IO has announced that they have been awarded a contract by Southern Foodservice Management, Inc., a leading provider in onsite dining, catering, and vending services.

As part of the agreement, IO will provide Southern with Data Center as a Service (DCaaS) delivered out of the IO Phoenix data center. This approach supplies Southern a high-performance, cost-effective solution—without having to invest resources in building and maintaining its own data center.

"We are committed to providing that 'Something Extra' to our customers and that means we need to have the reliable infrastructure in place to support our productivity and business nationwide," said Tom Waldrop, IT director, Southern Foodservice Management, Inc. "IO delivers the reliability and cost efficiency we need and allows us to focus our internal IT resources on supporting our customer needs rather than managing our data center."

IO Phoenix is the largest commercially available data center in the United States to achieve Tier III Design Certification from the Uptime Institute.