EarthLink Partners with independenceIT to Deliver Complete Cloud Workspace to Business Customers’ Desktops

EarthLink Business logo independenceIT™ (iIT), provider of the Freedom desktop workspace, today announced at XChange Solution Provider 2012 that it has signed an agreement with EarthLink, Inc. (NASDAQ: ELNK), a leading managed IT services and communications provider. Under the terms of the agreement, EarthLink will offer iIT’s Total Freedom™ Workspace and Instant Freedom™ Workspacesolutions to its customers as a part of the EarthLink’s IT Services offerings.

EarthLink Business® IT Services, Internet and MPLS services deliver the superior and secure computing and communications experience that business customers require. The addition of iIT’s desktop computing solutions to EarthLink’s IT service offerings enables customers to have the ability to access all of their business applications and data in the cloud, from any device, at any time. EarthLink IT Services will roll out an additional desktop workspace service incorporating iIT’s solution as a complement to the managed virtualization, security, application and support services it already offers.

“independenceIT’s cloud desktop workspace solutions will give our customers the flexibility they need to rapidly transition their businesses to the cloud,” said Brian Fink, EarthLink Executive Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer. “The cost, access and technological advantages of cloud computing are well-documented; being able to offer our customers these advantages without forcing them to change how they work or the programs they work with is of tremendous value.”

independenceIT delivers businesses applications at the touch of a button from any Internet-connected device, while also protecting customers with the security and support of a nationwide IT infrastructure managed and operated by EarthLink. iIT customers create a customized solution that seamlessly combines hundreds of business applications, off the shelf software, custom applications and ISV titles. Upgrades, maintenance, data security, backup and recovery functions are all managed automatically. With cloud computing solutions in place, businesses can easily and cost-effectively expand as hardware costs are eliminated.

“Mobility and on-demand access to key applications and company information is the hallmark of today’s business world,” added Anthony Whitton, CEO and Chairman of the Board, independenceIT. “Small and mid-sized businesses need affordable IT solutions that give them these advantages.”

As a part of the agreement announced today, iIT will become one of EarthLink’s Technology Partners. iIT will take advantage of EarthLink’s Cloud Infrastructure as a Service offering and IT Data Center Services, enabling the company to grow and scale rapidly along with client needs.

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