Charter Schools USA (CSUSA) is one of the oldest, largest and fastest-growing education management companies in the United States. Initially operating a single school, CSUSA set up in-house infrastructure to support its IT and telecommunication needs. As new charter schools were added, each followed suit, establishing its own environment. Not surprisingly, this model was costly and difficult to manage, and CSUSA worried its budget could not effectively accommodate this level of individualized technical support as it continued to grow. CSUSA needed a more centralized, integrated IT model that could offer the pricing, agility and security it required. Adding to the urgency of the issue was a troubling physical IT environment. CSUSA’s critical IT systems were housed in a small office within its headquarters. Regulated by a failing HVAC system, the room experienced extreme condensation resulting in buckling ceiling tiles and a less-than-ideal IT environment. The organization wanted to develop a hybrid IT solution with a local colocation provider who could offer the security, availability, support and pricing to sustain its enterprise operations nationwide. After vetting several highly reputable data center providers, CSUSA chose to house its key corporate systems with Peak 10 + ViaWest. With a state-of-the-art data center in Fort Lauderdale, the provider offered the local access that allowed CSUSA’s IT team to visit the site as needed.
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