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Making the most out of the Data Center Revolution: IP Pathways


"Incorporated in 2007, IP Pathways, a leader in private cloud IT infrastructure, has a set of cloud, data center and managed services solutions that when combined, offer customers complete Hybrid IT solutions for clients in the Midwest.”

There are 3 trends happening in IT today- Simplifying IT, IT staff growth being unsustainable and a shift from capex to opex. And according to IDC, 65% of all enterprise IT assets will be housed offsite and 33% of IT staff will be employed by third-party managed service providers, by 2018. Addressing these trends and the customers’ demands for need based solutions, IP Pathways provides solutions that help customers modernize their data center infrastructures. Founded to address the need for highly skilled engineering advice and support for the growing storage, virtualization and IT infrastructure marketplace, the company has always been positioned as a thought leader in IT. Today, IP Pathways has an excellence in engineering that few others have and it starts with its dedication to “do whatever it takes” for the customer. It won the CRN Triple Crown award in 2015.

Expanding and strengthening its Offerings

IP Pathways offers IT hardware & software, data center, cloud, professional & managed services solutions to small, medium and enterprise businesses. The IT hardware and software is traditional virtualization, converged infrastructure, networking (wireless & wired), and security and data protection solutions from Tier 1 manufacturers such as VMware, Cisco, EMC and NetApp. From its carrier grade data center in Urbandale, IA, it also offers colocation and houses the AdaptiveCloud Services, a set of compute, storage, infrastructure, monitoring, backup and disaster recovery as-a-Service solutions that when combined with customer owned private cloud infrastructures, make complete hybrid cloud solutions a reality.Additionally, its custom up-sourcing AdaptiveIT service, allows customers to outsource the management of specific strategic elements of the infrastructure to IP Pathways, while working hand-in-hand with the existing IT team.

Are you a small, large or medium sized company looking to leverage new technologies or models of delivering IT services so that they are in step with the business and meet the needs of their end users and customers? Then look no further because the team at Des Moines, IA, USA headquartered IP Pathways that work in State, County & Local Government, Manufacturing, Education, Healthcare and Commercial verticals is here to cater to all your needs!

Winning the trust of clients

Since its inception, IP Pathways has gained esteemed national and international clients and is today focused on complete Hybrid IT solutions that incorporate IT hardware & software, data center, cloud, professional and managed services. It architects, implements, monitors, supports and even manages solutions that can encompass the customers’ data center, its own data center or any data center. IP Pathways’ vision is to build a lasting entrepreneurial organization that will bring to market data center, cloud and managed services solutions that meet customer needs, in the years to come.

The Leadership Team

IP Pathways was founded by Joe Shields (President) and Wade Brower (EVP). Over the years, Joe has established strong partnerships with leading manufacturers in the industry to combine systems design and professional services expertise to deliver best-in-class technology to suit business needs and budget. Wade on the other hand has been responsible for building the company story and marketing programs. Sean Lair was a new addition to the IP Pathways team in 2008 and serves as the company’s Vice President of Engineering & Consulting Services. He oversees all engineering related activities including technical presales, field implementations, and technical support. In addition to managing the engineering teams, he also serves as a senior level technical resource for the company and still participates in highly complex solution designs.

Executive Thought

  • Tell us something about IP Pathways’ journey?
    IP Pathways was founded to address the need for highly skilled engineering advice and support for the growing storage, virtualization and IT infrastructure marketplace. Virtualization was changing how data centers were deployed and managed and customers needed advice and support from engineers who had valuable expertise and experience in these new technologies. We architect, implement, monitor, support and even manage solutions that can encompass your data center, our data center or any data center. We will look to bring to market data center, cloud and managed services solutions that meet our customers’ needs.
  • Are you ready to embrace the challenged posed by today’s competitive market space?
    According to IDC, by 2020, more than 30% of current IT vendors will not exist as we know them today. And with a rising trend of mergers and acquisitions, customers today, are in need of strategies & complete solutions and aren’t looking for labels and point products. The challenge for all services providers is building these complete solutions and practices. And the challenge at IP Pathways is that transition from primarily IT hardware, software and professional services to integrating in data center, cloud and managed services. We need to be listening to understand where our customers need help and bring solutions to market that meet those needs. We are Midwest Company founded in Iowa and today predominately servicing Midwest customers. The Midwest is known for hard work, family values and industries that are the backbone of our country and we believe that this spirit takes us forward in doing whatever it takes for our customers.

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