Denver, November 15, 2000 — Qwest Communications International Inc. (NYSE: Q), the broadband Internet communications company, today announced the opening of the company's newest CyberCentersm Internet hosting facility, located in Denver. With this opening, Qwest now operates a network of 12 U.S. CyberCenters that provide customers with an industry-leading portfolio of complex Web hosting and managed applications services and direct connections to Qwest's leading global broadband Internet network.
Qwest CyberCenters are staffed around-the-clock with technical experts who manage, maintain and support customers' data, equipment and connections to Qwest's high-performance network. The Denver CyberCenter is the latest of Qwest's highly-reliable Internet hosting facilities with redundant systems in all critical areas, including redundant 2.5 Gigabit-per-second connections to the Internet.
"As more technology companies move and expand into Denver's Convergence Corridor, there will be a growing need for the security, management services and direct, high-speed connections provided in our CyberCenters," said Lewis O. Wilks, president of Qwest Internet solutions. "Now, customers in our home state can better access the most comprehensive and secure network-based applications management and Web-hosting services available."
These secure centers deliver Qwest's array of application and hosting services – an overall market that analysts project will reach almost $42 billion by 2004. Qwest CyberCenters also provide mission-critical application service provider (ASP) services through Qwest Cyber.Solutions, the industry's largest enterprise ASP formed through a joint venture with KPMG.
"Qwest's presence is a significant factor in Colorado's emergence as a world technology leader," said Marc Holtzman, secretary of technology for the Colorado Governor's office. "This new CyberCenter is just the latest example of Qwest's contribution to Colorado's participation in the world technology revolution."
To safeguard customers' hosting operations, Qwest provides a maximum-security environment, including a biometric security system, video surveillance of all entrances and aisles, 24x7 security guards, and locked racks and cages where customer equipment can be stored. The Denver CyberCenter also provides fully redundant Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) systems, fire suppression systems, continuous power with an uninterrupted power supply and diesel generator backup.
"We are excited that Qwest has opened this world-class data and application hosting facility in our backyard," said Bob Ogdon, CEO of Denver-based MSHOW.com. "Qwest has already met our needs by providing the scalability, reliability and capacity to deliver our leading Web conferencing, interactive broadcasting and streaming services to thousands of users around the world. Our relationship demonstrates the successful convergence of Internet, telephony and video services, and we look forward to leveraging this new CyberCenter as we extend our hosting relationship in the future."
Qwest plans to open two more CyberCenters by the end of 2000, and 10 more next year for a total of 24 CyberCenters in 2001. Through a strategic alliance with IBM announced earlier this year, Qwest plans to open 28 CyberCenters over the next three years for a total of 42 U.S. facilities.
Qwest CyberCenters and IP network provide a seamless link to KPNQwest's pan-European network and CyberCenters. Formed in 1999 through a joint venture between Qwest and Dutch telecommunications company KPN, KPNQwest's network currently spans 4,000 miles and links 23 cities. When completed in 2001, the network will cover 12,400 miles and connect more than 50 cities. The company recently opened a Munich CyberCenter – the first of 18 European facilities planned through a KPNQwest alliance with IBM.
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