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Ruan Transportation Management Systems Case Study

  • Industry: Transportation
  • Solutions: LightEdge Colocation

Founded in 1932, Ruan is one of the largest family-owned transportation management companies in the nation, providing Dedicated Contract Transportation, Managed Transportation, Value-added Warehousing, and Brokerage Support Services. The company’s integrated supply chain solutions combine strong non-asset and asset-based capabilities with optimal technology and unrivaled industry expertise. 

When Ruan first partnered with LightEdge nearly 10 years ago, the Ruan team’s sole interest for the engagement was disaster recovery services. At the time, their IT production assets were located in a downtown high-rise building lacking redundant cooling and featuring aging technology infrastructure. They were seeking a partner to manage cooling, electricity, security, and other environmental aspects. 

Ruan chose to move its IT production assets from the downtown location to LightEdge’s purpose-built Altoona colocation data center. The decision came down to a few key factors: local access, physical security, fair pricing, and excellent customer service. Ruan’s migration was successfully completed in 2016 and the relationship has been “rock solid ever since,” said Marty DeDecker, Ruan’s Chief Information Security Officer.

“We used to be in a 50-year-old high-rise, and were beholden to the building’s cooling system. Now I don’t have to deal with environmental cooling issues or physical security concerns. We’re in a purpose-built facility that’s constructed to withstand anything.” 

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