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Central Valley Schools move all its IT services to TierPoint’s ‘cloud’

Liberty Lake's TierPoint has landed a major contract to provide all information technology services for the Central Valley School District.

The job means CV moves its entire network, including email and parent information data, out of its buildings and into virtualized servers inside TierPoint's data center. Also relocated to TierPoint is the district's business data.

In effect, CV moved its IT system to the cloud, and the cloud in this case was less than 10 miles away.

CV Superintendent Ben Small said the project made sense in saving future upgrade costs for hardware, and in cutting about $190,000 per year for two "high level" IT staff. Those positions were recently cut, he added.

The move eliminates the need for the district to upgrade equipment every three to five years, Small said.

CV is paying a yearly cost of roughly $169,000 to switch, plus another $42,000 for one-time startup fees. The costs will continue at that level for the next five years, with some increases based on the volume of data storage the district needs, said Octavio Morales, a TierPoint spokesman.

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