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ASA Tire Systems is moving its hosted services to a SAS 70 Type II certified facility. The move is designed to improve the overall customer satisfaction, performance, and reliability of running ASA Tire software systems remotely.

ASA’s significant investment will fall into three main areas:

1. physical hosting facility,

2. infrastructure, and

3. virtualization technology.

"Our clients expect the highest level of service possible -- and we will be in a better position to exceed client expectations in our new data center,” says Ken Halle, president of ASA Tire Systems.

ASA has contracted with PAETEC to provide the physical data center, which is a SAS70 Tier II certified facility located in PAETEC’s flagship 92,700-square foot data center in Andover, Mass. (PAETEC personalizes business communications for medium-sized and large businesses, enterprise organizations, and institutions across the United States.)

The center includes the latest in physical and IP-based security and redundancy, including redundant power, redundant cooling, redundant network connectivity, two-tier security including biometrics, and 24/7 staffed monitoring.

For the infrastructure, ASA chose to partner with Winchester Systems Inc., which helps technology and business managers maximize their investments in enterprise storage and server solutions.

By continually improving the capabilities of its flagship FlashDisk RAID disk array, now in its 11th generation, Winchester Systems has been able to minimize the layers of complexity between users and their information.

ASA has built its entire virtual technology infrastructure, scaling across unlimited interconnected physical computers and storage devices with VMware, a proven virtualization platform used as the foundation for building ASA’s private cloud.

The company no longer will have to assign servers, storage, or network bandwidth permanently to each customer. Instead, ASA’s hardware resources are dynamically allocated when and where they’re needed within its own private cloud.

“We’re planning a migration strategy that should have the first customer live in the next 30 days and all customers live by the end of August 2011,” says Scott Hopkins, vice president of operations at ASA Tire Systems. “We will communicate the complete migration plan to our customer base when it is confirmed.”

For more information on ASA, visit www.asatire.com.

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