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Rockler Companies Moves to VISI's ReliaCloud(TM) Service


Rockler Companies Moves to VISI's ReliaCloud(TM) Service

EDEN PRAIRIE, MI -- (Marketwired) -- 06/11/13 -- VISI Inc. announced today they have signed a three-year contract to provide ReliaCloud(TM) services (a virtualized, outsourced production server environment) for Rockler Companies, Inc.

"It was time to move away from a single resource service to a cloud-based service," says Jim Yothers, IT systems manager for Rockler. "We've been with VISI for about seven years. Moving to their ReliaCloud service now allows us to switch from our aging hardware to state-of-the-art equipment. It also means we'll gain more efficiencies and be better positioned for future growth."

Rockler Companies, based in Medina, Minn., supplies specialty hardware, tools, and other woodworking products. The company also publishes a Woodworkers Journal magazine that provides plans, techniques, product reviews, and tips for woodworkers.

In choosing VISI's ReliaCloud service, Rockler is able to transfer its IT infrastructure to an Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) model and focus their attention on managing their enterprise resource planning (ERP) system. This will allow Rockler to move away from the day-to-day worry of their IT infrastructure and focus on their business's IT needs.

VISI offers a comprehensive suite of products and services, including: colocation, managed services, hosted services, and cloud computing infrastructure to businesses ranging in size from small to enterprise throughout the Midwest. The company also sells, installs, and manages IT infrastructure solutions from world-class hardware and software vendors such as Cisco, EMC, Hewlett Packard, VMware, Microsoft, and Citrix.

"We are thrilled Rockler has chosen to switch their IT infrastructure to our new ReliaCloud service," says Terry Swanson, CEO of VISI. "We look forward to continuing to deliver the highest level of service and the technology infrastructure that Rockler expects from us."

Learn more about Rockler and VISI.

About Rockler Rockler Companies, Inc., doing business as Rockler Woodworking and Hardware, supplies specialty hardware, tools, and other woodworking products. Its hardware products range from crib hardware to drawer slides. The company also provides hand, power, shop, cutting, burning, drilling, and router tools; lumber and veneer products, dowels, wooden kits and parts, moldings, carvings, cabinet faces, glues, sandpaper, stains, and finishes; and plans, books, CDs, DVDs, and videos. In addition, it publishes a magazine that provides plans, techniques, product reviews, and tips to woodworkers. The company sells its products through retail stores in Arizona, California, Colorado, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Massachusetts, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas, Washington, and Wisconsin; and independent resellers in California, Georgia, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Maryland, Michigan, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Nevada, Ohio, South Carolina, and Virginia. Rockler Companies also sells its products through catalog, as well as online. The company was founded as Minnesota Woodworkers Supply Company in 1954 and changed its name to Rockler Companies, Inc. in 1998. Rockler Companies, Inc. is based in Medina, Minnesota.

About VISI Inc. Founded in 1994, VISI is a premier provider of data center solutions in the upper Midwest, including: colocation, managed services, hosted services, and cloud computing infrastructure to companies ranging in size from small to enterprise. VISI facilities are built to Tier 3 standards, SSAE 16 audited and staffed 24x7. VISI, located in Minnesota, joined TDS Hosted & Managed Services, LLC (TDS HMS) in March 2010.

TDS Hosted & Managed Services, LLC is the parent company of OneNeck(R) IT Services Corp., Vital Support Systems, and VISI Incorporated. TDS HMS, a wholly owned subsidiary of Telephone and Data Systems Inc., is growing rapidly and now employs more than 500 people throughout the U.S. TDS HMS companies specialize in engineering and management of IT infrastructure, including: hosted application management, managed hosting, and ReliaCloud(TM) enterprise cloud services. TDS HMS owns and operates Tier 3 data centers in Iowa, Minn., and Wis. Visit oneneck.com, vitalsite.com, visi.com and reliacloud.com for more information.

Telephone and Data Systems, Inc. (NYSE: TDS), a Fortune 500(R) company, provides wireless; broadband, TV and voice; and hosted and managed services to approximately 7 million customers nationwide through its business units, U.S. Cellular, TDS Telecommunications Corp., and TDS Hosted & Managed Services. Founded in 1969 and headquartered in Chicago, TDS employs more than 12,300 people. For investment information, visit teldta.com.

For more information contact: Cindy Tomlinson Associate Manager Public Relations TDS HMS 608-664-4471 cindy.tomlinson@tdstelecom.com

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