TDS Hosted and Managed Services brings ReliaCloud to Minnesota

TDS (NYSE: TDS) Hosted and Managed Services (TDS HMS) on Wednesday announced that it's now offering its ReliaCloud Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) cloud solution to Minnesota businesses.

Offered through its VISI TDS HMS unit, the ReliaCloud solution, which leverages Cisco (Nasdaq: CSCO), EMC and VMware platforms, is located in the telco's Tier III data centers in Eden Prairie, Minn., Madison, Wis., and Des Moines, Iowa. 

ReliaCloud allows customers to configure their cloud services in a public, private, or hybrid environment. The new service also complies with various vertical market segment regulations, including PCI, HIPAA, and GLBA.

Designed to support businesses that want to embrace the cloud but be nearby to see and touch their data, Terry Swanson, CEO of VISI, said that "They can then back up their data via private connectivity to ReliaCloud infrastructure in Madison or Des Moines."

Managed services, which are delivered through VISI and its other cloud service units, have been a big growth engine for the telco.

In Q2 2012, TDS reported that managedIP connections, including both ILEC and CLEC, grew 91 percent to 74,600 from 39,000. Part of the managedIP connections growth is due to the ongoing build out of its solutions set via organic growth initiatives and targeted acquisitions including Vital Support Systems.

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