Alain Pinel Realtors Deploys Private Cloud Infrastructure

Posted by Rainy Hake — January 7, 2014

1389120146Alain Pinel Realtors (APR) has recently completed the build-out and deployment of a private cloud infrastructure throughout the Bay Area to foster the firm’s ongoing innovation and growth. The private cloud infrastructure fosters collaboration, security, and increased productivity among all APR agents to help better serve their clients – including fast and efficient document sharing, smoother electronic transactions, faster access to broadband media services for online marketing, and unrestricted access to online real estate technology services at all times, from any location with an Internet connection.

“Having secure and unrestricted access to these services is essential to our productivity and growth,” said Stephen Skinner, APR’s Vice President of Technology.

Working with industry-leading partners Comcast and Equinix, APR has built a secure and expandable fiber optic network fabric housed in the leading global network connection platform. Comcast for Business has tremendous technical resources and manpower, which ensured a smooth transition of APR’s network migration. In partnering with Comcast, APR has constructed a privately secure, reliable, and future-proof fiber ethernet infrastructure with up to 10 GB of bandwidth capacity at each location. In addition, APR is able to capture 28% saving in capital expenditure, with an advance data and voice network to accommodate APR’s future expansion. The firm also partnered with Equinix on the project. As the world’s largest IBX data center and colocation provider, partnering with Equinix allows APR to leverage the power of their digital ecosystem for rich-media cloud networks.

“Real estate is a global business and by partnering with global networking leaders we are making sure that we can reach any website in the world in milliseconds,” said Skinner. “This gives our agents access to the global technology resources they need, and helps us showcase our listings to an increasingly global audience.”

About Alain Pinel Realtors

Alain Pinel Realtors (APR) is the largest privately-owned and independent residential real estate company in California. APR is ranked the fifth largest residential real estate firm in the United States based on its closed sales volume, and is consistently ranked in the Top 10 firms in the country. The firm has nearly 1,400 agents in its 32 offices throughout the Bay Area and beyond. Celebrating over 20 years in Bay Area real estate, APR was founded in 1990 by CEO and President Paul L. Hulme, and is based in Saratoga, Calif. For more information about APR, please visit our website at

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