(The Hosting News) – The Keystone Initiative for Network Based Education and Research (KINBER), a non-profit membership organization devoted to fostering collaboration through technology, and Xand, the Northeast’s premier provider of cloud, colocation, and managed services, announced today the formation of a partnership program aimed at delivering enterprise-class technology infrastructure services across a non-profit membership base. The pilot program will offer on-net disaster recovery/managed backup and various cloud solutions.
The partnership is the first of its kind for KINBER, as Xand is the first commercial partner to deliver on-line services to the KINBER membership. The pilot will serve as a model for KINBER’s future alliances.
“By establishing this pilot, KINBER has tremendous opportunity to provide added value to its members in the research and education, healthcare, economic development, public media and library sectors by identifying and providing a broad range of desirable on-line services at affordable prices,” said Wendy Huntoon, KINBER Executive Director.
KINBER reviewed a short list of desired services suggested by the membership in a 2012 survey and worked to find a partner to pilot a program for on-net services in the areas of colocation, disaster recovery/managed backup and various cloud solutions.
On-net services are exchanged between organizations or between an organization and its satellite locations that are directly connected to KINBER’s next-generation broadband network, the Pennsylvania Research and Education Network, also known as PennREN. KINBER will be able to provide Xand’s services via PennREN at a relatively lower cost to its members.
“Xand is honored to forge this exciting partnership with the KINBER organization,” said Xand President and CEO Yatish Mishra. “This relationship allows Xand’s enterprise-class cloud platform, managed services, colocation and disaster recovery resources to be leveraged in a unique way for the non-profit community, and we’re looking forward to the opportunity KINBER’s program presents for technology collaboration in Pennsylvania and beyond.”
Xand owns and operates six data center facilities across the East Coast, including three in Pennsylvania. With over 500,000 square-feet of space under lease and a rich suite of managed services and disaster recovery options, the company has experienced strong demand for its service-oriented offerings over the last several years. With the new pilot program, KINBER will have access to Xand’s proven portfolio of resources to aid their member network in solving complex IT infrastructure challenges today and into the future.
The Keystone Initiative for Network Based Education and Research (KINBER) is a non-profit membership organization comprised of education, healthcare, economic development, libraries, public media and other non-profit organizations devoted to fostering collaboration through technology. Established in 2010 through a $99.6 million grant from the National Telecommunications and information Administration, KINBER is committed to delivering equitable, reliable and affordable access, space for collaboration, and digital tools for research and education to inspire tomorrow’s scientific discoveries, enable the exchange of ideas and culture among diverse populations, educate the next generation of citizens and revitalize Pennsylvania’s economy. For more information, visit KINBER.org.
Xand is the Northeast’s premier provider of highly resilient data center, cloud, and managed services. Its broad user base includes over 1200 clients spanning industries such as healthcare, financial services, education, manufacturing, telecom and technology. Since 1999, Xand has designed, built, and managed IT infrastructure services which allow enterprises to maximize their critical application performance and availability. With data centers spanning New York, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, and Massachusetts, Xand offers colocation, cloud, enterprise hosting, managed services, business continuity, disaster recovery and managed networking throughout the region via best-in-class facilities, engineering expertise, and commitment to customer service excellence. For more information, please visit http://www.xand.com.