LifeCast Selects Data Return For Managed Hosting

Data Return Corporation (NASDAQ:DRTN) today (Dec 27) announced it is providing managed hosting services to LifeCast, the leading provider of online services for private clubs and their members.

With more than 1000 affiliate clubs, golf and country clubs, yacht clubs, and city clubs, LifeCast creates members-only, interactive web communities. Data Return’s engineering and support teams will work closely with LifeCast to provide a customized environment including back-end connectivity and complex systems integration.

“Security and reliability are essential to the nearly two million club members who value their members-only website. Data Return’s managed hosting services are necessary because of the company’s excellent people and the integrity of its infrastructure,” said James Talkington, VP Technology for LifeCast. “Our business demands that our mission-critical applications be delivered with high performance, high security and high availability.”

By utilizing Data Return’s services, LifeCast enjoys the benefit of having 24-hour access to Data Return’s technical expertise without experiencing the cost burden of maintaining a large internal information technology team to support the site. In addition, Data Return can easily scale its infrastructure to add devices to the massive LifeCast web server farm architecture, enabling LifeCast to quickly meet customer demand.

In addition to building and maintaining private, interactive club websites with club news, e-mail and message boards, LifeCast’s Gated Portal gives members access to a range of lifestyle-oriented content through LifeCast Features, a selection of web channels designed specifically for club members and their families. Club members can get stock quotes, weather reports and the latest news and features concerning travel, sports, finance and fashion.

LifeCast customers include ClubCorp, the world leader in delivering golf, private business club and resort experiences. Founded in 1957, ClubCorp owns or operates more than 220 golf courses, country clubs, private business clubs and resorts around the globe. By leveraging LifeCast’s Gated Portal, ClubCorp can provide its members worldwide with a secure place to effectively communicate 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

“LifeCast is committed to providing its club members with the most secure, interactive information portal available today,” said Ken Garber, Data Return VP worldwide sales. “The high availability Internet infrastructure LifeCast has put into place with Data Return ensures its customers’ club members will have virtual access to the information they require any time they need it, without having to worry about the security of their private membership information.”

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