EarthLink Earns 2012 Cloud Computing Excellence Award from Cloud Computing Magazine

ATLANTA, GA — November 1, 2012 — EarthLink, Inc. (NASDAQ: ELNK), a leading IT services and communications provider, today announced that TMC, a global, integrated media company, has named EarthLink Business® Cloud Hosting as a 2012 Cloud Computing Excellence Award winner presented by Cloud Computing Magazine.  The Cloud Computing Excellence Awards recognize companies that have most effectively leveraged cloud computing in their efforts to bring new, differentiated offerings to market. 
“Recognizing leaders in the advancement of cloud computing, TMC is proud to announce EarthLink as a recipient of the second annual Cloud Computing Excellence Award,” said Rich Tehrani, CEO of TMC. “EarthLink’s Cloud Hosting solution has demonstrated innovation as well as the ability to improve the cloud.”
For this award, EarthLink spotlighted its cloud hosting solution for independenceIT (iIT). A full case study and press release outlining this solution are available online.

“We are pleased to be selected for this award, based on the cloud computing solution we deliver to independenceIT, ” said Michael Toplisek, EarthLink Executive Vice President of Products and Marketing. “With EarthLink Cloud Hosting providing customized, virtualized data center services, iIT now delivers its Cloud Workspace™ and application platforms to its clients with faster platform delivery. iIT also lowered its data center costs by16% with the EarthLink solution, and now enjoys the scalability to add new servers and storage on-demand as their business needs dictate.”

EarthLink delivers a Cloud Hosting service that is VMware vCloud powered, with the ability to reduce IT operating costs by consolidating resources, simplify IT complexity, and enable more flexible, agile service delivery through virtualization. EarthLink’s Cloud Hosting service provides a user-friendly vCloud Director Portal for creation of custom Virtual Machines (VM) and on-demand applications. The EarthLink Cloud architecture leverages highly available firewalls, multiple connectivity options and Storage Area Network (SAN) infrastructure to deliver highly redundant on-demand computing power.

Winners of the Cloud Computing Excellence Award are published in the October 2012 issue of Cloud Computing Magazine.

About TMC
TMC is celebrating its 40th anniversary as a global, integrated media company that helps clients build communities in print, in person, and online. TMC publishes the TMC’s CUSTOMER Magazine (formerly Customer Interaction Solutions), INTERNET TELEPHONY, Next Gen Mobility, and Cloud Computing magazines. TMCnet.com, which is read by 1.5 million unique visitors each month, is the leading source of news and articles for the communications and technology industries. TMC is the producer of ITEXPO, the world’s leading B2B communications event. In addition, TMC runs multiple industry events:  Cloud Communications Expo; Cloud4SMB Expo; CVx (ChannelVision Expo); DevCon5; HTML5 Summit; LatinComm Conference & Expo; M2M Evolution Conference & Expo; Mobility Tech Conference & Expo; MSPAlliance MSPWorld; StartupCamp; Video World Conference & Expo and more.

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