MANKATO, Minn., Feb. 5, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Enventis (Nasdaq:HTCO) announced today that it has achieved the Cisco ® Master Cloud Builder Specialization. This specialization recognizes Enventis as having the capabilities to build and deploy cloud-ready integrated infrastructures based on Cisco solutions and technology ecosystem partner cloud offerings across storage, virtualization, cloud management and virtual desktop.

"The Master Cloud Builder certification is a natural extension of the value-added solutions and services we already offer, and it further demonstrates Enventis' ability to develop, deploy and support both public and private cloud strategies," said Steve Larson, senior vice president of sales at Enventis. "Offering enterprise-class capabilities with simple integration, and improved performance while controlling costs provides exceptional value to our clients. Enventis is very proud and eager to continue extending our expertise to our clients."

"This specialization brings together data center infrastructure, cloud management, eco-partner relationships and cross-vendor solution capabilities like VCE Vblock, NetApp Flexpod and Cisco VXI," said Edison Peres, senior vice president for worldwide channels at Cisco. "It's the customer's 'one-stop shop' for the highest level of competencies for data center and cloud. Enventis' Cisco Master Cloud Builder Specialization is an outstanding achievement."

The Cisco Master Cloud Builder Specialization is granted to a specific group of partners that possess in-depth technology and architecture skills. These partners also have demonstrated customer success in providing sophisticated, value-added Cisco Data Center and Cloud solutions including sales, deployment and services for Cisco data center and cloud solutions. Partners with a qualified data center and cloud practice can achieve a Master Cloud Builder Specialization regardless of certification level.

The Cisco Resale Channel Program provides a framework for partners to build and showcase the sales, technical and Cisco Lifecycle Services skills required to successfully deliver Cisco solutions to end customers. Through the program's specializations and certifications, Cisco recognizes a partner's expertise in deploying solutions based on Cisco advanced technologies and services. Using a third-party audit process, the program validates a partner's technology skills, business practices, customer satisfaction, presales and post-sales support capabilities, and other critical factors that customers consider when choosing a trusted partner.

About Enventis

Enventis is a leading communications provider connecting business and residential customers across the upper Midwest with advanced, integrated communication solutions. Enventis provides business data, voice, IP, managed and hosted services and equipment solutions. The company offers residential broadband Internet, Digital TV and voice services to select communities. Enventis is a subsidiary of HickoryTech Corporation. With headquarters in Mankato, Minn., the company has 500 employees and serves customers across its regional fiber network spanning more than 4,100 route miles across Minnesota and into Iowa, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin. (Nasdaq:HTCO). For more information, visit

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