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Columbus Business Solutions Expands Recovery as a Service (RaaS) Presence in the Caribbean and Latin America

BRIDGETOWN, BARBADOS -- (Marketwired) -- 02/10/14 -- Columbus Business Solutions (CBS), the business brand of Columbus International Inc. (Columbus), and a provider of premium telecommunications services to businesses in the greater Caribbean, Andean and Central American regions, is proud to announce its expanded presence in the Recovery as a Service (RaaS) market, under its portfolio of Cloud Continuity Services.

RaaS, a business solution that facilitates cloud-based business continuity, data protection and replication, is forecasted to grow from US$642 million in 2013 to US$5.8 billion globally by 2018, according to the Global Disaster Recovery-as-a-Service Market report from TechNavio (November 2013). In Latin America and the Caribbean, the technology is increasingly viewed as a new growth area and one that is critical to business efficiency and growth.

RaaS industry leader, Geminare, which was recently designated by Gartner as the top ranked global RaaS product enabler, is the underlying technology for the Columbus Seamless Replication services offering. RaaS is ideal for mid-sized enterprises that are striving to protect their physical and cloud-based infrastructure.

Initially, only very large and specialized enterprises were able to take advantage of the product. Javier Pereira, director of product development at Columbus noted, "Extending our Seamless Replication footprint into our Curacao and Colombia data centers is an important part of our business model and once again demonstrates our commitment to our customers, ensuring that they have access to best-in-class products and services."

Outlining the benefits of Seamless Replication, Hector L. Morales of Mueblerias Berrios, Rent Express by Berrios and Casa Pitusa furniture retailer stated, "Displacing the traditional build-it approach to disaster recovery with Seamless Replication was a no-brainer for us. This cloud-enabled solution provides tremendous flexibility and significantly reduces the risk of financial losses due to downtime at our 95 outlet locations across Puerto Rico. In addition, the solution yields hidden gains in operational efficiencies by not having to staff, monitor, refresh and manage our DR environment. We will continue to look at Cloud and RaaS as a game-changer for our technology requirements."

CBS continues to roll out this product offering across the region. More information on Seamless Replication and Columbus Business Solutions Cloud Continuity portfolio can be found here: http://www.columbusbusiness.co/en/corporate/solutions/it-solutions/product/cloud-continuity/7

About Columbus: Columbus International Inc. is a privately held diversified telecommunications company based in Barbados. The Company provides digital cable television, broadband Internet and digital landline telephony in Trinidad, Jamaica, Barbados, Grenada and Curacao under the brand name FLOW and in St. Lucia, St. Vincent & the Grenadines and Antigua under the brand name Karib Cable. Columbus also provides next generation connectivity and IT solutions, managed networking and cloud-based services under the brand Columbus Business Solutions. Through its wholly owned subsidiary, Columbus Networks, the Company provides capacity and IP services, corporate data solutions and data center hosting throughout 42 countries in the greater Caribbean, Central American and Andean region. Through its fully protected, ringed submarine fiber optic network spanning more than 42,300 km and its 34,300 km terrestrial fibre and coaxial network, Columbus' 2,700 plus professionals provide advanced telecom services to a diverse residential and corporate client base of over 650,000 customers. Visit www.columbus.co

About Geminare
Geminare is the #1 ranked Recovery as a Service (RaaS) technology provider, enabling leading telecom companies, ISVs and Cloud Service Providers (CSPs) to launch successful global RaaS offerings. Geminare's award-winning, patented Cloud CORE Platform is a proven, mature, multi-tiered service delivery vehicle that is the foundation of Geminare's entire RaaS data protection suite. The CORE Platform capability has allowed Geminare to power the offerings at over 50% of the world's leading RaaS providers, such as Columbus, NTT Communications, Cosentry, CA Technologies, OpSource, Iron Mountain, CenturyLink, HOSTING, Bell, Allstream, Ingram Micro, Long View Systems and many others allowing them to enter the rapidly growing RaaS market through their own Cloud infrastructure. Geminare is headquartered in Los Altos, CA, with additional operations in Toronto, Canada. www.geminare.com

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