ATLANTA – December 18, 2006 – VeriStor Systems, leaders in evaluating and implementing innovative data storage technologies, today announced that their client, Cbeyond, Inc. (NASDAQ: CBEY) won Storage Networking World’s “Best Practices in Storage” award at the Storage Networking World Conference 2006. Cbeyond earned the award in the category “Securing the Storage Fortress,” which recognizes an organization with innovative and effective storage technology applied to actively protect the stored data from internal or external threat.

Cbeyond is an Atlanta-based managed services provider that delivers integrated packages of voice, mobile and broadband Internet services to small businesses. To enhance its backup and recovery infrastructure, Cbeyond implemented BakBone’s NetVault: Backup system in Q1 2006.

“We were honored to receive this award recognizing the dynamic information platform we have built to ensure our stored data is protected,” said Richard Batelaan, chief operations officer for Cbeyond. “The heterogeneous solution provided by BakBone substantially reduced both our administrative overhead and the complexity of our backup and recovery process.”

After speaking with the storage team and database administrators at Cbeyond to understand the specific challenges and requirements, VeriStor designed and implemented a turn-key disk-to-disk-to-tape backup solution based upon BakBone NetVault software.

Additionally, VeriStor helped Cbeyond expand its Storage Area Network (SAN), which supports the company’s Oracle RAC environment. Lending its expertise, VeriStor assisted Cbeyond with the design, layout, purchase, and implementation.

“This award recognizes enterprise storage at Cbeyond that is strategic, efficient, and secure,” said Ashby Lincoln, president and CEO of VeriStor. “We are proud to be part of the Cbeyond team selected for this honor and recognized for its storage management practices.”

Judges selected winners by ranking the substantiated, storage networking solution attributes and achievements. The Honoree Award Recipient, in each category, was recognized at Storage Networking World in November 2006.

About VeriStor Systems, Inc.

VeriStor, an enterprise storage consulting firm delivers cost-effective and performance-enhancing storage technologies that meet the customer needs now and in the future for their critical business operations. Using vigorous methodologies and best practices that verify the performance and cost advantages of new storage solutions, VeriStor earned the role as the trusted resource and leader in assessing storage solutions. Over 250 customers in enterprise, mid-market and government organizations chose VeriStor to research, validate, and implement leading edge storage technologies and solutions, including Fibre Channel and iSCSI Storage Area Networks (SANs), Network Attached Storage (NAS), Backup & Recovery, Data Replication, Information Lifecycle Management (ILM) and Compliance Archiving. Clients enjoy robust storage solutions at the right price through a range of services from advice to turnkey data storage implementation.

VeriStor, founded by storage industry experts is headquartered in Atlanta, GA. For more information, please visit veristor.com.