August 2006 Archives

Top 30 VoIP Blogs

August 29, 2006 2:28 PM | 3 Comments
Wow, this is a bit of a surprise. Garrett Smith who writes Smith on VoIP has released his 30 Top VoIP Blogs and somehow I made it onto his list. The blogging has been a bit slow for me recently with everything else that's going on but it sure is nice to be recognized. Thanks Garrett!

Shift is looking for established VAR partner organizations with a track record of direct sales success to resell Shift’s hosted VoIP business telephone and message services. Currently Shift services the Western Canadian market with offices in Calgary, Edmonton, Vancouver and Victoria, expanding into Eastern markets this fall.

We're looking for partners to share our vision for transforming the phone service and customer experience available to small and medium businesses.

To find out more about Shift's hosted VoIP partner program, please contact:

Matthew Campbell

Dan Astete

Kristie Henderson

There are a few job openings within the R&D department here at Shift, click here to see them all. Here is the latest opening...

Job Description:

Shift is the leading provider of Voice over IP (VoIP) phone services to the Canadian small and medium business market. Since inception Shift’s focus has been to combine enterprise-class technology with a uniquely customer-oriented approach to service and support. Shift trades on the TSX Venture Exchange under the symbol "SHF". For more information please visit our website at


Engineers the support and maintenance of large-scale production networks and systems, including the design and development of tools and scripts to assist with such maintenance.

Integrates and/or consolidates servers and services between different business units and technologies, including the design and development of the necessary integration tools.

Designs, integrates, and maintains network services such as DNS, DHCP, SMB, SNMP, Radius, Kerberos, electronic mail, LDAP directories, IPSEC virtual private networks and firewalls applications.

Designs and develops high-performance groups of servers for resource-intensive network applications.

Designs archive and backup systems. Works closely with technical staff to insure that backup and archiving designs and procedures are implemented properly.

Plans and implements system security policy, to include firewalls, host and client access, file permissions, and user accounts.

Develops best practices, operational procedures and design documentation

Plans and coordinates system utilization, and performs growth analysis and capacity planning.

Reviews current systems and makes technical/process recommendations for improving efficiency.

Plans and to manages multiple projects.

Provides on-call support advice and technical support to various users/clients regarding operational/applications issues.

Installs and debugs new and/or upgraded software on server and client platforms.

Troubleshoots networks, systems, and applications to identify and correct malfunctions and other operational problems.

Stays up to date with relevant state-of-the-art technology, equipment, and/or systems. Evaluates new hardware and software technologies, and presents analysis and purchase recommendations to the administration team and to management.

Function collaboratively as part of a fast-paced, customer oriented team and perform effectively as an independent producer under broad management direction.

Rotational on-call responsibility.


7+ years of network engineering and systems administration experience in a large heterogeneous Windows/UNIX/Linux production environment is required.

Solid understanding of UNIX-based and LINUX operating systems - HP/Solaris and LINUX/Redhat strongly preferred

Experience with service oriented architecture, PHP, J2EE and JSP is essential, e.g., JBOSS, Apache Tomcat, etc.

Significant experience with and understanding of LDAP, TCP/IP, NFS, DHCP, SMB, SNMP, etc.

Superior communication skills in working with technical and non-technical people and the ability to develop and maintain collaborative relationships among all levels of an organization.

Excellent organizational and time/task management skills are required.

Experience with business collaboration tools such as Outlook, Excel, Visio, MS Project essential.

A Bachelor's degree in computer science or equivalent work experience is required

Technical knowledge and experience in any of the following is highly desirable:

- Kernel
- Network services
- Network-attached storage devices such as Network Appliance Filers.

Response Information:

Please send your resume in word or PDF format to [email protected]. Only those applicants who qualify will be contacted.

Shift Happens to VoIP

August 16, 2006 6:01 PM | 0 Comments
Ok, I have been seriously lacking in posting to this blog but I have excuses! Shift happens, as in The new website just launched and it looks great. We are putting the finishing touches on our latest and greatest network achievements at Shift and I can tell you all honestly, this new offering is going to kick some major ass! It's been a long time since I have been this excited about anything in the VoIP space.

Keep you ear to the ground, Shift is about to happen... again.

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