After only a few months as an independent company, Systems in Byron Center has already seen a lot of growth. See what they have in store for 2015.
Give Rob Thurston five minutes and without even touching your keyboard, he can create additional memory space on your MacBook Pro. If you're sick of using Apple's operating system, he says he only needs about three minutes to change your operating system to Windows 8.
Director of Business Development at the Byron Center-based tech firm VSystems, he is one of 12 employees who helped create Michigan's only fully integrated virtual desktop, private server and cloud storage system designed specifically for small and mid-sized businesses.
After operating as a division of FreedomNet Solutions in Grand Rapids, VSystems didn't officially become an independent business until October 2014. However, with 150 customers already looking to VSystems for tech services and projected revues tripling for 2015, Thurston says he expects to hire 10-15 more full-time employees over the course of the year, too.
"These new positions would double our staff, allowing us to further expand our business while continuing to provide top-notch service to our existing customers," says Thurston, adding that the company has 5,000 square feet to grow into at their current building space.
Like many other growing tech companies looking for their niche, Thurston says VSystems discovered success in creating affordable technology solutions for small and medium-sized businesses.
"The solutions most small and mid-sized companies get for IT are from the employees that wear more than one hat or by outsourcing those technology related services to an IT company," Thurston says, adding that often times those kinds of long distance IT companies result in expensive - but still poor - service.
"As we began, we created best of breed technologies and combined them together," he says. "We spent a lot of money and a lot of time developing this platform over the course of three years to be very survivable and we can give those businesses things other companies just can’t."
One of those being Systems' disaster recovery services, which ensure that customers using the virtual desktop servers won't ever lose their data as a result of failing infrastructure or unexpected disaster.
"Customers can go completely virtual; it doesn’t matter what device I’m on," Thurston says. "I can be at home on my MacBook Air and pull up my virtual desktop and it’s there…that data is always safe, it’s always protected, it’s always backed up."
Having that kind of integrated networking system not only allows for small and mid-sized businesses to cut down on IT-related costs by taking care of the operational side of customer's technology, but since VSystems also allows for upgrades and pricing on an as-needed basis, it comes without additional capital expense.
To learn more about VSystems, its products and any upcoming job openings, visit www.vsystems.com and click on the contact page.
Written by Anya Zentmeyer, Development News Editor
Images courtesy of VSystems, Inc.