SOURCE: Platform Lab

April 30, 2007 11:08 ET

Platform Lab Grand Opening in Downtown Cincinnati

Nation's Only Non-Profit IT Test Facility Enables Businesses With Scalable, Affordable Services From Disaster Recovery Plan Validation to Application Load Testing

CINCINNATI, OH -- (MARKET WIRE) -- April 30, 2007 -- Will your system handle the expected traffic of your next release? Your disaster recovery plan looks great in a binder, but can you prove that it works? Exactly how much bandwidth will your new application require? With the Grand Opening of Platform Lab, Tri-State area businesses can now quickly and affordably find answers to these types of critical technology questions.

Platform Lab -- the nation's only non-profit IT test and training facility -- proudly announces the opening of a Cincinnati facility in partnership with Harland Financial, Xavier University, The Circuit, Cinergy Communications, XCAP, and CincyTech USA. The lab will be located at Harland Financial 312 Plum St #1500 in downtown Cincinnati. An invitation-only Grand Opening is scheduled for May 16th from 4pm to 7pm; members of the business and technology press are cordially invited to attend.

Platform Lab -- Diverse hardware and software on-demand, low end pricing

Platform Lab, which recently celebrated its fifth anniversary, is a rapidly growing Ohio non-profit resource offering flexible, scalable IT test and training services for clients of all sizes -- from small businesses to international enterprises. The lab allows clients to leverage an impressive hardware and software inventory and create environments well suited to testing disaster recovery plan validation, load/stress testing, vendor evaluation and proof-of-concept testing. Clients can also leverage Platform Lab's access to OSCnet -- the nation's leading super scale fiber optic research network -- for testing, measuring and validating high-bandwidth applications. All with a cost savings of up to 90% when compared to in-house test projects or for-profit testing facilities.

The opening of Platform Lab brings to Cincinnati superior service with real savings that stems directly from the Platform Lab mission: If IT testing is easy to access and exceptionally affordable, more companies will verify solutions prior to production: leading to less waste from under-utilized assets, more successful solutions and fewer mistakes.

About Platform Lab and Platform Lab Cincinnati

Platform Lab was founded in 2002 by TechColumbus and Ohio Supercomputer Center and is funded by the Ohio Department of Development. Since its inception, Platform Lab has provided Ohio firms and organizations with the complete means to conduct a variety of IT test projects without investing in expensive short-term assets. The Cincinnati facility is the fourth Platform Lab facility to be opened, joining Columbus, Cleveland and Toledo.

Key sponsors of Platform Lab's Cincinnati facility include Harland Financial, Xavier University, The Circuit, Cinergy Communications, XCAP, and CincyTechUSA. Platform Lab founding sponsors include the State of Ohio Department of Development, Ohio Supercomputer Center, TechColumbus and the Ohio IT Alliance.

For more information on Platform Lab contact Steve Gruetter at 614-675-3711 or sgruetter@platformlab.org. To register to attend the grand opening, visit www.platformlab.org/cinciopening2.asp.

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