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Press Release

Rockler Companies moves to VISI's ReliaCloudT service

June 11, 2013

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (June 11, 2013) - VISI Inc. announced today they have signed a three-year contract to provide ReliaCloud™ services (a virtualized, outsourced production server environment) for Rockler Companies, Inc.


“It was time to move away from a single resource service to a cloud-based service,” says Jim Yothers, IT systems manager for Rockler. “We’ve been with VISI for about seven years. Moving to their ReliaCloud service now allows us to switch from our aging hardware to state-of-the-art equipment. It also means we’ll gain more efficiencies and be better positioned for future growth.”


Rockler Companies, based in Medina, Minn., supplies specialty hardware, tools, and other woodworking products. The company also publishes a Woodworkers Journal magazine that provides plans, techniques, product reviews, and tips for woodworkers.


In choosing VISI’s ReliaCloud service, Rockler is able to transfer its IT infrastructure to an Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) model and focus their attention on managing their enterprise resource planning (ERP) system. This will allow Rockler to move away from the day-to-day worry of their IT infrastructure and focus on their business’s IT needs.


VISI offers a comprehensive suite of products and services, including: colocation, managed services, hosted services, and cloud computing infrastructure to businesses ranging in size from small to enterprise throughout the Midwest. The company also sells, installs, and manages IT infrastructure solutions from world-class hardware and software vendors such as Cisco, EMC, Hewlett Packard, VMware, Microsoft, and Citrix.


“We are thrilled Rockler has chosen to switch their IT infrastructure to our new ReliaCloud service,” says Terry Swanson, CEO of VISI. “We look forward to continuing to deliver the highest level of service and the technology infrastructure that Rockler expects from us.”


For more information contact: Cindy Tomlinson, Associate Manager - Public Relations / TDS HMS / 608-664-4471 / cindy.tomlinson@tdstelecom.com


About Rockler

Rockler Companies, Inc., doing business as Rockler Woodworking and Hardware, supplies specialty hardware, tools, and other woodworking products. Its hardware products range from crib hardware to drawer slides. The company also provides hand, power, shop, cutting, burning, drilling, and router tools; lumber and veneer products, dowels, wooden kits and parts, moldings, carvings, cabinet faces, glues, sandpaper, stains, and finishes; and plans, books, CDs, DVDs, and videos. In addition, it publishes a magazine that provides plans, techniques, product reviews, and tips to woodworkers. The company sells its products through retail stores in Arizona, California, Colorado, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Massachusetts, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas, Washington, and Wisconsin; and independent resellers in California, Georgia, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Maryland, Michigan, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Nevada, Ohio, South Carolina, and Virginia. Rockler Companies also sells its products through catalog, as well as online. The company was founded as Minnesota Woodworkers Supply Company in 1954 and changed its name to Rockler Companies, Inc. in 1998. Rockler Companies, Inc. is based in Medina, Minnesota.


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