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OnePartner, EMBARQ announce Tier III data center connectivity

February 18, 2008

DUFFIELD, VA, - OnePartner today announced the availability of their high-availability business continuance, disaster recovery and colocation services, enabled significantly by a key partnership with EMBARQ to provide the needed highly reliable network access to deliver these services.

"Metro Ethernet provided by EMBARQ provides a direct connection to OnePartner's Tier III Advanced Technology & Applications Center (ATAC)," said Kathy Feagins, EMBARQ account executive. "We see great potential for a resource like the OnePartner ATAC, coupled with our Metro Ethernet, to highlight our region's infrastructure and draw additional businesses. It also fills a crucial role in the increasing automation our clients are putting in place."

A Tier III center provides multiple active power and cooling distribution paths, has redundant components, and is concurrently maintainable to ensure high availability. The Uptime Institute (uptimeinstitute.com) created the Tier classification system as a benchmark for reliable data center infrastructure design.

"The OnePartner ATAC in Duffield currently is the sole U.S. company providing outsourced commercial data center services (including colocation and disaster recovery) that has been awarded a Tier III Design Certification by the Uptime Institute," said Julian Kudritzki, certification manager of The Uptime Institute.

"EMBARQ has been great to work with from the early planning stages of our project. It is clear they understand how important disaster recovery planning is to their clients," said Tom Deaderick, director of OnePartner. "This relationship makes it very straightforward for businesses on the EMBARQ network to establish failover systems in the ATAC."

"Businesses in the region are becoming more dependent on their computing infrastructure," Feagins said. "Using EMBARQ's high-capacity Ethernet services and network monitoring capabilities, we can connect our clients to a resource that allows them to ensure those systems are available at all times."