Latisys Wins Illinois Colo Contract

Latisys has captured a $3.4 million contract to provide data center colocation services to the Illinois Department of Central Management Services. Here are some fast details.

The colocation, managed hosting and managed services firm has been working in the government sector and earlier this year acquired a data center in the suburban Washington, D.C. area.

A Latisys spokesman said the company can’t disclose which specific colocation facilities are handling contract requirements, but noted that “services will be utilized across multiple Latisys facilities.”

In addition to its D.C. area center, Latisys operates facilities in Chicago, Denver, and Irvine, Calif.

Under the Illinois contract, Latisys’ services include multi-site failover redundancy and multi-layered security, according to the company. The Latisys spokesman said the contract marks the first time the Central Management Services department has offloaded data center services to an outside provider.

Overall, government agencies appear more willing of late to outsourcing IT infrastructure and consider approaches such as cloud computing and SaaS. Budget constraints are one key motivation. Cloud and SaaS are also viewed as faster procurement methods.

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