DENVER, April 14, 2004 ?Qwest Communications International Inc. (NYSE: Q) today announced it is expanding its Sunnyvale, Calif. CyberCenter(sm), and reopening its Columbus, Ohio CyberCenter to better meet the needs of business customers seeking Web hosting services and related wide area networking solutions. By expanding these spaces, Qwest can accommodate more customers and provide them with industry-leading services.
The Qwest CyberCenters provide a secure, reliable and scaleable location for customers? hosting needs. The expanded Qwest CyberCenter in Sunnyvale will be adjacent to the existing Qwest facility, creating one large complex for Qwest Web hosting in Northern California. The Columbus, Ohio CyberCenter is reopening to meet growing customer demand in the Midwest and required minimal capital investment because Qwest is using its existing facility.
The Sunnyvale and Columbus CyberCenters include the same state-of-the-art features as the other eight Qwest CyberCenters, including:
- World-class centralized monitoring and management
- Highly skilled operations staff on duty
- Advanced redundant power systems
- Fully monitored cooling systems
- Multiple levels of security
- High-speed network connections
- Gigabit Ethernet connectivity
Web hosting is a key component of Qwest?s iQ Networking? solution, which addresses businesses? wide area networking environments by providing feature-rich platforms built specifically for customers? business applications. Qwest recently launched Web hosting service enhancements such as improved disaster recovery services and business continuity giving customers solutions to their business challenges.
?Customers want solutions-oriented networking and a critical part of that is Web hosting. Since customer demand for hosting has grown more than 10 percent in the past year, we decided to expand our Sunnyvale and Columbus CyberCenters,? said Cliff Holtz, executive vice president for Qwest business markets group. ?iQ Networking is the cornerstone of our business solutions and it doesn?t exist without our resolute commitment to Web hosting and our Web hosting services. This is a great move for Qwest and for customers who can rest assured that Qwest is meeting their needs.?
The additional space in the Columbus facility will be available for customer use immediately and the Sunnyvale space will be available by June 2004, however businesses interested in reserving space at either facility or learning more about Qwest Web hosting services or iQ Networking should contact their Qwest account representative or visit www.qwest.com.
About QwestQwest 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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