Azaleos To Provide Managed Exchange 2010 to CDC
Managed messaging and collaboration provider Azaleos Corporation dropped MSPmentor a line to let us know that they’ve recently closed a deal with the US Government to provide managed Microsoft Exchange 2010 services for 20,000 seats at the United States Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta. Here’s the scoop.
The CDC, a subsidiary agency of the United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), had previously been running a hosted off-site version of Microsoft Exchange 2003, according to the press release.
But with the new, on-premises deployment of Exchange 2010, the CDC will be leapfrogging well ahead of their colleagues in the rest of HHS, who we are told are running the now-outdated 2007 version of Microsoft’s messaging platform. In addition, Azaleos will be providing the CDC with BlackBerry Enterprise Server monitoring services.
“I think it’s interesting as a study on how a small focused MSP can break in and provide value to a large [federal organization] in direct competition with folks like Lockheed Martin, Unisys, and MSFT,” says Azaleos Southeast-MidAtlantic Area Manager Andy Blevins, who spearheaded the deal.
I think Blevins has the right idea, but the other takeaway for service providers from Azaleos’ big move is that when compliance is a factor, managed solutions can provide the right blend of security, trust, and lowered infrastructure and IT costs.