MADISON, Wis. (March 25, 2013)—TDS Hosted and Managed Services, LLC (TDS HMS) announced today that its data centers and managed services, operated by Vital Supports Systems and VISI, remain SSAE 16 (SOC 1) Type 2 audited.

The Service Organization Control (SOC 1) reports are performed by a Certified Public Accountant in accordance with the Statement on Standards for Attestation Engagements (SSAE) 16 audit.

“The SSAE 16 audit and SOC 1 certification reaffirms our company’s commitment to meet the highest standards for security and availability, while making sure all of the appropriate controls and safeguards are firmly in place,” said Clint Harder, vice president of Product Strategy for TDS HMS. “The audits are third party validation that we deliver what we promise, and ensure that our customers’ equipment and data is available, secure, and managed in-line with industry best practices.”

The SSAE 16 audit requires TDS HMS management to present an assessment and written assertion of the controls, to which a third-party auditor holds them accountable. The report provides substantial insight into the people, processes, and technology used to effectively achieve all the control objectives. These objectives include: physical security, availability and change management, incident and event management, IT continuity and request management.

“The SSAE 16 audit provides our customers with reassurance and confidence they’ve chosen a partner who is able to operate a secure, reliable, and prepared data center,” says Harder.

TDS HMS data centers included in this SSAE 16 (SOC 1) Type 2 audit are located in: Eden Prairie and St. Paul, Minn.; Madison, Wis.; and Cedar Falls and Des Moines, Iowa.

TDS HMS provides cloud infrastructure, network and systems solutions, colocation and managed services to businesses nationwide. TDS HMS data centers offer on-premise services as well as the option to colocate in one of the company’s Tier 3 data centers or in the cloud using ReliaCloud™ Infrastructure-as-a Service (IaaS). TDS HMS partners with global leaders, such as Cisco, EMC, Microsoft, and VMware to design, procure, implement, and manage mission critical solutions.

For more information, visit vitalsupport.com or visi.com.