Cloud Computing; The Return of the Dumb Terminal

By Scott Sinclair

In June of 1988 IBM released their AS/400 server that used RS232 connectors and dumb terminals. Remember those? There had been several predecessor network configurations available prior to 1988, but the AS/400 architecture took off and became a staple in businesses all over the United States. That reign would come to an end as the result of Ethernet cabling standards, PC’s and the Windows family of operating systems. Unlike the previous dumb terminal architecture, Ethernet allowed businesses to install versatile network infrastructure that didn’t require forklift upgrades every few years. Ethernet cabling standards played a significant role in this open standards revolution, by allowing businesses to buy Network Hardware, PC’s and Servers from a number of different manufacturers thereby driving costs lower.

25-years later we are well on our way to revisiting the dumb terminal architecture. With the wide spread adoption of virtual server and desktop technology, the thin client (aka dumb terminal) is becoming a very attractive office network architecture solution for large and small businesses alike.

The most important aspect of deploying a successful hosted network architecture is to make sure that your Internet/Data bandwidth is appropriately sized. Nothing can destroy a state of the art virtual environment like not having enough bandwidth.

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BridgePoint Technologies Announces its Strategic Partnership with XCLUTEL Communications

Strategic Alliance Delivers Managed Services, IT Solutions and Integrated Voice and Data Access Services to XCLUTEL and BridgePoint Customers

OAK BROOK, IL, March 19, 2013BridgePoint Technologies, a full service information technology consulting firm, today announces its business partnership with XCLUTEL Communications, a world-class provider of integrated managed telecom solutions.  The strategic alliance provides XCLUTEL customers with BridgePoint’s proven Managed Services and IT solutions, while offering BridgePoint clientele direct access to XCLUTEL’s integrated voice and data access solutions, as well as business telephone systems.

XCLUTEL’s voice and data solutions enable seamless, scalable communication and collaboration capabilities across multi-site, small and mid-size businesses.  BridgePoint’s comprehensive and reliable IT business solutions and managed services, combined with XCLUTEL’s business telephone systems and voice and data access solutions, provide customers value-added service assurance and a comprehensive product suite that fulfills the critical telecom and IT needs of their customers.

“BridgePoint’s IT solutions complement XCLUTEL’s portfolio of voice and data solutions.  Our managed services overlaid on XCLUTEL’s integrated business communication systems improve service delivery and performance,” says Michael Millhouse, President and CEO of BridgePoint Technologies. “This marks another extension of our existing strategic partner relationships, further fortifying our ability to deliver customers comprehensive solutions and support with best-in-class products and services from companies who are experts in their respective fields.  It is a win-win for both organizations as well as customer bases.”

“BridgePoint’s IT business solutions and managed service capabilities enable XCLUTEL to expand its services while fortifying clients’ mission-critical processes by providing 24/7 monitoring, maintenance and the service assurance they expect,” adds Scott Sinclair, CEO of XCLUTEL Communications. “Partnering with BridgePoint enables XCLUTEL to employ a more integrated approach to delivering our suite of holistic telecommunications solutions. Along with a similar customer base, XCLUTEL and BridgePoint also share a commitment to business ethics, product quality and dedication to client support, as well as a common focus on improving the overall customer experience.”

To learn more about BridgePoint’s comprehensive IT solutions, please visit

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About BridgePoint Technologies

BridgePoint Technologies delivers innovative, scalable business solutions to help its clients reduce costs, increase revenue and gain competitive advantage through technology.  The company works closely with clients to understand their unique business needs and develop a roadmap on how best to achieve those goals, helping customers achieve maximum ROI utilizing traditional and emerging technologies. BridgePoint has three strategic business units – IT Staffing, IT Business Solutions and Managed Services – that offer a full suite of IT solutions to its clients, including custom and mobile application development, SharePoint and Virtual Office.  For more information about BridgePoint Technologies, please visit Additional information about BridgePoint can be found on the company’s Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn pages.

About XCLUTEL Communications

XCLUTEL is a world-class provider of tailored telecom solutions for your business that are delivered and managed with valet service. XCLUTEL is a customer service-driven telecom solutions provider who delights its customers.  The complex and carefully crafted solutions the company provides allow customers to run their businesses at maximum efficiency by taking advantage of today’s technology with a partner to guide them every step of the way.  You take care of your passion; XCLUTEL will integrate and manage your tailored solutions.  For more information, visit