The University of Alberta Becomes One of the First Canadian Research Universities to Move Its Chief Digital Brand to the AWS Cloud

iTMethods Helps Enable the University of Alberta to Compete on a Global Scale

TORONTO, Sept. 27, 2016 /CNW/ - The University of Alberta, one of Canada's leading research universities, recently completed a ground-breaking transition – moving the hundreds of websites and resources that compose its digital ecosystem to the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Cloud by working with iTMethods to architect and execute a migration and implementation strategy. This enables the University of Alberta to unify its digital strategy and expand its local and global reach, better serving its diverse stakeholder network of students, faculty, researchers, and clients.

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Like many Canadian universities, the University of Alberta's digital infrastructure is highly complex – consisting of hundreds of interconnected pieces. Maintaining it on legacy systems and traditional platforms was challenging, a struggle exacerbated by periods of fluctuating demand during on- and off-peak research seasons. The AWS Cloud helps solve these challenges, providing industry-leading scalability, security, and reliability. Relying on iTMethods' ongoing support lets the University of Alberta focus on nurturing its own growth and development, creating a cohesive digital strategy and expanding its reach to compete on new domestic and international levels.

"Power and scalability was extremely important to us," said Jennifer Chesney, Associate Vice-President of University Digital Strategy. "We needed to move our digital brand to an infrastructure management partner that could provide the university the highest quality optimization of our complex environment. They've worked collaboratively with us since the beginning – helping us make the most of the AWS Cloud and deliver the best results to all of our users."

"We were excited to be working with such a forward-thinking organization like the University of Alberta, committed to sharing its world-class research with domestic and international communities," said Paul Goldman, CEO of iTMethods. "We look forward to helping it manage its digital infrastructures so the University can continue delivering exceptional service to students, staff, researchers, and clients alike."

"We are proud to support the University of Alberta in their digital transformation," said Jeff Kratz, Head of Canada for Public Sector, Amazon Web Services, Inc. "The cloud will help enable the University of Alberta's faculty, staff, and students innovate faster by arming them with the tools necessary to continue groundbreaking research and development."

About the University of Alberta: The University of Alberta in Edmonton is one of Canada's top teaching and research universities, with an international reputation for excellence across the humanities, sciences, creative arts, business, engineering, and health sciences. To find out more about the University of Alberta, visit https://www.ualberta.ca/.

About iTMethods: iTMethods is an AWS Advanced Consulting and Managed Service Partner helping customers deploy, automate, and manage their cloud infrastructure to realize the full value of AWS. They collaborate with customers, helping them optimize and secure their critical workloads 24/7. iTMethods streamlines code deployment with automation and DevOps. Founded in 2005, they are headquartered in Toronto. To find out more about iTMethods, visit http://www.itmethods.com/.

SOURCE iTMethods Inc.

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For further information: Please contact: Paul Goldman, innovate@itmethods.com, 416-849-1246, http://www.itmethods.com/

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