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Why Choose ATI Solutions for Denovo Banks?
Industry Expertise and Experience
- ATI’s 20+ years of experience serving community banks has proven our knowledge is unmatched in the market.
- Having provided IT solutions for many denovo banks, ATI knows and anticipates the bank needs for rapid growth with limited resources.
- ATI delivers reliable, scalable and cost-effective solutions so that our clients can focus on banking.
- Our staff understands the IT needs for bank’s core and ancillary solutions and we have long-term relationships with the top three Core providers; Fiserv, FIS and Jack Henry. Fiserv has dedicated MPLS circuits to both ATI data centers.
- ATI understands the bank’s IT needs for various solutions such as LaserPro, Teller, Platform and other banking solutions.
- ATI completes the AICPA’s annual Service Organization Control Report (SOC 2 Type II) to fulfill our client’s vendor management requirements; we understand the bank’s critical IT regulatory needs.
- ATI proposes solutions that allow clients to save money and reduce operational risk.
- ATI currently support banks with combined assets of $30+ billion.
- We are a demonstrated market leader partnering with CEO’s opening denovo banks having helped 15+ meet their technical regulatory requirements; past examples include:
- Alliance Bank
City First Bank of DC
Freedom Bank of VA
James Monroe Bank
Oak View National Bank
Potomac Bank of VA
Virginia Heritage Bank
Demonstrated Customer Service Quality and Support
- ATI’s community banking references are superior and a testament to our service quality and support.
- The average client has been with ATI for 12 years.
- ATI employees have an average of 12.5 years with the company and/or financial industry.
- Our company added the first operational DR backup site in the Washington DC metro area based upon client/industry needs.
- We are proactive and continually evaluate and update processes, education, and client communications to address the root cause of client issues.
- We propose standardized solutions which result in higher end-user satisfaction and productivity; thin client desktops/laptops.
Vendor Strength and Stability
- Founded in 1997 with focus serving community banks.
- In 2015, ATI invested $10+ million for technology refresh and data center build.
- Use of Nutanix hyper converged solution that delivers enterprise-class storage, compute, and virtualization services to any application.
- ATI’s solution minimizes upfront and ongoing capital expenditures to keep up with rapid technology changes thus reducing overall cost of ownership.
- Eliminates need to build out facilities to support data center requirements.
- Flexibility to evaluate options for the bank’s amortization and repayment of upfront fees.
- Benefit of ATI’s “pay as you go” model for licensing, firmware, and recurring maintenance/patching eliminates ongoing one-time costs of software and assurances; some of
- Fixed cost per users per month provides predictable cost that makes CFO’s lives easy
- Reduces bank management’s oversight and expenses for audits and examines by consolidating vendors and leveraging ATI’s annual SOC2 Type II Report.
- As part of vendor management, our client’s internal auditors and examiners review our financials annually. ATI has had a positive cash flow since its’ founding in 1997.
What is cloud computing?
Cloud computing is the delivery of computing services—servers, storage, databases, networking, software, and analytics—over the Internet. Users can access their data whenever and wherever without physically hosting software or hardware. While it is often referred to as a singular “the cloud,” there are actually multiple clouds, each one controlled by a different provider (for example, Apple's iCloud).
Advantages of Cloud Computing for Businesses and Users
Cloud computing allows files, photos, software, documents, and other digital information to be stored and shared securely. The cloud can be used to stream video, analyze data, create apps, and complete virtually any task that requires data storage. As long as you have Internet access, you will be able to open and share anything that is stored in the cloud.
The exact benefits will vary according to the type of cloud service being used; however, some advantages of cloud computing include:
- Scalability. Your business can scale your operation and storage needs up or down to suit your situation, allowing flexibility as your needs change. Rather than purchasing and installing expensive upgrades yourself, your cloud computing service provider can handle this for you.
- Reduced costs. A cloud system reduces the need for high-priced hardware and software, as well as labor and storage costs associated with maintenance. Businesses can simply rent the space that they need on demand, without worrying about expensive infrastructure costs.
- Global scale. Cloud computing allows users to access files anywhere in the world using any Internet-enabled device, including laptops, tablets, and smartphones. The cloud makes it easy for users in multiple locations to work on the same project, since all users can access and edit files simultaneously (without the need for back-and-forth emailing).
- Reliability. If data loss occurs, cloud-based data duplication technology will allow users to securely store and recover their data. Protecting your data and systems is an important part of business continuity planning. Being able to access your data again quickly allows you to conduct business as usual, minimizing any downtime and loss of productivity.
- Manageability. Cloud computing provides enhanced and simplified IT management capabilities through central administration of resources. IT infrastructure updates and maintenance are eliminated, as the service provider maintains all resources.
What Are The Benefits of Colocation?
A colocation facility, sometimes called colo or co-location, is a data center created specifically for the housing and storage of servers, computing hardware, and networking equipment. Colocation may be compared to an apartment building, with each secure “unit” rented by a different tenant. The customers can either own their own servers or lease hardware through the colocation provider, but each will rent the space, bandwidth, power, and cooling necessary to house it offsite.
Benefits of Colocation for Small and Medium-Sized Businesses
Small businesses often begin their online hosting by renting space on a server owned by a hosting provider. As the business grows, it may need its own dedicated server to ensure high levels of connectivity and the security of company information. However, housing the server(s) onsite can be a costly endeavor, especially when it comes to:
- Physical space. Multiple servers may take up whole rooms, decreasing usable floor space that comes at a premium for commercial renters.
- Utility costs. Since information technology hardware must be kept at cool temperatures and require high power levels around the clock, hosting them in-house may be cost-prohibitive.
- Flexibility: Choosing a custom-made building allows customers to personalize their colocation plan and decide which aspects of their system they focus on, choosing from a range of facilities for individual infrastructures and budgets.
- Physical security. Many colocation facilities offer multiple layers of security, including cages, video surveillance, card reader and PIN access, and 24/7 technical support.
- Economies of Scale. Colocation allows custom access to the technology and higher bandwidth requirements at a low cost for each of its customers, making it easy for growing businesses to upgrade without interruption.
- Disaster Recovery & Business Continuity. By placing servers in a data center, customers build in an extra layer of disaster recovery in the event of power loss, enabling them to recover business-critical data. Colocation offers backup generators and several redundancy methods to keep servers running.
- Connectivity. Colocation service providers utilize the investment into the facility to attract major telecommunication companies for wide area network (WAN), internet peering, and service providers like those of Verizon, Cox, Zayo, Comcast, and CenturyLink (formerly Level3). With that investment, it allows each provider to enter the premises with multiple access points creating a multi-redundant web of connections into the building to ensure you have the best bandwidth while being able to choose your carrier.
Still Curious As To What Is Colocation? Contact us Today
In a digital economy, it is vital that businesses have the tools that will allow them to conduct business around the clock while keeping costs low. Our DC-area data centers offer all the power, connectivity, protection, and security you need in a location that is close to home. We are a family-owned company, so when you become a client of ATI, you become a part of our family. Contact us today to get more information about how our data centers can serve your needs or set up an appointment to tour our Chantilly facility.