ST. LOUIS, MO – July 10, 2006 – SAVVIS, Inc. (NASDAQ:SVVSD), a global leader in IT infrastructure services for business applications, today announced that Chalk Media Corp, (TSX-V: CKM), a leading provider of customized, results-driven eLearning solutions, has selected SAVVIS to provide the secure IT infrastructure services underpinning its new U.S. operation based in Vienna, Virginia, focused primarily on the Federal Government marketplace.
Chalk’s primary application -- chalkboard™ Learning Content Management System (LCMS) -- enables organizations and their 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™ 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.
“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,” said Jim Speros, Chairman, Chalk Inc. “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, Chalk will be able to offer its customers a fully managed turnkey solution based on industry leading technology, with comprehensive and proactive monitoring and security built in.
“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,” said Michael Tardif, Vice President & General Manager, Global Hosting Solutions, SAVVIS. “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. (TSX-V: CKM) is a leading provider of interactive learning solutions and tools that 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 produces customized rich media content that focuses on the user experience. Chalk uses its proprietary software platform, chalkboard™ LCMS, to measure the effectiveness of their learning solutions and track ROI for their 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. For more information, please visit www.chalk.com.
SAVVIS, Inc. (NASDAQ: SVVS) is a global leader in IT infrastructure services for business applications. With an IT services platform spanning North America, Europe, and Asia, SAVVIS has over 5,000 enterprise customers and leads the industry in delivering secure, reliable, and scalable hosting, network, and application services. These solutions enable customers to focus on their core business while SAVVIS ensures the quality of their IT systems and operations. SAVVIS’ strategic approach combines virtualization technology, a global network and 25 data centers, and automated management and provisioning systems. For more information about SAVVIS, visit: .
This document contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Actual results may differ materially from SAVVIS’ expectations. Certain factors that could affect actual results are set forth as risk factors in SAVVIS’ SEC reports and filings, including its annual report on Form 10-K and all subsequent filings. SAVVIS assumes no obligation to update or supplement forward-looking statements.
Carter B. Cromley
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