VISI Inc. Achieves a Microsoft Gold Hosting Competency

VISI Inc. Achieves a Microsoft Gold Hosting Competency

VISI demonstrates best-in-class capability and market leadership through
demonstrated technology success and customer commitment.

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn., Aug. 20, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- via PRWEB - VISI Inc.,
a premier provider of data center solutions, today announced it has attained a
Microsoft Gold Hosting competency. This achievement demonstrates VISI's
"best-in-class" ability and commitment to meet Microsoft Corp. customers'
evolving needs in today's dynamic business environment and distinguishing
itself within the top one percent of Microsoft's partner ecosystem.

"This Microsoft Gold Hosting competency showcases our expertise and commitment
to today's technology market," said Terry Swanson, CEO of VISI. "It also
demonstrates our deep knowledge of Microsoft and their products. We plan to
use this comprehension and commitment to accelerate our customers' success and
will continue serving as technology advisors for their business demands."

To earn a Microsoft Gold competency, partners must successfully complete
Microsoft exams to demonstrate their level of technical expertise. Companies
must also submit customer references which detail successful projects, perform
yearly customer satisfaction surveys and meet revenue commitments.

Through achievement of this competency, VISI will leverage their knowledge and
provide support to customers using many of the colocation and managed services
solutions in their world class data centers. This achievement demonstrates
VISI's commitment to staying current with the latest applications and systems
used by their customers. For many customers, VISI is their outsourced IT
provider, enabling them to focus on their core business competencies and their

"By achieving a gold competency, partners have demonstrated the highest, most
consistent capability and commitment to the latest Microsoft technology," said
Jon Roskill, corporate vice president, Worldwide Partner Group at Microsoft
Corp. "These partners have a deep expertise that puts them in the top one
percent of our partner ecosystem, and their proficiency will help customers
drive innovative solutions on the latest Microsoft technology."

Attaining the Microsoft Gold Hosting competency is exclusively for partners,
such as VISI, who specialize in hosting solutions and maintain their own data
centers, providing agreed-upon service levels and customized hosted offerings
and consulting for common customer scenarios. Equipped with exclusive
training, the latest software and support, partners help customers offset the
cost of maintaining critical business applications with scalable hosting

VISI offers a comprehensive suite of products and services, including:
colocation, managed services, hosted services, and ReliaCloud cloud computing
infrastructure for small- to enterprise-sized businesses throughout the
Midwest. VISI, along with sister companies Vital Support Systems and OneNeck®
IT Services Corp., are part of TDS Hosted & Managed Services, LLC (TDS HMS), a
wholly owned subsidiary of Telephone and Data Systems.

The Microsoft Partner Network helps partners strengthen their capabilities to
showcase leadership in the marketplace on the latest technology, to better
serve customers and, with 640,000 Microsoft partners in their ecosystem, to
easily connect with one of the most active, diverse networks in the world.

For more information about VISI, visit

For more information contact: Cindy Tomlinson, Associate Manager - Public
Relations / TDS HMS / 608-664-4471 / cindy.tomlinson(at)tdstelecom(dot)com

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 (TDS HMS) is the parent company of OneNeck®
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™ enterprise
cloud services. TDS HMS owns and operates Tier 3 data centers in Iowa, Minn.,
and Wis. Visit,, and for
more information.

Telephone and Data Systems, Inc. [NYSE:TDS], the parent company of TDS HMS, is
a Fortune 500® company. Telephone and Data Systems provides wireless;
broadband, TV and voice; and hosted and managed services to approximately 6
million customers nationwide through TDS Telecommunications Corp. and U.S.
Cellular® [NYSE:USM], its majority owned wireless subsidiary. Founded in 1969
and headquartered in Chicago, TDS employs 10,700 people. For investment
information, visit

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