SAGINAW — MiCTA, a national, non-profit group purchasing organization, has entered into an agreement with Verizon Business Services to extend the scope of services provided under Verizon Business’ current Master Service Agreement.

The new agreement allows MiCTA members to purchase Verizon’s Terremark enterprise cloud computing, collocation services and managed services at a discount.

Said Tim von Hoff, MiCTA COO: “Our members have expressed a strong interest in cloud computing, managed services and data center services as part of their long-term information technology strategy. Cloud computing, managed services and data center services all factor prominently in our members’ efforts to deliver the highest quality information technology services without compromising their budgets, infrastructure and staffing.”

Verizon Terremark addresses the specific cloud computing needs of governmental and public sector entities. Terremark services include fully managed infrastructure services, cloud-based application services, collocation and disaster recovery services, network services, managed hosting services and network and application security services.

“Terremark gives our members a broad range of cost-saving IT options,” von Hoff said. “By choosing Terremark services, our members know that they have secured highly competitive pricing on the most up-to-date, safe and reliable cloud computing services available today.”

Von Hoff says that Terremark’s data center services will also play an important role for MiCTA members: “All of our members are contending with the high cost of expanding their current data centers. Cloud-computing and collocation allow them to meet their data center needs without having to invest heavily in their campus IT infrastructures.”

MiCTA, located at 515 N. Washington Ave., Suite 405 in Saginaw, represents thousands of higher education, K-12, healthcare, library, governmental and charitable entities. Nationally, MiCTA seeks to resolve common voice, video and data issues, provide helpful information, participate in legislative and regulatory telecommunications advocacy, and negotiate discounted purchase contracts for telecommunications and technology services for its members.

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