Latisys Helps Prepare Special Helping of IaaS for Hungry Restaurant Provider

By Doug Barney

Latisys is taking is its Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) tool into a new vertical -- the restaurant business.

Latisys specifically provides managed hosting, colocation and cloud and hybrid infrastructure.

Helping Latisys crack the restaurant shell is new partner Fishbowl, which serves restaurants a menu of performance-based marketing tools.

Fishbowl is really taking the lead, using a smorgasbord of Latisys services to support its greater entrance into to the food service world.

Latisys is serving Fishbowl a heaping plateful of managed hosting and colocation to give depth to Fishbowl’s applications and services.

Fishbowl is no guppy. It services some 45,000 locations and has some 110 million restaurant guests in its database.

“Our rapid business growth, combined with the IT-intensive nature of our online services, necessitated a complete outsourced IaaS environment,” said Andrew McCasker, Chief Technology Officer of Fishbowl. “Latisys worked closely with us to deliver a flexible, hybrid solution that meets our stringent requirements and supports our growth. We rely on Latisys as an extension of our team.”

Fishbowl opted for a hybrid approach. On the cloud side, it is exploiting an Auburn, VA-based high density SOC 2 / SOC 3 audited data center run by Latisys augmented by a national cloud and hosting network based on software and gear from Cisco, F5, HP, Juniper, Microsoft, and Palo Alto Networks.

“In addition to colocation, the managed portion of the solution includes multiple VMware clusters, blended IP network services, load balancing, firewalls, and managed storage and backup services. Latisys is one of only a handful of IT outsourcing providers that can support enterprises whose complex, dynamic infrastructure requirements call for federation and right-sizing across multiple IaaS delivery platforms,” Latisys explained.

A Hoster on the Move

Latisys has been in major expansion mode the last two years, building data center capacity in Denver, Southern California, Chicago and Virginia.

Meanwhile MSP Today recently reported an IaaS and managed hosting deal with EdLink, a provider of corporate tuition services. EdLink provides it software as Software as a Service (SaaS) and does online tuition processing from start to finish.

Edited by Rich Steeves

MSPToday Editor at Large

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