eCollege(SM) Opens Second, Full-Scale Data Center

September 13, 2002

“This marks another major advancement in our ability to provide the highest reliability, scalability, security and performance possible to drive the success of our clients’ full online programs,” said Oakleigh Thorne, chairman and CEO of eCollege. “To achieve the high student completion and retention rates our customers strive for, it takes a lot more than just a course management system. Students and faculty demand that the system is always available, or they simply drop out of the program. At eCollege, we’ve achieved a superb 99.99 percent uptime performance this year, and this new data center will help us improve on that terrific performance.”

As a result of the new data center, eCollege will now store all data in two geographically separate locations. In order to provide full redundancy, database content will be synchronized between the two locations every five minutes. As in the primary location, the second data center leverages Microsoft and Dell technologies to provide an extremely high level of scalability and reliability required to support successful full online academic programs.

Beyond this catastrophe protection, the second data center will provide an additional full-scale environment for eCollege’s QA team to completely evaluate and test all future and advanced product technologies to ensure their functionality prior to the live release. In an effort to increase customer involvement in the company’s product development process, the data center will also provide some customer viewing and usage of new software during a staging period prior to release.

The new data center was implemented as part of eCollege’s recent corporate headquarters move within the Denver area. The new facility is organized for optimal interaction between the technical support help desk, product engineering and the data center staff to facilitate efficient product advancements and issue resolution. The Company’s new address is 4900 South Monaco Street, Denver, CO 80237. All other contact information remains the same.

About eCollege

eCollege [Nasdaq: ECLG] is the leading eLearning technology and services provider to educational markets. eCollege designs, builds and supports high quality online degree, certificate/diploma and professional development programs for colleges, universities, school districts and state departments of education. eCollege’s clients include such institutions as National University; University of Massachusetts Amherst; University of Colorado; Drexel University; DeVry University, Inc.; The New England College of Finance; and the Kentucky Virtual High School. The company was founded in 1996 and is headquartered in Denver. For more information, visit

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