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Peak 10, Agility Recovery Solutions Prepare for Busy ’07 Hurricane Season

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May 22, 2007
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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (May 22, 2007) – Peak 10, the largest independent data center operator and managed services company, and onsite disaster recovery company Agility Recovery Solutions have completed the integration of disaster recovery and business continuity services and made them available to customers in advance of the 2007 hurricane season.

The Atlantic hurricane season runs from June 1 – November 30, averaging almost ten named storms per year. Several nationally renowned hurricane experts are predicting that this season will be more active than usual, with anywhere from 13-17 named storms and a 74 percent chance of a major hurricane hitting the U.S. The state of Florida is predicted to be four times as likely to encounter a hurricane as in an average year.

“Complacency is the enemy of recovery in the IT world.  Once disaster hits, it’s usually too late if a plan is not already in place,” Monty Blight, Peak 10 vice president, Managed Services, said. According to Blight — who recently hosted a business continuity webcast May 17 — although no hurricanes made landfall in the United States in 2006, three tropical storms did. “People can have short memories and tend to think, well, there weren’t any hurricanes last year so we’re safe. That is not a responsible reaction if the health of your business relies on secure, reliable IT functions, particularly if you’re in a high-risk location with crucial customer data on unsecured, non-redundant equipment,” he said.

The partnership between Peak 10 and Agility provides Peak 10’s clients the ability to recover their business operations in a fully configured mobile office environment virtually anywhere. Agility’s mobile offices are equipped with all the technology and satellite connectivity needed to access and utilize secure data hosted at Peak 10 data centers.

“Once the secure connection is made, a client’s employees are able to reconnect with customers or clients, make transactions and basically resume all normal business operations,” said Bob Boyd, president and chief executive officer of Agility. “Together with Peak 10, we offer business a total recovery strategy.”

Agility’s mobile office environment includes the power, technology, space and connectivity organizations need to recover their operations after an interruption. The company has access to over 100,000 mobile offices throughout the United States and is capable of recovering anywhere from 10 to 1,000 or more employees.

Peak 10 utilizes its geographically diverse data center network throughout its ten facilities in seven markets to provide scalable business continuity solutions that ensure availability, security and integrity of critical data and business applications 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Utilizing Peak 10 solutions, businesses hit by disasters can immediately recover technology infrastructure, data, and applications through mirrored production environments and also gain much needed access to office space, communications equipment, bandwidth and hardware.

About Agility Recovery Solutions

Agility Recovery Solutions is the leading provider of business continuity solutions to small and medium sized businesses across North America. At time of business interruption, Agility provides its members with the space, power, connectivity and technology needed to resume “business as usual.” For more information, visit www.agilityrecovery.com.

About Peak 10, Inc.

Peak 10 is the leading independent data center operator and managed services provider in the eastern United States, delivering scalable, economical and reliable solutions for hosting and managing complex information technology infrastructure.  The company combines its ten data centers and portfolio of managed services with localized engineering and support to serve market-leading companies including Rivals.com, Global Knowledge, Pergo, Churchill Downs, LendingTree and the Jacksonville Jaguars.  Peak 10 owns and operates world class facilities in Richmond, Va.; Nashville, Tenn.; Louisville, Ky.; Tampa and Jacksonville, Fla; and Raleigh and Charlotte, N.C.  The company was recently ranked as one of the fastest growing private companies in America for the second consecutive year by Inc. magazine.  For more information on data center solutions from Peak 10, visit www.peak10.com.

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