Silicon Harbor has become a tech landing spot for some weary city dwellers

CHARLESTON, S.C. — It may be 2,740 miles away, as the crow flies, but Charleston seems like a million miles away from the hustle, bustle and stress of Silicon Valley.

An idyllic beachfront on the Carolina coast, drawing 7 million tourists annually. Horse-drawn carriages and pastel antebellum houses with roots to the American Revolution. Fort Sumter in the distance, a reminder of where the first shots were fired in the Civil War.

And yet the economic formula is decidedly 21st Century after decades of relying extensively on the military, automotive and textile industries. The focus today is on high-wage jobs in an affordable, lifestyle-friendly setting.

Welcome to Silicon Harbor: Home to more than 250 tech companies employing 11,000. This port city has quietly become the No. 1 mid-sized U.S. metro area (500,000 to 1 million) for IT job growth, adding 4,000 jobs the past five years, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Read more from USA Today.

Bluetowne Celebrates New Location with Ribbon Cutting

ribbon-cuttingMOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. – (October 27, 2016)Bluetowne, a leading provider of innovative information technology solutions, celebrated its recent relocation to 10 Resolute Lane, Suite 200 here with a ribbon-cutting ceremony today. Mount Pleasant Mayor Pro Tempore Gary Santos, along with Councilman Will Haynie, staff and representatives from the Mount Pleasant Business Association and Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce, were in attendance.

The new office space means new amenities for employees, an easily accessible central location for clients, and an atmosphere on point with the company’s brand and culture.  “We were fortunate to find the perfect space so close to our former office, and we really enjoy the business climate in Mount Pleasant,” said Eric Hartley, President, Bluetowne. “We also wanted to limit the impact that relocation could have on our clients and our internal team.”

“I don’t think we could have landed in a better spot,” Hartley said. “Our new location will help enhance our operational efficiencies and enable us to continue to grow and evolve to keep pace with our client’s needs, allowing us to provide exceptional value and superior service along the way.”

“We are delighted to see Bluetowne continue to put down roots in Mount Pleasant,” said Mount Pleasant Mayor Linda Page. “Their continued investment in the Town is testament to the success of our focus on supporting existing businesses.”

“I couldn’t be happier to welcome Bluetowne to their new home in I’On,” said Mayor Pro Tempore Gary Santos. “We hope to see them continue to flourish and provide quality services and jobs in our community.”

About Bluetowne:
Bluetowne’s mission is to provide expert, customized end-to-end IT solutions through remarkable customer service. From the mouse to the datacenter, we serve as trusted advisors to clients of all types and sizes and across all verticals locally (including Mt. Pleasant, SC, Charleston, SC, and Summerville, SC) and regionally to advance customer achievement through efficient and cost effective execution. Visit or call 843.352.0130 for more information.

Is VMware Building Bridge To Rival Amazon’s Cloud?

Bluetowne Featured in CRNAt VMware’s partner conference last month, CEO Pat Gelsinger said in a private question-and-answer session that his company is developing a way to move workloads back and forth between its vCloud Air public cloud and Amazon Web Services, according to partners who were there.

This would be significant for a number of reasons, but mainly because moving workloads between different clouds is a notoriously slow and tedious process, one that involves converting virtual machines between different formats and accounting for their networking and storage configurations, among other challenges.

Eric Hartley, president of Bluetowne, a Mount Pleasant, S.C.-based consulting firm that partners with VMware and other enterprise vendors, said being able to move workloads between clouds is an important part of his company’s future strategy.

“It looks like all the big vendors are cozying up to one another. They know over the next 10 years or so, regardless of consolidation, that they will all need to play well together in the data center,” Hartley said.

Read the full CRN article (featuring a quote by Bluetowne’s own Eric Hartley) here.



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