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Cbeyond Teams With Microsoft on Cloud Services

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ATLANTA -- Cbeyond Inc. (Nasdaq:CBEY), the technology ally for small and mid-sized businesses (SMBs), today announced it has entered into a marketing alliance with Microsoft to offer U.S.-based Managed Service Providers (MSPs) and Value-Added Resellers (VARs) the option to deploy their SMB customers' solutions in Cbeyond's cloud. Through the alliance, Cbeyond will incentivize MSPs and VARs to move their customers to the cloud and showcase the most advanced, enterprise-class cloud computing capabilities of Microsoft's Cloud OS technologies, including Windows Server, Hyper-V and System Center.

In support of the program, Cbeyond is providing MSP and VAR customers with TotalCloud(R) Partner Edition based on the Microsoft Cloud OS technologies. TotalCloud Partner Edition is an advanced cloud platform enabling private, public, and hybrid cloud deployments based on Microsoft Windows Server 2012, a multi-tenant datacenter and cloud infrastructure that simplifies deployment of IT services.

"By embracing Cloud OS technologies Cbeyond has the ability to provide unified management, single identity across clouds with integrated virtualization, enabling organizations to shift to more efficiently managing datacenter resources as a whole," said Aziz Benmalek, general manager, Partner Hosting & Cloud Services at Microsoft Corp. "Building upon our existing technical and business relationship, Cbeyond remains a key Microsoft partner in embracing our Cloud OS and in giving a much wider audience of customers, especially SMBs, access to our hybrid cloud technology," he added.

Cbeyond Communications (Nasdaq: CBEY)

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