Cbeyond Unveils Top Five Disaster Prevention Tips for Small and Mid-Sized Businesses

Cbeyond Unveils Top Five Disaster Prevention Tips for Small and Mid-Sized
Businesses

SOC 3-Certified Cloud and Communications Services Provider Offers Data
Protection Strategies to Enhance Business Continuity

ATLANTA, Nov. 27, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- In the wake of superstorm Sandy,
and with the potential for disruptive winter storms in the coming months,
Cbeyond Inc. (Nasdaq:CBEY), the technology ally to small and mid-sized
businesses, today released its top five disaster prevention strategies IT
teams can implement now to ensure business continuity.

With the threat of natural disasters such as storms and floods as well as
man-made hazards such as fires, power outages and theft constantly looming,
businesses need to prepare for incidents that could potentially inhibit their
ability to operate. In the worst case scenarios, these events can force
businesses to close permanently. The end of the year is the ideal time for
small and mid-sized businesses to evaluate and refine their current disaster
recovery plans or, if such plans do not already exist, build a first-time
strategy.

To maintain continuous communications and secure work capacity in the event of
natural and man-made threats, Cbeyond recommends the following five best
practices:

1.Plan now: Consider what technological and logistical steps are needed to
    ensure your mission-critical data and applications will be protected and
    establish a plan to communicate with your team and important stakeholders.
    Testing and reviewing your plans quarterly will identify gaps to fix.
2.Back-up your data off-site: Ensure your business has a secure backup
    solution in place to allow data to be stored off-site. In the event of a
    disaster affecting the home office, critical business information can
    still be recovered.
3.Consider deploying applications in the cloud: Many businesses still
    maintain their most important infrastructure (such as servers for
    business-critical applications) at their own premises. In many cases, it
    is possible to run applications in the "cloud" instead. Cloud facilities,
    typically located in hardened infrastructure and remote locations, are
    more disaster-resistant than typical office locations.
4.Evaluate redundant network connectivity options: In the event of a
    disaster, network connectivity from the office may become unavailable.
    Today, it is possible to have a wireless back-up system to increase the
    chances of maintaining connectivity.
5.Reroute communications as necessary: While the advancements in smart phone
    and tablet technology have made workers more "disaster-ready," businesses
    should still verify that all employees have access to e-mail via mobile
    and web sources, and that desk phones can be forwarded to personal cell or
    home numbers to ensure contact with customers and partners.

"Many small business owners believe they don't have the time or resources to
build a disaster plan, and unfortunately often don't see the value of such
planning until it is too late," said Brent Cobb, chief customer officer at
Cbeyond. "Taking a few fundamental, low-cost steps to close potential
operational gaps can help businesses protect their most critical data,
guarantee remote access and ensure minimal disruption should a damaging event
occur."

Cbeyond further assists its customers' disaster prevention plans through its
TotalCloud™ Data Center service, which enables secure, affordable and private
offsite information storage. TotalCloud Data Center provides users with their
own "slice of the cloud" that has been Service Organization Control 3 (SOC
3)-certified to ensure maximum protection. Cbeyond additionally helps
customers securely transition critical data and applications off-site through
its TotalCloud™ Migration Service, which helps businesses resume operations
quickly and without disruption after their data is migrated to the cloud.

To learn more about Cbeyond's disaster recovery and business continuity
offerings, and its entire suite of cloud and network communication services,
visit http://cbeyond.com/. To view a social media version of this press
release, please click here.

About Cbeyond

Cbeyond, Inc. (Nasdaq:CBEY) is the technology ally for small and mid-sized
business. Our private, proactively-managed IP network connects customers to
voice, data and enterprise applications hosted in our award-winning cloud data
centers. Since 1999, Cbeyond has served the unmet needs of businesses through
technology and service innovation. We were the first company to build an
all-IP network specifically for small businesses and among the few to offer
consultative sales and service professionals onsite. Today, our expanded
portfolio helps customers reduce the burden of outlaying capital and manpower
to manage infrastructure. Creating an exceptional customer experience is in
our DNA. It's why more than a third of our approximately 60,000 customers come
from referrals. For more information on Cbeyond, visit www.cbeyond.com and
follow Cbeyond on Twitter: www.twitter.com/Cbeyondinc.

CONTACT: Media Contacts:
        
         Helga Ojinmah
         (678) 370-2243
         helga.ojinmah@cbeyond.com
        
         Jackie Parker (on behalf of Cbeyond)
         (404) 929-0091 x220
         jparker@arketi.com
 
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