PEER 1 Selected to Join Microsoft BizSpark Program



    
    Global Program Fosters the Success of Innovative Startups with Scalable,
    Flexible Web Hosting Options from PEER 1

    
    VANCOUVER, British Columbia, Jan. 7 /CNW/ -- PEER 1 Network Enterprises,
Inc. (TSX: PIX), a leading provider of online IT infrastructure, has been
selected to join the Microsoft BizSpark program as a Network Partner. The
BizSpark program is a new global program designed to help accelerate the
success of early stage startups by connecting them to Network Partners: active
members of the global software ecosystem that can provide mentorship, guidance
and resources to BizSpark enrolled startups. BizSpark creates an ongoing,
mutually beneficial ecosystem between Microsoft Corp., startups and Network
Partners.
    "As a hosting Network Partner for BizSpark we provide the highly flexible
and scalable hosting environment needed for startups as well as small to
mid-size businesses," said Lee Hadsock, channel sales manager for PEER 1.
"This represents an additional channel to attract promising new companies with
rapid growth potential that will require the high performance network and
advanced technical support that PEER 1 provides."
    With more than 10,000 customers, PEER 1 has worked with many startups
that began as small, unknown, online companies and are now some of the most
popular Internet sites; these include YouTube and PlentyofFish.com.
Understanding the unique development needs of online businesses as well as the
complexities of hosting and internet infrastructure means that PEER 1 can help
companies to succeed with the BizSpark program.
    Microsoft is committed to helping entrepreneurs to transform their
ambitions into sustainable, dynamic businesses and to foster innovation and
entrepreneurialism. To this end, the BizSpark program provides startups with
software, support and visibility at a time when they are most valuable and
least affordable -- during their first three years, with no upfront costs and
minimal requirements.
    "We understand the difficulties startups face in trying to create a
viable, scalable and sustainable business, especially in today's economy,"
said John Zanni, general manager of the worldwide software plus services
industry for the Communications Sector at Microsoft. "Microsoft BizSpark
provides startups with a unique opportunity to grow their business by taking
advantage of the breadth of the Microsoft platform, our global partner
ecosystem and new ways to gain market exposure."
    BizSpark gives startups fast and easy access to Microsoft's current
full-featured development tools, platform technologies as well as production
licenses to bring to market innovative and interoperable solutions for the
next generation of user experiences.
    To be eligible for the Microsoft BizSpark program, startups must be
actively engaged in development of a software-based product or service that is
a core piece of their business model, have been in business less than three
years, and have less than USD$1M in revenue. Startups may enroll for the
program by obtaining sponsorship from a designated BizSpark Network Partner.
    
    About PEER 1
    
    PEER 1 believes in the limitless opportunity of the Internet, and the
business growth potential it provides for its more than 10,000 customers. As a
leading online IT infrastructure provider, PEER 1 offers a reliable high
performance Internet network supporting scalable managed hosting, dedicated
hosting through the ServerBeach brand, and co-location solutions. Backed by
its 100 percent uptime guarantee and 24x7x365 FirstCall Support(TM), PEER 1
ensures customers' online presence is always fast, always available. Since
1999, PEER 1 has grown to include 15 state-of-the-art data centers in North
America and points-of-presence in Europe. The company's headquarters are in
Vancouver, Canada and the stock is traded on the TSX under the symbol PIX. For
more information visit: http://www.peer1.com.




For further information:

For further information: Media, Abigail Faylor, +1-425-452-5497,
afaylor@webershandwick.com, for PEER 1; Investor Inquiries, Thomas McMillan of
The Equicom Group, +1-403-536-5903, tmcmillan@equicomgroup.com Web Site:
http://www.peer1.com

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