ST. LOUIS, MO, September 27, 2005—SAVVIS, Inc. (NASDAQ : SVVS), a leading global IT utility services provider and one of the world’s largest providers of hosting services, today announced the appointment of Michael Tardif as Vice President and General Manager – Global Hosting Services.
In this role, Tardif oversees SAVVIS’ expanding hosting business and product portfolio. His responsibilities include providing overall direction and strategy, guiding the development of new products and services, identifying and evaluating emerging technologies, and continuing to grow SAVVIS’ market share. In addition, Tardif will oversee new customer implementations and the ongoing migration of existing customers to SAVVIS’ industry-leading virtualized utility services platform launched last year.
Tardif joins SAVVIS from the Utility Computing Consulting practice of VERITAS, where he assisted businesses with their transformation to a more demand-driven IT infrastructure. With over 25 years of enterprise IT experience, Tardif is uniquely suited to lead SAVVIS’ Hosting Services business unit. In addition to his position as Vice President of Technology at VERITAS, Tardif served as Executive Vice President Engineering and Operations, and Chief Strategy Officer at Storage Networks, Inc., where he was one of the original employees delivering storage services to Fortune 100 clients. Prior to this, he was Vice President, Global IT Infrastructure, at Goldman Sachs Group, Inc where he led technical operations supporting a 2,000 person global IT organization.
Tardif’s appointment comes at a time when demand for hosting services is rising rapidly. Gartner Dataquest now forecasts North American hosting markets will grow from $6.9 billion in 2003 to $32.2 billion in 2008.
SAVVIS currently operates 24 data centers in the U.S., Europe, and Asia encompassing more than 1.3 million square feet. It offers customers a variety of flexible and cost-effective hosting models that can easily be mixed and interchanged. These range from enterprise class co-location, to managed hosting on industry standard platforms, to the industry’s first virtualized utility services, which deliver on-demand access to server cycles, storage capacity, and network bandwidth.
SAVVIS’ virtualized utility services delivery platform is the first to integrate network, hosting, storage, and compute architectures for delivering on-demand utility services to enterprise customers. It eliminates hardware underutilization and gives companies a secure, private and completely “virtual” network and hosting infrastructure that cuts internal IT costs by as much as 50 percent while offering an integrated set of previously unavailable services. Since the launch of the virtualized platform last year, SAVVIS has deployed more that 650 virtual servers, 800 virtual firewalls, and 220 terabytes of virtualized storage for customer engagements run out of SAVVIS data centers around the world.
“SAVVIS’ visionary approach is leading a C-level change in thinking about the deployment architecture of IT for companies large and small,” Tardif said. “Businesses are increasingly ready to adopt utility services for new applications, legacy systems, and total IT outsourcing. I look forward to participating in a trend that is breaking new ground in the industry.”
Commenting on the appointment, SAVVIS Chairman and CEO Rob McCormick noted, “Michael Tardif’s expertise is a great fit for driving SAVVIS’ vision of virtualizing the entire IT chain from data center to desktop, enabling our customers to lower their IT costs, reduce their risk, and improve business agility. His experience and creativity will help further SAVVIS’ efforts to end the IT headaches that distract businesses from their core competencies.”
SAVVIS, Inc. (NASDAQ: SVVS) is a global IT utility services provider that focuses exclusively on IT solutions for businesses. With an IT services platform that extends to 47 countries, 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 24 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
Ricochet Public Relations