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Emerald Expositions Launches on Latisys' Cloud-Enabled Systems Infrastructure Platform

Leading Owner of B2B Trade Shows Selects Latisys for Scalable Managed Hosting and Highly Resilient Disaster Recovery

IRVINE, CA -- (Marketwired) -- 07/17/14 -- Latisys, a leading international provider of hybrid cloud hosting and data center solutions, today announced an IT infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) agreement with Emerald Expositions, a leading operator of large business-to-business tradeshows in the United States.

Previously owned by the Nielsen Company, Emerald had served as Nielsen's trade show division until it was acquired by Onex Partners in 2013 to form Emerald Expositions. The acquisition included certain requirements and deadlines for establishing Emerald as an independent business -- including the complete separation of its IT infrastructure from Nielsen.

Focused on rapid business growth -- both organically and via acquisitions -- the new Emerald Expositions needs a highly flexible and scalable infrastructure that can easily synthesize and accommodate new and disparate IT environments.

Following a thorough evaluation of leading IaaS providers, Emerald chose Latisys for its ability to rapidly move and re-establish Emerald's systems as part of a comprehensive IT infrastructure solution built upon Latisys' enterprise-grade and compliant Cloud-enabled Systems Infrastructure (CESI) and delivered from Latisys' ultra-secure data center in Irvine, Ca.

In a matter of weeks, Latisys was supporting all of Emerald's backend systems and powering Emerald's trade show and exposition services for large corporate clients. Latisys also serves as the backbone for Emerald's enterprise resource planning (ERP) and customer relationship management (CRM) systems. The company will add resiliency by deploying Latisys' Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS) solution from Latisys' data center in Ashburn, Va.

"Emerald Expositions was created literally overnight with an immediate need to establish a highly secure, high performance IT infrastructure to power our critical backend systems," said Bill Charles, Chief Information Officer, Emerald Expositions. "Latisys was instrumental in getting our systems up and into production -- enabling us to rapidly move our applications from the previous environment onto the Latisys platform in a way that was completely seamless and transparent to our customers."

"Our IT infrastructure is mission critical to our business," Charles added. "Everything we do -- from ERP to CRM -- all of it runs on Latisys' secure and unified platform. We collaborated closely to design a solution tailored to our specific business needs while being modular enough to enable us to quickly scale up new infrastructure as we acquire new businesses."

With security as a priority, Latisys engages external audit firms to perform assessments in support of customers' diverse compliance requirements. These accredited examinations span SOC 2, SOC 3, PCI DSS and HIPAA -- affirming Latisys' commitment to meet the highest standards for availability and security. Latisys recently announced a significant enhancement to its suite of Threat and Compliance Management Services, giving customers a suite of leading-edge tools and security expertise to better evaluate risk, detect and address threats and vulnerabilities.

"Emerald Expositions is a high growth enterprise that requires a combination of performance, flexibility and speed to market," said Pete Stevenson, CEO, Latisys. "Latisys is committed to serving as an extension of Emerald's IT team, and they can count on both our infrastructure and our team of experts to deliver."

With high-density data centers located in every U.S. time zone, Latisys' national reach enables multi-site redundancy, managed backup and secure disaster recovery including cloud-based DR solutions. Latisys' Tier III facilities are designed for the business continuity of mission-critical operations -- offering the power densities, cooling, backbone network and managed services with an eye toward reducing capital expenditures for storage and ongoing maintenance.

With a Net Promoter score of 46, Latisys leads the IaaS industry in customer satisfaction and was recently positioned for the first time on the Gartner Magic Quadrant for Cloud-Enabled Managed Hosting which can be accessed here.

About Emerald Expositions
Emerald is a leading operator of large business-to-business tradeshows in the United States, producing more than 85 tradeshows and conference events per year connecting over 525,000 buyers and sellers across ten diversified end-markets, including general merchandise; sports; hospitality and retail design; jewelry, luxury, and antiques; e-commerce; photography; decorated apparel; building; healthcare; and military. Emerald is headquartered in San Juan Capistrano, California. The company's shows are typically the most prominent and important for exhibitors and attendees within their various industries. For more information on Emerald, please visit

About Latisys
Latisys is a leading provider of hybrid cloud hosting and data center solutions to medium-sized businesses, enterprise customers and government agencies. With a heritage serving business customers since 1994, and multiple high-density data centers across the United States -- and now in the United Kingdom -- Latisys offers a scalable outsourced IT infrastructure platform that provides customers with what they need, when they need it. As a client-centric company -- with state of the art data centers in Ashburn, Virginia, Chicago, Denver, Irvine, California and London -- Latisys is quickly becoming the IaaS platform of choice for companies that seek a truly flexible IT infrastructure partner. Call 1-866-956-9594, visit or follow us on Twitter at for additional information. All Systems Grow.

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