DENVER, OCTOBER 31, 2005 - Qwest Communications International Inc. (NYSE: Q) today announced a new two-year contract to provide data center hosting services for Sunkist Growers, a leading international citrus supplier. According to the agreement, Qwest will host Sunkist?s internal data infrastructure at a state-of-the-art Qwest CyberCenter, giving Sunkist a much more secure and disaster-resilient environment for the organization's crucial information.
Qwest offers one of the most comprehensive ranges of hosting services available in the industry. Qwest Dedicated Hosting Services will provide a robust and secure environment for Sunkist's computing infrastructure.
"Qwest brought a compelling value proposition to the table through their wide range of services, the reliability and scalability of their network, and their attention to security and operational processes," said Matthew Melhuish, director of I.T. for Sunkist. "The installation of Qwest's hosting services will enable a seamless transition as we move our business-critical infrastructure to Qwest's leading-edge facility."
"The extension of our relationship with Sunkist is further evidence of Qwest's promise to deliver exceptional service and customize network solutions to fit the needs of our clients," said Tom Richards, executive vice president, business markets group for Qwest. "With a wide range of premium services, Qwest Dedicated Hosting Services will allow Sunkist to stay up-to-date, boost innovation and manage risk as data centers and operations grow in size and complexity."
Sunkist is a leading international citrus supplier and not-for-profit company. The organization?s 6,000 members, all California and Arizona citrus growers, have joined forces to produce the high-quality Sunkist® fruit. Sunkist is one of the 10 largest marketing cooperatives in America and the largest marketing cooperative in the world's fruit and vegetable industry.
Qwest Communications International Inc. (NYSE: Q) is a leading provider of high-speed Internet, data, video and voice services. With approximately 40,000 employees, Qwest is 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.