Cbeyond Achieves Cisco Master Service Provider Certification

Cbeyond Achieves Cisco Master Service Provider Certification  ATLANTA, Aug. 20, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Cbeyond, Inc. (Nasdaq:CBEY), the technology ally for small and mid-sized businesses (SMBs), announced today that it has achieved the Cisco^® Master Service Provider Certification for cloud and managed services. This certification recognizes Cbeyond as having the capabilities to sell and deliver cloud and managed services to help accelerate time to market and time to revenue. Additionally, the certification rewards partners for their expertise and investments for creating, selling and delivering cloud and managed services with financial incentives and go-to-market benefits in all countries of legal presence.  "Obtaining Cisco Master Service Provider partner status marks yet another significant milestone for Cbeyond," said Paul Gies, vice president, business development at Cbeyond. "The certification is further validation of the powerful combination of our cloud product offerings and the Cisco hardware platform.This combination allows small and mid-sized companies to now utilize the cloud to run their businesses just as efficiently as much larger enterprise companies."  The Cisco Master Service Provider Certification is part of the Cisco Cloud and Managed Services Program, focused on helping partners such as Cbeyond to envision, build, market, and sell cloud and managed services withbusiness acceleration tools and services, sales training and the Cisco Cloud Marketplace to address the varied needs of its customers. As a Cisco Master Service Provider Certified Partner, Cbeyond will sell and deliver at least two Cisco Powered services (managed and/or cloud services with Cisco Powered services designations), built on the IT Infrastructure Library (ITIL) framework, and provide enhanced management and stewardship practices to its customers.  In addition, Cbeyond has achieved Cisco Poweredservices designations in Cloud Services, Cloud Service for Infrastructure as a Service, Managed Services, MPLS VPN, Metro Ethernet, Managed Services Internet Service, and Managed IP Trunking.  Cisco Powered services allow customers to connect with confidence to achieve faster time to value by minimizing technology lifecycle complexity to reduce cost and risk. Customers also experience assured performance through superior service, security, and 24/7 support from Cisco (Nasdaq:CSCO) and its certified partners while taking advantage of continuous innovation based on open standards and Cisco's extensive R&D investment.  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.  Cisco and the Cisco logo are trademarks or registered trademarks of Cisco and/or its affiliates in the U.S. and other countries.  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  Cbeyond, Inc. Logo