ARS Chooses ViaWest for Hybrid IT Services

(Ping! Zine Web Hosting Magazine) – ViaWest, a leading hybrid colocation provider in North America, announces that American Residential Services (ARS), a top provider of heating, air conditioning and plumbing services, has selected ViaWest as its cloud and colocation services provider. By moving to a hybrid solution, ARS has been able to mitigate risk while freeing up its IT team to focus on efficiencies that drive value to the business.

ARS/Rescue Rooter operates a network of more than 60 company-operated, locally managed service locations spanning 22 states with 5,000 employees. The company was faced with the decision to upgrade or consolidate its existing legacy data center, located in the hurricane-prone Houston area.

Through its hybrid IT solution from ViaWest, ARS was able to consolidate its colocation space into a smaller footprint and move into a ViaWest data center, while migrating many of its applications and workloads into ViaWest’s cloud. In addition, the move to a hybrid solution helps ARS continue to leverage its existing hardware investment at the data center while simultaneously reducing the risk posed by natural disasters.

ViaWest worked in conjunction with CDW, one of its key channel partners, on this project.

“ViaWest helped us understand how a migration to cloud services could relieve the pressures of maintaining an older data center and how we could manage differing workloads with agility and scale,” said Kevin Worley, chief information officer & vice president of IT at ARS. “What sets ViaWest apart from other providers is the team and their culture. They treat our business as their own, and we are continually impressed by the engagement of their account team, their technical expertise, flexibility and responsiveness. The bottom line is that we trust ViaWest.”

“We are excited to partner with ARS on creating a truly hybrid IT solution,” said Tom Myers, ViaWest regional vice president of the Texas region. “We look forward to serving ARS through a long-term strategic partnership that supports their future goals.”

ViaWest’s hybrid IT solutions allow customers to combine traditional colocation services with cloud computing to create powerful, flexible solutions that best fit their specific IT needs. With 29 data centers in North America and a broad product portfolio of managed services, compliance and security solutions and enterprise-class cloud solutions, ViaWest works with companies of all sizes.

For more information about ViaWest’s hybrid IT solutions, please visit www.viawest.com.

About American Residential Services
ARS operates a network of more than 60 company-owned, locally managed service locations spanning 22 states, with approximately 5,000 employees. United by Exceptional Service®, the ARS / Rescue Rooter Network serves both residential and light commercial customers by providing heating, cooling, indoor air quality, plumbing, drain cleaning, sewer line, radiant barrier, insulation and ventilation services. Each location has a knowledgeable team of trained specialists, each of whom have undergone rigorous drug testing and thorough background screenings. Providing exceptional service and ensuring the highest standards of quality, ARS has the experience to do any job right – the first time, with all work fully guaranteed.

About ViaWest
ViaWest is a leading provider of hybrid cloud and colocation solutions in North America. Our individualized IT environments include premium private, public and compliant cloud solutions, managed services, and retail and wholesale colocation. Enabling businesses to leverage both their existing IT infrastructure and emerging cloud resources, ViaWest delivers the right balance of cost, scalability and security. With a team-based account management approach and 100% uptime commitment, ViaWest offers tailored solutions designed for maximum reliability and flexibility.

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