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May 23, 2011

Windstream unveils new Boston data center to meet region’s growing cloud computing demands

Company’s state-of-the-art facility is one of the area’s most advanced and largest managed services facilities

BOSTON - Windstream Hosted Solutions, one of the nation’s premier providers of enterprise-class cloud computing and managed hosting solutions, announced today that it has completed its new multimillion dollar data center expansion project in downtown Boston as part of the company’s plan to expand its footprint. The new SAS 70 Type II compliant data center has nearly doubled in size, making it one of the most advanced and largest managed services facilities in the Boston area.

Windstream Hosted Solutions Boston data center:

•  Spans 25,000 square feet
•  Located in Charlestown, Mass. and is easily accessible from Route 93
•  Features new environmentally friendly technologies for efficient cooling as well as high efficiency UPS units and emergency generators
•  Offers redundant utility feeds, an unparalleled network infrastructure and a seasoned operations team

Windstream Hosted Solutions is experiencing tremendous growth as more companies begin to adopt cloud computing. Just last month, the company announced the opening of its third data center in Charlotte, N.C. and is constructing a new data center in Little Rock, Ark. Windstream also manages and operates data centers in Raleigh, Cary, and Charlotte, N.C.; Newton, Iowa; State College and Ephrata, Pa.; Jacksonville, Fla.; Atlanta, Ga., Nashville, Tenn., and Brookfield, Wis.

“Enterprise businesses of all sizes are challenged with handling an increasing amount of data and require a data center that can scale as their needs expand,” said Kip Turco, senior vice president of data center operations at Windstream Hosted Solutions. “We have invested heavily in our Boston facility because there is a current lack of data center space in the region. The Boston data center is one of several facilities in our portfolio being expanded, and we expect to extend our footprint into other markets in the near future.”

According to Forrester Research, the global cloud computing market will reach $241 billion in 2020 compared to $40.7 billion in 2010. Forrester also predicts that 2011 will be the year of cloud implementation.

Windstream Hosted Solutions is a trusted data center partner to both small- to mid-size businesses as well as large Fortune 100 companies. The company provides enterprise-class managed hosting solutions for storage, cloud computing, network and security, OS management and middleware service management, DBA services and disaster recovery.

For more information about Windstream Hosted Solutions, visit windstreambusiness.com/hosted.

About Windstream

Windstream Corp. (Nasdaq: WIN), headquartered in Little Rock, Ark., is an S&P 500 communications and technology solutions provider with operations in 29 states and the District of Columbia and about $4 billion in annual revenues. Windstream provides IP-based voice and data services, MPLS networking, data center and managed hosting services and communication systems to businesses and government agencies. The company also delivers broadband, digital phone and high-definition TV services to residential customers primarily located in rural areas and operates a local and long-haul fiber network spanning approximately 60,000 route miles. For more information about Windstream, visit www.windstream.com.

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Media Contacts:
Windstream
Alice Hartnett, 704-845-7381
alice.hartnett@windstream.com

Windstream Hosted Solutions
Laurie Bowser-Sever, 919-882-3127
laurie.bowser-sever@windstream.com


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