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Cbeyond Introduces Cloud-Based Certified Application Servers(TM)



Cbeyond Introduces Cloud-Based Certified Application Servers(TM)

New Service Migrates Business Critical Applications, Leverages Network
Performance to the Cloud

ATLANTA, March 26, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Cbeyond Inc. (Nasdaq:CBEY), the
technology ally to small and mid-sized businesses, today announced general
availability of its new Certified Application Servers™ (CAS) service for the
small and mid-sized business market, enabling users to securely access and run
their most frequently used business productivity applications from anywhere,
any time and on any device.

The service was developed to support needs identified in Cbeyond's December
2012 Business Leader Snapshot Survey which found that 91 percent of SMB owners
believe applications will be critical to their business in 2013, highlighting
the value of providing safe, universal access to essential business
productivity programs and relevant data.

Cbeyond's Certified Application Servers allow businesses to take an existing
enterprise application and associated data to a secure cloud environment and
give them confidence that the migration, performance and operation of that
application in the cloud will mirror their on-premise server experience.
Cbeyond can make this commitment because its customers access their
business-critical applications in the cloud over dedicated, symmetrical
bandwidth that directly links their premise to a secure data center utilizing
Cbeyond's privately-owned, premise-to-cloud TotalNetwork™ architecture,
thereby ensuring their data never touches the public Internet.  Additionally,
Cbeyond can certify business productivity software programs—including
proprietary software programs—to meet a customer's unique needs while guiding
them through a rapid migration to the cloud – often within a week.

"Our goal is to provide SMBs with a superior cloud experience that is no
different than what they experience on a local desktop," said Chris Ortbals,
senior vice president, product management.  "As the only cloud provider
tailoring and supporting applications for specific SMB use cases, Cbeyond
further serves as the technology ally to small and mid-sized businesses,
helping them drive efficiency by truly aligning both cloud and network
capabilities."

"At Primo Grills and Smokers, we pride ourselves on manufacturing superior
culinary products.  As a result, we seek out organizations that share our
commitment to excellence, nimbleness, and performance. Cbeyond's Certified
Application Servers service has enhanced the business infrastructure we've
created to respond to our customers' ever-changing changing needs," said
George Samaras, president and founder of Primo Grills and Smokers. 

To certify an application, Cbeyond's expert engineers perform operational,
load and impairment testing across a range of network technologies to ensure
compatibility with various network access points.

Cbeyond engineers begin this process by simulating a production cloud
architecture for many common SMB desktop applications and operating systems.
 An application's performance is then tested for error rates, latency and
circuit outages to determine the minimum symmetrical bandwidth commitment and
network thresholds needed before a deterioration in performance occurs, with
testing for some edge cases.  Testing is performed at 1 - 100 Mbps across
various network access technologies under normal operating conditions (T1, T3,
EFM, MPLS, and Fiber), first at on-premise equipment and then along the
network all the way to servers hosted in a cloud data center.

Finally, cloud servers are sized, configured and packaged for optimal
application access and performance across a number of concurrent users, above
and beyond minimum software manufacturer recommendations.

The Certified Application Servers certification process is an entry point for
leading enterprise and SMB ISV applications across a variety of vertical
industries such as accounting, legal, and medical industries and accommodates
programs most commonly used across the SMB spectrum, with plans to support an
additional six to 12 applications each quarter.

The Certified Application Servers service currently supports the following
business productivity applications:

  * Intuit QuickBooks® (Pro, Premiere and Enterprise versions)
  * Sage ACT!™
  * Sage Peachtree Accounting™
  * Sage 50 Accounting™
  * Abacus Law™ 2012
  * Amazing Charts™ 6.0
  * Microsoft® Office

To ensure protection for all application information, Cbeyond houses its
Certified Application Servers service in its SOC-3 compliant data center,
which leverages intrusion prevention systems, enterprise-grade hardware and
private firewalls to block unauthorized access. To view a social media version
of this press release, click here: http://pitch.pe/ZQYxeJ.

About Cbeyond

Cbeyond, Inc. (Nasdaq:CBEY), a cloud and communications services provider, 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.

The Cbeyond logo is available at
http://www.globenewswire.com/newsroom/prs/?pkgid=16243

All products, company names, brand names, trademarks and logos mentioned or
described in this release are the property of their respective owners.

CONTACT: Media Contact:
         Helga Ojinmah
         (678) 370-2243
         helga.ojinmah@cbeyond.com

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