VISI Inc. Achieves a Microsoft Gold Hosting Competency

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VISI demonstrates best-in-class capability and market leadership through demonstrated technology success and customer commitment.

VISI, Inc.
This Microsoft Gold Hosting competency showcases our expertise and commitment to today’s technology market. We plan to use this comprehension and commitment to accelerate our customers’ success.

VISI Inc., a premier provider of data center solutions, today announced it has attained a Microsoft Gold Hosting competency. This achievement demonstrates VISI’s “best-in-class” ability and commitment to meet Microsoft Corp. customers’ evolving needs in today’s dynamic business environment and distinguishing itself within the top one percent of Microsoft’s partner ecosystem.

“This Microsoft Gold Hosting competency showcases our expertise and commitment to today’s technology market,” said Terry Swanson, CEO of VISI. “It also demonstrates our deep knowledge of Microsoft and their products. We plan to use this comprehension and commitment to accelerate our customers’ success and will continue serving as technology advisors for their business demands.”

To earn a Microsoft Gold competency, partners must successfully complete Microsoft exams to demonstrate their level of technical expertise. Companies must also submit customer references which detail successful projects, perform yearly customer satisfaction surveys and meet revenue commitments.

Through achievement of this competency, VISI will leverage their knowledge and provide support to customers using many of the colocation and managed services solutions in their world class data centers. This achievement demonstrates VISI’s commitment to staying current with the latest applications and systems used by their customers. For many customers, VISI is their outsourced IT provider, enabling them to focus on their core business competencies and their customers.

“By achieving a gold competency, partners have demonstrated the highest, most consistent capability and commitment to the latest Microsoft technology,” said Jon Roskill, corporate vice president, Worldwide Partner Group at Microsoft Corp. “These partners have a deep expertise that puts them in the top one percent of our partner ecosystem, and their proficiency will help customers drive innovative solutions on the latest Microsoft technology.”

Attaining the Microsoft Gold Hosting competency is exclusively for partners, such as VISI, who specialize in hosting solutions and maintain their own data centers, providing agreed-upon service levels and customized hosted offerings and consulting for common customer scenarios. Equipped with exclusive training, the latest software and support, partners help customers offset the cost of maintaining critical business applications with scalable hosting solutions.

VISI offers a comprehensive suite of products and services, including: colocation, managed services, hosted services, and ReliaCloud cloud computing infrastructure for small- to enterprise-sized businesses throughout the Midwest. VISI, along with sister companies Vital Support Systems and OneNeck® IT Services Corp., are part of TDS Hosted & Managed Services, LLC (TDS HMS), a wholly owned subsidiary of Telephone and Data Systems.

The Microsoft Partner Network helps partners strengthen their capabilities to showcase leadership in the marketplace on the latest technology, to better serve customers and, with 640,000 Microsoft partners in their ecosystem, to easily connect with one of the most active, diverse networks in the world.

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For more information contact: Cindy Tomlinson, Associate Manager - Public Relations / TDS HMS / 608-664-4471 / cindy.tomlinson(at)tdstelecom(dot)com

About VISI Inc.
Founded in 1994, VISI is a premier provider of data center solutions in the upper Midwest, including: colocation, managed services, hosted services, and cloud computing infrastructure to companies ranging in size from small to enterprise. VISI facilities are built to Tier 3 standards, SSAE 16 audited and staffed 24x7. VISI, located in Minnesota, joined TDS Hosted & Managed Services, LLC (TDS HMS) in March 2010.

TDS Hosted & Managed Services, LLC (TDS HMS) is the parent company of OneNeck® IT Services Corp., Vital Support Systems, and VISI Incorporated. TDS HMS, a wholly owned subsidiary of Telephone and Data Systems Inc., is growing rapidly and now employs more than 500 people throughout the U.S. TDS HMS companies specialize in engineering and management of IT infrastructure, including: hosted application management, managed hosting, and ReliaCloud™ enterprise cloud services. TDS HMS owns and operates Tier 3 data centers in Iowa, Minn., and Wis. Visit,, and for more information.

Telephone and Data Systems, Inc. [NYSE: TDS], the parent company of TDS HMS, is a Fortune 500® company. Telephone and Data Systems provides wireless; broadband, TV and voice; and hosted and managed services to approximately 6 million customers nationwide through TDS Telecommunications Corp. and U.S. Cellular® [NYSE: USM], its majority owned wireless subsidiary. Founded in 1969 and headquartered in Chicago, TDS employs 10,700 people. For investment information, visit

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