Vital pulls hundreds to Duluth


Vital2013Vital 2013: tech+work returned to Duluth last week, convening hundreds of IT professionals from across the country to discuss all things enterprise technology.
Held at the Duluth Entertainment & Convention Center (DECC),  the event is coordinated by locally headquartered Citon,  an international provider of enterprise data storage, custom PC’s, security and managed services.

By the numbers, over 400 people registered for Vital 2013, there were 40+ vendors present (largely from outside Minnesota), eight breakout sessions and two keynote features — David Stelzl & John Moe.   Security was by far and away the overarching theme of it all.

A conversation with Saturn Systems VP Scott Risdal and SVP Mark Chmielewski.

CoLab Duluth

A demonstration by Bradon Hoff and Karl Fisk from the Duluth East Daredevils Robotics Team.

Citon has been steadily renovating a 14,000 sq. ft. building in downtown Duluth that came with the acquisition of CP Internet’s Network Services Division in 2004.  “Naturally, we expected to grow into the space to meet our customers data storage needs and to scale our employee base here,” said Citon CEO Steven Dastoor, adding “That is continuing to happen as intended.”

They currently have 40 full time in Duluth and intend to expand that roster in both Minneapolis and Northwest Wisconsin going into 2014.

“We’re proud to be hosting Vital again this year in Duluth and to include so many companies in the experience,” he says with regards to to Vital’s second coming.


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