Press Release


VNS named Compaq Certified Education Partner

Valley Businesses Now Have a Choice

Fresno, CA, October 18, 2000 -- Compaq Computer Corporation, one of the world's largest computer companies, has named Valley Network Solutions (VNS) as an authorized Certified Education Partner (CEP). VNS becomes one of only two companies in the Central Valley with this special designation. According to Daniel Duffy, President and CEO of VNS, the CEP designation allows colleges, school districts and other educational-oriented organizations to obtain Compaq products and services from VNS at special pricing.

CEPs are network specialists who provide school districts, colleges and universities with highly technical expertise in the design, installation and on-going service of computer networks. CEPs support a wide range of Compaq products, on-site sales and service, basic installation, set-up and configuration of Compaq products, and warranty service. Through hand-picked companies like Valley Network Solutions, Compaq products are made available in a special National Education Pricing program. "Schools and other educational institutions want to be on the cutting edge," Duffy stated. "But their budgets are always under a lot of pressure. The special Compaq pricing allows them access to the technology products they need at attractive prices."

"Compaq CEP designation is difficult to obtain," Duffy said. "CEPs must meet high levels of technology expertise and have certain education and certifications to receive CEP status. VNS has exceeded all of the requirements and is delighted to be a Compaq Certified Education Partner." VNS provides computer network consulting, design and integration services as well as network monitoring, application integration, computer-based telephony, and cabling infrastructure services for small to medium and large companies and organizations. The company focuses on delivering a complete package from design to implementation and on-going support of computer networks to businesses and organizations in Central California.

Company Background

Valley Network Solutions is a Fresno, California based network consulting and integration services company, providing a local resource for high-end computing services through its team of technical personnel with Silicon Valley experience. The company was founded in 1996 by Daniel Duffy. Mr. Duffy previously founded Internet Service Provider ValleyNet Communications (now known as ProtoSource Network, NASDAQ: PSCO), and has done work for Compaq, Microsoft, Bank of America and several other Fortune 500 customers.

The company founders previously owned, or helped launch numerous ISPs, and have extensive experience with Fortune 500 customers and enterprise computing environments, and can provide businesses with a local resource to that kind of enterprise expertise. Each team member possesses advanced network certifications such as MCSE, CCNA, MCSE+I, MCP, MCNE, SANA, CCA, ASE and A+. Our real-world experience with enterprise clients, coupled with practical network expertise and business skills allow us to create corporate infrastructures that are reliable, manageable, and capable of sustaining the most demanding e-business environments. VNS is a Microsoft Certified Solutions Provider and Sun Developer, as well as authorized reseller for several of the computer industries most respected tier one brands.

The Company provides services primarily to clients in the central valley of California. Founded in 1996, the company is a member of the Fresno and Clovis Chambers of Commerce as well as the Better Business Bureau of Central California, is privately held and locally owned.

The company can be reached at (559) 650-2600, or via our website:

For More Information Contact:

Valley Network Solutions, Incorporated
364 W. Fallbrook Avenue, Suite 101
Fresno, CA  93711-5858

Tel: (559) 650-2600
Fax: (559) 650-2601

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