Business Empire Consulting selects Windstream as hosting provider for total platform infrastructure

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May 25, 2011

Business Empire Consulting selects Windstream as hosting provider for total platform infrastructure

Customized “Hi-Touch” approach, 24/7 uptime seen as key factors in decision

RALEIGH, N.C. – Windstream Hosted Solutions, one of the nation's premier providers of enterprise-class managed hosting solutions, today announced that it has begun hosting Business Empire Consulting’s Inspire™ next-generation online marketing platform at its secure data centers in Raleigh. By doing so, Business Empire said it has solved a major challenge in its continued growth and can better serve its customers nationwide.

Business Empire Consulting is deploying Windstream’s Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) offering through its Network Operations Center (NOC), which incorporates the physical IT infrastructure  as well as 24/7 full-service management,  monitoring and security. The company also has the option of adding multiple managed services capabilities at a later date.

“We had been working with another provider, but our traffic overloaded its servers six times in one month,” said Bryan Young, Business Empire’s chief executive officer. “With our company growing at a year-over-year rate of 4,500 percent, we needed a trusted managed services provider who could scale its solution as our business grows. We selected Windstream Hosted Solutions for its ability to provide us with a reliable, scalable solution that meets our business needs while offering personal and exceptional service.”

Windstream Hosted Solutions worked with Young, using its exclusive “Hi-Touch” service to develop and implement a custom solution that met the company’s needs. Young said he considered Hi-Touch to be vitally important, saying Windstream Hosted Solutions’ approach paralleled the one his company takes with its own clients.

“Since we’re hosting Business Empire’s Inspire platform through our Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) offering, we can help them quickly scale up to meet their customers’ anticipated demand in a fraction of the time it would take for them to do it themselves,” said Kip Turco, Windstream Hosted Solutions’ senior vice president of data center operations. “In doing so, Business Empire incurs no initial capital expenditure costs, and keeps its ongoing operating costs at a predictable level.  This enables them to easily handle the needs of their largest clients, even as they continue to expand.”

Turco noted that with its 13 data centers located throughout the United States, Windstream is able to meet the requirements of firms of all sizes.

Young said he anticipates further rapid growth of the Inspire marketing platform, which provides its clients with a web-based platform that enables them to focus on all of their marketing channels, providing clear next steps through the use of advanced analytics.

About Windstream

Windstream Corp., 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.

About Business Empire Consulting

Business Empire Consulting is creating the agency of the future, by fusing media, creative, and technology to achieve brave, accountable marketing solutions. BEC helps its clients engage their consumers through online/mobile tools as well as social media. At the heart of the agency is the Inspire Marketing platform and intelligence department. This team provides BEC's clients with details on emerging trends, insights and analytics, so that clients can spark interesting, unique and fresh conversations with their customers. BEC's award-winning team is focused on connecting people and brands across all screens. Some of our clients include MayfieldGentry Realty Advisors, Clinique, Belk, Colliers International, Congresswoman Renee Ellmers, Paice Hyperdrive Systems and Americans for Prosperity.

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Media Contacts:
Laurie Bowser-Sever    
Windstream Hosted Solutions
919.882.3127     
laurie.bowser-sever@windstream.com

Alice Hartnett        
Windstream
704-845-7381
alice.hartnett@windstream.com 
 


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