Published June 17, 2003
Volume 11, Number 6

Data Return Sets up Shop in Hacienda
Divine's Managed Services Unit Emerges as Profitable, Standalone Business
Data Return
Paul Hinsberg, a customer engineering response team engineer at DataReturn,
works in the company's data center.

By George Walsh
Network Editor

Data Return, a company with more than six years of experience in managing complex, transaction-intensive computer applications, is in the process of re-establishing itself at its 59,449 square foot location at 5667 Gibraltar Drive. The company’s services range from infrastructure management to comprehensive managed application services on leading platforms.

The new Data Return arose from Saratoga Partners’ acquisition of Divine, Inc.'s managed services unit as part of Divine’s bankruptcy auction. Divine's managed services unit was built through the acquisition of Data Return, Intira, and Host One. A number of employees of the original Data Return, including CEO Sunny Vanderbeck, now find themselves with their old company name back on their business cards.

Data Return operates and maintains the network servers and data centers that are required for companies with mission-critical Internet applications or off-site corporate databases to make sure that they always run and are always available and functioning properly. The company can maintain the operating system, hardware, and all the applications that are involved in keeping a web enterprise or data center up and running. 500 companies around the world including Hewlett Packard, Applied Materials, California State Auto Association, Match.com, and Longs Drugs rely on Data Return's experience, proven capabilities, and financial stability to manage their mission critical business infrastructure on the Windows, Solaris, and enterprise Linux platforms. Within Hacienda, Data Return provides services for C-COR and Zantaz.

“What make us different from others in the hosting industry is our combination of deep technical expertise and financial stability,” says Michael Bergman, Data Return’s sales manager for Northern California. “We have  proven technical expertise on Microsoft, Sun and Oracle technologies and have truly mastered the process, technology, and capabilities required to manage transaction-intensive online applications. Our strong financial position ensures that customers don’t have to worry about whether their application will still be online tomorrow.” For companies like Match.com and others whose primary source of revenue is their web enterprise, it’s absolutely essential that their web site does not go down.

Data Return has a proven track record of managing applications on the Microsoft platform. A Microsoft Certified Gold Partner, Data Return was the inaugural winner of the Microsoft Global Service Provider Award for Hosting in 2000, and received the Application Infrastructure award in 2002. The company was also one of the first service providers to achieve Compaq Signature Certified provider status.

In addition to managing web applications for companies like H&R Block, Data Return’s service allows customers to leverage the company’s technical knowledge and resources, speeding time-to-market on new technologies like Windows Server 2003 while reducing the risk of rapid adoption. “This technology changes very quickly,” Bergman says. “It’s very costly for companies to bring on the technology specialists to be able to manage these sites because there’s an enormous amount of training that has to happen—not only in server, software, and operating system technology, but also in extremely important areas like security.”

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