Frost & Sullivan Issues Positive Report on EarthLink's IT Services Transformation

ATLANTA, June 25, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- EarthLink, Inc., (NASDAQ: ELNK) a leading IT services and communications provider, today announced that prominent independent research firm Frost & Sullivan recently published a positive report on EarthLink's ongoing IT services evolution, written by Senior analyst Roopa Honnachari. In "From a Residential ISP to a Business Communications & IT Services Provider - Analyzing EarthLink's Transformation Strategy," she evaluates the factors contributing to the company's successful transformation, specifically, the managed IT services strategy that is helping EarthLink position itself as a key competitor in the business services market.

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In the report, Roopa cites an impressive managed IT Services strategy that invests in growth areas, a retooled sales structure that includes an engineering organization of technical experts that work with sales to design network and cloud solutions for clients, and financials rapidly shifting towards the growth products of IT services, MPLS VPN, and Hosted VoIP as evidence of EarthLink's successful evolution.

"From predominantly being a residential Internet Service Provider (ISP) in 2010 to positioning itself as a leading managed services provider in the business communications and IT services market in 2013, EarthLink has come a long way," said Roopashree (Roopa) Honnachari, Program Manager, Business Communication Services, Stratecast and Frost & Sullivan. "The company's efforts have been focused on growing its growth retail products that include Multi-Protocol Label Switching (MPLS) Virtual Private Network (VPN), Hosted VoIP, and IT services. This direction is consistent with Frost & Sullivan research that indicates that a hybrid model appeals to customers that are looking to leverage the cost benefits of the shared cloud model, without fully giving up control or security associated with other environments."

EarthLink Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing Michael D. Toplisek noted, "We are pleased that Frost & Sullivan has shared its independent favorable assessment of EarthLink's evolution. Over the past several years, we have strategically focused on supporting the growing needs of companies as they seek to virtualize their businesses. Validation of our emergence as an IT services leader from an expert analyst is proof that that our initiatives and investments are paying off. As we complete the rollout of our new next-generation data centers and further expand our robust IT services portfolio, EarthLink is truly an end-to-end provider, with a unique package of networking assets, cloud services, and managed services wrapped in a consultative approach that delivers more value to our customers."

About EarthLink
EarthLink, Inc. (NASDAQ: ELNK) is a leading IT services and communications provider to more than 150,000 businesses and one million consumers nationwide. EarthLink empowers customers with managed services including cloud computing, managed and private cloud, and virtualization services such as managed hosting and cloud workspace. EarthLink also offers a robust portfolio of IT security, application hosting, colocation and IT support services. The company operates an extensive network spanning 29,421 route fiber miles with 90 metro fiber rings and 8 secure data centers providing ubiquitous nationwide data and voice IP service coverage across more than 90 percent of the country. Founded in 1994, EarthLink's award-winning reputation for outstanding service and product innovation is supported by an experienced team of professionals focused on best-in-class customer care. For more information, visit EarthLink's website at www.earthlink.com.

About Frost & Sullivan
Frost & Sullivan, the Growth Partnership Company, enables clients to accelerate growth and achieve best-in-class positions in growth, innovation, and leadership. The company's Growth Partnership Service provides the CEO and the CEO's Growth Team with disciplined research and best-practice models to drive the generation, evaluation, and implementation of powerful growth strategies. Frost & Sullivan leverages 50 years of experience in partnering with Global 1000 companies, emerging businesses and the investment community from more than 40 offices on six continents. To join the Growth Partnership, visit www.frost.com.

SOURCE EarthLink, Inc.



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