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February 22, 2012

Latisys Renews Deal with Photobucket

By Monica Gleberman
Contributing Writer

Only a few days after announcing that Latisys, a leading provider of colocation, managed hosting, and other IT services, would be launching a rebranded channel initiative, Pathways Partner Programm focusing on launching data in the cloud, the company has now announced it has renewed another deal that will extend it’s services with Photobucket (News - Alert).

Photobucket, founded in 2003, is a company that offers users the ability to upload images and video that they found on the Internet or took themselves using their smartphones, digital cameras or other devices. The company says it’s the “premier destination for uploading, downloading, sharing, linking, and finding photos, videos, and graphics.”

Photobucket has more than 100 million active users that currently house over 9 billion images and videos. Photobucket has been reliant on Latisys to help house all of the data that gets uploaded on a daily basis and maintain the current content that is being hosted on the site.

James Gross, Vice President of Operations at Photobucket, said this renewal with Latisys was critical to Photobucket’s success. “As technology continued to advance, our computing equipment became more and more dense. In some cases, what we once needed four racks of space to store can now be contained in one. Because Latisus’ high-density data center can cool more watts per square foot than many other data centers, we were able to shrink our footprint by over 20 percent in a recent technology refresh. Latisys truly offers the ability to do more with less,” said Gross.

Latisys has been working hard to eliminate space and continue to improve its technology. It announced that it would be offering new cloud services commercially available in April. These services work in addition to the company’s cooling centers.

Mark Mercado (News - Alert), Director of the Partner Program, said this service will enable clients to do more with its data and offer more services to its customers. “It’s not about selling colo or cloud. It’s about empowering partners to take a solutions focus,” said Mercado.

Bryan Walsh, Denver Regional Sales Director for Latisys, said that his company works well with Photobucket because both companies are interested in finding a technological solution to offer more and more to its users. “Photobucket has established itself as one of the most promising technology companies in the Denver region, and we are excited to continue the partnership. Our team focuses on working with customers like Photobucket to understand their unique needs, and then remaining flexible as these needs change,” said Walsh. “By taking this approach – and continuing to invest in new services and capabilities as evident with the recent Denver expansion – we are positioned to not only gain new customers, but keep them.”

Edited by Rich Steeves
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