Horizon Data Center Solutions Launches Secure Cloud Computing Platform Called FlexSafe Cloud, Expanding their Infrastructure as a Service Business

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Dallas-based Horizon Data Center Solutions has launched a new cloud computing platform called FlexSafe Cloud, which will offer businesses and private entities the benefits of virtualization with the security of a private fiber network. Horizon, which works with enterprise businesses, small to medium sized businesses, and government agencies, has been expanding rapidly, both with IT services and data center colocation and disaster recovery services. FlexSafe Cloud is the latest in a series of flexible, scalable service offerings that Horizon has introduced. The company has grown exponentially as both a data center and managed services company. The company is privately held.

Our growing list of federal clients made it a logical decision to adopt the NIST working definition of the cloud

Horizon Data Center Solutions, a leading data center and IT flexsourcing firm serving businesses and government agencies with colocation, disaster recovery and managed IT services, has launched its cloud computing solution, called FlexSafe Cloud.

FlexSafe Cloud is a private, secure approach to cloud computing that meets the needs of organizations that want the flexibility, scalability and cost savings of virtualization, but that also require the security of a private computing platform.

FlexSafe Cloud is part of Horizon's strategy to fill a gap in the marketplace by providing flexible, full-service IT outsourcing options that can serve the enterprise client as well as small and medium sized businesses. The company pioneered the concept with its DCFlexSpace colocation model and has continued to expand available IT services to meet client demand.

Horizon says the FlexSafe Cloud delivers immediate benefits for Software as a Service (SaaS) companies, e-commerce businesses with applications that experience fluctuating transaction volumes, financial firms, government agencies, and other entities that want the greater efficiencies and cost savings of virtualization without giving up security.

Chuck Smith, Executive Vice President with Horizon and the company's Chief Marketing Officer, says that, while the industry debates the actual definition of cloud computing, Horizon has adopted the NIST (National Institute of Standards and Technology) working definition, with its key characteristics of on-demand self-service, ubiquitous network access, ability to rapidly scale resources and pay on a measured-usage basis.

"Our growing list of federal clients made it a logical decision to adopt the NIST working definition of the cloud," says Smith.

Smith says the FlexSafe Cloud is highly scalable and based upon Horizon's Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) offering. Beginning with Tier III data centers, the Horizon IaaS solution is built on leading edge technology providers like Above Net, Cisco, F5 Networks and HP. The FlexSafe Cloud service is virtualized using VMware, and provides the High Availability (HA) performance and security levels required by enterprise data center customers. HDCS currently has two DFW area data centers, providing fast, reliable data backup and replication solutions.

"We believe that the large public cloud providers like Amazon and Google have done an excellent job of supporting the testing and development world, so there's no need for us to pursue the public cloud. For government and enterprise clients, private clouds are where we can add significant value," Smith says. The company will also offer community cloud solutions for entities with multiple businesses.

Horizon CEO, Lance A. Smith adds, "Our current clients appreciate our highly secure, reliable data center infrastructure and have asked us to provide this service. We are pleased to extend our relationships with them, while at the same time offering an option that represents our continued charge to fill the gap in the IT outsourcing market between the very large, global IT outsourcing companies and traditional hosting companies. With the FlexSafe Cloud option, the latest development in our fast-paced growth strategy, Horizon continues to be among the leaders in the data center market."

For more information, contact Chuck Smith, Chief Marketing Officer, at 214 556 4138 or Connie Holubar at 903 880 8217. Corporate offices for Horizon can be reached at 972 509 0110.

About Horizon Data Center Solutions (HDCS)
Horizon Data Center Solutions is a premier data center and managed services provider. The company works with enterprise clients that run extensive Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) and Customer Relationship Management (CRM) applications that require significant storage and mission-critical reliability, as well as small and medium sized businesses that appreciate the same. For more information, contact HDCS at 866.620.7516. http://www.horizondcs.com.

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