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ViaWest Achieves Cisco Cloud and Managed Services Advanced Certification

DENVER, CO -- (Marketwire) -- 02/05/13 -- ViaWest, one of the largest privately held data center, cloud computing and managed service providers in North America, announces today it has achieved the Cisco® Cloud and Managed Services Advanced Certification. This certification recognizes ViaWest as having the capabilities to sell and deliver cloud and managed services to help its customers accelerate time to market and time to revenue. Additionally, the certification rewards partners for their expertise and investments for creating, selling and delivering cloud and managed services.

"As a worldwide industry leader in information technology, Cisco sets the bar for companies that solve business challenges, while executing on excellent service principles," states Jason Carolan, Chief Technology Officer for ViaWest. "ViaWest has been a Cisco partner for over ten years, and our Cloud and Managed Services Advanced Certification is just another way we demonstrate our commitment to excellence and to delivering innovative solutions to our customers."

The Cisco Cloud and Managed Services Program (CMSP) certification is part of the Cisco Cloud and Managed Services Program go-to-market strategy. The program is focused on helping partners such as ViaWest envision, build, market and sell cloud and managed services with business acceleration tools, services, sales training and the Cisco Cloud Marketplace addresses the varied needs of its customers. As a Cisco Cloud and Managed Services Certified Advanced Partner, ViaWest's KINECTed Cloud™ and managed services offerings will bear the Cisco Powered designation, indicating that both are built on the IT Infrastructure Library (or ITIL) framework and provide basic management capabilities that support Cisco technologies.

The Cisco Resale Channel Program provides a framework for partners to build and showcase the sales, technical and Cisco Lifecycle Services skills required to successfully deliver Cisco solutions to end customers. Through the program's specializations and certifications, Cisco recognizes a partner's expertise in deploying solutions based on Cisco advanced technologies and services. Using a third-party audit process, the program validates a partner's technology skills, business practices, customer satisfaction, presales and postsales support capabilities, and other critical factors that customers consider when choosing a trusted partner.

ViaWest is one of the first providers in the Western U.S. to achieve the Cisco Powered cloud designation. Utilizing the best-of-breed, VMware-based vCloud® Powered platform along with the new Cisco Powered designation, ViaWest's KINECTed Cloud supports businesses throughout their lifecycles. Customers are able to leverage ViaWest's flexible and secure cloud platform and can mix and match other services as needed, including colocation, managed services and complex hosting. ViaWest also offers KINECTed Storage® GP, cloud storage featuring a 100% SLA on performance and availability on Input/Output Operations per Second (IOPS).

For more information on ViaWest's cloud computing services, please visit http://www.viawest.com/solutions/cloud-computing.

About ViaWest
ViaWest is one of the largest privately held data center service providers in North America. They provide colocation, complex hosting, cloud and managed services to businesses of all sizes nationwide. ViaWest owns and operates 24 enterprise-class data center facilities in Colorado, Texas, Oregon, Utah, and Nevada, delivering high-quality, flexible solutions designed to support customers' unique business needs. For additional information on ViaWest, please visit www.viawest.com or call 1-877-448-9378. Follow ViaWest on LinkedIn, Twitter or visit their YouTube channel.

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