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Cbeyond Reveals Top Five Cloud Resource and Time Saving Tips for Small and Mid-Sized Businesses

Cbeyond Reveals Top Five Cloud Resource and Time Saving Tips for Small and Mid-Sized Businesses  Cloud and Network Services Provider Offers Strategies to Help Businesses Maximize Server Investment, Productivity  ATLANTA, April 22, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Cbeyond Inc. (Nasdaq:CBEY), the technology ally to small and mid-sized businesses (SMBs), is offering its top five tips to help businesses save resources dedicated to managing and maintaining cloud servers before, during or post cloud implementation. The guidelines, part of Cbeyond's "Technology Ally" best practices series, are designed to help SMBs realize the full potential of their IT investments and better serve customers.  According to the Winter 2012 Cbeyond Business Leader Snapshot™, more than 30 percent of SMBs anticipate technology spending to remain flat in 2013, making it more critical than ever for these companies to properly allocate time and resources. With a significant portion of annual budgets dedicated to integrating and maintaining technology assets, SMBs are challenged to find ways to reduce the strain of such upkeep and still maintain a competitive edge by continuing to drive innovation.  To eliminate some of the resource burdens of cloud management, Cbeyond recommends the following five best practices:  1.Account for all Expenses: When moving from using on-premise equipment to     cloud servers a successful cloud model should take all operational     expenses, such as administration and maintenance costs, into account.     Maintenance costs for data, application, middleware, operating system,     virtualization, server, storage, network and data center assets alone     usually comprise 75-90% of IT budgets.This practice enables businesses to     accurately evaluate the cost-benefit of utilizing the cloud which can     provide predictable monthly payments instead of "lumpy" spending     associated with traditional IT spending. A periodic cost-maintenance plan     helps businesses work more efficiently as well as anticipate and react to     operational changes faster. 2.Bundle Resources: When businesses leverage the cloud, they need both cloud     services and network connectivity to the cloud.Instead of relying on     multiple vendors to provide each technology, consider purchasing both     through a single provider. Bundling eliminates the hassles of managing     multiple support teams, ensures no "finger-pointing" in the event     technical support is required, simplifies billing and typically involves a     significant cost-saving. 3.Add Resources as Needed:A key benefit of using cloud services is the     ability to add resources on-the-fly. This eliminates the headache of     having to research, forecast and buy costly on-premise equipment such as     servers and PBX phone systems upfront, each time aging equipment needs to     be replaced. Work with a cloud vendor that has resource flexibility such     as the ability to add memory, storage, and compute resources on demand. In     many cases, the ability to self-provision IT resources exactly when needed     reduces hours, days, and weeks needed to plan, procure, and deploy     technology to just a few minutes. 4.Don't Underestimate the Cloud: The cloud provides enormous benefits in     terms of flexibility, manageability and cost.Keep in mind that the cloud     can apply to many more technology needs today than is commonly     understood.Want business-class email?The cloud can help.Need to host an     application?The cloud is there.Want a flexible phone system that     connects multiple locations?The cloud is there too. 5.Keep the Team Cloud-Ready: Brief teams frequently on the status of cloud     processes and applications. Regular, scheduled communications will provide     greater visibility into projects, and avoid having to waste time briefing     multiple teams at multiple times.  "Cloud technologies should provide businesses with the flexibility to plan for continued growth," said Brent Cobb, executive vice president and chief revenue officer at Cbeyond. "Taking a few basic steps now to eliminate hurdles that impede the efficiency of the cloud will enable teams to better assign IT resources and reach their goals faster."  To learn more about Cbeyond's cloud and network offerings, and its entire suite of cloud and network communication services, visit http://cbeyond.com/services/cloud. To view a social media version of this press release, please click here.  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/cbeyond.  CONTACT: Media Contact:                   Helga Ojinmah          (678) 370-2243          helga.ojinmah@cbeyond.com  Cbeyond, Inc. Logo  
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