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December 6th, 2012

ProviDyn Engages Peer Groups to Share Best Practices to Drive Growth

Atlanta – November 26, 2012 – ProviDyn, a provider of IT support, strategy and services for small and medium-sized businesses, shows a commitment to improved client services with a recent presence at the 2012 IT Nation conference hosted by ConnectWise and with the announcement that Hamish Davidson, president and co-founder of the company, has joined Heartland Technology Group.

The Heartland Technology Group is a unique forum for technology industry executives who are serious about achieving success in their own businesses through sharing and collaboration of best practices. The peer group networks similar companies based on size, number of employees, lines of service, ownership structure and markets served, to find unique solutions to common problems. These peer groups of like-minded IT company leaders meet quarterly in a non-competitive environment to network, share advice and discuss issues.

In line with its focus on internal improvement to foster growth and better service its clients, ProviDyn also had a presence at the recent IT Nation Conference, hosted by ConnectWise and considered by many to be the premier conference for the managed services industry. During IT Nation, attendees had the opportunity to connect with peers, learn about new solutions and adopt go-to-market solutions to improve their businesses and, in turn, improve their solutions and delivery of client services.

“Grounded in technology, the managed services industry is changing daily and leaves no time for reinventing the wheel,” said Hamish Davidson, president and co-founder of ProviDyn. “Collaboration with similar businesses and professionals gives us the opportunity to define best practices based on what has worked for us or our peers and to share ideas, knowledge and experience that will help promote growth.”

About ProviDyn

ProviDyn provides technology expertise, services and support to help small and mid-sized organizations sustain growth and strengthen performance. Backed by technology experts, ProviDyn helps organizations gain the full benefits of existing technology, make strategic investments in implementing new technology and maintain an infrastructure that is secure, reliable and flexible. ProviDyn offers managed services, mobile computing, IT strategy, virtualization, cloud computing, business continuity, network security and IP telephony. To learn more about how ProviDyn is Driving Business Through Technology and helping companies reduce costs, improve efficiency and maximize productivity, visit www.providyn.com/nonprofit or follow us on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.

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June 17th, 2010

solar flareSpace weather scientists have met recently in Washington, D.C. to discuss the potential problems of solar flares, eruptions on the sun’s surface that can cause massive disruptions in the electrical power grid. Solar flares send off little bursts of radiation that travel down to the Earth, and can impact communications systems, GPS systems, satellites, power grids, aviation interests and Polar Regions, according to Bill Murtagh, who works at the Space Weather Prediction Center at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.And he says get ready for more: Solar activity comes in cycles, and the next one starts in 2013. “It could be ugly: a storm could disrupt credit card and ATM transactions. Cell phone networks could go down.” According to Murtagh, the entire power grid could get zapped, which could cause trillions of dollars of damage. A major solar storm could cause twenty times more economic damage than Hurricane Katrina, warned the National Academy of Sciences in a 2008 report.

Unlike hurricanes, which generally strike within a relatively small region, the effects of an electromagnetic storm can be continent-wide and arrive with very little warning. A flare caused by a large solar storm, for instance, can reach the earth’s electromagnetic field within eight minutes. Routine solar storms can degrade the performance and lifespan of satellites by, for example, damaging memory circuits or the solar panels that recharge the satellite’s batteries. The effects of those storms can range from momentary disruptions to the accuracy of GPS devices to more severe consequences.

A solar storm that disrupts radio communications over the North Pole, for example, could prevent air travel though the region and lead to disruptions similar to those caused by the Icelandic volcano ash earlier this year. Similarly, large-scale disruptions to undersea communications cables could affect financial and currency trading.

Solar flares have disrupted electrical grids and communications before. In 1989, for instance, a large geomagnetic storm damaged Quebec’s power grid and left six million people without power for more than nine hours. Less severe storms have disrupted shortwave and maritime radio communications in 1930 and 1978. Large transformers that increasingly serve high-voltage power grids are expensive and time-consuming to manufacture, which means replacing a large number of them after an electromagnetic storm could be difficult.

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