Ongoing Operations LLC of Hagerstown, Md., has partnered with a West Coast hosted applications specialist to offer a new suite of production IT offerings for credit unions.
Initially offered will be hosted Microsoft Exchange server and virtual desktop products which will allow credit unions to reduce total ownership costs, including costly upgrades to Exchange 2010, and pay predictable monthly service fees instead of large capital expenditures, said Kirk Drake, president of Ongoing Operations, which now provides data center disaster recovery and business continuity services to more than 100 credit unions.
Ongoing Operations partnered with Cloudworks of Thousand Oaks, Calif., to provide the new hosted IT enterprise services. Several CUSOs and credit unions are in the implementation stage, the CUSO said.
"Credit unions' overall IT expenses continue to grow and resources are often stretched thin trying to keep up with frequent hardware upgrades, patches and increasingly complex software licensing fees," Drake said.
Mike Eaton, Cloudworks CEO, said his company has been serving small and medium-sized businesses for 14 years.
"By combining our expertise in client migrations and highly customizable interfaces with Ongoing Operations' secure data centers built specifically for credit union requirements, we have developed a truly unique solution with significant benefits for the industry," he said.