EarthLink Cloud Solution Deployed by IT Services Company

— September 28, 2012

IT and communications provider EarthLink announced that information technology services company independenceIT (iIT) has selected its virtualized cloud hosting services to deliver cloud workspace and application platforms to its clients.

“We worked closely with iIT to design a customized solution to meet its specific business requirements,” says Michael Toplisek, EarthLink executive vice president of products and marketing.

iIT chose to partner with EarthLink to improve the performance of its virtualized platform and to dedicate its internal resources to development, support and enhancements rather than data center management. Earlier this year, the companies also signed an agreement enabling EarthLink to offer iIT’s cloud workspace solutions to customers as a part of its IT Services product suite.

“We’re able to keep our team very focused on profit-generating technology advancements, bringing new platform enhancements to market faster and keeping ahead of the competition while staying lean,” says Charles Buck, iIT CEO and co-founder.

Previously, iIT operated three data centers and was forced to continually invest in additional hardware and engineering staff to support its rapid growth. To meet its increasing demands and maintain strategic focus, iIT searched for a solution that would provide greater scalability and cost control over its IT infrastructure and software platforms. iIT found that solution in the cloud hosting service.

“Our focus is on developing our cloud delivery and management platform and the cloud workspace environment for our clients, not managing network infrastructure,” Buck says. “Utilizing EarthLink’s cloud hosting service, network infrastructure, and data centers allows us to remain focused on core product development, freeing our developers and systems engineers to bring new and enhanced solutions to our clients.”

Reducing Cost

This deployment, which Buck said reduces the company’s annual costs by an estimated 16%, provides iIT a mix of capabilities and flexibility for its client base. With this approach, the company maintains control over its servers, but reduces hardware and manpower costs, and can also scale its computing resources more quickly as it brings new clients on board.

EarthLink is also a VMware vCloud provider, and provides security and compliance solutions to meet iIT’s specific needs. The company’s architecture provides a 99% uptime guarantee and around-the-clock monitoring.

With the deployment, the company can also add or remove server space without paying for more than it needs. Moving forward, the company’s automation platforms will create custom virtual machines and on-demand cloud workspaces with all of the applications and end user needs via integration with EarthLink’s myLink IT services center.

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