Welcome to another edition of The Cannabis Reporter Pro-Series! This interview features Sunstate Technology Group’s Head of Operations, Dustin Byars.
For more than 15 years, Sunstate Technology Group has delivered competitively priced IT support and computer network consulting to small, medium and enterprise-level businesses. Sunstate has also provided IT services to municipal agencies like police departments, fire departments, emergency medical services and other government offices across the southwestern United States. Today, they provide a wide range of technology solutions for the cannabis industry, including IT and security systems for Copperstate Farms, Arizona’s largest cannabis cultivation operation.
In this interview, Dustin explains the challenges of outfitting Copperstate’s massive 40-acre glass greenhouse grow operation in rural Arizona with state-of the art cameras and customizing DHS-compliant security and intricate personnel access systems that could be programmed with unique, multi-level user access interfaces at all entrances in multiple facilities including new dispensaries.
Dustin also details ways in which the Sunstate tech team was able to successfully modernize Copperstate’s IT infrastructure to ensure maximum security, quadruple redundancy for backup and recovery and lightning-fast data transmission with ample bandwidth to accommodate their massive company-wide network with zero downtime. He invited listeners to read more detail about the Copperstate project challenges and solutions in a case study, which is located online here, and the Canna Cribs episode on Copperstate Farms produced by the Growers Network, which is online here.
As Dustin explains, Sunstate Technology Group doesn’t take a cookie cutter approach. The company forges strong, strategically-focused relationships with clients to effectively serve their operational goals and provide customized technology solutions that are both cost-effective and scalable. Drawing from their vast experience working with civic and institutional organizations such as municipalities, law enforcement agencies and emergency services, Sunstate is uniquely qualified to help cannabis businesses secure their precious data, maximize security, comply with the often-complicated regulatory demands and succeed in this competitive emerging industry.
Dustin has spent over a decade in the technology industry, including successfully managing one of the busiest Verizon stores in Arizona. In his role as Head of Operations – MSP / Client, Dustin’s leadership, technical expertise and dedication to customer service have been integral to Sunstate’s success as an IT solutions provider. He fervently adheres to the service philosophy: “If we don’t take care of our customers, someone else will.”
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