St. Louis, Missouri – (The Hosting News) – July 19, 2006 – IT infrastructure services firm, SAVVIS, Inc., has been selected by customized, results-driven eLearning solutions company, Chalk Media Corp., to provide IT infrastructure services underpinning its new U.S. operation based in Vienna, Virginia, focused primarily on the Federal Government marketplace.
According to the company, Chalk’s primary application — chalkboard Learning Content Management System (LCMS) — enables organizations and subject matter experts to create and deliver custom eLearning courseware. Like a real classroom, chalkboard allows multiple authors to publish content and then easily edit that content without any prior training or additional authoring tools – decreasing the cost of training and expenses while increasing the rate of return for the organization.
Under the terms of the agreement, Chalk will deploy SAVVIS’ virtualized IT utility services, including managed hosting, computing, storage and security, in an application service provider (ASP) model to deliver the chalkboard(TM) LCMS application to its customers. In addition, SAVVIS and Chalk will develop joint sales initiatives targeting eLearning opportunities that would be powered by the SAVVIS-Chalk ASP model in both the commercial and federal markets.
Jim Speros, Chairman of Chalk Inc. explained, ”As we expand into the U.S. it is critical that we deploy an IT infrastructure that integrates easily with the rest of our IT systems and allows us to grow rapidly with minimal capital investment. SAVVIS provides us with a highly scalable, managed IT solution that features a predictable monthly cost model requiring zero capital investment. It gives us the capacity, security and performance we need today and the option to easily expand our services as we grow. All the while, we can focus our resources on our clients’ needs and interests.”
As eLearning companies make the transition from departmental to company-wide deployments, there is substantial pressure to provide the most solid, secure and customized program possible. By selecting SAVVIS’ utility platform, and deploying chalkboard LCMS in an ASP model, SAVVIS believes that Chalk will be in a position to offer its customers a fully managed turnkey solution based on industry leading technology, with comprehensive and proactive monitoring and security built in.
Michael Tardif, Vice President and General Manager of Global Hosting Solutions at SAVVIS added, ”Chalk’s business and applications are a perfect example of how a company’s IT infrastructure can be hosted and delivered as scalable managed service with a predictable cost model. SAVVIS’ managed IT services provide everything the chalkboard LCMS application needs to perform for the end users and does it in a way that significantly increases flexibility and lowers costs for Chalk.”
Chalk Media Corp. provides interactive learning solutions and tools designed to help organizations communicate more effectively with their employees, business partners and consumers. The company’s core focus is customized, results-driven eLearning solutions. By combining in-house expertise in instructional design, content strategy, web development, quality assurance, Flash animation and video production, Chalk endeavors to produce customized rich media content that focuses on the user experience. Chalk uses its proprietary software platform, chalkboard LCMS, to measure the effectiveness of learning solutions and track ROI for clients.
With a US office in Vienna, Virginia, and Canadian offices in Toronto, Ontario, Vancouver, British Columbia and Fredericton, New Brunswick, Chalk works with global blue-chip organizations such as AstraZeneca, Best Buy, Business Objects, Hewlett-Packard, HSBC, Intrawest, Microsoft, RBC Financial, Samsung, Scotiabank, Sony, TELUS Mobility, Terasen Gas and Verizon.
With more than 10 years of custom development and a heritage network performance experience, SAVVIS’ virtualized IT utility services delivery platform endeavors to provide every piece of the IT infrastructure – network, hosting, storage and computing – on a massively scalable, pay-as-you-go basis. Headquartered in Herndon, Virginia, SFS is a wholly owned subsidiary of SAVVIS Communications Corporation (SAVVIS) specializing in the information technology needs of the U.S. Government’s departments and agencies. SFS offers the full range of SAVVIS network, hosting, and professional services via its GSA Schedule 70 contract, and as a subcontractor to small and large businesses with proven performance credentials for delivering best-value solutions to federal clients.
SAVVIS, Inc. is a global IT infrastructure service firm for business applications. With an IT services platform spanning North America, Europe, and Asia, SAVVIS has over 5,000 enterprise customers and endeavors to deliver secure, reliable, and scalable hosting, network, and application services. The solutions are designed to enable customers to focus on core business while SAVVIS ensures the quality of IT systems and operations. SAVVIS’ goal is to enlist a strategic approach, combining virtualization technology, a global network with 25 data centers, and automated management and provisioning systems.
To learn more about Chalk Media Corp., please visit: www.chalk.com.
To learn more, please visit: www.savvis.net.