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February 03, 2014 09:54 ET

Latisys Passes Hybrid Cloud Test for Graduate School USA

Multi-Tenant Private Cloud Solution Enables Rapid Deployment of PeopleSoft ERP

ASHBURN, VA--(Marketwired - Feb 3, 2014) - Latisys, a leading provider of hybrid cloud hosting and data center services, today announced an IT Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) agreement with Graduate School USA, a not-for-profit educational institution incorporated in the District of Columbia.

Serving the Washington, D.C. metro community since 1921, Graduate School USA is a leading provider of classroom and online training, academic programs, career development and certificate programs -- all designed to serve the needs of organizations and individuals in both the government and private sector. The School has grown to serve 200,000+ students per year with more than 300 courses, generating thousands of online class registrations per month.

Responding to rapid growth, Graduate School sought to modernize its underlying IT infrastructure, improve service delivery and deploy a new PeopleSoft enterprise resource planning (ERP) system to automate registration and provide greater flexibility in student tracking and reporting.

Latisys, an HP CloudAgile partner, was selected because its team demonstrated superior technical expertise and presented an innovative, cost-effective managed hosting strategy that included disaster recovery and a clear migration path to the future. Latisys also presented a recommendation to deploy PeopleSoft in Latisys' hybrid cloud environment to enable flexible and cost effective Test & Dev before going live.

Under terms of the multiyear IT Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) agreement, Latisys deployed a hybrid blend of virtualized managed hosting and multi-tenant private cloud. Featuring integrated pools of virtual and dedicated resources, the Latisys cloud, powered by HP, enabled Graduate School to deploy multiple instances of PeopleSoft, enabling them to easily perform Test & Dev while migrating the production environment from a previous provider to Latisys.

Latisys cloud orchestration enabled Graduate School to port virtual machines, storage, and servers between the cloud and Latisys' dedicated hosting. By choosing a hybrid solution, Graduate School was able to gain the necessary flexibility -- particularly in the early stages of implementation -- to add and remove components on demand without interruption.

"We needed a technology refresh with a flexible IT partner who could help us modernize our business systems and maximize our PeopleSoft deployment," said Rod Hill, Graduate School's Director of Enterprise Information Systems. "Latisys has met every need and demand, and then some. At the same time they are embedded inside Graduate School as a trusted extension of our team -- adding value every day."

"Organizations are seeking cloud based solutions to meet increasing demands on infrastructure in the data center, however, the complex and fragmented nature of traditional cloud solutions presents a roadblock for many IT departments," said Michelle Weiss, VP, Strategy and Operations and Channel Marketing, Enterprise Group, HP. "Latisys provides hybrid cloud hosting that enables automated provisioning and management solutions to help organizations like Graduate School USA meet today's growing IT demands."

"Graduate School USA is similar to many mature midsize enterprises that seek a modern, on-demand outsourced IT infrastructure solution to help drive their business forward," said Pete Stevenson, Chief Executive Officer, Latisys. "Our national platform is an ideal combination of innovative hybrid cloud, hosting and data center solutions that deliver unprecedented levels of value flexibility and scalability."

About Graduate School USA
Dedicated to providing relevant learning opportunities in public service, Graduate School USA has served the DC metro community since 1921. An independent, nonprofit organization, Graduate School USA offers over 300 courses and serves 200,000+ students per year. Effective November 2012, Graduate School USA is also a Candidate for Accreditation by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. Services include individual assessments, career-related courses, certificate and degree programs, continuing education, and distance learning. For more information about Graduate School USA's programs please go to graduateschool.edu.

About Latisys
Latisys is a leading national provider of hybrid cloud hosting and data center solutions to medium-sized businesses, enterprise customers and government agencies. With a heritage of serving business customers since 1994, and multiple high-density data centers across the United States, Latisys offers a scalable outsourced IT infrastructure platform that provides customers with what they need, when they need it. As a client-centric company -- with state of the art data centers in Ashburn, Virginia, Chicago, Denver and Irvine, California -- Latisys is quickly becoming the IaaS platform of choice for companies that demand more from their IT infrastructure partner. All while optimizing clients' return on investment. All while 'delivering more_'. Call 1-866-956-9594, visit www.latisys.com or follow us on Twitter at https://twitter.com/#!/Latisys for additional information.

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