DENVER, March 2, 2004 ? Qwest Communications International Inc. (NYSE: Q) announced that Outback Steakhouse, Inc., which operates 1,000 casual and upscale restaurants in 50 states and 21 countries, has signed a two-year agreement for managed Web hosting services.
Using Qwest?s hosting co-location service, Outback can ensure that the company?s day-to-day network operations run smoothly and its corporate data is monitored and maintained in Qwest?s secure CyberCenter environment. Qwest is also providing Outback with managed firewall and disaster recovery services using Qwest?s state-of-the-art CyberCenter hosting facilities in Tampa, Fla., and Chicago, Ill. With Qwest?s hosting and disaster recovery services, Outback gains peace of mind knowing that its data is well managed and safe from frequent outages and downtime, which gives them more time to focus on their core business of running successful restaurants.
?Qwest?s focus on customer service, paired with its ability to give us a secure and reliable environment for our back-office operations, made them the clear choice for us,? said Dusty Williams, CIO of Outback Steakhouse.
?Qwest is pleased to provide Outback with enhanced hosting and disaster-recovery services. This offering represents our company?s commitment to providing customers, like Outback, with world-class hosting services that suit their business and operational needs,? said Clifford S. Holtz, executive vice president of Qwest?s business markets group. ?Qwest looks forward to a long-standing relationship with Outback and will work with them to grow their business and demonstrate a valuable customer experience.?
Qwest Web hosting services offer an integrated portfolio of Internet solutions over an all-optical Internet protocol (IP) network. Customers can choose from a complete spectrum of fully-customizable solutions covering domestic and international dedicated hosting, storage services, back-up services, hosted equipment and security services. Hosting operations take place at one of Qwest?s eight state-of-the-art CyberCenters located in Burbank, Calif.; Chicago; Denver; Newark; Tampa; Sacramento; Sterling, VA; and Sunnyvale, Calif. Qwest CyberCenters have some of the industry?s most advanced procedures for monitoring, diagnosing and resolving network, operating system, and application problems before they can begin.
Voted ?Hosting Center of the Year? in a recent InfoWorld reader?s choice survey, Qwest was also ranked number one for providing application services in a recent America?s Network end-user survey.
About Outback Steakhouse
Outback Steakhouse, Inc., headquartered in Tampa, Florida was founded in 1988 and completed its initial public offering in June 1991. Outback Steakhouse, Inc. is a company of restaurants that owns and operates ?Outback Steakhouse? units throughout the U.S. as well as Carrabba?s Italian Grills, Lee Roy Selmon?s, Roy?s, Fleming?s Prime Steakhouse, Bonefish Grill, Cheeseburger in Paradise.
Qwest Communications International Inc. (NYSE: Q) is a leading provider of voice, video and data services to more than 25 million customers. The company?s 47,000 employees are committed to the ?Spirit of Service? and providing world-class services that exceed customers? expectations for quality, value and reliability. For more information, please visit the Qwest Web site at www.qwest.com.
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