The College Network Selects EarthLink for Customized Cloud Hosting and Dedicated Server Virtualization Solution

    The College Network Selects EarthLink for Customized Cloud Hosting and
                   Dedicated Server Virtualization Solution

Distance-learning provider increases availability, speed of mission-critical

PR Newswire

ATLANTA, Jan. 28, 2013

ATLANTA, Jan. 28, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- EarthLink, Inc. (NASDAQ: ELNK) a
leading IT and communications provider, today announced that The College
Network, a pioneerin the online education industry, has selected EarthLink as
its IT services provider. EarthLink is deploying a customized Cloud Hosting
and Dedicated Server solution for The College Network's highly-scalable,
replicated database that runs its core business applications including its
customer relationship management and enterprise resource planning
applications, file and utility servers, content delivery system and customer
registration system. Click here to view The College Network's case study.

Since 1992, The College Network has provided educational programs entirely
through distance learning and now offers online associate, bachelors and
masters degrees and professional certificates from leading universities. A
small IT team supports The College Network's growing technology
infrastructure, serving 200 employees and an additional 150 independent
contractors nationwide. Like many companies its size, their IT team struggled
to cover every need and spent more time troubleshooting hardware than solving
business problems.

Before virtualizing with EarthLink, the team managed approximately 115
physical servers all connected to Storage Area Networks (SANs). Ryan Sallee,
Chief Information Officer for The College Network, evaluated several providers
and selected EarthLink due to the company's solid understanding of his
business challenges. EarthLink designed a customized solution with Cloud
Hosting and Dedicated Servers that went beyond a typical disaster recovery
plan and built out a business continuity structure with multi-path
connectivity between The College Network's headquarters and EarthLink's data

"With the EarthLink solution, we have significantly upgraded our
infrastructure and availability of mission-critical systems, which makes
people more efficient, processes easier, data availability higher and customer
satisfaction better, said Ryan Sallee, CIO for The College Network. "This
implementation was a huge win for our company, as you can't put a price on the
systems availability. That's the value of an IT services provider, and with
EarthLink—I sleep better at night."

The company's core business applications now reside in a clustered
configuration at EarthLink. With the registration system mirrored, The College
Network ensures reliable availability and fast performance when customers sign
on, and a significant reduction in capital expenses by avoiding an SAN upgrade
estimated to cost several hundred thousand dollars. Moving forward, The
College Network has reallocated its valuable IT manpower on activities that
bring greater value while EarthLink takes care of supporting its systems.

"A big part of EarthLink's role in virtualization is taking the burden of
infrastructure management off of the client's plate so they can focus on
higher-value contributions to their bottom line," said Michael D. Toplisek,
EarthLink Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing. "In addition to
increased reliability and performance, The College Network's IT team will have
the bandwidth to more proactively address business challenges and provide

About EarthLink
EarthLink, Inc. (NASDAQ: ELNK) is a leading IT services and communications
provider to more than 150,000 businesses and one million consumers nationwide.
EarthLink empowers customers with managed services including cloud computing,
managed and private cloud, and virtualization services such as managed hosting
and cloud workspace. EarthLink also offers a robust portfolio of IT security,
application hosting, colocation and IT support services. The company operates
an extensive network spanning 28,800 route fiber miles with 90 metro fiber
rings and 4 secure data centers providing ubiquitous nationwide data and voice
IP service coverage across more than 90 percent of the country. Founded in
1994, EarthLink's award-winning reputation for outstanding service and product
innovation is supported by an experienced team of professionals focused on
best-in-class customer care. For more information, visit EarthLink's website

About The College Network
Since 1992 The College Network^® and its partner universities have provided
accessible educational programs for individuals seeking degrees or
professional certificates, entirely through distance learning. Programs are
available from leading universities for associate's, bachelor's, master's
degrees and professional certificates. Areas of studyinclude a variety of
disciplines such as healthcare, nursing, business, criminal justice, fire
science, human resources, project management, marketing, lean six sigma, legal
studies and more. The College Network also works with organizations like the
National League for Nursing (NLN) to provide exam preparation materials to
help nurses earn their PNandRN licensures. Visit for
more information.

SOURCE EarthLink, Inc.

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