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Interliant Inks Workplace Training Association

Interliant, Inc. the Purchase, N.Y. ASP, announced today it has been selected by The American Society for Training and Development (ASTD), a leading professional association and resource on workplace learning, to manage its entire IT infrastructure.

Under the terms of the three-year contract, the transition from in-house to outsourced IT infrastructure will be phased in, with full implementation planned for the end of the second quarter of 2002.

"This agreement with Interliant, which is part of our vision to outsource all non-core competencies, is an excellent match between our requirements and their capabilities," says Tony Bingham, COO and CIO for ASTD.

"Freeing the organization of the costs and difficulties of handling our IT in-house creates a tremendous opportunity to better serve all our stakeholders and to enhance our service levels to our membership and our internal constituents alike," he adds.

Based in Alexandria, Va. And founded more than 50 years ago, ASTD provides information, research and analysis to 70,000 members working in the field of workplace performance in 100 different countries.

Interliant will be providing ASTD with the following full-time, on-site IT services:

  • System migration from current systems to Microsoft Exchange 2000 and Microsoft Windows 2000

  • Managed Messaging on Microsoft Exchange

  • Managed Hosting for public and internal Web sites

  • Managed VPN and Managed Firewall services for Database administration services

  • Ongoing e-commerce and strategic consulting

"We've worked with Interliant hosting services in the past and we selected them for this contract based on their historical performance, flexibility, and the breadth of services they offer," Bingham says.

"After a detailed analysis, our expectation is that we will reduce costs and significantly improve service levels over our in-house function, for which it was difficult to recruit skilled professionals."

Says Dave Link, SVP national sales for Interliant: "The bottom line is that organizations like ASTD can be more effective when they outsource functions that are not core to their mission."