Lulu, a provider of self-publishing services ranging from hard-back books to CDs and comic books, has picked Hosted Solutions to provide co-location services.

The multi-year contract is worth $1.3 million, Hosted Solutions said.

“Our entire business is conducted online, so we were looking for a co-location provider that had the capacity to grow with our business and that can provide us with 100% network availability,” said Bill Montgomery, of

Under the agreement, Hosted Solutions will provide Lulu with a large, secured environment for equipment, network services and a first right of refusal for additional “caged” space.

“Lulu needed a local partner who could meet their current and long-term needs,” said Rich Lee, Hosted Solutions’ chief executive officer. “We provided them with a flexible technology solution that guarantees network availability and can expand with their fast growing business.”

Lulu was founded in 2002 by Bob Young, one of the co-founders of Red Hat software.

Hosted Solutions has data centers in Raleigh, Cary, Charlotte and Boston, Mass.