The name “Vivio” is derived from the word “Vitality,” which can be defined as “The capacity to live, grow, or develop.” At Vivio, we acknowledge that “hosting” is a deeply symbiotic relationship: when you grow and thrive here, then we grow and thrive as well. When you succeed, so do we.
As your hosting partner, our focus is to help you succeed. Providing amazing support, offering valuable services at competitive, yet sustainable rates, are just some of the results of our “symbiotic” philosophy. A company driven by the desire to help is a vastly different experience than a company driven by profit.
Vivio was founded by people who love technology and believe in Christian principles; we believe it is one of our purposes and responsibilities to help our fellow men and women in any way we’re able. By doing business with Vivio, not only will you be working with a company that is dedicated to making your life easier, but also dedicated to improving the quality of life for everyone.
Jordan manages the overall direction of Vivio, sets policy, and coordinates the Vivio Marketing Department.
Mark manages the financial aspects of Vivio, infrastructure planning, and coordinates the Vivio Technical Support team.
Our experience can help you prepare for the future
Amazing things always seem to begin with a simple dream. Jordan had been developing applications for several years and was experiencing success with some marketing applications he had developed. He realized he needed help in order to take things to the next level, so he partnered with Mark Keymer, who had been a friend for many years and had recently graduated from university with a degree in business. Naming the new company proved difficult, so they simply incorporated as SMK Solutions Inc - which Vivio operates under to this day.
The beginnings of Vivio were very humble. Mark was able to secure a basement office from the business that he worked at full time while Jordan quit a promising career at a local college in order to work on Vivio full time. It was scary and very uncertain, but it was also incredibly exciting.
One marketing application was doing extremely well - with user counts reaching a peak of over 1 million visitors a month. The application drew a meager income, but Mark and Jordan learned a lot about managing a business during this time. We were riding the coat-tails of the dawn of the Internet, and it was awesome. The future was looking very bright.
The bright future dimmed a little as cold reality set in. The shared hosting company we were using at the time didn't appreciate our heavy use of their servers and started to arbitrarily charging us for things like 'IIS log file storage,' which they refused to disable, remove, or change. We were convinced they simply wanted us to leave, so we eventually complied.
Our baby company went through a difficult time at this point; every hosting company we attempted to work with had significant problems with our high-traffic site or did not fully understand how to administrate the ColdFusion platform we were using. Jordan had years of server management experience from working at the college, so after several months of frustration, we decided to simply host ourselves. We purchased a T1 line (which was considered fast at the time) and started hosting our own servers. It was the beginning of something great.
With our new hosting service offerings, we started doing development as well. We grew and prospered in these areas, and made several key business partnerships that re-shaped the direction of our company. Leveraging these partnerships, we were able to be one of the first companies to offer CFML support on Virtual Private Servers. Virtual machines were a new concept at the time (before 'cloud computing' was a term), and this brought us into the market. Our platform was limited to Linux, but we still grew significantly during this time.
The worldwide recession of 2007 hit Vivio hard. Several of our large clients at the time were unable to pay their bills, and the outlook was grim for future development projects. We were forced to close down our web development department and decided to focus on hosting. With a renewed focus, a commitment to offering outstanding support (because that is what we wanted as developers), and stiff determination, we were going to weather this storm.
Our focus on providing quality products, competitive pricing, and outstanding support turned out to be extremely successful. Vivio's business doubled for a couple years and then increased by 40% for several more years. The growth was extreme, and Vivio did little to no advertising during this time. Any profit we earned went right back into growth. We were truly blessed.
To this day, Vivio remains committed to offering excellence in hosting - offering the services that you expect, but often don't receive from other hosting companies, and yet remaining affordably priced. We want to be the hosting company that we ourselves always wanted when we were developers. We realize that hosting is a symbiotic relationship, that when you succeed and grow, we do too.
As your hosting partner, we will do everything we can to help you succeed.
There's a saying: "Change is the only constant." This truth is perhaps most evident in the world of Information Technology. As technology changes, Vivio is committed to adapting and providing the services and support that help you be successful. We are so honored to have had the opportunity to work with so many amazing projects and so many amazing people over the years. We can't wait to see what the future has in store for us all!