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 Snapshotâ„¢, 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

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