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Press Release -- January 17th, 2016
Source: Earthlink

EarthLink Announces New Services and Tools to Accelerate Retailers’ Migration to the Cloud

New Cloud Vendor Selection Service and Maturity Assessment Tool to be Showcased at NRF

NEW YORK, Jan. 17, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — EarthLink (EarthLink Holdings Corp.) (ELNK), a leading network services provider dedicated to delivering great customer experiences, announced new services and tools to accelerate retailers’ migration to customer-centric cloud services. The company will mark the opening of the NRF Annual Convention & EXPO by launching a new Cloud Vendor Selection Advisory Service to help retailers select a cloud-based platform ideally suited to their business and technical needs, along with a Cloud and Network Maturity Assessment tool to help retailers gauge their progress moving to the cloud.

EarthLink’s decision to bring these services and tools to market is drawn from years of experience working with specialty retailers and other multi-location businesses to leverage the power of the network to get closer to customers, improve employee productivity and drive bottom line growth. Together, this offering demonstrates EarthLink’s commitment to helping retailers become more competitive in a complex and rapidly evolving market.

EarthLink’s Cloud Vendor Selection Service
EarthLink’s new professional advisory is a natural extension of the company’s existing cloud service offering, including Cloud Express™, which enables superior application performance and reliability for retailers connecting to major cloud platform providers such as AWS, Microsoft Azure, IBM SoftLayer, Rackspace and CloudSigma. The new service leverages EarthLink’s expertise working with these vendors, major SaaS providers like Salesforce, and rapidly growing retail applications such as hosted Point-of-Sale. The result is an expert evaluation of the client’s business and technical requirements leading to the best possible platform selection for their current and future needs.

EarthLink’s Cloud and Network Maturity Assessment tool
This simple online assessment tool enables IT leaders to objectively identify gaps and opportunities as they move their focus from managing day-to-day IT operations to supporting innovation and customer experience, all while protecting the company’s data and reputation. The results can arm leaders with the information they need to engage management in the process of balancing these priorities.

“The majority of retailers understand the cloud imperative,” said EarthLink President and CEO, Joe Eazor. “What they struggle with is figuring out the network needed to get there, and which platform vendor is best suited to support their cloud expansion plans. EarthLink’s new offerings leverage our deep expertise in network design, optimization and management, our expanding professional service initiative, and our trusted relationships with major cloud platforms. Our intention is to bring it all together to help retailers make great strides in 2016 and beyond.”

EarthLink EVP and Managing Director of Enterprise/Mid-Market and Information Technology, Gerard Brossard echoed that sentiment. “Innovative retailers understand that serving the demands of tech-savvy omni-channel consumers takes equally innovative infrastructure. A superior cloud platform powered by a smarter, cloud-optimized network has become mandatory for attracting loyal, profitable customers.”

NRF attendees can learn more about Cloud Vendor Selection and use EarthLink’s Assessment tool at NRF booth #3471 in the Jacob Javits Convention Center.

About EarthLink
EarthLink (EarthLink Holdings Corp) (ELNK) provides managed network, security and cloud solutions for multi-location businesses. We help thousands of specialty retailers, restaurants, financial institutions, healthcare providers, professional service firms and local governments deliver a reliable and engaging customer experience in their stores and branch offices. We do so by building and managing MPLS WAN networks, by providing virtualized infrastructure, security, hosted voice, secure WiFi and compliance solutions, and by offering exceptional customer care. We operate a nationwide network spanning more than 28,000 fiber route miles, with 90 metro fiber rings and secure data centers that provide ubiquitous data and voice IP service coverage. Our EarthLink Carrier™ division sells facilities-based wholesale telecommunications to other providers and our award-winning Internet services connect hundreds of thousands of residential customers across the U.S. For more, and follow @earthlink, LinkedIn and Google+.

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