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AT&T Wins Hosting Services Contract from Clifton Gunderson


Peoria, Illinois - AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T) has announced a three-year hosting services contract with Clifton Gunderson LLP, one of the leading CPA and consulting firms in the nation.

Under terms of the contract, AT&T will provide additional space for Clifton Gundersonís servers at one of its Chicago-area Internet Data Centers (IDCs). AT&T provides hosting services at 36 IDCs around the world. AT&Tís IDCs are highly-secure, fortified buildings and are designed to house mission-critical data for business customers. Customers at these centers are protected from power failure, physical intrusion and network outages by extensive back-up power and cooling systems, multi-layered security and fire protection.

Clifton Gunderson, like many companies, requires additional hosting capacity to securely house a growing and increasingly important set of business applications and systems and to provide enough capacity to accommodate future communications needs.

In addition to expanded hosting services, AT&T also provides Clifton Gunderson with Virtual Private Network (VPN) services, integrating some 42 offices in 14 states and Washington, D.C. The network services, which support Clifton Gundersonís day-to-day operations, are based on AT&Tís Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS) platform.

AT&Tís MPLS technology enables Clifton Gunderson to prioritize its applications to ensure that all offices have the necessary bandwidth to access the information they need when they need it.

ďAs our network services and applications such as Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP), messaging services and document management capabilities continue to converge, the tight integration of our data center and VPN services provides us with tremendous cost efficiencies and peak performance,Ē said Jeff Hapeman, chief technology officer for Clifton Gunderson. ďAT&Tís solution met all of our requirements for availability, cost containment and high-speed, peak network performance.Ē

AT&Tís portfolio of hosting services delivers a range of data management capabilities that provide organizations with secure networking solutions. These hosting services ensure continuous availability of data, optimal routing and secure delivery of mission-critical information. AT&Tís expansive suite of services includes security, storage, intelligent content distribution, load balancing, virtual services offerings, data networking integration and other services.


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