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AFFES Secures Data

DALLAS -- The Army & Air Force Exchange Service (AAFES) signed a multi-year, multi-million dollar contract with Horizon Data Center Solutions for the company to provide secure disaster recovery and data security for the $9.7 billion in retail transactions that the multi-channel retailer provides to American soldiers, airmen and their families worldwide.

According to AAFES spokesman Lt. Col. William Thurmond, Horizon was selected as the provider after a selection process. The open bid competition involved more than 20 data center companies with strict power, telecommunication and services requirements.

AAFES provides retail stores, a catalog and online retail services featuring more than 18 million items sold tax-free to U.S. active duty, Reserve and National Guard personnel, military retirees and their families.

AAFES will utilize space in one of Horizon's two Dallas-based data centers, which combined, provide more than 37,000 square feet of Tier III space with Tier IV attributes, according to the company.

"Our business serves military personnel around the world and their families who are located both home and abroad," AAFES' Chief Information Officer Dale Linebarger said in a statement. "Ensuring the uninterrupted service to military families made it essential that we seek out and secure the services of a reliable data center with services that would ensure that when a soldier or airman needs something, he or she can get it. The security of our data is absolutely critical to our ability serve troops, wherever they are called to serve."
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