about offthegridit

About Us

offthegridit IT Consulting

offthegridit is an IT consulting company headquartered in San Jose, California.  We support the latest information technology as well as legacy systems including Mac, PC, & Linux networks.

Expert networking

Expert Mac repair

Expert Mac MacOS consulting

Expert Mac OS X consulting

Expert PC repair and consulting

Expert Linux systems administration

Low voltage, access control, & video security systems integration

Expert wiring/cabling of ethernet & fiber networks

Telephone/VOIP & Legacy systems integration

Data Recovery

Expert E-Mail Support on any platform


Website Security


We have been servicing Silicon Valley, nationwide, and the Bay Area since 2012.  Our previous IT consulting firm started in 1999 in San Jose, CA performing computer and network consulting as well as reselling Cisco gear.  The offthegridit lineage supporting computers traces back to 1988 in San Jose, CA.


While we have always offered neutral unbiased opinions on technology purchases we have partnered with many hardware and software vendors to give you some of the best in class solutions and integration:



  • Control4
  • Sony, Samsung, LG
  • Ring
  • A/V gear distributor
  • Ubiquiti Networks
  • Sonos

Savant Authorized Dealer

Ubiquiti Networks

  • UniFi experts

LTS Security

  • Video Surveillance
  • Access control
  • (HikVision OEM)


  • Video Surveillance
  • Access control

Dell Partner

  • Expert hardware repairs for servers, RAID, networking


  • Expert hardware repairs for servers, RAID, networking
  • Previously certified on Compaq/HP Servers
  • GPU Clusters
  • CPU Clusters
Apple Computers
  • Supporting Apple hardware since 1999
  • Previous member of the Apple Consultants Network


Microsoft Partner

  • Microsoft Partner since 1996


  • Antivirus
  • Endpoint Control for centralized monitoring


  • Antivirus
Apple Computers
  • Supporting Apple software since 1999
  • Previous member of the Apple Consultants Network


  • Intuit Quickbooks Advisor


Amazon AWS

  • Virtualize servers, VMs

Microsoft Azure

  • Virtualize servers, VMs


  • Data backups

Going off the grid

We aim to be your trusted advisor both off and on grid.  offthegridit has been an advocate of open source hardware and software to educate and innovate.  While being a great way to inspire, open source also opens the doors to the democratization of new technologies and the power to level the playing field for smaller innovators.

While we do constantly adapt and stay current with the latest technology, the principles we employ are focused on helping people and saving the planet.  We advocate and practice the principles of reduce, reuse, and recycle.

IT Consulting

  • Security for computer networks
  • Computer repair and IT maintenance
  • Network design & architecture
  • Servers, cloud, virtual machines (VMs)
  • Apple OS X (MacOS), Microsoft Windows, and Linux systems integration
  • Open Source software and hardware
  • Video surveillance & security systems

  • We have been servicing clients in California since the .com days.  
  • Our expertise is in networking and systems integration.  
  • Data recovery even from failed systems

Home & Business

We do service enterprises, SMB, SOHO, small business, and homes in the Bay Area and nationwide.  

Website Security

While our focus is not on website design we are experts at recovering websites that have been hacked such as WordPress web sites.  Our security experts can help to get your site back online and identify threats for continued protection.

  • We have worked with every major web hosting provider
  • GoDaddy, Bluehost, Inmotion, Siteground, and many more
  • Expert file system, database, malware, plugin support
There are times when your hosting provider will be in denial (this happens all the time), that is when you need an expert advisor that understands all the aspects of what is involved.  A true expert in security must be able to wear many technology hats.

What you can expect

  • Prompt, professional service
  • Expert advice

The technician that comes to visit you will be experienced and may have certifications in Apple, Cisco, Microsoft, Checkpoint, and security technologies.  All of our consultants are experienced professionals honoring our a strict code of conduct.

Our clients:

We respect the privacy of our clients therefore, while we do not divulge our entire client list some of our clients include:

small businesses

police officers





online businesses

transportation companies



marketing professionals



Quizno’s Sandwiches

structural engineers



Mountain Mike’s Pizza




software developers


compliance officers



retail stores

senior centers


Round Table Pizza

mechanical engineers

music studios

innovation centers

finance professionals



mid sized businesses

telco operators

(Managed Service Providers)

operations managers

video producers

security staff

construction companies

roofing companies


dentist’s offices


Subway Sandwiches

We strive to provide a valuable service to our community and remain committed to professionalism and providing you with the best service possible.

IT Forensics & Cybersecurity

While we do provide Cybersecurity and IT security related consulting services, there are times when you should consider contacting law enforcement first.  In addition, we do not offer offensive hacking techniques or services. 

We can assist you with security assessments, defensive techniques, 3rd party verification, forensics, data recovery, and best practices.

IT Consultant Profile

  • With over 35 years of information technology industry experience, Michael Bolanos brings to you a vast amount of technical acumen from a broad range of industries in Silicon Valley and the United States. 
Having worked for some of the most valuable startups in the world, banking environments, Big 6 consulting firms, and many small businesses, we have gained a valuable resource by having Michael Bolanos as an IT Consultant.

Michael Bolanos enjoys being an innovator and a appreciates spending time with family and close friends.


IT Management Style

Having the backing of management is important for an IT organization.  Many IT organizations get a bad rap because of inexperienced and careless IT staff.  When people come to us they know they have a trusted advisor.

There is no blaming or passing the buck here.  I focus on solutions, efficiency, and effectiveness.  I work to align our business with our client’s management to provide strategic advantages. 

  • Keeping all critical systems running 24/7
  • Saving clients money
  • Being proactive and creating win-win relationships
  • Do not criticize, condemn, or complain
  • Always maintain respect for individuals and their privacy

Industry certifications for Michael Bolanos:

(Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer)

Cisco CCNA

(Cisco Certified Network Associate)

Apple ACTC

(Apple Certified Technical Coordinator)


(Checkpoint Certified Security Administrator)

Compaq ASE

(Accredited Systems Engineer)

Novell CNE

(Certfied Netware Engineer)

We love what we do

We love what we do, we love helping people.  We love to be organized, and pay attention to detail.  We love picky customers.  We love customers who are tired of amateurs and want to work with professionals.  But most of all we love our jobs.