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Minnesota’s VISI launches cloud computing service

‘ReliaCloud’ Cloud Computing Service Launched By VISI


MINNEAPOLIS, MN, December 17th, 2009 - VISI, a leading data center services and managed hosting provider, today announced its entry into the public cloud computing services business with the launch of the public beta of its ReliaCloud™ service.


“After many months of preparation, we’re proud to take the covers off a cloud computing service we specifically designed to be more reliable than the commodity providers in the market,” said Jason Baker, CTO of VISI. “We didn’t want customers to have to re-architect their solutions just to work reliably in the cloud. We knew they wanted enterprise-grade security and peace of mind.”


Baker said other goals in designing the service were elasticity and affordability. “We wanted customers to be able to scale from 10 servers to 100 servers, and back down again. And we wanted them to have the option of doing this programmatically via an API.” On the final goal, affordability, Baker said, “We made our pricing transparent. What you get for our competitive price starting at 5 cents per server hour is a slick web management portal, high availability, load balancing, 24×7x365 support, and a complete API.”


The service is targeted both to IT managers in established, small to midsized firms, and to startup firms that want to take advantage of the significant economic benefits provided by running their servers and applications in the cloud.


“Though there are some large players already in the public cloud computing marketplace, it is still a nascent business, and a rapidly growing one. And there is certainly room for a competitive offering such as ReliaCloud,” said Antonio Piraino, Research Director at Tier 1 Research. His firm has projected that cloud computing services will cross the $1 billion dollar market in 2011.


Business users are invited to apply to be beta testers for the ReliaCloud service by filling out a one-page form at www.reliacloud.com. “Once registered, you can start experiencing pay-as-you-grow, highly available, elastic, enterprise-grade cloud services right away,” said VISI’s Baker.


About ReliaCloud:


ReliaCloud™ encompasses a set of highly reliable, secure cloud computing services, the first two of which are Cloud Servers and (coming soon) Cloud Storage. ReliaCloud™ Servers are complete computing environments that you can provision 24 hours-a-day, with full administrator access. Once you register for an account, you can begin building new cloud servers immediately. To learn more about ReliaCloud, follow us on Twitter or Facebook, or visit www.reliacloud.com.


About VISI:


Founded in 1994, VISI is the Upper Midwest’s largest locally owned data center services and managed hosting provider, offering cloud computing, colocation, and managed hosting services. VISI serves 10,000 customers with products and services provided through its two world-class SAS 70 Type II data centers, in St. Paul and Eden Prairie, Minnesota. The company provides a full range of robust Web and application hosting services, first-rate Internet services and support, and personal, expert advice. To learn more about VISI, follow us on Twitter or Facebook, call us at 612-395-9000, or visit www.visi.com.


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