Logicore Networks no longer sells new business. We thank our long time customers for their business and wish everyone ongoing success with your ventures.
The owners of Logicore Networks have been in the online industry since the late 80’s, before the Internet was known by the general public. The business started in Ottawa, Ontario, the high tech center of Canada at the time. The company first started as LiveWire Online, a local Bulletin Board System (BBS).
The BBS Days
Around 1991, when the Internet was mainly a text-based message system and was starting to get more attention. It didn’t take long for our users to start demanding direct access to the Internet. We adapted the BBS to use TCP/IP so that we could start offering SLIP/PPP for dial up users.
We assembled early versions of Linux, called Slackware, (no such thing as an ‘installer’ back then) into dial up servers which our customers could use to connect directly to the Internet. Early Internet access was called SLIP and PPP and was provided on 386 and 486 based machines. Soon after, we started using newer digital technology that started coming out, such as terminal servers.
The Internet quickly took over and became the network to be connected to for messaging. Our users were sharing files and messages, chatting and playing games with each other by logging on our BBS. We started adding phone lines as the demands for Internet access started going through the roof.
As we became more Internet based, we transitioned to NewForce communications, a full-service ISP, selling dial-up Internet, dedicated access, web & email hosting, collocating and even VoIP.
The BBS transitions to an ISP
We moved into a new office which now housed a dual redundant 150Mbps fiber optic backbone to the Internet which gave us tremendous capabilities to upgrade our services and grow at the rate we needed to. It didn’t take long to start filling up our small server room with new equipment to get more people and services onto the Internet.
There was and is a non stop learning curve when you are involved in technology and this has always been one of our strong points. We worked hard to gain as much general knowledge as we could in various technologies to solve the technical challenges that came with our and our customers growth.
As we grew, our first large customer was the Canadian Government’s Fisheries and Oceans, which we hosted and which we started consulting with on additional projects and departments.
Then came a local TV show called Cyberpunk Live, thanks to a creative customer-turned-friend who wanted us on the panel, answering questions about the Internet. We were probably one of the first companies to simultaneously broadcast the show along with a split screen of our online users chatting together and sending panelists questions while on the air.
Multimedia and Video Streaming
By 1997, we started delving into digital video which was a fairly new concept for possible general usage, working on an Internet video broadcasting system for real estate and several other things. This lead to our building our first production room in order to support services such as Internet video broadcasting of live events and the development of digital video recorders which we hoped to market. We also began offering digital editing and other digital services.
Along the way, we took part in the community, volunteering our resources where we could. We worked with non-profits in the area including the local humane society and a national child protection advocacy group. We were a member of a local Internet networking group, videotaping their monthly speakers then posting those videos on their site. We also got involved with the local branch of Webgrrls, a volunteer group that focused on women in technology. An offshoot, Junior Webgrrls, took a field trip to our office to see video streaming in action.
In 1999, we sold our dial-up users to a national ISP that wanted to go public. It was a great time to get out of the dial-up business, as many of the large phone and cable companies were offering packages that were competing with the independent ISPs.
In 2000, we decided to re-invent ourselves as Logicore Networks and to focus on a different business model. We found it more rewarding to have fewer customers we could work closely with to provide the technology they required for their specific operations, emphasizing quality work and establishing long term relationships.
Logicore Networks offers Internet related services such as hosting and VoIP but also specializes in building complete remote office environments along with custom network based solutions such as scalable computing and data storage systems. We use our deep knowledge and experience in the online world to develop services and products that help companies leverage the Internet.
In late 2000, the dot com bust was fast becoming a very real situation which would hurt a lot of people. Many ISP’s started falling apart and going under. For the next few years, we spent a great deal of time learning new technologies and building a new environment which allowed us to develop and test cutting edge software and networking methods which are more specialized for what we would be offering.
Areas that we are currently involved in are the remote office/tools/desktop/storage, virtual office and telephony offerings including VoIP. While gearing up to start offering these services, a unique opportunity came up which forced us into a production situation using technologies which we had been gearing up to use. This was perfect in that it gave us hands on knowledge and experience before we even started offering our services publicly.
These days, we especially enjoy being a solutions provider for small and mid-sized companies. We have broad experience in server technology and have worked with some of the best hardware available today. We work with top end blade servers such as CUBIX and IBM BladeCenter and stand alone multi-CPU systems such as the IBM eSeries and HP’s ProLiant line. For network storage, we recommend and use BlueArc’s TITAN series and IQstor storage systems.
We love the challenge of developing custom solutions for our clients. We pride ourselves on being able to assess your business needs and develop technological solutions that are right for you. If you are looking for a solutions provider, please give us a call or drop us an email. We look forward to hearing from you!