Closet in Wadsworth.

Pantek has moved to larger offices

We’ve kept the same great staff and moved to larger offices at:

Pantek, Inc.
Rockside Square Two
6133 Rockside Road #301
Independence, Ohio 441311-216-344-1614

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Pantek Business Hours:
9:00am to 6:00pm Eastern Time,
Monday thru Friday, excluding U.S. Holidays.Technical Support Services are available 24/7/365, and you can order online.If you would like more information about any of our professional services sent to you, please fill out our online information request form, and information will be sent within a business day.

Thank you for your interest in Pantek!


Will Oracle’s ‘Unbreakable Linux’ break the OS?

Pantek’s President, Richard Zack, was asked by ComputerWorld to comment on Oracle’s new ‘Unbreakable Linux’. Read the article and his comments here:–unbreakable-linux–break-the-os-.html

Richard Zack, president of Pantek Inc., a Cleveland-based provider of Linux technical support, warned that customers should wait a year and let Oracle “work out all the kinks” before they consider switching. But he believes that “security will ultimately be improved through Oracle’s new offerings.”

“Since Oracle is now providing patches and actively looking for ways to improve security in Linux, because of the GPL [General Public License] all these improvements will go back to the community,” Zack said. “Additionally, their activities should encourage competition with Red Hat to step up their security improvements and patch cycles.”