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Column Technologies Selects Savvis To Deploy Web-Based Test And Development Environment

ST. LOUIS, Aug. 24 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Savvis, Inc. (NASDAQ:SVVS) , a global leader in outsourced internet infrastructure services for the enterprise, today announced an agreement to provide a virtual IT Lab solution to Column Technologies, a global provider of infrastructure management and business intelligence solutions, including a variety of BMC Software and BMC Remedy business service management solutions.

Column Technologies (BMC's "Elite" Global Partner) quickly needed a virtualized IT lab to develop and test its new software-as-a-service (SaaS) offering prior to production. The solution needed to address the full lifecycle so that it would enable customer prototyping and testing before deploying to production as well as being able to utilize a global resource pool. Virtualization allows accelerated time to market and reduces infrastructure costs typically associated with internal IT lab environments, making it more cost-effective than competing for data center space.

Savvis' cloud-based virtual lab solution based on Skytap's Virtual Lab enabled Column to deploy its SaaS offering in just days using the self-service interface. After just three months, Column expanded its usage to include test and development (T&D) of its core in-house applications, Column's Customer's applications, training environments and development and quality assurance due to cost savings and time-to-value.

"We now use the Savvis test and development environment for all our T&D and have achieved flexibility and speed to production benefits that would not have been possible using traditional IT infrastructure approaches," said Rob Yario, principle, Column Technologies. "In addition, Column estimated a savings of 35 percent using Savvis' solution versus competitors and in-house options."

"Enhancing our services in test and development with Skytap, Savvis has the resources to quickly deploy a high performance Virtual Lab solution for Column Technologies," said Larry Steele, technical vice president, SaaS, Savvis. "We look forward to expanding our relationship with Column as they continue to advance their software-as-a-service business model."
About Column
Established in 1998, Column Technologies Inc. is a global, technology; management consulting and services company. Our customer focused end to end to solutions approach enable governments and companies improve: service, cost basis and operational efficiencies. Headquartered in the United States, Column has regional offices in the United Kingdom, Australia Singapore South Africa and India and a worldwide network of partners.
About Savvis
Savvis, Inc. (NASDAQ:SVVS) is a global leader in outsourced internet infrastructure services for the enterprise. More than 4,000 customers, including 40% of the top 100 companies in the Fortune 500, use Savvis to reduce capital expense, improve service levels and harness the latest advances in cloud computing. For more information about Savvis, visit

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