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Press Release -- July 11th, 2012
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Cbeyond to Share Cloud Expansion Strategies During Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference Panel

Cloud and Network Services Provider to Explore "Big Trends, Bigger Opportunities" in Current and Future Cloud Environment

ATLANTA--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Cbeyond Inc. (NASDAQ:CBEY, news, filings), a leading provider of cloud and network services to small and mid-sized businesses, today announced the Company will participate in a breakout panel session during theMicrosoft Worldwide Partner Conference (WPC) and discuss strategies for business leaders to implement and market the cloud. The session, entitled "Big Trends, Bigger Opportunities — Understand What it Takes to be a Leader in the Cloud," will take placeWednesday, July 11, 2012, at3:30 p.m. Eastern Time inToronto.

The WPC is the premier annual event for Microsoft partners and provides a forum for attendees to connect with fellow partners and Microsoft executives to plan their company's roadmap for the next year, including business direction, vision and strategies, customer campaigns and upcoming launches.

Cbeyondchief technology officerChris Gatchwill join four fellow IT leaders on the "Big Trends, Bigger Opportunities" panel. Moderated by analyst firm IDC, the panel will illustrate how leading cloud hosting providers are addressing today's market needs while preparing for future growth. Among the topics Gatch and his colleagues are expected to address include cloud channel marketing strategies, how partnering can generate success, and finding the best course for technology innovation and investment.

"It is no secret that more small and mid-sized businesses are beginning to accept and transition to the cloud for greater efficiency and security, and this rapid shift creates significant opportunities for all partners," said Gatch. "This WPC event is the latest extension in our long-standing partnership with Microsoft, and a great opportunity to share our experiences and insight to help business leaders leverage the right mix of partnership and promotion to reach the forefront of the cloud market."

Gatch joinsJeff Uphues, vice president of cloud solutions and national sales ofCbeyond, as featured WPC presenters. Uphues shared cloud transition and synchronization tips as part of "Services Provider Experiences: Deploying Microsoft PrivateCloud Platform," an executive roundtable heldTuesday, July 10, 2012.

Cbeyond's partnership with Microsoft dates back more than a decade, and many of Cbeyond's flagship solutions have been developed with Microsoft compatibility as a foundation. Earlier this year,Cbeyondwas certified a Microsoft Gold Partner, reflecting the Company's excellence in Microsoft's core competencies and its employment of several Microsoft Certified Professionals. In 2009 and 2010,Cbeyondwas named Microsoft's Hyper-V Cloud Provider of the Year for its ability to deliver solutions to small and mid-sized businesses with virtual and dedicated servers.

For more information about Cbeyond's suite of small and medium sized business IT and communication solutions, visit www.cbeyond.net. To view a social media version of this press release, please click here.

About Cbeyond

Cbeyond, Inc.(NASDAQ: CBEY) is a leading provider of IT and communications services to more than 62,000 small and medium sized businesses in the U.S. Combining industry-leading virtual and dedicated servers hosted in a fully compliant data center, cloud PBX, secure MPLS enterprise-class networks, robust security services, migration planning and best-in-class real-time management, Cbeyondprovides a technology portfolio not generally available to the SMBs they serve. Winning the 2010 Windows Server Hyper-V Cloud Provider of the Year and Hosting Partner of the Year in 2009 and 2010, Cbeyond is an industry leader in delivering virtual and dedicated servers on Windows Server Hyper-V technology. For more information on Cbeyond, visit www.cbeyond.net and follow Cbeyond on Twitter: www.twitter.com/Cbeyondinc.

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Cbeyond, Inc.Tara Adams, 858-952-5010 tara.adams@cbeyond.net

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