Cbeyond Honored as Bronze Stevie(R) Award Winner at 2013 American Business Awards(SM)

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ATLANTA, Sept. 26, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Cbeyond, Inc. (Nasdaq:CBEY), the technology ally to small and mid-sized businesses (SMBs), today announced it was awarded a Bronze Stevie® Award for Best New Product or Service of the Year in the Software - Cloud Application / Service category for its TotalCloud™ Data Center service, during the 11th Annual American Business Awards.

The American Business Awards are the nation's premier business awards program. All organizations operating in the U.S.A. are eligible to submit nominations – public and private, for-profit and non-profit, large and small.

Nicknamed the Stevies for the Greek word for "crowned," the trophies were presented to winners during a gala banquet on Monday, September 16, 2013 at the Julia Morgan Ballroom in San Francisco. More than 250 nominees and their guests attended.

More than 3,200 nominations from organizations of all sizes and in virtually every industry were submitted this year for consideration in a wide range of categories, including Most Innovative Company of the Year, Management Team of the Year, Best New Product or Service of the Year, Corporate Social Responsibility Program of the Year, and Executive of the Year, among others.

Released in October 2012, Cbeyond's TotalCloud Data Center (TCDC) service enables businesses that may lack the resources, knowledge or confidence to migrate successfully to a virtualized IT environment in the cloud. A unique TCDC feature is access to a portal which provides a detailed asset utilization overview, showcasing how user services are performing and highlighting over- and underperforming components that need more immediate attention. Through this enhanced capability, users can better sustain their systems and save valuable time by resolving issues faster. Delivered as an enterprise-class, Infrastructure-as-a-Service offering, the TotalCloud Data Center service provides small and mid-sized businesses with their own "slice of the cloud," putting the power and advantages of enterprise cloud computing within reach for any organization.

"I'm delighted the entire team behind TotalCloud Data Center has been recognized with a Stevie by industry peers for the features, level of flexibility and performance this flagship product provides, all less than a year since launch," said Christopher C. Gatch, executive vice president and chief technology officer at Cbeyond. "TotalCloud Data Center enables businesses to better accommodate their changing business needs by managing resources, rather than equipment. We continue to see strong momentum for TotalCloud Data Center as businesses move their applications from onsite servers to our cloud."

Stevie Award winners were selected by more than 320 executives nationwide who participated in the judging process.

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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.

About the Stevie Awards

Stevie Awards are conferred in four programs: The American Business Awards, The International Business Awards, the Stevie Awards for Women in Business, and the Stevie Awards for Sales & Customer Service. A fifth program, the Asia-Pacific Stevie Awards, will debut this month. Honoring organizations of all types and sizes and the people behind them, the Stevies recognize outstanding performances in the workplace worldwide. Learn more about the Stevie Awards at www.StevieAwards.com.

Sponsors and partners of The 2013 American Business Awards include the Business TalkRadio Network, Callidus Software, Citrix Online, Dynamic Research Corporation, Experian Consumer Services, John Hancock Funds, LifeLock, PetRays, and SoftPro.

CONTACT: Helga Ojinmah 678-370-2243 helga.ojinmah@cbeyond.com

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