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Hosted Solutions Named North Carolina's Top Mid-Size Technology Company of the Year by NC Technology Association

RALEIGH, N.C., Nov. 16 /PRNewswire/ -- Hosted Solutions, the East Coast's premier provider of IT infrastructure as a service (IaaS), today announced that it has been named "Top Mid-Size Technology Company of the Year" as part of the 2009 NCTA 21 awards, from the North Carolina Technology Association.

The NCTA 21 Awards are recognized as North Carolina's most prestigious awards in the high-technology sector, celebrating innovation and excellence in the state. The annual showcase honors companies and individuals in 21 categories who represent the best and brightest in technology and business.

Winners were recognized at the annual awards gala on Thursday, November 12 at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Cary, N.C., presented in conjunction with title sponsor Grant Thornton. The theme for this year's event was "Survivor: Outtech, Outdevelop, Outlead" and was attended by a record crowd of more than 650 business and technology leaders from across the state.

"This year's 21 Awards truly showcase the best technology and innovation that our state has to offer," said Brooks Raiford, president and chief executive officer of NCTA. "We couldn't be more pleased to congratulate Hosted Solutions as a company that is leading North Carolina's technology industry, and we are proud to recognize them as a winner of the Mid-Size Technology Company of the Year."

This is the latest in a string of awards for Hosted Solutions this year. Just last week, the company was ranked #6 on the Triangle Business Journal's "Fast 50;" Hosted Solutions' Founder and Chief Executive Officer Rich Lee was named Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year for the Carolinas for 2009 and Business Leader of the Year for 2009. The company was also included on the Inc. 5000 list of America's top privately held businesses, Top Managed Hosting Providers and more.

Hosted Solutions' suite of services features its Stratus Trusted Cloud(TM) offering, introduced this summer, which dramatically improves the efficiency and availability of IT resources and applications for small and mid-sized enterprises. Stratus offers a massively scalable, multi-tenant infrastructure that enables customers to access a secure, enterprise-class cloud environment with built-in high availability and automated resource balancing. As a result, businesses can move faster without compromising availability or security and significantly reduce both their capital and operating expenditures, whether Stratus is deployed on an enterprise, private or hybrid cloud basis.

Hosted Solutions also offers a full range of infrastructure services, including collocation, fully-managed servers, dedicated servers, business continuity services, managed storage, enterprise backup, managed firewall, intrusion and vulnerability detection, load balancing, high availability clustering, and comprehensive 24/7 monitoring and management of critical network infrastructures. Hosted Solutions operates five SAS 70, Type II-certified data centers located along the East Coast.

About Hosted Solutions

Based in Raleigh, NC, Hosted Solutions is the East Coast's premier provider of IT infrastructure as a service (IaaS). Its high quality Data Center and Managed Hosting services, including its exclusive Stratus Trusted Cloud(TM) offering, maintain and protect customers' mission-critical IT systems and applications, enabling them to reduce operating costs, lower the risk of downtime, focus on core competencies, and achieve their top business objectives. The company operates SAS 70 Type II Certified facilities in Boston MA, Charlotte NC, Raleigh NC, and Cary NC, providing best-of-breed data center operations with hardened physical infrastructure, the highest level of security, and a complete managed services portfolio. Hosted Solutions is backed by Boston-based private equity firm ABRY Partners. For more information, please visit www.hostedsolutions.com.

About NCTA

The North Carolina Technology Association's mission is "Making North Carolina #1 in Technology and Technology #1 in North Carolina." The organization does this through three main focus areas: executive engagement, public affairs, and enabling member transition to a technology-enabled workforce. For more information, visit our website at www.nctechnology.org.

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