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TMCNet:  EarthLink to Expand Cloud Services Using Virtustream's Enterprise Class Cloud Software

[January 30, 2013]

EarthLink to Expand Cloud Services Using Virtustream's Enterprise Class Cloud Software

SAN FRANCISCO --(Business Wire)--

Virtustream, Inc., the leading provider of enterprise class cloud software and Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) to telecom operators and enterprises, today announced that EarthLink, a leading IT services and communications provider, will expand its IT services offerings by deploying Virtustream's xStream enterprise cloud software solution.

After evaluating numerous cloud provisioning and management software products, EarthLink determined that Virtustream's enterprise cloud expertise and xStream software's unique capabilities made them the best selection to further enhance EarthLink's cloud offerings. By deploying xStream in its cloud services platform, EarthLink will offer SMB customers an expanded set of enterprise class cloud services for mission-critical applications that require security, pricing and application performance SLAs, complex network routing, compliance, resource pooling and business continuity. These new services, which EarthLink plans to launch in the coming months, will be powered by Virtustream µVMTM technology and enable customers to optimize their cloud spend by only paying for what they use.

"With the xStream cloud software deployed as part of our next-generation cloud architecture, we will more efficiently serve our clients in the SMB market," said Mike Toplisek, executive vice president of sales and marketing for EarthLink. "We can bring additional economies of both scale and skills to our small and mid-sized clients, a privilege once afforded by large enterprises only. Our broader set of managed cloud services will continue to reduce customer need for dedicated IT hardware, software and or even personnel to support new applications."

With the combination of its robust nationwide network, next generation cloud architecture and xStream cloud management platform, EarthLink is positioned to advance the cloud services it provides to SMB customers. EarthLink has four data centers on its network today and is currently deploying the Virtustream xStream solution in its existing Rochester, NY center. In addition, EarthLink is bringing new cloud centers online in Dallas, Chicago, San Jose, and Miami in the first half of 2013 and will deploy xStream in those centers as well.

"This is a very strategic move by EarthLink. The flexibility and pricing model that the cloud provides enables EarthLink to provide top-tier services to small and medium size businesses," said Kevin Reid, chief executive officer and chief technology officer of Virtustream. "By combining our xStream software with their managed services and physical network, EarthLink can advance the bundled solutions it offers their clients."

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 at www.earthlink.net.



About Virtustream

Virtustream is a leading cloud innovator offering enterprise class cloud software and IaaS for enterprises, governments and service providers. Virtustream simplifies moving complex IT to the cloud - whether private, public or hybrid - while delivering the full economic and business benefits of the cloud. Virtustream offers xStream: a secure, high availability, enterprise-class hybrid cloud solution, delivering application level SLAs for mission critical applications (SAP, Oracle (News - Alert), Microsoft and thousands more). xStream is available as software for existing data centers and as a managed service from Virtustream's cloud - all backed by professional services to design, migrate, and manage clouds. Virtustream offers xStream worldwide; owns data centers in the U.S. and EMEA; operates an international Cloud Exchange; has offices in San Francisco, New York, London, Washington D.C., Atlanta, Toronto, Dublin, Dubai and Saudi Arabia and has partners in Asia and China.


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