When you work with an SMI expert, you are tapping into the resources of an organization that has been at the forefront of the networking industry for nearly three decades.

SMI was founded in 1989 with a simple mission: to help enterprises get the best possible networks at the best possible price. We have never wavered from that simple mission.

The Start of SMI

When SMI was launched in the late 1980s, the networking world was still in the early throes of its historic deregulation: just five years earlier, AT&T and its family of Baby Bell operating companies had been broken up. New network options were proliferating from Competitive Local Exchange Carriers (CLECs) and Independent Local Exchange Carriers (ILECs).

Enterprises needed help sorting it all out and turned to SMI for our expert analysis and advice.

We helped companies implement X.25 networks (for remote mainframe terminal access) and 56 Kbps point-to-point leased lines for connecting LANs in different locations.

Leading the Way in Early Internet Era

As the Dot Com era heated up in the 1990s, SMI helped enterprises select and implement Frame Relay services, achieving significantly lower monthly costs and fewer physical connections to manage, and Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS), opening the door to truly converged voice, video and data networks. Frame Relay and MPLS were major advances in networking, and we are proud of the role we played in introducing them to so many of our clients.

As the Internet era evolved, we worked with clients on networking options for their rapidly expanding eBusiness strategies and data centers. And now we work with those same clients as they transfer more of their hardware and hosting capabilities to the cloud.

At the Forefront of Networking & Cloud

We have come a long way since our founding in 1989—and so has the world of networking.

Networking options continue to evolve—such as Internet-as-WAN, SD-WAN and Dark Fiber solutions—as do the dynamics of the carrier/provider industry, with extensive consolidation as well as exciting new entrants. Cloud computing is transforming the IT world and posing new connectivity challenges.

SMI’s mission—to help enterprises get the best possible networks at the best possible price—has never been more relevant or more important.