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NEW VENTURES: Distinct Clouds offers web service for small, mid-sized businesses

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CoreLife Eatery is opening in the Hamilton Crossings in Trexlertown. (Contributed photo)
CoreLife Eatery is opening in the Hamilton Crossings in Trexlertown. (Contributed photo)

A new business in Northampton aims to help small- and medium-sized businesses work from the cloud.

Jon Myer, who has been working in information technology the past 15 years, has launched Distinct Cloud Solutions to help companies use Amazon Web Services to move their business to the cloud.

Amazon Web Services allows a company to work in a web-based environment where employees’ desktops, data and other functions are in the cloud and can be accessed from anywhere.

“Amazon is the provider of the underlying infrastructure,” Meyer said. “We can customize service after an assessment of what [a company] is looking to do.

Distinct Cloud Solutions can set up virtual desktop infrastructure, similar to what is offered to the service of Citrix XenApp/Xendesktop, which is called AWS WorkSpaces.

It can also build a hybrid cloud solution that only migrates some of a company’s computer operations to the cloud, or manage an existing Amazon Web Services account.

Myer said the customizability of the cloud solution is one of the benefits of what his company offers.

He said there is no licensing involved with the use of AWS Workspaces and there can be cost savings in using the service over other virtualized desktops or cloud services.

For more information, visit www.distinctclouds.com.


Health-focused restaurant soon to open in Trexlertown


People who want to dine out and eat healthy will have a new option in the Lehigh Valley.

CoreLife Eatery has a March 24 grand opening planned at Hamilton Crossings Shopping Center in Trexlertown. It is the first CoreLife in Pennsylvania.

The restaurant serves a variety of green bowls, grain bowls and broth bowls aimed at being healthy energy boosters.

The company promotes that all of its ingredients are free of genetically modified organisms, transfats, artificial colors, sweeteners and other artificial additives.

It also said that the chicken and steak it serves are from sustainably raised animals that are never given antibiotics or hormones.

CoreLife also uses as much locally grown produce as it can, and all food is made on-site.

Part of the franchise’s mission is to promote healthy living, and its restaurants and social media efforts focus on promoting the power of clean and healthy food to enhance performance.

Most of the chain’s franchises are in New York state. There is also one in Ohio.

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Stacy Wescoe

Stacy Wescoe

Writer and online editor Stacy Wescoe has her finger on the pulse of the business community in the Greater Lehigh Valley and keeps you up-to-date with technology and trends, plus what coworkers and competitors are talking about around the water cooler — and on social media. She can be reached at stacyw@lvb.com or 610-807-9619, ext. 4104. Follow her on Twitter at @morestacy and on Facebook. Circle Stacy Wescoe on .

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